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 – 09 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

  • 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

  • Conwy River Festival

    Crowds, stalls and boats at the Conwy River Festival

    Conwy River Festival, North Wales

     by Roj

    09 – 17 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Pride Cymru

    Pride Cymru 2014 logo
    Pride Cymru 2014 by Pride Cymru

    16 August 

    Cardiff-Wales LGBT Mardi Gras, trading as Pride Cymru Returns To Coopers Field with main stage acts including boy band Union J, X-Factor’s Misha B, Big Reunion’s Eternal, Nicki French and plenty of homegrown talent. The variety of entertainment will continue in our cabaret marquee 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

  • 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

  • Time Let Me Play

    St Davids Cathedral in Pembrokeshire
    St Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire by Natural Resources Wales

    22 August

    Held at St Davids Cathedral, the poetry of Dylan Thomas composed and performed into music by Keith James. Keith is one of Wales’ most singular and critically acclaimed performers. Also included are Keith’s unique and passionate settings of Poems by Pablo Neruda, William Blake, Isabel Allende, Garcia Lorca and Leonard Cohen.

    Find out more about Time Let Me Play

  • Salmonsfest

    22 - 24 August

    The third year for the music festival held in the grounds of the Three Salmons Hotel in the beautiful market town of Usk in Monmouthshire. Over the three days, enjoy bands Scouting for Girls, The Feeling and home grown boys Goldie Looking Chain.

    Find out more about the Salmonsfest

  • 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

  • Beaumaris Medieval Festival

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

    23 - 25 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

  • 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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