Urdd Eisteddfod is coming to Bridgend this summer! Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to attend the youth touring festival this 29 May-3 June, so here's what you should know…
During this annual six-day festival, over 15,000 children and young people from across Wales will be competing for a place in the main pavilion, as well as occupational competitions such as hairdressing, journalism and cooking.
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.
The Urdd will kick off with an Opening Concert on 28 May at Pafiliwn Eisteddfod. Sian Lloyd will introduce Sophie Evans, Only Boys Aloud, Dawnswyr Bro Taf, Steffan Rhys Hughes, Rhydian Jenkins, Côr Adran Bro Taf, and others. The cast of the Primary and Youth Shows will perform as well!
The Youth Show is another performance to keep an eye on. Taking place on 27&29 May in the Sony Theatre, the musical tells the story of forbidden love that inspired the famous folk song, 'Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn'.
Urdd Eisteddfod lasts for the entire week, making it the perfect excuse to enjoy Bridgend County's family-friendly activities and attractions (some of which are completely free). Here's just a sneak peek of what your family can get up to…
Build a sandcastle
The county is home to numerous clean, sandy beaches that are perfect for building sandcastles. These include Coney Beach and Trecco Bay in Porthcawl, as well as the gorgeous Blue Flag Rest Bay.
Surf the Welsh waves
And speaking of our beautiful coast, Bridgend County is the ideal location for the whole family to learn how to surf. Porthcawl Surf School offers beginner and group sessions at Rest Bay beach.
Explore the ruins of Ogmore Castle
Hidden within a stunning location in a river valley, Ogmore Castle is a great place to explore local history. Kids can hop across the stepping stones overlooked by the ruins, and the nearby Pelican in her Piety pub is set to reopen soon for refreshments.
Enjoy the natural landscape
Areas including Parc Slip Nature Reserve, Bryngarw Country Park and Kenfig National Nature Reserve offer acre upon acre of grassland, woodland and meadow to explore, with plenty of opportunity for the little ones to get up close and personal with local wildlife.
Get on your bike!
You may not think it, but Bridgend County is an amazing biking destination for all ages. Try fat biking across the mighty Merthyr Mawr dunes, tackling the Darren Fawr mountain biking trails or enjoying the new dedicated cycling trail running between Trecco Bay and Rest Bay.
To buy a ticket for Urdd Eisteddfod and its many performances, click the link here.
Eisteddfod Maes (festival site) tickets:
29 May - 2 June: £13/adults; £5/children 16 and under
3 June: £6.50/adults; £2,50/children 16 and under
Family packages also available
Opening Concert/Youth Show tickets: £11