Where to watch rugby in Cardiff – Cardiff’s best live sport venues

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Where to watch rugby in Cardiff

It's that time of year everyone in Wales looks forward to more than any other.  Rugby is back!  And if you can't get to the game itself, you'll surely be planning to watch it somewhere.  But what are the best venues to watch the rugby in Cardiff?

With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of live sports venues in Cardiff that will point you in the right direction.  And there’s a wide range of options to choose from. We’ve included venues that work well for varying group sizes, so any Cardiff stag weekend will be covered too.

7 best venues for live sports in Cardiff:

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Shooters Bar

This is probably the best location where to watch rugby in Cardiff, loads of space, screens and focus on live sport, while also being a good location for part of your stag weekend in the city.  It’s got a couple of big screens with good resolution quality, plus a number of smaller screens over the long bar.

It’s located behind Bierkeller, underneath Vue Cinema on Wood St, right next to the Principality Stadium.  The bar is fairly standard in terms of the drinks selection, and it’s not the cheapest, but if you want a cold lager and great live rugby viewing then it’s a good one to go for.

Elevens Bar & Grill

Owned by Brains Brewery and Gareth Bale himself, Elevens Bar & Grill dubs itself as a “premium sports bar and restaurant”, so it’s put a lot of effort into being a solid venue so a great choice when considering where to watch rugby in Cardiff.  It’s laid out with sporting memorabilia inside and has a good number of 4K screens inside to catch the game on.

You can find it at the top of Womanby Street, opposite Cardiff Castle and it serves a good number of traditional ales, along with Bale’s own golden ale. It has a fairly fancy grill-style menu serving burgers, steaks and pizza.

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Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales is the largest Weatherspoon pub in Cardiff and it’s well set up for live sports. It’s got a number of small screens dotted throughout the two-floor venue, but its biggest and best is on the second floor next to the bar.

It’s located on the corner of St Mary’s St and Wood St, close to the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Central Station. As a Weatherpoon pub, it’s a good place to go for a cheap pint and serves basic pub meals if you’re looking for some food with your live sports.

Henry’s

Henry’s may not seem like an obvious choice where to watch rugby in Cardiff, but it does have its perks. The most important of these is that it has table service, so you don’t need to leave the action to get another round in or to order a few more snacks for the table. The screens work well enough, but they’re not the biggest in Cardiff, so if you’re looking for pure live sports fidelity then it might not be the best choice. However, if you’re in Cardiff on match day and you’re looking for an alternative option to some of the busier venues, Henry’s could be worth a look in.

It’s located on Park Place, just off Queens Street, opposite Jurys Inn. It’s got a good drinks selection, especially for cocktails and spirits, and has a large food menu that features great steaks, burgers and sharing platters.

Cardiff has always offered heaps of choice when it comes to great bars, clubs and music venues, but Coyote Ugly definitely brings an extra dose of fun to the capital. If you’re easily offended, this is not the place to spend your evening: quite a few people get soaked, lose a few items of clothing along the way, and behave in a raucous manner. Classy and quiet it is not.

Wild and chaotic it is – and if that’s your idea of fun, it delivers it in bucket loads. Hire yourself one of the 40 booths, tuck into some American barbecue food to thoroughly line your stomach, and then get stuck in to some serious drinking and dancin’!

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The Queen’s Vaults

This is more of a traditional pub, but it’s located right in the middle of town on Westgate Street, opposite the Principality Stadium. It’s got smaller screens to watch the sports over the bar and a big screen in the main bar area, so you never need to miss too much of the game. It’s also got a fair few pool tables, so you can play your own games as part of a stag weekend, as well as catching the sport.

Food is traditional pub fare with good size portions, and the taps on the bar include household name lagers and beers.

Walkabout

This Aussie-themed watering hole is big on fun and low on frills. It has one of the biggest screens in Cardiff and a lot of space, but it can still get busy on big match days. Downstairs is the best location for live sports with its huge screen, although, in all fairness, there are screens in every direction, so you can’t miss the sports, also a great central location where to watch rugby in Cardiff.

It’s located at the bottom of St Mary’s Street and does fairly basic food and drink.

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Blackweir Tavern

If you want to kick things off outside the city and still catch the sport at a quieter venue in Cardiff then the Blackweir Tavern could be a contender. It’s located up North Road, just before the University buildings on the way into town from the A48 and has a few decent size screens, without it being a focus for the venue.

It serves basic pub grub and the bar is pretty standard, so don’t expect much in the way of fine dining or craft ales. However, it has a couple of pool tables and doesn’t usually get too busy.

 

Cardiff Fireworks Displays – Our best pick of Cardiff’s firework displays

Cardiff Firework Display
Cardiff Firework Display
Cardiff Firework Display

Cardiff Firework Displays - Our best pick of firework displays in and around Cardiff

Remember, remember the fifth of November… for gunpowder, treason and CWTCH!

Where better to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night than the Welsh capital? There’s plenty to see and do during the day and the skies are lit up with colour at night, so make a weekend of it and enjoy all that the city has to offer.

Spending bonfire night in Cardiff is a great excuse for a trip away!

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Welsh Games Logo Mobile 2019

Welsh Games embraces all the stereotypes of South Wales in one great day out, comprising of 9 totally hilarious games suitable for all sorts of groups.

