Balloon festival and other things to do in Llangollen

Go and see a show

The International Pavilion on Abbey Road hosts top class performers and entertainers all year round.

They aim to provide something for everyone, with opera, rock'n'roll, salsa, comedy, and classical music all on offer.

Welsh comedy star Rob Brydon will be paying a visit on Friday November 28 and tickets are set to sell very fast!

Events in the nearer future include the Adriano Adewale Group, who serve up a ‘fusion of global influences' on Friday April 11, 8pm; classical pianist Nicola Meecham on Friday April 18 , 8pm; and gypsy jazz performer Eduardo Niebla ‘Brilliantisimo' onFriday 2 May, 8pm.

More events can be found in our listings here.

Take a ride on a horse drawn boat

Llangollen Wharf


There's nothing quite as relaxing or romantic as a horse drawn boat trip along Llangollen canal.

These leisurely rides operate daily from 11am from Easter to October (times may vary).
For a trip lasting 45 minutes it costs £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.

From the Wharf you can also take motorised aqueduct cruise across the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct built by Thomas Telford, which is supported 126 feet above the river by 19 hollow masonry piers.

International Musical Eisteddfod July 8-13


Each July as many as 50,000 visitors descend on the town to experience the magic of the Eisteddfod, which showcases the most talented classical music artists in the world.

This year's performers include Elaine Paige, Alfie Boe, Elin Manahan Thomas and David Kempster, All Angels, and hundreds of others.

More detail on our Eisteddfod page.

Llangollen Fringe  July 17-27

Royal International Pavilion, 01978 860600


The Fringe festival organisers say they are intending to develop it into an "Edinburgh fringe of Wales, a sustainable arts festival that will become increasingly famous throughout Britain".

They already someway to achieving this - it is now in its 11th year and the lineup includes a heady mix of folk, fusion music, eco awareness, and alternative acts.

Hot air balloon festival August 30-31

Hot air balloon


0870 2324256

The festival will be over 3 days this year. Friday will feature a live outdoors music stage, with artists to be confirmed soon.

There are mass balloon ascents planned for 6am & 6pm on Saturday and Sunday and the famous night glow and fireworks display on Saturday night.

There is a children's interactive area with entertainment and workshops.

There is also the UK's only indoor model balloon festival, together with fairground and amusements, refreshments and bar, craft fair, and trade stands.

See a video of last year's festival here.

Llangollen Food festival Oct 18-19

0870 2324256 / 07812 638459


The Llangollen Food Festival boasts a mouthwatering array of stalls and demonstrations and attracts foodies from miles around.

TV's Hairy Bikers attended last year's event, which also included Dai Davies' bread making with a difference.

Email for further info.

Thomas the Tank Engine at Llangollen Steam Railway Station

Thomas Tank

August 9 - 17 

Llangollen Railway Office 01978 860979


Thomas and friends come to Llangollen and provide train services to Carrog.
Children and families will have a great time as the Fat Controller tries to keep order!

Family day out  - read all about it!


Go walking near Llangollen


Balloon + dinas bran


The first hill fort at Dinas Bran dates back to 600BC and the castle makes a spectacular destination for walkers.

The nearby Horseshoe Pass, also known as the A542, coils its way up Mynydd Llantysilio for 1,367ft, and makes a good vantage point for admiring the scenery.

The Gardening Show, June 7- 8

0870 2324256

The Gardening Show, one of the UK's premier gardening events, is held at the Royal International Pavilion each year.

The show has award winning nurseries and displays, show gardens, and talks and demonstrations presented by national and local experts.

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