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Events and other things to do in Wales

Laugharne Castle one of the Open Door venues in Wales

Roald Dahl 100 takes place to celebrate 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl – the world’s number one storyteller. Celebrations include City of the Unexpected, a weekend of entertainment taking place on 17 and 18 September in Cardiff, where Dahl was born.

In September many buildings in Wales not normally accessible to the public throw open their doors to visitors. The Open Doors Days is part of the European Heritage Days and offers a variety of unique opportunities.

Proms in the Park Wales takes place in Colwyn Bay this September.

Hay Festival Winter Weekend is an annual mini-festival taking place in late November in Hay-on-Wye. Events take place at venues around the town and include a wide range of author events, music, comedy and performance. See Hay's Christmas lights being turned on during the weekend. 

During November many of the Christmas events begin and we also see many of the Christmas lights being switched on. Our winter wonderlands in Cardiff and Swansea open during November, through to early January.

There are events at our seven national museums throughout the year and at our castles and other historical buildings in Wales, see the Cadw website for information. 

Gladstone’s Library Hearth Festival is held in November and February each year. The festival provides the opportunity to improve your writing, find out how to publish your novel, get hints and tips and find inspiration.

You'll find a great variety of events at the National Botantic Garden of Wales during the autumn months.

There are many festivals taking place during the season. Check out our autumn festivals page for a range of great events including the Abergavenny Food Festival.


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