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 August and September 2018

August 2018

Shakespeare in the Abbey

Macbeth - Shakespeare in the Abbey Wednesday 1st August 2018 - Saturday 4th August Location: St Dogmaels Abbey


Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble … Shakespeare's tragedy explores the way a single act of treachery enmeshes the couple in a web of murder, deceit and ultimate regret. With live music and spectacular stage effects, the Abbey Shakespeare Players' 32nd annual production will make the most of the atmospheric backdrop of the St Dogmaels Abbey ruins. Tickets will be available in advance from Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan Tickets are also available at the gate on the evening. This is an outdoor production so please dress warmly. Seating is provided.

Aberporth Carnival

Aberporth Carnival ©aSplash Thursday 2nd August 2018 Location: Aberporth Village Hall and Recreation Ground

Aberporth Carnival has been running successfully for over 25 years! Held annually on the first Thursday in August.

New Quay Music Festival

Buster bloodvessel and Bad Manners Friday 3rd August 2018 - Sunday 5th August Location: New Quay

2018 - 20th Anniversary for the festival - held over the weekend with a great selection of bands in the marquee on each of the three nights. Saturday 4th August headliner will be the man himself Buster bloodvessel and Bad Manners.

Cardigan Carnival

Cardigan Carnival Saturday 4th August 2018 - Saturday 11th August Location: Cardigan & Around

A fun packed programme of events culminating in a carnival parade through Cardigan town on Saturday, August 11th. The last Carnival Queen from 2000, Anne Holmes, will be coming for the day and will crown the new king and queen in a nice link back to the past. Further Information about float registration and events can be found at

Cardigan County Show 2018

Cardigan County Show Saturday 4th August 2018 Location: Cardigan & Around

Cardigan County ShowCardigan's popular annual agricultural show with livestock judging, music and a great atmosphere. Located just off the A487 south of Cardigan, shortly after the Longdown St. junction to St.Dogmael's.

1920's Jazz Night

1920s Jazz Night Saturday 4th August 2018 Location: Vale of Rheidol Railway

Step back into the world of the Great Gatsby while the music plays and the bootleg liquor flows. Everyone dresses in 1920’s outfits - so pull on your flapper dress and get ready to Charleston! Take a steam train trip from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge. Buffet and entertainment at the Hafod Hotel. If you’re a fan of the TV series Peaky Blinders this is a must!! Package includes: Complimentary cocktail on the platform Train ticket from Aberystwyth Buffet and entertainment at the Hafod Hotel Return travel to Aberystwyth by coach DRESS CODE: 20’s and 30’s

Cilgerran Festival Week

cilgerran festival 2017 Friday 10th August 2018 - Sunday 19th August Location: Cilgerran

Watch out for more information on the popular village festival. The coracle races are a must! Programme for 2018 Festival to follow

Tresaith Regatta and Beach Party

Tresaith beach party Saturday 11th August 2018 - Sunday 12th August Location: Tresaith Beach

Tresaith Mariners Sailing Club summer regattas are legendary for the massive beach parties complete with marquee on the beach, bar open all day and live music in the evening. There are also sandcastle competitions for the kids, and last year we had archery tag running sessions through the day. You don’t have to be a sailor or a member to come and join our party – free entry to marquee for the beer and band.


Aberycych Summer Festival & Dog Show Saturday 11th August 2018 Location: Field opposite the Bridge

Hello all. Introducing our little Abercych summer festival in the far north of the Pembrokeshire...on the tri-counties border; incorporating the return of our famous Dog Show and competitions for gardeners, bakers and flower arrangers! There will be a kids fancy dress parade, duck racing, BBQ, bar and lots of friendly faces! Abercych Village Festival, situated in the field adjacent the bridge, Saturday 11th August from 1pm - late. It would amazing to see you all there! (if anyone is interested in running a stall for the festival, pls contact me over PM for more details.)

Aberaeron Festival Of Welsh Ponies & Cobs

Aberaeron Festival Of Welsh Ponies & Cobs Sunday 12th August 2018 Location: Square Field Cae Sgwar Aberaeron

A truly unique event showcasing every aspect of the amazing breed, the Welsh pony and Cob. Exciting events throughout the day in the square field, Cae Sgwar right in the middle of Aberaeron. Events will include:

  • Introduction to the sections of the breed: section A, section B, section C, section D & Welsh part-bred.
  • In-hand, under-saddle & driving displays.
  • Inter-hunt relay showcasing jumping, thrills & spills!
  • Showjumping & dressage displays.
  • Running of the stallions.
  • Food & craft stalls.
Horse & pony entry is free & everyone is welcome.

