Programme of Events


Tal-y-llyn Heritage Centre
Tal-y-llyn Heritage Centre




Visit this charming little former Welsh country chapel for a truly unique experience of Welsh Culture, FOUND NO-WHERE ELSE IN WALES! The purpose of the Centre is to welcome visitors and to give a taste of the History and Culture of Wales through a varied programme of “live interpretation and entertainment…….” You can be transported to the realms of magic and romance through ancient stories re-told, meet fascinating characters who shaped history, be steeped in the musical traditions of Welsh harp tunes and folk songs….. Yes, and even get to grips with the Welsh language so that the pronunciation of those place names will be a problem no more! You’ll be surprised how easy it is…… guaranteed!

Experience a real Welsh welcome …….with complimentary refreshment included.

Also an exhibition of Old Tal-y-llyn Photographs




Description of the various Topics in the Programme:

            This year visitors to Wales are being greeted with a special emphasis on our wonderful coastline. Our beaches and off-shore islands have always been star attractions but this year we’re going further. We’re opening up the gamut of historic and heroic sea-faring stories connected with commerce and adventure when sea-faring was a way of life around the Welsh coast. We hope that you will enjoy delving with us into this jewelled treasure chest.                                   

For groups, any item from this programme can be set up outside of these dates and conducted in Welsh or English. We invite you to sit back and enjoy the sea – on dry land!


Of Pirates and Parrots

A       With its 350 miles of coastline, dramatically indented with coves, caves and tidal estuaries, seafaring has long been a way of life in coastal Wales. Welsh ships sailed the high seas for trade, but also on their decks flamboyantly strode pirates and smugglers – such as Harry Morgan who became the Governor of Jamaica! Come and shake his hand at Ystradgwyn Centre!

Welsh Sea Shanties

B        Going to sea in a boat, however attractive, is hard work handling cargo and preventing the ropes, anchors and sails from getting into a tangle. And Oh! the the hiraeth of being so far from home! Heave ho! Singing sea shanties raised the spirits and got the work done……Listen to a few and maybe learn one?

Legends of the sea

C           Many Welsh legends are connected (surprisingly?) with water – lakes, wells and, of course, the sea. Sit back and enjoy some of the most famous ones: The Bells of Aberdyfi; Dwynwen, Patron Saint of Lovers; The Treachery  of Dunravon and, from the ancient Mabinogion, Branwen, Daughter of Llyr.

Local Ship-building and Trade

D           The Welsh became a vigorous ship building nation in the nineteenth century due to an abundance of oak for construction and coal and slate for export. Coastal settlements, especially on the western seaboard, became bustling sea  ports that echoed to the sound of hammer and saw as elegant two and three masted brigs were built to trade locally and as far away as China and South America.                                                                                                                 

Escape to Freedom?

E            Drop anchor at Ystradgwyn and eavesdrop on stories of fantastic voyages. Oppression regarding land tenure, language and religion as well as depression in the coal and slate mines turned people’s faces towards the sea for escape, mainly to the United States and Patagonia, where thousands of their descendants continue to fly the Welsh flag with pride. By contrast, protesters such as Twm Carnabwth and Dai Cantwr, were forced to face the ordeal of a horrific  journey in a convict ship to far-away Australia, often for trivial offences or involvement in revolts.   



Program Of Events

June 5 A July 31 A
June 12 B August 2 B
June 19 C August 14 C
June 26 D August 16 D
July 10 E August 21 E
July 12 A August 23 A
July 17 B August 31 C
July 19 C  September 4 D
July 24 D  September  E
 July 26   E      








           JUNE – SEPTEMBER   2018

Admittance : Adults £4, Children £1.50

  Complimentary Tea and Welsh Cakes!

Proceeds towards maintenance and local charities.

     Booking not necessary but helpful.

          3.00 – 4.30pm

Telephone 01654 761312; e-mail:

Thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy this year’s “Sea-faring” programme.

Hwyl Fawr! Cheers!

Marian Rees