Discovering Carmarthenshire
AT A GLANCE

August 2014

Events could be subject to amendment, please verify with event organisers.

August

Scarlets Heritage Tour

Parc y Scarlets, Pemberton Retail Park, Llanelli SA14 9UZ.
The Scarlets heritage tour lasts approximately 45 to 75 minutes. Provides the option of guided or unguided. 10% discount for group bookings of 10 or more. Every Wednesday and Friday afternoon, every week. The Trail at Parc y Scarlets provides a range of visitor experiences and learning opportunities from 1872 onwards using audio, visual and interactive software methods to tell the story of Llanelli and its world famous rugby club.
scarletsheritage.co.uk   
01554 783900   scarlets.co.uk

August

Poet In Residence - Dave Woolley

Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Dylan's Walk, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire SA33 4SD.
David Woolley is a poet and freelance literature consultant. He was born in Plymouth, and began his literary life in SW England, where he edited the magazine West words for several years.
dylanthomasboathouse.com  01994 427420

August - 6 September

Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge

Children's Library, Llanelli Library, Vaughan Street, Llanelli.
The Mythical Maze is the national library summer reading challenge for children. Come and join us at Carmarthenshire Libraries where we hope to inspire children to use the library in the holidays and sign up for the challenge! The Mythical Maze will be running at all Carmarthenshire public libraries throughout the school break. Young readers are challenged to read 6 books or more and will receive prizes along the way.
carmarthenshire.gov.uk  01554 773538

2 & 16 August

Llanelli Art Society Summer Exhibition

Athenaeum Hall, Llanelli Library, Vaughan Street, Llanelli.
Llanelli Art Society will also be holding their annual summer exhibition in the Athenaeum Hall.
carmarthenshire.gov.uk  01554 773538

2, 9 & 23 August (Saturdays)

7 & 22 August (Thursdays)

Creepy Carmarthen - The Spooky Town Tour

Carmarthen Town.
This unique ninety minute walking tour leaves from the Guildhall steps at 7pm on Thursdays and 5pm on Saturdays. Take a magical trip to Carmarthen's creepy past and meet murderers and their victims. Visit the sites of grisly executions. Discover dark secrets from bygone days - and find out where the ghosts walk! Carmarthen Tourist Association's "Visitor Experience of the Year". Adults £7.50, children and OAPs £5. Family ticket (2 adults and up to four children) £22.
thespookymagiccompany.co.uk   Booking Advised 01267 231557

2 - 10 August + 17, 24 & 31 August

Wendrich artHouse Open Studio

Temple Gallery, 1 Brickyard Cottages, Furnace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA15 3DL.
12 noon - 5pm. Meet artists Harry and Nicola Wendrich in their tranquil garden studio beside Parc Howard. Harry and Nicola Wendrich draw inspiration for their artwork from their studies within the Western Mystery Tradition, and their experiences of things spiritual and prophetic. Exhibition includes original oil paintings from the Tree of Life of the Kabbalah and the Tarot. A display of Temple Crafts includes Meditation Aids, Hand-blended Planetary Incenses, Astrological Birth Charts and Calendars, and many unique and unusual gift items. Free entry.
wendricharthouse.com

2 - 31 August

Carmarthen Park Summer Events

Carmarthen.

