8 great things to enjoy this autumn in Wales

Some people mourn the passing of summer, but in Wales, autumn is the season where the action really begins to ramp up. Don’t believe us? Read on…

1. Spooky Rambles

Silhouette of Llandaff Cathedral at sunset
Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff by ndall
It’s not just Halloween. There’s something about the autumnal months in general, with their cooler evenings and creeping mists that’s just a little bit spooky. In other words it’s the perfect time of year for a ghost walk. If you’re brave enough, try a sinister stroll around Bodelwyddan Castle and Plas Mawr in North Wales; The Ghost Walk of Tenby in Pembrokeshire and in South Wales, you can get your chills at Llancaiach Fawr, the ancient village of Llandaff and the Creepy Cardiff Ghost Tour

2. Foodie Festivals 

Crowds enjoying Gwledd Conwy Feast

Crowds enjoying Gwledd Conwy Feast, North Wales

 by Gwledd Conwy Feast
Autumn equals food festival season in Wales and that means you can chow down in fine style from September straight through to Christmas (and there’s some pretty excellent Christmas fayres and festivals too!). Key dates for foodies’ diaries include the Gwledd Conwy Feast (October 26-28),Neath Food & Drink Festival (October 5 - 7), Portmeirion Food & Craft Festival (Nov 30 - Dec 2).

3. Snowdonia Walking Festival

Capel Curig, Snowdonia
Capel Curig, Snowdonia by Wales On View
If your boots were made for walking, autumn in Wales promises a romp of yomps around our varied landscape. Tie up your laces for walking festivals around Wales, including the Snowdonia Walking Festival (November 3-4), which showcases the breath taking Capel Curig and Betws y Coed area of Snowdonia. 

4. Autumn Adrenaline

Surfing, Gower Peninsula

Surfing, Gower Peninsula
For adrenaline junkies autumn in Wales is the season to live for. Surfing on the Gower Peninsula is at its peak (the sea is at its warmest and the mid-Atlantic storms pump more swell onto the beaches).  And canyoning in the Brecon Beacons is made all the more exciting as the increased rainfalls intensify the region’s wonderful waterfalls. If you don’t fancy donning a wetsuit, head to ‘mountain bike mecca’ Coed-y-Brenin Forest in Snowdonia, which is home to an ever-increasing network of bespoke built, all-weather tracks. Gutsy travellers can try out ‘Falseteeth’, which incorporates the biggest feature in the forest, ‘The Cavity’. Pob lwc! 

5. Autumn colours at Bodnant Garden

Autumn views in Bodnant Gardens
Autumn in Bodnant Gardens, near Colwyn Bay  by tedesco57 Werner
A carpet of crimson and a canopy of gold, ochre and amber awaits you at Bodnant Garden, the National Trust owned world famous gardens in North Wales that is home to national collections and Champion Trees. And while Bodnant could be described as alive at any time of the year, it really pulls out all the stops during the autumn months when it puts on a dazzling colour show to rival anywhere in the world. 

6. Autumn Internationals

Principality Stadium.

Principality Stadium, Cardiff
“And we were singing hymns and arias, Land of my Fathers, Ar hyd y nos…”

The spectacle of Wales playing at the Principality Stadium will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.  The passion of the Welsh crowds is truly something to behold. So the up-coming Autumn Internationals schedule inevitably has rugby fans from Wales and further afield chomping at the bit. The action kicks off on November 3 when Wales take on Scotland, followed by Australia (November 10), Tonga (November 17) and South Africa (November 24). 

7. Music and cultural festivals

Sŵn logo burnt onto a piece of wood

Sŵn Festival, Cardiff by Steve Malpass
Autumn is packed with musical and cultural festivals to make even the most ardent culture vulture look cool to their online communities. Sŵn Festival (October 17 – 20) celebrates new music coming in and out of Wales. Then there’s the Brecon Baroque Festival (October 19 – 22) and if horror is your vibe Abertoir – the International Horror Festival of Wales(November 13-18) is a must-see.

8. Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Winter Fair 

A lady holding a rosette stood next to a brown cow

Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Winter Fair, Mid Wales by Henry Kinchin
Well regarded as playing host to Europe’s finest livestock the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Winter Fair in Builth Wells (November 26 – 27) sees leading stockmen from all over the UK compete for the top accolades. The event is also a delicious destination for foodies in search of award-winning Welsh produce. Festive fan? Then lap up the pre-Christmas atmosphere and stock up on artisan gifts.