There’s much more happening than we have room for, but below are a few key dates for your diary. Head to the Visit Wales events page for a full listing which also gives ideas for great places to eat and sleep during your trip. Visit Coach Buddy for information about parking in the area. For Cardiff events, there are coach drop-off and pick-up points in the city centre. The coach park can be found at Sophia Gardens.

Food and drink

Abergavenny Food Festival, South Wales, end September

No foodie worth their salt should miss this celebration of top nosh. The South Wales market town of Abergavenny (Y Fenni) plays host to this highlight of the UK food calendar, serving up a rich menu of masterclasses by leading chefs, tastings galore, and stalls selling everything from cider to cheese, garnished with lots of street entertainment. Parking is usually provided in a field on the outskirts of town with a shuttlebus transporting visitors to the festival.

Lots of people gathered around the food stalls at Abergavenny Food Festival.
Two pastry tarts decorated with walnuts, a raspberry and icing in a wooden tray on a gingham cloth.
A crowd of people sitting on the lawn watching and listening to the music on the stage in front.

Abergavenny Food Festival

Cardiff Food & Drink Festival, South Wales, July

Taking place in Cardiff Bay at Roald Dahl's Pass, there's a Farmers Market, Trade Stands, Street Food Piazza and Event Bars. A full programme of music accompanies the three day event..

People sitting around a stage, with a big wheel in the background at a food festival.
Aerial shot of the tents and marquees at a food festival.

Cardiff Food & Drink Festival

Llangollen Food Festival, North Wales, mid October

For two days, there are demonstrations, entertainment and food samplings from the exhibitors taking place throughout the town.

A cake stand filled with shortcake and chocolate tray bakes.
A chef cooking meat at an outdoor food festival.

Llangollen Food Festival

Narberth Food Festival, Pembrokeshire, West Wales, end September

The town comes alive with one of the longest established food festivals in Wales. There are many stalls to tempt all tastes and cuisines. Demonstrations can be seen with guest chefs and there are masterclasses and workshops to get involved in. The festival is brought to life with its live music and street entertainers.

Narberth Food Festival

Newport Food Festival, South Wales, mid October

The city comes alive over two days when the event fills the streets of the shopping centre and market. With a Vegan and Vegetarian village, street food, live music and chef demonstrations, there is plenty on offer for all palates.

Newport Food Festival

Portmeirion Food and Craft Fair, North Wales, December

Artisan stalls showcase local produce, gifts and crafts at the annual event set in the Italianate village of Portmeirion. There is also a programme of entertainment throughout the event.

People walking around a food festival in an Italianate village.
Food and craft tents in the grounds of an Italianate village.

Portmeirion Food and Craft Fair

Wrexham Feast, end September

The annual festival takes place over the weekend at the end of September. It features street food, local and national food and drink traders, local chef demonstrations, a cookery school and entertainment, including live music.

Music, arts and culture

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, South Wales, mid June (alternate years)

See if you can spot the next Bryn Terfel at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. Classical singers from across the globe flock to the Welsh capital (Caerdydd) to compete in this high-profile bi-annual event. A true test of talent in which the finalists sing their hearts out, it has been dubbed ‘the world’s greatest singing competition’.

Brecon Jazz Festival, Mid Wales, early August

The music festival plays host to jazz musicians from around the world. Brecon town comes alive when the streets, cafés and pubs feature live jazz music. The coach park is situated on Canal Road.

Focus Wales, North Wales, mid May

The music festival takes over Wrexham (Wrecsam) in North Wales and features more than 200 performances over multiple venues. As well as
established UK and international acts, there are also sets from emerging Welsh performers. Visitors can also enjoy tips and discussions from leading music industry experts as well as theatre performances, live comedy, short and long films, and art exhibitions.

A group of musicians on a stage.
A guitarist and drummer on stage performing.
A musician playing multiple instruments in a church setting.


Green Man Festival, Mid Wales, mid August

Once a tiny folk event attended by just a few hundred people, Green Man has grown to be one of the can’t-miss fixtures of the summer festival season. Nestled amid the mountains near the town of Crickhowell (Crucywel), it now welcomes more than 15,000 visitors and was voted best festival of the year by listeners of BBC 6 Music. The music is diverse which will suit all tastes. Genres include traditional folk, indie, garage rock and electronic sounds. National Express run coaches from various locations throughout the UK. On-site coach parking is available. A 15% discount is offered on travel when booking tickets and coach travel together.

Giant green man and red dragon sculptures amongst party revellers at Green Man Festival.
Trapeze artist on a rope at Green Man Festival.
A crowd of festival goers looking at the main stage with mountains in the background at Green Man Fesitval.

Green Man Festival

Hay Festival, South Wales, end May – early June

These days the event famously described by President Bill Clinton as ‘the Woodstock of the mind’ needs little introduction, but it wasn’t always that way. Dreamt up around a kitchen table in the town known as the ‘second-hand book capital of the world’, Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll), it’s now a globally recognised arts and literature extravaganza featuring hundreds of leading writers, thinkers and performers. A shuttle bus is provided to transport visitors from the well signposted car park to the festival.

A group of ladies relaxing in deckchairs at the Hay Festival with show tents and bunting in the background.
Colourful large letters on a wall spelling HAY next to colourful flags.

