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 2017

August 2017

Trails by Hannah Morris & Owain Griffiths

Trails by Hannah Morris & Owain Griffiths Saturday 24th June 2017 - Sunday 6th August Location: Oriel Mwldan

Through Trails/Olion Morris and Griffiths explore ideas of travel and leisure, looking in particular at the way in which we respond to and interact with landscapes. Following a tour of Youth Hostels in England and Wales the duo's artistic responses (including spontaneous prints and sound pieces) will be shown in the gallery alongside a site responsive artwork made in the space. Opening event with live music/sound performance 4pm Saturday 24th June - free entry. hannahmmorris.co.uk soundcloud.com/owaingriffiths

Cardigan Carnival

Cardigan Carnival Saturday 29th July 2017 - Saturday 5th August Location: Cardigan & Around

A fun packed programme of events culminating in a carnival parade through Cardigan town on Saturday, August 5. 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. The carnival kicks off on Saturday, July 29 with a fancy dress pub crawl starting at the Rugby Club at 6.30pm. The following day there will be a family treasure hunt, starting from the Grosvenor pub at 3pm. There is bingo at the castle on Monday, July 31 (7pm) and on August 3 there is a cocktail quiz night at Pendre Arts Café (7pm). Cardigan Carnival Barrel RunOn Friday August 4, there is the Mantle beer barrel relay outside the Guildhall (7pm) with only two places left, with the highlight the carnival parade through the town from 1.30pm on Saturday August 5, followed by activities, including bands, stalls, games and a tug-of-war on the King George V playing field until 6.30pm. For the parade, walkers can turn up in fancy dress on the day and it will be judged in the playing field. Floats are asked to register through the Facebook website that has been set up. Floats will meet on Station Road and cross over the bridge into town and will be judged as they pass the Guildhall. The carnival king and queen will be pulled by shire horses and crowned outside the Guildhall. The town’s traders are also taking part, with a spot the deliberate mistake in shop windows. Entry forms can be collected from participating shops. Information about float registration and events can be found at https://www.facebook.com/CardiganCarnival/

Newcastle Emlyn Art Festival

Newcastle Emlyn Art Festival Monday 31st July 2017 - Saturday 12th August Location: Newcastle Emlyn Town

With great works of art in shop windows throughout the town. You can shop and see the work of local artists at the same time. Over thirty local businesses are teamed up with local artists to display their work and turn Newcastle Emlyn into a huge art gallery.

Cardigan County Show 2017

Cardigan County Show 2017 Wednesday 2nd August 2017 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.  

Shakespeare in the Abbey

Shakespeare in the Abbey Wednesday 2nd August 2017 - Saturday 5th August Location: St Dogmaels Abbey

Richard II

For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories of the death of kings; How some have been deposed; some slain in war, Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed; Some poison'd by their wives: some sleeping kill'd; All murder'd: Richard II, Act III Sc 2 The Abbey Shakespeare Players are thrilled to present Richard II for the first time in their thirty-year history of performances in the majestic ruins of St Dogmael's Abbey. The play follows the final two years of King Richard's life as he fights to retain the crown in face of opposition led by Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford. In his account of the struggle between these two contrasting leaders, Shakespeare explores what it means to be human, and to be king - and how the balance of this understanding can change the direction of an entire nation. 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.  

Llanfair Art Exhibition

Thursday 3rd August 2017 - Sunday 6th August Location: Llanfair Clydogau Village Hall

This popular annual event held in the pretty village of Llanfair Clydogau with its ancient stone bridge, features the work of 8 talented Ceredigion artists, and includes feltwork, ceramics, collograph & lino printing, wood carving, acrylics, oils and watercolours. Tea/coffee & homemade cake available. Plenty of parking. Late night opening Fri. 4th Aug, until 8pm. Everyone welcome. Artists: Ali Scott, Sue Powell (Pebbles in the Sand), Dodie & Jamie Herschel (Nantyfelin Pottery) Aerwen Griffiths, Claire Parsons, Cynthia Westney, Blue Powell & Ali Smith.

New Quay Music Festival

New Quay Music Festival Friday 4th August 2017 - Sunday 6th August Location: New Quay

The festival is held over the weekend with a great selection of bands in the marquee on each of the three nights

Cilgerran Festival Week

Cilgerran Festival Week Friday 11th August 2017 - Sunday 20th August Location: Cilgerran

Watch out for more information on the popular village festival. The coracle races are a must! Programme for 2017 Festival Cilgerran festival programme Cilgerran festival programme - click to view

Lampeter Agricultural Show

Lampeter Agricultural Show Friday 11th August 2017 Location: Pontfaen Fields

The Lampeter agricultural show follows in the tradition of the Cardiganshire Agricultural Society which was first established in 1784 to promote and improve farming methods, crops and livestock in West Wales. This show has horses and other livestock including goats. Vintage and carriage display. Rugby 7-a-side. Lampeter show

The schedule for the 2017 show can be found here



Aberaeron Beer & Cider Festival

Aberaeron Beer & Cider Festival Saturday 12th August 2017 Location: Aberaeron Yacht Club

The Aberaeron Beer & Cider Festival, which has been a great success due to the magnificent hard work of Lowri & Nathan Goss, 2017's event will be on Saturday the 12th August, venue Aberaeron Yacht & Watersports Club, a selection of the very best Real Ales and Ciders will be on offer, as well as a Tented Marquee, Live Music and Good Grub. Entry Free, All Welcome, Come and Sample Some of the Best Beers and Ciders Available Today

Ceredigion Art Trail 2017

Ceredigion Art Trail 2017 Saturday 12th August 2017 - Sunday 27th August Location: Cardigan & Around

