2014 is set to be one busy year in Ceredigion! From festivals for everything from cycling to horror films, to celebrations of the life and times of Dylan Thomas, here’s a rundown of the events and festivals you shouldn’t miss this year…
5.The Aber Cycle fest, 23rd – 25th May
Now in its fifth year, the Aberystwyth Cycle Festival brings downhill mountain biking and a‘Welsh Wild West’ sportive to the famous promenade. With some of Britain’s top cyclists making a rare appearance in Mid Wales, festival visitors can watch the all the on & off road action and also experience the beautiful and undiscovered lanes of Ceredigion on their own bikes.
4. Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival, July
Over the past few years, the Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival has grown to be one of the big highlights of the Welsh food calendar, with several thousand people expected to flock to the quayside this summer in search of the best local seafood, fish and other produce.
3. Aberaeron Festival of Ponies and Cobs, 10th August
Last year’s event was a huge success, with over forty horses and riders turning out for the festival fun ride. The event was strongly supported by riders from local hunts, riding clubs & livery yards, and the hope is that 2014’s event will be even bigger and better!
2. Abertoir Horror Film Festival, November
As Wales’ only horror festival, this is a really unique event and is one that seriously shouldn’t be missed! As well as screening new big-budget horror films, both classic and independent films form an important part of the festival line-up, plus there’s an annual short film competition. All taking place in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
1. Discovering Dylan, January to March
Okay, this one is sort of a cheat since it’s going on right the way through until March. Andrea Kelland, Michael Freeman, Robert MacDonald and Elizabeth Cramp have all looked to Dylan Thomas for their inspiration and their work is displayed together to mark 100 years since his birth alongside works by Mervyn Levy and Derek Williams from the Tabernacle Collection. Taking place at Y Tabernacle in Machynlleth.
There’s also ‘Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon‘, a dramatic portrait of the poet’s chaotic, frequently hilarious, and all too brief life. Located in a BBC studio, it sets some of Dylan’s famous broadcasts and iconic works alongside vivid reminiscences of his clownish antics in pubs, bars and parties, and his encounters with a host of eccentric and volatile women.