Over the last 30 years we have taken pride in making the festival as accessible for families of older and younger people.
Some of the family friendly highlights include Y Goedwig Llais (The Voice Forest), an open space nestling with the majestic view of Dinefwr Castle and Castle Woods beyond, which will see aerial artists gather to perform; Citrus Arts will be running circus skills, hoola hoop lessons and People Speak Up will be offering hands on crafts plus Jo Munton’s puppet making for our colourful closing ceremony.
We will be exploring the stunning woodlands around the site through story walks; there will be little ranger workshops and even den making. More details to be announced in the next few weeks.
If you are staying with us onsite, don’t worry about waking up too early…we have created a little folk programme, Early Risers which includes soft play for little campers and their parents and carers. We have two dedicated tents for families, one for little folk under 6 and an over 8’s programme on the Saturday and Sunday. Some of the artists include local storytellers Lynwen Thomas, Francis Maxey, Megan Lloyd, Ceri Phillips and Mair Tomos Ifans.
We are thrilled to announce that at the BtB festival 2023 we will have a brand new piece for families in collaboration with Festival interculturel du conte de Montréal thanks to funding from the Welsh and Quebec governments. Sharing folktales and legends of Quebec and Wales, Welsh storyteller Michael Harvey and Quebec storyteller Stephanie Beneteau will be creating “The Languages of Storytelling” in a seamless weaving together of Welsh, French and English accessible to family (8+) and adult audiences.
There’s also a chance for your young storyteller to take part in our storytelling competition which we hold on the site. Share with us your best short story and you could be crowned Young Storyteller of Beyond the Border 2023 and win a little prize.
You can also stay under the stars at Dinefwr. We have a limited number of spaces available in our campsite and live-in vehicle site.
This incredible experience is like no other festival in the UK. You will be camping under the stars, at the foot of a historic ruin castle. A stone’s throw the festival field, surrounded by the sounds of animals rusting in the woodlands next to you, and bats flying overhead at night. Much of the wildlife around the site is protected so you may spot the white cattle, a rare butterfly, badger or a deer.
While we offer loads for your little explorers to discover, we also have world class storytellers, musicians and performers at the festival including Abbi Patrix, Angharad Jenkins Quintet, High Lupton, Myrddin, Citrus Arts, Csenge Zalka, Daniel Morden, Julie Murphy and Ceri Rhys Matthews, Mererid Hopwood, Michael Harvey, N’famady Kouyaté, People Speak Up, Sally Pomme Clayton, TUUP and The Successors of the Mandingue.
Beyond the Border Festival offers visitors a chance to unwind and reconnect with nature; to explore the breath-taking grounds of Dinefwr, with woodland walks and its historic Castle, steeped in myths and legends. The natural environment offers plenty of ways to unwind and relax with friends and family and enjoy delicious food and drink stalls offering the best of local and Welsh cuisine.
Day, weekend and campsite tickets are available now for adults, young people and families and under 5s get in for free. There’s also limited availability to camp under the stars at Dinefwr. There’s also discounts National Trust members and those living in the SA postcode area.