Blackwood/Coed Duon

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.

01495 225750

196 High Street, Blackwood, NP12 1AH

01495 223485

Woodbine Rd, Blackwood NP12 1QJ

01495 227206

High Street, Blackwood, NP12 1BB

01495 310576

Market Square, Brynmawr, NP23 4AJ


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

01495 422 422

07778 831 841