by Hannah Craven
You’ll find an eclectic choice of music festivals in Wales every year. From the chilled-out sounds of folk and country to upbeat jazz and dance, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Of course, we’re certainly not forgetting the annual National Eisteddfod! This famous Welsh festival is a celebration of music, arts, and poetry and has been running since 1176. The venue for the National Eisteddfod changes every year and attracts over 150,000 people. Prefer things a little jazzier? We’ve got plenty of incredible jazz festivals taking place up and down the country, as well as the ever-popular Lost Cove Surf Festival and Gottwood Festival for younger crowds.
If you’re planning on visiting one of Wales’ fantastic festivals, we’ve put together a shortlist of our favourite events…
Location: Pembrokeshire, South West Wales
Genre: Jungle, DnB, House, Disco & more
The Lost Cove Surf Festival showcases some of the best talents in the local live music and DJ scene. Hosted on the sparkling coast of St Davids, it’s the ultimate weekend away for keen surfers – there’s even a surfing competition with big prizes up for grabs! You’ll also get to enjoy a number of interactive workshops, including daily yoga sessions by the beach, DJ classes, and frisbee workshops.
Stay at…Waun Beddau (Ref. 1035634) St Davids, Pembrokeshire
Waun Beddau is a two-bedroom home in Pembrokeshire, just a few minutes drive from St Davids. The coastal bus passes by the cottage every day, giving you easy access to all the nearby landmarks – especially useful if you’ll be heading over to the festival.
Location: Ceredigion, Mid Wales
The Fire in the Mountain Festival in Ceredigion has a real community feel to it. Started by a group of friends who shared a love of folk and bluegrass music, the festival is held on their farm in Aberystwyth each year. Among the many folk music acts, there are also tuition classes for music and square dancing in the main field. Ever wanted to learn how to play a banjo? Well, head on over to the Fire in the Mountain Festival to find out!
Stay at…Beach Retreat (Ref. 1036081) Aberporth, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay
Beach Retreat is a charming one-bedroom cottage in Aberporth. With spectacular sea views and the picturesque Ceredigion Coast Path just minutes away, it’s ideal for a summer holiday.
Location: Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales
Genre: Dance, Hip Hop, Dub, and more
The Landed Festival in Llandrindod Wells has something for all ages from hip hop to spoken word, as well as a great choice of craft workshops for the kids. What we really like about Landed Festival is that there’s a focus on affordable food and drinks – something that is quite rare in some of the larger festivals in the UK! The festival is held on a beautiful Welsh country estate, offering an incredibly scenic backdrop.
Stay at Carnau Bach (Ref. 1061196) Llandegley near Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay
Carnau Bach is a two-bedroom character cottage, less than seven miles from Llandrindod Wells. After a busy day at the Landed Festival, this cosy retreat has all you need to unwind in complete peace and quiet!
Genre: Everything from choir to dance!
The National Eisteddfod is a huge event, bringing together talent from all across the country to celebrate the language and culture in Wales. From Llanrwst to Llanelli, the event is hosted somewhere new every year, making it a different experience every time you visit. It’s not all about the music though – visitors can browse through hundreds of trade stands and stalls selling locally-made crafts and delicious produce.
Stay at…Dolly the Circus Wagon (Ref. 1073267) Brynhoffnant, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay
What a quirky little retreat! Dolly the Circus Wagon has long since retired from her days on the road and has since been transformed into a cosy cabin for two. Despite its size, you’ll find everything you need within the wagon, including an oven and a shower room.
Genre: Dance and more
Westival is an underground music and arts festival, set within the beautiful surroundings of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The vibrant and varied line up offers something for everyone across the three stages; from garage to breakbeat and everything in between, there’s always a seriously impressive variety of acts at Westival. Just five minutes from the beach, it’s the ideal festival for your next summer holiday.
Stay at…Blackrock Boathouse (Ref. 1036102) Dale, Pembrokeshire
Set right on the waterfront of Dale in Pembrokeshire, Blackrock Boathouse is a lovely one-bedroom holiday home close to the popular beach of Marloes. With the Pembrokeshire Coast Path right on your doorstep, you’ll get to enjoy some of the best sights in the region.
There are so many fantastic music festivals in Wales throughout the year. Why not book a stay in one of our delightful cottages in Pembrokeshire and visit one on your next break? Or discover the best events in Pembrokeshire to enjoy during your next visit to West Wales.
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