What's on this Bank Holiday Weekend?

It’s the last bank holiday of the summer and the perfect time to discover Wales. If there was a perfect weekend to visit Wales, we think this would be it. Not just because there will be an extra day to your weekend but because of the amazing array of events and attractions taking place across the country.
For example, Cardiff is hosting 2 major international events this weekend. P1 Powerboat racing in Cardiff Bay and T20 cricket at The SSE SWALEC stadium, just a short walk from the city centre. Next up we mix the old with the new at Ponty Lido and Beaumaris Medieval Festival, then it gets weird and wonderful with Bog Snorkelling in Mid Wales and fighter jets on the North Wales coast. These are just a selection of the events taking place, you can always search for something specific using our Events Search and Attraction Search.

Cardiff Harbour Festival and the P1 Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea, Cardiff Bay, August 30 - 31 

Powerboat P1

Powerboat P1 Superstock Series

 by Powerboat P1

With the success of last year’s event, which saw thousands of supporters turn out to watch the powerboat and jet ski racers duke it out in Cardiff Bay, P1 returns this Bank Holiday weekend (Sunday 30 - Monday 31 August) for the Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea, the penultimate round of the SuperStock and AquaX championships. 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. The P1 fleet of eleven race boats and more than forty jet skis serve up two days of free-to-watch action, together with jet ski freestyle displays. Round off your summer with nautical-themed street entertainers and family entertainment at Vueling Cardiff Bay Beach including a real sand beach and shallow water play area. Have a wander to Craft Folk’s distinctive red and white stalls along Landsea Square offering a fantastic selection of art, crafts, local beer and fruit wines and traditional hot welsh cakes.

Find out more about the P1 Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea 

International T20 Cricket at The SSE SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff, August 31

Cricketer mid swing at the Ashes Test.
Ashes Test, Cardiff's SWALEC Stadium by Getty Images

England will only play Australia in one International T20 clash during this Ashes year and it’s at The SSE SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff on August Bank Holiday Monday (31 August). England’s men and women take on their Australian counterparts in the shortest format of the game in a double header clash. First up is England Women against the Southern Stars at 10.30am, in the final and potentially decisive game of this year’s Women’s Ashes Series. The men take centre stage at 3pm with Australia guaranteed to provide a stern test for the home team who have yet to lose to Australia in Cardiff.

Find out more about International T20 Cricket at The SSE SWALEC Stadium

The National Lido of Wales/Lido Ponty, Pontypridd - Now open

Lido Ponty

The National Lido of Wales

 by Lido Ponty

The National Lido of Wales opened its doors again this week after a £6.5million redevelopment, just in time for the bank holiday weekend. Lido Ponty, a Grade II listed lido, has been restored to its former glory and updated for the 21st century visitor. It includes three heated pools, changing rooms, sun terraces and an adventure playground. There's free admission for the rest of 2015, so grab your towel and head to Lido Ponty.

Find out more about the National Lido of Wales / Lido Ponty  

Beaumaris Medieval Festival, August 29 - 31

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

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 live performances from medieval jesters and puppeteers, hands-on falconry demonstrations, hog roasts and have-a-go archery, visitors will be transported 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

Rhyl Air Show , August 29 - 30 

Rhyl Air Show

Avro Vulcan XH558 and RAF Red Arrows

 by Rhyl Air Show

The seventh annual Rhyl Air Show is set to entertain thousands at the North Wales seaside resort this Bank Holiday weekend.  With viewing points stretching right along the sea front and beyond, the show offers spectacular air displays including the last ever North Wales appearance of the Avro Vulcan XH558 from 4.40pm on Saturday, World War Two Spitfires and Hurricanes  and demonstrations from RAF Red Arrows and RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team. The two-day event is free to attend with ground attractions opening at 12pm. There are ground displays, model aircraft, children's entertainment and family fun throughout the weekend.

Find out more about Rhyl Air Show 

World Bog Snorkelling Championships, Llanwrtyd Wells, August 30

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

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

Can’t make it this weekend? - Find out what’s going on in Wales this September.