Plan Your Stay on Cardigan Bay

Festivals and Events Cardigan Bay

Festivals and events and venues on Cardigan Bay
For events and festivals later in the year check out the Events Calendar then you can be sure to plan your stay on Cardigan Bay and really enjoy the flavour of this fantastic area of west Wales.
Each Cardigan Bay Venue has it's own listing so choose the venue and then follow the links to see what's on in the local cinemas, theatres, arts centres and galleries.

Exhibitions, festivals and events for May and June 2019

May 2019

Sam Sweeney Tours 'The Unfinished Violin' Album

Wednesday 1st May 2019 Location: Theatr Mwldan

Sam Sweeney - The Unfinished Violin, Violin music inspired by a truly incredible story…as seen on BBC Breakfast & Antiques Roadshow. Inspired by his violin, carved but never finished by Richard Howard in 1915, Sam Sweeney has created a live show and album of instrumental music inspired by the Great War Sam Sweeney signed with Island Records to release his first solo album, The Unfinished Violin last November, an expansion and development of his acclaimed live show, Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle: Made In The Great War, which toured to great acclaim from 2014 to 2017. The show centred on a fiddle the 19-year-old Sweeney came across in violin maker Roger Claridge’s shop in Oxford, made but not assembled by one Richard S Howard of Harehills, Leeds, in 1915. Claridge had come by it at auction, in pieces, in an old manilla envelope, and put it together and put it on sale. It’s the instrument Sweeney has used for numerous albums and countless gigs, and in time he set about digging into its history, and uncovered the fateful tale of Richard Howard, a music hall performer called up in 1916 to the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment to fight and lose his life in the Battle of Messines on 7th June 1917. Following Sam’s appearance on Radio Four, to talk about Made In The Great War. Island Records subsequently invited Sam to create an album of the kind of music Richard Howard’s violin would have played had it been assembled at the time of its making.

“I said, give me a few days to think about it, because I really didn’t want to create a jingoistic, patriotic album,”
he says, “
but after some research, it was very clear that there would be loads of great tunes, and great stories.”
He is very much looking forward to sharing these on the tour.

Meet the Pilgrims

Sunday 5th May 2019 - Monday 6th May Location: Strata Florida Abbey

Come and meet our band of Pilgrims! They'll tell you about their travels and show you how they make their living. Weary after their long journey, they will set up their tents inside the Abbey and explain what they did as a job before they became Pilgrims. A fun and interesting day for the family.

Y Felin Open Day

Saturday 11th May 2019 Location: The Mill

As part of National Mills Weekend Y Felin, St Dogmaels , is opening it's doors. It's fun for all ages watching how a real medieval working watermill works and witness the magic of the waterwheel turning our French Burr mill stones. Free guided tours by the Miller at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00

Music in the Marquee

Music in the Marquee Saturday 11th May 2019 Location: The Hafod Estate

Come and see local bands The Hornettes and The Hicksters on the Hafod Estate near Pont-Rhyd-y-Groes. We’ve got a marquee in the old walled garden in the middle of the woods! Chris Jones, S4C weatherman, will be our compère. Fully licensed bar, and pizza available from Tafell a Tan. This is a first on the Hafod a Estate, it’s going to be magical!

The Foxglove Fair

The Foxglove Fair Sunday 12th May 2019 Location: The Hafod Estate

40 arts, crafts and artisan food stalls to peruse! Hot food stalls, a gin and fizz bar, a barista coffee box, ice cream and so much more! A full program of free entertainment all afternoon starting at midday with Sgarmes. We have The Trillbies, Aber Silver Band, the Tenovus Cancer Care Choir, Four Boneset and Plascrug School Choir. This is an ideal family day out with something for everyone! It’s all happening on the Hafod Estate in the old walled garden in the middle of the woods - totally magical. 10.30am to 6pm

Aberystwyth Cycle Festival 2018

Aberystwyth Cycle Festival Saturday 18th May 2019 - Monday 27th May Location: Aberystwyth

A celebration of cycling in Mid Wales, including town centre criterium racing, downhill mountain biking and a mass participation ride - the Continental Welsh Wild West Sportive, covering all the best roads in Ceredigion. Aberystwyth Cycle Festival also includes fringe events all week and of course brings you the thrills of town centre cycle races all afternoon and evening on the 26th May. With some of Britain’s top cyclists making a rare appearance in Mid Wales, festival visitors can watch all the on & off road action and also experience the beautiful and undiscovered lanes of Ceredigion on their own bikes.

