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Events & other things to do

National competitors in Pavilion3, Urdd National Eisteddfod
National competitors in Pavilion3, Urdd National Eisteddfod

Festivals, large and small, are an integral part of Welsh life, particularly in the spring and summer.

Enjoy a whole variety of festivals and things to do in Wales during the spring. 

There are a variety of events for different interests. The Wonderwool Festival is a festival of Welsh wool and natural fibres and takes place in the Royal Welsh Showgrounds in Builth Wells, mid Wales plus the Smallholder & Garden Festival Spring Festival at the showgrounds, both events are held in May 2015.

For those who enjoy gardening, there’s also the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Flower Show,  which takes place in Cardiff each spring.

There are a variety of events at the National Botanical Garden, Wales throughout the year. During the spring events include Daffodil Month in March: There will be talks and family activities based around our national flower and a special Daffodil Trail to follow right around the Garden. Medicines in May - A month-long celebration of Plants for Health with talks, walks and tours – and lots of foraging fun for all the family.

The Wales One World (WOW) film festival takes place in Cardiff and Aberystwyth features a variety of international films.

Bangor Music Festival is an annual celebration of new and contemporary music that usually takes place over a three or four day period during March (taking place from 4 -8 March 2015). 

Focus Wales takes place in Wrexham in April, when 150+ bands play across 15 stages. There'll also be three days of interactive sessions and events, and showcase three days of stand-up comedy.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards takes place on Wednesday 22 April at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. Some of the biggest names in folk music perform with  Yusuf / Cat Stevens headlining. 

During May the Vale of Glamorgan Festival takes place, with a variety concerts. This year the festival celebrates Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday and explores the richly melodic world of Dobrinka Tabakova. There are also visits from Fretwork, Amsterdam’s Nieuw Ensemble and the world renowned Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.

There's a weekend of poetry, biography, music, film, radio and comedy in April at the Laugharne Weekend and plenty of stand up comedy in May at the Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

The Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza takes place during the May Bank Holiday (2– 4 May 2015), with a variety of entertainment, as well as vintage cars and steam engines. The Llandudno Air Show takes place on Saturday 23 May 2015.

The Tredegar House Folk Festival takes place from 8 to 10 May 2015.

Walking in spring

If you love walking, spring is a great time to enjoy this hobby.

The Crickhowell Walking Festival takes place from 28 February - 8 March. The Llangollen Walking Festival takes place in May (2-4 May 2015) with walks in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB and Pontcysyllte UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Urdd National Eisteddfod one of Europe’s largest cultural youth festivals takes place in May 2015 in the Caerphilly area.

The Hay Festival takes place each May, when people come to the small border town to enjoy ten days of fascinating events featuring leading authors, directors, scientists and historians.

Hat Festival (picture by Finn Beales (image by Finn Beales)

Food and drink festivals

Wrexham Food & Drink Festival features local food, demonstrations. There will be plenty of aromas including fresh fudge, local ale, burgers and sausages, all while raising money for a good cause.

Welsh Perry & Cider Festival is being held in the beautiful medieval Caldicot Castle and country park in May. Also in May the Cowbridge Food & Drink Festival will feature 80 food and drink exhibitors, food demonstrations, entertainments over the bank holiday.

Dylan Day

Starting in 2015, Dylan Day will be held each year on 14 May, the date Under Milk Wood was first read on stage at The Poetry Centre in New York in 1953.

Other things to do in Wales

There’s always plenty to do in Wales, with plenty of activities to choose from.

We’ve over 200 golf courses and lots of great activities to try, including horse riding, cycling and surfing.

Feeling daring? Why not have a go at Coasteering? Or perhaps try a zip wire – a one mile zip wire at that! It is the longest zip wire in the northern hemisphere.

Or head to the Brecon Beacons National Park, an international dark sky reserve, one of the best places in the UK to see stars.