North Wales summer fairs and shows not only give you the chance to get up close and personal with some cute farm animals, but let you experience Celtic customs, talk like a pirate (arrrr!) and taste some local delicacies too. Remember, there’s always a Great Escape Wales holiday cottage not far away!
Here’s our round-up of North Wales summer fairs and shows not to be missed this summer.
Celtic Fayres – various locations and dates
Celtic Fayres began in 2003 with a Christmas fair, but now run various dates and locations throughout the year, with a packed schedule this summer.
Look out especially for the Celtic Fayre at Conwy Quay – there are actually six of these, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to join the 20,000 people who visit each year.
At Electric Mountain in Llanberis, the event is primarily a craft fair, although this includes small gifts and some delicious handmade food items, including Welsh cheese and chocolate.
Both fairs run from 10am to 5pm and the exact dates are available direct from Celtic Fayres – the Electric Mountain craft fair in particular has proved popular during wet days of recent years, as a way to stay out of the rain!
Criccieth Festival – 18-26 June
The annual Criccieth Festival gets underway on 18 June, and the first event on the itinerary is one for food lovers everywhere.
From midday, Dylan’s Restaurant at the east end of Criccieth Beach is hosting Gwynedd’s first food slam – billed as an all-day event combining street food, alcoholic beverages, and live performances.
Your food and drink can be enjoyed (hopefully) in the summer sun, with poetry and art to add to the experience.
At £3 per person and £2 for concessions, it’s a great value addition to your holiday, and gives you a great excuse to visit Dylan’s, one of the area’s most respected eateries!
Conwy Pirate Weekend – 25-26 June
Return to Conwy Quay for Conwy Pirate Weekend, which promises a swashbuckling weekend of seafaring entertainment.
It’s a free two-day event with a schedule as bursting as Davy Jones’s locker – cannon fire begins and ends each day, pirates storm the quayside at lunchtime, and there are workshops and camps for trainee pirates of all ages to get involved with everything, from talking like a pirate to honing essential swashbuckling skills.
Be there at 3pm on Saturday for what is currently simply billed as ‘Surprise!’ – whatever it turns out to be, it should be a memorable experience for anyone on the quayside at that time.
North Wales Agricultural Show – Caernarfon, 2 July
As June gives way to July, it’s time for the North Wales Agricultural Show at Caernarfon – known in its native Welsh as Sioe Gogledd Cymru.
Tickets are priced at just £6 for adults and £4 for children, with adult tickets for two parents and two children priced at £15 – a decent 25% discount.
Whatever kind of working animal you like, it should be here in good numbers, from traditional farm animals like pigs, sheep and cattle, to beautiful native horses and ponies.
There are even caged birds and falconry displays, along with poultry and waterfowl, spanning the range of winged agricultural creatures too.
Find the show at Wern Ddu Fields on Bethel Road, Caernarfon – postcode LL55 1UH for satnav directions.
Eglwysbach Show – 13 August
Finally, if you can’t make the Caernarfon show, mid-August gives you a second chance in the form of Eglwysbach Show at Cae Henblas, Eglwysbach.
Six miles south of Colwyn Bay, and located close to Bodnant Garden, it’s in prime tourist territory, and is easy to find if you follow the signposts from the A470.
It’s a little cheaper at £5 for adults and just £2.50 for children, with free car parking, and offers a great day full of working beasts from horses to cattle and sheep.
There’s a fairground, art exhibits, photographic classes, live sheep shearing demonstrations, and a tractor show too, with the site open from 9:30am until the Grand Parade at 4pm.
If you can’t be there on 13 August, you can catch just the art exhibition in the nearby village school for a week either side of the main date, with many of the 300+ exhibits available to buy.
What are your favourite North Wales summer fairs and shows?
If you see an event you fancy why not make the most of it and stay in a Great Escapes Wales holiday cottage? Then let us know what you think of the show!
Images: shire horses at the Eglwysbach Show, courtesy of ohefin via Flickr