What's on in August

Our round up of just some of the best events happening this month.

Caldey Open Swim, Aberjazz music festival, outdoor sunset cinema and Pembrokeshire’s agricultural show are among the many, many events on offer this summer.

For the kids - weekly family events.

The following venues have LOTS of family events happening every week, throughout the summer holidays. So click on the links to see what takes your fancy.

Welsh Wildlife Centre, near Cilgerran, has events happening every week during the summer. Wildlife watch, reptile ramble and bat walks are just some of the days on offer.

National Park sites across Pembrokeshire have all sorts of family events on offer this summer, from evening bat walks and crafty afternoons at Oriel y Parc to Iron Age discovery days at Castell Henllys. In the south of the county Carew Castle take you into medieval mayhem with treasure trails and falconry displays.  Explore the full list of summer events in the National Park or download a copy of Coast to Coast

The National Trust have lots of events on their ‘Things to do before your 11 ¾ ‘ series. Daily kayaking and coasteering sessions are run from the Stackpole Estate, with a special climbing challenging taking place in August. Twilight walks are enjoyed over at Colby Woodland Garden. Search their full list of summer events

Monday 1st August

The Comedy of Errors

A unique opportunity to see this crazy, mixed-up comedy with an unfeasible number of twins. A ridiculous and colourful romp set in the magnificent Bishop's Palace, St Davids. Perfect for a summer’s evening. Presented by Festival Arts, with their usual live music.

Friday 5th August

Kayaking Tour

Join the National Trust for a family friendly morning kayaking tour with Preseli Venture exploring the pristine North Pembrokeshire coastline. The National Trust’s paddling ranger will get you closer to the amazing wildlife, geology and history of the area.

Saturday 6th August

Cardigan Food Festival

Head over to Cardigan Food Festival to taste our finest local produce, from award winning cheeses to rare breeds of meat, celebrating the quality and diversity of the superb independent food producers that abound in Wales.

Cardigan Food festival 14 - 1

Sunday 7th August

Tenby Summer Spectacular

You know the summer has finally arrived when the fireworks fly down at the Tenby Summer Spectacular. Every Sunday in August there’s fireworks on the harbour with live music, entertainment, stalls, food and drink.

Sunday 7th – Saturday 20th August

Sunset Cinema

The Torch Theatre is putting on four fabulous nights of classic outdoor cinema screenings across the county. Will you watch Mamma Mia! at Picton Castle? Maybe The Goonies or Top Gun at Milford Marina? Take a look at the full line up on the Torch Theatre website.

Sunset Cinema

Thursday 11th August

Spanjazz

Get into the jazz groove at Plas Hyfred Hotel, Narberth, in an evening with The Arcadian Collective - a creative 6 piece jazz-funk group. Starts at 8pm.

Friday 12th - Sunday 14th August

Llangwm Literary Festival

Llangwm will hosts its very first literary festival with a fascinating programme of writer presentations, creative writing and art workshops, plus yoga & storytelling. The line up includes Griff Rhys Jones, Ferdinand Mount, Ben Rawlence, Diana Darke and Rio bound Paralympian Nathan Stephens. Discover more and for tickets visit the LlangwmLitFest website.

Sunday 14th August

Tenby Caldey Swim

The Caldey Swim is back with 100 wild swimmers putting their skills to the test in this annual 2-mile open water swim from Caldey Island to Tenby’s North Beach. The race starts from the island at 10:45am. Well worth popping down to North Beach to cheer them in!

Monday 15th August

The Lightening Path

Ella wonders why her family farm is flooding. She embarks on a magical journey to find answers and on her way meets a collection of people and creatures that help her learn new ways of understanding and caring. Small World Theatre bring you this ecological tale through their renown family puppet theatre. Starts at 4pm.

The Lightening Path - Span

Tuesday 16th – Thursday 18th August

Pembrokeshire County Show

Pembrokeshire County Show is where to meet the farmers, eat local food, watch horse jumping or fast car races, visit farm animals of all descriptions and check out the huge craft hall. Everything you could possibly want to know about living in the Pembrokeshire countryside in one field! 

Pembrokeshire Show

Thursday 18th August

Hamlet

The Festival Players are back again for another evening of open-air theatre, with their take on Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, performed at Lampeter House near Narberth. Arrive early to enjoy the gardens with a drink or picnic from 6pm, play starts at 7.30pm. Tickets and enquiries to Span Arts

Span Arts Hamlet

Sunday 21st August

Sense and Sensibility

Enjoy Jane Austen’s beloved tale at Carew Castle as Chapterhouse Theatre Company whisk you back to the 19th century. Bring a rug or low backed chair, a picnic and settle in for a magical evening. Starts at 7pm. Hot drinks available. Booking essential.

Wednesday 24th August

The Hot Seats

Five hillbilly virtuosos from Richmond, USA, will be lifting the roof on another memorable Burnetts Hill Chapel night out. Make sure you’re there. 

Thursday 25th – Monday 29th August

Aberjazz, Fishguard

Head to Fishguard this August bank holiday, for another 5-days of jazz. You’ll find daily performances and workshops, at lots of different venues across town, to help you sing, play and dance the blues. You’ll be amazed what you can get upto in Fishguard!

Courtney Pine is headlining, need we say anymore.

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August

Annual Country Fair

Step back in time at Picton Castle as they host this 2-day celebration of British Country Fairs. You’ll find local produce and crafts, a dog show, gundog displays, archery, fly-fishing and clay pigeon shooting.

Classic Music

Get your classical music fix at Rhosygilwyn this August with their 5th annual proms weekend. If you love classical head to Rhosygilwyn for a weekend of Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Ravel. 

Saturday 27th August

Narberth Craft Fair

For more originals head to Narberth for the Pig Street Craft Collective summer street fair, featuring original arts and crafts from artisans based in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

Phew! We'll need a holiday after this lot.

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