Events in and around Barmouth
Barmouth has many annual events and festivals, the main ones are listed here but other events are organised during the year – check our Facebook page for information about What’s On during your visit. Always confirm dates/times before making travel arrangements – see individual event websites or contact the Tourist Information Centre for details.
Old Roads, Ancient Trackways Exhibition
24th June - 26th September 2021 TBC
At Tŷ Meirion Gallery, Dyffryn Ardudwy.
Mixed exhibition by a mixture of local artists and a group from Borderland Visual Arts exploring the old roads and ancient tracks of our past.
6th - 8th August 2021
‘Swim Safe’ will be returning to Barmouth between the 6-8 August (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and spaces are still available for children and young people to take part in the popular water safety program.
Swim Safe are fun, 45 minute sessions that teach young people how to swim safely outdoors and what to do if they, or someone else, get into difficulty in the water. The sessions are all free and will be held outside Barmouth Lifeboat station between 6-8 August. To take part, children must be aged between 7 and 14 years and be able to swim 25 metres unaided.
Parents and guardians can book a space for their child by visiting https://swimsafe.org.uk/locations/barmouth. Five sessions will be held by volunteers each day – a fun, free activity for children and young people to enjoy over the school summer holidays.
Trevor Lewis, Barmouth RNLI Water Safety Officer says: ‘Children love swimming outdoors, but it’s very different to swimming in a pool. It’s essential children learn about open water safety – where it is safe to swim, how to stay safe and what to do if they get into difficulty in the water. With Swim Safe sadly not running last year due to covid, and swimming pools shut for much of that time, we’re encouraging all children between the ages of 7 and 14 to get involved and to build confidence in and around the water while learning vital lifesaving skills.
‘We’re pleased to be able to partner with Swim Wales again and run free Swim Safe sessions at Barmouth this Summer. In addition to children joining in with Swim Safe, we want people to enjoy the coast but urge everyone to respect the water, think about their own safety and know what to do in an emergency.’
The sessions are run by qualified swimming instructors and a team of volunteers. Each session offers:
- Up to 30 minutes of practical, in-water tuition led by qualified instructors
- Essential open water safety advice
- A free Swim Safe goody bag take home
All the kit needed to take part, including wetsuits, swim hats and flotation equipment, is provided for each child during the sessions.
Children only need to bring their swimsuit and a towel.
Tour of Britain Stage 4
8th September 2021
Stage Four of the Tour of Britain will be passing through Barmouth around lunchtime. The first cyclists are expected about 12:45 through to about 13:30. The route will come in from Dolgellau, along Jubilee Road then out towards Talybont along the A496.
Barmouth Walking Festival
11th - 20th September 2021
One of Britains biggest Walking Festivals with 38 walks over 10 days. Covering new routes and old favourites in Southern Snowdonia.
It is hoped that a scaled down version of the festival will be able to go ahead. Check the website for details.
Heart of Wales Lorry Rally
11th September 2021
Dozens of colourful, wonderfully kept, classic lorries and vintage commercial vehicles will arrive in convoy in Barmouth as part of their 240 mile run. They park in the main car park from 1pm.
Llanbedr Beer Festival
Cancelled for 2021, watch this space for 2022 dates
This weekend of real ale (including local brews), live music and splendid Welsh hospitality is always popular. It all takes place in the picturesque village of Llanbedr on the banks of the Artro river, approximately seven miles north of Barmouth.
Art in Nature Exhibition
Dates to be confirmed
At Tŷ Meirion Gallery, Dyffryn Ardudwy.
This exhibition will explore the natural elements of nature to create artwork and art created and inspired by nature in the Welsh landscape.
Barmouth Motocross Weekend
2021 Dates TBC
Motorcycles and quad bikes race on a specially prepared circuit on Barmouth’s extensive sands. The action can be viewed from the safety of the promenade. Contact Tom Arnold 07759 891 209
2nd - 3rd July 2022
Provisional dates subject to confirmation. New for 2022 we are hoping to have two locations, the usual one near the lifeboat station and one further north for people with dogs.
Three Peaks Yacht Race
9th July 2022
This has to be the most extreme way to complete the three peaks challenge - climbing the highest mountains in Wales, England and Scotland. Teams leave Barmouth on Saturday at high tide and sail to Caernarfon. Two of the team then run up Snowdon , on returning to Caernarfon, the crew sails to Whitehaven. The runners then leave the boat again for a 40 mile round trip to cycle and run to the top of Scarfell Pike.
A final sailing leg takes the team to Fort William where the runners climb Ben Nevis. The race finishes when they return to Fort William, usually on Tuesday sometime. The start from Barmouth is preceded by a procession of the yachts from the harbour to the start line off shore with events, stalls and music on the quayside.