Aberystwyth Sea2Shore Food Festival

Sea2Shore Aberystwyth Food Festival Sunday 12th August 2018 Location: Aberystwyth Bandstand

Come and enjoy a feast of fine food! Food Festival held on Aberystwyth Promenade with all kinds of stalls and activities: cookery demonstrations and sample tasters by fish experts and local hotel chefs. Look out for sightings of the famous Cragen on it's Sea Monster Tour visiting the festival today.

Vivaldi Mozart Paganini

Chamber Philharmonia Cologne * Germany Thursday 16th August 2018 Location: St. Mary's Church

Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience one of Germany's finest Ensembles Chamber Philharmonia Cologne * Germany performing on Thursday 16th August 2018 at 7.30 pm in St. Mary’s Church in Cardigan. Classics from Germany We are very happy to propose you a diverse program ranging from Antonio Vivaldi and his tremendously famous "La Tempesta Di Mare" to W.A. Mozart, Rossini and Niccolo Paganini. Bookings: Cardigan Tourist Information Centre, Theatr Mwldan, Bath House Road, SA43 2JY Cardigan, Tel. 01239 / 613230

Cardigan Bay Regatta

Cardigan Bay Regatta Friday 17th August 2018 - Sunday 19th August Location: New Quay

Sailing, rowing, swimming, sandcastle building - every event you can think of on and by the sea. The Cardigan Bay Regatta is a three-day annual event which organises sailing races for all ages and shore based swimming races and fun events for children. It is suitable for all the family with sandcastle building competitions on the first day. The CARDIGAN BAY REGATTA - New Quay is one of the oldest in the UK, first being held in 1829! Look out for sightings of the famous Cragen on it's Sea Monster Tour visiting the festival on 19th August from 15:30 to 16:30 at the harbour.

Cardigan River and Food Festival

Cardigan Food Festival Saturday 18th August 2018 Location: Quay Street Car Park

The festival is great fun for all the family, with cooking demonstrations and a full programme of river events, entertainment and activities for the children. There will be plenty to eat, drink, see and enjoy, so come along and get a real taste of Cardigan!

Cragen Sea Monster Tour

Sunday 19th August 2018 Location: New Quay

Cragen Is Said To Dwell Off The Coast Of Wales and experts have predicted that she will appear along the coastline with an important clean seas message during Wales’ Year of the Sea. Visitors and communities will gasp at her ingenuity and be amazed by her size (approximately 20 meters long) as she returns unwanted plastic waste from the sea to the land. Cragen’s first performance is at Aberporth 20/07/18 2pm and Small World Theatre are delighted to be working with #plasticfree Aberporth for the launch of the tour. We’re also delighted that Cragen will appear on the Teifi at Cardigan’s Giant Lantern Parade on Friday 7th December. Follow Cragen’s travels and discover the tour dates online at the link below. Share your sighting on social media using the hashtags #cleanseascragen #findyourepic #cleanseas Together we can keep our beautiful Cardigan Bay beaches clean. You can help protect Wales’ epic coastline from plastic pollution, by joining the many events and activities surrounding the tour. The Cragen can also be spotted visiting the Sea2Shore Food Festival in Aberystwyth on 12th August and New Quay Harbour Beach as part of the Cardigan Bay Regatta on 19th August along with many other sightings. Sightings of Cragen will also be seen on. 12 August – Sea2shore Food Festival, Aberystwyth 17 August – The Parrog, Goodwick, Pembrokeshire 19 August – Traeth Dolau, New Quay, Ceredigion 02 September – Beaumaris, Isle of Anglesey

AberJazz Fishguard Jazz 'n' Blues Festival

aberjazz-fishguard Thursday 23rd August 2018 - Monday 27th August Location: Fishguard - Various Venues

Expect a party atmosphere as the town comes to life with live music in the pubs, busking in the streets. This is carnival weekend in Fishguard and Aberjazz keeps it going for five days. 2018 is the 15th AberJazz Festival in Fishguard and because it is 100 years since women got the vote there's a 'Women in Jazz and Blues' theme this year such as Parisian style Jazz singer Gabrielle Ducomble, The Indigo Kings for original jazzy blues, Sarah Gillespie, singer songwriter with elements of jazz, blues and folk, Victoria Klewen and the True Tones, jazz with a bit of soul and the Husky Tones a punk blues band, featuring Victoria Bourne on vocals and drums, and two time British Blues awards winner, The Lisa Mann Band. We also have this year's winner of the best named band award (if there is such a thing), the Salvador Darlings and of course our own home grown Pembrokeshire ladies, Jodie Marie and Lowri Evans. It is not exclusively female, there are also many male artists to watch out for as well. Blues fans should not miss Greg Coulson, singer and multi-instrumentalist. Gyspy jazz enthusiasts must see the Paulus Schafer Trio, guitarist Paulus is regarded as gypsy jazz royalty For jazz with a bit of R&B we have Simon Peat and Joel White as well as one of the most entertaining R&B bands on the circuit, King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys. Download 2018 your programme here
AberJazz Fishguard Jazz and Blues festival 2018

