Maes B is the official afterdark little brother of the Eisteddfod and features late night performances by over 20 of the main Welsh language bands. This year it will be held on the outskirts of Llanrwst between Wednesday, August 7th and Saturday, August 10th 2019.
The care and well being of Maes B visitors is vitally important to the organisers.
We’re collaborating with external partners who provide welfare and medical services to people on Maes B. These partners promote physical and emotional health as well as the general welfare of visitors to Maes B. This includes safeguarding, recovery and preventative support, responsively and proactively.
If you are concerned about anything, including the effects of drugs and alcohol, this is the place to go.
In addition, we’re working with the Dan 24/7 service – a bilingual helpline which offers on point of contact for anyone who needs information or help relating to drugs or alcohol.
- Phone 0808 808 2234 (free 24 hour service; the number will not appear on your bill)
- Text the word DAN along with your question to 81066 (24 hour service)
- Social media – facebook.com/Dan247helplineor @dan_247 on Twitter (24 hour service)
Kitchy Catering and Franco Welsh will be responsible for the food during the week, selling burgers, chips, hot dogs, pizzas, coffee as well as breakfast and lunch. Food will be available until 04.00 every morning.
Our sponsors, Aberystwyth University, will also have the ‘Dyma dy Le’ tepee onsite, offering the following:
- Opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday 8.30 and 16.00
- Activities: Phone charging facilities; Beauty station; tea and coffee; relaxing area; music; free water
You have to be aged 16 or over to attend Maes B and the Maes Pebyll (campsite). We will ask for proof of age for tickets, therefore please ensure you have ID with you. If you cannot show ID when asked you will be asked to leave the site.
Any ages can attend the Eisteddfod itself.
No child under the age of 16 will be allowed entry to the Maes B arena or campsite, even if accompanied by an adult.
Yes camping is included in the Maes B season ticket price. Please note Maes B gig tickets only allow entry to the gig.
Cars: Details can be found here https://eisteddfod.wales/travel-maes-b . Follow the event signage for the National Eisteddfod and then pick up the Maes B signs once in Llanrwst
Please ensure you follow the signage to Maes B .
Drop off / Pick up and Taxi: Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy
The campsite will open from 16.00 Friday, August 2nd and close at 15.00 on Sunday, August 11th. All vehicles will also need to leave the car park by 3pm on August 11th
All campers will need to register on arrival at the site office where they will be given a wrist band. Campers without a valid wrist band may be asked to leave.
You won’t be able to bring your car on to the camping site itself but there will be an official car park a short walk to Maes B
Yes – there will be food outlets on site which will be open from Saturday 3rd – Sunday 11th . There will be breakfast and coffee available.
Yes – there will be designated points in the reception office as well as the Prifysgol Aberystwyth teepee.
It is the Maes B and the Eisteddfod’s policy to be an inclusive event and everyone is welcome. We make every effort to accommodate a diverse range of needs and to make the event as accessible as possible. It should be noted that Maes b and the Eisteddfod is an open-air field event and as a result the terrain in some parts of the site may be difficult for wheelchair users to navigate. If you need further information about access arrangements for disabled people please let us know.
We work in partnership with Living Life (Byw Bywyd) to enable visitors with mobility issues to enjoy their visit to the festival. The Byw Bywyd stand is always as close as possible to the main entrance to the Maes, and you can hire wheelchairs and scooters for your visit here. We do advise visitors who require this service to book ahead and this can be done by ringing 01286 830 101.
Guide dogs are permitted.
There will be a disabled toilet on site with a ramp for ease of access.
There should be a ramp in order to gain entrance to any buildings.
There is no designated viewing platform in Maes b however should you have any problems please notify the Maes B staff who will be happy to help you find a suitable and safe viewing area.
If you require the help of a personal assistant, we offer tickets free of charge. Before issuing Personal Assistant tickets, we require one of the following forms of copied evidence
– Front page of DLA / PIP (no specific rate)
– Front page of Attendance Allowance letter (no specific rate)
– Evidence that registered severely sight impaired (blind)
– Recognised Assistance Dog ID card
– Credibility’s Access Card
We will take every reasonable step to make everyone’s visit to the Maes a pleasurable one. However, if you experience any difficulties please contact a member of the Maes B staff. Your concerns will be dealt with and a member of the Eisteddfod’s Management Team will contact as soon as possible to discuss.
The Eisteddfod Office telephone number is 0845 4090 900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For details of accessibility for disabled visitors for the main site please go to the main Eisteddfod web site www.eisteddfod.org.uk
Crime Reduction and Personal Safety
– Lock and empty your vehicles. Leave the glove compartment open and conspicuously empty. Remove valuables and rub out ‘suction’ marks on windscreens where a suction holder would hold a sat nav. Thieves actually look for these round marks so they can assess whether or not to break in, in the hope your Satnav is in the vehicle. Remove your Satnav from the car and use one of the lockers on site to safely store it.
– Only bring what you can afford to lose.
