UK Folk Festivals - Wales

Folk Music Festivals in Wales

Welsh festivals are lively, and justifably famous for their singing. There aren't as many festivals in Wales as we'd like, but they are all great music festivals.

The list has been updated for 2018, and we will update it regularly. Remember, we can't check every ticket price, unfortunately, as some are not listed until closer to the event, so we advise you to check the prices yourself.

Click on a festival name and it expands to reveal the full details (like the first one).

Taking place in January

Gower Wassail - 13th Jan 2018 - Gower, Swansea, SA3 2EH, West Glamorgan

Not quite a folk festival, but includes traditional music.

Revive this ancient tradition with the Mari Lwyd, Food, Music, Noise, Dance, Cider, Apples and plenty of laughter! Gower Wassail Festival will be a Gastronomic Wassail Festival event.

Wassailing is an ancient Welsh tradition to promote a good apple harvest the following autumn. The Coppertown Mari Lwyd is also brought into the celebrations (welsh grey mare) there will also be a Torch Lit Parade with the Gower Old Horse!

Location: Gower, Swansea, SA3 2EH
Date: Saturday 13th January 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info:
Website: www.gowerheritagecentre.co.uk/whatson.htm
County: West Glamorgan
Country: Wales


Taking place in March

Folk on the Farm - Easter Warm Up - 30th Mar 2018 - Tyddyn Mon Farm, LL70 9PQ, Isle of Angelsey

This year for the first time we will be holding an Easter Warm up festival from the 30th and 31st of March 2018 at Tyddyn Mon farm.

Location: Tyddyn Mon Farm, LL70 9PQ
Date: Friday 30th March 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £20
Contact for info: 07903 187801
Website: www.folkonthefarmfestival.com/Easter-Festival
County: Isle of Angelsey
Country: Wales


Taking place in April

Wales International Harp Festival - 1st Apr 2018 - Caernarfon, Gwynedd

The Wales Harp Festival offers an excellent opportunity to learn, participate and enjoy Harp music in one of the most beautiful regions of the UK where nature and historic architecture provide the best experiences for any tourist. Why not combine this opportunity to visit the harp festival with exploring our region?

There will be concerts, competitions, master-classes, lectures, fun classes for absolute beginners, harp exhibitions and much more.

Not a folk festival in the traditional sense, but as usual we like to include something a bit different.

Location: Caernarfon
Date: Sunday 1st April 2018 for 7 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Individual event tickets
Contact for info: office@walesharpfestival.co.uk
Website: walesharpfestival.co.uk/
County: Gwynedd
Country: Wales


Taking place in May

Tredegar House Folk Festival - 11th May 2018 - Tredegar House, Newport, NP10 8YW, Gwent

Set up originally as a showcase for traditional dance styles being learned and performed in the South East Wales area, the festival celebrates this traditional craft - as well as traditional music and song - with an emphasis on learning and extending skills.
The festival is now in its 29th year.

Location: Tredegar House, Newport, NP10 8YW
Date: Friday 11th May 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £30
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info: susieoates@bushell100.fsnet.co.uk
Website: www.tredegarhousefestival.org.uk/
County: Gwent
Country: Wales


The Big Acoustic Walk - 12th May 2018 - Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig, Conwy

A small group go walking and then make music. Not realy a festival but wil suit some people.

A fantastic walking weekend with a musical difference. Two days of guided walks, good food and excellent company plus an open mic acoustic music night. Bring along your Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele or if you're not a performer just your best listening ears and enjoy a relaxed weekend of walking and foot tapping entertainment. Places include 2 days guided walks, an acoustic music evening, accommodation and meals.
Takes place in May and in November (see their availability tab).

Location: Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig
Date: Saturday 12th May 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £141
Contact for info: info@pyb.co.uk
Website: www.pyb.co.uk/courses-detail.php?coursecode=WEB60
County: Conwy
Country: Wales


Devauden Festival - 18th May 2018 - Devauden, Monmouthshire

A mixed festival, at previous events there was a strong bias for folk music on the Friday. so take a look closer to the date to see if this happens this year.

