Merthyr Mawr Forest Feastival Spring 2024

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Spring Forest Feastival has now finished - here are the next events coming up near you...

Merthyr Mawr Forest Feastival is back for 2024!

We don’t know about you, but we love a food festival. Especially when they’re nestled in a secluded woodland, far from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, where we can get away from it all, get back to nature and have a good ol’ munch (and swig!) with our friends and family. 

So, if you're constantly searching for ‘food festivals near me’ AND you live in South Wales, the time has finally come, folks. And you don't even need to break the bank!

Only £6 per ticket, KIDS GO FREE and dog friendly!

This means you could spend a whole day at Merthyr Mawr Estate, exploring the castle, seaside, woodland trails and the Forest Feastival for only £6-12 per family. That may even leave some room in your 'day out budget' for some tasty treats when you get to the festival.

Please note, Friday evenings are for adults only.

What is the Merthyr Mawr Forest Feastival?

Merthyr Mawr Food Feastival is a forest food festival featuring the best street food trucks and chefs from Wales and beyond, pitched under canvas amongst the woodlands of the Merthyr Mawr Estate.

Experience the wonderful world of food with your family and friends, travel the globe through culinary delights made using local ingredients, and just have a good time out in nature!

When is the Merthyr Mawr Forest Feastival?

The Merthyr Mawr Forest Feastival is happening across five weekends this spring 2024:

Weekend 1: 19th-21st April
Weekend 2: 26th-28th April - now sold out
Weekend 3: 3rd May-6th May Bank Holiday
Weekend 4: 10th-12th May
Weekend 5: 17th-18th May

Please note, Friday evenings are for adults only.

Booking your Forest Feastival tickets is easy. Simply select the date and 4-hour timeslot that suits you:

  • Friday evenings 6pm-10pm
  • Saturday timeslots 11-3pm, 3pm-7pm & 6pm-10pm
  • Sunday timeslots 11am-3pm
  • More timeslots available on May bank holiday

Merthyr Mawr Forest Feastival is a great day out for families on a budget in South Wales!

The Merthyr Mawr Forest Feastival is a delight of a day out for all. There are lots of things to do for families from circus workshops to roasting marshmallows, exploring the nearby castle, scaling the sandy trails of Merthyr Mawr Nature Reserve and more. Did you know Bridgend is home to Wales' highest sand dune called the Big Dipper?

You can really make a full day out of this visit to Merthyr Mawr. We've even put together a family day out itinerary in our More Info section under 'Things to do in Merthyr Mawr'.

Sounds awesome right? And the best bit about it is you can really do this on a budget.

Book your tickets for Merthyr Mawr Forest Feastival spring 2024 on now - you won't find them cheaper!

Forest Feastival for adults

As sun sets on Forest Feastival the woodland comes alive...

On Friday and Saturday nights, Forest Feastival turns into more of a festival vibe, perfect for adults looking to kick back and unwind. Enjoy guest DJs, communal campfires, cocktails and a live band or cabaret performance starting at 9pm.

Friday nights are adult only nights, if you're looking for a break away from any little ones. 

And of course, for the foodies!

Here's a cheeky taster of the kind of street food you'll come across at Forest Feastival...

HILLS BURGERS – the famous Brecon Beacons burger comes to Forest Feastival

WESTLANDS BBQ - this BBQ truck is epic just like the food portions

FIRE & FLANK - Argentinian steak & mash 

BAO SELECTA - Japanese and Asian steamed buns

MR NOODLE Michelin trained chefs who cook ramen for fun

KERALAN KARAVAN - South Indian flavour bombs

BARE BONES PIZZA - wood fired pizza 

SIN NOMBRE - BBQ scallop with Chipotle butter pickled fennel & mouli slaw

PACKED SARNIES – beef sandwich heaven!

THE JERK YARD - hailing from Bristol Jerk Yard cook up Jerk Chicken and Caribbean flavours - food for the soul

TWO LADS KITCHEN – delectable Afghan wraps

HOLY CHESUS - for the cheese lovers among us

CHURCH OF CHURROS - buckets of churros to share

PWDIN - brownies!

REBEL CRUMBLE - who doesn’t love crumble? Comfort and nostalgia in every mouthful

MINTO’S DESSERTS – if meringue is your sweet of choice, Minto’s is for you

LOCO TEQUILAS -  new wave flavoured tequilas 

HARLEQUIN COCKTAIL BAR - premium cocktails from the SFC mixologists


Please note, certain traders may only be trading on certain weeks

[Multiple vegan and gluten free options available every day]

Merthyr Mawr,
Bridgend CF32 0LS CF32 0LS
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How to find us

Candleston Castle Campsite,
Merthyr Mawr Road,
Merthyr Mawr,
South Wales,
CF32 0LS

Remember to book your car slot for a small fee at time of booking!

  • Toilets
  • Paid parking - remember to add on your parking during checkout
  • Communal fire pits

The car park address:

Candleston Castle Campsite,
Merthyr Mawr Road,
Merthyr Mawr,
South Wales,
CF32 0LS

The woodland walk from the car park to the festival takes approximately 10 minutes. The dirt track is suitable for pushchairs and trolleys.

Remember to book in a car space if required!

Yes, Merthyr Mawr Forest Feastival is dog-friendly. Please ensure you add your dog when booking your tickets.

Dogs must be well behaved and kept on a lead at all times. 

The team on site reserve the right to deny entry to any dogs they believe to not meet the behaviour standards required. 

There is no Wi-Fi once you get into the woods - which really adds to the experience, don't you think? Just remember to take your photos and videos to upload to your socials when you get home!

Forest Feastival is open come rain or shine and rest assured they have lots of under cover areas pitched under canvas canopies. These areas are protected from the weather however not 100% waterproof. Especially if the rain is horizontal! They are are an outdoor venue so we strongly advise dressing appropriately for the weather. 

No, Forest Feastival is a cashless event. They advise you bring a card as well as a phone just in case you run out of battery.

Yes, there are lots of things to do in Merthyr Mawr. If you can, we recommend making a big day out of your visit to Forest Feastival.

Suggested family itinerary:

Merthyr Mawr Forest Feastival Family Day Out (Saturday or Sunday)

  • 11am: Park up in Candleston Campsite Carpark

    Don't forget to book yourself in the car park when you buy your Feastival tickets

  • 12pm: Explore the ancient grounds of Candleston Castle

    In less than a 5-minute walk away, you will find Candleston Castle. Let your imaginations run wild as you roam the grounds of this 13th-century castle

  • 1pm: Time for a snack

    Set yourselves up somewhere comfy and take five with a homemade picnic

  • 1.30pm: The Big Dipper!

    Enter into the Merthyr Mawr Nature Reserve and walk the trails through Wales' highest sand dune, The Big Dipper!

  • 3pm - 6pm: Forest Feastival time!

    You've all worked up an appetite by now! Give yourselves enough time to walk the 10 minutes from the carpark through the woodland and into the festival. It's time to feast around the campfire, roast some marshmallows and maybe even join the circus...

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