Well here at Cwtch HQ we have been wiped out by one thing and another in our lives and only now are we getting a chance to posting about our fabulous #Cwtchfest2017 that happened at the stunning St Fagans National History Museum in April.
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Cwtch founder Maria and features editor Anna
Cwtchfest organiser Lindsey and her Cwtchfest rocks Lisa and Liv
There will be more Cwtch events from us! WATCH THIS SPACE!!!
Until then kick back, grab a cuppa and imagine you are back in a sunny field with your besties, drinking cocktails, listening to amazing live bands whilst planning one of the best days of your life- because that’s what Cwtchfest is all about…
Well hello you lovely lot! And what a day we had yesterday! As a result, do we have an awesome cwtch of the week for you!
We are over the moon once again with Cwtchfest 2017! We have so many thank you’d to give so we will save that for another post.
For today, enjoy a fabulous tradition that’s started. At the end of a Cwtchfest day, all of the exhibitors and the Cwtch team come together for one giant cwtch! And to capture it all is our gorgeous official Cwtchfest photographer, the fabulous Owen Mathias. Thank you once again for being absolutely brilliant.
So to everyone who came today and those who exhibited. We couldn’t do it without you. You truly are part of the Cwtch family!
Eek… We are so excited to be bringing you yet another awesome Cwtchfest wedding festival and cannot wait to open the doors to you all tomorrow. Set up is going really well and we’ve lots more to add to the field, it’s so exciting seeing everything come together.
(just a few tables to set up!)
Todays post is all about what to expect at Cwtchfest and to help you make the most of your day!
If you have already bought your tickets, HURRAY! Simply print them off or show the confirmation email on your phone when you arrive at the registration tent. There is a barcode we can scan.
If you haven’t bought your tickets yet we strongly advise you get them ASAP. You can purchase on the day at the gate but there may be a wait. The sun is on our side again and we’re expecting this years event to be VERY busy.
By car: The Museum is signposted from junction 33 of the M4 motorway (follow road signs for the Museum of Welsh Life), with direct access from the A4232.
By bus: Buses operate between Cardiff City and St Fagans National History Museum throughout the year (number 32A, 320 and 321). The Easyway 32A bus stops in the main car park of the Museum, and the other two buses stop at St Fagans village. The bus ride between the Museum and Cardiff city centre is approximately 25 minutes.
You can plan your journey using the Traveline Cymru website or by calling their helpline on 0300 200 22 33.
The Museum’s website is full of lots more information regarding disabled access, families, dogs etc… take a look here
When you arrive at St.Fagans, you’ll need to park in the main visitor carpark.
Please note, there is a charge of £5 per car. Please bring change as machines cannot accept notes or card payments. FREE for disabled badge holders, motorbikes and coaches. £25 yearly ticket available from Reception. Remember this money goes towards supporting this wonderful museum.
We recommend if a group of you are coming, car share! (its great for the environment too!)
Once you’ve parked your car, follow the signs through the museum to the main field where Cwtchfest is taking place. Its is based in the field next to the Tannery
We have a jammed packed day organised with so much going on to keep you all busy.
Once you enter the field and receive your wristbands, you can gain access to the event throughout the day. So if you fancy taking a walk around the museum and want to pop back, you can.
Exhibitor Marquee: We have over 60 of Wales’ top wedding professionals all showcasing their products and services. Many will have great offers and discounts exclusively available on the day, make sure you take advantage!
Goody bags: we have 100 goody bags available to the first 100 B&G’s to arrive. these are filled with ACTUAL goodies and not flyers (we’re good like that).
Workshops: Starting at 12 noon we have a range of workshops running on the hour, each for 30 mins. You will be given a timetable of when each workshop is running so you can plan your day. Make sure you watch the first one…Its me :) and is my very first one…bucks fizz is being served too (nudge nudge).
Live music We are pleased to welcome Music HQ back to cwtchfest. They will be providing all the live music throughout the day and each band is available to be booked for your wedding!
Pop up tea room Head to the giant Tipi for afternoon tea and enjoy some acoustic music while you relax.
Demos situatied in the Marquee you will find hair and make up artists running demos throughout the day.
Food & drink We’re thrilled to have some DELICIOUS food & drink companies showcasing with us. You will find them dotted around the festival. Bring an empty tummy and some £’s and you’ll leave feeling very happy!