Workshops, Battle of the Bands, local brews, family entertainment.

Location: Devauden
Date: Friday 18th May 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: devaudenmusicfest@gmail.com
Website: www.devaudenfestival.com/
County: Monmouthshire
Country: Wales


Fishguard Folk Festival - 25th May 2018 - Fishguard, Pembrokeshire

Fishguard's 19th Folk Festival brings together its unique mix of local talent and well-known performers to provide four days of songs, tunes and dance. Most events are still free, and whether you want to play, sing, dance or just watch and listen, there is always a choice of things to do in throughout this fun-packed friendly festival. Add in the beauty of the location on the world famous Pembrokeshire coast and you have the perfect weekend.

Location: Fishguard
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's mostly FREE, 4 ticketed events.
Contact for info: judy.whitehouse@gmail.com
Website: www.fishguard-folk-music.co.uk/o.uk/Festival.htm
County: Pembrokeshire
Country: Wales


HowtheLightgetsIn Festival - 25th May 2018 - Hay on Wye, HR3 5BG, Herefordshire

A unique festival of ideas and music. Speakers will include Noam Chomsky, Anna Soubry, David Nutt, Diane Abbott, Lawrence Krauss, Rowan Williams, and many more. Not to be missed!


Tier 2 tickets are on sale now, at £134.


This includes over 400 events, 150 debates and talks, 150 bands and 500 artists. We know you don't need another reason to go, but you'll get bonus access to our Thursday night Trailblazer party, too.

Location: Hay on Wye, HR3 5BG
Date: Friday 25th May 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £134
Contact for info: (0)20 7837 3000
Website: hay.htlgi.iai.tv
County: Herefordshire
Country: Wales


Taking place in June

Fire in the Mountain - 1st Jun 2018 - nr Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

Spurred on by their love of folk music and outdoor activity, and seeing potential in a farm not used to it's full potential, 20 - 30 vounteers came together on the farm to begin the journey of a big tidy up and clear out.

Through the efforts of countless volunteers and 5 festivals, we can safely say that our aims to renovate and maintain the farm have been a success. There is still work to be done, and still ideas to be brought to fruitition. It's an annual small gathering of the finest folk musicians in the world.

Location: nr Aberystwyth
Date: Friday 1st June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £125
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@fireinthemountain.co.uk
Website: fireinthemountain.co.uk
County: Ceredigion
Country: Wales


Gower Folk Festival - 8th Jun 2018 - Weobley Castle, Llanrhidian, SA3 1HB, Gower

Fabulous music every June on the stunning Gower peninsula. At a new location this year.

Tickets limited usually to 350 - 400, so get your soon.

Look at their fabulous new location!

Location: Weobley Castle, Llanrhidian, SA3 1HB
Date: Friday 8th June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: joy@gowerfolkfestival.co.uk
Website: http://www.gowerfolkfestival.co.uk/
County: Gower
Country: Wales


Unearthed In a Field - 29th Jun 2018 - Solva, Haverfordwest, SA62 6YE, Pembrokeshire

A 3 day festival for our global community with the stated objective as the expansion of consciousness from the material to the ethereal.

Mixed genre, with a fair bit of acoustic and folk music. Check the line up to see if it suits you.

Location: Solva, Haverfordwest, SA62 6YE
Date: Friday 29th June 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £85
Contact for info:
Website: unearthedfestival.co.uk
County: Pembrokeshire
Country: Wales


Taking place in July

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod - 3rd Jul 2018 - Llangollen, Denbighshire

Each year since 1947, over 4,000 performers from across the globe head to the beautiful little Welsh town to take part in a unique event combining competition, performance, and international peace and friendship. Around 25 different competitions celebrate song, music and dance, climaxing with the prestigious 'Choir of the World' where winning choirs compete for the Pavarotti Trophy.
Traditional folk singing and dancing from across the globe

Location: Llangollen
Date: Tuesday 3rd July 2018 for 6 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Day tickets from £11
Contact for info: info@international-eisteddfod.co.uk
Website: www.international-eisteddfod.co.uk/
County: Denbighshire
Country: Wales


Folk at the Hall - 6th Jul 2018 - Trelawnyd, LL18 6DN, Flintshire

Bringing together a star studded group of acts who have graced the stage at individual concerts for two days of quality music.

Location: Trelawnyd, LL18 6DN
Date: Friday 6th July 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £78
Contact for info: keldamanley@live.co.uk
Website: www.therecordjournal.co.uk
County: Flintshire
Country: Wales


Folk on the Farm - 12th Jul 2018 - Tyddyn Mon, LL70 9PQ, Isle of Anglesey

From small beginnings in 2013 the Folk on the Farm festival has quickly established itself as one of the highlights of the folk festival calendar, attracting hundreds each year and featuring some of the best folk artists from around the UK.

Includes Quality Real Ale (from The Great Orme Brewery Company), Festival Food, Stalls, Fringe Festival in Cafe, Singarounds & Sessions.

Location: Tyddyn Mon, LL70 9PQ
Date: Thursday 12th July 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £40
Also available Day tickets - £15 and £25
Contact for info: folkonthefarm@live.com
Website: www.folkonthefarmfestival.com
County: Isle of Anglesey
Country: Wales


Rockytop Bluegrass Picking Weekend - 19th Jul 2018 - Llandudno, Conwy

Picking all weekend, slow & fast jams. Workshops, Young musicians stage spots, Open Mike, Scratch bands, 3 Groups Sat afternoon, Camping, Gospel session Sunday morning. Dogs allowed.24 hr toilets & Shower. Good food and beers, free entry to animal farm and owl sanctuary. Fabulous North Wales welcome.

For the serious musicians who want to just play, for the those that want to learn how to play, Is for young musicians who the future of live music depends on.

Location: Llandudno
Date: Thursday 19th July 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £15
Contact for info: Rockytopbluegrass@outlook.com
Website: www.Rockytopbluegrass.co.uk
County: Conwy
Country: Wales


Folk on the Lawn - 19th Jul 2018 - Abbey Mill, Tintern, Gwent

Folk on the Lawn, in various guises, as a modest little event, has been running for some years now. It is, perhaps, a little unusual in that it has no budget whatsoever and relies on the good will of those involved - artists, staff, the Abbey Mill Centre, the good folk of Tintern and various other benefactors and supporters, who lend the festival space, equipment, time and, not least, artistic prowess.

Location: Abbey Mill, Tintern
Date: Thursday 19th July 2018 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE ! Donations will be accepted.
Contact for info: info@folkonthelawn.com
Website: www.folkonthelawn.com/
County: Gwent
Country: Wales


Monmouth Festival - 27th Jul 2018 - Monmouth, Monmouthshire

Mixed genre event with something for everyone.

Attracting visitors from all over the world, it is proud to be considered one of the longest running, largest and best free volunteer organised festivals in Europe.

Music is the very essence of Monmouth Festival. We take great delight in showcasing an eclectic mix of iconic legends, local artists and up and coming young talent, dance, classical, country, folk, jazz, pop, rock n roll, ska, world music and so much more. Our aim is to enable everyone to enjoy a live music performance whether it is in the open air, in a church or pub; whether it is an old favourite, new or local talent, there is something to please everyone.

Location: Monmouth
Date: Friday 27th July 2018 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE
Contact for info: info@monmouthfestival.co.uk
Website: www.monmouthfestival.co.uk/
County: Monmouthshire
Country: Wales


Taking place in August

National Eisteddfod of Wales - 3rd Aug 2018 - Cardiff Bay, South Glamorgan

The BIG one!
The National Eisteddfod of Wales is one of the great festivals of the world, attracting over 160,000 visitors every year. An eclectic mixture of culture, music, visual arts and all kinds of activities for people of all ages, there's something for everyone on the Maes during the first week of August every year.

The Eisteddfod is a travelling festival which belongs to the people of Wales.

