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December is dark, chilly, and wet in Wales, but Christmas brings festive sparkle, fairy lights, and markets to towns, cities, villages, and manor houses across the country. Up in the mountains, you might find snow dusting the highest peaks, and if you venture to the coast when the weather cheers up you’ll find it blissfully quiet.
November is when winter properly rolls in. This is one of the darkest, wettest months in Wales and much of the country goes into hibernation. Thankfully, there are plenty of winter warmers: cozy afternoons spent browsing galleries and curling up in cafés in cities and towns, fireworks and Christmas fairs full of seasonal sparkle, and a riot of cultural festivals.
Fall is here: October is the month when the rains properly arrive and the days get shorter, colder, and darker. But there’s brightness, with the woods turning gold and crimson, and Halloween jack-o'-lanterns glowing at the end of the month. Hit good weather and October can be a fine month for walking and tuning into local music and food festivals.
September is one of the loveliest months to visit Wales. The big summer rush is over, the weather is still reasonably warm for hikes on the coast and in the hills, and the woods are beginning to turn golden and russet. This is the month of harvest, with orchards and vineyards now yielding fruit and many a food festival on the agenda.
August is peak season in Wales: the schools are out and there’s a real buzz in the air, with everyone dashing to the coast, hiking in the hills, or clicking into the groove of a summer festival. Crowds swell, the roads are busy and accommodation is often booked solid, but if you like things lively and the weather warm, now is the time to come.
July is Wales’ hottest month in more ways than one. Temperatures peak, cities and towns heave with people on vacation, roads are busy, coastal digs are fully booked and popular beaches are packed when the sun emerges. If you like things lively, come now for music and food events, beer gardens, and café terraces humming with good vibes.