Back for a sixth year, Festival No. 6 brings a weekend of culture and festivities to the beautiful Portmeirion estate. Here are some of the best picks of this year's event.

A view of the festival site taken from above Portmeirion
Festival No 6, Snowdonia by Festival No 6

Talks from the makers

This year's list of speakers is the biggest yet. Hear big names from the worlds of literature, music, film, food and radio in conversation over the weekend. Irvine Welsh will be talking about his books Trainspotting and The Acid House, Kevin Allen will be discussing the sequel to Twin Town (set to be called 'Tin Town') and Simon Armitage will be sharing his poetry and experiences as the current Professor of Poetry at Oxford University. Steve Davis, who turned to DJing after success as a snooker player, Goldie, Charlotte Church and Mary Anne Hobbs will also be in conversation, amongst others. 

Festival No 6 logo drawn onto the sand banks next to Portmeirion
Festival No 6, Snowdonia by Festival No 6

Music to get excited about

With Mogwai, Bloc Party and The Flaming Lips headlining, it's going to be a rocking indie/alt-dance affair at the top. Earlier each day, though, the line-up is still strong, with Wild Beasts, Rag'n'Bone Man, Laura Mvula, performance poet Kate Tempest, The Cribs, Public Service Broadcasting, James Vincent McMorrow and more. There's also the Brythoniaid Welsh Male Voice Choir, Jean-­Claude Vannier rescoring Serge Gainsbourg and the epic 70-­piece Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bootleg Beatles playing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in full. 

A DJ plays music across a crowd of people in a woodland scene

Woodland music, Festival No.6, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

Fun, fun, fun!

If you love to laugh, you're in for a treat. The comedy players this year pack a strong punch to the funny bone: Adam Buxton, David O’Doherty, Henning Wehn, Nish  Kumar, Lolly Adefope and many more will take to the Comedy tent. For the truly fun-loving, why not dress up as one of Sgt. Pepper's band members for the weekend and join the Carnival No. 6 procession through the grounds to the main stage on Saturday afternoon?

A girl in a brightly coloured outfit tries on some traditional headwear to the amusement of her onlooking friend

Getting in the mood, Festival No.6, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

Embrace the community feel

Due to its size, location and atmosphere, Festival No. 6 is a friendly event for all, where attendees become part of Portmeirion's community for the weekend. Make the most of this by joining in on site-wide spectacles. Watch an acrobat suspended from a huge helium ball fly through the festival grounds, observe the meandering procession of fiery torches or see the official Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay Procession. 

Group of adults watching a band perform by the estuary in Portmeirion at Festival No.6

Band performing at Festival No.6, Portmeirion, North Wales

Learn something

Come away with more than happy memories and a potential hangover by attending The No. 6 Academy, in association with Guardian Masterclasses. There, you can take part in workshops on festival photography, writing, poetry and publishing, learn how to play the harmonica or take part in a Welsh language class or Northern Soul dancing lessons. Expect other fun lectures and workshops to pop up nearer the date, too.

A view through some multicoloured bunting at crowds gathering

Crowds gather at Festival No.6, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

A chance to relax

Seeing as a festival trip is kind of a holiday, make some time in the schedule to chill out - which, in this serene neck of the country, is rather easy to do. Book in for a massage, stretch at a yoga class, have a spa treatment, or plonk yourself into a wood-fired hot tub and watch the waters of the River Dwyrdd estuary. If retail therapy is more your thing, the stalls of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair will be popping up with an assortment of vintage and reworked clothing and accessories for you to rummage through.

Five festival-goers take in the views across an empty estuary in the evening sun

Taking in the views at Festival No.6, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast