Festivals in Wales
We are pleased to announce that we are helping to Co Promote a number of Festival in Wales this summer as well as a number of other events. We wanted to focus on a few of these that are allowing us to work with them to help promote their festivals in Wales and allow EventsnWales to earn a small commission on ticket sales. The festivals that we are focusing on range from Live Music festivals to Food and Drink Festivals and are either being co-promoted through fatsoma or are on eventbrite. More events may be added to this list as it is updated over the next month.
So here we go with our Co promoted Festivals in Wales.
5th August – Cardiff Rum Festival – The SSE SWALEC in Cardiff
Get your Tickets and let them take you on a voyage of meeting the distillers, rum tasting sessions and great food washed down with awesome cocktails to an authentic Caribbean soundtrack of musical performances.
12th August – Festival 74 2017 | Caerleon, Newport
Back again for 2017 Festival 74 will take over the fields at Caerleon RFC bringing you a range of music from artists including the headline band Green Date – Green Day Tribute Band along with Turner Street Crash, 4th Street, Ollie Powell, Matthew Frederick, Cameron Martin and many more.
18th August – Swansea Street Food Festival – Swansea Marina in Swansea
A HOST OF LOCAL, NATIONAL AND REGIONAL STREET FOOD TRADERS! From gourmet seafood and beastly burgers to award-winning, wonderful Welsh produce, there will be something to suit everyone’s tastes!
30th September – Inside Out Festival 2017 Cardiff
One not to be missed this one is at the end of September with more artists being confirmed all the time headlined by Annie Mac & Craig David’s TS5 they have also including Leathal Bizzle, DJ Sigala, Artwork, Jasper James, Jody Barr, OC & Verde, Rewire Varski, and The Stickmen to the line-up taking over Bute Park in Cardiff for the 2nd instalment of the Inside Out Festival.
We are grateful that the above events are allowing EventsnWales to Co-Promote them and urge you all to get your tickets early to avoid any disappointment. If you would like us to help co promote your event get in touch to find out how we can help.
Don’t forget if you’re looking for Tickets for Nights out in Cardiff we also help co-promote a range of these so that you can get your tickets upfront check out our co-promote page for the latest tickets available.
Make sure your following along on all our social media pages for the latest updates of all types of Events in Wales.
We are happy to announce that we have teamed up with Fatsoma to be able to help our existing members and future members be able to promote events, sell tickets and reach more people through our new ticketing platform.
By partnering with Fatsoma we are now able to promote events that are listed on our website, Co promote events and also enable members that need or would benefit from the ability to sell tickets direct through our new ticketing platform powered by Fatsoma (Flat rate 10% fee charged per ticket sale). We have already got the New EventsnWales Event & Ticketing platform set up and can be used straight away. So if you would like the ability to sell tickets even if they are Free (no fee charged either) then you can and all under the EventsnWales brand. Any events that are set up through the platform we will add to the events listed so they will still have a page listed on the main website as well as being able to be searched through the fatsoma website and app. All tickets sold through our platform will help to keep our website sustainable with EventsnWales receiving a % of the fee for all those that sign up with us.
That’s not all, for those events that are happy for us to Co-Promote your event then an amount of commission can be agreed for us to help promote your event further. With designated shout outs and marketing campaigns to help. We will always send a Co Promotion request to events listed but it is entirely up to the individual event/organisation if they would like to take this up. The event will still be listed on the main website even if we are not Co-Promoting it. Any events that are listed through the new platform that we are co promoting you will be able to locate under a new menu section Co Promoted Events.
Its an exciting time for EventsnWales as we are looking to the long term for the brand and to enable us to continue to help promote all events that are listed on both platforms and this will hopefully generate the income to enable us to keep the general membership free and also provide you will a larger spread of people visiting your own event listings. Please make sure that you sign up to receive updates of our newsletters and events to keep up to date with the latest in Wales. Make sure you pop over to the new platform and follow us so you get the regular updates and others to do so too.
