Events in Wales during May

A bank holiday is a great opportunity to plan a short break or family holiday in Wales, and whilst you're here you'll need some fun things to do.  As the summer draws near the choice of places to go and things to do gets bigger, so we've picked a few to help you get started.

  • Two performers at the Machynlleth Comedy Festival

    Machynlleth Comedy Festival, Mid Wales

     by Diamond Geyser

    04 – 06 May 

    The Machynlleth Comedy Festival has quickly gained a reputation as a hidden gem, this year featuring as-seen-on-TV comedy acts such as Stewart Lee. Other acts in the star-studded line-up include Ian Smith and James Acaster. The town is known for its quirky venues, which helps to make it popular with both the acts and audience alike.

    Find out more about the Machynlleth Comedy Festival

  • Three ladies dressed in traditional costumes at the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza

    Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza

     by johnrobjones

    05 – 07 May

    Over the May bank holiday weekend Llandudno will be packed full of Steam Engines and Victorian Musical Organs, Vintage Cars and Costumes, Curiosities & Sideshows, and people dressed as they were back in the Victorian days. 

    Find out more about the Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza

  • 05 – 07 May

    Offering short, medium and long walks with professional guides who'll share local history, heritage and folk tales in spectacular landscapes.

    Find out more about Llangollen Walking Festival

  • Montage of the acts announced for FOCUS Wales

    Some of the acts announced for FOCUS Wales

     by FOCUS Wales

    10 – 12 May

    Three days of music showcasing 200+ bands using 20 stages. There's no place like Wrexham during FOCUS week. 

    Find out more about FOCUS Wales

  • Visitors at Caerphilly Food Festival buying food.
    Caerphilly Food Festival by Caerphilly Council

    12 May

    Homemade jams, chutneys and cakes will adorn the stalls through the town, as well as delicious fudge, succulent smoothies and delightful crepes. Visitors will be hard pushed to avoid the temptation of tasting.

    Find out more about Caerphilly Food Festival

  • 14 May

    To build upon the legacy of the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival,  Dylan Day was created. A new annual day of celebration in the name of Wales’ most famous literary son. It marks the date Under Milk Wood was first read on stage at The Poetry Centre in New York in 1953. There will be performances, online happenings, walking tours and much, much more. 

    Find out more about Dylan Day

  • Train on the Welsh Highland Line, Snowdonia

    Welsh Highland Line, Snowdonia

     by archidave

    18 – 20 May

    The Welsh Highland Railway Society’s Real Ale Festival, Rail Ale, will comprise an eclectic mix of a fine selection of real ales and ciders, combined with a variety of music, fine food and of course steam hauled trains. 

    Find out more about Welsh Highland Railway's Rail ale

  • Competitors emerge from the water at the end of the swim in the Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon

    End of the swim at the Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon

     by Paul Poole Mountaineering

    19 – 20 May

    A swim surrounded with mountains, a bike course in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and a run through an awesome slate quarry. There are three race options delivered over two days; the Slateman Sprint and Mini Sprint and the Slateman Full. The Slateman Savage also returns for those who are tough enough to tackle the whole Slateman weekend by completing the Sprint AND the Full. The race venue is the village of Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon which will also include the Anglesey Sandman Tri and Snowman Winter Tri.

    Find out more about the Slateman Triathlon

  • 19-20 May

    A celebration of smallholding and rural life. The two-day festival, with its action-packed programme of entertainment, have-a-go educational activities, talks, workshops, displays and performances, offers the perfect family day out.

    With over 1,300 livestock and horses on display, hundreds of tradestands, the only Premier Open Dog Show held in Wales. 

    Find out more about the Royal Welsh Spring Festival


  • 20 May

    Yet another chance to explore the natural beauty of the Snowdonia National Park, albeit at pace. The Half Marathon is a loop of just over 13 miles that begins and ends in the small town of Llanrwst.

    Find out more about Snowdonia Half Marathon

  • Cycling around Castle Point, Aberystwyth promenade.
    Aberystwyth Cycle Festival by Larry Hickmotts

    19 - 29 May

    Some of Britain’s top cyclists making a rare appearance in Mid Wales. Includes town centre criterium racing, downhill mountain biking and a mass participation ride - the Continental Welsh Wild West Sportive, covering all the best roads in Ceredigion. The flagship event is the televised 'Tour Series' professional race to the famous promenade. Festival visitors can watch the all the on and off road action and also experience the beautiful and undiscovered lanes of Ceredigion on their own bikes.

    Find out more about the Aberystwyth Cycle Festival

  • Children playing round a HAY sign in the sun.
    Hay Festival, 2017 by

    24 May – 03 June

    The world's leading arts and literature event, Hay Festival is situated on the edge of the picturesque Brecon Beacons National Park in "the town of books" Hay on Wye. Over 600 of the world’s greatest writers, performers, global policy makers, pioneers and innovators appear in 800 events across 11 days, while the HAYDAYS and #HAYYA programmes give young people the opportunity to meet their heroes and get creative. Speakers and performers this year include Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, Chelsea Clinton, Michael Woolf, Jake Bugg, Laura Mvula, David Walliams, Simon Schama, David Olusoga, Rose McGowan, Dara O'Briain and many more. 

  • 27 May

    Why not have a go and see how far you can bounce your stone across the water. The official world record is 88 skips. Beat that. 

    Find out more about the Welsh Open Stoneskimming Championships

  • HowTheLightGetsIn Festival
    HowTheLightGetsIn Festival by Jenna Foxton | Fanatic

    24-27 May

    On the banks of the idyllic River Wye, you'll find the festival where the world's leading thinkers come together to debate the most cutting edge ideas of our time. HowTheLightGetsIn, the world's largest philosophy and music festival, returns to Hay for the Bank Holiday weekend of May 2019. 

    Confirmed speakers include former Hawking collaborator Roger Penrose, comedian Helen Lederer, New Statesman editor Helen Lewis, and best-selling philosopher Julian Baggini. All of this alongside an electrifying programme of music, comedy, culture and performance. 

    Find out more about HowTheLightGetsIn

  • Volvo Ocean Race

    Volvo Ocean Race


    27 May - 10 June

    The Volvo Ocean Race festival site, called the Race Village, will be located on the scenic Cardiff Bay Barrage. The two week free event will host a variety of entertainment and Volvo Ocean Race-themed attractions… So put it in your diary now, it’s going to be too good to miss!

  • 28 May – 02 June

    This year’s Urdd National Eisteddfod will take place in Bridgend, Taff-Ely.  The Urdd National Eisteddfod is one of Europe’s largest youth touring festivals that attracts around 100,000 visitors each year. Over 15,000 children and young people will be competing during the Eisteddfod week in various competitions such as singing, dancing and performing. There is plenty of attractions for the whole family at the Eisteddfod from enjoying the competitions, to visiting the various stalls and exhibitors on site.

    Find out more about the Urdd National Eisteddfod

  • 27 May

    Come down to Harlech beach from 11am and help make a defensive line of Sea Castles. Make a day of it and bring a picnic and/or barbecue and stay on the beach for an evening campfire, which will be lit and attended by the Knights of Ardudwy. Biodegradable lanterns will be supplied to light the castles as dusk falls.

    Join in the campfire session with professional Welsh musicians, singers and fire dancers. Our narrator Siân Miriam will tell the tale of Meirion, the Morfeirch and the Harlech Torc with the help of renowned puppeteer, Owen Davies.

    Find out more about the Harlech Fire and Sea Festival