Here are some of the major event coming our way this year. Obviously, this is an early list, we’ll be adding more once details are fully confirmed. Why not bookmark this page and come back soon.
ABERGAVENNY FOOD FESTIVAL – SEPTEMBER 17th & 18th
Set within the rolling hills of Monmouthshire, Wales’ best loved food will return in September, showcasing real food from real farmers and chefs.
From cooking demonstrations, to tasting workshops, cocktail making and foraging excursions to knee-slapping live bands, raucous castle parties and market stall holders selling everything from cheese, meats and chocolates to kombucha, kefir and vinegar! Plus sumptuous street food, kids cookery schools and fun farmyard activities. Abergavenny Food Festival is a place to eat, drink, learn, laugh, expand your horizons, tackle the big issues and celebrate everything about great food and drink.
STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL EBBW VALE- 29th to 31st JULY
Steel House Festival brings international classic rock music to its breath-taking mountain top location in South Wales.
It’s been 9 years since the Welsh hills first came alive with the sound of Classic Rock. And like the towering, solid piece of stone it’s perched on, the Steelhouse Festival stands resolute – a seemingly immovable object on the festival landscape.
Officially the UK’s highest music festival, this unique event will once again be held in the spectacular surroundings of Hafod-y-Dafal Farm situated on the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons.
Aiming to be the UK’s best value rock festival where families and friends can rock out at a price that won’t clear out the holiday kitty, the event has built up a loyal following and a real heritage over the years.
Joining the festival at the top of the mountain will be: Ace Frehley, Orange Goblin, Diamond Head, H.E.A.T, Green Lung, Black Spiders, Anchor Lane and Ashen Reach. And of course there are more great names to be added soon.
To check the line up and tickets, go here. STEELHOUSE
IRIS PRIZE & LGBT FILM FESTIVAL CARDIFF – 11th to 16th October
Iris Prize brings the best LGBT+ film from around the world to Cardiff each October. Home to the world’s largest short film prize, the festival also features filmmaker Q&As, workshops, events and legendary parties. This is supported through a worldwide network of 25 partner festivals in 19 countries who nominate films each year, alongside open submissions.
The Iris Prize is supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation and continues to be the largest LGBT+ short film prize in the world. With the winner receiving £30,000 to make their next short film in the UK, Iris is exactly what film makers need – funding, support, guidance and of course a warm welcome into the Iris Prize family.
For full details on the festival events, go here. IRIS
THE BIG CHEESE CAERPHILLY – 29th to 31st JULY
You’ll find all the action in and at the rear of Caerphilly Castle. Entertainment is the life and soul of the festival with live music acts, choirs and dancers. Caerphilly Castle is transformed into a medieval encampment with re-enactment displays and battles.
Visit the huge traditional funfair and craft stalls lining the Castle’s moat. Children’s activities are plentiful with animal encounters, crafts, displays and much more.
For more festival details, go here. CHEESE
THE ROYAL WELSH SHOW – 18th to 21st JULY
The Royal Welsh Show is one of the most prestigious events of its type in Europe, bringing together the farming industry and rural community in a celebration of the best of British Agriculture with a unique and very special ‘Welsh’ flavour.
Along with an exciting four-days of livestock competitions, with entries travelling from far and wide to compete, the show has something to interest everyone through its wide range of activities including forestry, horticulture, crafts, countryside sports, shopping, food and drink and a 12-hour programme each day of exciting entertainment, attractions and displays.
The Royal Welsh Show provides a prime shop window for farming in Wales. The show attracts more than 200,000 visitors, up to 7,000 entries of livestock and over 1,000 trade stands. A perfect day out for the whole family, with the very best of Welsh produce, flowers, crafts, country pursuits and arena displays.
The show boasts an impressive 12-hour programme of exciting entertainment, attractions and displays each day.
To get up to date information, go here. SHOW
CIDER & PERRY FESTIVAL CALDICOT CASTLE – 22nd to 25th May
The UK’s biggest showcase of craft Welsh Perry and Cider hasn’t set any return dates as yet. Set in the grounds of the beautiful Caldicot Castle and Country Park, the 2020 Welsh Perry and Cider Festival will see a great mix of live music, the best local Monmouthshire food and craft stalls, and all day entertainment.
Onsite camping facilities for tents, caravans and motorhomes will be available also with a family friendly atmosphere throughout.
For more festival details, go here. CIDER
CHEPSTOW WALKING FESTIVAL – 20th to 24th APRIL
5 days of walks for all abilities, plus events and a chance to see Chepstow and the Lower Wye Valley at its finest.
Chepstow lies on the border of Wales and England and is an ideal base for walking in Monmouthshire, the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. With such a diverse landscape there is everything to offer the walker and visitor whether it be a riverside stroll or a challenging walk along a long distance trail.
To get all the information you need, go here. WALKING
WORLD HARP CONGRESS CARDIFF – 22nd to 28th JULY
Believe us when we tell you this event is a really big deal. Harpists and harp enthusiasts from around the world will visit Cardiff for #WHC2020. An intensive and fun-filled week of recitals, concerts, lectures, masterclasses and workshops, all celebrating the versatility and ingenuity of the harp.
With a harping tradition that dates back to the 11th Century, Wales is proud of its rich musical and cultural heritage. The harp scene today is very much alive and flourishing, making Cardiff an ideal host city for #WHC2020.
