Discovering Carmarthenshire

September 2014

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


Carmarthen Bay Holiday Park

Carmarthenshire Walking Festival

Various locations.
This September, 'Discover Carmarthenshire' is encouraging people of all ages and abilities to don their walking boots and head outdoors to discover the spectacular walks on offer in the county by running a month-long festival of organised walks.

The Festival of Walks will begin on the 1st of September. Weekend walks will be led by S4C weatherman and walking enthusiast Chris Jones, with all ages and abilities invited to take part; with a few walks specifically designed to be suitable for wheelchair users and families with buggies in tow.


Open Doors Event - FREE ENTRY

01443 336000 for more information.


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.   
01554 783900


Artist In Residence - Peter John Jones

Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Dylan's Walk, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire SA33 4SD.
The exhibition will be aseries of paintings portraying the artist’s response to the writing of Dylan Thomas. Exhibition Unveiling - Sunday 31st August 2014. 6pm - 8pm.  01994 427420

1 - 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.  01554 773538

1 - 30 September

Events at the National Botanic Gardens

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

  • 1 - 30 September - Members bring a Friend Free.
  • 6 & 7 September - Wales Orchid Festival. Stunning displays of beautiful orchids plus tours round of our Tropical House and talks with tips from experts.
  • 12 September - SA31 Day. Free entry to anyone who lives in this postcode area - do bring proof please like a utility bill or council tax bill.
  • 13 & 14 September - Chrysanthemum Weekend. An exhibition of special blooms.
  • 28 September - Modern and classic cars will be the centre of attention when members of the Swansea MG Enthusiast Club stop off at the National Botanic Garden on their Brecon Beacons Car Run.

Lifelong Learning Courses (01558 667150):

  • 13 & 14 September - Woodturning.
  • 20 September - Flower Arranging.
  • 27 September - Ceramics.

Courses In The Garden This Summer:

  • 9 September - How to Get Started Growing Your Own.
  • 16 September - The Wonders of Compost.
  • 20 & 24 September - Seed Saving in the Vegetable Garden.
  • 30 September - Winter Containers.  01558 668768

4 September

Farmhouse Pork Curing Courses

Cwmcrwth Farm, Broad Oak, Carmarthen SA32 8QP.
Full and Half day pork curing course, fun and informative. Half Day : Learn how to make bacon and pancetta at home or extend to a Full Day and learn chorizo and salami skills with pig & pork enthusiast Rob Park at Cwmcrwth Farm Holiday Cottages, Nr Llandeilo. Time: 10am-1pm. Price: Half Day £45. Full Day (includes lunch) £90 per delegate.  01558 669160

4 - 27 September

Events at Gwili Steam Railway

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

  • 4, 11, 18 & 25 Sept - 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...
  • 6, 13 & 27 Sept - Drive a steam engine - Love steam engines? Come and learn how to drive a steam engine. The Gwili Railway Driver Find out how a branch line railway operated in the 1950's, with the chance to drive a steam locomotive, fire it, and help the guard and signalman in their duties. A full day experience, starting with lighting up at 7am. Breakfast and lunch included and up to 8 family and friends can travel on the steam train. More...  01267 238213

5 - 18 September

Coastline: Two Visions

Kingstreet Gallery, 33 King Street, Carmarthen SA31 1BS.
King Street Gallery artists Yve Kelly and Ken Day have joined forces to create a collaborative exhibition for the first two weeks in September in the gallery’s Chate Room. The artists work in very different ways: Yve Kelly makes abstract paintings and Ken Day is a landscape photographer. For this exhibition they have gone to the same part of the coast on the border of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, and produced their own versions of the scenes. Seen side-by-side, these art works will give the viewer a unique opportunity to compare two visions by two of west Wales’ contemporary artists. Both Ken and Yve will open their exhibition on the evening of Friday 5th at 5.30pm with a talk about their collaboration for this exhibition. All are welcome.  01267 220121