We look forwarded to both existing and new members and organisations being able to use the ticketing platform and have a way of selling and monitoring ticket sales without the hassle of taking payments themselves and issuing tickets or email confirmations this is hopefully your all in one solution.
New Ticketing Platform from EventsnWales
A Small Milestone
It is a great feeling when you hit even a small milestone and realise that something you set out to achieve is actually happening. Before EventsnWales.com was set up and the idea of helping both large and small organisations get events to reach and be seen by a wider audience, little did we expect for the website to have had 300 Events in Wales listed within 12 Months. With around 10 days to go we have hit that milestone, we are so proud that with the support of our sponsors Harris Associates (South West) Ltd and various other organisations along the way we have been able to connect with such a wide variety of businesses, organisations, charities, groups and individuals. With the help and power of Social media we have been able to help promote all events that have been listed on the website through a number of social media streams including but not limited too Twitter, Facebook, Google+ & Pinterest as well as seeing individual events being promoted by our followers and other organisations and individuals.
What 300 Events in Wales have been listed?
We have had a Wide range of events listed on the website over the past 12 months and from the last month that looks like it will be growing all the time. We have had events in all categories and regions of Wales which is amazing and just shows that the website and social media profiles are working and being seen. We are not going to go into stats or figures those that want to find out can. We just want to continue to grow the website, Social media accounts so that your events get seen by more people both locally and further afield. That is what EventsnWales is about. It is all about promoting Events in Wales and around the country. Events can be listed as long as they take place in Wales, which means if they pass through Wales, start or finish in Wales they all count.
We are looking to push further in the next 12 months with more regular Newsletters, Blog posts from ourselves about events and also from the organisers as well either prior to an event or even after it has taken place. If you would be interested in guest bloging on the website and have an event you would love to write about please get in touch.
Once again Thank you for all the support and listing events, Without them the website and social media accounts would not have anything to promote.
300 Events in Wales
We have been asked by some of our old friends that we have helped out over time and that are carrying on the great fundraising started by their Late Father Les Lavender, to help them with a signed Joe Calzaghe Boxing Gloves Charity Auction. Of course we were happy to be able to help in anyway, especially as they have had the Charity Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long event listed on our website. The gloves have been kindly donated by Ron Davies a friend of Wendy Mitchell who continues the great fundraising spirit that Les had. Ron also ran the Manchester marathon earlier this year in aid of Cancer Research Wales.
Signed Joe Calzaghe Boxing Gloves Charity Auction
So on to the Charity Auction of the Signed Joe Clazaghe Boxing Gloves. The auction will run over a 2 week period starting at 6:30pm tonight running through to 6:30pm on Sunday 3rd of January 2016. Only bids from within the UK (due to postage) will be accepted. e have a number of ways in which bids can be placed these include:-
All bids that are received and when a new bid has been placed, will be announced on both Facebook Pages and through Twitter. The final bid and winning bidder will be expected to make a donation through the Les Lavender Cancer Crusade Just Giving page within 48hrs of the Auction ending, but only after you have received a message or email from us to confirm that you have won the auction (Please only bid if you intend on winning and paying, as we reserve the right to published the name of a non paying winning bids and the next highest would be awarded the winner). All monies raised will be helping Cancer Research Wales which is the Charity that has always been supported by the Lavender family you can read more about some of the fundraising on the Les Lavender Cancer Crusade Website.
Any help with sharing, retweets, Liking our posts and updates on any platform would be much appreciated to help this auction raise as much as possible to add to the fundraising for the Charity Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long taking place this evening.
If you would like to donate to the fundraising you can via Just Giving or by Text LLCC49 £1 to 70070 to Donate just £1 (or an amount you wish to donate)
The EventsNWales Team & The Les Lavender Cancer Crusade.
It’s been a while since our last post and we wanted to say that we are amazed at the range of events in Wales that have been listed so far on the website. We would like to thank all those that have helped us spread the word of the website and social media accounts to make more people aware of them. It is great to see the range of businesses, organisations, charities, groups and individuals that are also posting as this was one of the reasons for starting the website. The reason being to help events reach more people both locally and all around Wales.
