In terms of events in Wales to delight and excite, they don’t get much bigger than the National Eisteddfod. Llanelli may not know what hit it from the 2nd to the 9th of August.
— Llanelli Star (@LlanelliStar) July 30, 2014
The town is bound to benefit from the thousands of people that are sure to flock to the Millenium Coastal Park for a week’s worth of fun. It’s the first time the event has been held there since the turn of the century and it’s arguably more hotly-anticipated than ever. If you’re making the trip down from North Wales, here’s what you need to know!
How do I get there?
There are many ways of getting to the festival, whether by road, train or bus.
From Carmarthen, follow the A484 toward Llanelli. Look out for the roundabout at Burry Port and then continue onwards to park in Burry Port itself.
From the north, arrive in Llanelli via either the A476, B4309 or A4138.
From the east, travel on the M4 before leaving to Junction 47. Take the second exit after the roundabout which goes towards Swansea, then do the same at the next roundabout on the A484.
There will be yellow signs posted all around the town so the event will be harder to miss than find! Shuttle buses are running throughout the day, free of charge.
Arriva Trains Wales and First Great Western operate trains to and from Llanelli but as there are sometimes changes and cancellations to take into account, be sure to visit thetrainline.com for all the information you need.
(This may not be feasible if you live in North Wales because there will be many changes and everyone knows how inconsistent bus timetables can be!)
110/111 Swansea – Gorseinon – Loughor – Llanelli – Burry Port – Kidwelly
128 Ammanford – Cross Hands – Llannon – Llanelli
195 Carmarthen – Pontyberem – Cynheidre – Llanelli
196 Carmarthen – Pontyberem – Llannon – Llanelli
197 Carmarthen – Pontiets – Carway – Trimsaran – Llanelli
198 Carmarthen – Ferryside – Kidwelly – Trimsaran – Llanelli
400/404 Swansea – Waunarlwydd – Pontardulais – Llanelli
X11 Carmarthen – Kidwelly – Burry Port – Llanelli – Swansea
What is there to see and do?
You’re lucky that you have a whole week to get involved in the Eisteddfod, otherwise you may struggle to jam it all in. From guided tours to fantastic live concerts, there are certainly one or two things that will catch the eye this August.
Saturday 2nd – Highlights
Welsh Folk Dance Society: 11am at Ty Gwerin
Peppa Pinc’s Birthday: 3pm at Gwyl Llen Plant
Flash Bang Show: 1pm at Science and Technology
Sunday 3rd – Highlights
Aelwyd Llyn y Fan – 2 30pm at the Outdoor Stage
Storytime with Peppa Pig – 3pm at Gwyl Llen Plant
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama – 3 30pm at the Outdoor Stage
Monday 4th – Highlights
Dylan Thomas’ Carmarthenshire – 2 15pm at Y Babell Lên
Crowning of the Bard Ceremony – 4 30 pm at the Pavilion
Architecture in Wales – 4pm at Societies 1
Tuesday 5th – Highlights
Mr Phormula – 1pm at Caffi Maes B
Eisteddfod Script Slam – Sherman Cymru – 1 10pm at the Drama Hut
Wales Mountaineering Club – 2 30pm at Societies 2
Wednesday 6th – Highlights
Learner of the Year – 2pm at Maes D
Prose Medal Ceremony – 4 30pm at the Pavilion
I Fight Lions – 7 30pm at the Outdoor Stage
Thursday 7th – Highlights
3 Women, 3 Portfolios, 3 Artists – 2pm at Societies 1
Klep Dim Trep ‘Late’ Coffee Morning with Saron – 3pm at Caffi Maes B
Yr Eira – 8 30 pm at the Outdoor Stage
Friday 8th – Highlights
Kizzy Crawford – 1pm at Maes D
Wales Peace Institute – 2 30pm at Societies 2
Bryn Fon – 8pm at the Outdoor Stage
Saturday 9th – Highlights
Joke Writing Workshop – 1pm at Gwyl Llen Plant
The People’s Choice – 3pm at Y Lle Celf
Festival Choir – 8 20 at the Pavilion
Can I still get tickets?
You sure can! You can buy tickets online via the National Eisteddfod website or by calling them on 0845 4090 800. Weekly and family tickets are still available so be sure to get one soon to avoid fuss later.
“The National Eisteddfod” by www.flickr.com/photos/valleyboy74, license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0 – 01/08/2014