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Location: Cardiff Bay
Date: Friday 3rd August 2018 for 9 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Various event and day tickets
Contact for info: gwyb@eisteddfod.org.uk
Website: www.eisteddfod.org.uk/
County: South Glamorgan
Country: Wales


Green Man - 16th Aug 2018 - near Crickhowell, Powys

A large independant event, with a wide range of artists, and genres, more than 100 acts playing indie, psychedelia, Americana, and folk across 5 stages. Food stalls and a bar will be open in the evening. Many different themes.

Supports the Bevan Foundation as well.

Location: near Crickhowell
Date: Thursday 16th August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@greenman.net
Website: www.greenman.net/
County: Powys
Country: Wales


Between the Trees Festival - 31st Aug 2018 - Candleston Campsite, Merthyr Mawr, Bridgend

Music – Natural Science – Art
An idyllic, new, 100 acre, woodland site in South Wales,

Location: Candleston Campsite, Merthyr Mawr
Date: Friday 31st August 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: patinalive@gmail.com
Website: www.betweenthetreesfestival.co.uk/
County: Bridgend
Country: Wales


Llanwddyn Weekend of Folk and Acoustic Music - 31st Aug 2018 - Llanwddyn, Lake Vyrnwy, Powys

A small event, so don't leave it to late to get your tickets.
This is the fourth time it's taken place, includes a crafts fair, ceilidh, sing-arounds and all the usual things.

A small village of 36 houses, but they can run an festival! With an interesting line-up.

Location: Llanwddyn, Lake Vyrnwy
Date: Friday 31st August 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £36
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@llanwddynevents.co.uk
Website: llanwddynevents.co.uk/llandwddyn-folk-acoustic-music/about-the-weekend
County: Powys
Country: Wales


Taking place in September

Festival No. 6 - 6th Sep 2018 - Portmeirion, Gwynedd

Music, arts and culture, experiences and activities.

THere are a variaty of genres of music here, so again, it's one you should inspect then decide upon.

Festival No.6 is the UK’s most unique experience. A multi award-winning music, arts and culture festival, located in our magical coastal home of Portmeirion, with an eclectic mix of iconic and the best new artists.

Location: Portmeirion
Date: Thursday 6th September 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £175
Also available Day tickets too
Contact for info:
Website: festivalnumber6.com
County: Gwynedd
Country: Wales


Taking place in November

The Big Acoustic Walk - 10th Nov 2018 - Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig, Conwy

A small group go walking and then make music. Not realy a festival but wil suit some people.

A fantastic walking weekend with a musical difference. Two days of guided walks, good food and excellent company plus an open mic acoustic music night. Bring along your Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele or if you're not a performer just your best listening ears and enjoy a relaxed weekend of walking and foot tapping entertainment. Places include 2 days guided walks, an acoustic music evening, accommodation and meals.
Takes place in May and in November (see their availability tab).

Location: Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig
Date: Saturday 10th November 2018 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £141
Contact for info: info@pyb.co.uk
Website: www.pyb.co.uk/courses-detail.php?coursecode=WEB60
County: Conwy
Country: Wales


Tenby Blues Festival - 16th Nov 2018 - Tenby, Pembrokeshire

The Tenby Blues Festival has grown rapidly and is now firmly established as one of the major events in the UK Blues calendar. This intimate and friendly festival has built its reputation on the strength of its line up that just gets better by the year.

This year is the event's 13th birthday - a teenager now.

Location: Tenby
Date: Friday 16th November 2018 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: info@tenbyblues.co.uk
Website: www.tenbyblues.co.uk/
County: Pembrokeshire
Country: Wales



The festivals below are from last year which, at the time of our last check, had not yet updated their websites to 2018.

This helps you check up on festivals we haven't yet confirmed are on this year. If you see any that HAVE recently updated to this year, let us know (email is given on the Contact page). And if we've missed a festival completely, do tell us.

Took place in March last year

Celtic Festival of Wales - 9th Mar 2017 - Porthcawl, CF36 3YW, South Glamorgan

A family festival of music, song & dance of the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany & Wales, with a packed programme of concerts, dances, workshops, street dance displays in the Town Centre and on the Esplanade on Saturday, our legendary sessions in the bar and Beach Ceilidh on Sunday!

