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What's on in Wales


We have put together a list of key events happening in Wales in 2018. As it’s our Year of the Sea, there are also a few events with a maritime theme too!


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Crickhowell Walking Festival
24 February – 4 March 2018
Discover the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains by foot with more than 80 guided walks on offer for all abilities. There are also map reading and navigation courses, talks on local geography and music and dancing to relax.

Wales One World Film Festival (WOW)
March 2018 – Dates to be announced
WOW’s programme of events brings a selection of films from around the world to cinemas across Wales, as well as film masterclasses and talks from directors.

Machynlleth Comedy Festival
4-6 May 2018
A weekend of stand-up comedy in Mid Wales and described by The Independent as ‘A small but perfectly formed antidote to some of the more sprawling comedy festivals’.

Hay Literary Festival
24 May – 3 June 2018
This famous festival of arts and literature is held in the small market town of Hay-on-Wye, known as the ‘second-hand book capital of the world’. President Bill Clinton once described it as ‘the Woodstock of the mind’. The 9 day event programme features leading writers, performers and philosophers. 


Volvo Ocean Race
Race village opens 27 May 2018 – In-port racing 8 June 2018 – Leg Start 10 June 2018
On 22nd October 2017, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet set off from Alicante, Spain on a race around the world and for the first time in its history the race will stop in Cardiff. The Volvo Ocean Race festival site, the Race Village, will be located on the scenic Cardiff Bay Barrage. The two week free event will host a variety of entertainment and Volvo Ocean Race-themed attractions. It will also have a Welsh flavour, with Welsh producers offering locally-sourced food and drink.


7-10 June 2018

This 4-day electronic music and arts festival held in a secluded wood in the Isle of Anglesey is building rather a reputation on the music scene. It has been described by The Independent as ‘one of the most important boutique festival that UK has to offer’.

Beyond the Border
8-10 June 2018 (provisional dates – to be confirmed on website)

The biannual international storytelling festival at St Donat’s Castle attracts performers from around the world for a celebration of storytelling, music, poetry, theatre and circus.

Man v Horse
9 June 2018

In the 1980s someone in Llanwrtyd Wells came up with an idea to race men against horses and a 22 mile (35km) race was devised. Only twice has man beaten horse since. Lots of other quirky events are held throughout the year in this small town including bog snorkelling, real ale wobble or ramble and alternative olympics.

Pembrokeshire Fish Week
June-July 2018 – Dates to be announced

Pembrokeshire’s 186 mile coastline is the perfect setting for this week-long celebration of sea food. It features 250 events across the county including boat trips, cookery demonstrations and workshops, foraging and fishing, food markets, themed walks and more. According to VisitBritian’s tourism chiefs it’s the ‘UK’s best food festival’.

The Royal Welsh Show
23-26 July 2018

This is Europe’s biggest agricultural show celebrating rural life and attracting 200,000 visitors every year. There’s a wide variety of activities including livestock competitions and demonstrations; craft stalls; a food hall and exhibitions and countryside sports etc.

National Eisteddfod
3-11 August 2018

The National Eisteddfod is Wales’ biggest arts festival which dates back to 1176 and celebrates Welsh language, culture and music. The venue alternates between North and South Wales and the 2018 Eisteddfod will be held in Cardiff Bay. There are music, drama and poetry competitions and hundreds of trade stands to browse.

Green Man
16-19 August 2018

The beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park with its mountains, waterfalls and forests is the setting for the Green Man Festival. It offers a diverse line up of music acts as well as comedy, poetry, science and literature.

Abergavenny Food Festival
15-16 September 2018

This is one of the biggest events in UK’s foodie calendar, attracting over 30,000 people to enjoy local and international food, celebrity chefs, master classes and street stalls and entertainment.

7-9 September 2018

The UK’s friendliest festival is held at Gladstone Library in North Wales, one of the finest residential libraries in Wales. It features talks from the best writing talents, hands-on workshops and the Gladfest Market Place full of crafts, food and book stalls.

Barmouth Walking Festival
September 2018 – Dates to be announced

Barmouth is the perfect venue for this annual walking festival set within the Snowdonia Coast and the Mawddach Estuary and sheltered by the Cadair Idris Range and the Rhinog Mountains. There are walks for all abilities from gentle strolls to hard-core treks and for those looking for a real challenge there’s one of two super walks on offer.

Festival No. 6
6-9 September 2018

This unique music, arts and culture festival takes place at the fairytale Italianate village of Portmeirion. The event has staged performances from Grace Jones, Beck, Super Furry Animals and Pet Shop Boys and the first headliner announced for the 2018 festival is the post-punk band The The.

The Good Life Experience
14-16 September 2018

The Good Life Experience was founded by the singer and presenter Cerys Matthews and is a family-friendly celebration of the good life, the simple pleasures of the things that matter – friends, family, the outdoors, books, laughter, poetry and music!

Porthcawl Elvis Festival
28-30 September 2018

Elvis fans descend on the seaside town of Porthcawl for the annual Elvis Festival, celebrating the King.

October 2018 – Dates to be announced

The music festival, Sŵn (sound in Welsh), transforms Cardiff into an adventure playground with bands playing in venues across the city.

Gwledd Conwy Feast
October – Dates to be announced

The mighty castle, quayside and medieval streets of Conwy burst into life during this food, music and art festival.

Dylan Thomas Festival
October-November – Dates to be announced

A literature festival which celebrates the life and work of Dylan Thomas, the famous poet born in Swansea. The event which starts on his birthday and ends on the date of his death is staged around Swansea’s Dylan Thomas Centre. It features talent from Wales and beyond through talks, poetry, films, exhibitions and performances.



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