Visit Criccieth at most times of the year and it’s a sleepy tourist town on Cardigan Bay. Every year in June, however, this small town huddled around a beach and castle transforms for its annual festival. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the fun and this year Criccieth Festival 2016 takes place between the 18-26 June. In other words, it’s in full swing right now!

It’s a great opportunity to take in the sights of Criccieth and Cardigan Bay, as well as enjoy a week-long schedule of events encompassing all sorts of local arts and attractions. Best of all, Criccieth is little more than 30 minutes’ drive from the hotel – perfect for a great day out.

Criccieth Festival 2016: The Setting

Criccieth is best known for its dramatic clifftop castle, built around 1230 AD and later extended with a new wall and tower that doubled its size.

On each side of the castle there is a beach, sandy with pebbles, and there are rock pools to explore at the eastern end. Unusually for a Welsh seaside resort, there are no amusement arcades along the beachfront, and a sense of tranquility pervades, enhancing the resort’s timeless charm.

The town is given the nickname ‘the Pearl of Wales’, and perhaps its most famous former resident was local solicitor David Lloyd George, who went on to become one of Britain’s most revered Prime Ministers.

The events of Criccieth Festival 2016 itself range from dinners and other foodie celebrations, to concerts and the David Lloyd George Memorial Lecture on Thursday 23 June – there’s music, poetry, and local delicacies to try too.

Here are some of the events you still have time to catch:

Thursday 23 June

The last of the Festival’s Coffee Concerts is followed at 7:30pm by the David Lloyd George Memorial Lecture at Capel Moreia, priced at £14 per person, and £12 for concessions.

Friday 24 June

Head to the Memorial Hall at 7:30pm for the Gala Concert by OPRA Cymru with guest tenor Rhys Meirion – tickets are £15, and £13 for concessions.

Saturday 25 June

Saturday’s Memorial Hall at 8pm features big band Brassaholics with guest Ffion Emyr, tickets are £15 per person and £13 for concessions – doors open at 7pm if you want to get to the bar early.

At 10:45pm make sure you’re in view of the castle, as a spectacular fireworks display is scheduled, free of charge but with donations welcomed.

Sunday 26 June

Finally, Criccieth Festival 2016 draws to a close with an ecumenical service at St Catherine’s Church at 10:30am and literary events including a poetry walk along the coastal path (in Welsh) and at 8pm, an evening with renowned author Jan Morris at The Marine Hotel – tickets priced at £10.

We still have room availability at Celtic Royal Hotel in the coming days – click here to enquire about an overnight stay and make the most of this lovely event.

Image: © Copyright Alex Foster and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Easter Spring Break, The Perfect Holiday in Caernarfon.

- Posted on 28th Feb 2018 -

With Easter at the end of March this year, we’ve got plenty of space in March and April for the pe...

Mother’s Day 2018, That Special Treat

- Posted on 20th Feb 2018 -

With Easter at the end of March this year, we’ve got plenty of space in March and April for the perfect spring break at the Celtic Royal Hotel. Trea...

Take a look at some of our older Blog Entries here

  • February 2018 (3)
  • January 2018 (1)
  • December 2017 (1)
  • October 2017 (1)
  • September 2017 (1)
  • May 2017 (1)
  • April 2017 (1)
  • February 2017 (1)
  • January 2017 (1)
  • October 2016 (1)
  • September 2016 (1)
  • July 2016 (4)
  • June 2016 (5)
  • May 2016 (4)
  • April 2016 (2)
  • March 2016 (2)
  • February 2016 (2)
  • January 2016 (2)
  • December 2015 (5)
  • November 2015 (4)
  • October 2015 (4)
  • September 2015 (4)
  • August 2015 (6)
  • July 2015 (4)
  • June 2015 (6)
  • Customer Comments

    Four Seasons Club

    20th December 2018

    The members of the Four Seasons Club would like to thank all the staff at Celtic Royal. Everyone is so friendly & helpful & happy to go the extra mile with a smile!

    GDgreb

    3rd April 2019

    We visited the Celtic Royal for a couple of nights in March 19 with the objective of walking around Snowdonia. Great hotel with really pleasant and professional staff. Our room was spacious, comfy and adequately equipped. Leisure facilities were good, large pool with sauna and steam rooms, reasonably equipped gym. Breakfast was quality and plentiful. Evening meals were excellent and good value. Varied and interesting menu, generous proportions and superbly cooked.