After much debating, we’ve decided not to make a week of it next year.
We usually book accommodation next to/very close to the Eisteddfod site and share with my brother and his family. This means that it becomes much more than an Eisteddfod week. The cousins get to spend valuable time together, us adults get to share wine, barbecues, meals and then divide between us all the boring practical stuff such as laundry, tidying, babysitting and so on.
Being close to the site and having weekly passes also means that we can wander in an out as we please, take it in turns to have nights out with friends or at gigs and give Aran the freedom to network, attend meetings and learners’ events.
So as soon as we discovered that there wasn’t anywhere available to rent close to the site this year, we started to think seriously about whether it was really worth our while to be there for the week with a 20-30 minute (or more) drive back and forth.
We’ve decided to play it by ear and possibly visit for a day or two and a night, in order to make an SSiW meet up. Though there’s always the possibility that Aran will get meeting and event requests thrown at him, in which case we’ll reassess