Snowdonia & the Lleyn Peninsula Events - July & August


Summers here and the time is right for dancing.. or wakeboarding, cycling and even racing trains! Read on for our choice of great events taking place in the Snowdonia area this July and August.


Barmouth Kite Festival

★ Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th July 2017 ★ Barmouth LL42 1NE ★

This annual festival is a perennial favourite with both kite enthusiasts and holidaymakers alike. Wonderful creations will be on display and flying between 10am and 5pm on each day on the beach by the lifeboat station. There will be a prize given for the best overall aerial display and the the best individual, inflatable ground display so get your thinking caps on if you want to compete, or just come along and enjoy the riot of colour against the backdrop of coast and mountains!

Mawddach Paddlesport Festival

★ Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th July 2017 ★ Barmouth LL42 1HB ★

With challenges for all the family from canoes to Celtic longboats this would be a weekend to remember. Take part in the races or learn something new with supervised taster sessions in the different paddle sports on offer. If you would prefer to stay on dry land you can enjoy the quayside demonstrations, browse the trade and craft stands and join in the social scene with the popular Saturday evening barbecue.

Race the Train!

★ Saturday 19th August 2017 ★ ★ Wharf Station, Tywyn LL36 9EY ★

Gives running for the train a whole new meaning! Now in it's 33rd year, this annual event attracts runners from all over the world attempting to beat everyone else in the race and the train as well. The route follows the tracks of the Talyllyn Steam Railway as closely as possible and there is a choice of challenges, from 14 miles to 3.5 miles to choose from. You might get wet and muddy coping with the varied terrain but, as an added incentive, a cash prize is being offered if you beat the course record.

Wild Wales Cycle Challenge

★ August 2017 - dates TBC ★ ★ Event start at Bala Town FC, Castle Street, Bala LL23 7UY ★

Not for the faint hearted, the Wild Wales Challenge covers around 90 miles, all on road, around Mid and West Wales. Now in it’s 32nd year, the event regularly attracts its maximum of 650 riders and with stunning countryside, well-organised marshals and rest stops with good, filling food you can understand why it is an enduring fixture in the cycling calendar. Register early to ensure your spot!