Discovering Carmarthenshire
AT A GLANCE

May 2014

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

May

Artist In Residence - Cheryl Beer

Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Dylan's Walk, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire SA33 4SD.
During Cheryl’s residency at the DylanThomas Boathouse she will produce and edit a digital short film comprising of photographic stills, music composition on ukulele and spoken word poetic lyric, based on the theme of 100, Dylan Thomas, The Boathouse and Laugharne.
dylanthomasboathouse.com  01994 427420

May

Badgerwatch

Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6RT.
Our popular badger watch evenings are back and will run between May and August at Dinefwr. Booking essential.
nationaltrust.org.uk  01558 824512

1 May

Performance - Cheryl Beer

Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Dylan's Walk, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire SA33 4SD.
Whilst in residency, Cheryl will also be populating the Gallery exhibition space with her display film, about the West Wales Coastline entitled The Dragon Tree: A newfolk story for the West Wales Coastline. There will also be framed and mounted prints of Laugharne and of the Dylan Thomas Trail in New Quay on display and for sale. Starts 6.45pm with light refreshments. Tickets £10.
dylanthomasboathouse.com  01994 427420

1, 8, 15 & 22 May (Thursdays). 3, 17, 24 & 31 May (Saturdays)

Creepy Carmarthen - The Spooky Town Tour

Carmarthen Town.
This unique ninety minute walking tour leaves from the Guildhall steps at 7pm. 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 May

Greek Night

Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli.
Join us for delicious meze style dining (many small plates of food designed for sharing), authentic Greek entertainment in the form of a bouzouki player and perhaps even some ouzo for those of you that enjoy it. Tickets are £29.50pp.
stradeyparkhotel.com  01554 758171

2 May

Concert

Soar Chapel, Llandyfan.
For a concert with a difference, don't miss the May Day Celebration at Soar Chapel, Llandyfan on Friday May 2nd at 7.30pm. It promises to be a wonderfully entertaining evening in the company of Dinefwr Male Voice Choir, Carwen Earles The Sir Gar WI Choir and Trap WI members. Tickets £5, tel Beryl (01558 823213) Proceeds towards the WI Stand at the National Eisteddfod. All welcome.
thewi.org.uk  01558 823213

2 - 5 May

Laugharne Poetry and Biography Weekend

Laugharne.
Part of the extended Laugharne Literature Festival - This weekend features performances around Laugharne by leading poets including Simon Armitage, jackie Kay, John Cooper Clarke, Wendy Cope, Jo Shapcott and Rhian Edwards; Helen Griffin performs her acclaimed one woman play "Caitlin" based on Dylan's wife; Rhodri Miles brings his one man play "Burton" on Dylan's famous actor friend.

'A Handful of Rain' is a play written by poet Phil Bowen on an imaginary meeting between Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan in Greenwich Village.

In National Theatre Wales' Raw Material: Llareggub Revisited (May 3-5) conceived and curated by Marc Rees, we see a re-imaginaing of the world of Under Milk Wood around Laugharne, the "strangest town in Wales" according to Dylan, including a live broadcast collaboration with BBC Cymru Wales. Thomas' characters re-imagined for screen by some of Wales' most contemporary artisits and musicians introduce us to the actions, habits and secrets that make today's Laugharne as curious and unique a place as it was when Thomas called it home. nationaltheatrewales.org

Radio 3, Radio 4 and BBC Wales will all be transmitting from the festival (Laugharne Castle); renowned Dylan Thomas expert Jeff Towns talks about the pubs and bars frequented by Dylan in Wales, London and New York, there will be a selection of Dylan related films shown; Robin Williamson of the Incredible String Band will play and perform several Dylan poems set to music and Welsh folk band Fern Hill will play a special concert.
Free tickets for selected events are available here - bbc.co.uk
For all the latest information follow @BBCDylanThomas

2 - 5 May, 19th - 21st September, 26th - 28th September

Laugharne Festival - The Dylan Weekends

Laugharne.
Join us in a town of 'pubs, mud, cockles, flatfish, curlews, rain and human, often all too human, beings.' To celebrate Dylan Thomas’s Centenary, the team behind the Laugharne Weekend will be presenting three special festival weekends, each one inspired by a different aspect of Dylan’s talent. The first Dylan Weekend will take place from the 2nd to 5th May, with a celebration of poetry and theatre.

