Announcing the 100 day countdown to the Urdd Eisteddfod
23 February 2018
Competitions in the Pig Sheds? Tarmac paths around the field? Beautiful views of the Welsh countryside? Yes, the Urdd Eisteddfod on the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells is on the horizon!
An event was held today at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells to mark 100 days until the Urdd National Eisteddfod arrives in Brecon and Radnor between the 28th of May and 2nd of June 2018.
Tickets now for sale at up to 40% cheaper
It was also announced that tickets for the Eisteddfod are now for sale via the website www.urdd.cymru/tickets For the first time ever, it will be possible to buy an any day ticket, which means you won’t need to decide which day you will be visiting the Eisteddfod weeks in advance. And if you buy your tickets before the 30th of April, you will get them for a reduced price which is between 15 and 40% cheaper than if you wait until later or buy on the day.
This will be the first time that the Eisteddfod will have visited the area since the Llanelwedd Eisteddfod 40 years ago in 1978, and the event has grown significantly since then now welcoming 90,000 visitors annually.
Cllr. Aled Wyn Davies, Deputy Leader Powys County Council said, “We are very excited that the Urdd Eisteddfod is returning to Powys for the first time in 30 years, and to Llanelwedd for the first time in 40. Communities in the area have been busy preparing and raising funds for the event, and there has been a significant increase in the number of Urdd members in Brecon and Radnorshire, and in the number of children and young people taking part in the Urdd’s activities, showing that the Eisteddfod is already having a great impact. We are also looking forward to welcoming children and young people from all over Wales here to the event, and to the hive of activity that they will bring with them.”
During the Eisteddfod week at the end of May and beginning of June it will be possible to see 15,000 children competing in a variety of competitions from singing, acting and dancing to hairdressing and cookery. As well as competitions, on the field there will be activities such as sports sessions, a climbing wall, children’s shows, a funfair, live music and over 80 stands offering activities and selling a variety of goods. In the evenings, there will be all kinds of concerts, shows and competitions showcasing local and national talent.
Aled Siôn, Director of the Urdd Eisteddfod said, “We are so excited to be returning to this beautiful part of Wales for the first time in 40 years. As well as raising awareness of the Welsh language amongst local children and young people and their families, research shows that a visit to an area by the Eisteddfod contributes up to £6 million to the local economy and that 78% of visitors spend money in local businesses. I am very much looking forward to welcoming young people and families from all parts of Wales to Builth Wells in 100 days time.”