The towns and villages of Southern Snowdonia are set to be a hive of activity this summer with a host of local events to entertain both visitors and local people.
The region’s programme of summer events include Ffair Criccieth on June 29. This annual summer fair has been held in this pretty seaside town for more than 100 years. Winding streets lined with market stalls lead down to the town car park, which is filled with Ferris wheels and candyfloss.
Cytser, a theatre and production company based in Snowdonia, organises magical open air events in the grounds of Harlech Castle every summer, ranging from Shakespearian plays to musical pageants.
This year, as part of the Cauldrons and Furnaces series, Men of Harlech is being performed on July 16 and 17 followed by three performances by Illyria Theatre Company of Roald Dahl’s The Twits on July 25, Henry V on August 3 and HMS Pinafore on August 10.
Sesiwn Fawr music festival began as a small summer celebration of Celtic music on the streets of Dolgellau. The event became hugely popular with renowned acts such as the Super Furry Animals, Cerys Matthews and The Levellers performing to a backdrop of Cader idris and the Mawddach Valley. Sadly, the event ran into financial difficulties three years ago, but newly invigorated local volunteers are trying to revive the festival, returning to a more low key but joyful event from July 20-22.
The premier farming event in Wales is naturally the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells, but smaller county shows also offer a great family day out. One of these is Meirionnydd County Show at Tywyn on August 22. It’s a wonderful showcase of rural farming life in Wales, with lots of opportunities to pet lambs, climb over large tractors and buy local Welsh produce.
In a change of pace, Harlech Rugby Club’s annual demolition derby is being held on August 1, with the first race starting at 6:30pm. Entry is £5 for adults and £1 for children. The drivers throw caution to the wind as they tear around a field on Las Ynys Farm, just to the north of the famous medieval town.
Popular with walkers from across the country is Barmouth Walking Festival, which takes place from September 15-24. Barmouth is the perfect location for the festival, as the less well-trodden mountains of southern Snowdonia offer a true wild wilderness, which is so rare in the UK these days.
Walking off the beaten track is made much easier by the company of a guide with knowledge of the route, wildlife and landscape. If nothing else it takes the stress out of map reading.
There’s also a chance to combine the walking with another great village event. Gwyl Gwrw Llanbedr, Llanbedr Beer Festival, promotes locally brewed real ales and provides local entertainment over the course of a weekend, September 21-22.
For those looking to stay in Southern Snowdonia for any of the events, check out www.dioni.co.uk for special offers on self-catering accommodation.
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