Plan Your Stay on Cardigan Bay

Cardigan Bay Cycle Maps & Routes

Cycling Wales

The lanes around Cardigan Bay are beautiful and take you through the smallest hamlets and villages.

Many of the smaller roads make great cycle routes, they are often very quiet.

For 'off-road' routes there is a track from Aberaeron to Llanechaeron and a lovely Sustrans track through the Welsh Wildlife Centre connects Cilgeran (with its castle) to Cardigan along the River Teifi with the possibility of spotting otters.

Mountain Biking

The forest centre at Bwlch Nant yr Arian near Aberystwyth provides a range of bike routes with varying technical challenges. 

The Summit Mountain Bike Trail Superb views and awesome riding on flowing twisty single track make the Summit trail something you will want to do over and over again. There are endless riding opportunities around Nant Yr Arian with an unrivalled network of bridleways, byways and tracks criss-crossing the mountains.

The Pendam Trail This route combines sections of the 'Summit' and 'Syfydrin' trails to give you a taste of the fantastic riding and scenery available. Although it is the shortest route at Nant yr Arian, it includes lots of technically challenging singletrack and some hard climbs.sections, while the Syfydrin trail extends out onto the open hills.  

The Syfydrin Trail is an epic ride in epic countryside. This trail takes in the entire existing Summit trail with its fantastic swooping, flowing singletrack, and adds to it by leading you out onto the high open hills with stunning views. It is a long and challenging ride in exposed and remote countryside, so go equipped for any eventuality.

Don't Miss:

Aber Cycle Fest

Aber Cycle Fest

Now in its fifth year, the Aber Cycle Fest brings downhill mountain biking and a Welsh Wild West sportive to the famous promenade to add to the already established Tour Series televised pro criterium race.

Useful Links

  • You can hire bikes [and have them delivered to your holiday accommodation!] in Borth, Clarach, Aberystwyth and Machynlleth, by Cycloan Bike Hire
  • In Cardigan bikes can be hired at
    New Image Bikes

Events you might want to cycle to:

December 2014

Winter Craft and Gift Fair 2014

Friday 31st October 2014 - Tuesday 23rd December Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s annual Winter Craft & Gift Fair opens seven days a week for over eight weeks around Christmas. Over 80 stalls sell everything from jewellery, ceramics, woodwork, photography, prints, metalwork, slate, to textiles and food (fab home made choccies!). Many are produced by local makers from Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Powys. Cafe, craftshop and bookshop also open throughout this period. Free parking evenings and weekends - or take the 03 bus from the station right up to the arts centre! OPEN: 10am - 8pm Monday to Saturday 12 noon - 5.30pm on Sundays

Summer Grass Winter Worm Exhibition

Saturday 6th December 2014 - Saturday 24th January Location: Mwldan

Ian Watson was born and raised in the South of England, studied Fine Art at Hastings College and later completed a fine art degree at Howard Gardens, Cardiff. He now lives and works in Cardiff, having spent over a decade working in film and television post production. The drawings and paintings found in this exhibition are largely informed by a misspent youth hiding out with like-minded mutants in video rental shops and woodlands of East Sussex, head buried in headphones, soaking up the occult messages from a collection of heavy metal cassettes

The Chimes

Sunday 7th December 2014 Location: Rhosygilwen Mansion

The Chimes is the second in Dickens's series of Christmas books, with as powerful a punch now as it had at the time. Lighthouse Theatre Company performs. In the run-up to the festive season, local porter, Trotty Veck falls asleep in the doorway of his local church. Woken by the bells, and summoned up to the tower by their mysterious power, he has just one chance to change this world... but will he listen to the bells? The Chimes is a Victorian It's a Wonderful Life filled with all of the master story-teller's colourful characters and heart-rending poignancy. Fresh from successful adaptations of She Stoops to Conquer and A Christmas Carol, Lighthouse Theatre brings their signature style to this classic by the most theatrical of authors. With a company of five, carols, music and – of course – bells!...this show is sure to be fast and funny, inventive and entertaining; but most of all a Christmas treat to reinforce the message of this festive time of the year...

Santa Special Trains

Saturday 13th December 2014 Location: Vale of Rheidol Railway

Meet Santa and his Helpers at the Vale of Rheidol Railway for some festive Christmas Magic Your family’s magical Christmas journey will take just over an hour with the ticket price including: The train journey, a present for each child, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine for Adults, Biscuits and Squash for Children, a miniature train ride and Entertainment! Perfect for the whole family. The specially decorated Santa train will depart from Aberystwyth station for the one hour round trip through the Rheidol countryside , as far as Capel Bangor and back. Along the journey, Santa will join you to find out what you would like for Christmas! During the journey Santa will hop between the carriages to meet all the families and give out a personalised gift to every child. Joining Santa in our decorated and heated 1920’s Carriages will be a storyteller to provide entertainment to add to the festive magic. What better way to start the festive Christmas season? There will also be the chance to get some last minute Christmas gifts in our Railway Shop. Departure times: 11:00am, 12:45pm and 2.30pm PRICES Adults & Seniors – £13.50 Children (3 – 15) – £11.00 Children under 2 – £5.00 ADVANCE BOOKING Limited spaces may be available on the day but to avoid disappointment why not BOOK NOW from the comfort of your own home.

