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Spring events and things to do

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. Here are some of the events that take place during the season.

There are St David's Day celebrations across Wales on our national day on 1 March, including parades in Cardiff and Colwyn Bay.

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

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 Royal Welsh Spring Festival at the showgrounds, both events are held in May. Also taking place in May is Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography, a biennial month-long festival.

 

Music festivals taking place during the spring include the Bangor Music Festival. This annual celebration of new and contemporary music takes place during March. 

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.

During May the Vale of Glamorgan Festival takes place, with a variety concerts.

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

The Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza takes place during May, with a variety of entertainment, as well as vintage cars and steam engines. The Tredegar House Folk Festival takes place in May, with dances from around the world.


Each May the Hay Festival welcomes people from across the world. The festival features ten days of fascinating events featuring leading authors, directors, scientists and historians.


Food and drink festivals

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

Welsh Perry & Cider Festival takes place in the beautiful medieval Caldicot Castle and country park during 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

Dylan Day is 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). There are many celebrations taking place during this day.


Cycling in Ceredigion

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.

For those that enjoy star gazing, Wales has two international dark sky reserves, the Brecon Beacons National Park and Snowdonia National Park. Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a Dark Sky Discovery Site and Elan Valley is an International Dark Sky Park.