Ceredigion’s landscape and climate lend themselves to all kinds of exciting sporting events from the shores of Cardigan Bay to the slopes of the Cambrian Mountains. You can sign up to take part or join the crowd to cheer on the competitors. However you decide to participate, you are guaranteed good company and an opportunity to make the most of the great outdoors.
Music, Literature and Performance
Ceredigion is a musical county. Aberystwyth alone is home to a dozen choirs and musical ensembles. Big stars regularly visit Aberystwyth Arts Centre on tour and there's plenty of choice from folk to classical, rock and jazz to world music. Ceredigion's music festivals not only have good music to enjoy, but take place in superb settings along the coast or tucked away in the hills.
The National Library of Wales exhibitions draw on its vast collections of documents, paintings and objects and has a regular programme of talks and concerts. Aberystwyth is also home to the Ceredigion Museum, which has an eclectic programme of events throughout the year. Just around the corner is Canolfan Arad Goch centre and Aberystwyth banstand, a new building taking pride of place on the Aberystwyth Promenade which has a popular summer programme of music, performance, art and craft and community events.
Pick up programmes for arts centres and festivals at the Ceredigion Tourist Information Centres or click on the images below to go to the individual venues or festivals' own websites:
Aberystwyth - a cultural centre
With the National Library of Wales and Aberystwyth University playing a big part in the town's cultural life, there's everything from cutting edge comedy and edgy contemporary art to classical music, historic art collections and an interesting programme of talks and exhibitions to to enjoy and explore.
There are also unique festivals including ceramics, film and photography, literature and theatre. They include internationally focused events which have made Aberystwyth their home, having grown from specialist get-togethers to popular public events.
As well as at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, there are regular exhibitions and events at the School of Art in town and at the Old College on the seafront. Both are beautiful and distinctive buildings too.
The Arts in Cardigan and the Teifi Valley
Cardigan is also a creative town with concerts and events taking place at Theatr Mwldan arts centre, Small World Theatre, Cardigan Castle, The Guildhall and several other venues around town.
Being a market and university town, Lampeter has an interesting mix of activities and events from food and drink festivals, craft exhibitions, agricultural and equine shows, and an eclectic music scene at the town's Victoria Hall
The arts are alive and well at Llandysul too with the Pwerdy/Powerhouse overlooking the river Teifi being the place to enjoy art and music.
Check locally for posters for events taking place at village halls, from summer or pantomime shows at Aberaeron or New Quay Memorial Halls, or special events at the Pafiliwn at Pontrhydfendigaid.
Hear the Welsh language
Ceredigion has a strong tradition of community theatre production, much of it through
the medium of Welsh, with a wide range of performance from Young Farmers' lighthearted comedy sketches and pantomime to site specific performances interpreting the area's heritage and multi media productions dealing with contemporary country life.
Theatr Felinfach near Aberaeron has a proud tradition of producing Welsh language theatre and hosts concerts and touring performances, whilst Canolfan Arad Goch is a leading centre in Aberystwyth for lively youth theatre and performance which tours to schools andtheatres across Wales as well as taking Welsh theatre to overseas audiences.
Art and craft
Make sure you explore the Ceredigion Art Trail in August - the open studio event is a great way to explore the countryside of Ceredigion, meet interesting people and buy unique pieces of art.
Ceredigion’s craftmakers hold regular craft fairs at Aberystwyth, Aberaeron and other venues across the county and beyond.
The legacy of the Ceredigion woollen industry is a vibrant textile art culture. The Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter has an annual exhibition showcasing the best of textile art and regular talks and workshops with textile artists. The National Wool Museum at Drefach Felindre in the Teifi Valley has workshops and events, including activities for children.
Food, countryside, walking and wildlife events
Ceredigion has a proud agricultural, livestock and horse breeding tradition which manifests itself today in shows, parades and festivals.
Visit Llanerchaeron (NT) where there are all kinds of activities including sheep shearing day, Apple Day, and the ever popular Christmas craft fair. A season of food festivals highlight the best of Ceredigion’s country and coastal produce.
Why not plan to visit for one of Ceredigion's friendly walking festivals to explore our beautiful and varied landscape in the best of company.
Check what events are taking place at wildlife reserves from wildlife spotting walks and talks but also craft and other activity, especially during school holidays.
Plan ahead for forthcoming events
Many of our events are annual favourites, whilst some festivals take place every two ears. Dates may vary slightly - sometimes it depends on holiday dates and when the dates falls within the week, or it may even depend on the tide!
Please use the links to check venue and event organisers websites or social media for updates.
Later in 2018
- Red Kite Challenge, half marathon and walking event, Devil's Bridge (5)
- NT Llanerchaeron's Petticoats of Power launch (7)
- Tregaron Trotting Club harness racing spring meet (12)
- Aberystwyth 5k and 10k Race for Life (13)
- Spirit Tri / Kids Aquathon, Tregaron (13)
- Tregaroc music festival, Tregaron(19)
- Welsh MTB CX Series - Round 2, including Welsh Championships at Aberystwyth (20)
- Harness racing at Synod Inn with Welsh Trotting (25)
- Aberystwyth Cycle Festival - Conquer the Cliff MTB (26)
- Aberystwyth Cycle Festival ( 19-29)
- Shearing day at NT Llanerchaeron (28)
- Cycling: Hill Climb, Tregaron (28)