Urdd Gobaith Cymru National Eisteddfod, Llandovery. May 29 - June 2, 2023
The Urdd Eisteddfod is an annual touring Welsh-language youth festival of literature, music and performing arts organised by Urdd Gobaith Cymru and will be held in Llandovery in 2023, it attracts around 90,000 visitors each year and will be held during Whitsun week at the end of May.
This will be the eighth time that Carmarthenshire has hosted the Urdd Eisteddfod although this will be the first time that the Eisteddfod is visiting Llandovery. The Eisteddfod first visited Carmarthenshire in 1935 when the Eisteddfod was held in Carmarthen and the most recent visits include Eisteddfod Sir Gâr in 2007 and Eisteddfod Cwm Gwendraeth in 1989.
The Eisteddfod is a competitive festival with over 15,000 children and young people under the age of 25 competing during the Eisteddfod week in various competitions such as singing, dancing and performing. They are the elite few from around 40,000 competitors across Wales who have won their place following local and regional rounds held in the spring months leading up to the Eisteddfod.
The 1,800 seater Pavilion is the home of the competitions and is very much the hub of the Eisteddfod. Surrounding the Pavilion, on the ‘Maes’, you will find hundreds of colourful stalls offering a range of activities for all the family - from biking, climbing and sport sessions to a fun fair, live bands and children’s shows with some well-known TV characters. It is a great family day out.
The town’s location - nestled as it is along the banks of the river Tywi, separating the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Cambrian Mountains – makes it a fantastic base for exploring the surrounding area.
The beauty of Llandovery lies in its broad appeal; nestled on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the town is the perfect base from which to explore the western part of the park. Thanks to its proximity to the Black Mountains, Crychan Forest, Cwm Rhaeadr (valley of the waterfall), the River Towy and Usk Reservoir it’s ideal territory for hiking, biking and horse riding, and a haven for nature lovers.
If you are not looking to stay and the official Urdd caravan and campsite, there are plenty of places for you to stay, relax and enjoy the week of the Urdd Eisteddfod. Whether you are looking to stay in high-quality, self-catering properties, picturesque camping sites and caravan parks, or excellent independent hotels and guesthouses, Llandovery has a rich and varied mix to choose from. Lovely caravan parks, such as Abermarlais and Dolbryn, are on sites surrounded by the natural beauty of Carmarthenshire and close to its vibrant market towns, while those such as Erwlon are also providing glamping experiences with log cabin-style riverside pods.
In Llandovery there is a vibrant and diverse range of independent eateries that can cater for everyone’s taste buds. If you are looking for somewhere to dine out, a place for coffee and cake or maybe a takeaway treat, take a look on 100% Sir Gâr to sample Llandovery’s culinary delights.
Llandovery is one of Carmarthenshire’s honeypots attracting devotees of the great outdoors from far and wide, pretty much everywhere you turn in and around Llandovery you’ll be greeted with a breath-taking view.
You will find Llandovery rich in history and culture with plenty to see and do in and around the town.