5th Owain Glyndwr Festival
18th, 19th & 20th September 2009
The Ancient Briton, Pen y Cae, Upper Swansea Valley
This year the Festival will kick off Friday evening 18th September at 7.30pm with an Open Mic Session led by our very own ‘Lazarus & the Lambs’. To keep body & soul together real ale & hot food can be enjoyed until late. On Saturday 19th September our gates are unlocked @ 10.30am & the Festival will be *Opened by Prince Owain himself at 11.00am having travelled to us on horseback in full regalia, a flamboyant display not to be missed. During the day there will be music with the ‘Gyrlais Male Voice Choir’, Irish & Bluegrass sounds from ‘Fiddlebox’, school performances and another taste of ‘Lazarus & the Lambs’.
Owen Staton will again captivate us with his memorable storytelling skills & will be our MC for the weekend. Circus Skills with the ever popular ‘Jimmy Juggle’ allow you to learn, practise & surprise yourself & watch Jimmy on stage & on stilts.
Medieval re-enactment will be performed skilfully by ‘Horses Through History’, knights of ‘The Freemen of Gwent’ & the ‘Sons of the Dragon’ with the opportunity to visit their camps & experience the medieval way of life! Archery gives you the chance to ask experts for guidance & try your hand at hitting the target! Play Supply provide the challenge of medieval play activities under the supervision of Nick Waller & his team. Fun for all ages with the chance of working towards a commemorative tableau to present to the Prince himself!
Ye Olde Smithy Jason Gardiner, our resident blacksmith, will answer all your queries about making tools, nails, weapons etc. Stalls invite you to wander round, chat & purchase from talented craft folk & volunteer groups. View their hand-made wares & displays and give them your support.
The Hawking Association displays beautiful birds of prey close up & enables you to converse with their owners about the care & conservation of these stunning creatures.
Food produced locally & real ale are available on site all day. The day time Festival culminates in the Children’s Finale Parade at 5.00pm where as many people as possible, dressed in medieval garb, give Prince Owain a rousing send-off as he leaves the site for the night. However, it doesn’t finish there! We begin the evening with ‘The Bear Band’ and Celidh dancing from 7.00pm onwards, followed by stirring music from ‘The Foundlings’ & ‘Esinti’.
A Hog roast will be ready to eat between dancing reels & real ale will keep y ou replenished! Sunday 20th September will bring you more music from ‘The Philanderers’, ‘Esinti’ & traditional Welsh ‘Triphlyg Harpists’, re-enactment, all the previous displays & stalls as well as impromptu workshops & storytelling.
The day will finish with the Children’s Finale Parade at 4.00pm when Prince Owain is given a rousing send-off as he leaves the site to close the Festival for another year!
All these wonderful experiences will only cost you £3.00 per adult on Friday & Saturday Nights, Saturday All-day-&-Night tickets are £5.00 per adult & all of Sunday will only cost you £4.00 per adult. Throughout the Festival weekend all children under 16 yrs are free!
Of course these prices would not fund such an amazing event so we gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions of The Sleeping Giant Foundation who have worked tirelessly throughout the year to enable this event to take place.
For further pictures & information about other community events organised by the Foundation check out www.sgfnet.co.uk/events.htm
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