The Monmouth Festival has been a crowd pleaser for over 335 years! It is a free festival, open to all. The festival aims to provide a friendly, relaxed environment for families to come together and have fun. All ages are welcome at the Monmouth Festival.
The festival is a Not-For-Profit Organization and is run by a team of volunteers. Considered to be one of the best, largest, and longest-running free festivals in Europe, the Monmouth Festival attracts visitors from all over the world.
The festival runs for nine days in July, and at the center of it all is the love of music. From pop, jazz, and rock ‘n roll, to ska, salsa, and hip-hop. From country to classical. Monmouth Festival has it all. The festival showcases both well-known performers and up-and-coming young talent. Performances take place outdoors, in churches, and in pubs.
A busking festival was included in the event in 2014 and proved to be so popular that it has stayed on as part of the event. Busking zones are set up on various streets throughout the town, and there is an ‘open mic’ stage Agincourt Square.
The first festival was hosted in 1983 and ran for 8 nights. It was held in Agincourt Square, and as the area wasn’t closed off, the stage had to be taken down and reassembled each night. The festival was inspired by the Festival of Castles which is held across Wales and was chaired by John Hamilton. In the festival’s 10th year it had grown so much that it ran for 15 nights!
The festival was held in Agincourt Square until 2017, where it was moved to the bottom of town in the Cattle Market Car Park.
To celebrate its 35th year, Monmouth Festival will also be hosting a Family Fun Day on Sunday.