THE Llandeilo Festival of Senses will be returning this month!
The annual festival will turn Llandeilo into a town full of fun and activities on the weekend of November 17-19.
During the weekend, King Street will be closed to traffic and will be turned into an entertainment area, with a stage, street food and drink stalls, kids fun fair ride and of course Santa’s Grotto.
On Friday, November 17, there will be a laser show on King Street as well as the lighting of the Christmas tree by deputy mayor Charlotte Morgan with Santa coming to visit on his sleigh before being available for the rest of the weekend in his grotto.
There will also be a lantern parade with schoolchildren walking from CK’s to King Street where they will meet Santa before Ffion Haf performs hymns and Harry Luke will provide entertainment into the evening.
There will also be an early bird period to browse the goods on offer which takes place from 12pm on Friday before the festival itself kicks off at 6pm.
Debbie Ince, vice chairwoman and stall organiser, said: “We’ll also have our food marquee on top of the car park and Crafts Alive have taken over the Horeb Chapel with further arts stalls and demonstrations.
“Our annual fundraising 5k Santa run will take place Sunday morning. Charities and community groups will be present at the festival too, including the Youth Club and Sunflowers Wales. Llandeilo Pantomime Group Llwyfan Llandeilo will also be around at the festival, showing us a glimpse of what is to come.
“And of course, Llandeilo has a wide selection of bespoke boutiques and shops that offer that special Christmas gift.”
Holly Dwyer, chairwoman of the festival, said: “It’s been a turbulent year for us. It’s exciting to put on this festival, run entirely by volunteers. But prices have gone up, while sponsorship and voluntary contributions to the funds are struggling to keep up as a result.
“It’s been hard work for the people left on the committee but we were determined to keep this important community and fun event going and got there in the end.
“We can’t wait to welcome visitors and residents in November.”
There will be entertainment throughout the weekend from the Town Band, CP Samba Group who will be in the lantern parade, Fairfach School Choir, Ysgol Cymraeg Teilo Sant, Lleisiau Lliw Ladies Choir, Llandeilo CP, Lleisiau’r Cwm, Hospital Notes Choir, Carmarthen and Llanelli Tenovus Sing with Us Choirs, Cor Meibion Dinefwr, Streep, Dai C Thomas, Alan Thomas, Lotus Sisters Belly Dance Company, Cor y Scarlets, Mixed Youth Group, Sunflowers Wales Dancers, Cadence and Laurence Lewis.
There will be more stalls at CK’s car park as well as the Civic Hall hosting the arts and craft fair.
There will be a park and ride service from Home Farm on Friday and Ysgol bro Dinefwr on Saturday and Sunday. Park and ride costs £2.50 per adult but free for children. The park and ride will run between 1pm and 8pm on Friday, November 18 from Home Farm car park and between 10am and 9pm on Saturday, November 18 and 10am and 5pm on Sunday, November 19 both from Ysgol Bro Dinefwr.
The festival will be open from 12pm to 8pm on Friday, 10am to 8pm on Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.