Summer is here and you’ll no doubt be ready to enjoy some great days out in Wales. Here are a few exciting festivals and events taking place in July:
Tafwyl, Cardiff – Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July
A great way to start your month of festivals in Wales. Set amid the green, tree-lined paths of Lladaff Fields, this annual (free) fringe festival brings a dazzling array of some of the biggest names in Welsh arts, culture and sports; along with plenty of excellent street food.
Wales National Airshow, Swansea Bay – Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July
The free Wales Airshow takes place along the spectacular 5 mile stretch of Swansea Bay. Featuring some of the world’s best civil aviation and military aircraft, the airshow is a feast for the eyes with breathtaking aerobatic displays by the Red Arrows, the Eurofighter Typhoon, Team Raven and many more. On the ground, there are military aircraft and vintage planes, funfairs and trade stands to enjoy.
The Fan Dance Race, Brecon Beacons – Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd and Saturday 8th July
The Fan Dance is a gruelling 24 kilometre march/race across two sides of Pen Y Fan, the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons. This infamous route is so challenging that it has long been an integral part of SAS (Special Air Service) and SBS (Special Boat Service) selection. But if you think you are up for the challenge, the Fan Dance is open to anyone, be it a personal or competitive event, or even a sponsored event in aid of your favourite charity.
The Gower Festival, Gower Coast – Saturday 1st to Saturday 15th July
If you’re a classical music enthusiast, this is the ideal event for you. The Gower Festival features international artists, including oboe soloist, John Anderson and flautist Emma Halnan, winner of the Sir Karl Jenkins Award. From choral to piano and quartet performances, there’s an enormous variety of music to suit all ages and tastes.
Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod, Llangollen – Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th July
Every year since 1947, Llangollen has staged one of the world’s most inspiring cultural festivals. Each summer some 4,000 performers and around 50,000 visitors converge in the International Pavilion of this small Welsh town. They come to sing and dance for competitions and performances in the name of international peace and friendship. The prestigious ‘Choir of the World’ determines the best choir of the event.
Long Course Weekend Triathlon, Tenby’s North Beach – Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July
Pembrokeshire plays host to one of the most difficult annual triathlons in Wales. The event kicks off with The Wales Swim, a 2.4 mile swim that takes place from Tenby’s North Beach. On Saturday the focus turns to The Wales Sportive cycle race through 112 miles of undulating Welsh countryside. And to finish the weekend, athletes compete in the 26.2 mile-long Wales Marathon.
International Snowdon Race, Snowdon – Saturday 15th July
Race to the top of Snowdon and back again for a 10 mile mountain run starting from Padarn Park in Llanberis, taking you through stunning natural beauty. This race is regarded as one of the greatest in the world of mountain running and attracts the top racers from all over Europe. Meanwhile, the event has grown to be hugely popular not just in Europe but amongst runners across the world – simply completing the race is something thousands aspire to, while only hundreds actually do.
P1 SuperStock Championship, Milford Haven – Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th July
Spend a day out watching the jetski and powerboat racers battling it out for points in this Milford Haven competition. The SuperStock race courses lie close to the Pembrokeshire shore and are tight and fast, making the championship great for spectators, as well as being demanding on both drivers and navigators.
Royal Welsh Show, Builth Wells, Powys – Monday 24th to Thursday 27th July
The Royal Welsh Show brings together the farming and rural communities in a celebration of British agriculture and livestock. Builth Wells hosts the biggest agricultural show in the UK each summer. In addition to livestock and high quality Welsh food and drink, there’s a wide range of activities for you to take part in, based on horticulture, forestry, country crafts and sports.
Senior Open Championship, Bridgend – Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July
Following the hugely successful Senior Major Championship in 2014, the Senior Open Championship welcomes many top golf pros competing for this much coveted trophy. The championship takes place at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, one of Wales’s most prestigious courses, boasting sea views at every turn.
The Big Cheese Festival, Caerphilly – Saturday 29th July
Caerphilly gets very lively at the end of July as people of all ages attend The Big Cheese, a free festival offering fun for all the family. It hosts street entertainers, dance, history enactments, folk dancing, falconry, fire eating and much more. The event portrays the rich history and culture of Caerphilly and attracts in excess of 80,000 people each year.
Llangollen Fringe Festival, Llangollen Town Hall – Thursday 13th to Sunday 23rd July
This lovely Welsh event showcases an eclectic mix of music and other performances, including reggae, punk, folk, rock, flamenco, poetry recitals, stage dramas and film productions. The main events take place in Llangollen town hall’s extensive theatre while others are shown in more unusual settings around town, like a narrow boat, a steam train, the ancient ruins of Castell Dinas Bran and the atmospheric Vale Crucis Abbey.