Food & Drink – A local trail around Merthyr Tydfil

A free guided walk with local historian Huw Williams on the subject of all things food and drink! Find out how our eating habits have changed over the last few decades with new cuisines coming into the town. Discover why drinking the local beers and ales was a very good idea in previous centuries. Visit some of the town's best-known pubs and eateries, and hear the tales that have made them the stuff of Merthyr legend! Please gather outside Redhouse at 10.55am, ready to set off at 11:00. All ages and walking abilities are welcome.

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A Halloween Walk

Be afraid, be very afraid!! Where better to celebrate Halloween than on a spooky walk with local historian Huw Williams? Wear your Halloween costume (or something dark) and walk in the scary footsteps of ghosts and ghouls with a visit to a cholera cemetery and a poor law workhouse, listen to creepy tales and walk ghoulishly dark back alleys. What horrors await you? All ages are welcome, whether you’re a grown-up ghoul or a tiny terror. The tour is free and will last approximately 2 hours. Please gather outside Redhouse at 3.55pm, ready for a 4pm start. The first 100 [...]

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Superhero Day

Calling all superheroes!! With great power comes great responsibility....Get the kids dressed up and ready to meet their favourite Superheroes. Join us between 11am – 3pm on Wednesday, 2nd November at Graham Way in the town centre when the mightiest heroes will fly into town for Merthyr’s very first Superhero Day. Superheroes, unite! Meet all your favourite superheroes, including Captain America, Spider-Man, Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Iron Man, Harley Quinn, Star Wars Villian Kylo Ren, and every little girl's favourite heroine, Elsa. Snap a selfie with the incredible 1989 Batmobile, and don’t forget to come along dressed up as [...]

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Christmas Fun Day

Make Christmas extra special this year by attending the first Merthyr Tydfil Christmas Family Fun Day in three years. The seasonal fun starts at 11am with festive walkabout characters, including a stilt-walking musical toy soldier, Carol and Belle's Christmas Party, and the Christmas Nutkins, Santa’s grotto, a Farmers Market, a Christmas tree festival, and much more. Plus, back by popular demand, we have the hilarious Musical Ruth and her turbo-charged magical mobile piano - chock a block with your favourite Christmas songs, crazy dance routines, hilarious facial contortions and mad sound effects, all mixed up with oodles of festive cheer. [...]

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Wannanosaurus Wednesday Returns

Join us on Wednesday, 5th April, for a fun-filled interactive dinosaur experience when Wannanosaurus Wednesday returns to Merthyr town centre. Head down to Graham Way (between HSBC and Specsavers) from 11am until 2pm for a chance to experience Dinomania, which features realistic walking dinosaurs, small interactive puppets, animatronics, and replicas that children and adults alike will enjoy. But be warned – the incredible model dinosaurs are large and realistic, so there is a mild scare factor taking place!! If your family loves dinosaurs, you won't want to miss this special event! This event is free.

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South Wales Comedy Festival

Merthyr Comedy Festival has rebranded as South Wales Comedy Festival and returns for 2023 bigger and better than ever! Hosted at popular venues within Merthyr town centre, people from all across south Wales won't have to travel far to enjoy hours of quality entertainment from their favourite comedians. Acts appearing at this year's festival include Mick Ferry, Tudur Owen, The Raymond and Mr Timpkin's Revue, Roger Monkhouse, Harriet Dyer, Jason Patterson, Chris Chopping, Steffan Evans, Andrew Rutledge, Dani Johns, Drew Taylor, Gurnwah Productions, plus lots more. The full weekend includes: The Opening Show 20/04/2023 @ The New Crown 7pm The [...]

