Events & days out in August

The August summer holidays are the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. If you’re looking to entertain the kids or are heading off on your annual summer holiday there’s a host of festivals and events to visit in Wales. Here are a few to get you started.

  • National Eisteddfod of Wales

    Children playing at the National Eisteddfod of Wales
    National Eisteddfod of Wales

    2 – 10 August

    The highlight of the Welsh language cultural calendar is an eight-day festival of poetry, literature, music, dance, comedy, science and technology. Not only a festival for Welsh speakers, rather a friendly and vibrant festival for anyone interested in the culture and language of Wales.

    Find out more about National Eisteddfod of Wales

  • Brecon Jazz

    Roy Hargrove Quintet at the Brecon Jazz Festival

    Brecon Jazz Festival, Brecon Beacons

     by Bill Shakespeare

    9 – 11 August

    World-famous jazz festival set in the beautiful Brecon Beacons, featuring major international names. The 2012 festival included performances from Dionne Warwick, Roy Ayers and Ginger Baker.

    Find out more about Brecon Jazz

  • Anglesey County Show

    Shire horses at the Anglesey County Show

    Shire Horses at Anglesey County Show

     by romahotshot

    13 – 14 August

    One of Wales’s premier agricultural shows attracts competitors from across the UK and over 60,000 spectators.

    Find out more about Anglesey County Show

  • Pembrokeshire County Show

    A prizewinning cow with rosettes on his head at the Pembrokeshire County Show

    Prizewinning cow at the Pembrokeshire County Show

     by Funkypancake

    13 – 15 August

    The biggest county show in Wales is also one of the very best of its kind in Britain, whether your interest is cars, food, clothes or animals.

    Find out more about Pembrokeshire County Show

  • Green Man Festival

    Green Man festival attendees looking up at the Green Man sculpture

    The Green Man of the Green Man Festival, Wye Valley

     by Goodwinsplace

    15 – 18 August

    This wonderful family-friendly festival takes place on the Glanusk Estate in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, and features far more than just great music.

    Find out more about Green Man Festival

  • Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff Bay

    Extreme Sailing Series at Cardiff Bay

    Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff Bay

     by Laurie Parker

    24 – 26 August

    One of the most prestigious international competitions for sailing professionals, and one of the most exciting for spectators as Extreme 40 catamarans whizz around Cardiff Bay close to the crowds.

    Find out more about Extreme Sailing Series Cardiff

  • World Bog Snorkelling Championships

    A man taking part in the bog snorkelling world championship in Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys
    World Bog Snorkelling Championship, Llanwrtyd Wells, Mid Wales by Rudgr

    25 August

    Taking place in Llanwrtyd Wells in Mid Wales, daring competitors battle it out in a 60-metre peat bog for the coveted title of World Champion Bog Snorkeller. This has to be the dirtiest water sport of the year!

    Find out more about World Bog Snorkelling Championships

  • ISPS Handa Wales Open

    Celtic Manor club house and golf course

    Celtic Manor golf course, Newport, South Wales

    29 August - 1 September

    A leading event on golf’s European Tour, attracting some of the world’s top golfers, played on the Twenty Ten course at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport which was designed for the 2010 Ryder Cup.

    Find out more about ISPS Handa Wales Open

  • Orchid Festival

    A red orchid flower at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales in Carmarthenshire
    Orchid at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire by Pyogenes Gruffer

    31 August – 1 September

    Visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales for their annual Orchid festival. Featuring specialist nurseries from the UK and Europe, with talks and demonstrations from award-winning orchid growers.

    Find out more about the Orchid Festival

  • Open Doors

    Ruthin Craft Centre building and courtyard, North Wales

    Ruthin Craft Centre, North Wales

     by ziggy ZOMba

    Dates through out September

    September is a month of bargains, thanks to the Open Doors Days scheme, run by the Civic Trust for Wales, which offers free access to a variety of buildings and heritage sites, as well as events of all kinds across Wales.

    Find out more about Open Doors

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