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Visitor Information


Onsite facilities - Toilets, café, boating lake, tennis courts, bandstand, fixed benches, outdoor bowls and a vast area of grass areas for those all important picnics.

Off-site facilities - Cash machines, pubs, restaurants, indoor market and shopping centre (within 10 minutes walk of the park

Disabled facilities - The venue in which the Festival resides is a public park and as such is open to anyone for use during operational hours. There is a tarmac track around the perimeter of the park which and several paths link various elements within the park such as the cafe, lake, tennis courts and children’s play area. Access around the perimeter of the park and to these elements is good for disabled patrons including wheelchair users.

Many of the attractions brought in as part of Aberdare Festival event are positioned on the grass field due to its size and the scope it allows, the terrain is very uneven and therefore access for disabled patrons is limited. 

RCT Council Events Team does, wherever possible, try to alleviate these issues by utilising the entire park to ensure most elements/attractions can be accessed/seen/heard, but it is worth noting that this is impossible for everything taking place at the event.

Parking - Free parking is available at the Coliseum Theatre car park (CF44 8NG) and outside St John Baptist High School (CF44 8BW) - both in close proximity Aberdare Park. Please note that Glan Road is a residential street and parking here is not advised. Aberdare Park as a venue does not allow for visitor car parking, apart from six car parking spaces for disabled drivers.

Public transport links to Aberdare Park are very good, with Stagecoach offering drop off points along the B4275 which runs adjacent to the Park perimeter. Whilst travelling up the valley, bus stations Park Gates and Cross Inn can be used, whereas visitors travelling down the valley can use Comin Infants’ School and Park Gates bus stops. Please visit for up to date information.

Dog Walking – Dogs are permitted, however must remain on leads at all times

Festival Notice - The following items are not to be brought into the event site: laser pens, fireworks, alcohol, any weapon including sharp objects, illegal substances. This list is not exhaustive and security reserve the right to refuse items to be brought onto the event site that are deemed unsafe.

Aberdare Festival is a zero alcohol tolerance event and random security checks will take place upon entrance and monitored throughout the day. If found by event security, PCSO’s or any police present this will be confiscated. Refusal will result in you be removed from the event.

There will be an Official Council Photographer present through the day and these images may be used on social media or future marketing material to promote the event.