Live It Up At Eisteddfod 2018 In Cardiff Bay
Held every year in the first week of August, the National Eisteddfod of Wales is a wonderful celebration of all things Welsh – concentrating specifically on culture and language. The festival moves from place to place, alternating annually between North and South Wales. This year it’s South Wales’s turn – here in Cardiff Bay no less!
No mud for miles!
Anything but the traditional field affair, 2018 sees our capital city host a very ‘urban festival’ as Cardiff Bay transforms into an Eisteddfod Maes from 3-11 August. During the week-long celebration of Wales and the Welsh language, Cardiff Bay will be home to a number of performers, exhibitions, activities and shows for all ages via a mix of temporary structures and pavilions dotted around the site.
The largest festival of competitive music and poetry in Europe
With free admission and the summer holidays in full swing, there’s no excuse not to join in the fun! Attracting around 150,000 visitors, and with over 250 trade-stands and stalls, why not make it part of your 2018 adventures? Competitions are still at its core, but over the years it’s grown into a large and lively event incorporating hundreds of exciting sights, sounds and enterprises for the whole family to enjoy!
Experience an annual Welsh tradition
The Eisteddfod can be traced back to 1176, with the modern history of the organisation dating back to 1861. Held every year (other than 1914 – when the outbreak of WW1 postponed it) it’s become a firm Welsh favourite, and an important part of the country’s vibrant Arts culture. So, for Welsh music, dance, literature, daffodils, dragons, art, craft, competition – plus delicious food and drink (and loads more besides) – this year, make sure you give the Eisteddfod a go!
If you need a little more convincing, here’s our top five reasons to visit the Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay this Summer:
- Comprising of: music, dance, visual arts, literature, original performances, culture and competitions, cuisine, craft and more. With so much to enjoy, it really is an exciting and entertaining event.
- It’s a family-friendly and all-encompassing festival – attracting fluent Welsh speakers, as well as learners – and also those who don’t speak the language at all.
- With a mix of outreach work, lifelong learning and volunteering opportunities, this fantastic festival, gives all sorts of folk, including many locals, a chance to get involved – and really make their mark.
- A marvellous place to meet a vast array of people, of all ages and backgrounds, from different parts of Wales and beyond.
- With many, if not most, of Wales’ leading musicians, writers, and poets having competed at the festival over the years – many appearing on a national stage for the first time here – you’re certainly in for a cultural treat!
Find a great base for your Eisteddfod experience
Offering a number of newly built serviced apartments in Cardiff, including one bedroom apartments retreats for couples, and larger properties for families – A Space In The City will make your self-catered accommodation search effortless.
Staying in Cardiff means you can enjoy the festival at your leisure, and you’re close enough to the coast for some seaside air whenever you fancy. After a day of culture and culinary delights, Cardiff offers The Bay Trail to walk off the excess, and blowing the cobwebs away. If you are feeling energetic you can even head to the nearby town of Penarth across the barrage.
So why not let us pick out the perfect property for your stay, and rest assured that you have found your base to enjoy this years’ Eisteddfod with A Space In The City.