Legends are written over hundreds of years but, this summer, North Wales gives you the opportunity to write a legendary story of your own. With a packed schedule of events taking place, there’s never been a better time for you and the family to explore our epic landscape while enjoying world-class unique entertainment and attractions.
Music, sport, family-fun, food, animals, stories, history, heritage… here’s our round-up of what’s in store this summer across the North Wales region.
CADW Summer of Stories – various dates
Throughout June, Welsh poetry and literature will be made accessible to the masses, with stories about King Arthur and other Welsh heroes and heroines brought to life in truly epic surroundings.
Denbigh Castle, Beaumaris Castle and several other historic sites across North Wales will play host to storytellers, who will enchant with imaginative, half-hour retellings of some of our best-loved myths and legends.
The Tournament – 24 – 25 June
If you enjoy hands-on historical experiences, this is not to be missed. The first event of its kind to be held in the history town of Conwy, the Tournament promises to be one of the highlights of Wales’ Year of Legends. Take a unique journey into the past, to a time when knights were bold and chivalry was very much alive.
For one thrilling weekend, lords, ladies, knights, merchants, fools and jesters will take over the town in a colourful display of medieval pageantry and celebration.
There will be jousting sessions, sword fighting displays, an archery competition and an authentic medieval market. The highpoint of the weekend is a sumptuous medieval banquet to be held on Saturday 24 June. It will take place in a grand, tented pavilion fit for a king and banqueters are encouraged to enter the spirit of the occasion and dress up in period costume.
Llandudno Jazz Festival – 28 – 30 July
Everyone’s favourite jazz festival returns to Llandudno this July. Taking place on the picturesque Bodafon Farm, on the outskirts of the town, visitors will enjoy good music combined with great views.
This year, the festival boasts performances from accomplished jazz artists including A Grimsby Fish Tale, Sara Oschlag and the Mark Nightingale Quartet among others. The highlight of the weekend is a special tribute show to jazz legend, Thelonius Monk, on Sunday night.
Electric Wave Festival – 14 – 16 July
Following on from the hugely popular Su Casa Festival, Surf Snowdonia is hosting another show-stopping musical event in July! Celebrating all that’s best about surf and music, this family-friendly festival promises to cater for all musical tastes.
From uplifting reggae to thumping electronic beats, and glittering disco to the finest indie artists, Electric Wave has an impressive line up of performers ready to get your feet tapping.
If all that isn’t enough, there’ll be a climbing wall, a silent disco, a skate ramp and slacklining to try your hand at. To keep energy levels up, there’ll be plenty of street food and drink from local suppliers to refuel with.
Anglesey Show – 15 – 16 August
Agricultural shows are fabulous occasions that bring together locals and visitors in celebration of the bounty of our landscape. From thrilling sporting events and agricultural machinery displays, to the region’s best food and drink and locally-crafted art gifts and homewares, the Anglesey Show is North Wales’ leading county show.
Conwy River Festival – 19 – 26 August
Conwy’s annual river festival takes to the waves with a packed schedule of boat and yacht races, plus the much-loved family-friendly Quay Day. Taking place on the Conwy Estuary – between Conwy and Deganwy – visitors will be treated to a weekend of thrills and fun.
Don’t worry if your not a ‘boat person’, there’s still plenty to see and do. Live music, kids entertainment and the shops of Conwy are guaranteed to keep landlubbers happy!
Festival No. 6 – 7 – 10 September
Festival No. 6 really needs no introduction; the phenomenal success of this boutique festival over the last few years speaks for itself.
With all the ingredients for a memorable weekend – magical venue, all-star line-up, stunning surroundings – this bohemian celebration has become a must-visit for festival goers and performers alike.
This year, the Flaming Lips, Bloc Party, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man and Kate Tempest headline, backed by a plethora of talented artists and performers. Beyond the music stages, there’s a whole host of things happening, including the annual torchlit processions, hot tub parties, the much-anticipated Sgt Pepper’s Carnival and the mysterious Saturday Night Spectacle.
So, this Summer, why not write your own story? With so much happening across the region, it’s guaranteed to be a hit bestseller with all the family. It’s going to be epic!
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