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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.’

May 2016

2nd May

May Day Bank Holiday

Enjoy the long weekend by the sea.

 28th – 30th May

Fairbourne Centenary of Steam Gala


The Fairbourne Railway is pleased to announce that 2016’s ‘Centenary of Steam Gala’ over the Spring Bank Holiday 28th/29th & 30th May will see the return of iconic 15 inch gauge former residents Count Louis and KatieTo accompany the locos, the railway now has on long term loan from Windmill Farm Railway two original Fairbourne coaches, meaning that truly authentic 15in gauge era trains can be run. The Gala will, as usual, feature an intensive service on its regular running line with all available 12.25 inch gauge locos in use, as well as a many other attractions. Lots more details available on their website.

29th May

Boathouse Rocks

Boathouse Rocks 12 noon onwards at the Lifeboat Station. Bottle tombola and refreshments to be provided. See the Barmouth RNLI website for details.

30th May

Spring Bank Holiday

Enjoy the long weekend by the sea.

June 2016

11th June

Three Peaks Yacht Race

IMG_9338This has to be the most extreme way to complete the three peaks challenge – climbing the highest mountains in Wales, England and Scotland.  Having started in 1977, 2016 will be the 40th race. Teams leave Barmouth on Saturday at high tide and sail to Caernarfon. Two of the team then run up Snowdon , on returning to Caernarfon, the crew sails to Whitehaven.  The runners then leave the boat again for a 40 mile round trip to cycle and run to the top of Scarfell Pike.  A final sailing leg takes the team to Fort William where the runners climb Ben Nevis. The race finishes when they return to Fort William, usually on Tuesday sometime.  The start from Barmouth is preceded by a procession of the yachts from the harbour to the start line off shore with events, stalls and music on the quayside.

See their website for more details.

25th & 26th June

Mawddach Paddlesports Festival

A weekend of boating fun on the estuary and harbour. Come and join in the fun at the Paddlesports festival. There are two days of canoe, kayak and Celtic longboat events in the dramatic setting of the Mawddach estuary and Barmouth harbour.  There will be races in various boats, demonstrations, development sessions as well as trade stands and entertainment on the harbourside.

25th & 26th June

Barmouth Kite Festival

Kites1A colourful and spectacular display of kites and other wonderful
flying creations. On the beach opposite the Lifeboat Station.

For more details, check out their Facebook page

26th June

Model Boat Display

Model Boat Display at the boathouse. Liverpool Model Boat club to provide a static display of boats  + refreshments. See the Barmouth RNLI website for details.

July 2016

1st – 3rd July

Country Music and Line Dancing Festival

A very popular weekend festival of country music and line dancing in Talbot Square. Keep an eye on their webpage for more details.

17th July

RNLI Dog Show

2pm at the boathouse. Classes for large, medium and small dogs. There will even be awards for the dog with the waggiest tail – and for the dog that looks most like its owner!

See the Barmouth RNLI website for details.

August 2016

 14th August

RNLI Fun Day

LifeboatFund raising for the RNLI this annual fun day is a popular event with stalls, tombola,  games, a raffle, a BBQ and a chance to meet the crew and see the lifeboat that saves so many lives around Barmouth.

See the Barmouth RNLI website for details.


September 2016

Weekends in September

Helfa Gelf / Art Trail

North Wales’ biggest Open Studio Event invites you to visit artists at work in their studios. Now in its tenth year, this free annual event is spread right across North Wales with studios taking part in Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham. It is a unique chance for visitors to experience this normally hidden world and get to chat to the artists and crafts people about their creative process.


Every weekend this September, forge your own art trail around the area, calling in on painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry makers, woodworkers, potters, textile workers, glass makers, basket weavers, printers, each one with a highly individual skill.

Take this great opportunity to hunt down those undiscovered art treasures and see how they’re made – whether you are just curious about what artists and craftspeople do in their studios, or want to start your own collection of interesting artworks bought direct from the makers.

Details of artists participating and opening hours can be found on their website.

10th September

Heart of Wales Vintage Lorry Rally

Dozens of colourful, wonderfully kept, classic lorries and vintage commercial vehicles will arrive in convoy in Barmouth as part of their 240 mile run. They park in the main car park from 1pm.

 16th & 17th September

Llanbedr Beer Festival

This weekend of real ale (including local brews), live music and splendid Welsh hospitality is always popular. It all takes place in the picturesque village of Llanbedr on the banks of the Artro river, approximately seven miles north of Barmouth. Details on their website.

 17th – 26th September

Barmouth Walking Festival

Walking FestivalFor ten days in September over 150 people gather in Barmouth to participate in an extensive programme of walks, led by knowledgeable, local guides and ranging from  short half day rambles to full day, high level hikes intended for experienced walkers. The festival programme includes over 35 graded walks, providing the opportunity to try little known routes as well as some of the most popular walks in the area. The festival also includes three evening events with food for you to meet and socialise with other walkers.

Details will be on their webpage nearer the time.

October 2016

15th October – new date, the date has changed since the guide was printed.

23rd Barnardos 20 Mile Sponsored Walk

This year the walk is a circuit of the lower Diffwys Ridge.

We are hoping that you will join us on this year’s 150th Anniversary sponsored walk and to remind you to get into training, service your walking boots, check your waterproofs, make a note of the date and to encourage friends and colleagues to accompany you to help raise funds for Barnardo’s Cymru.
To register for the walk please register online.

If you’re fundraising using a sponsorship form, you can get one here, or if you prefer you can use our Just Giving page.

Any questions please contact: Lark Davies 3 Midland Flats, Church Street, Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL42 1EG Tel: 07774 074 110

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15th & 16th October (Provisional Dates – please check before booking accommodation).

 Barmouth Motocross Weekend

motoxredMotorcycles and quad bikes race on a specially prepared circuit on Barmouth’s extensive sands. The action can be viewed from the safety of the promenade. Contact Tom Arnold 07759 891 209



November 2016

5th November (Depending on the weather, please check on Facebook)

Bonfire Night

Barmouth’s Bonfire and Firework Display takes place on the beach by the Bath House, usually on the Saturday nearest 5th November, but is weather dependant!  Please check back here nearer the date for confirmation.

December 2016

8th December

Late Night Shopping and Christmas Lights

The town’s festive late night shopping event and turning on of the Christmas lights is an opportunity to enjoy some early festive cheer and stock up on Christmas presents from Barmouth’s many independent shops.

 December weekend TBC

Fairbourne Railway Santa Specials

Fairbourne Miniature railway has “Santa Specials” running in December.  Booking is essential for this atmospheric train ride and lovely gift from Santa. See the webpage for details.


Mainly Spring, Summer & Early Autumn

Gardens Open for Charity

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.

All Year Round

RNLI Events

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.

Events at the Dragon Theatre

dragon-theatreMake sure you check the Dragon Theatre website or Facebook page for events taking place during your visit. or call 01341 281 697.



Magic Lantern – Tywyn

Tywyn Cinema now has an advanced digital projection system 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.

Coed y Brenin Events

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.


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