Quirky

For a small country, Wales really packs in the weird, wonderful and different. A trip round the Coast Path will take you within easy reach of fun and quirky events and tales of love lost via Mediterranean landscapes through to a weekend that will leave you All Shook Up.

North Wales Coast & Dee Estuary

Dive into the eight-day Conwy River Festival every August – a celebration of everything boat-iful with individual prizes, team prizes, series competitions and overall prizes.

Isle of Anglesey

Discover the sad story of Rex Whistler and his tale of unrequited love at Plas Newydd, a National Trust property. Dying on his first day on the First World War battlefields, the art he left behind speaks volumes about his love for the Marquis’ daughter and his rejection.

Menai, Llŷn & Meirionnydd

Portmeirion, east of Porthmadog, brings a startling splash of Italy to the coast of Wales. Designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975, it’s one of Wales’ top days out.

Ceredigion

Every September, the lovely fishing village of Aberaeron celebrates the humble Mackerel at its Mackerel Fiesta  - stalls, bands and a parade - led by a 20-foot fish. No, really!

Pembrokeshire

August heralds the arrival of the annual Coracle Races on the River Teifi at Cilgerran in the shadow of the town’s ruined castle, where local fishermen show off their salmon and sea-trout fishing skills from these ancient craft. If you’re thinking of Wales for Christmas, try Tenby for something a little different, and join 600 swimmers for a quick dip on Boxing DayFrom its beginnings in 1970, it’s become the town’s main festive attraction.

Gower & Swansea Bay

Just outside Swansea, the Mumbles Charity Raft Race takes place each year during August from Norton to Knab Rock, a fundraising event for the RNLI, and a fun day for spectators!

South Wales Coast & Severn Estuary

Autumn brings the Big Splash spectacle in Newport, South Wales, an energetic display of large scale spectacular Motocross and BMX stunts, fireworks, high wire and a roller derby and much more. Uh-huh. Sure thing. Join thousands of Elvis fans every September in the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl for the Elvis Festival, a unique celebration of The King in the magnificent Grand Pavilion which includes The Elvies, the World's leading award show for Elvis tribute artists.