If you have an upcoming, Stag do, Hen Weekend, Birthday Party or Team Building Day, then why not give us a try?

 

Here is our Cardiff firework display guide for 2019

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Sparks in the Park – Saturday 2nd November 2019

Undoubtedly the best display in the city, head to Blackweir Fields in Bute Park for a guaranteed spectacle.

As the most popular event in town and actually the biggest fireworks display in the whole country, this year’s event is ticket only so make sure you get yours ahead of time to avoid disappointment on the night!

Junior display starts at 18:00, the main display starts at 19:00pm. Ed Sheeran tribute act on at 17:00pm. The Ticket Man on at 18:45pm.

  • Saturday 2nd November 2019

  • 16:30pm

  • Blackweir Fields, Bute Park, Cardiff, CF10 3DU

  • £11 – adults, £5.50 children (3-16), under 3 free

St Mellons Hotel – Tuesday 5th November 2019

Including two fireworks displays, street food, music and rides for children, this is one to catch on Guy Fawkes’ Night itself.

  • Tuesday 5th November 2019

  • 18:00pm – 21:00pm

  • St Mellons Hotel, nr St Mellons Golf Club, CF3 2XR

  • £3 - £5

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Barry Island Fireworks - Saturday 2nd November

It’s definitely worth the trip out of Cardiff to Barry Island to experience this exceptional firework show.

A real community event, enjoy some great street entertainment as well as a fantastic display made all the more fabulous by the reflections in the water as the fireworks explode overhead.

The fun kicks off at 16:00 with the start of the live music, with the launch of the fireworks starting at 19:45. The display is run by Barry Rotary Club and entry is by voluntary donation.

  • Saturday 2nd November 2019

  • 16:00pm – 20:30pm

  • Barry Island, CF62

  • Free / voluntary donation

Celtic Manor Resort - Saturday 2nd November

With a funfair, live music and plenty to keep the kids occupied, plus a licensed bar for the adults,  this fireworks display ticks all the boxes.

Make sure you plan ahead for this ticketed event and purchase your entry ahead of the day to avoid disappointment. Display starts at 18:00pm.

  • Saturday 2nd November 2019

  • 16:30pm – 19:30pm

  • The Golf Academy, Celtic Manor Resort, Coldra Woods, Newport, NP18 1HQ

  • £12 adults, £8 children (2-13), under 2 free

Whitchurch Golf Club - Tuesday 5th November 2019

A great local display with something for all the family. This is one for those looking to celebrate on the bonfire night itself.

The fireworks display starts at 19:30. Ensure you buy your tickets in advance as they sell out!

  • Tuesday 5th November 2019

  • 19:00pm

  • Whitchurch Golf Club, 76 Pantmawr Road, CF14 7TD

  • £7 adults, £4 children (12 and under), £16 family

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Caerphilly Castle - Saturday 2nd November 2019

Make a short trip over to magnificent Caerphilly Castle for a fireworks display to remember!

The display starts at 7pm sharp so make sure you’re there nice and early to watch as the castle lights up with each magical bang! Parking can be difficult so take public transport if you can.

Head to the recommended viewing spots below to get the best experience!

  • Saturday 2nd November 2019

  • 18:15pm – 19:30pm

  • Caerphilly Castle, Castle St, Caerphilly CF83 1JD (best viewing spots at Crescent Rd and Dafydd Williams Park)

  • Free but street collection for the Mayor’s charities

Llanishen and Lisvane Scout Group - Sunday 3rd November 2019

For a great, community event, don’t miss this family friendly display put on by the local scout group. You’ll find a licensed bar and hot food as well as two fireworks displays!

The first kicks off at 18:00 and is quieter and more suitable for young children who don’t like the big bangs.

The second one is the main event which pulls out all the stops with the biggest booms and sparkles, all set to music.

Please note there is limited car parking but the field is situated opposite Llanishen Train Station.

  • Sunday 3rd November 2019

  • 17:00pm – 19:30pm

  • Livsey Scout Hall, Court Field Lane, Llanishen, Cardiff, CF14 5UX

  • Free / voluntary donation (suggested, £5pp or £10 per family)

SophiaWorks - Tuesday 5th November 2019

For a fabulous fireworks display right in the heart of Cardiff, you can’t get much better than the show at Glamorgan Cricket Ground.

Arrive early to enjoy all the family entertainment, including cricket skills, funfair rides, and plenty of food and drink stalls.

The fireworks start at 19:45pm. Buy your tickets early to get early bird prices.

  • Tuesday 5th November 2019

  • 18:00pm -21:30pm

  • Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground, Sophia Walk, Cardiff, CF11 9XR

  • £7 adults, £3.50 children, £4 concessions

Bonfire Night in Cardiff

In case you didn’t already know it: the Welsh love a party.  As a result, they go all out for occasions, and bonfire night in Cardiff is no different!

OK, so Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the House of Lords in London and not in Wales… but that’s a long way to go, and Cardiff is the capital of Wales after all.

You can enjoy firework displays in Cardiff without having to navigate overpriced places to stay, complicated public transport or notoriously unfriendly locals.  It’s a capital city without the hassle or the haste.

