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This page gives information on special events that are taking place near to the Heart of Wales Line.

If you are an event organiser and wish to promote your event on this website, then please send information via e-mail to David Edwards.

Events in Dec

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17 Nov - 21 Dec @ Swansea

Swansea Christmas Market

The traditional red and green chalets make a welcome return to Oxford St.

Open from 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10.00am to 5.00pm on Sunday, you’ll find over 40 traders offering a fantastic selection of arts, crafts, fine foods, beautiful decorations and unique gifts.

In a number of chalets there’ll also be new traders each week, so you’ll be sure to find something different on each visit and get your shopping list ticked off in no time.

There’s also a great selection of festive food to fuel you up and a Christmas Bar where you can relax with a mulled wine. The children will love a visit to Santa’s Grotto on Portland Street and will ensure the whole family have a great day out!


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17 Nov - 7 Jan @ Swansea

Swansea Winter Wonderland

You came in your thousands to enjoy Swansea’s award winning winter attraction last year and we’re hoping our 12th year will be the best yet, as Museum Park (in the grounds of the National Waterfront Museum) will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland once again.

Waterfront Winterland kicks off the festive weekend when it opens on Friday 17 November. Open until 7 January, it’s a ‘must-pay-a-visit’ attraction for all the family with ice skating, Santa’s Grotto, funfair and festive food.

Enjoy ice skating on the Admiral ice rink; visit Santa’s Grotto, and experience the festive family funfair, delicious foods from the Alpine dining cabins and the Big Wheel!

Waterfront Winterland, Oystermouth Road, Swansea.




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29 Nov - 7 Jan @ Shrewsbury

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs

Don't miss this year's spectacular family pantomime, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs , starring Shropshire's favourite Dame, the hilarious Brad Fitt and the legendary Eric Smith (BBC Radio Shropshire). 

Once again, the show will be written by Paul Hendy and produced by Evolution, the same team behind last year's smash hit, Cinderella.

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs is proving to be the most popular pantomime ever staged at the Theatre Severn. Tickets are selling faster than ever before, with more than half sold already. Don't be disappointed… Book Today!

Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury.

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2 Dec @ Llanelli

Llanelli Reindeer Parade

Ymlaen Llanelli iand Llanelli Town Council s bringing the 2017 Reindeer Parade to town on Saturday 2nd December.

The famous Cairngorm reindeer from the Highlands of Scotland will be towing Santa through town, starting from East Gate at 12noon.
The parade will also feature the City of Swansea pipe band, the Friendship Theatre and also some local mascots including Cyril the Swan.
The festivities will make their way from East Gate to Park Street, Mincing Lane, Bridge Street, Vaughan Street then along Stepney Street to Spring Gardens, where the reindeer will be housed in a pen for everyone to see.

Spring Gardens, Llanelli, off Stepney Street, Llanelli.

12pm - 3pm .


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2 - 3 Dec @ Shrewsbury

‘Victorian Christmas Fayre’

The Parade Shopping Centre are hosting a ‘Victorian Christmas Fayre’ on the 2nd/3rd December - a weekend full of fun for everyone.

There will be a Reindeer funfair ride & Christmas Games / Competition / Face Painting / ‘Of One Accord’ choir / Local Crafted Gifts / Mulled Wine / Roast Chestnuts.

Shrewsbury Chocolate Festival are putting on a ‘Chocolate Workshop’ where children can decorate their own chocolate lollipop.

The Parade Shopping Centre, St Mary's Place
SY1 1DL Shrewsbury.


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8 - 10 Dec @ Ammanford

Sleeping Beauty

Ammanford Community Theatre are back with their brand new panto, an all-new take on the classic fairy-tale Sleeping Beauty.  Prepare for much hilarity as a cast of 50 bring to life the tale of a Princess, a Prince, and a very spiteful spinning wheel!  Great fun for all the family.    

The Miners Theatre, Wind Street, Ammanford.





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9 Dec @ Llandeilo

Christmas Book Fair

This will be the next opportunity to meet authors, listen to their readings and get signed copies of their books.

Confirmed authors include familiar and new faces: Kate Glanville, Cheryl Rees-Price, Anne Signol, Alex Martin, James Morgan, Rob Walton, Sam Smith, Colin Parsons & many more.

