Your 2014 summer guide to the best festivals in Wales

Croseo! Festival season is nearly upon us – we hope you’re as excited about this as we are.

Although the big, well-established festivals are great fun, there is definitely an undeniable charm about the smaller, quirkier festivals too.  If you fancy getting off the beaten-festival path and venturing into the adventurous arena of alternative festivals, step this way. We’ve tracked down the best lesser known festivals in Wales.

Add these dates to your summer 2014 calendar and you won’t be disappointed.

WOW Film Festival, various locations across Wales

Celebrating world cinema since 2001, the WOW Film Festival has been described by The Guardian as, ‘The excellent Wales wide travelling film festival.’

There’s a huge array of great cinema to choose from, all films will be showing from March 2014 onwards. You can view the full WOW Film Festival cinema listings here. Plus, there’s lots of different venues across Wales to pick from. This year, David Gillam, the Festival Director, promises to show films that, ‘tell powerful stories that illuminate our world and the way we live now.’

A Bollywood Brass Band evening is also planned. Here you’ll be able to celebrate the best of Bollywood by watching incredible Bollywood scenes. There will also be a  with a Gujarati meal

2014 is a big year for films in Wales. Pinewood Studio Wales is all set to give a huge boost to the Welsh film and TV industry, which is all very exciting. So, with all of the buzz around films and filmmaking in Wales at the moment, it makes sense that this year Wales’ WOW Film Festival will be the best yet.

Barmouth Walking Festival,  west coast of Wales

Mud and wellies have become synonymous with British festivals, and although Barmouth Walking Festival isn’t your average festival, it definitely doesn’t disappoint when it comes to these items (although you might opt for walking boots over funky orange and pink wellies!).

Based along the west coast of Wales, the Barmouth Walking Festival takes place annually in September. The walks on offer are varied and all abilities can take part. Some of the guided walks take 10 hours to complete though, so make sure you check the difficulty rating before booking your place! All walks are based around the breath-taking Mawddach Estuary and Southern Snowdonia areas of Wales.

This video gives you a taste of the kinds of stunning views you might see in Barmouth, North Wales:

Gottwood Electronic Music and Arts Festival, Anglesey

Running from the 19th to the 22nd June, the Gottwood Electronic Music and Arts Festival turns  five this year and promises to celebrate their birthday with ‘a bumpy, vibrant and lively ride through the woods.’

Intrigued? You should be. There’s a whole load of big names on their line-up and take a look at their teaser video:

Beyond The Border, Wales International Storytelling Festival

Beyond The Border takes place in a medieval castle (where better to experience the best in storytelling?) called St Donats, which can be found along the Glamorganshire Coast. It lasts for three days, from the 4th to the 6th of July 2014. With writers such as Francesca Simon (writer of theHorrid Henry series) and storyteller Duncan Mackintosh, this year’s festival of stories and music from Wales is set to be memorable. The line-up contains other great acts too, from the irreverent four-piece a cappella group The Fanfare Strumpets to a concert of stories from the group, Strange Lovers.

The Times decribed Beyond The Border as ‘A festival like no other’ and we think we’d have to agree with The Times on this one.