Merlin Festival 2013
Step back in time for the Merlin Festival taking place in throughout the town of Carmarthen on the 10th August 2013.
The Festival celebrates the legend and lore of Carmarthen’s ancient links with possibly the world’s most famous wizard, Merlin. Join in the festival fun and come into town in your best fancy dress we want to blitz the town with wizards, magicians, harry potter look alikes. Live performances will transform the town’s streets with roaming performances by magicians, themed stilt walkers, Welsh folk music and arts and craft workshops and lots more, bring life to the oldest town in Wales.
A Merlin hunt has also been organised around the town. Take a look at the clues below to see if you can find the 7 hidden Merlin’s and find the secret word that they spell out. A top prize of a £100 Argos voucher and a family cinema ticket to the Vue cinema is up for grabs thanks to Merlin’s Walk Shopping Centre and St Catherine’s Walk. Can you find them? Entry forms available from Carmarthen Tourist Information Centre, Castle House, adjacent to County Hall, or click here to download.
Clues for the hunt:
- Big Labels Small Prices.
- Jewellers Corner.
St Catherine’s Walk:
- Surf's up Dude!
- Oriental Buffet.
- Time for Tea.
- Play A Tune...
- How much is that doggy in the window?
Entries should be handed in on the day to locations in Merlin’s Walk, St. Catherine’s Walk and Carmarthen Tourist Information Centre. Organisers will get in touch with the prize winner.
St Cathrines Walk:
- Pant Glas World of Nature of Rhos, Static Owls, Hawks & Falcons.
- Free Facepainter.
- Stilt Walkers.
- Portable Photo Studio.
- Free FacePainter.
- Dave the Magician.
- Mini Merlin Festival Fun Run & Scooter Race.
- Merlin Walkabouts.
- Free Magicial Face Painting by Bochau Goch.
- Create your very own magical witch pots.
- Magical Arts & Crafts Workshops.
- Roaming Entertainment including: Jack Twist / Moses! Mingling Magic Magician.
- Music by Fiddlebox and Pibau Planed.
- Also a Giant Walking Wizard!
Carmarthen is reputedly Wales’s oldest town, with a history dating back more than 2,000 years and is linked to Merlin through its name and celebrates its links with the legendary wizard each year. Merlin is best known as the magician of Arthurian legend but Carmarthen lays its own claim to the man of mystery from the past.The name Myrddin may have arisen from the Roman period Celtic name for a place in Wales, Mori-dunon meaning 'sea fort.' The name became Carmarthen / Caerfyrddin, which can be loosely translated as Fort of Moridunum, since a caer is a fortified royal residence. It seems that the name was taken to mean 'Caer of some man called Myrddin'.
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