  • 2 August - 10.00am-4.00pm. Children's Mini Challenge, inflatable fun.
  • 3 August - 2.00pm. World War I Commemoration Service.
  • 9 August - 10.00am-4.00pm. Baby Bug Slide and Balloon Bouncer.
  • 10 August - 10.00am-4.00pm. Children's Mini Challenge, inflatable fun.
  • 10 August - 2.00pm-4.00pm. Tenovus Choir - Sing With Us.
  • 16 August - 10.00am-4.00pm. SHVR Classic Car Show, 100 classic cars, free entry.
  • 16 August - 10.00am-4.00pm. Climb and Slide Mega Slide.
  • 17 August - 10.00am-4.00pm. Harry Potter Bouncy Castle.
  • 23 August - 10.00am-4.00pm. Summo Wrestling 10-16 yrs.
  • 23 August - 2.00pm. Park History Walk and Talk (45 mins).
  • 24 August - 1.00-4.00pm. Children's Ball Pool with Soft Play and Hopasmiles.
  • 24 August - 2.00-4.00pm. Jeff and Bob Musical Extravaganza, fun and laughter.
  • 30 August - 10.00am-4.00pm. Climb and Slide Mega Slide.
  • 31 August - 10.00am-4.00pm. Bouncy Pirate Castle and Slide.

carmarthentowncouncil.gov.uk  01267 235205

2 - 31 August

Events at the National Botanic Gardens

National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire SA32 8HN.

  • 2 & 3 August - Summer Craft Fair. The best in Welsh local hand-crafted goods.
  • 9 and 10 August - Falconry Weekend. Black Mountain Falconry show off their beautiful birds.
  • 16 and 17 August - Wales Tree Festival. A celebration of everything that is good about wood.
  • 23 to 25 August - Bank Holiday Fun for all the Family. There’s music, magic and balloon modelling with Folly Farm’s very own event-ter-tainer Mr Luke Jugglestruck plus magic fun and dancing from local folk duo Fiddlebox.
  • 28 to 29 August - Tropical Inc. Meet the meerkats and other exotic animals. £2 charge.
  • 30 to 31 August - Welsh Tapas Festival. A taste of Spain comes to the gardens in easy bite-sized portions.

Lifelong Learning Courses (01558 667150):

  • 9 & 10 August - Woodturning.
  • 30 August - Digital Photography.

Courses In The Garden This Summer:

  • 7 August - Tree Fruit Course.
  • 9 August - The Wonders of Compost.
  • 13 August - Winter Greens.
  • 16 August - Introduction to Green Manure.
  • 19 August - Natural Pest and Disease Control in the Vegetable Garden.
  • 21 August - Grow me...Eat me...Family Fun.

gardenofwales.org.uk  01558 668768

3, 10 & 31 August

Car Boot Sale

The Showground, Nantyci, Carmarthen SA33 5DR.
unitedcounties.org  01267 232141

4 & 28 August

Free Family Activities

Various locations.

  • 4 Aug - Discovery Centre Llanelli, 10.30am - 2pm, Family Walk & Healthy Eating workshop.
  • 5 Aug - Parc Howard Mansion, 11.30 - 4pm, Family Walk, Arts & crafts & Healthy Eating workshop.
  • 7 Aug - Pantyffynnon Unit, 11.30am - 4pm, Arts & crafts & Healthy Eating workshop.
  • 8 Aug - Llanerch Hall 1.30pm - 4.00pm, Sports, Arts & crafts & Healthy Eating workshop.
  • 13 Aug - Maengwynne Roundabout, 2.00pm - 4.00pm, Arts & Crafts, Fire Safety, Alcohol Awareness, & Healthy Eating tips.
  • 19 Aug - Felinfoel - meet by the Mill Wheel 11am - 1pm, Nature Walk.
  • 21 Aug - Parc Howard 2pm - 3pm, Nature walk.
  • 28 Aug - Trimsaran Leisure Centre, 10.30am - 4.30pm, Sports, Games, Arts & Crafts, Healthy Eating Workshops, Fire Safety & the Library bus.

Communities First on 01554 784847

6 - 27 August

'Make and Do' at Oriel Myrddin Gallery

Oriel Myrddin Gallery Church Lane, Carmarthen.
Sign up for our lively programme of art workshops over the summer holidays. Under 8s to be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential - please call us to reserve your place.