6 September

Kidwelly targa rally

Pembrey Circuit, Pembrey SA16 OHZ.  01554 891042

6 September

WW1 Centenary Concert

Greenfield Baptist Chapel, Llanelli.
In aid of Poppy Appeal in south west Wales. Llanelli Male Choir, 215 City of Swansea Squadron Corps of Drums and Côr Curiad & Guest Artistes. Evening closes with a 'Tribute to the Fallen'. Tickets £10 Unreserved, available from Llanelli Rotary Club members, Ffwrnes Theatre box office.  0845 226 3510

6 - 7 September

Carmarthen Park Summer Events


  • 6 September - 10.00am-4.00pm. Baby Bug Slide and Babyland Fun.
  • 7 September - 1.00-3.00pm. Carmarthen Symphonic Wind Band.
  • 7 September - 10.00am-4.00pm. Crazy Caterpillar Assault Course.  01267 235205

7 September

7th Annual Dog’s Day Out

Pembrey Counry Park.
The 7th annual Dog’s Day Out on Sunday 7th September looks set to be the biggest and best ever. The event is from 10am - 4pm at Pembrey Country Park and has activities for dogs of all breeds, ages and abilities including 'Canine Singer of the World' and sausage catching! The Fun Dog Show events will be judged by Lynne Davies from BBC’s Dog Borstal. There’s also demonstrations and the chance to meet support and assistance dogs along with free microchipping from the Dogs Trust. Entry is free and all proceeds go to local animal charities.  01554 890482

7, 14 & 21 September

Car Boot Sale

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

12 September

Good day, neighbour

National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire SA32 8HN.
The National Botanic Garden of Wales has declared Friday September 12, 2014, to be "Meet the Neighbours day", which means free entry for anyone able to prove they live in the SA31 postcode area. This special 'Postcode Day' initiative includes key talks by Garden staff and behind-the-scenes tours. Some highlights of 'SA31' are: an 'Under the Great Glasshouse' tour; a 'Meet the Director' session, 'A Walk in the Med' and a talk and tour around our Rock of Ages display. To claim your free entry, please bring along your council tax bill and other, separate (preferably photo) ID. The Garden is open from 10am to 6pm.  01558 668768

12 September, 4 October & 6 December

Events at Myddfai Community Hall

    Myddfai Community Hall and Visitor Centre, Myddfai, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire SA20 0JD.
  • Friday 12th September - Dylan Thomas play 'Clown in the Moon' at Myddfai Community Hall, near Llandovery. The play is a portrayal of the Swansea born poet’s life performed by Rhodri Miles in conjunction with Swansea Grand Theatre. Tickets £6 for adults, £3 for children. Starts at 6pm, refreshments available. Some tickets will be available on the door.
  • Saturday 4th October - Car Boot & Table Top sale, Myddfai Hall, 11am-3pm. Tables cost £5. Free visitor entry, refreshments available. Phone or email to book a table. Myddfai Hall & visitor centre is open 6 days a week 10.30am-5pm (closed Mondays) Come and visit the lovely craft shop & café.
  • Saturday 6th December - Myddfai Christmas Fair, Myddfai Community Hall & Visitor Centre. Open 10am-4pm. Loads of stalls with handmade crafts, art & local produce Stalls cost £15. Free visitor entrance, festive refreshments available from the café. Myddfai Hall & visitor centre is open 6 days a week, 10.30am-5pm (closed Mondays) & 5 days a week (11am-4pm) from Nov-Feb (closed Mon & Tues). Come and visit the lovely craft shop & café.      01550 720449