Top 3 Biggest Firework Displays in Cardiff

On Saturday 3rd November, two days before Guy Fawkes night, the Celtic Manor Resort lights up the sky and the evening with a full funfair and autumn festival vibe including live music, food stands and family activities. It’s open to the public as well as residents and is ticketed in advance. Of course, being just before, you can still celebrate bonfire night in Cardiff on the 5th as well!

The undisputed champion of firework displays in Cardiff goes to Sparks In The Park over at Bute Park, and this too takes place on Saturday 3rd. It has less of an intimate feel than Celtic Manor but lights more fireworks than anywhere else in the capital and attracts visitors from all over Wales and further afield. Sparks In The Park regularly sells out so be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

To celebrate bonfire night in Cardiff on the night itself, head over to the St Mellons Hotel from 5pm. Truly a fireworks event for the whole family, you’ll find activities for children of all ages, a whole host of street food stands, live music from local acts and fairground rides for kids and big kids alike! There’s two firework displays during this event, so you can always take the children home and tuck them up before nipping back to watch the finale… and maybe enjoying a mulled cider (or two!).

Whatever you’re looking for from spending bonfire night in Cardiff, you’ll find it. From small intimate gatherings to lavish large spectacles, this city knows how to light up the night and dazzle the crowds. Cardiff is considerably cheaper than lots of the UK’s other cities and the Welsh hospitality is unbeatable – you’ll ‘ymserchasai’ with the country, even if not the language!

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Night of the Living Dead

For the Cardiff Halloween party that never fails to deliver, drag your zombie heels over to Revolution for their Night of the Living Dead.

The venue is really going to town with the gruesome décor but the brave will be rewarded with a hellish party the night amongst giant cobweb confetti cannons and mysterious mist machines. The most bloodcurdling fancy dress possible is an absolute must if you want to join in the terror!

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Thursday 31st October 2019 – 22:00pm – 3:00am

Airsoft Cardiff Halloween

Halloween Airsoft Zombie Apocalypse Live

Venture into the eerie woods outside Cardiff for a night you’ll never forget… if you survive to tell the tale that is! Airsoft Cardiff have been contaminated after a top-secret experiment got out of hand.

The scientists and marshals have become bloodthirsty, contagious zombies and only you can save the planet by shooting them in the head and controlling this outbreak before it’s too late!

Even if you’ve never played airsoft before, this is a great starter event which is sure to get you hooked!

Airsoft Cardiff

Sunday 27th October 2019 – 17:00pm – 20:00pm

Cardiff Castle Cardiff Halloween

Halloween Movies in Cardiff Castle

It’s not Halloween without watching a film to make your toes crawl, so why not trade in the couch for a chance to experience a screening at Cardiff Castle’s seriously spooky Underground Cinema?

As soon as you descend into the Castle’s 15th century Undercroft, chills will be creeping up your spine from the suspense… or maybe from that mysterious draft…?

With multiple showings from Hocus Pocus and E.T to Scream and Halloween, there’s something here for all the family!

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Cardiff Mansion Cardiff Halloween

Cardiff Mansion Halloween Special

Take a trip to Cardiff Mansion for a chance to experience some seriously freaky paranormal activity!

There are plenty of spooky stories about this old tradesman’s house with staff reporting unusual happenings and uneasy feelings in some of the rooms.

Spend the evening with Cardiff Ghost Seekers and find out for yourself if it really is haunted! You can even stay the night in one of the rooms if you’re brave enough!

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Saturday 2nd November 2019 – 21:00pm – 02:00am

Terror Mountain Halloween

Terror Mountain

Okay, so this one isn’t actually in Cardiff itself, but it’s so awesome we couldn’t miss it off the list! With X-Scream at Rhondda Heritage Park taking a year out in 2019, this is a worthy alternative for those of you who like to be truly terrified!

With 5 live action horror attractions, expect a fully immersive experience, with seriously terrifying actors, special effects and a shock at every corner!

Clamber through the underground chambers of this disused mine and fight to survive while you struggle to make it back to the light. Your heart may never beat the same again after you witness what’s lurking in the dark!

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Escape Rooms Cardiff Halloween

Escape Rooms Cardiff

Make a beeline for Escape Rooms Cardiff this Halloween and take on their scariest escape room for something a bit different!

Try out Z, and desperately try to get all the security systems back up and running in your bunker before the zombies find you!.

Keep your wits about you and, whatever you do, don’t get locked in overnight!

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Inside Out – House of Horrors

Get ready for the biggest night of the year over at Pryzm Cardiff on the night of Halloween! Don your best halloween garb, and revel in the spooky décor.

The usual array of different rooms and DJs will be there ready to get your feet moving and you can be sure that the hypnotic, pounding rhythms will definitely possess you!

If last years production is anything to go by they will pull out all the stops with visuals, sound and special effects to knock your socks off. The crowd is guaranteed to be whipped into a wild frenzy so make sure you are amongst the crazed masses!

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Thursday 31st October 2019 – 22:00pm – 04:00am

Triple Cooked Cardiff Halloween

Triple Cooked - Disco of The Dead

Don’t miss this epic Halloween night run in collaboration with Triple Cooked who bring together banging music, art and entertainment.

Expect to hear House, Disco, Bass and Garage beats loud enough to wake the dead! The stage production will be out of this world with performers, art and stalls to keep you going through to the end of the night!

