Major events and festivals in Wales

From books to bands and fish to fuel power, Wales has a hugely exciting line-up of festivals and events each year. Whether you go wild for fish or fast cars, here are a few to look out for.

  • Wales grand slam decider against France 2012 6 Nations in Cardiff Millennium Stadium
    Wales vs France, Cardiff by Sum of Marc

    Rugby fans from all over agree the Principality Stadium, in Cardiff, is a fantastic arena to watch the game in. Witness a team in top form and an electric atmosphere.

  • Statue of a daffodil at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff
    RHS Flower Show Cardiff by Visit Wales

    April

    Start your spring in invigorating and uplifting fashion with a trip to the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual show in Cardiff. Potting benches, planting activities, a wheelbarrow competition, fossil hunting and arts and crafts sessions are all part of the eclectic programme, and the show gardens are always enviable mini-masterpieces.

  • Visitors enjoying picnics at the Hay Festival
    Hay Festival, Mid Wales by jamssy

    Launched in 1988, this festival of literature and arts has simply become a must-do on the calendar for anyone intrigued by the world’s best writers and thinkers. Held in Powys, it’s recently expanded to encompass live music, a children’s festival and a series of international versions from Beirut to Budapest.

  • Beach picnic and forage, part of Pembrokeshire Fish Week
    Pembrokeshire Fish Week, Milford Haven by KatieleBell

    June

    From humble beginnings in 1999, Pembrokeshire’s flurry of all things fishy has become one of the most respected food and drink festivals in Britain. More than 200 events include markets, demonstrations, music, arts and treasure trails for kids, all held across a week of fun at Milford Haven Dockside.

    Find out more about Pembrokeshire Fish Week

  • Demonstration at Abergavenny Food Festival

    Abergavenny Food Festival, Vale of Usk

    Launched in 1999, Abergavenny’s annual foodie campaign attracts around 30,000 visitors and more than 200 food and drink specialists to the historic market town. You’ll find masterclasses, gourmet tastings, expert talks, a wide range of performances and pop-up restaurants here, as well as a party at the nearby historic castle.

  • Royal Welsh Show
    Royal Welsh, Builth Wells, Mid Wales by ynysforgan_jack

    July

    Spitfires soar in the air, vintage machinery rumbles along the grass, horses pull carriages and sheep-shearers give their flocks a trim. Held at the Royal Welsh Showground in Powys at the height of summer, the largest agricultural show in Europe is a perfect event to plan your holiday around.

  • Children playing at the National Eisteddfod of Wales
    National Eisteddfod of Wales

    August

    The gatherings known as Eisteddfods were established to celebrate all things Welsh centuries ago, and this joyous central festival switches location each year. 

  • August

    Festivals often pay lip service to authenticity, but Green Man, by the Black Mountains, really is the antidote to tired corporate formats. Starting as a tiny gathering for a group of friends, it’s now a hugely popular family weekend with a strong music and arts line-up and a firm ethical ethos.

  • Sweet Lamb, Wales Rally GB

    Sweet Lamb, Mid Wales, Wales Rally GB

     by drew buckley

    November

    Finishing by the Great Orme, Llandudno, the Wales Rally GB is the highlight of the year for rally sport fans and an adrenaline rush of supremely robust engines for everyone else. An official round of the world championship, the four-day rally has held stages in Swansea and the Millennium Stadium in recent years.

More events in Wales