13 September

The Big Cwtch Summer Party

Glanrannell Park House, Crugybar, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire SA19 8SA.
12pm until 11.30pm. A Charity event to raise much needed funds for Ski 4 All Wales which supports adults with severe physical, visual and neurological disabilities to learn to ski as part of their rehabilitation programme. The Big Cwtch presents a charity one day music & food festival in the beautiful Cothi Valley. The Big Cwtch Summer Party features an outstanding line up of welsh bands, acoustic artists and performers alongside an ecletic mix of street food stalls, tasting menus and demos from top local chefs and foodie experiences from local producers. Plus a kids field and lots of creative and fun entertainment for all the family throughout the day. Tickets numbers are limited for this exclusive summer event so book early! Limited pre-booked green field camping is also available onsite - can be booked online with your ticket.  01792 473 066

13 & 14 September

Heritage Open Weekend

Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6RT.
Enjoy all that Dinefwr’s parkland and Newton House has to offer for FREE.  01558 824512

13 & 14 September

N.G.motorcycle road racing

Pembrey Circuit, Pembrey SA16 OHZ.  01554 891042

15 - 19 September

Countryside Talks at Oriel Myrddin

Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Church Lane, Carmarthen SA31 1LH.
12:30pm every day in the gallery (talks last 40 mins). A series of free lunchtime talks in the gallery about farming, the land and rural life; from art and poetry to archaeology and farming practices. Join us each lunchtime - don’t forget to bring your sandwich!  01267 222775

19 September

Dirty Dancing - Drive in Movie

Ffos Las Racecourse, Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire SA17 4DE.
For a superb night out over the weekend join us for our Dirty Dancing Drive in Movie night. On the evening you can sit back, relax and enjoy the film from the comfort of your car. Please note that your car MUST have a fully operational radio and manually tune the radio in order to hear the sound. Gates Open at 5.30pm. Movie Starts 7.30pm. Event Ends 10.30pm. Adults - £8, Children - £5 (16 and under and must be over 12). Please note; This film is rated a 12. No children under the age of 12 will be admitted on site to watch the film. All advance bookings are all subject to a £1.50 booking fee per booking (not per person).  01554 811092

20 & 21 September

Focused Events Track Day Bikes

Pembrey Circuit, Pembrey SA16 OHZ.  01554 891042

20 September

MicroBirth Film Premiere

Crosshands Cinema, Carmarthenshire.
MicroBirth is a new feature-length documentary looking at birth in a whole new way; through the lens of a microscope. The film investigates the latest scientific research that is starting to link the way babies are born with health in later life, particularly the increased risk of children developing certain immune-related conditions, including asthma, type 1 diabetes, celiac (coeliac) disease, obesity, cardio-vascular diseases, mental health disorders and even some cancers. 6.30pm doors open. 7pm film starts. Tickets available from: Tickets for this event are £5 (limited places available book soon). All profits will be donated to AIMS (Association of Improvement in Maternity Services).  01554 891042

21 September

Vintage Day at Dinefwr

Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire SA19 6RT.
Come and see a wide selection of classic and vintage cars, tractors, lorries, engines and much more in the grounds of Dinefwr Park.  01558 824512

24 September

Coffee Afternoon

The Red Lion Pembrey.
Help us raise funds for macmillan. We are raising funds by having a coffee afternoon. Entry is £5 to include a home made cup cake, sandwiches and a refreshing cup of tea or coffee. There will be competitions including guess the weight of the cake. A rainbow raffle. A home made cake sales table and a sales table. 2pm onwards. Any donations for either the cake stall or for the sales table would be gratefully received please see di, gwen or glen. Thank you for your support.

25 September

Steam Rally Event

Pembrey Country Park, Pembrey, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA16 0EJ.  01554 742424

26 September

Special Event - "Only Words" An Evening With Mererid Hopwood

Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Dylan's Walk, Laugharne, Carmarthenshire SA33 4SD.
Mererid Hopwood lives in Carmarthen. Having studied in Aberystwyth, Salamanca, Freiburg and London, she joined the teaching staff at the German Department in the University of Swansea. She is now senior lecturer in University of Wales, Trinity St David. Her main interest lies in the arts and in literature in particular. She has won the Chair and Crown for poetry and the Literature Medal at the National Eisteddfod. Event starts at 6.45pm. Tickets - £12.50 to include a light supper.  01994 427420

26 September

Coffee Morning

Castle House, Carmarthen.
Help us raise funds for macmillan. We are raising funds by having a coffee morning. Entry is £3.50 to include a home made cup cake, and a refreshing cup of tea or coffee. There will be competitions. A home made cake sales and a sales table. Until 2pm. Any donations for either the cake stall or for the sales table would be gratefully received please see anyone at castle house thank you for your support.