All your harp details can be found here. HARP
DUBS AT THE CASTLE CALDICOT – 15th to 17th JULY
Dubs at the Castle will once again be a fun-filled family camping weekend, brought to you by VW enthusiasts, whose passion and love for Volkswagens helps to bring you a VW experience like no other. Whether you’re new to the VW scene or a seasoned professional, DATC creates a special atmosphere for all the family to enjoy.
Throughout the weekend there are Live Bands, Traders, Club Displays, the ever popular Old Skool Bike Competition and of course, Show ‘n Shine. Children’s activities and a great selection of food stalls help to keep the little ones happy while you spend your time admiring the wonderful array of Volkswagens on display.
Set in the beautiful grounds of Caldicot Castle, DATC is a firm favourite in the VW calendar. They look forward to welcoming all their loyal supporters who return year after year, whilst extending an extra special Welsh welcome, ‘Croeso’ to new visitors..
Take a look at the DUBS site for more information. DUBS
THE HAY FESTIVAL – 26th May to 5th June
The Hay Festival brings together writers from around the world to debate and share stories at its festival in the staggering beauty of the Welsh Borders.
There’s nothing quite like the Hay Literary Festival. It’s a true celebration of books, storytelling and creativity featuring award-winning novelists, travel writers, Pulitzer Prize winners, children’s authors, broadcasters, performers, thinkers, pioneers, artists and innovators will appear at talks, debates, performances and readings over the nine day programme.
You can follow the HAY FESTIVAL programme here. HAY
GREEN MAN FESTIVAL CRICKHOWELL – 18th to 21st AUGUST
Once a tiny folk event attended by just a few hundred people, Green Man has grown to be one of the can’t-miss fixtures of the summer festival season. Now welcoming more than 15,000 visitors every year, the line-up reflects the attendees’ varied tastes.
Whether you’re a fan of twinkly indie, traditional folk, pulsating garage rock or ear-melting electronica, there’s probably something on the bill for you. There’s also a comedy tent, pretty gardens, kids’ areas and wellbeing zones, so you can chill out before the burning of the Green Man himself on the last night.
Whatever kind of festival-goer you happen to be, there’s bound to be an area that floats your boat, be it for the laughs, literature, art, science, mischief or music. So whether it’s revelling in the thumping tones of a new band, catching some illuminating literature or soaking up the sunshine with a pint of Welsh beer, you’re sure to unearth some serious magic.
The GREEN MAN FESTIVAL site is up and running, right here. GREEN
WALES AIR SHOW – 2nd and 3rd JULY
The FREE Wales Airshow will return to Swansea Bay with breathtaking aerobatic displays, state-of-the-art military aircraft and vintage planes from the past will thrill tens of thousands of visitors.
Last time (it seems so long ago now) it smashed the attendance record, the weather was perfect and the organisers felt it was the best ever! They’re looking to make 2020 even bigger with even more exciting air display teams and entertainment.
Here’s a look back at the 2019 show…..
There are not may details on the show as yet, it is very early. As soon as we have them we’ll update this page. In the meantime you can check out the WALES AIR SHOW and look back at last years event, right here. AIR
BRIDGEND COUNTY SHOW – 9th and 10th JULY
This 3 day show is always a huge success and really is a wonderful day out for the family with ‘something for everyone‘.
You can do everything from: Pirates Trail, Bouncy Castle, Children’s Pets, Dog Show, Pygmy Goat Show, Trade Stands, Best of Village, Craft Marquee, Fast Food Outlets, Ice Creams, Show Jumping, Carriage Racing, Stannage International Stunt Team, South Wales Fire & Rescue, Chair’s Charity Events.
The BRIDGEND COUNTY SHOW is on the 9th and 10th July at Bridgend College – Pencoed Campus. The show is FREE to attend and if you’d like more details, go here. BRIDGEND
ELVIS FESTIVAL PORTHCAWL – 23rd to 25th SEPTEMBER
Every September thousands of Elvis fans descend on the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl for a unique celebration of The King. The feature events are the Official Shows taking place in the magnificent Grand Pavilion. These include The Elvies, the World’s leading award Show for Elvis Tribute Artists.
In addition, The Hi-Tide hosts over 100 shows over the weekend, many with free admission. Finally, over twenty venues in and around the Town form the Fringe Festival, making Porthcawl the largest Elvis event in Europe.
It all happens between Friday 23rd and Sunday September. For more details, go here. ELVIS
To take a look back at the 2021 event, watch our film and report HERE.
CARDIFF HALF MARATHON – SUNDAY 27th MARCH & 2nd OCTOBER
The Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon has grown into one of the largest and most exciting road races in the United Kingdom, promising to deliver the full works for the half marathon. It is now one of Europe’s largest half marathons and is Wales’ largest mass participation and multi-charity fundraising event.
The event has grown significantly since it was founded by Barnardo’s in 2003 when 1,500 runners took part. It now attracts a mass race field of over 27,500 registered runners alongside world-class athletes in a trio of fiercely contested men’s, women’s and wheelchair elite races. It hosts the Welsh Half Marathon Championships annually and has hosted the World (2016) and Commonwealth (2018) Half Marathon Championships.
The CARDIFF HALF MARATHON takes place on Sunday 27th March and 2nd October but we can tell you that places are pretty much all sold out. If you’d like more details and to register, go here. MARATHON