A new festival celebrating the art and culture of wild running will have its first edition at Snowdonia's Llechwedd in October 2021. The Festival will feature music, literature, photography, conversation and more, all in the spectacular setting of Snowdonia National Park.

Wild Thoughts Festival participants will be treated to three days of events from 15 to 17 October 2021 featuring high-profile speakers and hidden gems, as well as guided trail runs through the majestic Snowdonia countryside. Workshops will be available for those who want to create their own artistic responses as well as events for those who just want to soak it all up.

Every event at Wild Thoughts Festival celebrates two fundamental freedoms: the right to creative expression and the right to roam the countryside. Our foundational belief is that these two freedoms feed one another. Enjoying the wilderness deepens our appreciation of the creative arts, and arts and culture deepen our perceptions when we're out in the wild. Publicly praising and celebrating these freedoms reminds us of the value of these rights, the need to protect them and the need to share them - to make a better world.

Participants will have a choice between luxury glamping, Bed & Breakfast accommodation or camping with locally-sourced quality food provided for all meals. Local vendors will be on-site, offering traditional and local artisan crafts. Everything possible has been done to ensure that the products we use are ethical and locally-sourced, in keeping with the ethos of the Festival.

Wild Thoughts, ‘Meddyliau Gwyllt’ in Welsh, celebrates all things locally sourced - and that includes culture. Wild Thoughts will be a bilingual (Welsh and English) cultural event for visitors from around Britain.

James Gough and Daniel Bye founded the Wild Thoughts Festival. A pair of runners and creatives, they met as a result of cancelled events during the Covid-19 crisis, and found a shared passion. We hope that this will be the first of many Wild Thoughts Festivals, both at Llechwedd and beyond.

We're delighted to be partnering with Llechwedd on the first Wild Thoughts Festival. Wild Thoughts has been a simmering dream of mine, and separately Dan's, for many years. Particularly in 2020, we have found that poetry, music and the ability to reach the hills on foot have been fundamental ways to escape and recharge. Getting to share and explore these passions at the amazing Llechwedd site is going to be very special. "

The inaugural Wild Thoughts Festival will give access to areas of the Llechwedd site previously closed to visitors, opening up an area of Snowdonia wilderness that is far from the tourist trail. The beauty and wildness of Snowdonia National Park make a perfect match with Llechwedd's cosy, comfortable base for exploring the wild thoughts inspired by the wilderness.

Early bird tickets are on sale now with announcements to follow in February about the major names in running and culture that will feature in the programme. Wild Thoughts and Llechwedd are committed to ensuring the festival are fully compliant to whatever COVID guidelines are in place at the time.

Main header caption: Snowdon and its famous horse-shoe of peaks, as seen from one of the many stunning trails across Llechwedd.

Published 15 January 2021

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