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If there’s a special date in the calendar, you can be guaranteed that St. Canna’s will be throwing a bash and this Halloween in Cardiff is no different!

The atmosphere in this micro pub is always super friendly and warm so expect to be coaxed into an apple bobbing competition before you can even cross the threshold!

This year it’s a Hollywood Halloween Party so pick your favourite character from any spooky film and make sure you go to town with your outfit and stay it out to the end of the night to see who wins best dressed!

Team the ever-changing craft and real ales on offer, some classic games and ghoulish tunes spinning on the Vinyl Jukebox and we reckon you have a pretty perfect night ahead!

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Friday 1st November 2019 – 19:00pm - 23:00pm

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Don’t miss this epic Halloween night run in collaboration with Triple Cooked who bring together banging music, art and entertainment.

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Cardiff Sunday Roast – Our guide to Cardiff’s best Sunday Roasts

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Cardiffs Best Sunday Roast

Cardiff Sunday Roast - Our guide to Cardiff's best Sunday Roasts

Is a Sunday even a Sunday without a Cardiff roast dinner? Some, including us, would argue not.

There’s nothing we enjoy more than tucking into a plate of roast meat, lashings of gravy and roast potatoes that are just the right ratio of fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside.

It’s no wonder it’s a British food staple, it’s making our mouths water just thinking about it.

In fact, we enjoy a Sunday lunch so much we took it upon ourselves to find you the best Cardiff Sunday roast dinners around. It was a hard task but still, someone had to do it!

Here’s our pick of the best Sunday Roasts in Cardiff.

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Cardiff Roast Dinner

The Potted Pig

Set in the heart of the capital; a perfect location if you are on a stag do or hen weekend, is the The Potted Pig.

It’s location makes it perfect if you’re a visitor to the city or you’re meeting up with friends for a catch up over a delicious Cardiff Sunday Roast lunch.

Tucked away at the top of high street, the restaurant is located in a former bank vault which has been renovated to give its new tenants a modern and stylish home.

The Sunday menu offers a wide range of meats including pork (as you’d expect), beef and even pheasant if you’re looking to try something different.

Each Cardiff roast is served with roast potatoes, seasonal veg, cauliflower cheese, Yorkshire pudding and, of course, proper gravy.

Probably still not quite as good as your Mum’s but pretty close (just don’t tell her that!).

Chapel 1877

Chapel 1877 is a firm fine dining favourite every day of the week but Sundays are a day that are definitely not to be missed.

They serve one of the best Cardiff Sunday Roast’s thanks to their Three Meat Roast Platter which comes as part of their two- or three-course Sunday menus.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that the starters are a warm up and the desserts a wind down either; they’re equally delicious.

The only thing you’ll find disappointing about this Cardiff roast dinner will be your empty plate at the end!

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Y Mochyn Du

Y Mochyn Du is best described as a ‘proper pub’, the sort of place you’d describe to someone if they didn’t know what a pub was.

If you’re searching for a Cardiff Sunday Roast that’s just as traditional, this should be near the top of your list of places to try.

Their roasts come with fresh locally sourced veg, roasties and quite frankly some of the best Yorkshire puddings we’ve ever laid our eyes on.

There’s no set Sunday menu but there are a variety of starters and some delicious desserts to choose from if you can find that extra little bit of room (go on, we believe in you).

There’s also a selection of specials available if any of your fellow diners don’t fancy one of the best roasts in Cardiff. Unlikely, we know, but it’s nice to have the option.

Milgi

If you’re looking for a Cardiff Sunday Roast that caters for vegetarians and vegans, Milgi should be your first stop.

Situated on City Road, the restaurant serves some of the freshest, tastiest vegetarian food in South Wales and one of the best alternative Sunday roasts in Cardiff.

The staple of their Sunday lunch offering is probably the tastiest nut roast you’ll ever eat. In fact, we’d even go so far to say that the meat-eaters amongst you won’t mind forgoing their carnivorous cravings to give it a try.

It’s served with the traditional roast dinner staples; lashings of gravy; perfectly roasted potatoes and fresh, seasonal vegetables that change weekly depending on what’s available from local suppliers.

Sunday Roast Cardiff

The Conway

The Conway is a family-friendly gastropub and the perfect destination for a relaxed afternoon Cardiff Sunday Roast.

It’s Pontcanna location takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and a visit is also a brilliant excuse to take a Sunday stroll through the beautiful Bute Park on the way.

With its homely décor, walls lined with bookcases and cosy fireplaces, once you’re there you’ll never want to leave, especially once you’ve seen their menu!

It has, of course, one of the best roasts in Cardiff as well as some less conventional Sunday roast options, including fish dishes and vegetarian options to make sure everyone is catered for.

Society Standard

If you’re looking for a more laid-back lunch but still want a Cardiff Sunday Roast that’ll hit the spot, Society Standard is the place you want to be heading to.

Relatively new to the Cardiff roast dinner scene (if that’s not a thing, it should definitely be one), it’s earned its place amongst the culinary veterans of the capital and serves up one of the best roasts in Cardiff.

Choose from sirloin of beef or loin of pork or, if it’s just too difficult to decide, opt for their mixed roast.

