Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Llandrindod Wells Carnival

The first Saturday of July... an important day in Llandrindod Wells' community events calendar... Llandrindod Wells Town Carnival. 
(Karen Saunders)

Saturday 1st July; the arrival of Llandrindod Carnival Day 2017. The welcome promise of sunshine and blue skies made sure a jam-packed day full of fun and entertainment was to be enjoyed by all townsfolk. 
(Daniel Cadwallader-Jones)

What happens on Carnival Day?

  • Float judging and procession around the streets of Llandrindod Wells
  • Meirion Owen & The Quack Pack - Duck Racing on Temple Gardens
  • Mid Wales Axe Racing Team on Temple Gardens
  • Local acts & group performances on the Bandstand
  • Local live musicians on the "music stage"
  • The Penmaenau Bar open all day on Temple Gardens
  • Food and games stalls on Temple Gardens
  • Bouncy castle on Temple Gardens
  • Lorry pull along Middleton Street
  • Donkey rides 
....and lots more 
(Karen Saunders)

The community were out in force, lining the streets to watch the fantastic display of floats around the town. 
There were many float prizes up for grabs, including...
  • Best Adult & Child Float
  • Best Small Vehicle Float
  • Most Humorous Float
  • Child Fancy Dress (Under 6 / 6-12 / 12-16) 
  • NEW FOR 2017: Best Buggy (pram, wheelchair, mobility scooter) 
  • Best Adult Fancy Dress

So... who were the winners? 

The people tasked with the difficult job of judging all of the fantastic entries to these competitions were; Jon Williams (Town Mayor) and his wife Jo, Miss Powys (Shelleey Ann), Jane Griffiths Community Champion from Tesco and Gemma Staton owner of Happy Home Gift Company in Llandrindod Wells. 

Here are the details of all the entries and competition winners this year.  

Best Child Float

1st - Wonkas Factory by Crossgates CP School 
2nd - The Force is with you (Star Wars) by Cefnllys CP School
3rd - Splash on the Beach by Ysgol Trefonnen

Highly Commended - Under the Sea by Llandrindod Rainbows and Brownies 

Best Adult Float

1st - Little Shop of Horrors by The Albert Hall Theatre Company
Best Visiting Queen - Rhayader Carnival

Best Overall - Rascals Reef by Little Rascals Nursery (won the Gordon Phillips Cup presented to the Carnival by Jon Williams Mayor to recognise Gordon Phillip's contribution) 


Most Humorous Float

Wonkas Factory by Crossgates CP School

Child Fancy Dress (Under 6)

1st - Mad Hatter by Malaki Omeila
2nd - Sir Gallahad by Kirill Tomalin
3rd - Snake Charmer by Sienna Williams

Buzzy Bee by Myra Gallagher
Cheeky Monkey by Gerard Gallagher
Alice by Harper Omelia
Dinosaur by Ethan Williams
Flower Fairies by Lola Grace Jackson

Child Fancy Dress (12+)

1st -  The Hairy Biker by Dylan Vellacott

Adult Fancy Dress

1st - Clown by Sue Jackaman
2nd - The Scarecrow by Gordon Phillips  

Adam Kavenar, Oli Gough, Ady Howard and Kevin Stephen as the Teletubbies
Don Huws-Jones by Saudi Sheik pulling Donald Trump 


NEW FOR 2017: Best Buggy 

Mur-buggy by Priyala Annesh

A BIG WELL DONE to everyone that took part in the floats and fancy dress competitions. It was amazing to see the attention to detail and the phenomenal amount of time and effort put into everything truly shone through
Here's a visual taste of the events from the Carnival day. (With thanks to Karen Saunders, Daniel Cadwallader-Jones and Llandrindod Carnival.)

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Half Term Fun

Stuck for something to keep the kids busy over the Half Term break? Or stuck for something to do yourself? Look no further... 


12:30 - 17:00 / 18:30 - 21:00 Mid Wales Gin Festival @ Pavilion Mid Wales

21:00 Michael Jackon Tribute @ The Llanerch Inn


16:00 Folk session @ Arvon Ale House

18:00 Tomorrow - The Film! @ Powys Dance Centre


11:00 - 13:00 / 15:00 - 16:00 Additional swim sessions @ Llandrindod Wells Leisure Centre


11:00 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 16:00 Additional swim sessions @ Llandrindod Wells Leisure Centre


11:00 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 16:00 Additional swim sessions @ Llandrindod Wells Leisure Centre

16:00 - 17:00 llandrindodlife Children's Running Group


10:00 - 11:00 Kayaking @ Llandrindod Wells Leisure Centre (over 8's / booking essential) 

10:30 - 12:00 Bouncy Castle @ Llandrindod Wells Leisure Centre (under 7's)


11:00 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 16:00 Additional swim sessions @ Llandrindod Wells Leisure Centre

14:00 - 15:30 Football Skills @ Llandrindod Wells Leisure Centre (4-8 years / booking essential)

19:30 Royal British Legion Pub Quiz @ The British Legion


19:00 Ignacio Lopez Espanyolo @ Pavilion Mid Wales
21:00 Brown's Disco @ The Llanerch Inn

There are also many other activities and things to do in Llandrindod Wells and around the local area. What about spending an afternoon at Quackers Play Centre near Newbridge on Wye? Or taking a stroll around Llandrindod's Rock Park Spa or The Lake and burning some energy on the play park? 

The National Cycle Museum is perfect for those cycling enthusiasts eager to learn all about the history of the bike. Or the Radnorshire Museum is a great visit to learn all about the history of the local area. 

National Cycle Museum

You could spend your time browsing the quirky shops of Llandrindod Wells and the library. Why not even treat yourself to tea and cake at one of the many cafes the town has to offer?

The setting of Llandrindod Wells Golf Course is certainly worthy of a round of golf. Or if golf isn't your thing; why not take a walk along the footpaths above the lake or even down towards Shakey Bridge and see for yourself the carpet of bluebells?

There is so much to do in and around the area of Llandrindod Wells. Use your time wisely over the half term break and get out there and explore the beautiful area right on your doorstep.  

If you have organised an event for over the half term break which has not been included in this blog post, then please do get in contact and it will be added! 

Monday, 15 May 2017

Mid Wales Gin Festival

Recently, I interviewed Laura Gallagher of Arvon Ale House all about a new and exciting event happening in the town of Llandrindod Wells very soon.

llandrindodlife: What is the event?

Laura Gallagher: The event we have planned is the first ever Mid Wales Gin Festival!

When and where is the Mid Wales Gin Festival being held? 

It is on Saturday 27th May 2017, at Pavilion Mid Wales in Llandrindod Wells. 
Who can attend? Where can the tickets be purchased?
Anyone over 18 can attend. The tickets cost £8 and can be purchased from Arvon Ale House, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells or online from Eventbrite (online booking fee applies). If you want to be sure of your place at the event then buy in advance but this is a big venue so we hope that there will be some tickets available at the door. The ticket price also includes a complementary commemorative gin glass and a gin bottle.   

What will be happening at the event?
Well firstly there's the gins. We have sourced all the gins available from across Wales and the bordering counties. So a selection of 38 gins from 19 producers. There will be producers there too, to answer any questions you might have about gin.  And believe me they love talking about gin and how they make theirs.  

Then there’s the party!  We have made the theme Swing Time (1930’s, 1940’s).  There will be a 6-piece swing band called Donnie Joe’s American SwingBand, playing at both sessions.  MidWales Jive and Aber Swing are coming along and will be providing a free swing-dance workshop.  So lots of music from the swing era and lots of dancing.  

Snack plates will be available - all the things that people on Facebook told us went well with gin.

There will also be a full bar at the event serving hot drinks and a range of soft and alcoholic drinks.
What is the sell out feature of the event? Why will people want to attend?
Local and lovely gins!  Swing music and dancing! Beautiful costumes! Beautiful venue!
What's so special about gin? Why a gin festival?
All of these gins are artisan products, made in small batches and are not readily available.  Some of the gins have been specially made with the festival in mind.  At our festival they will all be available under one roof.  The producers use local botanicals picked from the surrounding area, even from their own farms and gardens!  Each gin is made in a slightly different way and this results in them being different from each other.  Each gin capturing the essence of where it is made and the passion of the people that make it.  We thought that deserved a celebration.

Will there be a particular dress code for the festival?
There isn’t a dress code; people can wear what they feel comfortable in.  However lots of people are dressing up to match the swing theme of the event.  So 1930’s/1940’s/swing style and there are prizes for best dressed.  So dress casual or smart, or dress like you’ve just walked out of a black and white movie!  Or somewhere in between - add a hat or just wear a feather in your hair!  It’s up to you.
How do you think the Mid Wales Gin Festival will benefit the community of Llandrindod Wells? 

We want to make sure that Llandrindod Wells is recognised for all the wonderful things that happen here.  We hope that bringing the gin revolution out of the cities and into our town will help with that.  Also we want to see the beautiful Pavilion building in full swing!   

Can you describe the event in three words?
Gin.  Swing-time. Party.

This sounds like a tremendous new exciting event that the community of Llandrindod Wells should feel very lucky to have a chance to be a part of. So get yourself down to Pavilion Mid Wales on 27th May to see for yourself what the Mid Wales Gin Festival is all about; just another shining example of just one of the brilliant events happening here in #llandrindodlife!

With thanks to Laura Gallagher for her time and the pictures included in this blog post.