summer festivals in wales

Top Popular Summer Festivals and Events in Wales Not to Miss

If you have an upcoming holiday in Wales that this summer is all about, you can start thinking about the activities you will be preparing for during your stay. One thing Wales is doing particularly well is a family-friendly festival; in our latest article, we took a closer look at some of our favorites. The top summer festivals in Wales provide an opportunity to get to know the community they are in a little better; you have the opportunity to meet some friendly locals and sample Welsh delicacies while listening to fantastic live music and entertainment.

Best Summer Festivals in Wales

1. Hay Festival

Hay Festival
Hay Festival

Traveling from Colombia to Croatia, Mexico to the Middle East, the Hay Festival will return to Wales this year. The Literature and Arts Festival once referred to as “The Woodstock of the Mind” by Bill Clinton, is an annual literary festival held in Hay-on-Wye, attended by a number of writers, comedians, and musicians for discussions and workshops. Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour has already been announced as part of the festival, other performances and performances are expected to be announced throughout the year, so check their website to keep it up to date! This popular summer festival in Wales is full of diversity and variety, including family-friendly and children’s events. Tickets range from £ 5 to £ 40, some activities and workshops are free.

Where: Hay-on-Wye

When: May

2. The Welsh Highland Railway Society’s Real Ale Festival

The Welsh Highland Railway Society's Real Ale Festival
The Welsh Highland Railway Society’s Real Ale Festival

The annual Rail Ale Festival combines an eclectic mix of real beers and cider with a variety of music, food, and of course steam trains. The event will feature a number of local breweries, bringing popular and specially brewed beers to customers over the weekend.

Where:  Ffestiniog Railway 

When: June

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3. Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

Every summer since 1947, Llangollen has been a proud host of the best in music and folk dance from all over the world, and this summer is no different! Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod returns to a seven-day extravaganza where song and dance are combined with competition, performance, and the presentation of international peace and friendship. The highlight of this popular summer event in Wales is the prestigious “World Choir” of the competition, which determines the best choir for the event.

Where: Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen 

When: July

4. Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

On a summer weekend in July, the town of Tewkesbury will be transformed by history buffs, recreators, and merchants flocking across Europe to attend one of the continent’s most popular medieval gatherings. Tewkesbury will be taken back in time on Saturday night in front of the abbey with daily recreations, clashes, and “beheadings”. The Tewkesbury Battlefield Society operates the exhibition tent and through the festival, you will find medieval-inspired craftsmen and performers: minstrels, jugglers, stilts, friendly dragons, and bears, the last day of the festival culminating in a lively parade.

Where: Tewkesbury

When:  July

5. Tafwyl Fair

Tafwyl Fair
Tafwyl Fair

Celebrating the Welsh language, art, and culture, Tafwyl returns to his 13th year; moving to Bute Park as its growing popularity prompted it to outgrow the traditional home of Cardiff Castle. In nine days, Tafwyl will bring a mix of music, literature, drama, comedy, art, sports, food, and drink to the capital. Positively contributing to the Welsh language, the festival welcomes both Welsh and non-Welsh speakers, with the aim of enhancing interaction with the language and increasing its audience. Admission to Tafwyl is free; some activities are subject to a small fee, but the majority are free.

Where: Bute Park, Cardiff.

When: June

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6. The Green Gathering Festival

The Green Gathering Festival
The Green Gathering Festival

This famous summer festival in Wales is based on sustainable initiatives, the Green Assembly combines the passions of festival lovers, environmentalists, campaigners, gardeners, musicians, philosophers, artists, and more to create a weekend where attendees can “party their hearts; then wake up and figure out how to make the world a better place. “The weekend offers plenty of fun, well-being, and education, including activities for the kids that guarantee there’s something to keep even the youngest members of the family engaged. Individual adult and children’s tickets, as well as tickets for coaches and caravans, are available.

Where: Chepstow. 

When: July – August

7. Brecon Jazz Festival

Brecon Jazz Festival
Brecon Jazz Festival

Brecon hosts jazz musicians from all over the world at its annual jazz festival. This top summer festival in Wales is transforming the city, crawling into everything as cafes and streets embrace jazz over the weekend. The lineup has not been announced yet, so visit their website to get more information closer to the time.

Where: Aberhonddu, Brecon.

When: August

8. Green Man Festival


Green Man Festival
Green Man Festival

Take the opportunity for a week in August to escape outdoors, camp, and explore the mountains, forests, waterfalls, and rivers that fill the Welsh landscape. Located near the Brecon Beacons, the festival brings a wide range of entertainment to the countryside. Guests can enjoy comedy, literature, art, science, music, as well as workshops, outdoor adventures, and family activities. The pass receives special discounts at local heritage sites, galleries, castles, and more; so get ready for the summer to discover the best of Wales. Food lovers from all over the industry will meet at the Abergavenny Food Festival

Where: Brecon Beacons

When: August

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9. Abergavenny Food Festival

Abergavenny Food Festival
Abergavenny Food Festival

The Abergavenny Food Festival, which unites culinary enthusiasts, will host chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers, and food producers for a weekend in September. A paradise showcasing evolving Welsh food arrives at Abergavenny Market Hall, where attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy product tastings, children’s activities, masterclasses, hands-on cooking classes, and current debates. Tickets to this one of the best summer festivals in Wales can be purchased for the entire weekend, individual days, or specific events.

Where: Market Hall, Abergavenny. 

When: September 

Hope you enjoyed the brief list of the top summer festivals in Wales that offer umpteen beach sports and fabulous scenic views of the city. There are various famous spots at the mentioned Festivals of All Seasons Celebrated in Wales which delivers many attractions. For more engaging blogs like these head on to our other blogs and ping us in the comment sections below if you hold any queries regarding the travel destinations.

Jagjit Singh

I am Jagjit a traveling enthusiast, at Adequate Travel, I am sharing my personal traveling experience with all of you which will help you in making your trip memorable.

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