Summer in North Wales provides visitors with an opportunity to get out, explore and make memories to last a lifetime. Whether you’re enjoying the shade of a forest trail or basking on a sunny beach we’re lucky to live in a part of the world that really has something to offer everyone.
If you’re planning your itinerary for a summertime visit to the area, here are five of the best events coming up to add to your schedule.
You may have thought about climbing Snowdon – but in the Snowdon Race, you’re challenged to run it!
A super challenging Twilight Race on June 26th is followed by the main festival on July 11th-19th, so there are several dates to put in your diary.
The main race day, including the elite uphill Super Cup, takes place on July 18th, and the all-comers race sets off at 2pm, giving you the chance to enjoy the festival entertainments on offer beforehand, regardless of whether you’re running or just spectating.
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod 2015 is a celebration of all things musical, attracting visitors from all over the world.
This year’s event starts on July 6th with a performance from legendary singer/songwriter Burt Bacharach, with more concerts running through until July 12th, so you can quite flexibly fit a visit in to your trip to North Wales.
It’s a world party with a message of peace, around 4,000 performers and an international crowd of up to 50,000 visitors, and it’s a tradition that has taken place each year since 1947 – so you’re playing your part in a piece of history, too.
If you’re only interested in one genre of music, the 27th North Wales Bluegrass Festival in Conwy might be for you.
This year it takes place on July 2nd-5th, so there’s no reason why you couldn’t attend both this and the Eisteddfod if you’re staying around long enough!
And of course, bluegrass is not just about the music – there’ll be plenty of dancing too, so a good time is bound to be had by all.
The largest two-day agricultural show in the country, the Anglesey County Show this year takes place on August 11th-12th at the Mona Showground in Gwalchmai, Holyhead.
About 55,000 people are expected to attend – making it as big an event as the Eisteddfod – and the humans present will be accompanied by animals ranging from pigs and cattle to pigeons and rabbits.
Expect demonstrations of traditional country crafts too, such as cookery, horticulture and dry stone walling.
Conwy River Festival is a must for the sea-dogs amongst you, and takes place from August 15th to 22nd with a packed schedule of river racing and onshore entertainment.
Families should put August 22nd in their diaries, as the festival closes with Quay Day, a celebration held on the quayside with live music, food, and of course the legendary ‘great duck race’.
- If you’re planning a trip to North Wales this summer, which events are on your itinerary?