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Open-air theatre returns to Pembrey Country Park this summer



ALFRESCO theatre is returning to Pembrey Country Park this summer.

Theatrau Sir Gâr is hosting an exciting programme of outdoor theatre shows at the country park from August 11-23.

‘Theatrau Sir Gâr yn y Parc’ includes a varied line-up of family entertainment including two Proms in the Park events, comedy clubs, children’s theatre, live music from The Welsh Whisperer, an evening of classical music with Welsh tenor Rhys Meirion plus two amazing tribute acts, Shape of You – The Music of Ed Sheeran, and Woman Like Me – The Little Mix Show plus much, much more!

A temporary outdoor stage will be created at Pembrey Country Park especially for the event. No seating is provided and instead audiences are invited to bring their own outdoor chairs or blankets to sit on as part of this open-air theatre experience.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure Culture and Tourism Cllr Gareth John said: “We are delighted to bring this outdoor theatre experience to Pembrey Country Park once again this year for both local residents and visitors to enjoy.

“With a variety of shows to choose from, there really is something for everyone. And what better way to enjoy some live entertainment than in the beautiful surroundings of the country park.”

The full line-up includes:

• August 11, 7.30pm –  Rhys Meirion with Sioned Terry

• August 12, 7.30pm –  Carys Eleri: Discorét

• August 13, 12pm / 2pm / 4pm – Dance in the Park

• August 14, 2.30pm – Family Prom in the Park

• August 14 , 7.30pm – West End Prom in the Park

• August 16, 7.30pm – Welsh Whisperer a’r Hambon Band

• August 17 & 18, 11.30am & 2.30 – The Rascally Diner

• August 19, 7pm – Shape of You – The Music of Ed Sheeran

• August 20, 11.30am & 2.30pm – The Great Insect Games

• August 20, 5pm – Kids Comedy Club

• August 20, 7.30pm – Comedy Club (adults)

• August 21, 12pm & 3pm – Picnic in the Park. With special guest appearance from, Hey Duggee!

• August 22 & 23, 10.30am – 4pm – The Curious Case of Aberlliw (interactive family trail).

• August 23, 7pm – Woman Like Me – The Little Mix Show

Book tickets online at or call the box office on 0345 226 3510.

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Two processions and a week of celebrations as Carmarthenshire welcomes Eisteddfod yr Urdd 2023



THIS weekend Carmarthen will be a wash of red, white and green as schools and communities join together to celebrate the Urdd Eisteddfod’s Carmarthenshire 2023 Proclamation Event.

After a three year wait, the people of Carmarthenshire are ready to welcome Urdd Gobaith Cymru to the county to mark the start of Carmarthenshire’s 2023 Urdd Eisteddfod year. 

Ahead of each Urdd Eisteddfod, a Proclamation Event is held by the hosting county to mark the start of their Eisteddfod year.  Traditionally the Proclamation Event is a day of celebration as schools and local communities join together for a procession within the hosting county.  But Carmarthenshire are determined to make their mark.  Over the next week, two processions have been arranged as well as a range of activities as the local Urdd Eisteddfod Working Group offer an opportunity for everyone to join in the fun.

The first Proclamation Event will be held this Saturday (17 September) as thousands of children and young people take part in a procession through the town of Carmarthen.  The procession will start at 11am.  After the procession, activities and family events will be held at the park including a variety of stalls, sports activities, dancing and live entertainment. 

On Saturday (17th September) at 8pm, there will be a gig with Fflur Dafydd and Einir Dafydd at Clwb y Cwins, Carmarthen, as well as special Cymanfa Ganu at Gellimanwydd Chapel, Ammanford at 6pm on Sunday.

For the first time ever, Carmarthenshire’s Working Group have organized a second parade in Llandovery to close the festival on Saturday 24th September – the hosting town for the Urdd Eisteddfod in May 2023. 

Amid all the activities, there will also be an opportunity to capture a photo on the Mistar Urdd Selfie Bench.  As part of the Urdd’s centenary celebrations, the Mistar Urdd Selfie Bench is travelling to a variety of locations across Wales and has even attended the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham!

Carys Edwards, Chair of the 2023 Urdd Eisteddfod Working Group said:

“For the first time ever a second parade will be held to close the Proclamation Event on Saturday 24th September in Llandovery.  We want to ensure that every child and young person in Carmarthenshire has an opportunity to be part of this special festival.

“Excitement is growing across the county as we get closer to welcoming the Urdd Eisteddfod in 2023.  We look forward to celebrating the Urdd Eisteddfod’s announcement, and welcoming Urdd Gobaith Cymru to Carmarthenshire over the next week.”

Siân Eirian, Director of the Urdd Eisteddfod thanks the local volunteers:

“Organizing and hosting a Proclamation Event or an Urdd Eisteddfod is no small task.  On behalf of the Urdd I would like to thank the Carmarthenshire 2023 Working Group, the children and young people and all the volunteers in their communities for their dedication to host the 2023 Urdd Eisteddfod. The whole team have been busy fundraising and organizing activities to host the 2023 Urdd Eisteddfod in Carmarthenshire.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the Carmarthenshire Urdd Eisteddfod Proclamation Event and see all the children and young people in the area march – not once, but twice – during the event. Of course, we will also be publishing the Eisteddfod’s 2023 Competition List, which will be an exciting syllabus for Urdd branches throughout Wales.”

For more information about the Urdd Eisteddfod 2023 Proclamation Event, visit the Urdd Gobaith Cymru website or follow the Eisteddfod yr Urdd Facebook page.

For more information, please contact Eleri Roberts, Urdd Gobaith Cymru Communications and Publications Manager on 07976 330361 or email

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Cruise Culture returns to Carmarthen Showground 



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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

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.

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The Welsh trance music producer making waves worldwide



MANY in Wales have heard of Will Rees, a Welsh Trance music producer – but his international acclaim is now building. He became a resident DJ at Wales’ super club Escape at the age of 20. Since then he has gone on to produce his own music and released music on record labels such as Armada, Blackhole, Subculture, Kearnage, Future Sound Of Egypt and more.
Known for his Euphoric driving Trance sound but also a diverse producer tipping toes in different genres, he famously remixed for Armin Van Buuren, Gareth Emery, Bryan Kearney, Sneijder, Mark Sherry, Craig Connelly to name a few.
As well as collaborating with Artists such as Bryan Kearney, Craig Connelly, Paul Denton, Sam Jones & more, his original tracks have hit the number one spots on Beatport, and been supported by the worlds best Trance DJs.

The icing on the cake for Will was his music included, and having regular appearances Armin Van Buuren’s radio show. A seal of approaval from the de facto king of trance DJs.
You may have seen Will Rees at some top clubs. He has played at some of the worlds best venues and festival’s such as Dreamstate LA, Fabric London, Creamfields, Coloursfest, has forthcoming gigs and tours including Ministry Of Sound London, Thailand, Malta, USA and more.

This year has been a very strong year on the music front with tracks such as ‘Burnin’ Up’, ‘Waking Dream’ and his remix of ‘Luminosity Curve’ by Mark Sherry toping the beatport charts.

Will performed his first open to close set (6 hours) In Argentina in April 2022

Will performed a fanstastic outdoor set at Rhossili in Wales last year, one that dance fans said will be remembered for a long time to come. Check out the video here:

Check out all Will’s music on Soundcloud:

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