If like us, you’re already planning your summer social diaries, you might want to add the Barry Island Weekenders to your list of things to do.
With scorching fire shows, street dance, DJ showcases and an open-air cinema, the Barry Island Weekenders are set to make a huge comeback this year, following record success last year.
To spark up the summer, the exciting line up will begin with the Isle of Fire weekender on July 21-22, a thrilling weekend of entertainment perfect for families, an evening with the girls, or even a date (if we can find one).
The Isle of Fire will once again see Barry Island transformed into a blazing spectacle, where the Lantern Parade, Viking Ship and live music will take over the gardens, along with live fire dance shows.
This year’s Isle of Fire will also feature the mesmerising Mechanical Heart, a beating heart with light and music created by blacksmith Felicity Jones.
We went to Isle of Fire last year, and trust us, it was every bit as magical, exciting and fun as you would expect. It’s no wonder that the Weekenders attracted 43,000 visitors in 2017.
The following weekend, it will welcome the Cinemor Weekender, a new event in collaboration with BAFTA Cymru.
Joining other film fanatics in this limited capacity event, guests will enjoy the best of Welsh film and television with workshops and screenings of celebrated films such as Tiger Bay, The Edge of Love and Very Annie Mary. So if you’re a bit of a film buff, this one is for you.
In the weeks following, people will be able to get moving with the Sports Weekender (August 4-5), be spellbound by the Magic and Street Theatre Weekender (August 11-12) and dance it out with Breakout Barry Weekender (August 18-19).
On the final weekend of August, the Cinema by the Sea will be making a return to the gardens with open-air screenings of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982) on August 25, and The Greatest Showman (2017) on August 26 taking place.
During the screenings, visitors are free to bring along their own picnics and wind down their summer holiday before the new school term begins. So grab your snacks and a blanket, this is the perfect way to enjoy the last of those warm summer evenings.
For those keen to get a head start on their summer activities, the tourist hotspot will also play host to the Barry Island Sprint Triathlon (June 3), Barry Island Transport Festival (June 10), and Welsh language music festival Gwyl Fach y Fro (June 16).
If you love eating (yes) and drinking (of course), this next one promises not to disappoint. The final weekend in June will be a foodie favourite, with Beats, Eats and Treats taking over the island on June 30-July 1, which will boast a prosecco bar, farmer’s market and artisan foods. If like us, you like the sound of all of those things, we’ll see you there.
Nia Hollins, Principle Marketing and Tourism Officer at Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “After record success last year, Barry Island is all set for a bumper summer, and the Weekenders really gives our visitors something extra to look forward to.
“While our visitors will still be able to make the most of the beautiful coastal surroundings, and enjoy the beach huts and activities, this will add a little bit of excitement to their visit!
“We can’t wait to see people share their photos and videos with us on Twitter and Facebook during the Weekenders, it’s great to see people enjoying themselves.”
For more information on the Barry Island Weekenders and other events over the summer, please visit visitthevale.com