The Dylan Thomas 100 Festival (DT100) is a year-long festival of events being held in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Wales’s most famous writer. We’ve gathered together all the events being held in West Wales and listed them below in our handy Guide to West Wales Events for DT100, The Dylan Thomas 100 Festival.
New Quay on Cardigan Bay
HRH Prince Charles, Royal Patron of DT100, said “I cannot help feeling this is one of the great legacies of Thomas’s poetry – that it inspires people to appreciate the incomparable landscape of Wales.” Fittingly, many of the events enable you to explore a variety of West Wales landscapes since they include walks, boat trips, pony treks and carriage rides. Events are being held in different parts of West Wales but principally in Laugharne and New Quay, places where Dylan Thomas spent several years of his life and which inspired much of his work.
In addition, Aberystwyth will host performances of the acclaimed new production of Under Milk Wood plus a long-running exhibition at the National Library. There are also events in Swansea, the town of his birth; and London, where he lived with his wife Caitlin during the war, returning to Wales to escape the bombing.
With events being held in a variety of locations, there is a good chance that you might be within reach of one if you are staying at one of our cottages. If you haven’t booked your stay yet and one of the events below particularly inspires you, you can search for a cottage nearby using our cottage search, selecting the appropriate date and destination.
Guide To West Wales Events For DT100, The Dylan Thomas 100 Festival
SUMMARY OF EVENTS
9 – 12 April in Aberystwyth: Under Milk Wood performances at Aber Arts Centre
February – November in Laugharne: Events at The Boathouse
2 – 5 May –in Laugharne: Dylan Poetry and Theatre Weekend
4 May in Laugharne: Canoe trip at Laugharne (Part of the Odyssey)
17 May in Laugharne: Walk and picnic for adults and children (Part of the Odyssey)
17 May in Laugharne: Walk and boat trip/performance (Part of the Odyssey)
23 – 26 May: Dylan festival of walks around New Quay, Laugharne and Swansea
6 – 8 June: Laugharne Castle Poetry and Film Festival
14 June: Classic Vehicle run to Laugharne
28 June – 20 December: Major Exhibition
5 July Aeron Valley: Pony trek (Part of Odyssey)
26 July: Horse carriage ride and coach around Llansteffan and Laugharne (Part of the Odyssey)
23 August: Walk in New Quay; Meal and performance Llangrannog (Part of the Odyssey)
19 – 21 September Laugharne: Dylan music and film weekend
26 – 28 September Laugharne: Dylan radio and comedy weekend
DETAILS OF EVENTS
9 – 12 April 2014 Under Milk Wood
Clwyd Theatr Cymru presents Under Milk Wood at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
Directed by Terry Hands, former director of RSC, this production opened at Clwyd Theatre, Mold, North Wales on 6 February 2014 and features an all-Welsh cast starring Owen Teale. The play will tour Wales to 19 April and go on to tour the world. It has already received critical acclaim, including a 5 star review from The Guardian.
28 June – 20 December Dylan Exhibition
At the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, a major multi-media exhibition plus a series of newly commissioned events. Includes partnerships with the dancer Eddie Ladd, Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch, the poet Damien Walford Davies and visual artists Pete Finnemore and Russell Roberts. More details on the National Library of Wales website.
February to November 2014 Dylan Thomas Boathouse Events
Workshops, Poetry Readings, Exhibitions, Music, Art
For information, tickets or to buy a brochure go to: The Dylan Thomas Boathouse, phone 07748 270439 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6 – 8 June Laugharne Castle Poetry and Film Festival
Film screenings, poetry readings, talks and creative workshops
Details on the Cadw website.
To celebrate Dylan Thomas’s Centenary, the team responsible for organising the annual Laugharne Weekend are showcasing Dylan’s diverse talents in a series of special festival weekends
2 – 5 May: celebration of poetry and theatre
19 – 21 September: music and film
26 – 28 September: radio and comedy
Tickets and more information: The Dylan Weekends
Llanelli Ramblers Festival of Walks
23 – 26 May inclusive: Some walks around New Quay and Laugharne. From 2 to 12 miles. See the Llanelli Ramblers website
Under Milk Wood Classic Vehicle Run
14 June: Vintage vehicles undertake annual outing to Laugharne prior to Festival of Transport in Swansea on 15 June
4 and 17 May; 5 and 26 July; 23 August
See more information and Terms and Conditions on page 21 of the brochure which you can download here. Book online or by ordering a brochure and using its booking page.
Note: Except where indicated, these activities are unsuitable for wheelchair users.
You may take dogs on the 17 May walk, but other events are not suitable for dogs.
For all outdoor events, please take comfortable footwear, waterproofs, warm layers; sun cream and hat. For the canoeing event, also take a change of clothing in case you get wet.
Odyssey Event: Dylan Thomas’ Taf Estuary: Sir John, The Gulled Birds and The Argentinian
Date: Sunday 4 May 9.00am to 11.00 am
Details: Canoe across the Taf from Laugharne in the company of experts John Goodby and Jeff Towns to explore the estuary which bridged two of Dylan Thomas’ worlds.
Odyssey Event: The Thomas Children’s Laugharne: The Rats and Mably the Dog
Date: Saturday 17 May 10.30am – 12.45pm
Details: Take the family and your dog with storyteller Daniel Morden and Dylan’s granddaughter Hannah Ellis as they follow in the footsteps of the Thomas family, who used to walk this route for summer bathing picnics, stories and games
Odyssey Event: Dylan Thomas’ Laugharne: The Boat, The Pelican and Brown’s Hotel
Date: Saturday 17 May
Details: Tour, meal and performance by Guy Masterson, nephew of Richard Burton. Option to attend evening meal and performance only.
Odyssey Event: Caitlin Thomas’ Aeron Valley: The Ponies and The Red Lion
Date: Saturday 5 July
Details: Join writer, editor and critic De Jasmine Donahaye on horseback to retrace Caitlin’s tracks on one of the routes she rode during the Second World War. Talk by National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke on Caitlin’s poetry and influence on her husband. Option to attend evening talk only.
Odyssey Event: Dylan Thomas’ South Carmarthenshire: The Heron & The Horse-drawn Carriage
Date: Saturday 26 July 10:30am – 5:30pm
Details: Trip in horse-drawn carriage between farms and cottages well-known to Dylan Thomas (including Fernhill & Blaen Cwm) with talks and readings en route by National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke and former Archdruid and poet T. James Jones. Lunch in Browns Hotel, Laugharne and talk. Afternoon visit to Llanybri and Llansteffan and another favourite pub, the Edwinsford Arms, the Thomas family graves and home of his friends, Editor Keidrych Rhys and poet Lynette Roberts
Odyssey Event: Dylan Thomas’ Ceredigion Coast: Llareggub and The Black Lion
Date: Saturday 23 August
Details: Guided walk through New Quay with National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke and Dylan Thomas biographer Andrew Lycett visiting places which inspired Thomas or where he spent time writing or at leisure. Meal in Pentre Arms in evening. Performance of excerpts from Dylan’s work by actors Adrian Metcalfe & Helen Griffin. Option to join others in Llangrannog for meal and performance only.