Thursday 3 March 2011, 10:08
The Urdd organisation has announced that the Urdd National Eisteddfod Eryri 2012 will be held on the grounds of Coleg Meirion Dwyfor on the Glynllifon Estate near Caernarfon.
This isn't the first time that the Eisteddfod has been held there; the Urdd Eisteddfod took place on the site in 1990. That was one of the first - if not the first - Eisteddfodau I remember going to as a child (I was four!).
This site itself is draped in local history as it was once owned by the Lords Newborough, and boasts beautiful gardens and acres of land, part of which is owned by Coleg Meirion Dwyfor.
Meriel Parry, Chair of the Eryri Urdd National Eisteddfod's Executive Committee said: "Eryri is looking forward to the Eisteddfod and glad that the festival is returning to the area once again and with a great site secured at Glynllifon, we look forward to a very successful festival in 2012."
If you don't know the difference between the different Eisteddfod festivals held over Wales take a look back to a previous blog I wrote.
I'm glad the Urdd have decided to bring the Eisteddfod back to Eryri. A lot of talent has come from the area itself, with some starting out by competing in the Eisteddfod. Most notably Bryn Terfel, who was raised not far from the Eisteddfod site in Pant Glas. Here he is performing at the 1982 Urdd Eisteddfod: