Community activities in Ceredigion’s towns and villages often revolve around town and village halls, and local clubs and societies. Ask locally and look out for information boards to find out more about the activities available in your area.
You can find information about regular Welsh language classes and activities for children and young people in the county on the Cered website.
There are six main towns in Ceredigion. Along the coast the main towns are Cardigan, Aberaeron and Aberystwyth, whilst inland the market towns of Lampeter, Tregaron and Llandysul are centres of local history and culture, as well as local services and shopping.
Cardigan was once the centre of a thriving seafaring and shipbuilding industry. Cardigan Castle is renowned as the site of the first Eisteddfod, in the 12th century. Recently, the Castle has been renovated, and Cardigan’s new visitor attraction, which also includes exhibition rooms, accommodation and a café, is at the centre of a revived town.
Cardigan is home to many independent shops and cafes, as well as the Guildhall which hosts a local market, arts and craft exhibitions and community events.
Theatr Mwldan has 3 digital cinema screens, an arts exhibition space and a host of live events, including live screenings of operas, drama and other national events.
Aberystwyth was the first location of the University of Wales, and home to the National Library of Wales since 1916. The National Library is situated on Penglais Hill, with a magnificent view of Aberystwyth and Cardigan Bay. The Library holds over 6 million books and newspapers, 7 million feet of film, as well as 250,000 hours of video, 1.5 million maps and much more besides. It also hosts cultural presentations and exhibitions, and has a shop and café for visitors.
The Ceredigion Museum is in the centre of Aberystwyth. Entry is free, and you’ll find permanent and temporary collections, exploring Ceredigion’s heritage, culture and art.
Aberaeron was a small village at the start of the 19th century, which was then planned and developed in 1805 by the Reverend Alban Gwynne. Aberaeron is home to many independent shops and hosts a variety of public events throughout the year.
In nearby Felinfach, in the Aeron Valley, Theatr Felinfach is a community based theatre which hosts Welsh language theatre productions, concerts and activities for children and young people. The ‘Hwyl a Hamdden’ (Fun and Leisure) Welsh language group for elderly people meets once a week at the theatre.
The Welsh language is a central part of community life in Ceredigion, with Welsh language community newspapers called ‘papurau bro’ published throughout the year. You can find your local papur bro on the Cered website.
Welsh language community organisations
The Urdd arranges sporting and cultural activities from the very young up to 25 years old. Established in 1922, the Urdd has four residential centres throughout Wales, and one of these, at Llangrannog, is in Ceredigion. The centre offers various activities including horse riding and archery, and its own dry slope ski centre. The Urdd website lists the services the Urdd provides, including activities in Ceredigion.
Merched y Wawr is a Welsh language social group for women of all ages, with over 280 branches and clubs in Wales, including 34 in Ceredigion. There is a warm welcome to Welsh learners. The website is only available in Welsh but you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about a club near you.
Young Farmers’ Clubs exist throughout Wales, with 21 local clubs in Ceredigion. These clubs arrange events for young people aged 10 to 26 years of age, including sports, performance, training and public speaking.