Gwerin Iau (“Young Folk”) is a bilingual course for 8-12 year olds that features singing, clogging and instruments with experienced and popular tutors. It’s held in the glorious setting of the Urdd centre at Glan Llyn near Bala in north Wales. The course is usually held on the first weekend of December.
Course tutors specialise in presenting music and folk dance to children of all ages. For the instrumental activities, it helps for the children to have some instrumental background as the course involves learning tunes by ear, but for those who do not play there are plenty of opportunities to sing and take part in step dance (clogging).
As part of the course there are opportunities to take part in Glan-llyn’s exciting outdoor activities, from canoeing, high ropes, and climbing, to ten pin bowling and swimming.
Have a look at more pictures from Gwerin Iau 2018 here
Feedback from course participants
“The best part for me was the mixture of folk and Glan-llyn. I enjoyed the Noson Lawen and singing around the fire”
“You get a chance to make new friends”
“You get a chance to speak Welsh outside of school”
“It’s fun and sociable”