Posted on 06/06/2018 by David
When the sun starts shining and they days get longer and warmer, we don’t think there are many better places to be than North Wales.
There’s something for everyone here – perhaps you’d like a sun-soaked day at the beach, or an invigorating mountain hike? Or maybe you’d prefer to take a stroll along a sunny promenade for some shopping, or go searching for some of our fantastic wildlife?
We thought you might be spoilt for choice, so we’ve put together a collection of the most exciting events taking place across North Wales this summer, so you can plan your visit.
North Wales Festival of Gardens, 2 – 17 June
This is the third edition of the North Wales Festival of Gardens, which celebrates fantastic floral and brilliant botany displays. The fortnight of festivities kicks off at Bodrhyddan Hall in Rhuddlan, with an opening day of walking through the beautiful gardens with the gardener, afternoon tea and a tour of the grand house.
A whole host of events is taking place across North Wales, with history walks, musical performances and plenty more to enjoy in the breath-taking surrounds.
Conwy Pirate Weekend, 16 – 17 June
For a swashbuckling soiree, you can’t go wrong with Conwy’s annual Pirate Weekend. With a real pirate ship, jolly pirates and even fearsome cannons, this is well worth walking the plank for!
Throughout the weekend there will be re-enactments and the chance for any little pirates to learn all about maritime history. With Conwy’s beautiful marine setting and plenty of fun on both Saturday and Sunday, this is a great option for a family day out.
National Armed Forces Day, 30 June
The nation comes together to celebrate the women and men in the Armed Forces, and there are plenty of activities and festivities for the whole family to take part in.
North Wales is playing a huge part in the country’s celebrations, as the centrepiece event will be held in Llandudno and the surrounding areas, where a huge parade will take place, made up of over 1,000 members of the forces, young cadets and veterans.
Llangollen Classic Transport Weekend, 30 June – 1 July
Step back in time in beautiful Llangollen for a weekend packed with nostalgia and retro charm. Trainspotters will be in their element here, with a succession of diesel, steam and heritage engines on show.
Motor enthusiasts too will find plenty to enjoy, with vintage car, motorbike, coach and lorry displays and a classic bus taking passengers between Corwen and Glyndyfrdwy.
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, 3 - 8 July
For almost half a century, Llangollen has hosted one of the most fantastic musical festivals in the world.Eisteddfods are an integral part of Welsh culture, and the festivities in Llangollen combine many genres and styles of music for a one-of-a-kind event.
World famous performers including Alfie Boe, Kaiser Chiefs, Van Morrison, Toploader and The Hoosiers will take to the stage over the Eisteddfod, alongside choirs, folk bands, soul singers and much more. A glorious celebration of the Welsh love of music!
Llandudno Jazz Festival, 27 – 29 July
Another North Walian musical extravaganza takes place in coastal Llandudno at the end of July; the Llandudno Jazz Festival brings jazz artists from around the world for a weekend of toe-tapping entertainment.
Whether you catch a set on the Main Stage or at the Fringe Festival, you’re guaranteed a superb weekend of music. The festival is held at Bodafon Farm, and there is camping available to make for a fabulous North Wales adventure.
Anglesey Show, 14 – 15 August
Celebrating the richness of Anglesey’s agricultural heritage, this annual show is a real highlight in the area. As well as cattle shows, equestrian events and machinery exhibitions, visitors will be able to pick up some local crafts and sample the very best of local produce – and perhaps pick up some tasty souvenirs!
Denbigh & Flint Show, 16 August
An excellent day out for the whole family, there’s plenty to eat, watch and do at the Denbigh & Flint Show!
An array of competitive shows include show jumping, a companion dog show, a selection of livestock classics and competitions for birds, guinea pigs and more. The food hall is unmissable here, with Mary Berry among past attendees! This year Kangaroo Kid, a Guinness World Record-setting stuntman is performing, so there’ll be high-octane thrills, too.
Scifi Wales, 1 September
For something a little different, Scifi Wales is the place to be! Held in Llandudno, this is the top celebration of all things science fiction in the area, featuring a schedule of talks, Q&A sessions, competitions and celebrity appearances.
Guests at previous editions of the festival have included those involved in Doctor Who and Game of Thrones, so if you’re a fan of fantasy books, comics, film or television, make sure you don’t miss out.
Beaumaris Food Festival, 1 – 2 September
With over 100 stands showcasing mouth-watering cuisine at every turn, the Beaumaris Food Festival is an absolute must for foodies, gourmands. gluttons and budding chefs alike!
2018 will be the fifth edition of the festival, which is scenically set between the sparkling coast and the stunning Beaumaris Castle. Those keen to learn a thing or two in the kitchen can enjoy expert demonstrations from top chefs, and there will be an array of live entertainment on throughout the weekend.
Festival No. 6, 6 – 9 September
They say Festival No. 6 is a ‘festival like no other’, and they’re not wrong. Set in an unparalleled location – the spectacular Italianate village of Portmeirion – don’t let the Instagrammable location fool you into thinking this is all style and no substance.
Packed with music and arts, this is a fantastic event, headlined this year by Friendly Fires, Franz Ferdinand and The The. I mean, where else can you find another festival that combines a Welsh male voice choir, paddleboard classes, torchlit processions and food from a Michelin-starred chef?
Conwy Honey Fair, 13 September
The Conwy Honey Fair has a history dating back over 700 years, taking place annually on 13th or 14th September. You’ll find a real buzzing atmosphere here, as local beekeepers gather to showcase their wares and put on plenty of bee-themed activities.
A selection of honey, local produce, honeycomb and beeswax products are on offer, and if you’ve ever wanted to know the secret to being a beekeeper, this is the place to bee.
North Wales International Music Festival, 15 – 30 September
Rounding out a spectacular summer of events, the world-renowned North Wales International Music Festival is a showstopping event that promises to deliver world-class performances in St Asaph's Cathedral.
Founded in 1972, the festival provides a glittering stage for talented musicians from around the globe. This year audiences will be treated to performances from both local and international talent – keep an eye out for Welsh pianist Sion Edwards and mezzo-soprano Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, from Montgomeryshire.
If you'd like a full list of events in North Wales this year, why not download our Guide to North Wales? It's packed full of useful information - everything from where to go and what to see - plus one of the most comprehensive FREE what's on guides available. Click here to get your copy now.
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