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.

Boathouse Rocks RNLI Barmouth
Boathouse Rocks

From noon at the RNLI boathouse: non-stop music provided by local groups and musicians, lombola and refreshments. All raising money to support the RNLI.

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Fairbourne Railway Barmouth
Fairbourne Railway Gala Weekend

Three days of events and attractions on the Fairbourne Railway. With model trains in the tent at Barmouth Ferry station, intensive train services and visiting engines. The headline act is a visit from “Katie”, an engine which last ran at Fairbourne in 1926. It has been rebuilt and now lives at Ravenglass in the Lake District.

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Three Peaks Yacht race Barmouth
Three Peaks Yacht Race

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. There is also a 10k run across Barmouth bridge, along the estuary and back. 

13th June 2020

Dog Show RNLI Barmouth
RNLI Dog Show

2pm at the boathouse. Classes for large, medium and small dogs. There will even be awards for the dog with the waggiest tail - and for the dog that looks most like its owner! 

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Kite Festival

A colourful and spectacular display of kites and other wonderful flying creations. On the beach opposite the Lifeboat Station.

4th & 5th July 2020

Food Festival Barmouth
Barmouth Food Festival

Barmouth Town Council are hosting a food festival. There will be live music, stalls and children's activities. This year there will be stalls around the harbour and a "Taste Trail" to explore involving shops, restaurants and cafes throughout town. See if you can visit them all! Have a go at the Town Treasure Hunt, join in with the crabbing competition and enjoy the live music, food and atmosphere! The Sailor's Institute and Tŷ Gwyn Museum will be open.

5th July 2020

Paddlesports Festival Barmout
Mawddach Paddle Sports Festival

Come and join in the fun at the Paddlesports festival. There are two days of canoe, kayak and Celtic longboat events in the dramatic setting of the Mawddach estuary and Barmouth harbour.  There will be races in various boats, demonstrations, development sessions, an opportunity to try Stand-up Paddle Boarding as well as trade stands and entertainment on the harbourside.

11th & 12th July 2020

RNLI Barmouth
RNLI "Come and Visit Us"

Visit the Lifeboat Station on the prom and view the two lifeboats and the tractor, see the equipment and speak to the volunteer crew members to learn exactly what happens on a lifeboat shout.

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Fairbourne festival Barmouth
Fairbourne Festival and Race the Train

Fairbourne Festival weekend will be a weekend packed with events, starting on Friday night with a quiz in the village hall. There will be a local art show and craft stalls in the village hall, with music, refreshments and games outside. There will a pet show, a festival fancy dress train, a sand castle competition, sea duck race and ‘Race the Train’. Over the three days there will be a walking treasure hunt and activities at the Bowls club.

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RNLI Barmouth
RNLI Fun Day

Fund raising for the RNLI this annual fun day is a popular event with stalls, tombola,  games, a raffle, a BBQ and a chance to meet the crew and see the lifeboat that saves so many lives around Barmouth.

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Heart of Wales Lorry Rally

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.

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Llanbedr Beer Festival
Llanbedr Beer Festival

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.

18th & 19th September 2020

Walking Festival Barmouth
Barmouth Walking Festival

For ten days in September over 150 people gather in Barmouth to participate in an extensive programme of walks, led by knowledgeable, local guides and ranging from  short half day rambles to full day, high level hikes intended for experienced walkers. The festival programme includes over 35 graded walks, providing the opportunity to try little known routes as well as some of the most popular walks in the area. The festival also includes three evening events with food for you to meet and socialise with other walkers.

19th - 28th September 2020

Hurly Burly Barmouth
Hurly Burly Swimming Event

Join in the crazy sport of open water swimming with a series of events leaving Barmouth Harbour and swimming to Penmeanpool.

19th September 2020

Barmouth Motocross Weekend

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

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Fairbourne Railway Barmouth
Fairbourne Railway Santa Specials

Fairbourne Miniature railway has “Santa Specials” running in December.  Booking is essential for this atmospheric train ride and lovely gift from Santa.

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Late Night Shopping and Christmas Lights

The town’s festive late night shopping event and turning on of the Christmas lights is an opportunity to enjoy some early festive cheer and stock up on Christmas presents from Barmouth’s many independent shops.

3rd December 2020

Christmas Barmouth
Barmouth Christmas Market

Barmouth's first Christmas Market. Come along and support this new venture and get all your Christmas food, drink and gifts from local suppliers. On the Market Car Park.

19th & 20th December 2020

Skating Rink Barmouth
Skating Rink

Barmouth's first skating rink! On the main car park from 10am.

19th & 20th December 2020

Christmas Barmouth
Santa Dash

Support the South Snowdonia Search and Rescue Team by joining in with a 5k run, walk, push along the promenade. £10 for adults, £6 for children - including santa suit!!! Sigh up details on the Facebook page.

19th December 2020

Carol Service Barmouth
Carol Service

Carol Service at St John's Church, 4pm. Choirs from Singing Wimmin, the Cambrian Coast Community Choir and Leisiau'r Byd. Followed by coffee, mulled wine and mince pies. Collection for "The Lunch Box" providing a Christmas meal to the elderly living alone.

20th December 2020

Talyllyn Railway Tywyn
Talyllyn Santa Specials

Talyllyn Railway have ‘Santa Specials’ running in December. Take a break in the run up to Christmas for a train ride and visit with Santa. Booking is essential.

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New Year Swim RNLI Barmouth
New Year Swim

Work off the excess of Christmas and raise money by joining the RNLI New Year's Day swim.

1st January 2021

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