Soak up the heat in Cardiff this August at the hottest events which the city has to offer and create your perfect summer.

Festival Frolics

31.08.14Cardiff Bay Beach

The Cardiff Bay Beach returns every year for the summer holidays, bringing with it seaside attractions and even traditional deckchairs for tired parents! Enjoy live music and entertainment at Wales’ largest celebration of equality, Pride Cymru in August. Or take part in Cardiff Castle’s two day Medieval Melee which features a knights tournament, storytelling and weapon demonstrations.

Gluttony Guide

Cardiff Bay

Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay

Take a sunny stroll through Mermaid Quay and discover a wealth of waterside eateries, from Mexican tapas at Las Iguanas to modern Italian cuisine at Carluccio’s. You’ll find both light-hearted lunches and evening meals to suit all budgets. For entertainment while you eat, try the Comedy Carousel at the Glee Club.

Get in the summer holiday spirit and take a water taxi to and from the city centre
For hazy afternoons in the city centre, wander along St. Mary Street and get your summer-time seafood fix at Le Monde‘s Brasserie. Or experience sunshine in a pastry case at Pieminister‘s flagship restaurant, with their somerset cider pie. Move on to dessert served with a dollop of gossip at these city centre hotels The Hilton, Park PlazaParc Thistle. They offer the finest selection of afternoon tea in the city. Or indulge in a cheese platter at Madame Fromage in the Victorian surroundings of the Castle Arcade.

Later, quench your summer thirst at the alfresco drinking hub of the city, Mill Lane. Or make the most of the sun long into the evening at Buffalo‘s beer garden – their 241 menu boasts 20 cocktails. And if you fancy learning something new this summer, indulge in a cocktail masterclass at Soda Bar.


Get back to Nature

Bute Park

Bute Park

Fancy a change of scenery this summer? Unlike most cities it won’t take you long, as Cardiff is one of Europe’s most green and compact. Occupying an ideal city centre locale, Bute Park offers prime picnic spots.

Stock up on alfresco snacks at Wally’s Deli in the Morgan Arcade
Or take a leaf out of a summer romance novel and hire a boat on Roath Park Lake, located just outside of the city centre.

Discover Cardiff’s progress from a small settlement to the modern capital city it is today through a variety of trails and tours, both professional and self-guided. Explore Wales’ Coastal Path or soak up Cardiff’s history on The Cardiff Bay Circular Trail. Here you can admire the Norweigan Church, a cultural landmark thanks to Roald Dahl. But don’t forget, Welsh summer holiday spots situated outside of the capital are all easily accessible from Cardiff. Discover more of what Wales has to offer here.


All the World’s a Stage

Brecon Jazz

Brecon Jazz Picture source: Yolanda Brown

Jazz it up between 10 and 12 of August at Brecon Jazz. Big name international headliners, street performers and intriguing crossovers are all prominent features of this summers event in the beauty of the Brecon Beacon, only an hours drive from Cardiff.

This summer Cardiff’s eclectic live music scene ranges from country at the Gate Arts Centre to heavy rock at Cardiff Students Union to punk at Clwb Ifor Bach. At the classical end of the spectrum the Welsh Proms return to St. David’s Hall.

Stylish in the City

Castle Arcade, City Centre Source

Castle Arcade, City Centre

Indulge your retail therapy in true Cardiff style. Whether you’re searching for quirky souvenirs, perking up your summer wardrobe or simply wiling away an afternoon window-shopping. From the vast high street experience at the St.David’s Dewi Sant to the stunning Victorian arcades, it’s not hard to see why Cardiff is the 6th best shopping destination in the UK. Or you can grab a designer outfit on a shoestring at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Bridgend, only a 20 minute drive out of Cardiff.


These Dates are a Keeper

Cardiff is a sporting capital, home to world-class stadium and host city to major tournaments, including the Rugby World Cup 2015 and UEFA Champions League final 2017. On 27 May – 10 June Volvo Ocean Race will make it’s first ever stopover in Cardiff – a world renowned yacht race. From July you’ll be spoiled for choice as the T20 cricket tournament comes to the Swalec Stadium in Sophia Gardens. Or head to Cardiff Bay for Cardiff Harbour Festival hosts Extreme Sailing Series for some August bank holiday fun.


Download our visitor map or visit our Tourist Information Centre to make the most of your summer visit to Cardiff.