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Immerse yourself in Wales and the Welsh language at our annual cultural festivals

What do you get if you mix a big top, with a beautiful hand-carved wooden chair and one of the oldest spoken languages in Europe? An Eisteddfod of course!

With this year’s Eisteddfod Genedlaethol drawing to a close, it’s time to start planning for next year. If you’re thinking of booking your next holiday to Wales why not arrange for it to coincide with one of our festivals of song, language and culture so you can experience what this exceptional spectacle has to offer.

Welsh Eisteddfodau always include plenty of fabulous food and drink too, along with a friendly Welsh atmosphere – that famous Cymru Croeso.

So, start practising your singing in the shower, dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to join us for an Eisteddfod in 2020.

The National Eisteddfod (Eisteddfod Genedlaethol)

Held every August, this Eisteddfod is the Big Mama, the Glastonbury of Eisteddfods, around which all others orbit. The location changes each year as the travelling extravaganza makes its way around our beautiful country, giving everyone in Wales an opportunity to experience the magic of the Eisteddfod being held in their hometown.

You don’t have to be a Welsh speaker to enjoy the eisteddfod – if you’ve ever wanted to give the learning (Dysgu) and free translation equipment is available so you can enjoy the competition action in English!

Be sure to catch a Gorsedd Ceremony. Time your visit right and you will have the opportunity to watch Wales’ Best Poet or writer honoured on stage in the Pafiliwn (Pavilion) It’s quite the spectacle. Flower girls dance to the harp in their emerald green dresses. You can join in as the crowd cry out ‘Heddwch’ (meaning ‘Peace’) when the Archdruid pulls a sword from its sheath, before the bard takes his place on the wooden throne.

Guto Dafydd, Eisteddfod Crown, Visit Wales
The winner of the Crown at Llanrwst Eisteddfod August 2019 was Guto Dafydd

When the day is over, be prepared to experience hiraeth – a unique welsh term for ‘longing’ which will likely mean your first visit won’t be your last!

The 2020 Eisteddfod Genedlaethol is being held in Tregaron, Ceredigion – Mid Wales.

To the North is Devil’s Bridge and the seaside town of Aberystwyth.

To the East are the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains.

To the West, Cardigan Castle – the home of the original Eisteddfod; and Pembrokeshire National Park, one of the best coastlines in the World.

To the South our capital Cardiff and the rich mining history of the Welsh Valleys.

Llangollen International Eisteddfod

What do Status Quo, Grey’s Anatomy and Luciano Pavarotti all have in common? Llangollen Eisteddfod!

Status Quo has played, Pavarotti won first prize with his choir in 1955 (and now has a competition in his memory) and the Swingles – who have been featured on Grey’s Anatomy and Sex and the City – competed for the Pavarotti Trophy this year!

Ever wanted to do an around the world trip but never had the time?

Now’s your chance.

A visit to the Llangollen Eisteddfod will take you all over the globe as more than 4,000 performers from over 50 countries descend onto one of the most stunning riverside towns in North Wales to sing, dance and compete. Thailand, Ghana, Russia, Italy, USA, Costa Rica, India, Sweden and Ireland made up just a handful of the 2019 winners.

It’s Wales’ biggest street party – A lively, carnival atmosphere with a big scoop of Celtic magic thrown in for good measure.

2020 Llangollen International Eisteddfod promises to be the best eisteddfod yet as more countries than ever take part.

Llangollen is in the North East of Wales, near the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pontcysyllete Aquaduct, and the gateway to Snowdonia National Park.

Urdd Eisteddfod

The Urdd has been around for almost 100 years, as a National Voluntary Youth Organisation allowing for children and young people the opportunity to meet and socialise in Welsh.

Urdd literally means Welsh League of Hope and its annual Eisteddfod is a massive celebration of youth, Welsh language and culture. So, be sure to expect very high standards in the competitions.

Explore the ‘Maes’ (the field) and immerse yourself in the vibrant, colourful future of Wales – you’ll be smiling all day long.

The 2020 Urdd Eisteddfod is being held in North Wales, where we’d recommend adding a couple of day trips to the region whilst visiting this week-long event. Why not Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch on Anglesey, a train ride up our highest mountain, Snowdon and the seaside town of Llandudno with its extravagant Victorian Pier.

Eisteddfodau and festivals run throughout the year in Wales, in schools and communities across our country. Get in touch with us if you would like to know what events are happening while you are visiting.

Our expert team can advise on your itinerary and make all the arrangements you need for your dream trip to Wales.

Come to Wales and immerse yourself in the music, dance and poetry all around you – we’re not known as the Land of Song for nothing!