Plan Your Stay on Cardigan Bay

Festivals and Events Cardigan Bay

Festivals and events and venues on Cardigan Bay
For events and festivals later in the year check out the Events Calendar then you can be sure to plan your stay on Cardigan Bay and really enjoy the flavour of this fantastic area of west Wales.
Each Cardigan Bay Venue has it's own listing so choose the venue and then follow the links to see what's on in the local cinemas, theatres, arts centres and galleries.

Exhibitions, festivals and events for April and May 2019

April 2019

Mandala Painting

Saturday 6th April 2019 Location: Felinganol Woodland Studio

Explore the art of mandala painting and sacred geometry, in the beautiful woodland studio and grounds of Felinganol retreat centre near Cardigan. This nourishing day retreat offers time for orientation and contemplation. Drawing with the ancient tools of compass, straight edge and pencil, then painting your design in watercolour. Inspired by the abundant wild wisdom of nature, exploring the patterning of the Flower of Life, Triangles, Hexagons and Celtic Triskele. Beginners welcome - suitable for adults and Children over 14. Booking essential

Helen Elliott – Exhibition

Helen Elliott Artist Monday 8th April 2019 - Saturday 20th April Location: Corn Exchange Gallery

Exhibition of work by popular local artist in the centre of Cardigan.

Journey of the Albion

Albion bi-centenary journey Saturday 13th April 2019 - Monday 22nd April Location: Cardigan & Around

Celebrating the bi-centenary of the first emigration from the Teifi valley to Canada in 1819. Cardigan Town will be going maritime over Easter. Starting with an opening ceremony on Prince Charles Quay on 13th April, events will run over ten days and include exhibitions, talks, town tours, singing, demonstrations of coracle fishing and more.

Jo Jo's Guitars Charity Gig Night

Charity Gig Night Saturday 13th April 2019 - Sunday 14th April Location: St Dogmaels Memorial Hall

We have decided to have our own charity gig night, sponsored by Jo Jo's Guitars at St Dogmaels Memorial Hall. Poster below. Lots of fantastic bands on the night and a great comedian to compare the event. There will be a free raffle, including a free guitar from Jo Jo's guitars for one lucky person, guitar lesson, CD's, a free breakfast from the Cellar Bar in Cardigan and more. Hot food on the night (£5 per plate), meat or vegetable chilli and a very reasonable bar for all your drinks. Tickets can be purchased from Jo Jo's guitars, Parc House, Parc Teifi Business Parc, Cardigan. SA43 1EW telephone number: 01239 622152. Tickets will also be available from St Dogmaels Village post office and for sale on the night. All proceeds from the night will go to our 2 chosen charities Breast Cancer Care and Diabetes UK. It should be a fantastic night!

Celebrate Spring with Easter Crafts and Easter Bunny Trail

Wednesday 17th April 2019 - Wednesday 24th April Location: Strata Florida Abbey

Starting Wednesday afternoon and then again over the Easter weekend and finishing on the following Wednesday, we have six fabulous days of crafts: card making, masks, windmills, sheep magnets, painting egg cups and much, much more! Also try and find all the clues on the Easter Bunny Trail and win a prize! Come and spend some time at the wonderful treasure.

The Thrill of Love

The Thrill of Love Wednesday 17th April 2019 - Saturday 20th April Location: Cawdor Hall

The Attic Players present 'The Thrill of Love' by Amanda Whittington. This is the true story of Ruth Ellis and her tragic descent into despair, culminating in the shooting of her lover David Blakely in April 1955. Ruth Ellis was found guilty of murder, and was hanged on July 13th 1955, the last woman to be executed in Britain. The cast and crew have studied a huge amount of information about the case, alongside the script, which is particularly stylised and departs from convention, and have worked hard to give our audience an authentic perspective of the period as well as the facts. We hope that our production will encourage some thoughtful insight into what was a tragedy at the time, and still causes debate today. (doors open at 7) PLEASE NOTE: This production contains adult themes and short moments of flashing lights.

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt & Crafts Friday 19th April 2019 - Sunday 21st April Location: The Welsh Wildlife Centre

From Good Friday, 19 April until Easter Sunday 21 April 2019, have a go at our amazing Easter egg hunt! Search for eggs hidden around the reserve and solve clues and an anagram to win a prize! The hunt takes place across all 3 days, from 10:30am until 4pm and is £2.50 per entry. Booking is not required. Suitable for ages 3+

Easter Egg Hunt Cilgerran Castle

Easter Egg Hunt Friday 19th April 2019 - Monday 22nd April Location: Cilgerran Castle

Hop along to Cilgerran Castle this Easter and participate in the Easter Egg Hunt in association with the National Trust Come and eggsplore Cilgerran Castle and complete our Easter trail to claim you Cadbury's Easter Egg. £2.00 per trail.

Lampeter Stallion Show

lampeter stallion show Saturday 20th April 2019 Location: Llanllyr

58th Annual Show A Welsh Pony and Cob Society Silver Medal and rosette will be awarded to the overall Champion in each Section. Visit the website for the 2019 schedule.

