Events in Wales Make it Wales this year
HomeAway travel expert
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
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
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
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
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
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
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