Fishguard Folk Festival 2019

Fishguard Folk Festival Friday 24th May 2019 - Monday 27th May Location: Fishguard - Various Venues

Fishguard's 20th Folk Festival. Concerts, Ceilidhs (Irish equivalent of the English Barn Dance or Welsh Twmpath), Workshops, Singarounds

The festival takes place in a wide range of venues from the town square to the Yacht Club in Fishguard old town.

Full 2019 Programme Here

Featuring this year are; Jim Moray, The Melrose Quartet, The Trials Of Cato, Andy Cutting, Miranda Sykes, Alaw, Hannah James, plus many more. There will be 4 fee-paying concerts at Theatr Gwaun, but the rest of the festival is FREE, with about 30 concert, dances, workshops and sessions.

Family Fun Day

Aberaeron Family Fun Day Sunday 26th May 2019 Location: Aberaeron Harbour

- Crabbing competition 12pm to 3pm! Either bringing your own bucket and crab line or we will have some for sale. (you must have an under 14 on your team!) Prize for the most caught! - Tin Bath race! Enter your teams of 4, we will supply the tin baths ready to race. Junior and senior competitions. Fancy dress optional. Registration from 1pm, 2pm start! - kayaking taster sessions from 12pm - paddle boarding taster sessions from 12pm - bouncy castle! - face painting by Fabulous Faces MakeUp Artistry - Market stalls! - food stall by Rhosyn Farm Produce! - live music and DJ throughout the day - sponsored barrel by Tanners Wines , only £2 a pint but when it's gone, its gone!

Teifi Valley Vintage Show

Teifi Valley Vintage Show Monday 27th May 2019 Location: Glanllyn Fields

The Teifi Valley Vintage Club wa formed by a small group of vintage vehicle enthusiasts in 1981. The group has steadily grown and now boasts a membership of around sixty people from the counties of Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire bordering the Teifi Valley. From 1983 onwards the club has hosted an annual vintage show to display a range of vintage and classic vehicles. The family friendly event is in it's 36th year and will have over 150 tractor, around the same number of cars, over 40 motorcycles, commercial vehicles and stationary engines. There will also be a craft and model marquee and fairground rides. A very popular attraction is the large autojumble and boot sale. Steam engines will also be on show with a chance for the younger children to take part in a tug of war against one of these impressive beasts.

Shelter Building

shelter building Monday 27th May 2019 Location: The Welsh Wildlife Centre

Learn the survival skill of shelter building in our adventurous outdoor activity at the Welsh Wildlife Centre this half term! Come along at either 11am or 2pm on Monday 27th May to have a go, it's only £3 per child. Suitable for ages 6+, please wear suitable clothing and footwear, plus waterproofs if it is raining. Booking is recommended, please call 01239 621600 to reserve spaces

June 2019

Aberystwyth and Ceredigion County Show

Aberystwyth & Ceredigion County Show Saturday 8th June 2019 Location: Caeau Gelli Angharad

First major agricultural show of the season. Horses, livestock, sheep, machinery, displays. This is an impressive annual agricultural show. This local show attracts many visitors from the surrounding areas, uniting the farming industry and local community. A wide range of events take place from produce and poultry shows through to equestrian. It provides excellent opportunities for local farmers, plant growers, and exhibitors, and is a fun day out that can be enjoyed by all the family. Directions Located on the A44 between Aberystwyth and Capel Bangor Aim towards Aberystwyth, following the A487 through the villages of Tal-y-Bont and Bow Street. After you have travelled through Bow Street, take the first turning left onto the A4159. Continue on this road until you reach a roundabout. On the roundabout, take the first exit left, marked A44 Llangurig. The Show will be seen straight ahead of you. Please use the correct entrance.

Newcastle Emlyn Food Festival

Newcastle Emlyn Food Festival Saturday 8th June 2019 Location: Newcastle Emlyn

Come along to the King George V Playing Field [52°02'19.9"N 4°28'10.7"W] in Newcastle Emlyn to enjoy local produce and entertainment. With more than thirty local producers lining up again to present their fantastic produce to you. There is so much choice beers, cheese, incredible vegetarian sauces & salsa, pasta and the most delicious cakes.

Cardigan Independent Beer Festival

Cardigan Independent Beer Festival Friday 28th June 2019 - Saturday 29th June Location: Pizza Tipi

Pizzatipi Beerfest will be celebrating the best craft brewers in Wales for the fourth year in a row. The best beers together with great food, roaring fires & fantastic live music. For a full list of what to expect see details on PizzaTipi website

You can also see what's on futher ahead on the events calendar