The Meaning Of Bwbach Explained

The Bwbach Parade

Have you ever heard of Bwbach? Do you know what it means? It’s a big part of life here at Bluestone during autumn - and its name is steeped in Welsh legend.

Bwbach roughly translates to ‘little scare’ in English. In true Welsh style though, the Bwbach are not particularly scary, in fact they’re quite friendly (well they are at least at Bluestone).

That’s why you might spot more than a few scarecrows dotted around the resort after our Summer Festival comes to an end. Make sure you get your picture taken with them - and look out for a few cheeky ones appearing early towards the end of summer.

How do you pronounce Bwbach?

For our English guests, you definitely don’t say the ‘w’. Instead make a ‘oo’ sound where the ‘w’ is so the word starts with a ‘boo’ sound.

Then, the ‘bach’ part is pronounced like the composer. So it should sound like ‘boo-bach’.

Bwbach the hobgoblin

In Welsh folklore the Bwbach are mischievous but friendly hobgoblins. Legend has it that the Bwbach used to live with families in Wales and do good turns and chores around the home in return for a bowl of cream.

The home's occupants would leave out a bowl of cream before bed and come down to find the cream all gone - but a host of household tasks completed. This type of Bwbach also had a reputation for not being too fond of clergymen and those who didn’t like to drink ale - often playing pranks on them.

We don’t tend to find this type of Bwbach visiting Bluestone. The stories tell of them generally being found in Ceredigion and Glamorgan. In Pembrokeshire we just get the scarecrow kind.

What’s the Bwbach Festival?

bwbach festival

It’s a lot of fun! The Bwbach Festival takes place every autumn at Bluestone and is the fourth of five seasons at the resort.

There’s a scarecrow dinner show, lantern workshops and pumpkin racing to enjoy. The highlight is our Bwbach Parade, led by an 11ft scarecrow, who walks from the Adventure Centre down to the Village. He’ll be accompanied by fun and games and we encourage our guests to pull on their best Halloween costumes.

In the WildWood restaurant you can make friends with the loveable scarecrow and join in with songs and games from the pumpkin people for the Not So Scary Spooktacular interactive dinner show! 

Find out more about our Bwbach and October half term breaks.

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