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Are you looking for something to do? Summer is popular for all sorts of festivals in Cardiff and the surrounding area. Here are our suggestions for the second half of July. For all of our posts please check our News page


Cinema in the Park – The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Don’t miss a screening of this iconic film in the park – in Sophia Gardens. Wrap up warm and prepare to sing along! All audience are undercover, and you can soak up the atmosphere and enjoy our festival courtyard. More information and tickets here.

When: Monday, 15 July 2019 from 8.30 pm
Where: Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival, Sophia Gardens
Cost: £17


Bristol Harbour Festival

The festival is free for all and brings over 250,000 people together each summer to celebrate our rich maritime history and enjoy some of the city’s best music and entertainment. More information here.

When: Friday, 19 July 2019 – Sunday, 21 July 2019
Where: Bristol Waterfront / Harbourside
Cost: free


Cardiff Bay Beach Festival

The beach features a giant child-friendly sandy beach, a shallow water play area, a variety of rides and games, a giant wheel with views across the bay, free live entertainment, great food and drink, and traditional deck chairs for visitors to chill out in the summer sun. More information here.

When: Saturday, 20 July 2019 – Sunday, 01 September 2019
Where: Cardiff Bay
Cost: free


Aqua Park Cardiff Bay

Enjoy the floating inflatable Aqua Park with climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars, slides, blast bags and monkey bars making it the ultimate day out for groups, families, adults, children and adrenaline junkies! It’s time to have fun! More information and tickets here.

When: Saturday, 29 June 2019 – Monday, 09 September 2019
Where: Cardiff Bay
Cost: from £20


Big Cheese Festival

Caerphilly Castle, the second largest Castle in Britain still remains the star of the festival with free entry all weekend. With an entertainment program that’ll stretch from morning until evening, there’ll be medieval re-enactments within the Castle grounds, live music and a packed program in The Great Hall. This event is not only for cheese and castle lovers! The Big Cheese Festival brings together local and regional Welsh food & drink producers in three massive food halls. More information here.

When: Friday, 26 July 2019 – Sunday, 28 July 2019
Where: Caerphilly castle
Cost: free


Isle of Fire

The award-winning magical fire garden returns featuring a flaming stage, live music, street entertainers, Fire dance shows and more. Barry island will be transformed into a beautiful fiery landscape with flaming flowers, scorching sculptures and entrancing trees. More information here.

When: Saturday, 20 July 2019 – Sunday, 21 July 2019 (8pm to 11pm each night)
Where: Barry Island
Cost: free


Cardiff Guitar Festival

Do you want to be inspired for music making? With Chapter’s annual festival of outstanding professional concerts, and inspiring workshops they aim to provide the best possible experience for the participants. More information and tickets here.

When: Tuesday, 23 July 2019 – Wednesday, 31 July 2019 
Where: Chapter Arts Centre, Canton
Cost: £12 per concert