  • Dylan Weekend 1 (Poetry & Biography) 2nd - 5th May
  • Dylan Weekend 2 (Music & film) 19th - 21st September
  • Dylan Weekend 3 (Comedy & Radio) 26th - 28th September

More information at: thedylanweekends.com

3 May

Choral Gala Concert

Greenfield Baptist Chapel, Murray St, Llanelli SA15 1AQ.
7pm. Artists: Pendyrus Male Choir, Lleisiau’r Cwm (ladies choir), Samuel Morris (tenor), Andrew J Pike (organ. Tickets £10 available from Ffwrnes Theatre Box Office Llanelli 0845 226 3510. In aid of the Appeal for a new Ultrasound Machine to Diagnose Prostate Cancer at Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli.

3 & 4 May

Hottrax Motorcycle Road Racing

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

3, 4, & 5 May

Crafts in Action

National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire SA32 8HG.
It’s Crafts in Action time at the National Botanic Garden in Carmarthenshire this bank holiday weekend (3, 4 & 5 May) where local crafts people will be putting on a show of their skills. Visitors are in for a treat and can admire quality demonstrations from woodturners, felters, jewellery makers, spinners and more in the stunning surrounds of the Great Glasshouse. There will also be a range of 'trade' stalls featuring handmade teddy bears, organic skincare, beautiful ceramics, home furnishings and photography so there’s something to suit all members of the family. There’ll also be family entertainment provided by the magical Jugglestruck; music from Fiddlebox; and the wonderful Quack Pack are in action on Bank Holiday Monday. The Garden also plays host to Furness Cloggers, who will be dancing on Friday, and there is an historical costume drama taking place - as the Garden’s history is relayed in various re-enactments and displays. The Garden is open daily from 10am to 6pm.
gardenofwales.org.uk  01558 668768

3 - 11 May

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

4 May

Dylan Thomas’ Taf Estuary: Sir John, the Gulled Birds and the Argentinian

Start & finish - Launching platform, The Grist Car Park, Laugharne SA33 4SS.

Dylan settled in Laugharne in 1938-1940, and again in 1949 until his death. Drawn to the shimmering tidal harbour, he often rowed and sailed across the Taf Estuary to visit editor Keidrych Rhys, acclaimed Welsh-Argentinian poet Lynette Roberts, novelist and poet Glyn Jones, and childhood friend Vera Phillips, as well as to drink in Llansteffan’s pubs and seek inspiration - many of Dylan’s poems and short stories are set within the area. The journey across the estuary bridges two of his worlds, with panoramas of Sir John’s Hill, Laugharne and the valleys towards Fern Hill. Join Dylan Thomas experts Professor John Goodby and Jeff Towns in exploring the Taf Estuary by canoe, riding the eddies of his life and words. Simply magical.

9.00 am - 11.00 am. Ticket price £32 (£30). Food / Drink not included. Recommended Clothing: Trainers or plimsolls; Waterproofs; Warm layers; Sun cream & hat; Change of clothing. Canoeing (suitable for beginners; a certain level of fitness is required). Easy, 1 mile. No Dogs. English. Wheelchairs not suitable. 12+. Wetlands & waterways; Urban landscapes. Pay & Display available locally. Access to the Boathouse is on foot only.

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

literaturewales.org  029 2047 2266

4 May

British Driving Society Carriage Riding Demonstration Ride at Dinefwr

Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6RT.
11am - 1pm. Setting off from Home Farm with a wonderful display of horses and carriages for visitors to watch as they drive through the parkland.
nationaltrust.org.uk  01558 824512

4 - 5 May

Bank Holiday Fun - Archers and Arrows

Kidwelly Castle.
From the fields of France to the woods of Wales, the deadly longbow marches into Kidwelly Castle for you to witness in action and then to try for yourself. Can you hit the target? From the woods of Wales to the fields of France, the longbow was the ultimate medieval weapon. A silent hunter and a deadly weapon that could blacken the sky with arrows. At Kidwelly this May, find out from the castle archers what it was like to fight for Henry V and to survive in the medieval world. How was the sword or dagger used? Which arrow could bring down a deer or punch clean through armour? Come and have a go yourselves! Can you keep up with these hardened professional medieval soldiers? 10.00am - 4.00pm. Adult - £4.00. Family - *£12.00. Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £3.00. Member - Free. Disabled and companion - Free. *Admits 2 adults and all children under 16.
cadw.wales.gov.uk

