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Autumn festivals and events

People listening to talk at an event

[Cerys Matthew at The Good Life Experience]

During the summer months, we enjoy many festivals. As we head into autumn the festivals continue, with food festivals being particularly popular. As the days shorten and people spend more time indoors, film festivals are also popular and Christmas themed events begin.

Here’s a selection of some of the festivals taking place during September, October and November:


  • The Goodlife Experience is a festival of culture, food & the great outdoors for the whole family and takes place at the Hawarden Estate in Flintshire.
  • Gladfest is a writing festival that brings together writers and readers in the historic setting of Gladstone’s Library. It features talks by internationally renowned and award-winning authors, creative writing workshops and events for young people as well as a craft fair and a bookshop.
  • The Elvis Festival in Porthcawl is said to be the largest Elvis event in Europe.

Elvis Festival


  • The autumn is a popular time for food festivals.  Abergavenny Food Festival is one of the most popular food festivals of the year. The festival celebrates the craft, diversity and culture of food from across the country, with over 200 of the finest food and drink producers. There are a variety of expert demonstrations and a line-up of outstanding and well-known chefs. The festival welcomes over 30,000 visitors to the beautiful market town each year.

Other food festivals in September include :


Male voice choir


  • The annual Abertoir Horror Festival for lovers of horror films. 
  • The North Wales Choral Festival welcomes choirs from all over the world to the seaside town of Llandudno.
  • During November many of the Christmas events begin, such as the Llandudno Christmas Fayre 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.
  • 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.
  • The Royal Welsh Winter Fair is a popular attraction in the British agricultural show calendar. As well as livestock competitions and auctions, there are plenty of goods to buy.
  • 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.

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. 

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