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Aberdare Festival is a huge hit!

Thousands of people flocked to a FREE family fun day over the Bank Holiday weekend, thanks to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.

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The sun joined in the fun at Aberdare Festival as he firmly put his hat on to welcome over 7000 people to the hugely successful event.

There were live performances on stage throughout the day from BBC TV’s The Voice contestant Paul Black, Finger Trap, Big Macs Wholly Soul Band, Broken Heroes Coversband and 3Sum Coversband.

Visitors were treated to an exotic mix of animals that set up home in the town for the day - Meerkats, tarantulas, a racoon, a Coatimundi, snakes and lizards.

Other attractions included arena shows such as Studio Streetwise, Duck Driving, Black Mountains Falconry, Martine’s Action Pack and Rockwood Dog Display Team.

There was also a fun fair, mobile farm, crazy golf, mad science - slime making, Punch and Judy, circus workshops, storytelling and special “character” guests – Transformers and Elsa and Anna from Frozen.

Aberdare Tennis Club was also on hand to make sure Rhondda Cynon Taf is ready for Wimbledon fever – offering FREE taster sessions.

One of the most unusual attractions, which went down a storm, was the giant Lido Pontypridd deckchair which is promoting the grand opening of the fantastic new attraction in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Summer. Visitors were able to don hats and sunglasses and pose in the chair. It’s currently doing a tour of events in the county borough, so keep an eye out for it at the next event.

If you enjoyed Aberdare Festival and want more free family fun, don’t forget Rhondda Cynon Taf Council working with other organisations has more exciting events coming up in the next few weeks.

  • Yaberdaberdare in Aberdare town centre on Saturday, June 13 with stalls, live music petting zoo and more
  • Porth Carnival in Porth town centre on Saturday, June 4.

Get the latest information and updates on all the events happening in Rhondda Cynon Taf via our What's On RCT website

Cllr Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said: “This year’s event has once again been a huge success with almost double the visitors attending.  It was an absolutely fantastic day, showcasing a huge range of cultural and performing talent that we have within our County Borough.

 “I am sure that all of the people who came to Aberdare Park had a great time with us.”