1 Catch a Gorsedd ceremony. If you’re planning to visit for a day, come on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, to catch the pomp and colour of the Gorsedd Ceremony. Watch as Wales’ best poet or writer is honoured on stage in the Pavilion, and enjoy the splendour of one of Wales’ best known traditions.
2 Whether you’re interested in science or not, the Eisteddfod Science and technology pavilion is a must-see for people of all ages. Enjoy the various exhibitions on-site, and make sure you don’t miss the highlight of the day – the special chemistry show. Expect a lot of noise and fun!
3 Experience the best Wales has to offer by staying on-site late into the evening. Whether it’s classical music, light entertainment, music, poetry or comedy, you’ll find something for all tastes in our evening programme. And entry is cheaper from 16.00 onwards.
4 Y Lle Celf – If you’re into art, Y Lle Celf, Wales’ national art gallery is the place for you. The open exhibition includes the best in Welsh visual arts. Enjoy the latest in art, craft and design and architecture, and an exclusive exhibition every year. Past Eisteddfod winners include Carwyn Evans, Elfyn Lewis and Bedwyr Williams.
5 There’s hundreds of stands and stalls of all shapes and sizes selling everything you could ever wish for on the Maes. Make sure you’ve got plenty of time to browse – the Eisteddfod Maes is a real Mecca for shoppers of all ages.
6 Don’t miss a chance to step into the brand new pavilion to catch the competitions. Wales has a strong tradition of competing in music, dance, recitation, drama – all cultural elements – so take the time to sit back and enjoy the talents on stage. Entry to the Pavilion is free with a valid Maes ticket. Don’t worry if the doors are shut. It means there’s a competition on stage and you’ll be allowed in to watch once everyone’s performed in a few minutes
7 Catch some of Wales’ best bands and latest sounds on the live open air performance stage. Situated close to the food village and bar, this is the meeting place for everyone on the Maes. Full details and line-ups available online – www.eisteddfod.wales.
8 If you’re learning Welsh or would like to find out how to learn the language, Maes D, the centre for learning Welsh is the place for you. Find out exactly what’s going on in your area and enjoy a packed programme of events and activities aimed at learners of all levels. More details online.
9 It’s 100 years since Roald Dahl was born, and the Eisteddfod celebrates in style, with children’s literary activities held inside a huge big inflatable peach in honour of the amazing writer. We’ve even arranged a big party to celebrate the important birthday! Go online for more details.
10 If you enjoy yourself in Monmouthshire this year, why not join us in Anglesey next year, when the festival is held on the beautiful island in the north from 4-12 August? Our travelling festival is a great way to get to know different parts of Wales.
National Eisteddfod of Wales