Summer 2016: 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.

Summer fairground

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 or Newport. 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 2016

  • 29th – 31st 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. And FREE!

August

  • 4th – 7th August: Kaya Festival of World Music and Arts – Held in Margam Park, Kaya offers an assortment of African, Jamaican, European, Latin, Caribbean, European and world musical flavours along with a diverse range of workshops, arts, food stalls and festival activities. Kaya is a family friendly festival providing lots of activities and workshops for kids and adults alike.
  • 12th August: Party in the Parc – a full open-air ‘Years and Years’ concert, plus special guests LIVE at Coopers Field in Cardiff. All profits will go towards fundraising and sustaining Pride Cymru.
  • 12th August – January: The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl – Learn about Roald Dahl’s extraordinary life and the surprising inspiration for his most famous characters and stories on this tour in the Wales Millennium Centre, featuring unique items from The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre archives. Try the interactive installations to spark the imagination – and even test your own powers of creativity. Part of the Roald Dahl 100 events.
  • 13th August: Pride Cymru – this summer Pride Cymru returns to the grounds of Coopers Field, Cardiff after the parade, for Wales’ largest annual celebration of equality and diversity.
  • 13th & 14th August: Grand Medieval Mêlée – soak up the sights and sounds of life centuries ago at this magnificent medieval tournament. Taking centre stage are the bravest knights in the land – the superstars of their day – armed and ready to do battle until there’s just one man standing.
  • 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.
  • 28th August: World Bogsnorkelling Championships the 31st 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

  • 3rd & 4th September: Paddlefest – try a new activity at the Cardiff International White Water facility with a variety of beginner taster sessions throughout the day. The more experienced paddler can get some technical advice from the trade stalls – or hit the white water course on a ‘Park and Play’ session. Otherwise book one of the other fun filled activities including Air Trail, Indoor Surfing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and more.
  • 10th & 11th 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!
  • 16th – 18th 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 ‘Gladiator’, ‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.
  • 17th – 18th September: City of the Unexpected – Cardiff will be transformed into the City of the Unexpected – the biggest arts event ever to happen on the streets of Cardiff. An extraordinary weekend-long event, showcasing both Dahl’s distinctive voice and the jewels of the city’s buildings, parks and its people. Some of Dahl’s best-loved stories will told in the unlikeliest of places by well-known fans, and as night draws in, grown-ups will step into ‘Dahl After Dark’; a typically macabre taste of some of his lesser known short stories for adults. Part of the Roald Dahl 100 events.
  • 23rd – 25th 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 hosts 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: