Wales has an exciting summer ahead.
If you’re looking for a unique experience to remember, then you’ve come to the right place.
There are so many popular and growing events in Wales that are unique to the Welsh culture, people and environment. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the most fun Welsh events with the best hotels to stay, so you can truely make the most of it!
Man v Horse Marathon, Llanwrtyd Wells
This past weekend we saw the Man V Horse Marathon in Llanwrtyd Wells.
This has to be one of the quirkiest events that take place today in Wales. It’s all based on a Welsh man’s bet that he could beat a rider on horseback over a 22-mile race through the mountainous terrain back in 1980. Man finally became victorious against horse in 2004! Huw Lobb, the machine against animal won its first ever jackpot of £25,000!
Where to stay
If you want to make a weekend of it from next year book fast! A wonderful hotel to stay is the Lake Country House & Spa in Llangammarch Wells.
After the long and treacherous run, (or lengthy stand while supporting) the Lake country house is the perfect place to put your feet up and unwind.
This quarter of a century destination has been made with relaxation at its core. It boasts of a state-of the art inviting spa, which is harmonious with the calming lake upon which it blends beautifully in amongst its secluded surroundings. After a day of TLC why not sample some of the hotels famous fine dining, it boasts one of the best wine lists in Wales. How could you resist?
Find out more about the Man v Horse Marathon here.
The WAAT4 Challenge, Brecon
Pull out your maps and tighten those boots, because this is a navigational challenge not to miss! In a determined bid to raise money for charity, keen navigators team up and take part in a choice of two routes (20km and 40km) throughout the Brecon Beacons. While taking in some of Wales’ best views taking you to its highest peak in Pen Y Fan.
With a free packed lunch, and a finishers’ medal and T-shirt you’ll be crossing that line with more than a grand sense of achievement.
Where to stay?
Peterstone Court (Brecon)
After a day of hiking over the Welsh landscape, you’ll want to rest those aching feet by taking some well-deserved relaxation time. That’s why nearby Peterstone Court- right in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park is the perfect place to unwind.
With its glorious views, you’ll be able to sit back and gaze over the peaks you’ve conquered.
Aside from the naturalistic views of the National Park, Peterstone Court has an intimate and well- equipped converted spa in place of the old cellar. A wide range of treatments using only organic products and full spa suite including an outdoor heated pool is enough to soothe those aching joints.
To register for your place on The WAAT4 Challenge, Brecon click here.
Pembrokeshire Fish Week started as a small finishing competition in 1999, it is now a countywide multisite week-long festival. With over 250 events throughout the week, Pembrokeshire Fish Week is one of the most popular Welsh events of the year.
Many will flock to the West Coast in Haverfordwest to celebrate first-class seafood, spectacular coastline, award-winning beaches, and fascinating maritime heritage.
Where to stay?
This hotel fits hand in hand with Pembrokeshire Fish Week as it is known as a favourite among foodies.
The Grove of Narberth is beautiful country house settled amongst almost 30 acres of lawns, flower borders, dreamy meadows, secret paths and glades, and towering old trees. It truly feels enchanting. Best of all, this leading house retreat has award-winning cuisine that’s among the top restaurants in the UK.
You’ll certainly experience the slower pace of life here at The Grove, it’s relaxing atmosphere is complementary with the relaxed dress code for dinner. Make sure you leave plenty of room for a remarkable tasting menu and top quality wine.
To find out more about Pembrokeshire Fish Week click the link here.
Named ‘Cardiff’s Best Festival’ at the Cardiff Music Awards in March 2018, Tafwyl is one summer Welsh event that you certainly won’t want to miss. The festival is a celebration of the Welsh language in the capital city Cardiff, and where better to celebrate than the legendary Cardiff Castle grounds!
With a mix of music, literature, drama, comedy, art, sports, street food & drink this is a family event like no other. The festival goes on for nine days and you’ll be pleased to know the event is free and open to all.
Where to stay?
A wonderful treat at a nearby location is the James Sommerin Restaurant with Rooms (Penarth)
The James Sommerin Resturant with Rooms is an award-winning stylish restaurant with breath-taking sea views. If you want to experience some of Wales’ finest culinary delights, then look no further. Just as much thought has gone into the tasteful rooms as the exquisite menu, James and Louise have created a small haven amongst the delightful pier and promenade of Penarth’s period charm
Find out more about the biggest celebration of Cardiff’s Welsh speaking event here, Tafwyl.
There’s our June list of unique and memorable events in Wales.
Keep a look out as next we’ll be posting the best events in Wales for July and then August!
The hotels we mentioned above are part of the Welsh Rarebits Hotels group. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, then look no further than a Welsh Rarebits gift experience voucher, which you can use at any of their hotels across Wales. You can see a complete list of the Welsh Rarebits gift vouchers here.
For more events in Wales this summer check out the Visit Wales ‘things to do’ page here.