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.’
4th June – 30th September
Fragments of Barmouth – Bernard Barnes
St John’s Hall Gallery: The Fragments of Barmouth Exhibition of Paintings by Bernard Barnes will be open 11am to 4:30pm every day (except Mondays when closed), from Saturday 4th June to Friday 30th September 2016. Most of the paintings in this exhibition are recent, painted over the winter while the gallery was closed for restoration work.
4th August – 31st August
A Celebration of the Meirionnydd Landscape
St John’s Hall Gallery: Paintings by Clyde Homes and Bernard Barnes inspired by the Meirionnydd landscape, and screening of ‘Meirionnydd, a very special place’ by Greengage Films. The exhibition will be open every day from 4th to 31st August, 11am to 4:30pm except Mondays when the gallery is closed.
RNLI Fun Day
Fund 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.
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.
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
For 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.
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.
Any questions please contact: Lark Davies 3 Midland Flats, Church Street, Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL42 1EG Tel: 07774 074 110
15th & 16th October (Provisional Dates – please check before booking accommodation).
Motorcycles 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
5th November (Depending on the weather, please check on Facebook)
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.
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
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
Make sure you check the Dragon Theatre website or Facebook page for events taking place during your visit.
www.dragontheatre.co.uk 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.
St John’s Hall Gallery Events
St John’s Hall Gallery on St John’s Hill has a full program of arts events throughout the year. There are various exhibitions, private viewing events, a Monday open music session with a folk bias and evening talks. To find out more information, please visit their website.