Major Events in Wales for 2014 cottage visitors
As usual, Wales will be hosting a number of major events in the coming year.
The dates for the 2014 Hay Literary Festival are Thursday 22 May through to Sunday 1 June. Britain’s town of books, Hay-on-Wye, once again hosts this annual festival which Bill Clinton called the ‘Woodstock of the Mind’. But it’s not just about books - you’ll get music, comedy and current affairs crammed into its cosmopolitan programme.
Europe’s largest youth arts festival, the Urdd National Eisteddfod, celebrates the best talent in song, dance, drama and design; it will take place in 2013 from Monday 26 May to Saturday 31 May at Rhiwlas near Bala, North Wales. A family friendly event, the Eisteddfod is a celebration of the Welsh language and culture as well as a showcase of young, Welsh talent. With competitions, live music stages, street theatre, stalls and exhibitions it’s a great day out for all ages. The 68th Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod takes place from Tuesday 8th July to Sunday 13th July 2014. Every year in July, more than 4,000 musicians, singers, and dancers from around the globe come to Llangollen to perform at one of the world's most colourful festivals with its unique Spirit of Peace and Goodwill. Dancers, Instrumentalists, Choirs, and Soloists - there's a competition for everyone at the Eisteddfod, with around 50 countries represented each year.
Britain’s most popular agricultural show, the Royal Welsh Show, is not all about cows and sheep! Live music, stunt displays, craft stalls, food and much more will come together at the Llanelwedd showground, Builth Wells from Monday 21 to Thursday 24 July 2014 to create a bustling mix of town and country. The first Royal Welsh Show was held at Aberystwyth in 1904. After moving to 37 different venues throughout Wales it settled at Builth Wells in 1963. Last year the Show had 241,781 visitors - a record attendance.
The National Eisteddfod is traditionally held in the first week of August and the competitions are all held in the Welsh language. Hundreds of tents, pavilions and little stands are erected to create the maes (field). The festival has a quasi-druidic flavour, with the main literary prizes for poetry and prose being awarded in colourful and dramatic ceremonies under the auspices of the Gorsedd of Bards of the Island of Britain, complete with prominent figures in Welsh cultural life dressed in flowing druidic costumes, flower dances, trumpet fanfares and a symbolic Horn of Plenty. Llanelli is the location for the 2014 National Eisteddfod and the dates are from Friday 1st to Saturday 9th August.