12 things we love about Tafwyl

daytime crowd photo taken from onstage

Tafwyl Festival by Kristina Banholzer/Tafwyl

Tafwyl has earned it’s stripes as one of Cardiff’s top family friendly events. With a clutch of famous patrons including Charlotte Church, Huw Stephens, Chris Coleman and Iwan Reon, Tafwyl is not only free, it’s the perfect way to celebrate Welsh culture and art in a friendly and relaxed environment. Now…pwy sy’ eisiau peint? (Who wants a pint?)

It’s actually 9 nine days long...

A fabulous feast of music, literature, food and drink, Welsh learners sessions and children’s events will take place all over the capital over the course of nine days. June 24 sees the beginning of the fringe festival in the city’s museums, libraries, cafés, bars & art centres. There are 35 events held in total, head over to Tafwyl's site to read all about them.

It’s free!

Three women in show costume at the festival

Tafwyl Festival by Kristina Banholzer/Tafwyl

Entrance is free to Tafwyl. There’s no need to buy tickets, just turn up at Llandaff Fields and enjoy!

The new location...

A little girl standing next to flowers

Summer time in Cardiff Capital of Wales

Cardiff parks are the best and we love Tafwyl’s new location at leafy Llandaff Fields.

The volunteers...

Two girls taking pictures on a sunny day

Summer time in Llandaff Fields and Bute Park, Cardiff Capital of Wales

There wouldn’t be a festival without the 120 volunteers who give up their weekend to help look after the crowd. A lot of the volunteers are Welsh learners who use this great opportunity to practise their Welsh and meet other Welsh learners.

Everyone’s welcome...

Box and sign in the festival

Tafwyl Festival by Kristina Banholzer/Tafwyl

Being a non-Welsh speaker doesn’t restrict you from enjoying the event at all. It's all about celebrating Welsh arts & culture – even if this is your first ever experience of the language. It’s the perfect place for meeting old friends & making new. There’s a special tent for Welsh learners, with special guests on the stage, art and craft for the children and a café available all day. A great way to know more about learning the language, and plenty of opportunities to practise your Welsh and meet other learners.

Awesome live music...

Photo onstage taken from behind the performer with crowd in the background

Tafwyl Festival by Kristina Banholzer/Tafwyl

45 acts will play over three stages, with an eclectic mix of bands and artists that’s sure to appeal to a wide audience. On Saturday Yws Gwynedd, Alys Williams and Aled Rheon are amongst the bands taking to the Main Stage, with Meic Stevens, Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Candelas and Bryn Fôn performing on Sunday. Over on the acoustic stage, Kizzy Crawford, Plu, Ani Glass & The Gentle Good will be amongst the talent from across Wales taking to the stage.

It’s a foodie paradise...

Burgers and fries from the Grazing Shed

The Grazing Shed, Cardiff Capital of Wales

Tafwyl’s Street Food Area is a food festival in itself. A huge range of food stalls offering everything from authentic Thai food to Greek street food. Amongst the traders are Brother Thai, Grazing Shed, Milgi and Meat & Greek. Your only problem might be choosing which dish to go for…! As well as the street food, there’s a chance to taste a selection of the finest Welsh produce in Tafwyl’s Food & Drink Marquee. Amongst the FREE taster sessions & cookery demonstration are Cardiff Gin Club, Curado Bar and Science Cream.

It’s great for a few drinks...

Close up of bottles of Tiny Rebel beer

Tiny Rebel Beer, Cardiff capital of Wales

There are three bars at Tafwyl. Cocktail connoisseurs Milgi are serving up their super seasonal foraged cocktails, the Syched Bar will be serving the best of Welsh ales including Felinfoel, Cwrw Braf, Tiny Rebel & Tomos a Lilford's very own Cwrw Tafwyl; and Cavavan selling Cava, Prosecco & Champagne.

It’s great for kids...

children chasing giant bubbles

Tafwyl Festival by Kristina Banholzer/Tafwyl

As well as the huge kids area, for the first time this year award winning Big Fish Little Fish are bringing a family rave to Tafwyl – expect glitter cannons, bubbles, giant balloons and the legendary parachute dance! Great for the post rave generation of parents!

It even appeals to teenagers...

Two girls sitting down in a field on a sunny day

Summer time in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff Capital of Wales

Yurt T is an area designated for teenagers. A chill out area and a yurt full of fun activities and workshops including a glitter parlour specialising in festival makeovers, graffiti workshops with Peaceful Progress, screen-printing with the Printhaus & hula hooping with Sparkles Hoop Troupe.

There’s a huge area for sports fans...

The Urdd Sports Department are co-ordinating a full timetable of football, rugby, golf, athletics and hockey sessions. Cardiff City FC, Cardiff Devils, Football Association of Wales, Hockey Wales, Golf Wales & Badminton Wales are all coming along to meet fans and run a few workshops. Go Air will also be there with their inflatable trampoline!

There are two after-parties...

Bubbles inform of Castle

Tafwyl Festival by Kristina Banholzer/Tafwyl

Clwb Ifor Bach and Y Mochyn Du have arranged after-parties for those who don’t want the fun to end! Late bar, dancing, DJs & karaoke...you might want to book Monday morning off!

Where and when?

1 – 2 July 2017, Llandaff Fields, Cardiff. Find out more about Tafwyl and the fringe events.