Across GWR this August

August is here, but the summer party’s only just getting started. There’s still plenty to see, experience and enjoy across the GWR network. You’ll find everything from Catherine wheels to the Chemical Brothers. So transport yourself and have an awesome August with us.


16 June – 9 September

From animation to automobiles, Japanese design has changed the world and now influences all our lives. This exhibition includes historic painted screens, costumes, pottery and lacquer wear from major Japanese national museums. Many of the art works have never been seen in the UK before.

Our nearest station: Cardiff Central

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Boardmasters Festival at Fistral beach, Newquay


8 – 12 August

With Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Chemical Brothers and George Ezra all headlining, Boardmasters would be a highlight in the festival calendar for music alone. But you’ll also find a surf festival on Fistral Beach, with pro surf competitions, skate and BMX displays, art installations and a whole lot more.

Our nearest station: Newquay

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British Fireworks Championship

8 – 9 August

With three superb firework displays each evening, the British Fireworks Championship is a hugely popular event for sightseers. The Citadel and The Hoe are the best viewing areas, and people start to gather from the early evening. So make sure you get into position early to see all the explosive action.

Our nearest station: Plymouth

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Hot air balloons at Bristol Int Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

9 – 12 August

Head to Ashton Court Estate in Bristol to see an incredible array of hot air balloons. Entry is completely free, and you’ll find lots of trade stands, fairground rides and entertainment all laid on. Make sure to be there for 9pm on Thursday 9 or Saturday 11 August for the Nightglow, when balloons tether and light up the night sky.

Our nearest station: Bristol Temple Meads

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Cymru Pride (Cardiff Pride)


24 – 26 August

Three days, 40,000 revellers, and a fantastic carnival atmosphere – PRIDE Cymru is a mash-up of Cardiff’s Big Weekend and Pride, creating one huge party. Don’t miss the Parade on Saturday 25 August – last year it stretched over a mile through the city streets.

Our nearest station: Cardiff Central

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Torbay Royal Regatta

4 – 8 July

Whether you’re an old sea dog or a landlubber, you’re bound to be thrilled by the sight of over 100 yachts racing along the southern coast. The Torbay Racing Regatta has been taking place for over 200 years, and the whole town of Torquay cheers on the yachts from the shore.

Our nearest station: Torquay

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Image credit: Mo Samuals (Boardmasters Festival), The Official British Firework Championships Programme (British Firework Championships), Rice bowls, designed by Mori Masahiro for Hakusan Porcelain, 1992, National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (KIZUNA)