Social programme

Aberystwyth beach Teifi Pools Red kite
Event Centre

The event centre is based at the Guild of Students (Students' Union). Results will be displayed along the walls and it is a great social gathering place with comfy sofas to relax in and 7 pool tables at one end. There is a wide selection of quality hot drinks alongside the usual bar service. There are large TV screens and a big screen projector to provide coverage of the beginning of the Olympics. There is also an excellent entertainments venue in the Guild of Students which will be the location for the social programme.


The Entertainments team are putting together a great programme of events.

There will be a chance to find out more about the fascinating geology and wildlife of the competition areas. The renowned Erwyd Howells will give a talk about the shepherding communities in the Cambrian Mountains.

There will be nights to kick your heels up to a Welsh Twmpath (similar to a Scottish Ceilidh) and  the sounds of a popular local band.

Get a team together and come along to the Quiz Night and the Five a Side Football Tournament!








Erwyd Hughes

Sun 22


Tickets: £1

Under your Feet: Local expert Denis Bates will explain the background to the geology and rock formation within the area with particular reference to various mineral workings that have taken place in the past and the geological variations across the area where Croeso Orienteering will take place.



Tickets: £1

The Croeso Cwiz: General Knowledge Quiz £1 per person - teams of any reasonable size allowed.

Mon 23 1730 Civic Reception    



Tickets: £1

Life in the Mountains: Local character and raconteur Erwyd Howells talks about the lives and tales of the shepherds of Mid Wales



Tickets: £6/£3

Celtic Roots

Join us on a Celtic musical journey in song and instruments. We travel from the traditional music of Wales through the diaspora of the Scots in the highland clearances and the Irish after the famine, across the ocean to Nova Scotia and beyond in Blue Grass. Hosted by Bruce Cardwell and friends with harp, fiddle, pipes and bazuki - an evening of toe tapping not to be missed.


Tues 24


Tickets: £1

If you are a Robot

A display of state of the art cyber-orienteers, from Aberystwyth University.

Orienteering as it is done by robots in the real world.  We will show how combining sensors and algorithms can provide solutions to this task that might, to some human beings, look easy, but is in fact a tricky problem. 

Demonstrations of robots (weather permitting).

Aberystwyth robotics



Tickets: £6/£3

Ceilidh with the Backroom Band

The Backroom Band is one of the most experienced and lively ceilidh bands in Wales. This musical powerhouse from Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, West Wales has been getting people dancing in mid Wales and beyond for over 25 years. Their music and dances draw on the rich traditional folk repertoire of Wales, Ireland, England and Scotland.


Bruce Cardwell

Wed 25

All day

See things to do


Andy Kirkpatrick



  1830 Quilt raffle draw - Union Bar    



Tickets: £6/£3

Psychovertical: Andy Kirkpatrick


Thu 26


Tickets: £6/£3

Disco with live local band - Smokin' Guns

Fri 27


Knockout Five a side football



Tickets: £6/£3

Twmpath, (a Welsh Ceilidh) with caller Erwyd Howells

The events above are all ticketed. Please obtain tickets from Enquiries at the University or at the events. You may also reserve in advance by email.

Tickets may also be available on a first-come-first served basis at the door.

Sat 28



All week






Results Display in the Bar Area of the Students' Union

Spot the Camera Competition - Aberystwyth Town Trail - forms from Enquiries. Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!
National Gardens Scheme open gardens

Exhibitions in the University Arts Centre

Croeso 2012 coincides exactly with Aberystwyth MusicFest 2012, right on campus!


Other available activities include surfing, steam engine rides, dolphin spotting, enjoying the clifftop walks, climbing Cadair Idris, chilling in the University Arts Centre ... and donkey rides on the Prom.