  • 6 August - Hands and feet fun for all the family - 1-3pm. Use your hands and feet to create wonderful animals, insects and fish. Adults £5, children £3.
  • 8 August - Mono-printing - 1-3pm. Explore mono-printing techniques with Julie Ann Sheridan. Suitable for ages 14+. £8 per person.
  • 13 August - Woolly weaving - 1-3pm. Make your own woolly cushion from sheep’s wool with Louise Bird. Suitable for ages 5+. Adults £5, children £3.
  • 15 August - World in a box - 11am-3pm. Create a 3D world using wood, cardboard and collage with Louise Bird. Suitable for ages 10+. £8 per person.
  • 20 August - Plaster casting - 1-3pm. With Judith Rees. Suitable for ages 5+. Adults £5, children £3.
  • 27 August - Paintbrush making - 1-3pm. Create unique paintbrushes from found objects with Kate Dunwell. Suitable for ages 5+. Adults £5, children £3.

orielmyrddingallery.co.uk  01267 222775

9 - 28 August

Events at Gwili Steam Railway

Gwili Steam Railway, Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen SA33 6HT.

  • 9 & 23 Aug - Evening Fish and Chip Special - 6-9pm. Vintage travel & a culinary classic. At the end of the day, what could be nicer than crispy battered cod and a generous portion of proper chips eaten in comfort on our newly restored vintage Heritage Diesel Railcar complete with Real Ale Bar. More...
  • 7, 14, 21 & 28 Aug - Afternoon Cream Teas - Enjoy Afternoon Cream Tea on the steam train with fresh strawberries, local preserves, clotted cream and two large scones. Meander through the Gwili valley while your afternoon tea is served in the dining car. Teas served the 11:50, 13:20 and 14:50 on Thursdays throughout August and September. Booking essential. More...

gwili-railway.co.uk  01267 238213

13 August

Film Club - Platoon (15)

The Ffwrnes, Park Street, Llanelli SA15 3YE.
7.30pm. £5.00. The last in this current season’s series of anti-war films is Oliver Stone’s Platoon. The Academy Award winning film follows the story of Bravo Company and their patrols near the Cambodian border during the Vietnam War.
thearausirgar.co.uk  0845 226 3510

14 - 17 August

Dylan Thomas at Play (4 days / 3 nights)

Dylan Thomas was everyone’s favourite friend, whether it was rolling down the sanddunes mid-battle with his school pals, catching a film with an old flame, celebrating a suitable surreal performance in a Swansea play with a séance at a prehistoric tomb, or drinking with friends in the Llansteffan pubs after rowing across the Taf Estuary. Join us in visiting the places where Dylan played, socialised and relaxed.

Overnight stays, where possible, will be at Welsh Rarebits and Great Little Places hotels. Meals, where possible, will be made from locally sourced, outstanding produce at Welsh Rarebits and Great Little Places restaurants, tearooms and cafes: rarebits.co.uk   little-places.co.uk

Ticket price: £495 (single supplement £75). Transfers are available at additional cost. Deposit: £100. Balance payable 28 days before the tour start date. Food / Drink Provision: Breakfast, lunch and evening meals included. Drinks not included.

Possible tour itinerary:
Day 1 - Evening: Arrive.
Day 2 - Day: Dylan Thomas, the Kardomah Gang, the Actor and the Comedian. Evening: Free time.
Day 3 - Day: Dylan Thomas’ South Carmarthenshire: the Boat and the Horse & Trap. Evening: VIP access to a Dylan Thomas 100 Festival event (dylanthomas100.org) or equivalent.
Day 4 - Day: Dylan Thomas’ Swansea Hollywood: the Mummy and the Old Dark House. Evening: Return travel.

