Culture

From local festivals and film to theatre and opera, you’re never far from a cultural encounter while on the Coast Path, which passes close to an impressive range of entertainment options both on its city and rural coastline sections.

North Wales Coast & Dee Estuary

The historic 126-year-old Colwyn Bay Theatre, the oldest working cinema in the UK, the oldest civic theatre in Wales and the oldest working theatre in Wales, has had a recent makeover. Check out its shows and cinema screenings.

Isle of Anglesey

Take a trip to the Welsh lover’s island, Ynys Llanddwyn, at the end of the beach near Newborough Warren, and see the ruined church of St. Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers.

Menai, Llŷn & Meirionnydd

For a taste of true Welsh literature, visit Cae’r Gors, the childhood home of Kate Roberts, ‘Queen of Welsh literature’, at Rhosgadfan, near Caernarfon. A multimedia exhibition brings to life the world of a writer born in 1891 who went on to became one of Wales’ most renowned authors.

Let your hair down and enjoy a weekend of music at Wakestock on the Llŷn Peninsula. It’s a wakeboarding festival so be ready to watch some superb skills on display.

Ceredigion

Be one of the 750,000 visitors a year to the Aberystwyth Arts Centre – it’s Wales’ largest arts centre and offers a huge programme of drama, dance, music, visual arts, applied arts, film, new media, and community arts. Or visit Cardigan’sTheatr Mwldan.

Pembrokeshire

Visit the picturesque seaside town of Tenby in September for its thriving Arts Festival, and enjoy a programme which takes in classical music and literature, fact and fiction, poetry and jazz.

Carmarthenshire

For an intimate festival, try the one in Laugharne. Each April, audiences squeeze into tiny clubs, churches and halls with performers which have included Patti Smith, Ray Davies of the Kinks and Mick Jones of The Clash.

Gower & Swansea Bay

The Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea’s Maritime Quarter is home to a permanent exhibition about Wales’ most celebrated poet, and hosts literary events throughout the year, including the annual Dylan Thomas Festival during October and November.

South Wales Coast & Severn Estuary

Built in 1932, the Grand Pavilion on Porthcawl seafront, with its full Ballroom sprung dance floor and stage, is a popular venue for everything from comedy and variety to theatre, pantomime and musicals. Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay opened in 2004 and has already established its reputation as one the world’s iconic arts and cultural destinations. The vision of the centre is to be an internationally significant cultural landmark and centre for the performing arts, renowned for inspirational excellence and leadership. Or try St Donats Arts Centre, set in the grounds of a medieval castle overlooking the sea.