Canoeing on Bala Lake will be one of the festival activities. Photo: Gwynedd Council

Canoeing on Bala Lake will be one of the festival activities. Photo: Gwynedd Council

Plans are afoot for a new outdoor festival aimed at families.

The Snowdonia Outdoor Festival will take place in summer, based on the shore of Bala Lake in Gwynedd.

The new festival is backed by the team that stages the successful Keswick Mountain Festival in the Lake District, and elements of the Cumbrian event will be incorporated.

Outdoor activities and sports events will be core elements of the Snowdonia Outdoor Festival. The programme will include guided walks, canoeing, mountain biking, open water swimming, bushcraft, stand-up paddle boarding and sailing. There will also be a full schedule of sports events, with three trail runs, two open-water swims, two mountain biking events and a sportive.

At its heart will be the festival village, a base for retailers and exhibitors, the Talks Tipi, food and drink, and taster activities for all ages. The village will also be the site for live music on the Saturday and Sunday nights, and a focal point for many of the festival’s other attractions.

Organisers are keen to encourage children between eight and 14 to take part in the event.

Event director Nicola Meadley said: “We’re really excited about the potential of the Snowdonia Outdoor Festival.

“Bala Lake provides a brilliant base for exploring the North and East of the magnificent Snowdonia national park and it’s really accessible for visitors. We are building partnerships with local organisations in the area and putting together what I am sure will be a hugely welcome and successful addition to the summer programme of events.

“Scheduling the festival for the summer holidays gives parents a great new option for an outdoor family break in August.”

The Snowdonia Outdoor Festival, or Gwyl Awyr Agored Eryri, will run from 11-13 August, with a base on the banks of Bala Lake – Llyn Tegid.

Tickets for the festival will go on sale at the start of March and will be available online, along with details of the programme as they are confirmed.

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