Laugharne Weekend for literature, music & arts 2012

The tickets are now on general sale for the Laugharne Weekend 2012. This annual festival that embraces the arts, music and literature is held every spring in the West  town where Dylan Thomas hailed from. If you are planning a  UK short break why not head off to Laugharne and have a weekend of fun.

Some of the diverse venues that are being used over the weekend include a Congregational Church for music to be played quietly, an eccentric 30’s/40’s museum and art gallery called the Tin Shed and the biggest venue of the weekend, the town’s Millennium Hall. Also in use will be Dylan Thomas’ Boathouse, which is an intimate venue that overlooks the estuary complete with all its herons.

Home of the Laugharne Rugby Club, the Fountain Inn, is where most of the festivals music events will be taking place, as well as the Potreeve Bar and Restaurant.
This timeless, mild, beguiling island of a town with its seven public houses, one chapel in action, one church, one factory, two billiard tables, one St. Bernard (without brandy), one policeman, three rivers, a visiting sea, one Rolls-Royce selling fish and chips, one cannon (cast-iron), one chancellor (flesh and blood), one portreeve, one Danny Raye, and a multitude of mixed birds, here we just are in Carmarthen, and there is nowhere like it anywhere at all.

It’s pretty much impossible to discuss Laugharne without mentioning Dylan Thomas, who lived here and set his best loved work, Under Milk Wood, in a fictional version of here. And, furthermore, his description remains pretty much true today (though it’s odd that he doesn’t mention the castle that’s right slap bang in the middle of town). Another great reason to visit for a UK short break.

Laugharne is the end of a road to nowhere. It’s just five miles off a beaten track, but somewhere in the course of those five miles you cross over into not just another era but another dimension: there is, as Dylan says, “nowhere like it anywhere at all.”

That doesn’t mean you can’t find out what it looks like, and what there is to do and see, both here and in the surrounding area. There are plenty of websites that will help you out with this. But really, if I were you, I’d forget all that research – it’s the worst thing about the internet, the way it sucks all the surprise out of the world – and just come and see for yourself.