Unmissable Welsh festivals and events in 2023

With 2023 now in full swing, it's time to look forward to what the year has in store. There are plenty of gigs, competitions and a whole host of music festivals that will be held across the country this year.

Here are some of the unmissable events coming to Wales:

Laugharne Weekend

The Laugharne Weekend is an annual literary and arts festival that takes place across the town’s clubs, churches and halls. Laugharne is known for being the home of famous poet, Dylan Thomas, and the boat house where he resided is located there and available to visit.

It will take place on March 24-26, featuring comedians Stewart Lee and Isy Suttie as well as American singer and London's First Lady of Soul, PP Arnold.

A video of last year's festival can be found here: Laugharne Weekend Festival - 2022

Machynlleth Comedy Festival

The Machynlleth Comedy Festival will take place on April 28-30 and will feature stars such as Josh Pugh and Murder in Successville’s Tom Davies. Past acts have included Stewart Lee, Nish Kumar, and Josh Widdicombe.

There is a whole host of events taking place across the weekend, comedy and otherwise, to keep you amused. More can be found here.

Snowdonia Half Marathon

On May 14 the Snowdonia Half Marathon will mark its 11th anniversary.

For those who enjoy more physical activities, it has been described as one of the toughest half marathons in the UK! The scenic but tough half marathon will start and finish in the village of Llanwrst and is a region of rocky mountains, hidden valleys, cascading rivers and deep forests.

For full details on how to enter, click here.

In It Together festival

The In It Together Festival is taking place to Old Park Farm, Margam, Port Talbot from May 26-28 with a number of acts for a wide variety of music tastes. With many more still to be announced, the line-up so far features: The Kooks, Anne-Marie, James Bay, Jake Bugg, The Vamps, UB40, Goldie Lookin' Chain, and James.

Check out the line up here.

Urdd Eisteddfod

One of Europe's biggest youth festivals, the Urdd Eisteddfod, takes place in Llandovery in Carmarthenshire between May 29 and June 3. The festival attracts around 90,000 visitors every year and is a celebration of Welsh heritage and culture.

It's the eighth time that Carmarthenshire has hosted the Urdd Eisteddfod, and involves events such as singing, dancing and performing.

Read more about the Urdd Eisteddfod here.

Wales Airshow

This free event involves some of the best pilots and flying displays in the world, showcased over Swansea Bay. The event this year will take place across July 1 - 2. From jets to helicopters to the Red Arrows, the Wales Airshow is two days of incredible aerial theatrics and aerobatics that should not be missed.

In addition to the show, Swansea Promenade will also be transformed with ground displays, VR experiences and even live music, and full range of food and drinks trucks available in the ground display area along Oystermouth Road, the Cenotaph and also around the Civic Centre.

More information can be found here.

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