Hay Festival

Iris Prize Film Festival, South Wales, mid October

Showcasing LGBTQ+ film from across the globe, this six-day festival showcases the best in queer cinema. Based in Cardiff, the annual film festival also awards a cash prize (the largest LGBTQ+ film prize in the world) to the festival’s best film. Tune in for an eye-opening cinematic experience.

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, North Wales, early July

The event turns Llangollen into a colourful and magical place full of music and dance. It was established in 1947, post-war, to celebrate international peace and has since welcomed more than 300,000 competitors from over 100 nationalities providing a unique cultural experience.

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod highlights from 2019

Machynlleth Comedy Festival, Mid Wales, early May

Not the most renowned location for laughter, but this Mid Wales market town provides a laid back ‘anything goes’ ethos. As well as famous and established performers the festival brings together comedic talent from new performers who could well become the future of comedy.

Phil Wang doing a stand up show in front of a crown of people at a comedy festival.
Crowds of people amongst tents on a lawn at a comedy festival.

Machynlleth Comedy Festival

National Eisteddfod, Pan Wales, early August

A celebration of the Welsh language, music and culture which is held at a different location each year. The festival welcomes thousands of competitors from across the country. The contests of poetry and song are performed in our native language and culminates in the crowning of the Gorsedd of the Bards. The colourful ceremony honours the achievements of prose writers and Welsh poets. There are also a variety of musical performances to enjoy as well as activities for children. Welsh food is also on offer. The event is open to all, including non Welsh speakers. There are even Welsh language lessons provided on site if visitors wish to learn a few sentences before going home. Information about parking can be found by visiting the website or contacting the host. There is normally a shuttle service provided from the main car park.

Young dancers wearing green dresses and a ring of flowers laid on their head performing at a festival.

National Eisteddfod

Royal Welsh Show, Mid Wales, end July

It may be the UK’s largest agricultural event, but you don’t have to be a farmer to enjoy the Royal Welsh Show at Llanelwedd. Whether you’re urban or rural, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do at this annual showcase for all that’s good about country life. Wonder at the sheepdog trials and stunt motorbike displays, or drool over demonstrations from top chefs and stalls selling delicious local produce. It’s simply the biggest event in the countryside calendar. Park and ride buses are available from the showground car park.

Four horses pulling a carriage with riders dressed in top hats racing at Royal Welsh Show.
Agricultural machinery on display at Royal Welsh Show.

Royal Welsh Show

Steelhouse Festival, South Wales, end July

Turn it up to 11 at this annual celebration of loud guitars and earth-shaking drums. Conceived in 2011, Steelhouse has carved out a niche in the music scene as the place to be for proper rock music from the likes of Thunder, UFO, The Darkness and Europe. For those about to rock, we salute you. A park and ride scheme is provided from Ebbw Vale Parkway Train Station. Coaches are permitted to park in the general admission car parks.

A crowd of music fans enjoying a rock band on stage.

Steelhouse Festival

Sport and activities

Newport Wales Marathon, South Wales, end April - early May

Our national marathon starts and finishes on Newport’s (Casnewydd) historic waterfront, taking runners on a tour of the town’s landmarks, historic places and natural environment. It’s one of the flattest marathons in the UK too, so you’ll be in a good position to score a personal best time.


Athletes running at the start of Newport Marathon and 10K.

Newport Marathon

Six Nations Rugby, South Wales, February and March

Wales compete alongside England, France, Ireland, Italy & Ireland in the Six National Rugby Championship. Dates do vary each year for matches played in the Principality Stadium. Visitors don’t need to watch the match in the stadium (although recommended) as there is always a great atmosphere in Cardiff as well as the pubs and rugby clubs in the rugby heartlands of Wales too.

Stall holder selling Welsh merchandise at Six Nations Rugby.

Six Nations Rugby

World Bog Snorkelling Championships, Mid Wales, end August

A fun but challenging sporting event where competitors aim to complete two water-filled peat bogs in the shortest time possible. Wearing snorkels and flippers, competitors attempt to complete the course by powering through the bog using their flippers. Visit the website for locations.

Man in water wearing goggles and a snorkl bog snorkelling.

World Bog Snorkelling Championship


Between the Trees, South Wales, August 

The nature, music and creative arts festival takes place at Merthyr Mawr National Nature Reserve, near Bridgend. There are a wide range of scientific, creative, wellbeing and literary workshops and activities reconnecting visitors with nature. 

The Big Retreat Festival, Pembrokeshire, West Wales, June

Set in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park - the UK’s only Coastal National Park, The Big Retreat is a fast-growing fitness and wellbeing festival with unparalleled access to some of Wales’ most inspirational landscapes. There are over 300 activities including fitness, yoga, workshops, talks,  feasting, arts, live music and more.

People practicing yoga outside a tent at a festival.
A rock band playing on an outdoor stage in front of a crowd.

The Big Retreat Festival

Green Gathering, South Wales, early August

For festival fun with an eco-friendly twist, this jamboree of music, arts, poetry, science and wellbeing is an inspirational addition to the events calendar. See live music in solar-powered tents, learn craft skills, practise meditation and learn how to live off the land. Good times don’t have to cost the earth. As the festival promotes greener transport, dedicated coaches are laid on from several English cities. Passengers will receive a free programme on arrival.

Green Gathering

NB. For all events, please check web sites for more information and the specific dates.

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