Eisteddfod Pictures: Dinbych 2001

With a few from Llangefni 1999 thrown in for luck. Click on the photos for a full-sized version.


There are about 6,000 cars in the improvised car parks around the maes.

maes parcio

The best way to keep track of your car is to fix a flag on it, so you can find it again.

y maes

When you get through the turnstiles you find yourself in a huge tented city.

y maes

The Denbigh site was a very attractive one, with hills in the distance and oak trees around the maes.

y maes (1999)

All sorts of organisations are represented, including universities, charities, government bodies, trade unions and publishers. . .

y maes (1999)

. . .as well as dozens of shops. It’s a place to wander around, browsing, buying, chatting and meeting people.

Cr Newyddion Da

You may come across an impromptu performance by a choir or dance troupe, or be accosted by. . .

dyn yn gwisgo bagiau plastig fel hybys dros CYD (reit handi yn y glaw mae'n debyg)

. . .colourful characters advertising some cause or other.

swyddfa'r post

The Eisteddfod has everything: police and ambulance stations, radio and television studios, a post office. . .


. . .and a bank, with the all-important cash dispenser.

telynau (1999)

Useful if you need to buy a harp. . .

hwyl a fflag

. . .or just a pair of boxer shorts with the Welsh flag on.


Of course they don’t just sell harps and pants.


They sell everything from second-hand books to garden furniture. . .


. . .to speciality cheeses to grand pianos. . .


But unfortunately I only have pictures of harps.

y maes

But it’s not just shops. There’s a fully-equipped theatre, a dance venue, a sound stage and a meeting hall.

y Babell Ln

The queue outside the literature tent for one of the most popular events: the improvised competitive versifying contests. The weather is starting to look iffy, and with anything up to 200,000 visitors during the week, the ground soon turns into a swamp.

cadw'r traed yn sych

If you haven’t got your wellies, you can always do like the old ladies and tie plastic carrier bags on your feet.

  y Pafiliwn

But the whole place is dominated by the mighty Pavilion, where the central ceremonies are held. It holds 4,000 people, apparently. And a lot of druids.

y Pafiliwn

Round the back are big changing rooms for the contestants and officials.

y Gorsedd

After the ceremonies you may catch a glimpse of the Gorsedd processing out.

y Gorsedd (1999)

The polystyrene cup is not part of the uniform.

y Gorsedd (1999)

I can’t remember what the woman in blue does exactly.

y Gorsedd (1999)

The sword that is used during the ceremony in that quaint mock execution ritual. . .

y Gorsedd (1999)

. . .precedes the Archdruid and the newly-crowned bard, chatting away.

y Gorsedd

Often they are button-holed by a camera crew for a quick interview.

y Gorsedd

. . .which makes a handy photo opportunity.


When you leave the site during the day they stamp you hand so you can get back in again. Useful if you suffer a sudden identity crisis too, and forget who you are. [Me = Mercher = Wednesday]

y Gorsedd

Here, the left-hand banner-carrier appears to recounting to the sword-bearer a certain episode involving one of the flower-girls, which he is rather proud of, but which she would rather forget all about.


You’ll probably just have to take my word for it, but this book describes this site as "one of the best websites for finding Welsh learning resources". [Julie Brake, ‘Y Gymraeg ac e-addysg’, in Cyflwyno’r Gymraeg: llawlyfr i diwtoriaid, ed. Christine Jones. Llandysul: Gwasg Gomer, ISBN 1-85902-903-5, 9.95]

y Gorsedd y Gorsedd

These photos were taken by Stewart Russell and Harry Campbell at the 1999 (Llangefni) and 2001 (Denbigh) Eisteddfods respectively. Please don’t use them without permission.

There are pictures from the 2002 (St Davids) Eisteddfod here, and you can read more about the Eisteddfod here.

© 1999–2001 Harry Campbell
Page added: August 2001