Welcome to Ceredigion, home to a vibrant bilingual community. If you’re new to the area, we’d like to extend a warm welcome to you, and give you an introduction to the history and culture of the county. It’s not all history. Ceredigion has some fantastic facilities, in leisure and education, with cultural gems and family days out galore. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy and get involved in local events, from food festivals to the carnival, from local sports clubs to music nights, arts exhibitions and live broadcasts of national events.
Your New Home
From the rugged windswept slopes of the Cambrian Mountains, the heartland of red kite country, to its charming coastal towns and villages, Ceredigion is a picturesque and historic location, with a range of activities for young and old. Inland, the historic market towns of Lampeter, Llandysul and Tregaron hint at the importance of agriculture to the county’s history. Each has its own character, with local shops, cafes and pubs to explore. Why not spend some time in the local library and read up on local history, borrow that new novel, or check out the notice board to see what’s happening in the area.
Things To Do
From walking to horse riding, and a wide variety of sports activities and clubs, there’s plenty to do outdoors. You’re never far from the coast in Ceredigion, and the Ceredigion Coastal Path stretches from the Teifi river estuary in Cardigan to the mouth of the Dyfi river at the dunes in Ynyslas. A section of the path from Aberporth towards Tresaith is suitable for wheelchairs and less abled walkers. Wherever you live in the county, there will be footpaths to explore. You can find out more about the wide range of walks, and a wealth of general information about the county at the Discover Ceredigion website.
Culture and Local Societies
You’ll find many cultural events at local theatres and arts centres. You’ll find more about these if you click on ‘Community.’ Local and community newspapers are a good way to see what’s happening in your area. There are Welsh language societies for young people, like the Urdd and Young Farmers Clubs, as well as organisations for adults, like local branches of Merched y Wawr for ladies, and clubs for Welsh learners, as well as many other local organisations. Ask around your local area, or look on public notice boards, for activities and events where you are. You’ll find that Welsh language culture has its own shops, in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Lampeter, Tregaron and Llandysul. These have a range of Welsh language and English language items about Wales, and learners could pick up some guides to aid with learning Welsh.
A Bilingual County
The county has long been central to Welsh language culture, and you’ll find that the language can be seen and heard around the county, on the streets and in local shops. Saying ‘Shwmae’ (how are you?) is a great start. According to the 2011 census, around half of the population of Ceredigion speak Welsh. The language is used in the workplace, in education and in the home. The language is also a vital part of local communities, organisations, clubs and societies. Children learn Welsh in nurseries and schools, including children who don’t come from a Welsh speaking home. Children pick up the language as part of a bilingual education, and can study to degree level through the medium of Welsh. If your children are learning Welsh, they are gaining a valuable skill which will help them feel connected to the community, and can lead to additional opportunities, in education, work and socially. For adults, there are adult education courses to learn Welsh available, as well as more informal opportunities using new technologies. Learning the language is a way to meet people, to find new opportunities at work and socially, and to show support for the local culture. Find out more by clicking on ‘Welsh.’