Over the last few months we have had all types of events in Wales listed from Theatre to Workshops, Sports to Tours to Christmas events. But we need more and we want to help more events reach more people. So if you know of an event in your area let them know about our website. If you don’t know the organisers of the event, let us know about it so that we can contact them.
We are also asking to find out if any of our members that list events on our website would like to either write a blog post prior to events or after the event has taken place if any are interested please get in touch with us so that we can discuss the details. Any guest blog posts will be listed in a Guest blog area with link back to your website or profiles.
More Events in Wales
So our aim for the next 12 months is to increase the amount of events in Wales that are listed on our website. This will be in the benefit of all those that already list events or have listed events as we do not completely remove old events when the dates have passed. Your events may still be found through search engines and through archives of the website. If a new event is posted which is in relation to and old event we try to link from the old event to the new one in the case that someone lands on the old event when the new one is live. This effectively gives you 2 chances to be found via search engines for that event so all helps with your event reach.
Once again we would like to say a big thank you to our Website sponsors Harris Associates and Calon Training Services as without the website sponsorship it would be extremely hard to keep the website and advertising going and be able to keep a free membership option as well.
Any questions or queries please drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
So an update on our rugby world cup charity sweepstake. We are putting our hands up that we didn’t quite plan it far enough in advance to be able to get welsh businesses on board. So we would like to apologise to the 2 chosen charities that this will unfortunately not raise any funds at this time. We realised that we needed to make the decision to close the donation page as we did not want someone donating for something that could not go ahead. We will organise a fundraiser in the future for Ieuan the Lion Memorial Fund & St. Kentigern Hospice. Due too the rugby world cup charity sweepstake not actually going ahead we are happy to advise that we are awarding both the charities selected with a free 6 month advertising banner which will appear in the rotation on our blog posts and events pages of the website.
We have already contacted the charities to arrange the banners ready to go live on the website blog posts and event pages rotation and these will be live hopefully by this weekend. We hope that this helps spread the word of the charities and encourage visitors to the website to take time to visit the websites or events that are linked via the banners to find out a little more about the charities themselves.
A big thank you from EventsnWales to the charities for being so understanding and we will do what we can in the future to support you.
So the rugby world cup is nearly upon us and we have made a very late decision to try and raise money for 2 Charities that have been connected with eventsnwales.com in some way either that have listed events, had an event listed which is raising money for them or helped out on Social Media. But we need local Welsh businesses/organisations or groups to help us.
How you may ask?
The answer is a fairly simple one. We need 20 Welsh Businesses/Organisations or groups to take part in our EventsnWales.com Rugby World Cup Charity Sweepstake. To take part all they need to do is to donate £10 to our EventsnWales.com Virgin Money Giving Page. This will be limited to the first 20 that donate (Please can you leave a note with the company name, or twitter handle something to identify yourself so we can keep track) and they will then be entered into the sweepstake which we are hoping to draw with our website sponsors and broadcast live on Periscope on Friday. So we are looking to hopefully get a speedy response and the places taken quickly for us to get this in motion.
The 2 Chosen charities are Ieuan the Lion Memorial Fund and St Kentigern Hospice.
EventsnWales.com first became aware of the Ieuan the Lion Memorial Fund when we contacted them about the possibility of listing an event on our website for the launch of EventsnWales.com and ever since that our launch they have helped spread the word of events they have listed and eventsnwales.com in general.
We came across the second charity in a slightly different way and this was when and event posted by the Ysgol y Castell PTA and the event Castell Beat which was raising money for St Kentigern Hospice. They have followed us on social media since the event was promoted and we hope to see some of their own events on our website in the future.
Rugby World Cup Charity Sweepstake Prize?
We will be awarding 2 prizes for those that take part.
