A community festival in the village of Y Felinheli, Gwynedd, is set to be held for the first time since the Covid pandemic.

Gŵyl y Felinheli, an annual eight-day event on the banks of the Menai Strait, has been postponed for public health reasons since 2020 - the first time since its beginnings in the 1990s.

Next Friday 24 June the festival - held entirely through the medium of Cymraeg - will return.

"It really does feel as if the heart of the community is beating again," said Osian Owen, a member of the Festival’s committee.

“Ask anyone who comes from y Felinheli and they will tell you how important the festival is to village life.

“We feel proud of the festival. It is where the whole village comes together, all generations, to celebrate this distinctive community."

The festival has a long history in the village, Mr Owen said.

"A traditional village carnival preceded the festival in its current form, and the carnival had its roots in the annual Regatta.

“The first Regatta was held in 1873.

“So, in a way, you could claim that Gŵyl y Felinheli has been held for nearly as long as the modern Eisteddfod, and longer than the Albert Halls Proms!"

Activities next week will range from barbecues and yoga to bingo, a cheese and wine night and a quiz - culminating in a carnival on the final day.

There will also be a Noson Lawen - a party with comedy and live music.

“This year’s festival is jam-packed with activities, to compensate for the two-year interval," Mr Owen said.

"Among activities on offer this year is the bingo, a taste of sailing, a village talent show, the Eden Project’s Big Lunch, the local school’s show, a treasure hunt, the 10K, a quiz, a produce fair, and much, much more.


“We’re looking forward greatly to welcoming visitors to the festival again this year. There will be an electric feeling on the banks of the Menai Strait as the village comes together properly for the first time in years.

“It’s been a tough couple of years for y Felinheli, as it has been for other villages. We have lost a lot of well-loved residents, and real characters have left us.

“But this will be an opportunity to put the past two years behind us and celebrate our village.”

More information on the festival can be found on its website.

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