Summer 2015: Events in South Wales

Whether you like to party, have an appreciation for the arts and culture, live to explore the great outdoors or sample fine foods, South Wales offers you lots of opportunities to enjoy yourself this summer.

Porthcawl Carnival

A few notes about summer events in Wales:

  • Most big events are on weekends. There’s something on every weekend, so there’s no excuses for sitting around at home in front of the TV.
  • Some events will sell out in advance. If you want to make sure you don’t get turned away, pre-book tickets.
  • Don’t limit yourself to the area right near the campus you study, be that Treforest, Cardiff, Newport or Caerleon. Stretch your legs and explore Wales! We’ve included a selection of events throughout South Wales, so you can use them as an excuse to venture out into the parts of the principality you might not have seen yet.
  • Many spectacular events are free. Even those that aren’t shouldn’t break the bank – and there are often student discounts and advance ticket discounts.
  • We only list a limited selection of events. There are hundreds more listed in the websites at the end of the article – if our selection doesn’t excite you, check those websites!

July 2015

  • 13th – 30th July: Cardiff Comedy Festival – Cardiff Comedy Festival has played host to some of the biggest names in Comedy; Rhod Gilbert, Ardal O’Hanlon, Richard Herring, Omid Djalili & Russell Kane to name but a few.
  • 24th – 26th July: The Big Cheese Festival – set in the shadows of one of Europe’s largest castles, the town of Caerphilly comes to life as people of all ages come to The Big Cheese, an extravaganza of street entertainers, living history encampments, music, dance, traditional funfair, folk dancing, falconry, fire eating, minstrels, troubadours and much more.

August 2015

  • 1st August: Nantgarw Chinaworks Museum Table Top Sale Free entry. Proceeds from the sale will go towards the upkeep of the China Works. A Cream Tea will be available to enjoy in the newly planted garden.
  • 15th August: Pride Cymru – this summer Pride Cymru (formerly known as Cardiff Wales LGBT Mardi Gras) returns to the grounds of Coopers Field, Cardiff on Saturday 15th August 2015 for Wales’ largest annual celebration of equality and diversity.
  • 15th – 16th August: Grand Medieval Mêlée – those medieval knights were a bloodthirsty lot! Lots of brutal brawls and ferocious fights and it is going to be a high octane thriller of a weekend. See the most skilled knights in the land as they look to impress nobility and crowd alike and win the coveted title of best in show!
  • 20th – 23rd August: Greenman Festival – located in the lovely Black Mountains, this medium-sized music festival has ten entertainment areas, 24 hour entertainments, comedy, poetry, literature, art & science, spas, therapies, hot piping showers, local ale and cider, all night bonfires and locally sourced food.
  • 30th August: World Bogsnorkelling Championships – the 30th World Bog Snorkelling Championships, held annually in Llanwrtyd Wells. Hundreds of participants from around the world and plenty of spectators are expected once again.

September 2015

  • 5th – 6th September: St Fagans Food Festival – take some stalls showcasing the finest Welsh foods and drinks, add a healthy helping of history, mix it up with free admission and serve it all in the unique open-air setting!
  • 18th – 20th September: Open Air Cinema – a new venture for the Castle – cinema under the stars! Bring along your rug, picnic and enjoy your favourite films in the magical setting of the Castle. Films are Back To The Future, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Mamma Mia!
  • 18th – 21st September: ISPS Handa Wales Open – the ISPS Handa Wales Open has grown into one of the leading events on The European Tour International Schedule since its inception in 2000.
  • 25th – 27th September: The Elvies – Elvis Festival – thousands of Elvis fans descend on the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl for a unique celebration of The King. The feature events are the Official Shows taking place in the magnificent Grand Pavilion. The Hi Tide host over 100 shows over the weekend, many with free admission. Also, over twenty venues in and around the Town form the Fringe Festival, making Porthcawl the largest Elvis event in Europe.

Events Websites

This article contains only a small selection of the events this summer. If you want the full overview, try the following sites:

  • www.visitwales.com – a wealth of information on exciting and interesting events from all around Wales.
  • Buzz magazine – for listings and reviews, Buzz is the main free magazine for Wales. You can look through it online if you cannot find a paper copy nearby.
  • National Museums of Wales events – we’ve listed several of their events above, but there are always things going on at any of their several South Wales locations.