In partnership with Canŵ Cymru / Canoe Wales and Carmarthenshire County Council.

literaturewales.org  029 2047 2266

16 August

Summer Open Day

The Old Dairy & Tipi, Ceridwen Centre, Drefelin SA44 5XE.
Free entry, stalls, outdoor games, refreshments, vintage afternoon tea (please book) bar, music.
ceridwencentre.co.uk   01559 370517   

16 & 17 August

Wales Tree Festival

National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire SA32 8HN.
Everything from a quiet woodland stroll and a talk on dormice, to the noisy, against-the-grain clang of a chainsaw carver- that’s what in store at the National Botanic Garden this weekend. There are talks on timber, a tree bug hunt, a lovespoon carver, musical instrument makers, stick carving, wood turning, weaving with willow as well as walks in and around the Garden’s wonderful woodland. All the Wales Tree Festival activities are free with normal admission into the Garden, which is £8.50 adult, £7 OAPs, £4.50 Child (5-16) and under 5s are free. A family ticket (two adults and up to four children) is just £21.
gardenofwales.org.uk  01558 667130

17 August

Clubmans rallycross

Pembrey Circuit, Pembrey SA16 OHZ.
barcwales.com  01554 891042

17 August

Outdoor Theatre - Sense and Sensibility - A Chapterhouse Theatre production

Aberglasney Gardens, Llangathen, Carmarthenshire SA32 8QH.
Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the exquisite world of eighteenth-century society. Adult £14, Child £10, Family (2+2) £42. Buy your tickets at least 7 days in advance and save money when prices are as follows: Adult £12, Child £8, Family (2+2) £38. Gates open for picnics at 6.00pm, performances begin at 7.00pm and last approximately 2 hours (including interval). Please bring your own low backed seating.
aberglasney.org  01558 668998

17 August

Aura Cleansing with Sarah Eyles

Ysgubor, Pwllcornel Isaf, Penrhiwllan, Llandysul SA44 5NZ.
There is an electro-magnetic radiation that surrounds all living entities, including planet earth. This 'aura' can be identified in ancient artwork and religious regalia, and has been verified scientifically by means of Kirlian photography. Learn to see and sense aspects of the human aura progressing to techniques and mind states required to clean the aura, which can help remove headaches and improve health and well-being. Full day 10am - 4pm £35 - bring lunch.
   01559 384395

18 August

Flying Kites and Lazy Owls

Kidwelly Castle.
Great day out for all ages with Pembrokeshire Falconry. Flying displays throughout the day and handling sessions too. Why are owls eyes yellow? Does a kite really have a forked tail? Find out the answers to these questions and more with the return of Pembrokeshire Falconry. Experience some of our native birds of prey up-close-and-personal. Learn more about how they hunt their prey and how medieval falconers trained them to provide food for humans during the long winter months. 11.00am - 4.00pm. Adult £4. Family *£12. Senior citizens, students and children under 16 £3. Member Free. Disabled and companion Free.
*Admits 2 adults and all children under 16.
cadw.wales.gov.uk

20 August

Workshop One

Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Dylan's Walk, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire SA33 4SD.
'No Read, No Write' - a workshop in which Dave Woolley and Ann Gray will introduce a wide range of poems you probably won’t have encountered before. Why we think they’re important, and how they can inspire your own writing to take new directions. Places limited. 5pm - 7.30pm.Tickets - £12-50 includes a light supper.
dylanthomasboathouse.com  01994 427420

20 August

Farmhouse Cheese Making Courses

Cwmcrwth Farm, Broad Oak, Carmarthen SA32 8QP.
1 day cheese making courses, fun and informative. Learn how to make cheese in your own kitchen with Artisan cheese maker Lynn Beard at Cwmcrwth Farm Holiday Cottages Nr Llandeilo. Accommodation available on site if required. Dates: 20th August, 3rd September, 1st October Time: 10am-3pm. Price: £90 per delegate. Lunch included.
cwmcrwthfarmcottages.co.uk  01558 669160
cheesemakingcourse.co.uk