This time the Llandeilo Book Fair will be held in the Shire Hall and in the Horeb Chapel - bringing the authors right into the heart of town.

There'll be plenty of readings and events in businesses and locations all over town, making this a mini Lit Fest before Christmas. Due to popular demand we'll also have another book hunt.


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9 - 10 Dec @ Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Winter Festival

Following feedback from the over 12 000 people who enjoyed last years event, we have been busy elves this year making sure that we create the best Christmas Shopping Event for you for 2017!

You can get the party started, literally before the Festival even begins with our pop-up Avalanche Parties  on Friday  Saturday . The unique setting, fabulous food and entertainment creates the coolest Christmas party around.

Once you’re at the festival there is so much to do.  Browse under our HUGE marquee filled with more than 170 artisan producers, crafts people, designers, florists, quality clothing boutiques and homeware.  You’ll recognise your favourite local brands and discover new and exciting small companies - check out who's coming here!

The Quarry Park, Shrewsbury.


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15 Dec - 14 Jan @ Swansea


Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients Swansea Audiences expect, Aladdin features laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. Follow Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee, and of course his mother Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure.
Expect flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and a lamp-full of laughs, so book your magic carpet ride to old Peking to the magical pantomime Aladdin!

Swansea Grand Theatre, Singleton Street, Swansea.

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17 Dec @ Ammanford

Ammanford Kids Santa Race 2017

Ammanford Kids Santa Race returns in 2017 to be bigger and better than last year. Set in Ammanford park, the race is 1.3k suitable for all children up to age 11. They can run, walk or scooter.Small children can be pushed in pushchairs and adults can accompany children free of charge.  There will be a DJ,  refreshments and a bouncy castle for after the race.

Everyone must dress up in the favourite Christmas outfit or wear a Christmas jumper.

There will also be a raffle on the day to raise even more money with prizes donated from local establishments in the area.

All proceeds will go towards purchasing defibrillators for the Ammanford town.

Ammanford Park , Tir-Y-Dail Lane, Ammanford.




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31 Dec @ Llanwrtyd Wells

New Year Walk In

You are invited to take part in a short walk leaving the town square at 10:30pm on New Year's Eve - there is no pre-entry - just turn up suitably dressed. Carrying burning torches to light the way.

The procession follows the "Mari", a decorated horse's skull carried on a pole by the leader, to the Abernant Lake Hotel on the outskirts of town.

Here there is a re-enactment of the ancient Welsh tradition of "Mari Lwyd", where there is an exchange of challenges and banter in verse between the bearer of the "Mari" and the occupants, in an endeavour to gain admission and refreshment.

The bar is open for swift sustenance before returning to the town square in time for the midnight celebrations.


New Year walk in



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Farmers' Markets


Craven Arms

Farmers' Market

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

First Saturday of the month.

9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

11 minute walk from Craven Arms Railway Station.


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Knighton Community Market

Community Centre,Knighton.

2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month.

9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

5 minute walk from Knighton station.


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Farmers' Market

Llandovery Market Square.

Last Saturday of the month.

9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

6 minute walk from Llandovery station.


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Local Produce Market

The Institute.

2nd Wednesday of each month.

9:30 am to 1:00 pm.

5 mins walk from the station.


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Shrewsbury Indoor Market

The Market Hall, Claremont Street,

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

11 minute walk from Shrewsbury Railway Station.


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Swansea Indoor Market

Open Mon – Sat throughout the year
Over 100 stalls offering everything from fresh local produce and traditional Welsh gifts to laverbread and fine Welsh cheeses. And of course, no visit would be complete without a bag of hot Welsh cakes, served fresh from the griddle. Enjoy the vibrancy of a traditional market.

Oxford Street, Swansea.

12 minute walk from Swansea Railway Station.


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Llanelli Indoor and Outdoor Market

Market Street, Llanelli.

The indoor market is open six days a week - Monday to Saturday - between 8:30am and 5:00pm.

The town's outdoor market is held every Thursday and Saturday between 8:30am and 5:00pm.

14 minute walk from Llanelli Railway Station.


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