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.’
With two bank holiday weekends, Barmouth starts to get really busy in May so book early. Special events to look out for include:
Sunday 24th & Monday 25th May
Fairbourne Miniature Railway “Little to Large” gala
All available locos will be in service. Passenger rides on the 15” gauge line. Live steam models in various sizes. 7¼” & 5” miniature railways. Craft stalls & family attractions.
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th June
Mawddach Paddlesports Festival
Two days of canoe, kayak and Celtic longboat events in the dramatic setting of Barmouth harbour and the Mawddach estuary. Challenges for all the family!
Events include: quayside demonstrations, kayak events, open canoe raft races, supervised paddle & paddler development sessions, trade stands and on Saturday evening a BBQ party – plenty of fun things to do and see for all ages. For details see: www.paddlewales.com.
Barmouth Kite Festival
At the same time as the Paddlesports Festival, the Kite Festival will be on the beach with a colourful display of kits and other wonderful creations in all shapes and sizes.
Saturday 27th June
Three Peaks Yacht Race
The race start is preceded by a procession of the yachts from the harbour 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 to Fort William & Ben Nevis.
Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th July
Country Music and Line dancing Festival
Very popular, two day festival of Country Music and line dancing in Talbot Square.
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th July
Barmouth Kite Festival
The Kite Festival will again be on the beach with a colourful display of kits and other wonderful creations in all shapes and sizes. Flying from 10am – 5pm each day on the beach opposite the Lifeboat Station.
Barmouth’s busiest time, come and enjoy the extensive award winning beach, trampolines, donkey rides, fun fair, Bendi-gedig the indoor play area, over 60 independent shops, and the many cafés, restaurants and pubs.
Saturday 12th September
Heart of Wales Vintage Lorry Rally
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.
Saturday 12th to Monday 21st September
Barmouth Walking Festival
Participants return year after year to enjoy ten days of guided walks around the Mawddach Estuary and Southern Snowdonia. Last year 147 walkers completed more than 450 walks during the festival.
The Barmouth Walking Festival programme of over 35 graded walks, provides an excellent opportunity to try little known routes and some of the most popular walks 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.
Weekends in September
Helfa Gelf / Art Trail
North Wales’ biggest Open Studio Event, invites you to visit artists at work in their studios this September. 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.
Friday 18th & Saturday 19th 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
Saturday 3rd October
Barnardos 20 Mile Sponsored Walk
￼￼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
Saturday 31st October & Sunday 1st November (TBC)
Barmouth Motocross weekend
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
Barmouth’s Bonfire and Firework Display takes place on the beach by the Bath House, usually on the Saturday nearest 5th November, depending on the weather. Please check back here nearer the date for confirmation.
The town’s festive late night shopping event and turning on of the Christmas lights usually takes place on the first Thursday in December.
Fairbourne Miniature Railway also has “Santa Specials” running in December. Booking is essential for this atmospheric train ride & 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.