Location: Porthcawl, CF36 3YW
Date: Thursday 9th March 2017 for 4 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Concert and day tickets, from £5
Contact for info:
Website: cwlwmceltaidd.org
County: South Glamorgan
Country: Wales


Took place in June last year

North Wales Cajun and Zydeco Weekend - 9th Jun 2017 - Conwy, Conwy

Cajun music seems to be spreading and becoming more popular, even the welsh boyos are doing it!

Location: Conwy
Date: Friday 9th June 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available TBA
Contact for info: colincottrell@hotmail.com
Website: www.northwalescajun.co.uk/
County: Conwy
Country: Wales


Took place in July last year

Llangollen Fringe Festival - 13th Jul 2017 - Llangollen, Denbighshire

Mixture of various media, incliding folk music, celebrating its 20th anniversary. With individual event tickets, you can choose your favourite artists to suit your taste in music and entertainment.

The Fringe is a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers.

As well as attracting visitors from all over the UK, the Fringe continues to grow its local following and is achieving its aim to become 'the festival for the town in the town' – thanks to everyone in our audience.

Location: Llangollen
Date: Thursday 13th July 2017 for 11 day(s)
Full Price: £85
Also available Indiviual event tickets too.
Contact for info: contact@llangollenfringe.co.uk
Website: llangollenfringe.co.uk
County: Denbighshire
Country: Wales


Took place in August last year

Festival of the Celts - 5th Aug 2017 - Llandovery, Swansea

It is sold out each of the past 4 years in the beautiful Green Valley, Upper Cwmtwrch. So now looks to expand in a bigger green field area. The best of Celtic music over 3 days, with camping. The Welsh language music day being primarily the Friday evening.

The best of IRISH SCOTTISH WELSH and CORNISH, BRITTON and ISLE OF MAN artists come together.
Celebrating music from the Celtic nations.

Location: Llandovery
Date: Saturday 5th August 2017 for 2 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available Mainly free plus some individual event tickets.
Contact for info: 0333 9000 919
Website: www.festivalofthecelts.co.uk/
County: Swansea
Country: Wales


Took place in September last year

The Big Experiment - 1st Sep 2017 - Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire


The Big Experiment is an all-age 'folk school', a weekend of singing, playing or dancing kicking off with an intimate concert with Welsh folk sensation Calan; fresh from the Rainforest Festival in Borneo and a sell-out tour of the UK with some of its members even providing tuition over the weekend.

The evening events and afternoon workshops are also open to the public which include beginners' harp, clogging with golden clogs herself Bethan Rhiannon and Clocs Ffit! - a new fitness trend! Harp tunes from around the world, Welsh summer carols and beginners harmonica to name a few.

Groups can book out a flat for themselves, campervans are welcome and food and accommodation is all included in the price. It's a truly extraordinary event for all ages and abilities.

Location: Carmarthen
Date: Friday 1st September 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £10
Contact for info: trac@trac-cymru.org
Website: trac.wales/our-work/taking-part/the-big-experiment/
County: Carmarthenshire
Country: Wales


The People's Folk Day - 3rd Sep 2017 - Bassaleg, Newport, Newport

It will feature both the opportunity to strut your stuff at sessions in The Graig Community Hall and The Ruperra Arms pub and a great evening of live music. Additionally our partners at The Ruperra Arms are putting on a food festival, and Tiny Rebel brewery will be showcasing their beer.

Location: Bassaleg, Newport
Date: Sunday 3rd September 2017 for 1 day(s)
Full Price: £
Also available It's FREE, mainly.
Contact for info: peoplesfolkfest@gmail.com
Website: peoplesfolkfestival.weebly.com/
County: Newport
Country: Wales


Llyn Guitar Festival - 29th Sep 2017 - Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Gwynedd

Aims to offer world class acoustic music and tuition to the guitar enthusiast of any level,Whether you want a full guitar retreat experience for a few days or just to turn up for the concerts, you will be most welcome

Location: Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog
Date: Friday 29th September 2017 for 3 day(s)
Full Price: £125
Contact for info: enquiries@oriel.org.uk
Website: llynguitarfestival.org.uk
County: Gwynedd
Country: Wales


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