The Urdd National Eisteddfod is one of Europe’s largest youth touring festivals, with over 15,000 children and young people competing every year!  It also attracts around 90,000 visitors each year, and is held during Whitsun week at the end of May.

Lowri Roberts of Oswestry’s Siop Cwlwm said, “The Eisteddfod is a competitive festival with over 15,000 children and young people under the age of 25 competing during the Eisteddfod week in various competitions such as singing, dancing and performing. They are the elite few from around 40,000 competitors across Wales who have won their place following local and regional rounds held in the spring months leading up to the Eisteddfod.

“The 1,800-seater Pavilion is the home of the competitions and is very much the hub of the Eisteddfod. Surrounding the Pavilion, on the ‘Maes’, you will find hundreds of colourful stalls offering a range of activities for all the family – from biking, climbing and sport sessions to a fun fair, live bands and children’s shows with some well-known TV characters. In a recent survey conducted by Beauford Research, 97% of the visitors agreed that it was a great family day out.

“The Urdd Eisteddfod week is the pinnacle of around three years hard work by local volunteers. It attracts a lot of attention from the press including TV, radio and local and national newspapers.

“The Urdd Eisteddfod is a touring festival and is held in a different location in Wales each year. In 2023 it will be held in Llandovery, Carmarthenshire and in 2024, the National Urdd Eisteddfod will visit Meifod, Montgomeryshire – it hasn’t been held in this area since 1988. All villages and towns across the county are given a financial target to aim towards to fund the event which roughly costs £3.5million to put on. The target for Oswestry is £5,000 – and is a great way to get the community involved in all sorts of fundraising ideas. “

“Why not join us at Siop Cwlwm on Tuesday evening 25th April to find out more about this exciting opportunity for Oswestry’s tourism and hospitality businesses and contribute your fundraising ideas?”