Tafwyl has earned its stripes as one of Cardiff’s top family friendly events, and even won Cardiff’s Best Festival category in the 2018 Cardiff Music Awards after a public vote! 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?)

Highlights from Tafwyl 2018

It’s actually nine days long...

A fabulous feast of music, literature, food and drink, Welsh learners sessions and children’s events take place all over the capital over the course of nine days. Late June sees the beginning of the fringe festival in the city’s museums, libraries, cafés, bars and art centres. There are more than 25 events held in total, head over to Tafwyl's website to read all about them.

It’s free!

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

The location...

After a year away at Llandaff Fields in 2017, Tafwyl is now back at Cardiff Castle, right in the heart of the city.

Stage at Tafwyl in Cardiff Castle
Tafwyl, Cardiff Castle, South Wales

The volunteers...

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...

Being a non-Welsh speaker doesn’t restrict you from enjoying the event at all. It's all about celebrating Welsh arts and culture – even if this is your first ever experience of the language. It’s the perfect place for meeting old friends and 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...

More than 40 acts will play over three stages, with an eclectic mix of bands and artists that’s sure to appeal to a wide audience. Keep up-to-date with the latest releases about who will be performing across the stages on the Tafwyl website and Twitter account

Band outside Cardiff Castle
Tafwyl, Cardiff Castle, South Wales

It’s a foodie paradise...

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 and Meat and 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 and Drink Marquee. Amongst the free taster sessions and cookery demonstration are Cardiff Gin Club, Imran Nathoo: Kitchen Clonc and Science Cream.

It’s great for a few drinks...

There are four bars at Tafwyl this year. The two main bars will be serving a variety of alcoholic and soft drinks, including Tafwyl's exclusively brewed Cwrw Tafwyl (Tomos and Lilford), Cwrw Llŷn, Gower Brewery, Wrexham Lager and Brains. 

It’s great for kids...

As well as the Bwrlwm! Play Zone, there's a Baby Yurt with activities such as body painting and gloop making, and the Mudiad Meithrin Yurt, which will have Baby Sign and Story sessions, as well as information about Welsh medium pre-schools.

It even appeals to teenagers...

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, a ukulele workshop, hula hooping and a silent disco.

Crowd at Tafwyl in Cardiff Castle
Tafwyl, Cardiff Castle, South Wales

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. The Cardiff City Foundation, Football Association of Wales, Hockey Wales and Golf Wales are all coming along to meet fans and run a few workshops. 

There's an after-party...

Clwb Ifor Bach have arranged this year's after-party for those who don’t want the fun to end! Late bar, dancing, DJs and karaoke... you might want to book Monday morning off!

Where and when?

June, Cardiff Castle. Find out more about Tafwyl and the fringe events.

Header image provided by Kristina Banholzer, Tafwyl 2018.