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North Wales Mini Festivals

Published on 20 May 2016 by Gwion Llwyd

Though out the summer, North Wales plays host to a number of big music festivals. There are however, some smaller, lesser known ones that are just as much fun and definitely worth a visit. Here are some North Wales Mini Festivals that you might not have heard about taking place over the summer:


ROCK ARDUDWY: 10 – 11th June

This is the second year that Rock Ardudwy is happening and this time is taking place over 2 days. Starting on the Friday, the entertainment takes place in Harlech Castle itself with a folk inspired evening along with a couple of key local talents. Saturday sees the event move to downtown Harlech by the leisure centre and from 2pm-12pm, there will be local bands, food and drink stalls as well as entertainment for the children.



This week long festival is set throughout the beautiful seaside town of Criccieth; home to Lloyd George. The entertainment on offer is diverse and different from your normal festival line-up including a food slam on the esplanade, a mix of musical entertainment in the memorial hall including a brass extravaganza and opera. There is poetry, arts and crafts, theatre performances, a flower festival and talks on a range of interesting topics including one from Jan Morris.



In its 28th year, the North Wales Bluegrass festival is set in Conwy. Focused on country music, this weekend event will have you up doing the do-si-do in no time. With artists from all over the country and some international representatives, this will be country blues at its best. The festival is set on one site in Bodlondeb Park in Conwy itself and if country blues isn’t your thing, I think this would be worth going to for the experience!


YMUNO FESTIVAL: 1 – 4th July

The Ymuno (which mean join in welsh) Festival is one of the larger festivals on our list and is described as a weekend of amazing music, beautiful arts and inspiring poetry, nestled in the sea-side hills of North Wales. As well as having an ethos of not having over priced drinks and food, it is fast becoming a popular family festival destination. Alongside the music, there are circus, photography and pottery workshops, bread making and one of the best things… a star gazing workshop!


SESIWN FAWR: 15 – 17th July

Held in the market town of Dolgellau, Sesiwn Fawr is a folk festival for the family. With a back drop of Cadir Idris, it is a truly wonderful sight to see. The event takes places throughout the town and they say that if you play an instrument, bring it along; you can really get involved. Lots of local talent who have been spotted by those who know and so a great chance to see them before they reach the big time!


Photo Credit: Ymuno Festival

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