Autumn festivals and events
[Cerys Matthew at The Good Life Experience]
During the summer months, we enjoy many festivals. As we head into autumn the festivals continue, with food festivals being particularly popular. As the days shorten and people spend more time indoors, film festivals are also popular and Christmas themed events begin.
- Open Doors Days - during September many buildings in Wales not normally accessible to the public throw open their doors to visitors. The Open Doors Days, which is part of the European Heritage Days, offers a variety of unique opportunities.
- Roald Dahl Day. Every year on 13 September people celebrate the birth of the famous Welsh author, who wrote the BFG, Matilda and many other children’s books.
- Wales International Film Festival at The Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea.
North Wales International Music Festival features evening concerts and day time events.
- The Tenby Arts Festival provides a varied entertainment programme encompassing music, art, sand castle building and all things artistic.
- The Goodlife Experience is a festival of culture, food & the great outdoors for the whole family and takes place at the Hawarden Estate in Flintshire.
- Gladfest is a writing festival that brings together writers and readers in the historic setting of Gladstone’s Library. It features talks by internationally renowned and award-winning authors, creative writing workshops and events for young people as well as a craft fair and a bookshop.
- The Elvis Festival in Porthcawl is said to be the largest Elvis event in Europe.
- The autumn is a popular time for food festivals. Abergavenny Food Festival is one of the most popular food festivals of the year. The festival celebrates the craft, diversity and culture of food from across the country, with over 200 of the finest food and drink producers. There are a variety of expert demonstrations and a line-up of outstanding and well-known chefs. The festival welcomes over 30,000 visitors to the beautiful market town each year.
Other food festivals in September include :
- St Fagan's Food Festival, sample some of the traditional tastes of Wales as well as a few more exotic flavours at the Museum of Welsh Life.
- Beaumaris Food Festival, featuring top chef demonstrations, live music and 100+ exhibitors.
- Mold Food Festival is a showcase for the local produce as well as quality food and drink from around the country.
- Narbeth Food Festival features street theatre, children's activities as well as chef demonstrations and food stalls.
- Wrexham Food and Drink Festival features great food and drink as well as entertainment.
- Enjoy live music at the Sŵn Festival, with numerous acts at various venues in Cardiff.
- Enjoy classical and contemporary music at the Swansea International Festival.
- The Swansea Fringe Festival features music, poetry, film, comedy, family events
- Iris Prize Festival LGBT film festival takes place in Cardiff each year.
- The Artes Mundi 8 exhibition featuring the short list for the international art prize takes place from 26 October 2018 – 24 February 2019 at the National Museum Wales (open Tuesday - Sunday).
- October is Black History Month, with many events taking place in Wales.
- The Dylan Thomas Festival takes place every year from 27 October - 9 November at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea.
- There are many food festivals during the month including Anglesey Oyster & Welsh Produce Festival, a small and friendly festival.
- Gwledd Conwy Feast is set in the world heritage site of Conwy and features music, art and showcases Wales' traditional building skills.
- Enjoy an array of food at the Neath Food and Drink Festival.
- The Tiny Rebel Newport Food and Drink Festival features entertainment and demonstrations.
- The annual Abertoir Horror Festival for lovers of horror films.
- The North Wales Choral Festival welcomes choirs from all over the world to the seaside town of Llandudno.
- During November many of the Christmas events begin, such as the Llandudno Christmas Fayre and we also see many of the Christmas lights being switched on. Our winter wonderlands in Cardiff and Swansea open during November, through to early January.
- Hay Festival Winter Weekend is an annual mini-festival taking place in late November in Hay-on-Wye. Events take place at venues around the town and include a wide range of author events, music, comedy and performance. See Hay's Christmas lights being turned on during the weekend.
- The Royal Welsh Winter Fair is a popular attraction in the British agricultural show calendar. As well as livestock competitions and auctions, there are plenty of goods to buy.
- Gladstone’s Library Hearth Festival is held in November (and February) each year. The festival provides the opportunity to improve your writing, find out how to publish your novel, get hints and tips and find inspiration.
You'll find a great variety of events at the National Botanic Garden of Wales during the autumn months.