The Trail offers everyone the opportunity to meet artists and makers, to learn firsthand about their work and techniques and to buy direct from the artist. Ceredigion Art Trail 2017

DARK ECOLOGY by Seán Vicary

DARK ECOLOGY by Seán Vicary Saturday 12th August 2017 - Sunday 1st October Location: Oriel Mwldan

Seán Vicary’s work explores our relationship with the ‘natural’ world. Taking inspiration from personal (and wider) history, he uses a dilapidated military listening station in Pembrokeshire as the starting point to consider ideas of early warning systems in relation to our state of environmental precariousness. Deeply rooted in ideas of ‘place’, Vicary’s work often takes found objects and fragments from real life which are then digitally manipulated into animated assemblages and replaced into a new, virtual space. Working closely with musicians and sound artists, the results are evocative and successfully uncanny. Opening event with live music from Ceri Rhys Matthews - free entry 4pm 12 August

Cardigan River and Food Festival

Cardigan River and Food Festival Saturday 12th August 2017 Location: Cardigan & Around

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!

Aberaeron Festival Of Welsh Ponies & Cobs

Aberaeron Festival Of Welsh Ponies & Cobs Sunday 13th August 2017 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.

AberJazz Fishguard Jazz 'n' Blues Festival

AberJazz Fishguard Jazz 'n' Blues Festival Thursday 24th August 2017 - Monday 28th August Location: Fishguard - Various Venues

Once again this year there's a fantastic line up which is a diverse blend of jazz, blues and everything in between. For example if you like a bit of Dixieland music mixed with a bit of R&B then don’t miss the legendary frontman from Manfred Mann, Paul Jones with Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen; Alternatively, for a bit of nostalgia, you will be surprised how many songs you know, The Chris Ingham Quartet featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael will delight; For a bit of zany comedy you must see Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band but they are not just fooling, these guys are really brilliant jazz musicians mixing Bonzo Dog, Spike Jones and Pythonesque humour. Elsewhere on the programme find The Red Stripe Band playing in the Bay Hotel, Goodwick, which should allow plenty of room for dancing. All of this plus a full programme of events in Ffwrn with too many acts to mention here, the usual quality events in our intimate jazz cafe, Peppers. TS Skirmisher and The Yacht Club as well as many of the pubs in the twin towns and slightly further afield. 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. Download 2017 your programme here aberjazz festival 2017

Cardigan Quays Festival 2017

Cardigan Quays Festival 2017 Friday 25th August 2017 - Sunday 27th August Location: Cardigan Quay

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

A CELEBRATION OF THE RIVER, CULTURE AND PEOPLE IN AND AROUND CARDIGAN & THE TEIFI VALLEY
BOATS | BEER | MAKERS | GROWERS | FOOD | FIREWORKS | MUSIC |  SPECTACLE | FUN
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.

Tregaron Trotting Club Races

Tregaron Trotting Club Races Friday 25th August 2017 - Saturday 26th August Location: Tregaron Trotting

  First Race 2pm. Read more about harness racing here

Aberaeron Carnival 2017

Monday 28th August 2017 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 2017 are Pink, Pink and more Pink

Float Application Form Stall Application Form

September 2017

DARK ECOLOGY by Seán Vicary

DARK ECOLOGY by Seán Vicary Saturday 12th August 2017 - Sunday 1st October Location: Oriel Mwldan

Seán Vicary’s work explores our relationship with the ‘natural’ world. Taking inspiration from personal (and wider) history, he uses a dilapidated military listening station in Pembrokeshire as the starting point to consider ideas of early warning systems in relation to our state of environmental precariousness. Deeply rooted in ideas of ‘place’, Vicary’s work often takes found objects and fragments from real life which are then digitally manipulated into animated assemblages and replaced into a new, virtual space. Working closely with musicians and sound artists, the results are evocative and successfully uncanny. Opening event with live music from Ceri Rhys Matthews - free entry 4pm 12 August

Lampeter Harness Racing

Lampeter Harness Racing Sunday 3rd September 2017 Location: Pentre

Held at Pentre, Llanfair Clydogau, Lampeter. First race 2:00pm. Come and experience the thrills of harness racing. The racing is fast and exciting and you can be trackside to catch it all. Bar and Catering facilities, bookmakers, childrens entertainment and children under 16 FREE admission. If you’re looking for a fun day out or interested in following a unique and exciting sport harness racing can be enjoyed by all the family!

Glorious Welsh Quilts - Sandie Lush

Glorious Welsh Quilts - Sandie Lush Friday 8th September 2017 - Saturday 9th September Location: The Welsh Quilt Centre

This class, running over two days, will give you the opportunity to explore the quilting patterns traditional to South Wales. You will design your very own heirloom cushion, but you may choose to hand stitch one of the Welsh cushion patterns provided instead! In a two day class there is the opportunity to create larger designs, though not enough time to prepare and quilt anything other than a cushion. Should you wish to perfect your quilting skills as well as create a larger design, it is recommended you bring either the items listed below for making a cushion or a sample already marked up so that some time in class can be spent stitching.

St Dogmaels Village Show

St Dogmaels Village Show Saturday 9th September 2017 Location: St Dogmaels Abbey

The fourth St . Dogmael's Village Show will take place on Saturday 9th September 2017

Making Pictures - with Janet Bolton

Making Pictures - with Janet Bolton Friday 29th September 2017 Location: The Welsh Quilt Centre

The main emphasis of the workshop is to encourage students to develop their own ideas with help readily available. Working directly with the fabric Janet explains and demonstrates the simple sewing techniques required. She will also demonstrate the exciting process of cutting shapes, re-arranging and sewing down the various elements until a pleasing composition has been achieved.  


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