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 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:
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.
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’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.
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.
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Very enjoyable stay over the new year, with thanks to people serving meals. They worked hard to get food onto tables quickly!
We had a most enjoyable stay. It was a delight in the restaurant to be served by pleasant waiting staff who had clearly been well trained.