Either way, you won’t be disappointed. Each roast comes with Yorkshire pudding, gravy and plenty of vegetables including seasonal greens, roasted root veg and cauliflower cheese.

These aren’t the only places in Cardiff that serve a Sunday roast and there are plenty to choose from but we think these are some of the best roasts around.

You don’t have to take our word for it, after all we’re not experts, but we do eat a lot of roast dinners.

There are also a great range of ethically run eateries in and around Cardiff which we are loving, please see the Hungry City Hippy website for more information on these brilliant venues.

And if you really don’t believe us then there’s only one way to find out. As they say the proof of the (Yorkshire) pudding is in the eating.

 

Cardiff comedy guide – Our guide to the best comedy in Cardiff

Cardiff Comedy
Cardiff Comedy

Cardiff Comedy Guide

Finding any evening activity to tick the tastes of everyone in your group is hard, and when comedy is concerned, the range is enormous. Lucky for you, Cardiff is packed to the rafters with arts and culture and the city’s comedy scene is no exception.

So, are you game for a giggle? We hope so. We’ve searched the city to find you the best venues, events and talent that the Cardiff comedy scene has to offer.

Cardiff comedy venues are some of the most exciting around. Here’s where you should be heading to find your favourite stand-ups

Glee Club Comedy Cardiff

Glee Club

The Glee Club has been a firm favourite of Cardiff comedy lovers for over 15 years. It’s established itself as the go to venue for fans of all things funny.

Over the years, The Glee’s audiences have been treated to shows from up-and-comers who you might now have heard of including Michael McIntyre, Russell Howard and Sarah Millican. So, if you want to say you saw the next big thing in comedy before anybody else, this is the place to be.

Motorpoint Arena

The Motorpoint is the home of big name comedy in Cardiff. A whole host of stand-up stars bring their tours to the venue each year.

If you’re looking for a Cardiff stag do night out with some of the most popular stand ups from both the UK & further afield, this should be your first port of call.

The venue has recently played host to sell-out shows from John Bishop and Greg Davies and will be welcoming the Emmy award winning Chris Rock in 2018 too.

St Davids Hall Cardiff Comedy

St David’s Hall

St David’s Hall plays host to an eclectic mix of comedy tours throughout the year. Stand-out stand-ups including Russell Brand, Ed Byrne and Katherine Ryan are all bringing their tours to the venue in 2018.

As well as the main auditorium shows, the venue often hosts up-and-coming talent and local comedians in the more relaxed and informal surrounding of their Level 3 Lounge, giving you the perfect chance to find your new favourite comedian.

It’s not just big names making people laugh in this small city. There’s a whole host of local comedy nights too

Buffalo Cardiff Comedy

Buffalo Comedy

Buffalo is probably more famous for their cocktails than their comedy but if you want the best of both worlds, we suggest heading down to their next monthly comedy evening, especially if your are on a Cardiff hen party. Held on the first Sunday of each month, this Cardiff comedy night attracts a wide-range of talent from across the UK.

The venue was a key supporter of the annual Cardiff Comedy Festival until it’s cancellation and has continued to support soon-to-be-discovered stand-ups since.

Dolly Chicken Comedy

Dolly Chicken Comedy hosts a variety of comedians as eclectic as the name suggests. Held on the third Thursday of the month in The Flute and Tankard, a traditional pub with a warm and friendly atmosphere.

The evening is a popular platform for local unsigned talent and Dolly Chicken’s stage has previously hosted BBC New Comedy Award winners too. You never know, you might be watching the next big name in comedy take their first steps to stardom!

Ok, so now you know where to find them, who should you look out for on the Cardiff comedy scene?

Ignacio Lopez Comedy Cardiff

Ignacio Lopez

In his own words, Ignacio Lopez is, ‘half Welsh, half Spanish, all funny’ and he’s one of the most exciting comedians to have come out of Cardiff in recent years.

He’s a frequent headliner at top comedy clubs around the country, has sold out audiences for festival performances across the UK and is also one third of Comedy Sheep, a touring pop-up comedy club. He still performs at various nights in and around Cardiff and is definitely one to watch over next few years.

Mike Bubbins

With a natural sense of humour and talent for storytelling, Mike Bubbins has become a Cardiff comedy legend.

Since bursting onto the scene in all his paisley glory in the early 2000s, he’s supported Rich Hall on tour, written and starred in three BBC radio shows and entertained audiences up and down the country as a headline act.

If you want to catch him live, keep an eye on his incredibly groovy website or follow him on Twitter for information on upcoming gigs.

Leroy Brito Comedy Cardiff

Leroy Brito

Hailing from Butetown in the south of the city, Leroy Brito made his comedy debut in 2011 and quickly gained the attention of the Cardiff comedy scene.

One of the most prominent stars of the local circuit, he was the runner up in the 2014 Welsh Unsigned Comedy Awards. A regular performer in his hometown, he’s also completed a successful run of shows in New York and was recently commissioned by the BBC for his own comedy radio show.

Look out for him across various comedy nights and at The Glee Club.

 

When it comes to comedy in Cardiff for an evening activity, the city certainly doesn’t fall short. The local stand-up circuit is full of home grown talent waiting to be discovered and the city’s larger venues attract some of the most exciting names from the world of comedy. So, if you do find yourself with a spare evening don’t sit at home bored to tears; find something funny, pack the Kleenex and be ready to laugh until you cry.

