Cardigan offers an array of amenities which all play their part in creating a well catered for town. High-class butchers specialising in local produce, independent shops and a 150-year-old market within the Guild Hall are just some of the more traditional facilities you could use. Conversely, the more modern supermarkets and takeaways ensure it keeps up with present day demands.
The thriving high street complete with clothing and charity shops in addition to local art and craft studios will satisfy both serious shoppers and those who just like to browse. It also has a sweet shop which may help you spend your pocket money and a pet shop should you need it.
You certainly won’t go hungry during your stay in Cardigan as there are a plenty of eateries to choose from. The contemporary establishment Crwst has been a big hit since it was founded in 2017. It celebrates Welsh and local produce by using as much as possible within its bakery and on its brunch and dinner menus, as well as sourcing them to stock its deli shop. Make sure you keep an eye out for signs on pubs and venues within the town advertising live music, creating a chance to have a sing and/or a dance which will no doubt make you feel part of the community.
If you wish to do something a little different during your time in Cardigan the Guild Hall is a multi-purpose venue which hosts exercise classes, such as salsa, yoga and Tai Chi you could have a go at. Additionally, if you are so inclined there is a swimming pool and fitness suite within the town. Cardigan Bay Activity Centre based within the town offers the chance to explore of the local area whilst having a go at a number of thrilling outdoor activities or learning new skills. Coasteering and white-water rafting along with less energetic paddle boarding and bush craft could all be on the cards for you. The centre also runs “Come and Try” sessions on Mondays.
Cardigan is home to several events throughout the year, Barley Saturday being one of them. This unique historic event, in which local farmers would bring their stallions to be judged and to hire workers, is held in April. Today it draws entries and spectators from further afield and is concluded by a procession of vintage vehicles and carts. Seasonal events such as fairs are also held which will give you further chance to have a chat to those who live and work in the area.
Finally, for those looking to expand their knowledge the town boasts a library, a castle and a theatre. Plays, films and exhibitions are all performed or shown at Theatre Mwldan. The castle also hosts exhibitions and offers the chance to learn more about history, conservation, gardening and get involved in interesting courses and workshops.