Dylan Thomas centenary celebrations draws crowds to Wales

Throughout 2014 Wales has been celebrating the centenary of its most celebrated author and poet, Dylan Thomas. Events have been taking place across the world, from Swansea, where Thomas was born in 1914, to New York, where he died in 1953. With the end of the year fast approaching, there is only limited time left to join the celebrations. Combining a cottage holiday with one of the many events being held before Christmas is a great way to be part of this historic year for Welsh culture.

Beginning in Swansea’s Grand Theatre on October 30, Michael Bogdanov’s production of A Child’s Christmas in Wales will tour the country’s theatres. The play is about Dylan’s formative years and memories of the festive period as a child. The play draws on many of the author’s short stories and broadcasts to create a nostalgic look at Christmas in the early 20th century (childschristmasinwales.co.uk). The play will also run at theatres in Milford Haven, Newtown, Carmarthen and Llandudno.

From October 27 until November 9 the official Dylan Thomas festival takes place at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea. The Love The Words exhibition will include talks, workshops, exhibitions and performances, including Bob Kingdom’s acclaimed Return Journey that focuses on war poetry from WW1 (dylanthomas.com/festival).

If you are looking to extend the celebrations with a cottage break, leading property specialists holidaycottages.co.uk has a number of properties to choose from:

The Ivy Cottage in Margam Country Park near Swansea is ideally located for visitors to the Dylan Thomas celebrations. The property, which is a 25-minute car journey from the centre of Swansea, sleeps up to five people in three bedrooms. A seven night stay from 31st October costs £465 (originally £515).

Similarly, the Snowdrop Cottage in Cowbridge is a 45-minute drive from Swansea. It is one of three farmhouse properties in the rural countryside of South Wales close to the sandy beaches of Cardiff Bay. The capital city is only 16 miles away. The house sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms. A seven night stay from 24 October costs £455.

Closer to the border with England lies the Magor Garden Cottage in South Wales which sleeps two is an ideal property for a romantic weekend break. The ultra-king-size bed with en suite makes it a comfortable place for couples to relax. The village of Magor is a hidden gem, with pubs, cafes and shops and close to major road links. A seven night stay from November 1 costs £250.

To book a stay at any of the properties mentioned or for more information on other holiday cottage deals visit www.holidaycottages.co.uk or call 0044 (0)1237 426 256.





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