How taking part in societies helped to learn Welsh
Welsh language centres and societies
Welsh-language centres such as Saith Seren in Wrexham, Tŷ Tawe in Swansea and Theatr Soar, Merthyr Tydfil are hives of activity. They hold regular Welsh-language music gigs, drama productions, talks and other events. They also have cafés and bars where you can socialise in Welsh. There are plans to open similar centres in Llanelli, Wrexham and Carmarthen soon.
Most villages and towns have a local Welsh society, such as Clwb y Dwrlyn in Pentyrch near Cardiff and Cymdeithas Gymraeg Trefynwy in Monmouthshire. You'll find a list of Welsh societies and organisations on Y Lolfa’s websiteam
Further afield in London and Liverpool as well as North America, Hong Kong and Europe, Welsh societies offer opportunities to socialise in Welsh or learn the language. Have a look at our Learn Welsh Away From Home page.
Mentrau Iaith/Language Initiatives
Wales has 24 Mentrau Iaith language initiatives in every region which promote Welsh and organise a range of local Welsh-language activities and classes for adults and children. Find out more on our Mentrau Iaith page or to find an event in your area, use our Events Calendar to see what your Menter Iaith offers.
Singing in a choir can be a good way of socialising and improving your Welsh and there are plenty of male, female and mixed choirs in Wales - from children and young groups to more mature ensembles. Some, such as Côr y Dysgwyr Ceredigion, are especially for learners. You’ll find a list of choirs – along with orchestras, brass bands etc – on the Tŷ Cerdd website. More details on Wales’ music scene are available on our contemorary and classical music pages.
Cymdeithas Edward Llwyd arranges walking trips in different parts of Wales on almost every Saturday of the year. Other groups such as Antur Stiniog, Cymdeithas Eryri , Cerddwyr Cylch Teifi and Clwb Cerdded Pontarddulais also organise guided walks and a chance to socialise in Welsh.
There are over 20 folk dancing groups across Wales. You can read more on the Welsh National Folk Dance Society's website, which also publishes pamphlets describing different dances. If you want to try out the steps for yourself, look out for a local 'twmpath dawns' or ceilidh.
Trac is Wales' folk development organisation promoting the music and dance traditions - have a look at its website for forthcoming events and courses.
The Welsh Folk Song Society publishes an annual magazine called ‘Canu Gwerin’ and organises activities at the National Eisteddfod in August.
One of the best places to get a taste of science through the medium of Welsh is to visit the Technology Pavilion at the annual National Eisteddfod. Scientists from different societies, companies and university and college departments come together to organise activities and talks in an informal atmosphere.
More than 100 local eisteddfodau are held every year in towns and villages across Wales. Many of these competition-based festivals of literature and music are supported by the Welsh Eisteddfod Society. There are even Eisteddfodau y Dysgwyr in some regions for learners to compete in singing, performing or writing. See our section on Wales’ festivals and events for more information.
If you have any spare time why not think about volunteering? Many of our Welsh language festivals need people to help out and some of our historic houses and gardens always need more volunteers who can greet and communicate with visitors in Welsh. For more general information, go to the Volunteer Wales website.
From rugby to rowing and badminton to basketball, sporting activities offer perfect opportunities to use and practice your Welsh in an informal setting. There are many sports clubs who support the Welsh language. Contact your local Menter Iaith to see what's available in your favourite sport and have a look at our sports pages for more.