Events in Wales

Make it Wales this year

Kai Sedgwick

Kai Sedgwick
HomeAway travel expert

Events in Wales Given its svelte size, it’s perhaps no surprise that Wales is often overlooked as a holiday destination. Tourists head to Scotland for mountains and castles, to England for abbeys and lakes and to Ireland for its colourful festivals - yet many sidestep charming Cymru, which is bordered to its east by England, and to its west by the Atlantic Ocean. What Wales lacks in size it more than makes up for in food, stunning scenery and the outgoing nature of the Welsh themselves, who are always amiable. A packed programme of cultural events gives holidayers plenty of options, but it’s worth detouring off the beaten track and opening your eyes to the unspoiled wonders to be found in rural Wales.

Given its modest dimensions, you could be forgiven for booking a hotel in the Welsh capital and making your way about from there. However, there are plenty of affordable properties to rent in Cardiff and Swansea, as well as in the famous South Wales Valleys and the Brecon Beacons. Explore the diverse landscape and make Welsh apartments from HomeAway Holiday Rentals your home for a few weeks, and you'll undoubtedly savour more from your trip. To whet your appetite, here’s a round up of the biggest and best annual events taking place in Wales.



Top five events in Wales


Hay Festival Hay Festival

The Hay Festival is one of the most popular book festivals in Europe, with best-selling authors from around the world converging to read from new works, mingle with fans and take in the idyllic Welsh Borders. Poets and scientists are among the speakers at this annual festival, with live music, events for kids and lectures rounding off the entertainment schedule. The festival takes place during the final week in May, in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The park itself is also criss-crossed with walking and cycling trails leading into the mountains for those who fancy getting away from it all.

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Llangollen International Eisteddfod Llangollen International Eisteddfod

For over sixty years, Llangollen has been the site of Wales’ most vibrant cultural festival. Every year, over 4,000 performers arrive in this picture-postcard Welsh town to celebrate folk music, street theatre and dance, spreading cheer among throngs of international revellers in the middle of July. The festival culminates with the prestigious Choir of the World competition, with nations battling it out for the coveted Pavarotti Trophy. There are also plenty of open mic competitions for those who wish to enter into the spirit of things. Alternatively, mill amongst the food stalls, bask in the summer sun and check out a barber shop quartet at the bandstand. Llangollen International Eisteddfod is not your typical festival.

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Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

It’s not an annual event as such, but a visit to the Millennium Stadium must surely be on any visitor’s to-do list. This state-of-the-art stadium is the home of the Welsh national rugby union team and also its football team. However, due to its huge capacity - it seats 74,500 - the Millennium Stadium plays host to major events throughout the year. Grab a ticket for the British Speedway Grand Prix or a world championship boxing match, and soak up the inimitable atmosphere. The stadium has also hosted concerts by some of the world’s biggest bands, having welcomed the likes of U2 and Oasis in recent years.

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Royal Welsh Show Royal Welsh Show

The Royal Welsh Show is the largest agricultural show in Europe, and takes place every July at Llanelwedd, in Powys, Mid Wales. You don’t have to be of farming stock to take part, however, it should be noted. Organised by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, the festivities attract over 220,000 visitors every year, with events ranging from sheepdog trials to horse-riding competitions. Additionally, there’s live music, arts and crafts shows, food stalls and carriage driving displays. You can even have a go at falconry! The Royal Welsh Show runs for four days; one unmissable event is the stallion judging competition, known as Welsh Cob Wednesday. 

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Caerphilly’s Medieval Christmas Fayre Caerphilly’s Medieval Christmas Fayre

You’re unlikely to experience a Christmas quite like the one to be had in Caerphilly. Food lovers will be in their element, as the town brims with seasonal produce and food markets, and the castle is transformed into a medieval winter wonderland replete with noblemen and jesters! The fayre sees numerous craft stalls pop up along the High Street at this time of year, as well as within the castle walls, with over 120 tradesmen hawking their wares with a cry and a shake of the bell. Elsewhere, expect street theatre, pantomime and sword fighting in this charming old town.

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Accommodation in Wales

Hot tub, wood burner and great scenery. Don't miss the local restaurants.

Maes y Gwy is one of two self-catering Monmouthshire cottages set on a working farm in 126 acres of beautiful open meadows, woodland and rolling hills. With a wood burner and an outdoor hot tub, the cottage is perfect for relaxing and is ideally l...

Spacious property, log fires and don't miss the amazing views of Cadair Idris.

This beautiful, welcoming holiday cottage, Snowdonia is situated in the Dysynni Valley - an area of outstanding beauty near Tywyn in North Wales. Set within the beautiful Snowdonia National Park this secluded, family friendly holiday cottage enjoy...

Stylish apartment with a hot tub. Don't miss an ice cream on Aberaeron harbour

A Luxury Self Catering Holiday Apartment in West Wales, with a hot tub. Llys yr Afon is among the most sought after establishments in Aberaeron. Built in the early 1800’s it is part of one of the oldest and most substantial stone-built houses in t...

Lovely apartment. Walk the coast, try fish and chips with a seaview in Abersoch

This luxury Llyn Peninsula accommodation is perfect for couples and small families. Abersoch, Aberdaron, Nefyn and all the beautiful sandy beaches of the Llyn Peninsula are close at hand. Enjoy the large enclosed garden with barbeque facilities an...

5 Star Accommodation near Abersoch & 0.5 mile to Sandy Beach (Great for Surfing)

Llofft Madrun cottage offers 5 star, luxury accommodation near Abersoch. Situated 1/2 a mile from Porth Neigwl sandy beach, popular with surfers and bathers. The cottage also comes with a children’s play area, games room and river fishing. Convert...
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