First prize will give the Business/Organisation or Group that have the Winning team of the Rugby World Cup Charity Sweepstake an Advertising Banner for 1 year (normal cost £45) which will appear on our blog posts and events pages rotation.
Second Prize will give the Business/Organisation or Group that have the team that finish Runners Up in the Rugby World Cup Charity Sweepstake an Advertising Banner for 6 Months (normal cost £22.50) which will appear on our blog posts and events pages rotation.
We really hope that Welsh businesses/organisations or groups will get involved and help us raise at least the £100 per charity we are aiming for and we hope to be able to provide the winners and runners up with advertising banners to help spread the word of their organisations to our visitors on EventsnWales.com.
If anyone would like to help us raise money for the 2 charities your more than welcome to donate through our fundraising page.
Total Number of Events that have been listed on EventsnWales.com
So to celebrate EventsnWales.com being 6 months old we thought we would list the Top 10 Events on EventsnWales by rank of page views. This is counted every time the individual event page is viewed or loaded from the website on any device. Many factors could determine if your event has made it into our top 10 events such as
- the length of time the event was listed on the website prior to the event
- how popular the event is in general
- if it has been searched through search engines
- how many times the event page has been shared via social media and other sources
These are just a few things that can contribute to an event getting listed in the top 10 events. Many other factors exist but we have just listed some to give you an idea of things that can influence the number of page views your events page gets.
Top 10 Events on EventsnWales
#1 Race of Remembrance brought to you by Mission Motorsport – The Forces Motorsport Charity
This event tops the chart after being one of the original events listed on the website from launch and with just over 2 months to the Race of Remembrance event has been live on the website for the full 6 months. A great charity event which you can read more about by visiting the event page and see how to attend a very special remembrance Sunday service.
#2 Kidwelly Carnival 2015
The Kidwelly Carnival 2015 was held in July and was only listed a very short period prior to the event but attracted a high volume of page views since being listed. I have no doubt that they will be listing future events on our website.
#3 Rods Tour of Wales
Rod listed his solo Ride from North to South Wales on the website from launch and we can confirm that only yesterday Rod completed his 3 day, 250 mile ride for charity pop over to the original event page Rods Tour of Wales as it’s never to late to donate to the 2 charities Rod was raising money for.
Another event that was fairly limited on time prior to the date of the event, but with all you animal and especially Pug lovers around you managed to get the event into the top 10 events on eventsnwales. Feel free to have a read about the event in the event achieves PUGFEST event page.
#5 Ruthin Castle Family Fun Day
The Ruthin Castle Family Fun Day was heavily searched via search engines during the short period prior to the event listed and this helped it land a spot at number 5 in the top 10 events.
#7 Cpl Mike Thacker Memorial Match
This event was held in Caerleon in May this year and we have heard that the Memorial match will be part of an annual fun day held in Caerleon which will hopefully continue to be listed on EventsnWales.com if you would like to read more about the event links are provided on the old event page.
#8 Dalmatian BikeRide 2015 – St. David’s Hospice
It was the 4th year that the Dalmatian BikeRide had been held and another great event to have listed on eventsnwales and no surprise that this event made it into the top 10 events listed on EventsnWales due to the popularity of the event.
#9 South Wales Dog & Family Fun Day
With the amount of Animal lovers that also visit our website the South Wales Dog & Family Fun Day hit the last but one sport of the top 10 events even only being listed on the website for 2 months prior to the event.
#10 Laugharne Weekend 2015
As a very popular weekend the Laugharne Weekend 2015 finishes the top 10 events this has been searched a number of time through search engines.
All the above events and every event that is listed on our website is still able to be found via search engines after the date of the event. This means that by listing events on our website your details can be found for a period after and still spread the awareness of the events after the actual date. People sometimes ask but what is the benefit of this. The benefit comes from the fact that search engines still crawl the pages so your details such as website or social media pages that are linked from the event can be found allowing visitors to still connect with the companies, organisations or individuals that put on the events that have been listed.
