Live music, street theatre, world-class sporting events, family entertainment, food and culture to name but a few reasons why #Cardiffis Events
Following on from an incredible 2017, a year that saw the UEFA Champions League Final welcome 250,000 visitors to the UEFA Champions League Festival in the Bay, Cardiff is set to deliver another varied and exciting programme of events and entertainment throughout 2018. Including seasonal favourites Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, RHS Flower Show Cardiff, Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival, Capital FM Cardiff Bay Beach and Cardiff Harbour Festival hosts Extreme Sailing Series.
Following the success of events in 2017, we have so much more coming to the capital city in 2018. Eisteddfod 2018 will be a whole new experience to the traditional festival held in a field, exploring new concepts. Held in Cardiff Bay, the wide and long roads of Lloyd George Avenue will be transform into a welcoming Maes. Not to forget- the adrenaline fuelled Volvo Ocean Race will, for the first time in its history stop in Cardiff from 27 May -10 June.
RHS Flower Show Cardiff
As the first major RHS Flower show of the year, the Cardiff show comes at the ideal time to stock up on ‘must-haves’ for the gardening season ahead. Trade stands throughout the showground and a craft fair full of curios offers an enjoyable shopping experience while the farmers market is the place to find a bounty of culinary treats.
Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival
After celebrating Roald Dahl’s splendiferous City of the Unexpected in 2016 Cardiff was put on the map for all things literature. The Kids Lit Fest is ideal for all those who love children’s books- authors and illustrators make words and pictures come to like across all city centre venues.
The Romans invade once again with a formidable force and an array of fearsome weapons! Soliders in full authentic costume take over the Castle grounds with an impressive display of their military prowess, with drills and demonstrations of their sophisticated weaponry. Chariot racing for children, themed activites and your chance to Have-a-Go at launching siege weapons are all part of the weekend action.
Tafwyl is the capital’s annual Welsh language arts & culture festival and free Welsh party for everyone bringing the biggest names in Welsh arts, culture and sport to Cardiff along with an excellent street food area.
Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival
The city’s original celebration of home-grown produce and irresistible street food, Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival promises to be a mouth-watering paradise for families and food-lovers alike every summer.
Capital FM Cardiff Bay Beach
Alexandra Head on Cardiff Bay Barrage will be transformed into a spectacular seaside setting as the Capital FM Cardiff Bay Beach Festival brings buckets full of fun to entertain the kids. The attraction features a child-friendly sandy beach, water play area and a variety of popular funfair rides and games for all the family. With free live entertainment, great food and drink and traditional deck chairs to relax in. Entry is free with additional charges for facilities on site.
Visitor Tip Whist you are at the Beach why not visit Flat Holm, a unique Island just half a mile wide and 5 miles from Cardiff by boat. Rich in wildlife and steeped in history with amazing views across the Bristol Channel, the island has a sense of wilderness, remoteness and isolation.
Cardiff Harbour Festival hosts Extreme Sailing Series
Renowned for its intense racing spirit, the Extreme Sailing Series™ returns to Cardiff Bay every summer and features elite level sailing crews including the British team, Land breathtaking racing, there’ll be plenty for shoreside entertainment as well for the whole family.
Early bird tickets available until Monday 18 June!
A fantastic family day out and a huge favourite with the crowds, The Knights of Royal England return with a dazzling show and an epic display of jousting. See some spectacular horseback stunts as the knights stop at nothing as they charge full tilt in an attempt to strike their opponent’s shield and knock them out of their saddle.
Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend
Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend 2017 was a mega-mashup of Pride and Cardiff’s Big Weekend which was last held in 2011 across three days on City Hall Lawns.
Cardiff Half Marathon
The Cardiff Half Marathon is one of the UK’s biggest and best road races and a firm favourite event within the running community. The 13.1 mile course boasts scenes of the most iconic landmarks with beautiful scenery and historic buildings.
It doesn’t take long in Cardiff to realise we’re rather fond of rugby. Principality Stadium will host big games including Wales v Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Visitor Tip If you are visiting Cardiff for the rugby why not check out the stylish suburb of the city such as Pontcanna, Cathays and Grangetown? Packed with trendy bars and restaurants it makes the perfect pre-game pint!
Celebrating LGBT film in Cardiff, Wales, UK with a six-day international film festival. With a focus on excellence in LGBT storytelling on screen, the Iris Prize Festival awards the largest short film prize in the world – the prestigious £30,000 Iris Prize, supported by the Michael Bishop Foundation.
Winter Wonderland New Year’s Eve party at Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland
City Hall Lawns
Cardiff’s City Hall Lawn is transformed into a winter wonderland every November, complete with an open air ice rink and Christmas fair. The ice rink, which has been named as the best regional open-air rink in the UK, stays open until late every evening. Further entertainment includes live music, fairground rides and street entertainment.
City Hall Lawns
If you are looking for a great atmosphere to celebrate the New Year then head to Cardiff’s Civic Centre. Skate in the New Year on the Admiral Ice Rink at Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, enjoy the live music, family fun fair and be in a prime position to watch the spectacular midnight firework display after the big count down.
New Year’s Eve party at Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland