2012 Background Information
Welcome to the Vale of Glamorgan!
The National Eisteddfod, one of the world’s great festivals, is held from 4-11 August at the old Llandow airfield near Cowbridge, in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Music, dance, visual arts, original performances, family activities – there’s something for everyone at the National Eisteddfod.
The Pink Pavilion is the focal point of the ‘Maes’, where the official competing and main cultural ceremonies are held, but there’s hundreds of other activities all over the Maes throughout the week, and with up to 300 stalls and trade stands, it’s a shopper’s paradise, with gifts of all kinds to suit every pocket.
You don’t need to speak Welsh to enjoy yourself. There’s a warm welcome for everyone at the Eisteddfod. Pick up your free translation equipment from the booth near the Pavilion to follow official activities, and find out more about learning Welsh by popping into Maes D for all the information you’ll need.
There’s something for everyone on the Maes, with plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained all week. Download our children’s activities booklet, pocket programme and map free of charge before you arrive, or pick up a free copy from the main entrance. You can also buy the Official Programme online and in all good bookshops from the start of July.
We have a number of smaller pavilions with a packed programme of activities, y Lle Celf, Theatre, Science and Technology, Dance, Literature, Societies, Maes D, a live performance stage, as well as the Pink Pavilion itself. Entry to all daytime activities here are free of charge with your purchased Maes ticket.
The Pavilion is the main stage for Welsh talent, and many famous careers have begun after winning here. You can enjoy the competing free with your Maes ticket during your visit, and remember to pick up your free translation equipment. Wheelchair bays are situated on ground level in the Pavilion.
We'll be adding more information to the website as August approaches, and don't forget, you can also follow us on facebook - www.facebook.com/eisteddfod and on Twitter - www.twitter.com/eisteddfod and use #steddfod2012 to get involved.
Find out more about the local area by clicking here.
If you'd like to volunteer as a steward, download the form on the right hand side of this page.