Summer may be coming to an end and the nights slowly drawing in but there’s still lots going on in North Wales this September. If you’re planning a trip, take a look at what’s on and make the most of your time here.
All the events listed below are within an hour’s drive of the Royal Victoria and many are completely free of charge too!
1. Beaumaris Food Festival, Anglesey – 2-3 September
Kicking off the food festival season in North Wales, local food and drink producers come together for this annual gathering, a firm fixture on Anglesey’s culinary calendar. Great food, in a spectacular setting – what more could you ask for?
2. Festival Number 6, near Porthmadog – 7-10 September
Without a doubt, North Wales’ biggest little festival and one that’s garnered industry-wide recognition over the last 6 years. Music, poetry, art, performance and celebration as one in the unique setting of the Italinate-village of Portmeirion. This year, the festival celebrates 50 years of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
3. Railway Month at Penrhyn Castle, near Bangor – all September
Penrhyn’s fascinating steam train museum enjoys the spotlight for a month of fun on the rails, suitable for all ages. Listen to train talks from the resident engine experts, explore the sheds or jump aboard the engines to learn what goes into caring for this priceless collection.
4. Slate or State at Penrhyn Castle, near Bangor – all September
If you’ve stopped by for Railway Month, make a day of it at Penrhyn Castle and visit the main house to ponder the thought-provoking art installation that’s residing in the Great Hall as part of the National Trust’s ‘Artists in Residency’ programme in association with the Arts Council of Wales.
5. Welsh Highland Stars, Porthmadog – 15-17 September
A unique weekend of steam and stars with the Welsh Highland Railway. As well as all the usual steam fun – with passenger, vintage, freight and mixed trains running throughout the weekend – there will be a talk from well-known local photographer Kris Williams, tours of the night sky with Dark Sky Wales’ ‘Digital Planetarium’ and a guided walk from Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert taking in local history and the night sky.
6. Birds of Wales, Anglesey – 16 September – 5 November
Oriel Ynys Mon hosts a fascinating exhibition honouring Welsh birdlife in all its glory. Local artists, craftspeople and experts share their love of our feathered friends through art, talks, workshops and acitivity days.
7. King Lear live from Shakespeare’s Globe, Bangor – 21 September
Broadcast live from the historic Globe Theatre in London, this performance of Shakespeare’s tragic story of love, loss and madness will thrill culture-vultures and cinema-goers at Pontio alike.
8. Woodland Festival at Plas Newydd, Anglesey – 23-24 September
Bring the family and visit Anglesey’s favourite stately home for a weekend of all things woody! Join the team and celebrate the humble, but oh-so-important British tree, with crafts, woodland skills, woodworking demonstrations and much more.
The season may be coming to an end but there’s still loads to see and do. Whether you love stars or Shakespeare, food or forests, music or museums there’s something for everyone in North Wales this September.