National Eisteddfod Egg-citement builds in Monmouthshire this Easter
Monmouthshire will herald the arrival of the National Eisteddfod this summer with a series of “Egg-steddfod” Easter egg hunts across the county. These will include a chance to find a range of eggs featuring information about the festival devoted to the Welsh language and arts.

Usk’s Egg-steddfod is taking place at the town’s castle between 3 – 7pm on 26th March (Easter Saturday). The event features an Egg-steddfod Easter Egg hunt, Easter bonnet parade, egg and spoon race, Easter crafts, face painting, story time, an opportunity to get close to rabbits and Easter chicks as well as tours of the garrison tower and a disco. Tickets are available from the Green Flute Café adjacent to the town’s museum and cost £5 – under 2s go free.

Caldicot Castle will run its Egg-Steddfod Egg Hunts on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th March. It will also host an Easter Rabbit Hunt with the lucky winner taking home a chocolate bunny!

Monmouth’s Shire Hall is offering visitors the chance to tackle its Egg-steddfod trail on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th March from 10am – 4pm. The trail will highlight stories about Eisteddfod traditions as people tour the building while they seek eggs.

Other Egg-steddfod events are planned in Chepstow and Abergavenny Castle and Museum. For further information see www.visitmonmouthshire.com

Various activities are also planned in Monmouthshire’s four leisure centres over the holidays. These include MonLeisure Easter Sport Camps – a full day full of fun and sport for 8-14yrs – as well as Girl’s CAN Camps, where girls can enjoy a range of activities including netball, dance, swimming, multi sports and nail painting. Contact your local centre for information and to book a place:

• Abergavenny Leisure Centre 01873 735360
• Caldicot Leisure Centre 01291 426850
• Chepstow Leisure Centre 01291 635745
• Monmouth Leisure Centre 01600 775135

Councillor Phil Hobson, cabinet member with responsibility for the Welsh Language said: “The National Eisteddfod appeals to all ages so this Easter we hope to engage Monmouthshire’s young people in fun activities across the county. The Egg-steddfod events are just a few of many taking place in Monmouthshire in the approach to the National Eisteddfod to be held in Abergavenny’s Castle Meadows from 29th July to 6th August. I hope people will enjoy and make the most of these opportunities.”

For further details on the 2016 Monmouthshire & District National Eisteddfod visit: http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/eisteddfod