Three-Day Festival for North Pembrokeshire



On Land’s Edge/Ar Ymyl y Tir is a very special new festival for North Pembrokeshire, celebrating its unique culture, history, landscape, and the spirit of endeavour that has forged connections to the rest of the world.

With the support of Ancient Connections, funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme, the festival will feature new works throughout: a programme of live performance with Jon Gower, David Pepper, Ceri Ashe, Jobina Tinnemans, Deb Winter, Lorna Osborn, Mathew Bale, Nia Harries, Mike Lewis, Brian Manton, Geraint Lewis and the Goodwick Brass Band plus a cast representing the best of local talent.

The three-day festival will take place in locations around Fishguard and Goodwick, celebrating stories embedded in its history, landscape and personal experience. Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard’s community theatre, will host the festival and offer a warm welcome with hospitality provided in cooperation with local food and beverage producers.

The festival programme will showcase new original material for the spoken word, music and film, and feature guest appearances by creative personalities who have been inspired by this part of Wales.

Full programme details on and all social media and below.




On Land’s Edge Programme

Date: Friday 24th September

Time:  5pm to 6.30pm

Location: Theatr Gwaun

Event: On Land’s Edge Launch Event

Come and meet the performers, learn about the festival events, enjoy photographic, artwork and film exhibitions.

Drinks available to buy with complementary local food ‘tasters’

Entry by ticket: No charge


Date: Friday 24th September

Time:  7.30pm to 9.30pm

Location: Theatr Gwaun

Event: Fingers of Land, A Fringe of Sea:

Premiere of a new work written for the On Land’s Edge Festival. A confection of words and music to celebrate the Fishguard area and its long and intimate connection with the sea.  Local composer David Pepper teams up with writer Jon Gower and a wealth of local performing talent to explore Vikings and Moby Dick, shipwrecks and seaweed, the turn of the tide and the lay of the land.

Words spoken by: Allan Cresswell, Ann Giles, Cilla Morgan, Gaynor McMorrin, Lesley Long, Moira Lewis, Melissa Pettit, Linda Ogilvie-Davies, Patrick Thomas and Tim Wickenden. Sounds by Molly Macleod, images by Gaynor McMorrin and Tim Wickenden.

Followed by:

Contemporary music featuring Gramophony with Jobina Tinnemans.

The Goodwick Brass Band duet: tuba Aled Meredith-Barrett and trumpet Alex Morgan.

Entry by ticket: £10

Drinks available to buy with complementary local food ‘tasters’


Date: Saturday  25th September

Time:  10.00am

Location: Fishguard Town Hall Market and Square

Event: Community Goodwick Brass Band

Support Goodwick’s famous band playing a wide range of favourite pieces.

No Tickets: Donations for Goodwick Brass Band

Date: Saturday  25th September

Time:  1.00pm

Location: Strumble Head

Event:  Strumble Head – Music and Talk in the Landscape

Music in the landscape with an expert talk to add to the appreciation of this unique  geography, history, and the environment of this spectacular location.

Gramophony was an installation commissioned by the National Science and Media Museum which opened in summer 2021, come and experience this Installation & live performance in a new space with music and sound for Gramophones, Tuba & Trumpet.

Meet at Theatr Gwaun at 1pm.

Transport via minibus from West Street carpark. Locally sourced packed lunch available for pre-order.

Gramophony Field Recordings by Jobina Tinnemans with live performers Alex Morgan (Trumpet), Aled Meredith-Barrett (tuba).

Expert talk by Malcolm Cawley.

Event Tickets: £15 including transport.


Lunch pre-booked by separate arrangement with Peppers.


Date: Saturday  25th September

Time:  3.30pm

Location: Theatr Gwaun

Events:  Water Spirits, Story Telling and Music


  • A water-inspired weaving of words and music from national award winning storyteller Deb Winter and musician Gillian Stevens (Viola da Gamba). ‘And from the sea we came born of water, made of water, seeking water; all our lives drawn back towards the sea’. An original creation myth with a strong rip tide of contemporary concerns.
  • Harp recital Rhodri Davies – Rhodri Davies from Aberystwyth is a harp player like no other. Experimental, challenging and playful, Davies presents a familiar instrument in a totally different light.

Event tickets : £6

Date: Saturday  25th September

Time:  5.30pm

Location: Theatr Gwaun

Event:  Gwaun Piano Trio


Highly reputed locally based musicians will perform together for the first time at Theatr Gwaun. Nia Harries – Cello, Lorna Osbon – Violin, Mathew Bale – Piano / Harpsichord. The rich and varied programme will include: Buxtehude Trio sonata Op 1 No 3 in A minor, Telemann Trio sonata in G minor, Beethoven Trio Op 1 No 1,  Piazzolla Oblivion.

