LLANELLI’S annual Christmas carnival is back, with a weekend of festive celebrations.
This year the town’s Christmas carnival capers will be a two-day event which will launch on Friday, November 19.
The carnival procession will leave Festival Fields, Pwll, at 6.15pm, taking its usual route and will arrive in town shortly after the Christmas lights switch-on at 6.45pm.
There will be a fun fair in Spring Gardens with a fireworks display marking the finale at 7.40pm.
This year the council has purchased a mixture of fireworks – traditional and low noise as part of its commitment to firework safety and to reduce the noise they can bring.
The road closure of Station Road and Church Street, Llanelli, from its junction with Murray Street to its junction with Gelli Onn, will start at 5.45pm until 8pm.
Gelli Onn will be closed to westbound traffic only, from its junction with Thomas Street.
The festivities will continue into Saturday, with a Christmas themed food and drinks market.
There will be street entertainment (outside Boots) from 10am with guest artists including a Tom Jones tribute, Ysgol Y Strade choir and Burry Port’s Cor Meibion. Drag artist Ruby Slippers will be making an appearance along with local singer Hayley Paultyn and others.
The largest Christmas carnival in Wales, Llanelli’s festive celebrations are a joint effort by Carmarthenshire County Council, Llanelli Town Council, Llanelli Rural Council and Llanelli Round Table.
The popular reindeer parade organised by Ymlaen Llanelli will be held on December 4 in the town centre.
Last year the carnival went virtual for the first time in its 43-year history due to the Covid pandemic and in line with national regulations.
Keep an eye on our social media channels for more info nearer the time.
Carmarthenshire County Council Leader, Cllr Emlyn Dole, said: “We are delighted that the carnival is able to return this year and locals and visitors who travel to see this event deserve to have an occasion they can enjoy, however, we must remember that Coronavirus hasn’t gone away. We need to continue to remain vigilant and enjoy responsibly and by taking some simple steps such as wearing a mask will help protect ourselves as well as others around. And if you do have any symptoms then please stay at home.”
Anyone interested in entering a float in the carnival should contact Roger Bowen at Llanelli Round Table on 01554 750008.
Llandeilo Festival publishes its Entertainment schedule
“Children and families are at the heart of our festival this year,” announces festival vice chair Debbie Ince. “On Friday 18th November the festival stalls will start trading at 10am but in the evening there will be the official opening, followed at 6:15pm by Santa coming through town on his sleigh. A children’s Lantern procession from CK to King Street led by Llandeilo Primary School’s Samba group will meet Santa on King Street to tunes by the Llandeilo Town Band and bilingual hymn singer Ffion Haf. Once the children had their fill of Santa, the Christmas Lights will be switched on by Mayor Gordon Kilby. Local legend singer and actor Harry Luke and Ffion Haf will entertain the crowd until 8pm.”
A spectacular and pet-friendly Laser Show will replace the controversial fireworks at 8pm. “There’s also a tea cup ride on King Street for kids,” adds Ince. “On Saturday and Sunday kids can go to Santa’s Grotto 10 – 4, and on Saturday to St Teilo’s Church or Hengwrt for activities. At our park and ride on Beechwood Estate ‘Sgiliau’ will be open for our youngest visitors.”
“There is of course plenty of entertainment for adults, too,” adds festival chair Christoph Fischer. “From Davies & Co Station Road to Flows on Market Street, most Llandeilo venues will play indoor music, many day and night. The stage will host a variety of acts: from school and adult choirs, bands, solo singers and dance groups, such as Mixed Youth Group, Lotus Sisters Belly dancers and Sunflowers Wales. Cooking demonstrations on Saturday and a Santa Run on Sunday morning round up the festival programme. You can find updates on the Llandeilo Town App Dyma Llandeilo.”
“With our wide selection of street food, arts-,crafts-, fashion- and food stalls there should be something for everyone,” adds stalls coordinator and treasurer Mered Williams. “See you all on the 18th.!”
Popular physical activity game Beat the Street gets underway in Llanelli
BEAT THE STREET is a free, interactive game that encourages people of all ages to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives by rewarding teams with points and prizes the further they walk, cycle and roll.
There are prizes for the teams that travel the furthest with vouchers for books and sports equipment. There is a total points leader board and an average leader board so opportunities for teams of all sizes to win.
Beeping and flashing sensors called Beat Boxes will be placed on lampposts around the area for the duration of the six-week game. Primary school pupils will be provided with a player pack containing a map and a card for the child and an accompanying adult. The wider community can pick up a contactless card from a distribution point listed at www.beatthestreet.me/llanelli
Players then travel between the contactless Beat Boxes scoring points with their cards as they go. The further players travel, the more points they score for their community or school team. Each week is themed with different activities to help participants get the most out of their Beat the Street experience.
Beat the Street Llanelli is provided by Intelligent Health, commissioned by Carmarthenshire County Council and is supported by Sport Wales.
Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure Culture and Tourism Cllr Gareth John, said: “We are delighted to bring this innovative and compelling game to Llanelli and we can’t wait to see how far everyone is able to walk, run, cycle and scoot. The game brings a competitive element to physical activity, but more than that, unites communities, helps people get to know their local area, reduces carbon emissions and improves both physical activity and mental health.”
More information is available at the Llanelli | Beat the Street website and on social media @BTSLlanelli
Cruise Culture returns to Carmarthen Showground
WALES’ biggest modified and performance car show is returning to the Carmarthen Showground on August Bank Holiday Sunday 28
The show has now been running since 2014 and after a two-year break due to Covid-19 they are finally back!
There is a huge variety of cars on display from Modified, Performance, Supercars, Old School Classics, Vintage & American Cars.
Growing year on year, Cruise Culture now welcomes over 40 club stands, so there is something for the whole family to enjoy.
There will also be a funfair and children’s attractions at the show with a variety of food stalls selling burgers, pizzas, noodles, sweet stalls and ice cream vans.
There is an indoor section with highly modified cars on display and an outdoor show and shine area.
Mid and West Wales Fire Service will be doing an RTC Demo, along with a wide variety of their road safety vehicles and fire engines to look at.
Expect an action packed day with:
– Ultimate Indoor Show Hall
– Outdoor Show and Shine
– A huge variety of Car Club Stands
– Trade Village (Indoor and Outdoor)
– Main Entertainment Stage with Competitions, DJ’s, Live Music
– Car Competitions
– Funfair/Children’s Attractions
– Team SWG
– Mid & West Wales Fire Service Displays
The Jamie Squibb Freestyle Motocross Stunt Show will also take place, as the team of riders perform breathtaking jumps and stunts.
It is a show not to be missed! Jamie has ridden in the Nitro Circus and featured in a recent Top Gear episode for the Eddie Kidd Top Gear Special!
Tickets are just £6 Per Person if you pre book, or £8 Per Person at the gate with under 12’s being free!
You can pre book tickets online at http://www.cruise-swansea.co.uk
This is a show not to be missed and has a great atmosphere and plenty to do throughout the day.
For more information, visit their Facebook page – Cruise Culture, or their Instagram @Cruise_Culture.