Thousands of Elvis fans descend on sunny South Wales


 

Autumnal sunshine fit for a king will welcome thousands of visitors to South Wales this weekend, including sheep, cows, goats and thousands of Elvises.

With above average temperatures set to continue over the coming days organisers behind the annual Porthcawl Elvis Festival and Cardiff’s Country Fair will be hoping for a bumper turnout.

Now in its 11th year, the world’s largest Elvis Presley festival, which runs from Friday night is expected to attract more than 30,000 enthusiasts to the town.

Fans from across the globe have attended previous events, with Elvies from as far afield as the United States making the pilgrimage.

The 2014 festival will run until Monday with an entertainment programme encompassing over 100 performances from Elvis tribute acts.

Feature shows will take place at the Grand Pavilion and Hi Tide, with 20 other local venues hosting free events across the weekend as part of the fringe festival.

Organiser Peter Phillips said: “Porthcawl has become an Elvis Mecca, it’s truly the Elvis capital of Europe.

“For any first-timers to the festival just dress in whatever you feel comfy in. We encourage the fun, if you come in fancy dress you won’t be alone.

“There is a party atmosphere during the festival, but we do take the music seriously.”


 

South Wales is in for dry and bright weekend before temperatures begin to drop slightly at the beginning of next week.

A spokesman for the Met Office said South Wales could expect a “mixture of cloud, sunshine and perhaps the odd fog patch” before afternoon sunshine brings high temperatures pushing 21C on Saturday.

Another event to benefit from the weather is the Cardiff Country Fair which has seen tractors and diggers on display outside the walls of Cardiff Castle.

Cows, sheep, goats and pigs will be grazing around the castle grounds today and tomorrow in an event which aims to bring the countryside closer to those who live in towns and cities.

Young visitors can get up close to rabbits and guinea pigs in the Cwtch Corner inside the castle while a packed program will feature the Quack Pack duck display, falconry displays, chicks and ducklings, plus the ever-popular ferret racing.

Visitors to the fair, which is supported by Brace’s Bread and Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) can also pay homage to the BBC’s Great British Bake Off .

More than 100 keen bakers entered their Victoria sponges, Welsh cakes, chutneys and jams into the cooking competition last year and this year they are hoping for an even bigger haul thanks to judge Beca Lyne-Pirkis, a bake off finalist in 2013.

She said: “I’m very much looking forward to sampling what Cardiff’s baking talent has to offer and would encourage anyone to rise to the challenge and give baking a go.

“You don’t have to be an expert baker, if you’re passionate and just love to bake then give it a go, the proof will be in the pudding.”

Porthcawl Elvis Festival runs until September 28, take a look at our everything you need to know guide for information on tickets, travel, accommodation, costumes and more.

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