Time from Maesteg to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue: 49 minutes
Distance from Maesteg to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Reception Venue: 29 miles
See our Weekend Wedding Package with 60 to 70 day guests and 50 guests staying overnight.
A unique Wedding Venue - the romance of a real Welsh Castle combined with the historic grandeur of our very own Opera House licensed for wedding ceremonies.
Craig y Nos Castle only accepts one wedding a day, so you and your guests from Maesteg will have the run of the whole ground floor of the castle exclusively.
in or near to Maesteg,
or can you go further afield
When you choose a venue further away from your base, you'll tend to invite everyone for the whole day. Also you'll need somewhere all your guests can stay overnight.
Unlike with a 'local' wedding reception, when you marry at Craig y Nos, you won't have so many guests shooting off early to get home. With more local weddings nearer to Maesteg, a wedding party dwindles around 11-12 as guests leave to go home. Having everyone stay over at Craig y Nos means your party lasts late into the night.
The mountain scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park guarantees you stunning photo opportunities both inside and outside the castle. The Grade One Listed Opera House makes a fantastic setting for your wedding ceremony. You get exclusive use of the whole ground floor of the castle for you and your wedding guests.
When considering wedding decor you may already have plenty of your own ideas for your wedding. Or maybe you are still looking for inspiration?
Reflect the story of Maesteg in your decor, to connect your personal history in your home city's roots, and your family's location in Maesteg. You may get some ideas from the quick history of Maesteg below, its buildings, street names, or local transport routes etc.
1. Maesteg population: 20,685. It means "Fair Field" in English and lies at the northern end of Llynfi Valley. The Llynfi valley was once a valley of peaceful farms and an area "famous for its game coverts, its woods and sparkling streams".
2. Maesteg grew with the opening of the iron works in 1820-30. The first ironworks opened at Maesteg Uchaf Farm, near the site of the present-day town centre, in 1826. A second ironworks, the Llynfi Ironworks, opened in 1839 at Nantycrynwydd Farm - the area is now a Tesco's and car park. Between 1821 and 1841 the population multiplied from 400 to 4,000.
3. The poet William Wordsworth was one of the investors in the Llynfi ironworks, as was Dr. John Bowring - who introduced the florin, a two shilling piece that became the forerunner of our present decimal system, specifically the ten pence piece today.
4. Export markets for the iron included Italy and Turkey and USA. The ironworks closed when steel production replaced iron. Steel production could not be replicated in Maesteg, so coal mining replaced iron production in the Llynfi valley.
5. Coal mining took over as the main industry in the area. Thanks to coal mining Maesteg's population increased from 10,000 in 1891 to 30,000 in 1921. Between 1890-1925 the valley was renowned worldwide as a producer of Admiralty-grade steam coal, high quality coking coal and the best house coal in South Wales.
6. The recession of 1928-38 saw a reduction in the demand for coal and exports of coal ceased. The population almost halved as workers sought employment elsewhere, in London and the Midlands. There was large scale unemployment.
7. Maesteg is now a dormitory town for neighbouring Port Talbot, and for Bridgend and Cardiff. The last coal pit closed in 1985. Fortunately more jobs were created in Bridgend and Port Talbot, so Maesteg and the Llynfi Valley was able to maintain its population at 20,000, as a mainly residential area, served by three railway stations in Maesteg.
8. Wards in Maesteg: Maesteg West, Maesteg East, Nantyffyllon and Caerau.
9. Maesteg has a reputation for music and choirs with eight choirs:
(i) Maesteg and District Male Voice Choir,
(ii) the Gleemen Male voice Choir,
(iii) the Old Parish Choir,
(iv) Llynfi Valley Ladies Choir,
(v) the Harmony Ladies Choir,
(vi) the Noteworthy mixed choir,
(vii) the Take Note contemporary vocal group and finally,
(viii) Maesteg Children's Choir.
10. Maesteg was the first place where the Welsh National Anthem Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau was performed.
11. The earliest settlement was over 2000 years ago in the Llynfi Valley, at the Bwlwarcau Iron Age Hillfort near Llangynwyd. This is two miles south of Maesteg Town centre while additional settlements futher around Maesteg go back 4,000 years.
2. Table names could be tied in to the ward names – as there are only four wards this would not allow for a very large number of wedding guests.
3. If you wish to name your wedding tables after Maesteg, you have greater potential with the choirs, of which there are eight. Assuming eight round tables of ten guests on each and a separate head table of a similar number, this would allow for a wedding of 88 – 90 wedding guests, including the head table.
4. Alternatively do something with all the neighbouring larger towns: Newport, Port Talbot, Cardiff, etc, from where most of your wedding guests may indeed be coming anyway.
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