Thousands of people from the North Wales Coast are expected to join thousands more from across the country in Llanelli as the 2014 National Eisteddfod of Wales – Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru – gets underway.
After last year’s event in Denbigh – considered one of the best in years – the eight-day celebration of the Welsh language and Welsh culture returns to the west and to the Millennium Coastal Path which last hosted the event in 2000.
Around 150,000 people are expected on the Maes during the week. Competition gets underway on Saturday morning with the traditional brass band championships – but this year’s opening concert, being held tonight, sees over 350 children from the host county of Carmarthenshire take centre stage, performing classic Welsh musical numbers from the likes of Nia Ben Aur, Pum Diwrnod o Ryddid, Penderyn and Er Mwyn Yfory.
This year’s Eisteddfod is also the first to be organised by Elen Ellis, who takes over from Hywel Wyn Edwards after his retirement last year. She told the Llanelli Star: “It’s been a privilege to work with the people of Carmarthenshire over the past year. The Eisteddfod has been welcomed with open arms across the county, and we hope people will enjoy the festival over the next week. We sincerely hope people will have a good time at the festival and we thank everyone for their support and help over the community project.”
Point FM’s Eisteddfod correspondent Gareth Joy will be reporting from the Maes from next Wednesday – with regular updates on air on 103.1 FM and a comprehensive service of reports, interviews and results online at pointfm.co.uk
– If you’re travelling via the M4, leave at Junction 47 and take the second exit at the roundabout towards Swansea. At the next roundabout, take the second exit to the A484 to Llanelli, then follow the signs to the town and the yellow signs to the carparks.
– If you’re travelling via Carmarthen, take the A484 south towards Llanelli. At the roundabout after Burry Port, follow the yellow signs to park in the village.
– The carparks are situated to the east and west of the town – there will be a Park and Ride shuttle bus in operation, going to and from the entrance centre at regular intervals.
– Regular services run to and from Llanelli throughout the day, usually on a hourly basis or half hourly at peak times. Llanelli railway station is around a ten minute walk away from the Maes.
– A free shuttle bus service will be running from the train and bus stations to the Maes every 20 minutes from 8.05am to 10.05pm. The last return service from the Maes is at 10.30pm.
Eight bus services regularly link Llanelli to other locations around the West and South West of Wales: 110/111 (Swansea – Kidwelly), 128 (Ammanford – Llanelli), 195 (Carmarthen – Llanelli, via Cynheidre), 196 (Carmarthen – Llanelli, via Llanon), 197 (Carmarthen – Llanelli, via Pontiets and Carway), 198 (Carmarthen – Llanelli, via Ferryside and Kidwelly), 400/404 (Swansea – Llanelli) and X11 (Carmarthen – Swansea).
For more details, visit traveline-cymru.info