Cardigan Castle Christmas Fair

Saturday 13th December 2014 Location: Cardigan Guildhall

  • Christmas Craft stalls
  • Festive Music
  • Mulled Wine & Mince Pies
  • Children’s Entertainment
  • Santa
  • Children’s Activities
Proceeds in support of the Cardigan Castle Restoration Project Organised by Cadwgan Sponsored by Menter Aberteifi

Santa Special Trains

Sunday 14th December 2014 Location: Vale of Rheidol Railway

Meet Santa and his Helpers at the Vale of Rheidol Railway for some festive Christmas Magic Your family's magical Christmas journey will take just over an hour with the ticket price including: The train journey, a present for each child, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine for Adults, Biscuits and Squash for Children, a miniature train ride and Entertainment! Perfect for the whole family. The specially decorated Santa train will depart from Aberystwyth station for the one hour round trip through the Rheidol countryside , as far as Capel Bangor and back. Along the journey, Santa will join you to find out what you would like for Christmas! During the journey Santa will hop between the carriages to meet all the families and give out a personalised gift to every child . Joining Santa in our decorated and heated 1920's Carriages will be a storyteller to provide entertainment to add to the festive magic. What better way to start the festive Christmas season? There will also be the chance to get some last minute Christmas gifts in our Railway Shop .

Departure times: 11:00am, 12:45pm and 2.30pm
PRICES
Adults & Seniors - £13.50 Children (3 - 15) - £11.00 Children under 2 - £5.00
ADVANCE BOOKING
Limited spaces may be available on the day but to avoid disappointment why not BOOK NOW  from the comfort of your own home.

Llangrannog Christmas Market

Sunday 14th December 2014 Location: Heritage Buildings

Christmas shopping stressing you out? Why not come to Llangrannog Christmas Market on Sunday and find some unique handmade gifts while supporting fabulous local businesses and craft makers? The mulled cider and cake are just an added bonus! More information on their Facebook Page

A Child's Christmas in Wales

Sunday 14th December 2014 Location: Rhosygilwen Mansion

A concert of seasonal music in acknowledgement of the Dylan Thomas centenary, by TEMPUS VOCAL GROUP TEMPUS are delighted to return to Rhosygilwen for a Christmas-themed concert to open the festive season. Building on their success in the S4C Cor Cymru competition (they have twice reached the semi-finals where they won the hearts of both audience and judges with their energy and verve), TEMPUS continue to expand their repertoire from Bach to beatboxing, and everything in between. You can therefore expect a varied programme of seasonal music of many genres across many centuries, with something for everyone, both accompanied and a cappella; including classical treatments of traditional texts, recent versions of well-known carols and, of course, TEMPUS's signature Gospel arrangements, all performed in TEMPUS's inimitable and uplifting style. Central to the programme is the lively cantata based on Dylan Thomas's much-loved poem, A Child's Christmas in Wales, by the American composer Matthew Harris, who travelled to Laugharne to attend TEMPUS's Welsh premiere of the work in 2004. It is now an established favourite and, following their sell-out performance at Picton Castle last year, accompanied by The Jocelyn Trio and guest-conducted by James Bartlett (who will also be conducting the first performance of his setting from that other Dylan favourite, Under Milk Wood, of the Rev. Eli Jenkins Prayer, composed especially for TEMPUS), Rhosygilwen are pleased to bring this excellent programme to the wider audience it deserves. Suitable for all ages – don't miss it!

Guildhall Christmas Concert

Friday 19th December 2014 Location: Cardigan Guildhall

Annual Charity Christmas Concert. A variety of seasonal and varied entertainment for your enjoyment. The bar will be open during the evening. Tickets will be on sale from mid November.

Santa Special Trains

Saturday 20th December 2014 Location: Vale of Rheidol Railway

Meet Santa and his Helpers at the Vale of Rheidol Railway for some festive Christmas Magic Your family's magical Christmas journey will take just over an hour with the ticket price including: The train journey, a present for each child, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine for Adults, Biscuits and Squash for Children, a miniature train ride and Entertainment! Perfect for the whole family. The specially decorated Santa train will depart from Aberystwyth station for the one hour round trip through the Rheidol countryside , as far as Capel Bangor and back. Along the journey, Santa will join you to find out what you would like for Christmas! During the journey Santa will hop between the carriages to meet all the families and give out a personalised gift to every child . Joining Santa in our decorated and heated 1920's Carriages will be a storyteller to provide entertainment to add to the festive magic. What better way to start the festive Christmas season? There will also be the chance to get some last minute Christmas gifts in our Railway Shop .

Departure times: 11:00am, 12:45pm and 2.30pm
PRICES
Adults & Seniors - £13.50 Children (3 - 15) - £11.00 Children under 2 - £5.00
ADVANCE BOOKING
Limited spaces may be available on the day but to avoid disappointment why not BOOK NOW  from the comfort of your own home.

12 tricks of Christmas

Saturday 20th December 2014 Location: Small World Theatre

On the first day of Christmas my true love amazed me by…

Join in the fun with Small World Theatre and learn twelve new tricks that will amaze everyone this Christmas. You will learn circus tricks, mime, prestidigitation, chapeaugraphy, clowning and more… There’s a lot to take in and after a full day participants will perform their new found skills to parents and friends at 3.30pm (entrance £2 per person). Suitable for children aged 6 + and up to 20 participants This workshop runs from 10am – 4pm with a break for lunch (bring sandwiches) Booking Your Place on Online Places are limited, so please book early. Our bespoke workshops are run with minimum and maximum numbers in mind so that materials and leaders’ fees are covered by the course fee. We have to receive the full payment in order to confirm your place. We recommend paying for your ticket online and please present a printed copy of your receipt on arrival. Booking at the Box Office Alternatively you can book tickets in person by visiting our office Tuesday – Friday, 9.30am – 4.30pm. Please pay by cash/ cheque and your details will be added to the workshop booking sheet. Tickets are non-refundable except when an event is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, in which case Small World will refund you. .

Santa Special Event

Saturday 20th December 2014 Location: Teifi Valley Railway

Santa will be coming to his grotto at Henllan The ticket price includes a ride on the miniature railway to see the Pixie Gatekeeper, who will issue tickets to the children, that allows them to go into Santa's Grotto! Light refreshments for the children and a mince-pie with a drink (tea, coffee, or sherry) for the adults. This event is being run by volunteers of the Teifi Valley Railway Society and funds raised will go towards the restoration of our track and trackbed that has been desecrated in recent weeks. LATE EXCITING NEWS - Although the ride will be on our miniature railway, we have a volunteer bringing a live STEAM LOCOMOTIVE for the Saturday 20 and Sunday 21st. BOOK YOUR TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE

Santa Special Trains

Sunday 21st December 2014 Location: Vale of Rheidol Railway

Meet Santa and his Helpers at the Vale of Rheidol Railway for some festive Christmas Magic Your family’s magical Christmas journey will take just over an hour with the ticket price including: The train journey, a present for each child, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine for Adults, Biscuits and Squash for Children, a miniature train ride and Entertainment! Perfect for the whole family. The specially decorated Santa train will depart from Aberystwyth station for the one hour round trip through the Rheidol countryside , as far as Capel Bangor and back. Along the journey, Santa will join you to find out what you would like for Christmas! During the journey Santa will hop between the carriages to meet all the families and give out a personalised gift to every child. Joining Santa in our decorated and heated 1920’s Carriages will be a storyteller to provide entertainment to add to the festive magic. What better way to start the festive Christmas season? There will also be the chance to get some last minute Christmas gifts in our Railway Shop. Departure times: 11:00am, 12:45pm and 2.30pm PRICES Adults & Seniors – £13.50 Children (3 – 15) – £11.00 Children under 2 – £5.00 ADVANCE BOOKING Limited spaces may be available on the day but to avoid disappointment why not BOOK NOW from the comfort of your own home.

Llangrannog Christmas Market

Sunday 21st December 2014 Location: Heritage Buildings

Christmas shopping stressing you out? Why not come to Llangrannog Christmas Market on Sunday and find some unique handmade gifts while supporting fabulous local businesses and craft makers? The mulled cider and cake are just an added bonus! More information on their Facebook Page

Santa Special Trains

Monday 22nd December 2014 Location: Vale of Rheidol Railway

Meet Santa and his Helpers at the Vale of Rheidol Railway for some festive Christmas Magic Your family's magical Christmas journey will take just over an hour with the ticket price including: The train journey, a present for each child, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine for Adults, Biscuits and Squash for Children, a miniature train ride and Entertainment! Perfect for the whole family. The specially decorated Santa train will depart from Aberystwyth station for the one hour round trip through the Rheidol countryside , as far as Capel Bangor and back. Along the journey, Santa will join you to find out what you would like for Christmas! During the journey Santa will hop between the carriages to meet all the families and give out a personalised gift to every child . Joining Santa in our decorated and heated 1920's Carriages will be a storyteller to provide entertainment to add to the festive magic. What better way to start the festive Christmas season? There will also be the chance to get some last minute Christmas gifts in our Railway Shop .