 

Hen do activities in Cardiff – Best Cardiff activities for hens

Cardiff hen activities
Cardiff hen activities

Hen do activities in Cardiff

So, you’ve been put in charge of arranging the best weekend ever? Don’t panic. Planning the perfect send off into married life doesn’t have to be daunting and if you’re planning a Cardiff hen weekend you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding things to make it memorable (for all the right reasons!).

hen do activities Cardiff

Welsh Games

If you’re looking for a tidy day out that’s quirky, fun and celebrates all the things the Green, Green Grass Of Home has to offer then Welsh Games, one of the more popular hen do activities in Cardiff, will be right up your street.

Get ready to whack, wobble, chuck and chase your way through nine games that we guarantee will have you rolling with laughter and will make your hen weekend truly unforgettable…even for the losers.

Luxury pamper day

Planning the Cardiff hen do might be stressful but it’s a walk in the park compared to planning a wedding so give the hen (and yourself, of course) a much-needed bit of ‘me time’ with a day dedicated to relaxation.

Cardiff has its pick of luxurious locations packed with the very best activities & treatments to choose from. It’s the perfect way to make sure you’ll all be feeling a million dollars from head-to-toe, just in time for the big day.

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An evening with the Dreamboys

Celebrate the bride-to-be’s last night of freedom by surprising her with the hottest hen do activities in Cardiff ticket in town to a naughty but (very, very) nice evening in the company of the world famous Dreamboys.

An evening spent with the hottest hunks in town is sure to set pulses racing and give the bride a hen to remember

Cardiff hen do

Coyote Ugly

The world-famous saloon recently opened its doors in Cardiff and even if you can fight the moonlight, you won’t be able to fight the urge to follow in the footsteps of the famous girls and strut your stuff.

This isn’t just any night out, you’ll be transformed into Coyotes to show off your best moves on the bar before being given VIP treatment for the rest of the evening. Don’t worry, daytime dance classes with the professionals are also included (though we’re sure you won’t need them).

hen activities in Cardiff

Afternoon Tea

If the bride-to-be and the rest of the hens are more ladies that lunch than party animals, afternoon tea is an absolute must for anyone planning a weekend in Cardiff. Tuck into a range of sweet and savoury treats, accompanied by luxury teas and a glass of champagne to toast the occasion.

There are afternoon teas to suit everyone in the city so whether you’re after a little bit of luxury in a top hotel or a classic high tea in a traditional tea room, you’ll always find somewhere in the city to tickle your fancy.

Cardiff

They say good things come in small packages and that’s definitely true when it comes to Hen do activities in Cardiff.

Whether you’re going to be taking advantage of some of the best nightlife in the UK, planning a day out that’s a little bit more exhilarating or indulging in an evening that’s naughty but nice, Cardiff has it all.

The biggest challenge will be trying to fit it all in!

This blog is in partnership with The Wedding Secret

 

5 favourite free things to do in Cardiff – Cardiff days out

Cardiff
Cardiff

Our 5 favourite free things to do in Cardiff

If you’re planning a day out in Cardiff, there’s no reason for it to cost a fortune. There’s plenty of things to do around this small but vibrant city that won’t leave you feeling the pinch.

To help you plan your perfect trip, we’ve rounded up some of the best free places to see in the Welsh capital and have a Cardiff day out to remember.

Cardiff hottest free things to do...

Cardiff National Museum

National Museum & Art Gallery

Home to Wales’ national collection of art and an impressive array of artefacts that explore the natural history of the nation, it’s easy to spend a day walking through the rich history of this small country.

As well as the permanent exhibits, which include Wales’ last surviving woolly mammoth (sort of!), the museum also hosts touring exhibitions throughout the year so, even if this isn’t your first visit, there’s sure to be something new to explore.

Cardiff Arcades

Explore the Arcades

Nestled among the high street shops, you’ll find a whole host of Victorian and Edwardian shopping arcades full of independent boutiques, specialist stores and quirky cafés. In fact, they’re one of the things the city is famous for, even earning it the nickname, ‘The City of Arcades’.

While wandering through to take in the architecture and history is free, we can’t guarantee you won’t be tempted to pick up a few souvenirs along the way!

Millennium Centre Cardiff

Wales Millennium Centre

Wales Millennium Centre is the cultural centrepiece of Wales. The building is one of the most recognisable in the city and its worth a trip just to admire the impressive exterior that’s carefully constructed out of Welsh wood, slate and steel.

While you need tickets for the main productions, there are free performances in the foyer throughout the week. Past shows have incorporated the arts in all its forms; from dance to choirs, contemporary music and one man plays.

Senedd

The Senedd is home to the Welsh Assembly Government but, if politics isn’t your thing, it’s also one of the most exciting pieces of modern architecture in Cardiff. Almost entirely constructed out of glass and wood, it offers spectacular views of Cardiff Bay, perfect for admiring the scenery while avoiding the changeable Welsh weather!

There’s plenty to do inside too. Free tours are available throughout the day and, if politics is your thing, you might even get the chance to watch what’s happening in the debating chamber from the gallery above.

Cardiff Bute Park

Bute Park

There’s plenty of green space in Cardiff, giving you the chance to escape the city’s hustle and bustle. Bute Park is the largest and is only a few minutes’ walk from the centre.

