This upcoming weekend sees the third ever Llandovery Sheep Festival take place. Every year for one weekend in September the sheep festival takes over the entire town. There are a variety of events going on along with plenty of shopping, eating and drinking opportunities!
The festival kicks off on Friday but will be opened officially by famous Scarlet’s rugby star Emyr Phillips, who’ll be opening the festival at around 12:00pm on 29th September.
The town is being transformed into a mecca for wool orientated things. So here’s a round up our top picks and recommendations for the festival…
Friday’s a Flurry of Music with some Cider…
Start your festival experience off with a bit of folk music. This is your chance to embrace some true Welsh music and have some Friday night fun…
Jac Y Do are one of Wales’ best known folk bands, originally from the Ammon valley the band formed in 1987. They have represented Wales at numerous international festivals, so expect to see lots of dancing, lively music and singing. Tickets are on sale at the door…
Cider Festival… There’s a cider festival going on the Castle Hotel in Llandovery with 10 different Welsh ciders on offer.
Full listing of Friday Events:
11.00 – MacMillan Coffee Morning – Market Square, organised by our Mayor, Councillor Mrs Jill Blud
17.00 – Children’s Disco – Market Square, outside The Bear Inn
19.00 – Jac Y Do – Welsh Twmpath (folk music and dancing) – The Castle Hotel – Tickets £15/£8 incl food
19.00 – Disco – Market Square, outside The Bear Inn
There’s so much happening on Saturday, so we’d recommend visiting the stalls on the Castle Fields to do a spot of shopping and food tasting. Visitors can find lots of great local foods, crafts and stalls selling various things that are great value for money.
There are some great events going on in the day such as the Sheep Dog Trials Cup that’s sponsored by Lloyds. Cooking demos where you can learn how to perfect cooking Cumbrian mountain lamb which originates from the area.
For the children there’s also lots of entertainment including the Welsh Tank Regiment stopping by, where children will get to try out some of the tools on their light recovery vehicle.
In the evening…
In the evening visitors can watch a lantern procession followed by fireworks at 9:00 pm. The event is all free, but donations are much appreciated…
Watch out for Sarah the Sheep, who’ll be bombing around on a motorbike… and if you’re on the 10:30 am train from Llandrindod Wells look out for Sian the sheep!
There’s also a procession of around 40 Hillman Imps going through the town on Saturday, so if you’re a car lover then keep your eyes open!
The festival continues on Sunday with more fun things going on, such as Garth Country Dancers performing, a bit of jazz in the Kings Head from 3pm and a rare sheep breed auction, that truly is a unique experience.
Look out for…
The Storytelling Marque where there are numerous famous authors giving talks, doing book signings and reciting poetry. Including author Jasper Rees who also writes for numerous national newspapers.
Raffles…. Cake tasting Competitions… and plenty more.
The Castle Hotel Llandovery, comfortable, good food and in the heart of the festival.
Coity Bach Holiday Cottages, not only provides great accommodation. They also have a stall at the festival selling their farm produced Gold wining Taste of Wales sausages.
Joshuas Cottage, promises a really promises stay that’s the perfect get a away.
Henllys Lodge, eco, trendy and comfortable. A stones throw away from Llandovery it’s a perfect weekend retreat.
Trains Llandovery has a train station. For train times visit National Rail.
Buses: Click on the following links for times for: Buses from Brecon to Llandovery, Carmarthen to Llandovery, Llandovery to Lampeter.