About MUMF 2018

As part of his ‘giving back’ to the ukulele community after 23 years of building ukulele, Pete Howlett and his wife Helen (who run the International Ukulele Building School at their workshop in North Wales) have organised a new event, the ‘Meet the Ukulele Maker Festival’ to be held in picturesque North Wales in May 2018.

The main venue is Plas Tan y Bwlch. It still retains some of its original features including the panelled library. The house has several spaces for ‘break out’ sessions including the café patio terrace overlooking the Afon Dwyryd.

The Festival will start off with an open mic session on Friday evening in the Oakley Arms hotel at the bottom of Plas Tan y Bwlch’s drive. On Saturday morning ukulele makers will be available to answer questions and have samples of their work on display for sale. In the afternoon there will be the opportunity to attend workshops on various ukulele building techniques and song writing and more. After dinner there will be concerts held in the library and in the theatre with headline players Andy Eastwood,Paul Tucker and Zoe Bestel. Support acts include Liz Panton.

Full board accommodation is available at Plas Tan Y Bwlch itself.

The Venue

The main venue is Plas Tan y Bwlch, built as a country house but which is now used as the Snowdonia National Park Environmental Studies Centre.

Participating Makers

Building ukulele is both art and science. Meet the makers - whether you are a player, a buyer or a maker yourself - and get the inside story.

Artists Appearing

Confirmed headline artists are Andy Eastwood, Paul Tucker & Zoe Bestel, with support acts also appearing. Check out our mini biographies.

Tickets & Payment

Day tickets are £45 with the option of adding on meals.

Full weekend tickets are currently £160. That includes: accomodation for Friday and Saturday nights, dinners Friday and Saturday evenings, breakfast Saturday and Sunday and lunches Saturday and Sunday plus entry to workshops and concert. However, we have been informed by the venue that the rates for accomodation are rising. We will hold the price of the full weekend tickets to £160 until 1st November 2017. The price after that date will be £185 for ensuite. There is a reduction of £20 for rooms with a shared bathroom. Day ticket prices are unaffected by this change.

Payment is by Bank Transfer or cheque. If you would like a ticket, please contact us via the form at the bottom of the page. We will get back to you with payment details. Bank Transfer is very easy if you bank online, and if you don't, your bank will be able to advise. All payments in sterling please, cheques must be drawn on a UK bank.