You will find this very special
WELSH HERITAGE CENTRE
in a former little country chapel called “YSTRADGWYN”………
Ystradgwyn chapel used to be the centre of activity and social life in the beautiful secluded valley of Tal-y-llyn with its famous wild trout lake and source of the Dysynni river which flows to the sea near Tywyn. Many crystal clear streams flow from the surrounding hills, the main peak towering above being Pen-y-Gader, the summit of Cader Idris.
If you are visiting this beautiful part of Wales and in search of some Welsh Culture, then look no further! Here you will find a truly unique visitor experience found no-where else in Wales…..in a Programme of Talks and Demonstrations throughout the summer. Says Marian Rees, the host and proprietor of Ystradgwyn Centre, “I invite you for a taste of the real Wales. All are welcome / Croeso cynnes iawn”.
Marian prepares to serve her tea and Welsh cakes as a foretaste of an interesting talk or demonstration on one of many topics of Welsh cultural interest.
Marian’s family for generations have been well known builders and craftsmen in wood. One of her talks is embellished with a magnificent display of their work.
Music is synonymous with Wales, and so it is at Ystradgwyn Centre where you can learn about Welsh folk songs, dances and instruments. Local artiste, Rhiain Bebb, plays the Triple Harp, the traditional harp of Wales which has 3 rows of strings.
Fascinated by the Welsh costume, the red flannel “betgwn”, the black beaver hat and the paisley shawl? We trace its origin by following 3 famous ladies who wore it – involving an “invasion”, an “obsession” and an “artist”. Curious? All will be revealed!
You always thought that Welsh was difficult? Well, you would be wrong! Reading Welsh is very easy! “Come and try it at Ystradgwyn”, says Marian. “You are guaranteed to go away with Welsh under your belt and singing Sosban Fach….. or I’ll eat my Welsh hat! And Welsh place names will be a piece of cake…”
When 165 Welsh people emigrated to Patagonia 1865 they landed in winter at inhospitable Porth Madryn, depicted here by a descendant, the Patagoniaborn artist Delyth Llwyd. Their struggle to survive is epic and their encounters with the native Tuehuelche tribe heartwarming. Hear their story right up to the present day.
Fizzy drinks come in cans today but this little bottle contained the first “pop” made in Britain. It was the brainchild of Thomas Howell Williams Idris of Tal-y-llyn (and London). Hear his fascinating life story followed by a short walk to the “Lemonade factory”!
YSTRADGWYN HERITAGE CENTRE invites you to enjoy its program