Make sure you stop off at a cash machine before you arrive!! (plenty at Culverhouse Cross!) There will be a lot of opportunity to purchase many things at the festival. There are no cash machines on site and no facility for paying by card. Please remember to bring £’S
A Big Cwtch
The festival will sadly draw to a close at 5pm. We will end the day with an epic BIG CWTCH that will be photographed for the blog. Please join us and share the love
Super premium handcrafted ice cream, frozen to order, right in front of you in seconds. The theatrical plumes of vapor erupting from out nitro canisters, instantly freeze the custard base, creating a smooth, intense scoop with almost no ice crystals.
The ice creams superbly smooth texture is unlike any other ice cream and everything we sell, from cookie sandwiches to milkshakes topped with peanut butter brownies and flame toasted veggie marshmallow, is handcrafted in our little ice cream parlour in Cardiff.
In 2016, we featured in both the UK and Cardiff editions of The Guardian’s Best Cheap Eats. Their resident food critic Tony Naylor placed our ice cream on par with Heston Blumenthal’s, writing: “Remarkable… Frankly, how can you pass up the chance to try some of the best ice cream this side of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck?”. That same year we also featured in The Times’ Top Ten Ice Cream Parlours in the UK, Olive magazine’s Top Twelve Best Family Friendly Venues and BuzzFeed’s 17 Ice Creams To Try Before You Die.
Vintage Cup and Cakes hires beautiful mix and match china which captivates the essence of a quintessential afternoon tea. Whatever the occasion, big or small, vintage china makes a unique statement, with teacups and saucers, plates and cake stands mismatched with pretty teapots and milk jugs. We have china for afternoon tea and dinner services including a beautiful eclectic array of glasses. All the china has been personally sourced and it really matters to Vintage Cup and Cakes that we work together to make a truly special event for all our customers. We also offer homemade afternoon tea, with sandwiches, cakes and bakes which can be chosen by the host to suit tastes and themes.
We do not have any minimum numbers and are happy to cater for small or large parties. We have 150 place settings of china. We also have homemade bunting and can make bunting to order to match colour schemes or use special fabric to tie in with the special day. You can chose to only hire the china, to have a package of china and afternoon tea or simply for us to provide the cakes! We are very flexible and want to meet your needs for your big occasion!
Whatever the event, whether it be a wedding, hen party, mother of the bride tea, birthday, christening or a ‘just because’ tea party, Vintage Cup and Cakes brings together a love of vintage, beautiful china and cakes…the perfect combination!
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Twitter – @vintage_cac
Paper Date Wedding Stationary
At Paper Date Wedding Stationery, we design and produce luxury and bespoke stationery products for weddings. From the ‘save the dates’ to the ‘thank you’ cards – if you’re getting married, we can offer you the entire creative service needed to make your day unforgettable.
We offer a very personal service that is friendly but professional. You get to know us and more importantly we get to know you. Everything is designed and planned around you as a couple.
Wedding stationery doesn’t have to be formal and stuffy, it can be anything you want it to be. Your invites set the tone and the standard of your wedding. It’s the first thing your guests will see, so making the perfect first impression matters. We have a variety of collections to choose from, all of which will be altered to match your colour scheme and the wording changed to suit your style.
We also offer a bespoke service, where we start from scratch together, building upon your ideas until we’ve created your dream stationery. We only use the finest materials and are obsessed with paper, constantly sourcing new types to make your stationery a cut upon the rest. Our wedding stationery is for anyone who wants their special day to be truly special and unique to them.
Kate Richards Photography
My style is warm, romantic and modern, using light and scenery to frame the moment.
I love to take relaxed portraits in natural surroundings, and capture genuine emotion and atmosphere of the day – to show the warmth, happiness and love, so when you look at your photos years later you remember the feeling of that day.
Calon Lân Cakes
We at Calon Lân Cakes offer the most delicious Wedding Favours made with love to traditional recipes. All homemade with love, not mass produced.
We began with scrummy Welshcakes as Wedding Favours but have since progressed to Bara Brith, Chocolate Brownies & Shortbread. We use only the best quality ingredients in everything that we bake & nothing is ever frozen. Our butter is Welsh & our eggs are free range to give you the best, most natural tasting favour around – each one sprinkled with a bit of Calon Lân love.
We also love to experiment with Welshcake flavours, most of which are totally unique to us. Peanut Butter & White Chocolate, Pistachio & Lime, Chilli & Chocolate to name but a few! We also have the traditional currants of course!
We also have beautiful packaging styles, many with a vintage & boho theme. These include paper packages tied with string, lovely hessian bags, vintage style boxes & our brand new favour jars. All of which can be tied with ribbon of your choice or twine, we can pop a tag on for you & even hand tie some beautiful fresh flowers – the choice is yours, we pride ourselves on our bespoke, personal service.