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Urdd Maldwyn 2024  




Powys is proud to be the host of the 2024 Urdd Eisteddfod, in Maldwyn, and is looking forward to meeting many visitors to our beautiful county over the six days of this exciting event.


But are you ready to turn your Urdd adventure into an epic Discovery of Powys? 


The Urdd National Eisteddfod is one of the largest youth festivals in Europe and a significant event in Welsh culture. It is organised annually by Urdd Gobaith Cymru, a Welsh youth organisation. The Eisteddfod celebrates Welsh language, literature, music, dance, drama, and visual arts.


Imagine a vibrant week-long celebration where kids from all corners of Wales gather to compete and showcase their talents. From singing and dancing to poetry and drama, it's a whirlwind of creativity and culture. The Urdd National Eisteddfod is where young Welsh stars shine brightest, surrounded by cheers and applause from proud supporters. 


It's not just a competition; it's a joyful festival, a colourful explosion of everything that makes Wales special.


And that’s not all…


There's another whole world of excitement waiting for you just beyond the Eisteddfod Maes itself. From thrilling activities to captivating attractions, there's something for everyone to enjoy. 


So, let’s get ready to dive into the fun … 


(All activities and attractions are approximately within a one-hour distance of Meifod.)




Powis Castle and Garden: Explore the magnificent Powis Castle and its stunning gardens. Children and adults alike will love discovering the castle's rich history and exploring the beautiful grounds.


Lake Vyrnwy: Spend a day at Lake Vyrnwy, where you can enjoy picnicking, walking, cycling, and even water sports like kayaking and paddleboarding. The picturesque scenery makes it a perfect adventurous family outing.


Llanfair Light Railway: Take a scenic journey on the Llanfair Light Railway, a narrow-gauge steam railway that winds through the beautiful countryside of Montgomeryshire. Families will love the adventure of riding a steam train and some of the train journeys are themed too.


Bwlch Nant Yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre: Visit this forest centre and nature reserve for family-friendly walks, mountain biking trails, and the opportunity to watch feeding red kites, a majestic bird of prey once at the point of extinction, but now regularly seen soaring majestically in the skies of Mid Wales.


Dyfi Osprey Centre: Embark on a wild adventure with a trip to The Dyfi Osprey Centre, just a stone's throw from Machynlleth. This fantastic wildlife haven, run by the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, is all about celebrating the incredible ospreys – those super-skilled fishing pros of the bird world! 

Get ready for an action-packed day of live video feeds and guided tours, where you'll be right in the heart of Osprey territory. Plus, there are awesome educational programs and exhibits that'll have the whole family buzzing with excitement as you learn about osprey biology, their cool habits, and the efforts to protect them. With so much fun and discovery awaiting, the Dyfi Osprey Centre is the ultimate destination for families who love nature and adventure!


Montgomery Canal: Enjoy a leisurely walk or bike ride along the Montgomery Canal towpath, where you can spot wildlife and take in the peaceful surroundings.


Local Market Towns: Explore charming market towns like Llanidloes, Welshpool, Montgomery, Machynlleth, Llanfyllin and Newtown, where you can browse independent shops, visit local attractions, and sample delicious Welsh food and drink.


Outdoor Adventures: Montgomeryshire is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering opportunities for walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding, water sports and wildlife spotting in the surrounding hills, valleys, rivers, lakes and forests.


Myths and Legends of Mid Wales: Perfect for mini Prince’s and Princesses, who not spend an afternoon finding out more about the story of Pennant Melangell, an Irish princess, who sought refuge in the secluded valley of Pennant Melangell and how she earned her reputation as a protector of wildlife. Or Owain Glyndŵr, an iconic Welsh prince and rebel leader, who led a remarkable revolt against English rule in the early 15th century, becoming an enduring symbol of Welsh independence and national pride.


Family-Friendly Accommodation: Stay in family-friendly accommodations such as cosy cottages, campsites, or bed and breakfasts, where you can relax and unwind after a day of exploring.



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