4 & 18 May

Car Boot Sale

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

5 May

Carmarthen Mayor’s Fun Run

Knott’s Square, Carmarthen.
This event has been going for over 30 years and was established by Carmarthen’s Dr Hedydd Davies in the early 80’s. Since 2006 the event has been organised by Carmarthen Town Council and race organiser Noelwyn Daniel. The event attracts over 300 children every year who now run a two lap course around the centre of Carmarthen before receiving a Finishers medal for their efforts. Registration is taken on the day at St Peter’s Civic Hall on Knott’s Square from 8:00am. There is also an adults 5Km fun run which takes runners on a three lap course around Carmarthen with a magnificent finish on Guildhall Square. Every year proceeds from the event are donated to some excellent local causes and since taking over the event in 2006 organisers have donated £14,000. The event starts at 10:00am with the 5Km fun run and is followed at 11:00am with a series of fun runs for children of all ages from Under 6 upwards. For further information please visit rasusymaer.org.uk  or email   

8 - 11 May

Dylan Thomas at Home (4 days / 3 nights)

Dylan Thomas made his home in several of Wales’ most special places. From the fishing villages and rural havens of Ceredigion, to the medieval coastal port town of Laugharne, to his childhood home amongst the hedgerows, cobbles and sand dunes of Swansea and Gower. Adventure with us to some of these unspoilt places, and enjoy the very essence of where Dylan retreated to write.

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 & Evening: Dylan Thomas’ Ceredigion Coast: Llareggub and The Black Lion.
Day 3 - Day: Dylan Thomas’ Laugharne: The Heron, the Pelican and Browns Hotel. Evening: VIP access to a Dylan Thomas 100 Festival event (dylanthomas100.org) or equivalent.
Day 4 - Day: Dylan Thomas’ Swansea Uplands, the Boy and the Young Dog. Evening: Return travel.

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

literaturewales.org  029 2047 2266

9, 10 & 11 May

South & West Wales Caravan & Motorhome Show

United Counties Showground, Carmarthen.
10am - 5pm daily. £5 adults, £4 concession, children FREE. FREE Parking.
Contact: daffodilevents.co.uk   01570 470783

10 May

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. Time: 10am-4pm. Price: £80 per delegate. Lunch included.
cwmcrwthfarmcottages.co.uk  01558 669160

10 & 11 May

Focused Events Track Day Bikes

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

11 May

27th Annual Trap Fun Run

Commencing from the Cennen Arms.
It's that time of year again! The ever popular Trap Fun Run will be held on Sunday May 11th commencing from the Cennen Arms at 11.00a.m. This year's event is once again sponsored by Brecon Water, Gelli Plant and SJ Griffiths and Son and will raise funds for Trap Show, Ty Cymorth Hospice, Carmarthen, and the Spinal Trauma and Surgery Centre, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. There will be the usual 2 routes: the Open 4.7 mile route and the gentler 2.8 mile route for juniors (16 & under) and walkers. Make a note of the date and ring us now for your entry forms on 01558 823213 / 823265.
thewi.org.uk  01558 823213 / 823265

17 May

The Thomas Children’s Laugharne: the Rats and Mably the Dog (bi-lingual event)

Welsh Language Start - Footbridge next to the car park on Dylan’s Birthday Walk, beneath Laugharne Castle, Laugharne, SA33 4SA; Finish - Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire SA33 4SD.

English Language Start - Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, SA33 4SD; Finish - Laugharne Castle, Wogan Street, Laugharne SA33 4SA.

