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 June and July 2018

June 2018

Big Welsh Walk 2018

Saturday 2nd June 2018 Location: Tynrhyd Retreat

The Big Welsh Walk, supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery, is back – and it’s bigger and better than ever. Join us for your summer walking challenge, choose from one of four new routes. 6, 10, 16 or 20 miles of stunning landscapes, challenging hills and the hidden gems of Ceredigion. When you sign up and take on your challenge, you'll receive: A bespoke route guide Your Big Welsh Walk t-shirt Your Big Welsh Walk medal Discounted deals at local accommodation, attractions and food & drink outlets The question is... can you conquer Ceredigion?

Aberystwyth and Ceredigion County Show

Aberystwyth & Ceredigion County Show Saturday 9th June 2018 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 2018 Saturday 9th June 2018 Location: Newcastle Emlyn

Newcastle Emlyn Food FestivalCome 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. For the eighth year running, the King George V playing field will be filled to the brim with all things fun and foodie! Local producers are lining up again to present their fantastic produce to you, and this year, the committee is promising a day full of entertainment, activities and more producers, and of course, the ever popular chef demonstrations. Helena Lewis from Dai Lewis estate agents will be opening the festival at 11am. We have a busy kitchen lined up with two chefs. The first demonstration will be by Mandy Walters from Cardigan Bay Fish and our second chef is Jayne Holland from Veganishmum. They are looking forward to demonstrating their skills and cooking for the audience. On the performance stage local schools including Y Ddwylan, Cenarth and Penboyr are teaming up to support this local event. Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn and Ysgol Bro Teifi choirs, talented soloists as well as a visit from Sali Mali will ensure you have a great day out and celebrate the town. More information can be found on the facebook page Gŵyl Fwyd Castell Newydd Emlyn Newcastle Emlyn Food Festival (don’t forget to “like”!) or follow us on Twitter @gwylfwydcne - The town’s looking forward to seeing you on the 9th June at Newcastle Emlyn Food Festival, 10am-4pm.

Become a Mini Marine Biologist

Mini Marine Biologist Saturday 9th June 2018 Location: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

In these family-friendly sessions, you will become a Marine Biologist - collecting and identifying specimens from the strandline and rock-pools. We will bring samples back to our 'lab', and look at the world of mini marine life under the microscope. You will also learn about the things that can affect our marine wildlife, such as litter and pollution and find out what we can do to help. Each session will include an art or craft activity relating to your scientific discoveries. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of bad weather, sessions will be held indoors in our Discovery Room. No charge, but donations towards the work of CBMWC are welcome.

Jennifer Taylor - Exhibition

Jennifer Taylor exhibition and performance Saturday 16th June 2018 - Sunday 15th July Location: Oriel Mwldan

Jennifer Taylor works with film and live performance to create absurd scenarios. She uses abandoned structures in remote landscapes as found stage sets. Ancient Neolithic burial chambers and obscure towers in Wales provide surreal, displaced settings that bring a sense of post-apocalyptic degeneration. Jennifer Taylor was recently featured in The Guardian for a performance piece in Rome. You will have a chance to see one of her performances at an exhibition closing event on the 14 July at 7.30pm. If you are interested in taking part, please get in touch with Helena Turgel - email below.

Carole King & Glenn Ibbitson Exhibition

Carole King & Glenn Ibbitson Monday 18th June 2018 - Saturday 23rd June Location: Corn Exchange Gallery

Local artists exhibit their recent work in the centre of Cardigan

Become a Mini Marine Biologist

Mini Marine Biologist Saturday 23rd June 2018 Location: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

In these family-friendly sessions, you will become a Marine Biologist - collecting and identifying specimens from the strandline and rock-pools. We will bring samples back to our 'lab', and look at the world of mini marine life under the microscope. You will also learn about the things that can affect our marine wildlife, such as litter and pollution and find out what we can do to help. Each session will include an art or craft activity relating to your scientific discoveries. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of bad weather, sessions will be held indoors in our Discovery Room. No charge, but donations towards the work of CBMWC are welcome.