Merthyr Tydfil Chilli & Chocolate Festival 2023

Penderyn Square Penderyn Square, Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom

Merthyr's hottest event of the year is back – with the welcome addition of Chocolate!! Join us from 10am on Saturday, 13th May, at Penderyn Square for the Merthyr Tydfil Chilli & Chocolate Festival 2023. The event will showcase some of the best-known chilli and chocolate producers from all over the UK, including Grim Reaper Foods, A Bit Of A Pickle, Choppy's Chilli Pantry, Gareths Delicious Delights, Gourmet Gower Fudge, Good Game Charcuterie, and Austringer Cider, to name just a few. Exhibiting only the best products, from chilli sauces, cooking sauces, chilli pastes, pickles, seeds, dips, chilli cider, chilli chocolate [...]

Merthyr Food Festival

Penderyn Square Penderyn Square, Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom

  If you love food, you’ll love Merthyr Food Festival! Merthyr's tastiest festival returns to the town centre on Saturday, 22nd July. With over 40 scrumptious vendors to browse during the event, you'll find inviting dishes and produce such as cheeses, pasta, noodles, wood-fired pizza, mac and cheese, authentic Greek traditional cold dishes, Persian stews, tapas and paella, farm-reared meats, organic fruit and veg boxes, veggie pastries, handmade chocolates, fudge, Welsh cakes, crepes, brownies, cheesecakes, cookies, cakes, doughnuts, plus many other goodies. Those looking for a tipple can head to the alcohol stalls, which will serve up spirits, beers, ciders, [...]

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St Tydfil’s Day

Lower High St, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8DP St Tydfil's Old Parish Church, Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan, United Kingdom

Join us at St Tydfil Old Parish Churchyard for a fascinating, educational, and fun-filled day to Commemorate Saint Tydfil. There will be music workshops, curious crafts, herbs and heritage, a monologue, a choir, artefacts (including full-size swords and shields), historical and traditional face painting, and much more! All ages are welcome. The town of Merthyr Tydfil is said to be named in honour of Tydfil, daughter of King Brychan of Brycheiniog, as the place where she was slain and martyred c.480 (Merthyr meaning martyr in Welsh). The old parish church of St Tydfil is dedicated to her and is reputed [...]

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Merthyr Tydfil Christmas Funday

Merthyr Tydfil town centre Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan, United Kingdom

Visit Merthyr Tydfil town centre from 11am on Saturday, 18th November, for a fabulous day of free festive family fun! The ice-cold Snow Queen and her amazing snow lion will be making personal appearances, and Granny Duo will be on hand to get you all into the Christmas spirit! Visit Santa and his helpers at their magical Grotto in St Tydfil Shopping Centre from 12pm. And enjoy a whole host of other seasonal attractions, including real reindeer, fairground rides, a pop-up Christmas Market, walkabout characters including Barbie and Ken, face painting, a giant snow globe, dance and music performances by [...]

Dinosaurs & Dragons

Graham Way, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8EG , United Kingdom

Join us on Wednesday, 3rd April, for a fun-filled day of spectacular entertainment with a magical twist when Dinosaurs and Dragons return to Merthyr town centre after millions of years!! Head down to Graham Way (between HSBC and Specsavers) from 10am to experience Dinomania, which features realistic walking dinosaurs, small interactive puppets, animatronics, and replicas that children and adults alike will enjoy. Be warned – the incredible model dinosaurs are large and realistic, so there is a mild scare factor taking place!! And keep a lookout for the variety of fascinating walkabout dragons that bring mythical magic wherever they go. [...]

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Merthyr Tydfil Chilli & Chocolate Festival

Penderyn Square Penderyn Square, Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom

Merthyr Tydfil’s hottest event of the year returns to the town centre on Saturday, 11th May – Join us from 10am on Penderyn Square for the Merthyr Tydfil Chilli & Chocolate Festival 2024. The event will showcase some of the best-known chilli and chocolate producers from all over the UK, including Choppy's Chilli Pantry, Chef Bernie's Sauces, Hogi Hogi Hogi, Jol's Patagonia Food Truck, The Artisan Cook, Choc Shop, The Crepe Escape, Mix Cocktails, Bang-On Brewery, and Van Goffi to name just a few. Exhibiting only the best products, from chilli sauces, cooking sauces, chilli pastes, pickles, seeds, dips, chilli [...]

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