– Set up camp near friends, and make friends with your neighbours. Look out for each other’s property.
– Mark your property: clearly label your gear (including your tent) with your postcode. Obvious indelible markings will significantly reduce the risk of things being stolen and will increase the chance of their return if found. Tag your keys with a phone number and a friend’s address. Use the security lockups on site (a charge will be made) for your valuables and other personal belongings.
– If you cycle to the festival there will be a place you can lock your bike up on site.
– Take any valuables – including prescription medication – with you when you leave your tent: keep them with you or store them in the security lock-ups. Register your property before you go on a national and free database called www.immobilise.com
– To make life harder for thieves, leave your tent untidy so there’s not an obvious bag to grab quickly.
To prevent thefts from happening at night-time. Keep your wallet/purse/phone, inside your sleeping bag with you whilst you sleep.
– Ladies: your handbag or phone by your pillow will not prevent you from being a potential theft victim. Put it inside your sleeping bag as you sleep.
– Men: don’t leave your wallet/phone/cash in the pockets of trousers or shorts, as these items are grabbed by a thief on the safe assumption you left them there! Put them inside your sleeping bag with you.
– Some tents allow you to move the zip both ways. If the tent has been zipped down a thief only has to lift the zip a small way up and can easily reach inside the bottom of your tent. They can also be crouching down so remain hidden. If you have zipped UP then a thief cannot reach inside so easily, and may have to remain standing so be more conspicuous.
– Be inventive about where you hide your valuables when sleeping: you may not hear someone enter your tent, so separate your money and valuables into small amounts and hide them in different places in your tent, or better still, put them in your sleeping bag with you.
– If you think you might forget where you have pitched your tent, take a photo of the area and any unusual features nearby on your mobile so you can see what looks familiar.
– Arranging a meeting point with your friends in case you get split up is vital as phone signals can’t be relied upon, and calls may get missed due to noise levels. Arrange a meeting point for different areas you are in so you can all reunite quickly and easily.
– Please don’t go off with people you don’t know. If you have had a row with friends or feel wobbly/emotional through too much of anything – please speak to a member of staff – they are there to help you! The welfare team are there to listen and support you when you are upset
– Don’t Cross The Line – check out www.dontcrosstheline.co.uk for information.
– Keep with friends or people you trust: unfortunately at any large gathering a small number of people attend to prey on others. You present a far less vulnerable target as a group than you would on your own.
– Avoid dark areas and take advantage of the extra lighting along main thoroughfares and in the car parks.
– Don’t challenge people looking through tents – report them to Festival staff or the Police. Campsite stewards are there for reporting suspicious behaviour, and offenders WILL be expelled from site.
– Report anyone you think is acting suspiciously or aggressively to stewards.
– We know you want to have a drink or two, but do consider that drinking to excess can leave you vulnerable, so as friends DO look out for each other. If you get split up from your friends and feel too lost to find them at your meeting point, and are wobbly through drink, please speak to a steward who can help you, rather than strangers.
– Don’t keep all your cash and valuables in the same place: spread them around in different pockets
– Wear your wristband at all times.
– Only take the credit cards you need.
– Make a note of your credit card numbers and leave it at home, plus the number to call if they are mislaid (phone numbers for lost credit cards are also held at Info Points)
– If you want to use a handbag, consider a cross body handbag with the main part of the bag worn in front of you, and with the flap against your body, and remember to zip it up!
The National Eisteddfod operates a zero-tolerance policy towards those caught with drugs in their possession. All drugs have potential dangers, and the only way to avoid those dangers is not to take drugs. At the same time, we recognise that drugs are a present in society, and we work with recognized partners to ensure the welfare of people on our sites.
Our zero-tolerance policy
The National Eisteddfod works closely with Police forces across Wales. Police officers will be present on our site. We will refer anyone caught with drugs in their possession to the police and ban them from Maes B and all National Eisteddfod sites immediately.
Drug amnesty bins will be available to use voluntarily and anonymously on Maes B.
If you are under the impression that the police will turn a blind eye to low level use then you are mistaken. There will be a zero tolerance policy with regards to possession of controlled substances. You have been warned – if you get caught bringing drugs to the festival you can get yourself:
– a criminal record
– ejected from the site
It isn’t rocket science. Don’t bring drugs onto the festival site, or be prepared for the consequences.
Don’t spoil your own fun – The police are not there to hinder your entry into the site or to ruin your festival experience. We want you to have a fantastic time, and we are there to make sure that every festival-goer has an equal opportunity to enjoy the experience in a safe and drug free environment.
Alcohol is sold on Maes B to those over 18 years old. We also allow visitors over 18 years old to bring their own alcohol to their tents (but not to gigs). Please see the further information later in this document regarding restrictions and conditions. However, team on Maes B are there to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy themselves in a safe environment, so people behaving antisocially or in an unruly fashion will be told to leave immediately.
If you need support, or if you see someone in need of support, please approach one of our security team. They will co-ordinate with the medical and welfare teams on Maes B.