26 September

Charity auction

Angel Inn, Capel Bach Bistro, Llandeilo.
Funds raised are in aid of Cancer Research Cymru. Bidding starts from a bottle of wine all the way up to a signed Swansea City Football shirt. Entry £5.  01558 822765

26 September

Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council present - World War 1 Commemoration Concert

Burry Port Memorial Hall.
6.30pm. A community event with Music, Poetry and Local Memories from the World War 1 Period. Featuring: Burry Port Town Band, Burry Port Male Choir, Local Schools, Other Local Contributors. Doors open at 5.15 for viewing the Memory Wall and Memorabilia. Admission £2. All proceeds donated to LINKS: The Llanelli Mental Health Charity that supports local ex and current service personnel and their families.

26 September

Celtic Evening - Poetry and Song

Quins Club, Carmarthen.
7pm. Lowri Evans (Singer / Songwriter), Sian Walker (Poet), Isobel Stevenson (Singer). Admission £9 (including buffet). Students £6.50 from Music Studio, Nott Square; Carmarthen TIC, Castle House; or at the door.

27 September

Motorsport events track days

Pembrey Circuit, Pembrey SA16 OHZ.  01554 891042

27 September

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: 27 September, 11th October. 10am-4pm. Price: £80 per delegate. Lunch included.  01558 669160

27 September

West Wales Rainbow Run

Pendine Beach.
5km fun run. £10 per person or £30 for a group or family of 5 (Family group must have at least 2 adults). The event is open to all ages from 8 years upwards - under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. Come along wearing a white t-shirt (and running gear you don’t mind getting messy) and you will leave with a smile on your face and every colour of the rainbow! You’ll run through stations of colour where you will be showered with different coloured powder paints. You don't have to be an Olympic athlete; a reasonable level of fitness will get you round the route, with a lot of laughter helping you along the way. Register your interest for our West Wales Rainbow Run Pendine, Carmarthenshire today and we will reserve your space... we will not be taking payment for entries on this event until Thursday 24 July, so by completing the on-line form (link below), you are committing to taking part, raising the required £50 in sponsorship and paying the £10 or £30 entries fee when we send you the new payment link later this month.  029 2053 2199

27 & 28 September

Llandovery Sheep Festival


27 & 28 September

Miniature Rail and Road Rally

Pembrey Country Park.
Llanelli and District Model Engineers will be hosting their 9th Miniature Rail and Road rally at Pembrey Country Park on the 27th & 28th of September 2014. The event which has grown significantly over recent years and will now include Miniature steam traction engines, steam and diesel railway locos in 5 and 7.25 guage running on our 2 railways, motorcycles, cars, commercial vehicles, tractors, stationary engines, childrens amusements, craft stalls and demonstrations. Full catering facilities available throughout the weekend. Set inside the beautiful country park, with its other attractions make it a wonderful and interesting day out for all the family. Normal park admission charges apply, there are no additional charges for the rally.  07970 597412

28 September

West Wales Vintage Clearout & Tractor Show

Pontargothi Showground, Pontargothi, Carmarthenshire SA19 7UE.
There will be a large display of Tractors and Implements, we have a working display area with Threshing, Silage Making and Lawn Mower tractor pulling. There will also be a Tractor boot sale selling all kinds of things from nuts and bolts to complete tractors. Show opens at 9.30am.  01558 668591

28 September

Flea Market at the Showground

The United Counties Showground at Carmarthen SA33 5DR.
10am to 4pm.