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 – 08 August

    Meifod in the heart of Montgomeryshire is the location of this years 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 – 09 August

    World-famous jazz festival set in the beautiful Brecon Beacons, featuring major international names. American headliners, exclusive performances, intriguing crossovers and global artists from Scandinavia through Romania, Brittany and Catalonia to Brazil that reflect jazz music’s global reach, are all prominent features of this summer’s event.

    Find out more about Brecon Jazz

  • Kaya Festival

    07 - 09 August

    A family friendly festival featuring a wide range of workshops, arts, food stalls and festival activities. An assortment of African, Jamaican, European, Latin, Caribbean, European and world musical flavours as well as local acts - over 100 musical acts across 4 stages.

    Find out more about Kaya, Festival of World Music and Arts

  • Dove Men Tests: Wales v Ireland

    Millennium Stadium and the River Taff, Cardiff

    Millennium Stadium and the River Taff, Cardiff

     by MHPhotos_

    08 August

    Wales and Ireland face each other ahead of the 2015 World Cup as their preparations for the tournament reach a climax.

    Find out more about the Dove Men Tests

  • Anglesey County Show

    Shire horses at the Anglesey County Show

    Shire Horses at Anglesey County Show

     by romahotshot

    11 – 12 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

  • Solarsphere

    Solarsphere poster
    Solarsphere, Brecon Beacons by Solarsphere Facebook page

    14 - 16 August

    Solarsphere is a brand new event combining the science of astronomy with the back drop of a 'music festival'. Join in the workshops which include solar observing and photography, night sky observing, astro photography, moon landing debate alongside a music festival for those who wish to discover some wonderful new bands.

    Find out more about Solarsphere

  • Pride Cymru

    15 August 

    Cardiff-Wales LGBT Mardi Gras, trading as Pride Cymru Returns To Coopers Field Cardiff for Wales' biggest celebration of equality and diversity. The variety of entertainment will continue along with a funfair, a cultural market with arts and crafts, plenty food and drink, and a social hub, offering advice and support to LGBT communities and their friends and family.

    Find out more about Pride Cymru

  • Conwy River Festival

    Crowds, stalls and boats at the Conwy River Festival

    Conwy River Festival, North Wales

     by Roj

    15 – 22 August

    The river festival celebrates the relationship between the town of Conwy and it’s river estuary, and features racing for cruising yachts, day boats, small cruisers, and classic boats, with some great prizes to be won. The Quay day, which runs alongside on the Quayside, is a great, fun day out, with sailing and rowing races in the harbour, lifeboat drills, jet-ski demonstrations, and the duck race, plus live music and lots of activities for kids.

    Find out more about Conwy River Festival

  • 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

    18 – 20 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

    20 – 23 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. Amongst the line up this year is the Super Furry Animals. 

    Find out more about Green Man Festival

  • Beaumaris Medieval Festival

    Knights ready for combat Beaumaris Medieval Festival at Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey
    Beaumaris Medieval Festival at Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey

    29 - 31 August

    During this bank holiday weekend Beaumaris Castle will resonate with the sounds of Medieval life, with a huge array of interactive entertainment on offer to visitors as the site welcomes back this annual history extravaganza. With liive performances from Medieval jesters and puppeteers, hands-on falconry demonstrations, hog roasts and have-a-go archery will transport visitors back in time to the period in which the magnificent castle was built. The day’s events will culminate in a bloody battle re-enactment, as the bravest Medieval knights of the land collide in a dramatic bid for victory.

    Find out more about the Beaumaris Medieval Festival

  • World Bogsnorkelling 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

    30 August

    Held annually in Llanwrtyd Wells in Mid Wales, this is the 30th anniversary of the World Bog Snorkelling Championships, attracting visitors from all over the world. There are food and drink stalls, crafts, a bouncy castle, live music and a real ale and cider bar on the site, so it's a great day out even if you don't fancy taking the plunge.

    Find out more about the World Bog Snorkelling Championships

  • Powerboat P1 Superstock Series

    Powerboat on water with Visit Wales logo.
    Powerboat P1 Superstock Series by Powerboat P1 Management

    30 - 31 August

    Come along to watch powerboat and jetski racers battle it out for precious points at vibrant Cardiff Bay for the penultimate leg. The SuperStock race courses are close to shore, tight and fast, making it a great spectacle for the public and equally demanding on the drivers and navigators. 

    Find out more about the P1 SuperStock Championship 

  • NatWest IT20 Double Header

    England cricketer batting.

    England cricketer

     by Huw John Photography

    31 August

    The SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff will host the England versus Australia NatWest International T20 Double Header.

    Find out more about the NatWest IT20 Double Header

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