Three great ways to spend a summer break in North Wales
If you are planning a summer break in North Wales this year, you will find there is plenty going on in the area to keep you entertained. Summer in North Wales is full of events, festivals and fun things to do. Here are our top picks for Summer 2015.
Gwledd SYRCAS Feast 17th -25th July
Bangor hosts a week of circus fun for the Gwledd SYRCAS Feast, thanks to Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre. The highlight of the event is ‘Flown’ – a contemporary circus show filled with comedy, live music and nail biting aerial action.
Pontio, part of Bangor University – has organised a feast of contemporary circus and aerial acrobatics events running from 17th -25th July in various locations in Bangor.
The big top on Beach Road in Bangor is where the main attraction will be held, in the form of an incredible live show from internationally acclaimed, award-winning circus company Pirates of the Carabina.
Flown combines modern theatre, chaotic choreography and mesmerising aerial acrobatics to tell the tale of a group of circus performers, musicians and stuntmen as they struggle to get their show on the road. There will be 8 evening showings through the week, and tickets can be purchased from the Pontio website.
Learn to FLY – if you are feeling inspired after seeing the show, then why not try out an aerial workshop with the Pirates of the Carabina artists and learn the art of counterweighting and some static aerial skills yourself?
Glass Butter Beach Festival 12th -15th August
One event that is definitely worth a visit is Glass Butter Beach Festival, which is less than half an hour’s drive from Caernarfon. This beach based festival began with the aim of encouraging people to escape and spend a summer weekend enjoying a relaxed beach lifestyle, full of creativity and action sports, in a truly unique location.
Glass Butter Beach festival takes place from 12th -15th of August in Llanbedrog near Abersoch. This festival is a celebration of action and adventure sports, beach lifestyle and great music. This year’s music line-up includes trip-hop trio Kosheen and alternative rock band Mallory Knox, alongside a huge range of other acts who will take to the stage during the 3 day festival. The main open air stage looks out over Cardigan Bay and Snowdonia, what better place to enjoy summertime evening of music?!
The festival has an action packed itinerary which includes both water and land based adventure sports such as wakeboarding, surfing, skating, stand-up paddle boarding and many more. You can watch pro skaters battle it out on the ramps during the Vert Beach Pro competition, or get involved yourself. The ‘Have a Go’ sessions will run all weekend giving you an opportunity to get on the Vert Ramps after some coaching from the pro’s.
The festival hosts its legendary paint fight on Saturday 15th August, where you can let off some steam with friends and express yourself in glorious rainbow colour! Just make sure you don’t mind getting messy!
This festival is ideal for families with slightly older children, giving them a chance to see professional athletes demonstrate their skills, and experience a festival atmosphere that is centred on a healthy living, outdoor loving ethos and set in an incredible location along the stunning coast of the Llyn Peninsula.
An adult ticket to Glass Butter Beach Festival costs £67.50 for the whole weekend. Family tickets (2 adults and 2 juniors aged 7-15) are also available and cost £170.00.
Glass Butter Beach festival is going from strength to strength; each year that it is held there is more to get involved with and a great selection of music to suit all tastes. It guarantees a colourful and memorable weekend in an idyllic location!
Anglesey Marine Week 17th-23rd August
This annual event focuses on encouraging people to learn about, enjoy and fall in love with the sea, whilst helping to promote the conservation of this precious natural resource.
There are a wide variety of activities to get involved with across Anglesey during the week-long event. Many of the activities explore the fascinating natural history and unique geology of the Anglesey coastline, as well as the diverse range of marine wildlife that reside here. From relaxing guided nature walks to fast paced rib rides Anglesey Marine Week will inspire everyone to enjoy the sea.
If you have children, the schedule includes plenty of opportunities for them to get involved. The Seaside Day at Prince’s Pier in Menai Bridge on Tuesday 18th August will include seashore safaris, coastal crafts and games throughout the day – where kids can learn all about sea creatures and enjoy finding them in their natural habitat.
Why not enjoy a guided walk along some of Anglesey’s finest coastline and find out more about the fascinating 150 million years of Earth’s history that can be seen in the rocks across the island. Heading from Lligwy, near Moelfre, Geomon guides will talk you through the highlights of this geologically diverse area, whilst you marvel at the spectacular structures and varied colours of the rocks along the coastal path. The walk starts at 10am – 12:30pm on Wednesday 19th August and costs £5 for adults (children go free) – the proceeds will all go to Geomon.