Tickets: £6

Drinks available to buy with complementary local food ‘tasters’


Date: Saturday  25th September

Time:  7.30pm

Location: Theatr Gwaun

Event:  Ceri Ashe Presents ‘Ferrytales’


Ceri returns to Theatr Gwaun will a brand new show featuring music & storytelling about the Irish & Welsh connections in Fishguard. With local musician Martyn Ashe.


Tickets £10


Date: Saturday 26th September

Time:  9.15 pm

Location: Theatr Gwaun

Welcome to Kilphouca

Brian Manton is an Irish writer who has lived in Wales for, Jaysus, is it ten years already? Fishguard Harbour has been his lifeline to Ireland, and the steadfast smell of stale chip fat at the station will forever evoke the dispossession of landless souls.

Join Brian (and other tellers of tales) as he shares stories about the imaginary village of Kilphouca, which is a bit like Fishguard but, then again, nothing like it.

Entry by ticket: No Charge


Date: Sunday  26th September

Time:  10.00am to 12.30pm

Location: Peppers

Event:  Welsh Tales, A Literary Morning


10.00am Cofiwch Olchi Dwylo


Cyfle i ddathlu casgliad newydd o straeon byrion gan yr awdur a’r actor Geraint Lewis. Mae Cofiwch Olchi Dwylo yn amserol tu hwnt oherwydd dyma gyfres am unigolion a chymuned sy’n byw drwy gyfnod Clo Mawr Covid 19, gan brynu llwyth o bapur tŷ bach a gorfod trefnu i ofalu am anghenion anwyliaid.


Mae Geraint Lewis wedi cyhoeddi tair nofel a dwy gyfrol o straeon byrion. Enillodd gystadleuaeth Stori Fer Cymdeithas Allen Raine ac ef oedd enillydd cyntaf Gwobr Stori Fer Tony Bianchi.Bydd Geraint yn trafod ei waith, ac yn darllen o’r storïe yng nghwmni Jon Gower.


Welsh language event with prize winning author Geraint Lewis discussing his work.


11.15am If God Will Spare My Life


In the 1870s the son of a Fishguard farmer, William James emigrated to North America where he ended up joining General Custer and the US Seventh Cavalry at the fateful battle of Little Big Horn.  Local writer Mike Lewis has just published an engaging and entertaining historical novel, If God Will Spare my Life inspired by events on both sides of the Atlantic. Mike will be in conversation with Jon Gower about his arresting fiction debut.


Entry by Ticket: No Charge

Booking for network lunch with writers and artists, Peppers.

Date: Sunday  26th September

Time:  3pm

Location: Theatr Gwaun

Event:  Film ‘The Lighthouse’

The Lighthouse is a tense psychological thriller drama starring Mark Lewis Jones and Michael Jibson. In 1801, Thomas Howell and Thomas Griffith are stationed at Smalls Island Lighthouse to man the lighthouse 25 miles from land in the Irish Sea. After a storm strands the men, they begin developing cabin fever and slowly lose their minds.

“Tensely atmospheric” (Hollywood Reporter).“Jones and Jibson find the finer nuances in their characters’ simmering animosity” (Los Angeles Times).

Tickets: £6.50

Date: Sunday 26th September

Time:  5.30 pm

Location: Theatr Gwaun

Event:  Film and talk: Carreg Coast

A new film for the Festival by Tim Wickenden.

Filmed over two years, Carreg Coast is an intimate portrait of the Pembrokeshire coast around Fishguard. Set to music by local composer, David Pepper, it shows this stunning place as you have never seen it before.

A new film for the Festival by Tim Wickenden.

By Ticket: No Charge

Date: Sunday  26th September

Time:  7.30 pm

Location: Theatr Gwaun

Event:  Musical Premiers.

Join us to celebrate the premiere of music by two composers from the facing coasts of Wales and Ireland inspired by lights of the two lighthouses at Strumble Head and Hook Head and the coastal landscapes they illuminate.

David Pepper will perform ‘Finisterre’ .

Musicians: David Pepper, piano; Daniel Davies, cello; Carys Gittins, flute, Mari Kelly, harp will perform Eric Sweeney’s suite of music inspired by coast from Strumble Head to Newport and then inland to include Nevern, Pentre Ifan, Carn Ingli and Newport Mountain.

Tickets: £10

Film exhibitions by Brynach Day and Heledd Wyn Hardy at Theatr Gwaun throughout the weekend. Art exhibition in cooperation with Fishguard Art Society and West Wales Art Gallery.

Festival ticket: Festival ticket: £50 all-inclusive pass for events (excluding lunches) saving more than £10 and supporting North Pembrokeshire’s new festival.

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