October 15, 11:00am

Britain on Film: Coast and Sea in Barmouth

Dragon Theatre, Barmouth
Dragon Theatre website

The Dragon Theatre in Barmouth, supported  by Film Hub Wales and Cardiff’s Chapter as BFI Film Hub Lead Organisation, will open its old chapel doors from mid-July for a season of vintage coffee mornings and coastal themed, archive film screenings. Events tie in to the calendar of local seaside festivals and fun days taking place throughout the summer. 

The events will celebrate last month’s release online of 50 newly digitised films from Wales dating from 1898 to 2000. The films form part of BFI Britain on Film: Coast and Sea.

Paddle Sports Weekend – 15th-16th July

Barmouth harbour teems with raft racers, kayakers and paddle-boarders. Competition is fierce to navigate the Mawddach estuary course and hundreds of spectators come along to enjoy this weekend event. A pop-up screening venue on the quay in the atmospheric Sailors’ Institute will show archive films throughout the weekend. On both evenings, the film Fifty Years Ago Today! will be shown at 7:30pm at the Dragon Theatre and preceded by a short B movie of archive camping film from 1967.

Archive Coffee Mornings, Dragon Theatre – 10:30am July 27th, August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st. Adults £3, Children free of charge

Each Thursday morning during the summer holidays, visitors will be welcomed in to the converted Victorian chapel, overlooking Barmouth beach and the lifeboat station for a 'panad' (cuppa) and a chance to delight in archive film screenings.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution Fun Day - 20th August, time TBC

This popular day in the fundraising calendar for the RNLI happens at the boathouse, just opposite the Dragon Theatre on the promenade. A Salt and Vinegar Screening (bring your own fish & chips) of the film ‘Song of the Sea’ will take place on site or in the Dragon Theatre.

Heart of Wales Rally - 9th September

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. An archive coffee morning for the public, will be followed by lunch for the 130 drivers, drivers’ mates and families at the theatre with films running for their post meal entertainment.

Barmouth Walking Festival - 16th-25th September

The Barmouth Walking Festival starts mid-September, guiding up to 200 people on 35 mountain and coastal walks. Their registration point each morning is the Dragon Theatre. An archive coffee evening will take place during the week (date TBC) so walkers can kick off their boots, relax and soak up coastal views from times gone by.

Barmouth Bridge 150th Celebration - 13th-15th October

The final Barmouth event is the weekend of celebrations 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), which will be shown over the weekend alongside footage from the same era. 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 display on the Saturday night. More details coming soon!