21 August

Workshop Two

Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Dylan's Walk, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire SA33 4SD.
'Weighing Every Word' - a workshop with Dave and Ann that will focus on editing your poems to make them even better than you thought they could be. Please bring a couple of your poems along. Places limited. The two workshops can be attended separately, but there will be natural connections between the two! 5pm - 7.30pm. Tickets - £12-50 includes a light supper.
dylanthomasboathouse.com  01994 427420

21 August

Workshop Three

Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Dylan's Walk, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire SA33 4SD.
'Word & Image' - Art & Poetry Workshop for young people aged 10 - 14. Artist Keith Bayliss will work with Ann & Dave, using visual images to inspire poetry and vice versa. Places limited. 10am - 3pm. Tickets - £7.50 to include materials and a sandwich lunch!
dylanthomasboathouse.com  01994 427420

21 August

Residency Finale

Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Dylan's Walk, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire SA33 4SD.
'The Colour of Saying' Dave and Ann will give readings of their work, together with a display of art-work from Keith and perhaps some surprises! 7pm Tickets - £5 (or FREE if you’ve attended any of their other events this week!)
dylanthomasboathouse.com  01994 427420

21 August

Llansadwrn Show

Llansadwrn Community Field.
9.30 start. As well as a full programme of main ring events, there will be plenty to see and do on the Show field, with lots of stalls, games and a Bouncy Castle. In the tent, you will find all the Horticultural exhibits, along with entries in the Arts, Crafts and Produce classes.
llansadwrnshow.co.uk

23 August

Rhandirmwyn Show and Sheep Dog Trials

Rhandirmwyn.
This is a local village show with classes for horses and ponies. Terrier and lurcher qualifier classes family dog show, fruit veg, flowers, handicrafts cookery, photography, children's classes, children's sport, quoits and tug of war. Come and join us and have a great day out.
rhandirmwyn show.co.uk

23 & 24 August

Craft Fair

Pembrey Country Park.
Supporting the Local Arts & Craft cottage industry of Carmarthenshire. Fantastic days out at Pembrey Country Park.
discovercarmarthenshire.com  01554 742424

24 August

Special Event - Martin Daws

Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Dylan's Walk, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire SA33 4SD.
Performance poet and Young People’s Poet Laureate for Wales, Martin Daws will perform alongside Sarah Mumford (Contemporary Dance), Huw V Williams e(Double Basse) and Flautist Greg Sterland. Martin has a rare ability to improvise poetry and collaborate with jazz musicians. A fun poetry, rap, jazz and dance evening. Event starts 6.30pm. Tickets e£14.50 to include a Summer Buffet.
dylanthomasboathouse.com  01994 427420

24 August

Dolaucothi Arms Beer Festival

The Dolaucothi Arms, Pumsaint, Carmarthenshire SA19 8UW.
Real ales, ciders, live music, treasure hunt, apple bobbing and good food. 1pm to 11pm.
thedolaucothiarms.co.uk  01558 650237

24 August

Food and Craft Fair

St Clears Leisure Centre.
10am till 3pm. Children can create their own crafts at the Make and Take Stall, and everyone can use the occasion to watch the St Clears 10k runners. Use Spice Time Credit Vouchers to pay for the Make and Take.
actifsirgar.co.uk  07986 526732

24 & 25 August

Welsh vintage extravaganza

Pembrey Circuit, Pembrey SA16 OHZ.
.barcwales.com  01554 891042

29 & 30 August

100 Voices

The Ffwrnes, Park Street, Llanelli SA15 3YE.
7.30pm. £15.00. Following on from the success of last years variety concert, this one looks set to be just as entertaining. With acts born and bred in west Wales and many still currently appearing on the West End, television and national tours, there will be something to wet every appetite from singers to comedians, magicians to musicians. You won't be disappointed. Oh and 1 major surprise that will leave you in awe. Led by the Corp of drums and the voices community choir, this is one night you will not want to miss.
thearausirgar.co.uk  0845 226 3510

30 August

'Sister Sledge' and 'The Real Thing'

