Radyr and Morganstown Festival

Maypole Dancing

Each year the village holds a two week May Festival organised by the R&M Association, taking the form of 40 different events arranged by local groups. The aim is to bring the community together in a social environment and also raise funds for nominated charities. Over the last 23 years the Festival has raised over £50,000 towards good causes and brought together friends and neighbours having fun. Festival events include sport (football,cricket,netball), civic reception, concerts, plays,dancing, competitions,gymkhanas, dog shows,carnival parades, quiz, walks, fetes, Jazz on the Patio at the Golf Club, Songs of Praise, music for young and old and many more – not forgetting the crowning of the May Festival Queen on the Bank Holiday Monday in Windsor Gardens.

In the early days, the Festival held a float parade,which paraded down the main road and around the estates in Morganstown and Radyr. This had to be abandoned for health and safety reasons as we had children on floats and lorries. In 2009 we moved to a walking parade of several hundred children and parents dressed in costumes made from recycled materials and celbrating the “Mabinogion”. The parade led by the Festival Queen and her attendants, marched and danced its way through the villae to the Carnival Fete at the Old Church Rooms. This parade has now become a regular feature of the Festival following a different theme each year. It has been led for the last two years by the City of Cardiff (Melingriffiths) Band and a celebrity guest, who opened the Fete.

Each year we audition for a Festival Queen with the help of the Radyr Guides. The first Festival Queen in 1988 will now be in her thirties and probably has children of her own. In latter years we have introduced more arts and drama events sponsored by the County Council and the Arts Council of Wales. We look for sponsorship from local businesses and have been fortunate to secure regular support from GE Healthcare and Pughs Garden Centre.

The charities supported over the last few years have included Radyr Chain, Craig y Parc School, Dan y Bryn Cheshire Home(2), George Thomas Hospice, Noah’s Ark Appeal, Tenovus(2), Teenage Cancer Trust, NSPCC, Motor Neuron Disease Association, Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice, R&M Good Neighbours Scheme, and LATCH. Organisations in the village have adopted these charities for further fund raising during the year.

To see more details of the each year’s Festival select a year from the right hand list.  However, please note that the Association now has a seperate, dedicated Festival site www.rmfestival.org.uk.  Details of Festivals from 2016 onwards can be found on this new site by following this link.