This year the Urdd Eisteddfod was held in Glynllifon, near Caernarfon in Gwynedd. It was the first of our many summer shows and events in 2012. The Assembly Outreach Bus opened its’ doors to the public on the first day of the festival and welcomed over 800 visitors including many competitors. The activities on the bus were very popular including the Bus Quiz, where children had to find information relating to the Assembly using the information panels inside the bus and the illustration outside. The feedback form was also popular as it offered a chance to win a digital camera, encouraging people to participate in the Presiding Officer’s photography competition.
Our main attraction for this year’s summer shows was the Member Wall outside the bus. Members of the public could see which AMs represented them and postcards were available for them to highlight any issues that affected them or their local area and stick to their constituency or region on the map of wales. We hope to feedback the results to Members to show what subjects are of importance to their electors. The main issues that cropped up during the week were within the Sport & Recreation and Environment subject areas.
On Monday Simon Thomas AM for Mid & West Wales held a drop in session, he spoke to Schoolchildren about highways and transport issues in Wales. Mike Hedges AM for Swansea East also held a drop in session on Wednesday and spoke to members of the public about his role in the Assembly.
Unfortunately the rain and mud affected the attendance figures which dwindled towards the end of the week. Despite this we had over 2000 visitors on the bus to learn about the Assembly and how they can have their say.
The next stop will be at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod 3rd – 7th of July. Come and see us there if you didn’t get the chance to visit us at the Urdd.