Once again and as always we are grateful to all that list your events on the website and will continue to do all that we can to increase the exposure of EventsnWales.com, our social media accounts and all events listed on the website.
So the time has come to award our free advertising banner spot that appears on our individual events pages and also our individual blog posts. The first free sport went to our 100th event listed on our website which was listed by Correana White which was included on the rotation for July. Each month we will randomly select a company, organisation or community group that either list events on our website or help spread the word of the events listed or EventsnWales itself. This can be through social media, a poster or image on a noticeboard or in a shop window any way that helps. If you are happy to do this please contact us for a digital image and send a picture when it has been put up and we will include you on the list for the chance to win a free advertising spot.
August’s Free Advertising spot
So back to this month’s free advertising spot, As stated above we had a list of over 80 different companies, organisations or groups that were included on the list and we randomly selected the winner. Every winner will then be excluded from future selection so that everyone gets a fair chance at being selected. So the Draw took place on the 29th July and those may have already seen on twitter that the selection for August is Ty Hafan.
Ty Hafan were included in the list having listed a number of events on the website and we are happy to have a banner advertising one of Ty Hafan’s upcoming events the Taff Trail Cycle Challenge on our rotational advertising banners. The banner will be shown throughout August.
If you would like to be in with a chance of the free advertising banner you know what to do. Alternatively if you would like to advertise on our website either with a banner advert or becoming a website sponsor alongside Harris Associates SW Ltd – Tendering for Success check out our membership packages that are available. Our website is fast growing and climbing the global and UK ranks and being visited by more and more visitors every month.
Friday the wild wet welsh weather did its best to disrupt things on Opening Night but that didn’t stop the audience coming out and having a fantastic time.
The rain didn’t faze Pollen Count who got the Festival off to a stupendous start. Then it was time for the fantastic Uncle Funk & The Boogie Wonderband to strut their stuff, and did they ever! It was Party time with a capital P. It was also the first glass free festival night which you supported wholeheartedly. Thank you.
We were thrilled to wake up on Saturday and find the sun shining for the Busking Festival. Only the second year that we’ve held it but it’s already getting a name for itself – all the Open Mic spots were booked within 10 minutes and we even had buskers from Swansea and Weston super Mare. At one point there were 15 buskers on Monnow Street! So lovely to hear and see such a wealth of talent although it made it very difficult choosing only 7 buskers to play the main stage on Sunday. A Fool & His Money turned up very early – we think they miscalculated how much time it would take for them to get here (all of a 10 minute walk) – chilled with the crew back stage and watched the audience grow and grow. To quote them it “was pretty insane to play to so many people” but you would never have known it as they gave an assuredly impressive performance.
And then Monmouth was well and truly fooified! The Uk Foo Fighters have a very loyal following and we found out why. They were just amazing, played for almost two whole hours and to cap it all are really great guys too.
Spirit’s not dampened at the Monmouth Festival
Sunday the rain was back but that didn’t dampen the town’s Carnival spirits. With plenty of things to do in town before the procession began – a tour of The Shire Hall, entry to the tower on Monnow Bridge, and a drumming workshop – people were out bright and early, and stayed to show their support for the brilliant floats, colourful walkers and vehicles in the Carnival Procession. Samba Galez brought a glimpse of calypso sun with their rumba francessa rhythms and dancing and got everyone’s feet a-tapping.
The Buskers then proceeded to wow the crowds who couldn’t believe the age and ability of some of the performers. Remember people where you saw them first as some of them could go on to great things!
And how do you round off such a fantastic weekend? With another sensational night of music of course. Bare Knuckle Parade exploded on to the stage and the audience loved their energetic music and performance. Then a band that needs no introduction – The Wurzels – closed a magnificent weekend, with the audience “ooh arring” to their hearts content.
It’s got to be one of the best opening weekends for a long time.
Don’t forget to pop along and join us, with 3 days left of the festival still lots to see and hear. For more information on whats on check the Monmouth Festival Website.
Cerys, Monmouth Festival