Dylan’s roles as father and son are anchored to Laugharne, where he lived on and off from 1938, before settling his family at The Boathouse, and his parents at The Pelican, in 1949. Dylan’s three children, his wife Caitlin, home help Dolly and dog Mably used to walk from The Boathouse to Faulkner’s Lawn for summer bathing, picnics, stories and games. Join storyteller Daniel Morden and Dylan’s granddaughter Hannah Ellis (English language event) or Jac Jones and Eurig Salisbury (Welsh language event) in following in their footsteps, walking to Laugharne Castle for stories (including stories about The Boathouse rats and the heron), and to the estuarine grasses for a picnic, game of rounders and more tall tales. For ages 6-10.

10.30 am - 12.45 pm. Ticket price: Adults - £8 (£7); Children - £7. Food / Drink Provision: Picnic included. Bring your own drinks. Recommended Clothing: Comfortable footwear; Waterproofs; Warm layers; Sun cream & hat. Easy, 1 mile. Yes dogs. Not suitable for Wheelchairs. Ages 6-10. Children must be accompanied by an adult (maximum 2 per adult). Seascapes & beaches; Hills & valleys; Urban landscapes. Pay & Display available locally. Boathouse access is on foot only.

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

literaturewales.org  029 2047 2266

17 May

Dylan Thomas’ Laugharne: the Boat, the Pelican and Browns Hotel

Start (Full tour) - Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire SA33 4SD; Finish (Full tour) and Start/Finish (Meal & performance only) - Browns Hotel, King St, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire SA33 4RY

Explore Dylan’s Laugharne on foot and by boat with resident travel journalist Chris Moss and local journalist, author and biographer George Tremlett, from his writing shed and The Boathouse, to Sea View (his home from 1938-1940), the castle and its grounds (where Dylan wrote at this time), and Eros (Dylan and Caitlin’s first marital home). St. Martin’s Church (where he said he could feel evil "oozing out of the walls") will also feature, via The Pelican (Dylan’s parents’ home), and his grave. Enjoy a light evening meal at Browns Hotel and a performance of Dylan’s work by actor Guy Masterson, nephew of Richard Burton - you can join us for this alone if you wish. The day ends with boarding a boat at sunset to travel a short distance up the Taf Estuary to view Dylan’s Laugharne from the heron’s eye view.

Full tour - 3.00 pm - 9.00 pm; Meal & performance only - 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm. Ticket price: Full tour - £47 (£45); Meal & performance only - £17 (£15). Food / Drink Provision: Light evening meal included. Drinks not included. Recommended Clothing: Full tour - Comfortable footwear; Waterproofs; Warm layers; Sun cream & hat. Full tour - Boat. Full tour - Easy, 2 miles. No Dogs. English. Not suitable for wheelchairs. 15+. Seascapes & beaches; Hills & valleys; Urban landscapes. Pay & Display available locally. Boathouse access is on foot only.

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

literaturewales.org  029 2047 2266

17 May

Last Night of the Proms

Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli.
7.00pm. Carmarthenshire’s sell-out landmark flag-waving extravaganza is back! The 2014 Last Night of the Proms brings together three of Wales’ leading choirs - Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers, the mighty Morriston Orpheus Choir and the Llanelli Choral Society for a massed choir of 225 voices and the nationally acclaimed British Sinfonietta Orchestra - all under the magical baton of conductor John Hywel Williams. The toe-tapping, flag-waving, roof-raising musical experience will include patriotic favourites, magical moments from film and theatre, classical wonders and much more. Highlights from the 250+ massed choir and orchestra include Ride of the Valkeries, Where Eagles Dare, Schindler’s List, Williams Tell Overture, Orpheus in the Underworld, Jerusalem, Nimrod, Dambusters, Rule Brittania, Land of Hope and Glory, Sound of Music, Les Miserables, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Ode to Joy, Zadok Priest, Easter Hymn... and much more! Bring your flags for a night of passionate music and singing! Tickets £20 and available from: Box Office on 0845 226 3510. Ticket Secretary: 01269 841658.
hywelchoir.com   01554 772979

17 May

Llanelli Paratriathlon

Millennium Coastal Park, Llanelli, Burry Port, Carmarthenshire SA16 0TD.
4 - 6pm.
healthylifeactivities.co.uk   01554 777744

