Paddle Sports Weekend
Barmouth harbour teems with raft racers, kayakers and paddleboarders – competition is fierce to navigate the Mawddach estuary course and hundreds of spectators come along to enjoy this weekend event. We have a pop-up screening venue on the quay in the atmospheric Sailors’ Institute and in the Dragon Theatre we’re screening a B-movie of archive camping holiday footage from 1967, with accompanying music from the era – the film ‘It Was 50 Years Ago Today’ shows as a main feature.
15th & 16th July
Archive Coffee Mornings
The Dragon Theatre is a converted Victorian chapel overlooking the beach and the lifeboat station in the small harbour town of Barmouth, on the coast of Snowdonia. Each Thursday morning during the summer holidays we will open up our traditional auditorium and welcome in visitors for a ‘panad’ (cuppa) and a browse in the Britain on Film archive. Films from the National Sound and Screen Archive of Wales will show the visitors of today what holidays were like in days gone by – carnival floats and decorated bicycles, steam trains and walks on the prom – so much has changed and yet so little.
27th July 10:30 AM
3rd August 10:30 AM
10th August 10:30 AM
17th August 10:30 AM
24th August 10:30 AM
31st August 10:30 AM
RNLI Fun Day
This popular day in the fundraising calendar for the RNLI happens at the boathouse, just opposite the Dragon Theatre on the promenade. Screenings will take place on site at the lifeboat station, or in the Dragon Theatre.
Heart of Wales Rally
For the fifth year running the Heart of Wales Rally brings a convoy of 60 colourful vintage lorries and commercial vehicles into Barmouth. It’s a sight to be seen and draws a crowd of enthusiasts for all things nostalgic. We’ll be holding an archive coffee morning before they arrive, then when the 130 drivers, drivers’ mates and families arrive for lunch at the theatre we’ll keep the films running for their post meal entertainment.
Barmouth Walking Festival
The Barmouth Walking Festival starts in the third week of September, guiding up to 200 people on 35 mountain and coastal walks. Their registration point each morning is the Dragon Theatre and while the ten day festival takes place we are organising an archive coffee evening, so they can kick off their walking boots at the end of the day and relax with refreshments, to take in coastal views from times past.
16th-24th Sept TBC
Barmouth Bridge 150th Celebration
The final event of our project is the weekend of celebrations planned for the 150th anniversary of Barmouth Bridge, the famous iconic viaduct across the Mawddach Estuary. The railway line it carries ‘The Cambrian Coast’ brought tourism to the town in the Victorian era. The bridge was used in the filming of The Ghost Train (1941) and we’ll be screening this film and showing archive footage from the same era during the weekend. The theatre will also host an exhibition of bridge artwork and many other events will be held around the town, including a model railway exhibition and firework/laser spectacular on the Saturday night. More details coming soon!