It’s full of wide open spaces, woodlands and a path that takes you on a peaceful walk along the River Taff. It’s a beautiful place to spend a relaxing summer’s day, though equally enchanting to stroll around in the winter months with a hot chocolate in hand from one of the park’s various cafés.

It might be a small city but Cardiff is still packed full of things to do, even if you’re planning a trip on a shoestring. It’s smaller size also means everything’s close together, saving you money when you’re getting from A to B and giving you the chance to pack as much as possible into your itinerary, no matter how short your trip.

Now, all you need to do is decide when you’re going to visit!

 

Easter in Cardiff & South Wales – Easter Egg Hunts & other Activities

Easter Cardiff
Easter Cardiff

The most egg-citing Easter egg hunts in Cardiff and South Wales

It’s Easter; school’s out and grown-ups are getting a long weekend off work. As well as being an occasion when eating chocolate for breakfast is acceptable, it’s the perfect opportunity for a family adventure.

We’ve searched Cardiff and South Wales to find some of the most egg-citing Easter egg hunts to keep the kids (and the big kids!) entertained through Easter weekend.

Top Easter egg hunts in Cardiff and South Wales

Insole Cout

Dinosaur Hunt, Insole Court

For an Easter egg hunt with a bit of a twist, Insole Court is the place to go. Instead of chocolate, you’ll be searching for dinosaur eggs and other clues that’ll lead you to some real-life, prehistoric beings (no, we’re not talking about Mum and Dad!).

Be careful though, we’ve been told they aren’t the biggest fans of chocolate and we’d hate for you to get eaten instead!

Tickets for the dinosaur hunt are available through Insole Court’s website.

Llancaiach Fawr Manor House

Llancaiach Fawr Manor

A short drive from Cardiff, Llancaiach Fawr Manor is a living museum that transports you back to Tudor Times. You’ll explore the house and gardens on their Easter egg hunt, searching for clues that lead to a tasty prize.

If you’re lucky, you might get some help from the undercook, dairy maid or maybe even the master of the house himself.

There are plenty of other activities on at the museum throughout Easter weekend too. Check their website to see what’s on.

Toddler Easter Egg Hunt, Jazzy Jungle

If you’re looking for Cardiff activities that are suitable for little ones, Jazzy Jungle have you covered; the soft-play centre is running an Easter egg hunt especially for toddlers on Easter Monday.

The ticket price also includes two hours of soft play, so they can go wild and keep exploring even after they’ve finished searching for Easter treats.

For accompanying explorers there’s a café on site for you to stop for a cup of tea in the middle of your rainforest ramble! That’s service you don’t get in the Amazon!

Egg Hunt Cardiff

Tredegar House, Newport

Tredegar House and Gardens’ Easter egg hunt is organised by Cadbury’s and the National Trust every year and is perfect for anyone who’s an aspiring Attenborough.

You’ll be searching high and low around the gardens to find hidden eggs and following clues to discover which creatures they belong to. Make sure you’re quick though, you’ll need to get them back before they hatch!

The hunt is on all weekend, starting on Good Friday and running through until Easter Monday.

Easter Wales

National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon, Newport

Step back in time, solve the riddles and follow the trail around the ruins on this ancient Easter egg hunt in Caerleon. As well as being able to claim a prize after you’ve conquered the clues, you’ll also be able to learn more about the Romans and explore what life was like at this empire outpost.

There is a small ticket fee, but you don’t need to book in advance. Head to the museum shop to get started and remember to return afterwards to claim your prize!

Even if the kids have got their work cut out trying to find their eggs, you won’t have to hunt too hard to find something egg-citing to do in and around Cardiff this Easter weekend.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional Easter egg hunt or a trail with a twist, you’ll find something in the city that the whole family will enjoy and, if you’re lucky, will burn off some of that extra energy that comes with eating chocolate for breakfast!

 

The Ultimate Best Mans Guide to Organising a Stag Do

Best Man Guide
Best Man Guide

The Ultimate Best Man’s Guide to Organising a Stag Weekend

You knew it might be coming, you just didn’t know when.  So you your best mate has kindly asked you to be his Best Man for the wedding, and now expects you to arrange an all-guns-blazing stag do that will give him the time of his life on his last night of freedom.  No pressure then.

Fear not, our Ultimate Best Man’s Guide will help navigate your way through the mother of all to do lists and set you up for the greatest stag do known to man or beast.

Best Man Guide

Finding your feet

A good sit down session in the pub with the groom always makes a good start.  Try to glean as much information as possible.  What dates suit his availability and are a safe distance before the wedding (remember, eye brows need some time to grow back)? How long does he want to be away for?  What style of weekend is he expecting?  What sort of activities would he like to do?

You will also need to know who on the invite list are his best friends and must be accommodated to ensure attendance.  Therefore, it’s always best to find out two or three weekends you are both free to attend the stag.

Remember, you will always want to keep plenty up your sleeve for the weekend, so this is an information finding process only.  It’s always a lot more fun to keep the destination secret, but this may not suit him so find out his expectations during the chat.

You will also need a full invite list (with email addresses and phone numbers).

Who’s coming then?