Departure times: 11:00am, 12:45pm and 2.30pm
PRICES
Adults & Seniors - £13.50 Children (3 - 15) - £11.00 Children under 2 - £5.00
ADVANCE BOOKING
Limited spaces may be available on the day but to avoid disappointment why not BOOK NOW  from the comfort of your own home.

Late Night Christmas Shopping

Monday 22nd December 2014 Location: Cardigan & Around

Enjoy a festive atmosphere under the Christmas lights at Cardigan Late Night Shopping Events. FREE parking in Ceredigion Car Parks after 10.00 am on the 3 Saturdays before Christmas December : 6th, 13 th and 20 th

Santa Special Trains

Tuesday 23rd December 2014 Location: Vale of Rheidol Railway

Meet Santa and his Helpers at the Vale of Rheidol Railway for some festive Christmas Magic Your family's magical Christmas journey will take just over an hour with the ticket price including: The train journey, a present for each child, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine for Adults, Biscuits and Squash for Children, a miniature train ride and Entertainment! Perfect for the whole family. The specially decorated Santa train will depart from Aberystwyth station for the one hour round trip through the Rheidol countryside , as far as Capel Bangor and back. Along the journey, Santa will join you to find out what you would like for Christmas! During the journey Santa will hop between the carriages to meet all the families and give out a personalised gift to every child . Joining Santa in our decorated and heated 1920's Carriages will be a storyteller to provide entertainment to add to the festive magic. What better way to start the festive Christmas season? There will also be the chance to get some last minute Christmas gifts in our Railway Shop .

Departure times: 11:00am, 12:45pm and 2.30pm
PRICES
Adults & Seniors - £13.50 Children (3 - 15) - £11.00 Children under 2 - £5.00
ADVANCE BOOKING
Limited spaces may be available on the day but to avoid disappointment why not BOOK NOW  from the comfort of your own home.

Santa Special Event

Wednesday 24th December 2014 Location: Teifi Valley Railway

Santa will be coming to his grotto at Henllan The ticket price includes a ride on the miniature railway to see the Pixie Gatekeeper, who will issue tickets to the children, that allows them to go into Santa's Grotto! Light refreshments for the children and a mince-pie with a drink (tea, coffee, or sherry) for the adults. This event is being run by volunteers of the Teifi Valley Railway Society and funds raised will go towards the restoration of our track and trackbed that has been desecrated in recent weeks. LATE EXCITING NEWS - Although the ride will be on our miniature railway, we have a volunteer bringing a live STEAM LOCOMOTIVE for the Saturday 20 and Sunday 21st. BOOK YOUR TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE

January 2014

Summer Grass Winter Worm Exhibition

Saturday 6th December 2014 - Saturday 24th January Location: Mwldan

Ian Watson was born and raised in the South of England, studied Fine Art at Hastings College and later completed a fine art degree at Howard Gardens, Cardiff. He now lives and works in Cardiff, having spent over a decade working in film and television post production. The drawings and paintings found in this exhibition are largely informed by a misspent youth hiding out with like-minded mutants in video rental shops and woodlands of East Sussex, head buried in headphones, soaking up the occult messages from a collection of heavy metal cassettes

moonstruck cabaret

Friday 23rd January 2015 Location: Small World Theatre

Its a new moon and the start of a new year…

Plan early and get ready to party with the Sinkoplaters, Beyond Compere. We’re planning to fill an evening full of variety and performance. Miss Maud’s Folly are back by demand and promising their saucy blend of gypsy, jazz and folk tunes. Their songs are full of beautiful imagery and delightful instrumental arrangements. From raucous, breakneck-paced gypsy tunes to delicate Spanish lullabies, velvety jazz numbers to lolloping honky-tonk saloon music – the band delights and excites audiences every time! Doors and bar open from 6.45pm Ordering Food Please order your food before 16 January so we can cater for you on the night. Please use the options online to order. We’ll put the delicious menu up on our  webpage as soon as possible. Booking ahead at the Box Office You can book tickets in person by visiting our office Tuesday – Friday, 9.30am – 4.30pm. Please pay by cash/ cheque and you will be issued with tickets to take away. Seating A seating plan will arranged for this event and with your help we will be able to sit parties together (even thought you may be booking separately). Please contact the box office during open times with your requirements.

The wild life, flora and fauna of Cardiganshire Coast and Country are truly remarkable. Red Kites and Buzzards soar above whilst Dolphins and seals swim in the bay. Otters rare orchids and hundreds of other plants, birds and animals are all here of you to experience and enjoy.