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, and even won Cardiff’s Best Festival category at the recent 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?)

It’s actually 9 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. 23 June sees the beginning of the fringe festival in the city’s museums, libraries, cafés, bars & art centres. There are 27 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 Cardiff Castle and enjoy!

The location...

Bubbles inform of Castle

Tafwyl Festival by Kristina Banholzer/Tafwyl

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

The volunteers...

Two figures in traditional Welsh costume with lampshades in the form of Welsh hats for heads

Welsh traditional costume themed performance art at Tafwyl

 by Kristina Banholzer/Tafwyl

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...

Welsh band Candelas performing in front of audience

Candelas performing at Tafwyl festival

 by Kristina Banholzer/Tafwyl

Over 40 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 Eden, Meic Stevens and Omaloma are amongst the bands taking to the Main Stage, with Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog, Candelas and Bryn Fôn performing on Sunday. Over on the acoustic stage, Alys Williams, Gareth Bonello and Lleuwen will be amongst the talent from across Wales taking to the stage.

It’s a foodie paradise...

Man cooking meat at Tafwyl festival

Meat and Greek preparing food at Tafwyl

 by Kristina Banholzer/Tafwyl

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, Imran Nathoo: Kitchen Clonc and Science Cream.

It’s great for a few drinks...

Pink drinks with edible flowers

Amazing drinks at Tafwyl

 by Kristina Banholzer/Tafwyl

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 & Lilford), Cwrw Llŷn, Gower Brewery, Wrexham Lager and Brains. Milgi Cocktail Bar will be concentrating on simple yet creative natural flavours, and the psychadelic converted caravan, Cavavan, will be serving Cava, Prosecco & Champagne.

It’s great for kids...

children chasing giant bubbles

Tafwyl Festival by Kristina Banholzer/Tafwyl

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...

Four girls sitting on the ground at Tafwyl festival

Young people enjoying Tafwyl

 by Kristina Banholzer/Tafwyl

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.

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

Children learning to play tennis at Tafwyl festival

Tennis for children at Tafwyl

 by Kristina Banholzer/Tafwyl

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...

Bubbles inform of Castle

Tafwyl Festival by Kristina Banholzer/Tafwyl

Clwb Ifor Bach have arranged this year's after-party 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?

30 June – 1 July 2018, Cardiff Castle. Find out more about Tafwyl and the fringe events.