Machynlleth Comedy Festival

03 – 05 May. The Machynlleth Comedy Festival has quickly gained a reputation as a hidden gem, this year featuring as-seen-on-TV comedy acts such as Stewart Lee. Other acts in the line-up include Nish Kumar, Josh Widdicombe, WiFi Wars and a whole host of other things to keep you amused all weekend. The town is known for its quirky venues, which helps to make it popular with both the acts and audience alike.

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Wales Coast Path Walking Festival 2019

04 - 19 May. The Wales Coast Path Walking Festival supported by Ramblers Cymru celebrates seven years since the launch of the Wales Coast Path. There will be coastal walks on offer for all ages to suit all levels of fitness, in north, west and south Wales.

There will be multiple  walks at these locations on the following dates:

  • 4 May - the Great Orme, Llandudno
  • 5, 7, 10 May - Ynys Mon / Anglesey
  • 6 May - Porthmadog, Gwynedd 
  • 11 May - Cwmtydu, Ceredigion 
  • 12 May - Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire 
  • 18 May - Burry Port, Carmarthenshire 
  • 19 May - Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan

Find out more about the Wales Coast Path Walking Festival.

Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza

04 – 06 May. Llandudno will be packed full of Steam Engines and Victorian Musical Organs, Vintage Cars and Costumes, Curiosities & Sideshows, and people dressed as they were back in the Victorian days. 

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Llangollen Walking Festival

04 – 06 May. Offering short, medium and long walks with professional guides who'll share local history, heritage and folk tales in spectacular landscapes.

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Caerphilly Food Festival

11 May. Caerphilly Food Festival is set to delight visitors when it returns to Caerphilly town on Saturday 11th May. Thousands are expected to descend on Caerphilly town centre as it plays host to over 100 stall holders who will tempt visitor’s taste buds with delicious aromas, sizzling sounds and mouth-watering produce. The streets will be transformed into a marketplace between 9am and 5pm bursting with culinary delights complimented by craft and activity stalls and the ever popular Farmers’ Market. The much loved cheese market will return, located outside The Visitor Centre, offering a fantastic selection of cheeses to taste and purchase from a number of producers.

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Dylan Day

14 May. To build upon the legacy of the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival,  Dylan Day was created. A new annual day of celebration in the name of Wales’ most famous literary son. It marks the date Under Milk Wood was first read on stage at The Poetry Centre in New York in 1953. There will be performances, online happenings, walking tours and much, much more happening around Wales.

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Focus Wales

16 – 18 May. Three days of music showcasing 200+ bands using 20 stages. There's no place like Wrexham during FOCUS week. 

Find out more about FOCUS Wales

Welsh Highland Railway's Rail Ale

17 – 19 May. The Welsh Highland Railway Society’s Real Ale Festival, Rail Ale, will comprise an eclectic mix of a fine selection of real ales and ciders, combined with a variety of music, fine food and of course steam hauled trains. 

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Slateman Triathlon, Llanberis

18– 19 May. A swim surrounded with mountains, a bike course in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and a run through an awesome slate quarry. There are three race options delivered over two days; the Slateman Sprint and Mini Sprint and the Slateman Full. The Slateman Savage also returns for those who are tough enough to tackle the whole Slateman weekend by completing the Sprint AND the Full. The race venue is the village of Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon which will also include the Anglesey Sandman Tri and Snowman Winter Tri.

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Bro'r chwareli, Dinorwig, Gwynedd
Dinorwic Quarry, North Wales

Royal Welsh Spring Festival, Builth Wells

18 - 19 May. A celebration of smallholding and rural life. The two-day festival, with its action-packed programme of entertainment, have-a-go educational activities, talks, workshops, displays and performances, offers the perfect family day out.

With over 1,300 livestock and horses on display, hundreds of tradestands, the only Premier Open Dog Show held in Wales. 

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Aberystwyth Cycle Festival

18 - 27 May. Some of Britain’s top cyclists making a rare appearance in Mid Wales. Includes town centre criterium racing, downhill mountain biking and a mass participation ride - the Continental Welsh Wild West Sportive, covering all the best roads in Ceredigion. The flagship event is the televised 'Tour Series' professional race to the famous promenade. Festival visitors can watch the all the on and off road action and also experience the beautiful and undiscovered lanes of Ceredigion on their own bikes.

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Snowdonia Half Marathon, Llanrwst

19 May. A scenic but tough half marathon, set in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, starting and finishing in the village of Llanrwst which played host to the World Trail Running Championships in 2013. The park is a region of haunting beauty and grandeur, of wild rocky mountains, hidden valleys, cascading rivers, still glacial lakes and deep forests.

Find out more about Snowdonia Half Marathon

Photo taken on a bright day looking down from Snowdon at mountains and lakes

Hay Festival

 23 May – 02 June. The world's leading arts and literature event, Hay Festival is situated on the edge of the picturesque Brecon Beacons National Park in "the town of books" Hay on Wye. Over 600 of the world’s greatest writers, performers, global policy makers, pioneers and innovators appear in 800 events across 11 days, while the HAYDAYS and #HAYYA programmes give young people the opportunity to meet their heroes and get creative.

Image of children climbing a sign at Hay Festival
Hay Festival

The Big Retreat Wales, Pembrokeshire

24-27 May. Head to Lawrenny in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park for a long weekend of relaxing and re-energising. The Big Retreat is a feel-good festival, in every sense of the word. With an impressive line-up of more than 200 events including wellbeing classes, workshops, cookery demonstrations, spoken word, bushcraft, music and even rum and gin, everybody has a chance to discover a new hobby, rediscover an old one or simply discover the beauty of Lawrenny itself.

A group of ladies in yoga positions in a field.
The Big Retreat Wales, Pembrokeshire

Stone Skimming Championships, Llanwrtyd Wells

26 May. Why not have a go and see how far you can bounce your stone across the water. The official world record is 88 skips. Beat that. 

Find out more about the Welsh Open Stoneskimming Championships

HowTheLightGetsIn Festival, Hay

24 - 27 May. On the banks of the idyllic River Wye, you'll find the festival where the world's leading thinkers come together to debate the most cutting edge ideas of our time. HowTheLightGetsIn, the world's largest philosophy and music festival, returns to Hay for the Bank Holiday weekend of May 2019. 

Confirmed speakers and performers include Terry Eagleton, Anna Soubry, Zero 7, Anna Calvi, and British Sea Power. All of this alongside an electrifying programme of music, comedy, culture and performance.

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Urdd National Eisteddfod

27 May – 01 June. This year’s Urdd National Eisteddfod will take place in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. The Urdd National Eisteddfod is one of Europe’s largest youth touring festivals that attracts around 100,000 visitors each year. Over 15,000 children and young people will be competing during the Eisteddfod week in various competitions such as singing, dancing and performing. There is plenty of attractions for the whole family at the Eisteddfod from enjoying the competitions, to visiting the various stalls and exhibitors on site.

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