Barmouth has many annual events and festivals, the main ones are listed here but other events are organised during the year – check our Facebook page for information about What’s On during your visit. Always confirm dates/times before making travel arrangements – see individual event websites or contact the Tourist Information Centre for details.’
Events at the Dragon Theatre
Make sure you check the Dragon Theatre website or Facebook page for events taking place during your visit, including quality Jazz & Blues gigs on the 4th Friday of every month.
www.dragontheatre.co.uk or call 01341 281 697.
Fairbourne Miniature Railway ‘Little to Large’ Gala!
Sunday & Monday 25th & 26th May
All available locos in service. Passenger rides on the 15” guage line. Live steam models in various sizes. 71/4” & 5” miniature railways. Craft stalls & family attractions.
Barmouth Kite Festival
Saturday & Sunday 12th & 13th July
A colourful display of kites and other wonderful creations in all shapes & sizes – flying from 10-5 each day on the beach opposite the Lifeboat Station.
Mawddach Paddlesports Festival
Saturday & Sunday 31st May & 1st June
Two days of Canoe, Kayak and Celtic Longboat Events & Challenges for all the family. All taking place in the dramatic setting of Barmouth Harbour and Mawddach Estuary. Includes: Quayside Demonstrations, Kayak Events, Open Canoe Raft Races, Supervised Paddle & Paddler Development Sessions, Trade Stands and Saturday Evening BBQ Party – plenty of fun things to do and see for all ages.
Three Peaks Yacht Race
Starts from Barmouth, Saturday 7th June
Race start is preceded by a procession of the yachts from the harbour (3.30pm) to the start line off shore, with many events, stalls & music on the quayside to entertain onlookers. The race proceeds to Caernarfon where two crew members race to the summit of Snowdon, then on to Whitehaven for the ascent of Scafell Pike , finally Fort William & Ben Nevis.
Country Music and Line Dancing Festival
Saturday & Sunday 5th & 6th July
Very popular, two day festival of Country Music and line dancing in Talbot Square.
Gardens Open for Charity
Mainly Spring, Summer & Early Autumn
The National Gardens Scheme organises open garden events at beautiful and interesting gardens around the Barmouth area. Visit their website and select Gwynedd Gardens for an events calendar.
Various dates throughout the year.
Barmouth RNLI hold fundraisers, special events and open days, everything from New Year Dips to Dog Shows & Boathouse Rocks live music events. You can also watch regular training exercises taking place.
Magic Lantern – Tywyn
Tywyn Cinema now has an advanced digital projection sytem for 3D films & streaming. Also plenty of live music and other arts events take place. Check train and screen times or drive the coast road round to Tywyn.
Barmouth Arts Festival
There will be no Arts Festival in 2014. Watch this space for news for 2015
Heart of Wales Vintage Lorry Rally
Saturday 13th September
Dozens of colourful, wonderfully kept, classic lorries and vintage commercial vehicles arrive in convoy in Barmouth as part of their 240 mile run. They park up on the main car park, 1-3pm.
Barmouth Walking Festival
Saturday 13th – Monday 22nd September
Participants return year after year to enjoy up to ten days of guided walks around the Mawddach Estuary and Southern Snowdonia. In September 2013 walkers
completed almost 450 walks during the course of the festival. A social get- together and other local events provide evening entertainment. The Barmouth Walking Festival programme of over 30 graded walks, provides an excellent opportunity to try both little known routes and some of the most popular in the area. There are walks for all abilities, led by knowledgeable local guides, ranging from short two hour rambles, to full day, high level hikes, all taking place in some of the finest walking countryside in Wales.
Coed y Brenin Events
Throughout the year
Coed y Brenin Forest Centre near Ganllwyd holds regular events for children and all ages at their award-winning visitor centre in the heart of the forest Also nature trails and mountain biking. Search for Coed y Brenin Events online.
Llanbedr Beer Festival
Friday 19th & Saturday 20th September
Always popular, this is a weekend of real ale (including local brews), real live music and really splendid Welsh hospitality, all taking place in the picturesque village of Llanbedr on the banks of the Artro River, approximately seven miles north of Barmouth.
Barnardos 20 Mile Sponsored Walk
Saturday 11th October
￼￼A well supported annual event raising thousands of pounds for Barnardos and making a very worthwhile opportunity to enjoy walking in Southern Snowdonia.
Contact Lark & Peter Davies 01341 280 971
Barmouth Motocross Weekend
Saturday & Sunday 1st & 2nd November
Motorcycles and quad bikes race on a specially prepared circuit on Barmouth’s extensive sands. The thrills and spills can be viewed from the safety of the promenade.
Contact Tom Arnold on 07759 891 209
November and December Events
Barmouth’s Bonfire and Firework Display takes place on the beach by the Bath House on Saturday 8th November, starting at 6.30pm.
The town’s Festive Late Night Shopping Event usually takes place on the first Thursday in December. Fairbourne Miniature Railway also has Santa Specials running on Saturday & Sunday 20th & 21st December. Booking is essential for this atmospheric train ride & lovely gift from Santa.