Cardigan Beer Festival

Cardigan Beer Festival 2018 Friday 29th June 2018 - Saturday 30th June Location: Pizza Tipi

Pizzatipi Beerfest will be celebrating the best craft brewers in Wales for the third 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

July 2018

Helen Elliott – Welsh Naive Artists

Helen Elliott Artist Monday 2nd July 2018 - Saturday 14th July Location: Corn Exchange Gallery

It wasn’t until twenty five years ago when Pembrokeshire artist Stan Rosenthal told Helen that anyone could paint if his or her heart is in it. 'Since then I haven't stopped'.

Gwyl Nol a Mlan 2018 Festival

Gwyl Nol a Mlan Friday 6th July 2018 - Saturday 7th July Location: Llangrannog

Tenth Year! A festival for everyone of all ages in one of Wales’ prettiest seaside village, Llangrannog! The 2018 festival will be held in the evening of Friday the 6th of July and all day on Saturday the 7th, and once again this year the festival is free of charge!

Become a Mini Marine Biologist

Mini Marine Biologist Saturday 7th July 2018 Location: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

In these family-friendly sessions, you will become a Marine Biologist - collecting and identifying specimens from the strandline and rock-pools. We will bring samples back to our 'lab', and look at the world of mini marine life under the microscope. You will also learn about the things that can affect our marine wildlife, such as litter and pollution and find out what we can do to help. Each session will include an art or craft activity relating to your scientific discoveries. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of bad weather, sessions will be held indoors in our Discovery Room. No charge, but donations towards the work of CBMWC are welcome.

Aberaeron Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival

Aberaeron Seafood festival Sunday 8th July 2018 Location: Aberaeron Harbour

201st Anniversary Fishy feasting and great selection of foods from Wales. Come with a healthy appetite! Over the years, the Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival has grown to be one of the highlights of the food calendar in Wales and several thousand people are expected to flock to the quayside this summer to see and taste the best of local seafood, fish and other produce. There is free parking at Min Aeron CCC Social Services Offices SA46 0DY and Penmorfa CCC Offices SA46 0PA - only a 5min walk away from the harbour

Become a Mini Marine Biologist

Mini Marine Biologist Saturday 14th July 2018 Location: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre

In these family-friendly sessions, you will become a Marine Biologist - collecting and identifying specimens from the strandline and rock-pools. We will bring samples back to our 'lab', and look at the world of mini marine life under the microscope. You will also learn about the things that can affect our marine wildlife, such as litter and pollution and find out what we can do to help. Each session will include an art or craft activity relating to your scientific discoveries. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of bad weather, sessions will be held indoors in our Discovery Room. No charge, but donations towards the work of CBMWC are welcome.

Cragen Sea Monster Tour

Friday 20th July 2018 Location: Aberporth Beach

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.

Sera Wynn Walker Exhibition

Sera Wynn Walker Exhibition Saturday 21st July 2018 - Sunday 2nd September Location: Oriel Mwldan

A negative, be it a relief, a photograph or a mold has an identity, through her work with camera-less photography and sculptural craft processes Sera Wyn Walker explores the shape, size, texture and character of that identity. Interested in direct visual representations of a light driven process Sera Wyn Walker’s practice uses early camera-less photography techniques as a means of regaining something lost through technological advancements in photography. ‘Through camera-less photography techniques, I bring back that direct connection with the environment. There is a trace of the object in the image, one that is both of and from the landscape’. Please feel free to come along for the opening of this exhibition on 21 July at 6:30pm - completely free and all are welcome!

Aberystwyth Musicfest

Saturday 28th July 2018 - Saturday 4th August Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s MusicFest is an enticing fusion of Music Festival and Summer School; of experience and learning; of performance and appreciation. The engagement of audience, student, and artist alike creates the unique community atmosphere of MusicFest – ‘refreshing, rewarding and thoroughly inspirational’.

Lampeter Food Festival

lampeter-food-festival Saturday 28th July 2018 Location: Lampeter

Cookery Demonstrations and Entertainment at Lampeter University Campus. Starts at 10am.

Boaty McBoat Race

Boaty McBoat Race Sunday 29th July 2018 Location: Llechryd Bridge

First ever annual boat race from Llechryd bridge to the sea. All ages and abilities welcome. The race distance is 12 miles - there is no time limit - this is going to be a lot of fun so sign up as soon as you can.


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