Cardigan Quays Festival 2018

Cardigan quays festival Friday 24th August 2018 - Sunday 26th August Location: Cardigan Quay

The annual Cardigan quays festival celebrates Cardigan's rich cultural and maritime heritage.

This is the town that has been the fortified seat of kings, that has given birth to the Eisteddfod, and that helped set sail to the dreams of many to a new land called America. There will be music, crafts, river activities, food stalls from artisan producers, fish, beers, cheeses, breads, workshops, performers and a whole wealth of sights, sounds, tastes and experiences to delight and entertain. All this against the backdrop of the Historic port and the majestic River Teifi flowing down to the open sea. The festival is held in and around the quayside on the river opposite the castle in the old port area of the town.

The Big Tribute Festival 2018

THE BIG TRIBUTE FESTIVAL 2018 Friday 24th August 2018 - Sunday 26th August Location: Lovesgrove

The Big Tribute festival is Wales' festival weekender made up exclusively of tribute acts, bringing you a fantasy main stage line up. The Big Tribute Festival is THE unmissable family event of the summer

Open Quilt Show

Quilts in Cae Hir Gardens Saturday 25th August 2018 - Monday 27th August Location: Cae Hir Gardens

photo by Janet Baxter An open Quilt Show held in the beautiful RHS associate Gardens. Enter your quilt then come and see it hung in these beautiful hillside gardens. Alternatively just come and enjoy the beautiful quilts and gardens. There are tea rooms in the garden which serve excellent cakes and there will be a traders marquee for all your quilting needs as well as quilts and crafts for sale. As the gardens are set on a hillside there is limited disabled access. Free parking.

Aberaeron Carnival 2018

Monday 27th August 2018 Location: Aberaeron Harbour

The Aberaeron Carnival takes place every year on the August Bank Holiday Monday. The Carnival Parade starts on the Harbour Quay at 13:45

Carnival colours for 2018 are Royal Blue and Gold

Float Application Form Stall Application Form

September 2018

St Dogmaels Village Show

St Dogmaels Village Show Saturday 8th September 2018 Location: St Dogmaels Abbey

The fifth St . Dogmael's Village Show will take place on Saturday 8th September 2018

Teimlo Llais - Exhibition by Penny Jones

Teimlo Llais - Exhibition by Penny Jones Saturday 8th September 2018 - Sunday 7th October Location: Oriel Mwldan

Teimlo Llais is an interactive installation comprising a fabric quilt, a ceramic quilt and the voices of women speaking in Welsh. The exhibition is a culmination of the research and development project Llais Menywod in 2016 which highlighted the need for the women’s voice to be heard. The focus on touch and sound makes the exhibition suitable for blind and partially sighted people. Penny is an artist who feels that the Welsh language and women’s issues are paramount. There will be a performance from a local Welsh women’s choir to launch the exhibition through a collaboration with Penny Jones at the opening on 7 September at 6:20pm


Orchardfest Saturday 8th September 2018 Location: St Dogmaels Abbey

  • Fab Live Music from local band Quay Street and 1 other TBC.
  • Magical Storytelling with Milly Jackdaw at intervals throughout the day.
  • Lots of tasty Local Welsh Craft Ciders to try in the Cider Tent (Cash Bar).
  • FREE kids workshop to create adorned nature inspired crowns to take part in a display with our Orchard Goddess puppet Afallen during the afternoon.
  • Orchardist Martin Hayes will be speaking about his life as an Orchardist, answering questions and IDing your apples and he will sign copies of his fantastic book of his life as an itinerant.
  • Food to include BBQ with Quality Locally sourced produce, Vegan and Veggie options, and there will be food available in the Coach House including Cheese and Chutney platters.
  • There will also be tea and coffee available at the Coach House until 8pm.
  • Apple juicing for adults and kids. Bring your apples and containers if you'd like them juiced for free.
  • Awesome FREE face painting with Body Canvas for all the family.
  • FREE Balloon modelling.
  • Cornerwood
  • A host of interesting and informative Environmental stalls and other organisations will be joining us. MORE TBC.

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