Discovering Carmarthenshire

August 2014

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


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.  01994 427420

1 August

Exhibition Unveiling - John Uzzell Edwards

Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Dylan's Walk, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire SA33 4SD.
John Uzzell Edwards has always painted, and his canvas has always been Wales. His early work in the ‘60s depicted the dereliction that was overtaking Merthyr and the Rhymney Valley, where he was born, the ruined chapels, abandoned buildings and fast-closing mines. 6pm - 8pm. Exhibition will be on display all month.  01994 427420

2 August

Whitland Carnival


2 & 3 August

BARC race day cars

Pembrey Circuit, Pembrey SA16 OHZ.  01554 891042

2 - 10 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.

3, 10 & 31 August

Car Boot Sale

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

9 August

Merlin Festival Children’s Fun Run and Scoot-R-Run

Merlin’s Walk, Carmarthen.
This event is part of the Merlin Festival which is held in Carmarthen on an annual basis and attracts huge crowds to this mythical Town. The event gets underway at 3.00pm from Merlin’s Walk with a 1Km Fun Run for children of Primary School age. It would be great to see all children dressed in their Merlin/Wizards hats and gowns for this fun event. At approximately 3.15pm we will hold our Scoot-R-Run which once again is for children of Primary school age, but this time you will need to be on your scooter. All those taking part will need to be wearing a cycle helmet and everyone taking part will get a Merlin’s medal.   07968 859260  

9 & 10 August

Focused Events Track Day Bikes

Pembrey Circuit, Pembrey SA16 OHZ.  01554 891042

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:

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 ( 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.  029 2047 2266

17 August

Clubmans rallycross

Pembrey Circuit, Pembrey SA16 OHZ.  01554 891042

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.  01994 427420

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.  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!  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!)  01994 427420

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.  01994 427420

24 & 25 August

Welsh vintage extravaganza

Pembrey Circuit, Pembrey SA16 OHZ.  01554 891042

30 & 31 August

Phil Bevan Track Day Bikes

Pembrey Circuit, Pembrey SA16 OHZ.  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.   07968 859260