The Corran Resort, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire.
We are pleased to announce that on Saturday August 30th we have world renowned, multi platinum selling artists Sister Sledge and The Real Thing (plus special guests) performing at The Corran Resort & Spa. Tickets via our website at £42.50.
liveatthecorran.com  01994 427417

30 August

Pig Days

Cwmcrwth Farm, Broad Oak, Carmarthen SA32 8QP.
For those who just love pigs and for those looking at keeping them for the first time. Spend the day learning about keeping pigs, get hands on and the legal bits with pig breeder Rob Park at Cwmcrwth Farm Holiday Cottages Nr Llandeilo. Accommodation available on site if required. Dates: 30th August, 27 September, 11th October. 10am-4pm. Price: £80 per delegate. Lunch included.
cwmcrwthfarmcottages.co.uk  01558 669160

30 August

Llanarthne village show

Village Field, Llanarthne.
Llanarthne village show at the village field. Horticultural section, dog show and racing, zorbes, bouncy castle, quads, displays by the quack pack, karate club and clogging. Nantgaredig band will entertain throughout the afternoon. Vintage display and procession and a forestry section with displays of carving and chainsaw maintentence. Spinners and weavers also present. Open to the public at 12 noon but entries taken at 8am to 11am in the morning for the horticulural section. YFC sports to follow. entry is just £3 with children under 16 free.
neuaddllanarthne.co.uk

30 August

Kidwelly Food and Craft Fair

Princess Gwenllian Centre, Kidwelly.
11 - 3pm. Free entry, raffle in aid of kidwelly doctors surgery. Vintage afternoon tea available. Local crafts. Come along for a lovely afternoon.
For a stall please contact sophie mangano on 07870 903420

30 & 31 August

Phil Bevan Track Day Bikes

Pembrey Circuit, Pembrey SA16 OHZ.
barcwales.com  01554 891042

31 August

Llanelli Standard Distance Triathlon

Millennium Coastal Park, Llanelli.
This event won the Welsh Triathlon Associations Event of the Year for 2013 and has already become one of the events of the year to take part in. This is a great open water Triathlon on the Welsh circuit and already in its 1st two years has attracted a large field of athletes. The event attracts 1st time triathletes or those giving open water triathlon a go for the very first time to the very experienced quality triathletes from across the UK. The event takes place at the North Dock in the Millennium Coastal Park and starts with a 1500m swim in the safe haven of the North Dock. A 40km bike ride follows and takes you down to the outskirts of the historic Town of Kidwelly which is a fast flat course before you return towards Llanelli and then head down to the Wetlands Centre and returning to transition at the North Dock. The 10km run is a two lapped course which takes you along the scenic Millennium Coastal Path with a fantastic finish outside the Discovery Centre. This is part of the Carmarthenshire Triathlon Series for 2014. The event starts at 7.30am and there will be 1 mass swim start. Triathletes can also donate or raise money for the MacMillan Cancer Charity which is Healthy Life Activities official charity for 2014.
healthylifeactivities.co.uk   07968 859260  

31 August

This is not your regular charity event.... we will have GIJoe BootCamp, GI Juniors Bootcamp, food and drinks!

Sandy Water Park, Llanelli.
This is to raise money for Week On The Street, a brilliant charity that we are very fond of for its work, persistence and for what the money can do for them to help with Autism and Homelessness. All monies raised will go directly to the above. We are also doing a sponsored Log Run! This will be from Sandy Water Park to Burry Port and back carrying a log weighing over 40kgs between a small team. The Charity Event is being held it Sandy Water Park.
facebook.com  07837 113752

31 August

Table Top Sale

Coleshill Centre, Coleshill Terrace, Llanelli SA15 3BT.
1pm to 4pm. £5 per pitch table included (set up 12.30pm) (Just Add Spice - 3 Time credits per pitch). Refreshments available.
       01554 742625