Awakening - National Dance Company Wales

Wednesday 24th April 2019 Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

National Dance Company Wales presents AWAKENING Three Unique dances to amuse and amaze. Choreography by: Fernando Melo, Caroline Finn and Marcos Morau. AFTERIMAGE A journey of fleeting images; of appearance and disappearance. Mirrors are used on stage to form a unique theatrical experience where the past and the present collide with a poetic & creative style of dance. REVELLERS’ MASS Delve into a world of ritual as an unlikely group gathers for a dinner party, where etiquette is put to the test. Curious choreography and characters are inspired by historical paintings. TUNDRA Tundra tears pages from the Russian history books on folk dance, mass parades and revolution, revitalising old ideas with renewed meaning. It’s as mesmerizingly beautiful as it is robotically precise.

Barley Saturday Cardigan 2019

Barley Saturday Cardigan Saturday 27th April 2019 Location: Cardigan & Around

Barley Saturday has since the 19th Century, been held on the last Saturday in April - it is an unique event in Cardigan. Barley Saturday saw farmers from surrounding area come to town to hire workers and to inspect stallions that are put out to stud. These days the horses are the centre of attention. After the 11.30am, judging of various horse competitions, the crowds gather to watch the horses do their parade around the Cardigan at approximately 2pm. The horses are followed by of vintage cars, motorbikes, tractors, carriages, milk floats and gypsy wagons. This year why not celebrate Barley Saturday into the night with music and dance

Dawns Barlys - Barley Saturday Party

Barley Saturday Party Saturday 27th April 2019 Location: Pizza Tipi

Celebrate Barley Saturday

There's live music, fabulous pizza and a wide range of local beverages to fuel the good/bad dancing! Its the official unofficial Barley Party - grab your partner, your grooving shoes and we will see you on the dance floor! There will be an eclectic range of local bands and DJ's, we're just finalising the line up and then it will be released along with the tickets. Music from 5pm on-wards Tickets released: Early April - watch this space Don't miss Barley Saturday Parade

May 2019

Sam Sweeney Tours 'The Unfinished Violin' Album

Wednesday 1st May 2019 Location: Theatr Mwldan

Sam Sweeney - The Unfinished Violin, Violin music inspired by a truly incredible story…as seen on BBC Breakfast & Antiques Roadshow. Inspired by his violin, carved but never finished by Richard Howard in 1915, Sam Sweeney has created a live show and album of instrumental music inspired by the Great War Sam Sweeney signed with Island Records to release his first solo album, The Unfinished Violin last November, an expansion and development of his acclaimed live show, Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle: Made In The Great War, which toured to great acclaim from 2014 to 2017. The show centred on a fiddle the 19-year-old Sweeney came across in violin maker Roger Claridge’s shop in Oxford, made but not assembled by one Richard S Howard of Harehills, Leeds, in 1915. Claridge had come by it at auction, in pieces, in an old manilla envelope, and put it together and put it on sale. It’s the instrument Sweeney has used for numerous albums and countless gigs, and in time he set about digging into its history, and uncovered the fateful tale of Richard Howard, a music hall performer called up in 1916 to the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment to fight and lose his life in the Battle of Messines on 7th June 1917. Following Sam’s appearance on Radio Four, to talk about Made In The Great War. Island Records subsequently invited Sam to create an album of the kind of music Richard Howard’s violin would have played had it been assembled at the time of its making.

“I said, give me a few days to think about it, because I really didn’t want to create a jingoistic, patriotic album,”
he says, “
but after some research, it was very clear that there would be loads of great tunes, and great stories.”
He is very much looking forward to sharing these on the tour.

Aberystwyth Cycle Festival 2018

Aberystwyth Cycle Festival Saturday 18th May 2019 - Monday 27th May Location: Aberystwyth

A celebration of cycling in Mid Wales, including 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. Aberystwyth Cycle Festival also includes fringe events all week and of course brings you the thrills of town centre cycle races all afternoon and evening on the 26th May. With some of Britain’s top cyclists making a rare appearance in Mid Wales, festival visitors can watch all the on & off road action and also experience the beautiful and undiscovered lanes of Ceredigion on their own bikes.

Fishguard Folk Festival 2019

Fishguard Folk Festival Friday 24th May 2019 - Monday 27th May Location: Fishguard - Various Venues

Fishguard's 20th Folk Festival. Concerts, Ceilidhs (Irish equivalent of the English Barn Dance or Welsh Twmpath), Workshops, Singarounds

The festival takes place in a wide range of venues from the town square to the Yacht Club in Fishguard old town.

Full 2019 Programme Here

Featuring this year are; Jim Moray, The Melrose Quartet, The Trials Of Cato, Andy Cutting, Miranda Sykes, Alaw, Hannah James, plus many more. There will be 4 fee-paying concerts at Theatr Gwaun, but the rest of the festival is FREE, with about 30 concert, dances, workshops and sessions.

You can also see what's on futher ahead on the events calendar