Forget Chelsea, Ascot and Henley - Wales has its very own season, with the Welsh language at its heart.

The Urdd EisteddfodLlangollen EisteddfodRoyal Welsh Show and National Eisteddfod are the highlights for many, but there are plenty of other festivals to enjoy too.

Festival Fever

The Dinefwr Literature Festival near Llandeilo is a family-friendly, bilingual event offering an eclectic programme of writers and poets, comedy, music, art, film, cabaret and children’s activities.

Literature is the main focus of the Hay Festival, while the Laugharne Weekend celebrates the legacy of Dylan Thomas with three days of music and performances in English and Welsh.

Caernarfon’s Gŵyl Arall is a jam-packed weekend of literature, music, art and film. Gŵyl Fawr Aberteifi in Cardigan is a week-long celebration of Welsh music, verse and dance.

Green Man FWakestock, Festival Number Six, Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau and Sŵn showcase established and up-and-coming bands and singers.  There are several film festivals too, including the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival, Caernarfon’s PICS Film Festival for Children and Young People and the internationally acclaimed Iris Prize Festival.

Regional and Local Festivals

Cardiff’s Welsh language festival Tafwyl kicks off with a huge event in the grounds of Cardiff Castle, which attracts thousands of visitors.

Many smaller festivals, as well as agricultural events such as the Talybont Show, offer Welsh language entertainment and activities. Over a hundred local eisteddfodau are also held throughout Wales. You’ll find information on Wales’ food festivals on our food and drink pages.

More information on Wales’ festivals and events are on the Visit Wales festivals page or our events calendar

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