Blackwood sits on the bank of the Sirhowy River in the South Wales Valleys. Founded as a model village in the early 19th century, its fortunes rose and fell with the coal industry. At the height of the Industrial Revolution, Blackwood gave birth to the Chartist Movement that demanded basic rights for workers.
Today a center for business, culture, and debate, Blackwood is known internationally for its links to the Manic Street Preachers. In recent years, the local community has been the subject of major feature documentaries Dark Horse, Mr Calzaghe and No Manifesto.
Blackwood has good transport links to nearby Cardiff and Newport and also offers high-quality accommodation such as the Maes Manor Hotel.
Blackwood is just 30 minutes from Newport and 40 minutes from Cardiff via car. Parking spaces are available in the town centre.
Direct Arriva Trains Wales service stops at Pengam, from where there will be a dedicated shuttle service to and from the festival venues every hour starting at
3 pm on Wednesday, April 18
11.30 am on Thursday, April 19
11.30 am on Friday, April 20
The last train to Cardiff leaves at 21.55.
Official carriers of the WIDF 2018
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