17 & 18 May

British Truck / car racing

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

18 May

Llanelli Sprint Triathlon

Millennium Coastal Park, Llanelli.
This is the first open water Triathlon on the Welsh circuit and always attracts 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 750m swim in the safe haven of the North Dock. A 30km 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 to transition at the North Dock. The 5km run takes you along the scenic Millennium Coastal Path with a fantastic finish outside the Discovery Centre. The event starts at 8:00am and there will be 3 mass swim starts. This is part of the Carmarthenshire Triathlon Series for 2014. 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  

18 May

Back 2 the Trenches Mud & Obstacle Run

Cothi Bridge, Carmarthen SA32 7PF.
This is our new exciting venue for 2014 set in a very private challenging, 300-acre estate, just right for an extreme obstacle mud run or race, you choose. It is the best that Wales has to offer. In the big outdoors with natural exciting extreme hills, lakes, woodlands, valleys, meadows and even a river to swim in! Add our man-made obstacles to the landscape and this run will push you to your limits of physical ability, cover you in mud and leave you smiling and exhausted from head to toe.
back2thetrenches.co.uk  01737 822484

24 May

Conservation Farming at Dinefwr

Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6RT.
A chance to meet our livestock and learn all about our conservation work.
nationaltrust.org.uk  01558 824512

24 May

St. Clears YFC Agricultural Show

United Counties Showground, Carmarthen.
Opening show of the 2014 Agricultural Season. Classes for cattle, sheep, horses, vintage, dogs and horticulture. Great day out for all the family.
stclearsyfcshow.co.uk  07870 390734

23 May

Grand Twmpath / Breton dance - Llandovery Folk Dancing

Llanwrda Hall, SA19 8HD.
Featuring our old friends: Rachel Goodwin and Herve Drean as 'MAD TOM' and 'Toure Louis' - Breton (formerly-Twm Twp). 7-8 Breton, 8-11pm Twmpath. £7, £5 concessions. Hot and soft drinks included. All welcomed - suitable for beginners and experienced dancers alike. Dances 'called'. Please bring a plate of food to share.
llandoveryfolkdancing.co.uk  01550 720483 / 750232

23 May

Siôn a Siân

Tafarn y Ffarmers, Glanaman.
7pm. Yn cynnwys: Cyri a reis. (This is a Welsh language event based on the 'Mr & Mrs' programme).
menterbrodinefwr.org  01558 825336  

24 - 26 May

Dylan Thomas Festival of Walks, Llanelli and around

Various locations.
Llanelli ramblers have themed their annual Festival of Walks on Dylan Thomas’ Wales, the places that he lived, worked and played in and around Llanelli and Laugharne. In its 19th year there are walks for all ages and abilities with distances ranging from 2 to 12 miles.
llanelliramblers.org.uk

24 & 25 May

Welsh festival of motorsport

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

26 May

Phil Bevan Track Day Bikes

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

26 - 30 May

Woodland Club

Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6RT.
Join us at the Dinefwr outdoor classroom for a different activity everyday - learn woodland skills and get a certificate as a Mini Ranger.
nationaltrust.org.uk  01558 824512

27 May

Special Event - Menna Elfyn

Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Dylan's Walk, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire SA33 4SD.
Poetry reading by Menna Elfyn and the winners of the Carmarthenshire Commonwealth Baton Poetry competition on the subject 'Games' to coincide with the day the Commonwealth Baton passes through Carmarthenshire on its way to the Glasgow Games. Event starts at 6.45pm with a light supper followed by the Poetry performances. Tickets £12.50.
dylanthomasboathouse.com  01994 427420

27 May

Queens Baton Relay 2014

Laugharne, Carmarthen, Llanelli & Ammanford.
teamwales.co.uk/queens-baton-relay-2014

31 May

Together Festival

togetherfestival.co.uk    unitedcounties.org

31 May & 1 June

2014 Archery Tournament

Pembrey Country Park.
The event is not just a 'World Record Status' tournament, but a 2 day 'Double' event which attracts the top archers who need scores for use in their application to be included in the UK archery squad. Set in the heart of the public Pembrey Country Park, the spectacle of up to 100 archers standing on the shooting line, facing a row of 24 targets, with the entourage of attending judges and officials is a rare sight.
cymric.org.uk

31 May & 1 June

British sprint championships

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