Children's Favourite Shani Shetland, is a real shetland pony who today lives on a south Ceredigion farm with her owner and author Anwen Francis. Ceredigion is Welsh pony and cob country - visit shows across the county to see ponies and horses being shown and ridden - see our events section for dates and locations. Try ponytrekking, or if you have your own horse or pony, why not come to Ceredigion on holiday together?
Popular Children's characters
The popular cartoon and TIC character, Sali Mali, a favourite with children from Scandinavia to Arabia, was originally created by Mary Lloyd Jones who was a primary school teacher in Ceredigion. Episodes of the animated 'Caffi Sali Mali' can be seen on Welsh children's TV. The series of Sali Mali TV films was recorded at Blaenpennal near Tregaron, and today it’s possible to stay in cottages inspired by, and used as the TV set for the Sali Mali story.
A favourite author of generations of children across Wales, T Llew Jones, collected traditional folk and fairy tales and wrote compelling tales based on the exploits of Twm Sion Cati, gypsies and smugglers along the coast of Ceredigion. Many of his books have been translated, including ‘Lleuad yn Olau’, a collection of tales about fairies, giants, witches and magic translated as ‘One Moonlit Night’ by Gillian Clarke. ‘Gypsy Fires’ a translation of ‘Tan ar y Comin’ was even filmed as ‘A Christmas Reunion’ with James Coburn and Edward Woodward.
Discover the wonderful places T Llew Jones drew inspiration from, such as the cove at Cwmtydu - haunt of smuggler Sion Cwilt and others; hear a recording of T Llew Jones reciting a tale at the heritage centre at the Urdd Centre at Llangrannog, an outdoor centre for young people established on the Ceredigion coast in the 1930s.