Visit Harlech

Lanterns • fire • Music • knights • storytelling • Market

Between the majestic Rhinog Mountains and one of the world’s most beautiful beaches lies Harlech – a town famous for its medieval Castle.

Over the next year the people of Harlech are hosting the Fire and Sea Festival - Gŵyl Tân a Môr and invite you to join them. Discover the legend of Meirion and his struggle to harness the power of the magical Harlech Torc.

It all starts in the town at 5pm on Saturday 2nd December 2017 at Lower Bron Y Griag car park with a festival procession of Welsh music, dance and lanterns. When the procession reaches the castle there will be storytelling (in Welsh and English), fire sculpture, Welsh music and more.

Also on offer that evening will be late night Christmas shopping in the town. Find that unique gift made locally by one of our craftspeople, explore our specialist shops and sample Welsh food and drink in our wonderful cafés. The streets will offer you entertainment as you shop with carols, a silver band and choir. There will also be the chance to see and talk to Santa.

Discover the very best of Meirionnydd, come to Harlech Fire and Sea Festival - Gŵyl Tân a Môr Harlech.

Croeso, welcome to the beginning of the adventure.

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+ What Does It Cost?

This event is free, although entry to the castle is limited. For this reason it would be wise to pre-book your castle entry. More details to follow shortly.

+What Is Happening Later?

A free evening of traditional Welsh music is on offer at the Harlech Golf Club. Starting at 8.30pm we invite you to come and listen - or better still, bring an instrument and join in. All welcome. Jordan Price Williams, who will be joined by Deuair and Siân Miriam, will lead the session.

+ Can I Get Involved?

Yes. For the locals: we welcome volunteers to make the events run smoothly. There will be opportunities to: • Steward • Assist in workshops working alongside professional artist • Help the musicians to set up at venues • Help with the marketing – put up posters, be part of our online team. It is great experience if you are considering a career in the arts, entertainment or tourism and a chance to make new friends if you have time on your hands. Contact us here and we will be in touch.

For the visitors: Come to a workshop, take part in the procession with you newly made lantern or participate in the Shrine making at the castle. If you sing, tell a story or play an instrument make sure you join the late night session at the Golf Club, we want to hear you. Just be part of the event – bring your eyes, ears and heart. Enjoy the best of contemporary Welsh culture in a town that welcomes you.

+ What Else Is Happening?

Would you like to join the procession with your own lantern? On 25th and 26th November you can make a lantern with Zoe Matthews. The workshops are free of charge, all materials are provided and they will be held in the Scout Hut. For more information click here.

From 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm on Saturday 2nd December you can make a lantern for the Fire Shrine in the castle that evening. Join Richard Eastwood (Fire Richard) at the Memorial Hall. All materials will be provided. The story of Meirion will grow throughout the year with big events at Easter and on the weekend of 27 and 28 October 2018. Put the dates in your diary now – you won’t want to miss the excitement. Keep checking this webpage for further event information or follow us on Facebook here. Accommodation in Harlech gets booked early, so to avoid disappointment click here to review the options.

+ Where Can I Park

There are several car parks around the town. The main road through the town will be closed during the event so we advise you park at the bottom of town and walk up. For all the options click here


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