Events in Wales during 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

    01 – 09 August

    Llanelli plays host to the 2014 National Eisteddfod. 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

    07 – 10 August

    World-famous jazz festival set in the beautiful Brecon Beacons, featuring major international names. The 2014 festival included performances from Burt Bacharach, Zara Mcfarlane and Gregory Porter.

    Find out more about Brecon Jazz

  • UEFA Super Cup

    Exterior of City of Cardiff stadium, being rebranded with new Cardiff City branding
    City of Cardiff stadium by DJ Leekee

    12 August

    Cardiff is hosting the 39th UEFA Super Cup with the traditional curtain-raiser for the European season bringing together the sides that have won the previous campaign's UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. The home of Cardiff City FC can hold 27,000, with the capacity set to increase to 33,000 for the big game, and fans can expect a terrific backdrop to the match. 

    Find out more about the UEFA Super Cup
  • Anglesey County Show

    Shire horses at the Anglesey County Show

    Shire Horses at Anglesey County Show

     by romahotshot

    12 – 13 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

    14 – 17 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

  • Merthyr Rock

    17 August

    Following a 12 month hiatus, the 3rd edition of Merthyr Rock festival returns to the grounds of Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil. Headlining is US band Taking Back Sunday, whose appearance at Merthyr is a UK Festival Exclusive in 2014. They’ll be joined on the bill by two other American groups in Reel Big Fish, the ska-punk heroes from Huntington Beach, California, Pennsylvanian punk rockers Anti Flag and hometown heroes The Blackout return to the Merthyr Rock stage.

    Find out more about Merthyr Rock

  • IPC Athletics European Championship

    18 - 23 August 

    Swansea, Wales will host the IPC Athletics European Championships, the first time the event has been held in Great Britain. Around 600 athletes from 40 countries are expected to compete in the event which will be staged at Swansea University.

    Find out more about IPC Athletics European Championships

  • Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff Bay

    Extreme Sailing Series at Cardiff Bay

    Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff Bay


    22 – 25 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 Alternative Games

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

    08-25 August

    Llanwrtyd's very own version of the Olympic Games but with all the normal events thrown out of the window and replaced with an array of unrecognised and different events that are not part of the official Olympic calendar. 

    Taking place in Llanwrtyd Wells in Mid Wales, with some 60 events. There will be days designed purely for the youngsters, with child-friendly events such as Pooh Sticks and Rock, Paper, Scissors. Events that are held every year in Llanwrtyd, such as the World Bog Snorkelling Championships will also be part of the World Alternative Games in 2014 and there are a variety of cycling events to participate in.

    Find out more about World Alternative Games

  • One Day International Cricket

    England cricketer batting.

    England cricketer

     by Huw John Photography

    27 August

    The SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff will host England’s second One-Day International against India, as they return to the Welsh capital for a day time match.

    Find out more about the One-Day International Cricket

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