It’s now time to fire off an email to find out who is available and willing to attend.  You need some firm commitment from the group to make things easier for the organisation that will come later, so you may want to consider your wording to ensure you do not receive too many “maybe” responses.  It may be worth offering two or three dates and going with the majority.

Best Man Guide

Time constraints, Budget & Destination

You will need to consider the group’s likely budget and time constraints.  There’s no point in organising a week-long trip to Vegas if only 4 from 20 people sign up.  So it may be worth proposing a first option and see who is keen to attend, before then re-evaluating if necessary.

But whatever you do, don’t give the group too many options or you’ll get just as many wide ranging opinions in reply.  Many people who have organised these things before will tell you: keep it simple!

When considering destination, always think of logistics for each attendee.  You won’t be a popular man if a large number of the stag’s mates cannot attend because they are too far from the proposed destination.

Accommodation

Once you’ve decided on your destination, it’s now time to organise some suitable accommodation.  You might want to consider hotels, cottages, glamping, camping.  Hotels are often the easiest option.

If people drop out over the coming months then it’s a lot easier to reduce the number of hotel rooms than to ask the whole group to contribute more towards a 14 bed cottage when only 10 can attend come final payment.

Best Man Guide

Activity

Once you’ve nailed the destination and accommodation, it now time to turn your attention to a Saturday activity.  The expectation on most stag weekends is to take part in some form of fun filled activity.

It’s important to consider an activity that is likely to appeal to most people, and to do something that people have not done before.  Paintballing is good fun, but may be a bit dull if 80% of your group have already done it on another stag do.  So be original and you’ll make it a weekend to remember.

Packages

To take the pressure off, you may want to organise the entire weekend as a package through another company.   The benefits of booking a package are plentiful when you think of all these inclusions:

  • Allocation on hotels meaning instant confirmation upon booking
  • Individual payment system – this means that you don’t need to collect money from the group, they just pay their share directly saving you all that annoying chasing
  • VIP nightclub entry
  • Lap dance club entry
  • Additional activities – add on a second activity you may not have thought of yourself
  • Private dining
  • Restaurants suitable to groups
  • VIP Casino entry
  • Only a £50 deposit to pay initially
Best Man Guide

Final Thoughts

So just to recap, here is your Best Man’s Stag Weekend to do list.  Don’t be too overwhelmed by being the Best Man, after all it’s a real honour of the lasting friendship you’ve made!

 

To Do List

 

  • Speak to the Stag and find out who he wants to attend, what he expects from the stag weekend and potential dates.
  • Find out how many people will be on the stag do and their level of commitment
  • Decide on a destination based on time restraints, budget and logistics
  • Ensure everything is booked for the stag do from, accommodation to activities. Book as a package through an outside company if you’re short on time and want to take the pressure off yourself.  Try and do this as early on as possible to get the best deals and availability
  • Look after the stag over the course of the weekend – remember you’ll have the Bride to answer to if you really mess things up!
  • Enjoy your best mate’s last night of freedom!
 

The Ultimate Guide to Organising a Hen Weekend

Hen Do
Hen Do

The Ultimate Guide to Organising a Hen Weekend

When your best friend calls you, you already have a feeling what she’s going to tell you. After discussing details of romantic proposals, talk turns to the hen do. She doesn’t even need to ask you to be her chief bridesmaid, you’ve both always known the line-up.

Here’s the ultimate guide to making sure that you do your friend proud with an unforgettable weekend of fun and bonding.

The lady of the moment

The most important place to start is to arrange a time with the hen to go through details. Although it is great to have a surprise weekend, you want to make sure that it’s a surprise weekend that she’s going to love.

What is the most important part of the hen do for her? Is it to make sure she has as many of her family and friends there to celebrate or to go abroad for a week long holiday for some pre-wedding sunshine?

You won’t want to have an itinerary from her but you need to know the style of weekend that she will enjoy, there’s no point booking a spa and cheer leading class type weekend if she is more of an outdoor events kind of a girl. It’s also important to make sure that her friends have similar tastes to her before you book anything as it only takes a couple of unhappy people to bring down the mood of the weekend.

Getting the details of the other bridesmaids at the start gives you a good opportunity to get to know her other close friends and to pool ideas so you have the perfect weekend for your bestie.

Hen Weekend

Party goer list

The hen’s availability is obviously crucial but you want to have a range of dates so as many of her nearest and dearest can be there too. You’ll need to make sure that she gives you a full list of email addresses and phone numbers of the people she wants to invite. If there are some key people it’s a good idea to contact them first to check that they will definitely be there and have a secondary list of people who are given less choice of the date as it might be difficult to find one that is perfect for everyone.

Hen Organisation

Getting in the numbers

Weddings can get expensive for everyone, not just the happy couple. As the chief organiser the responsibility of getting as many people as possible to turn up to the hen weekend lies with you, no pressure! It’s worth considering the stage of life of the hen do attendees before you start planning luxury escapes if it’s going to exclude half of the guest list. The same goes for the destination, if that’s going to be a deal breaker for people maybe a venue not too far from home would tick all the boxes.

The chances are the most important aspect for the hen will be having all of her friends together for a good ol’ knees up so the more the merrier.

If you can secure a list of definite people or who will be at each part of the weekend if dipping in and out is an option, it will make the planning far easier. Having a budget planned at the start helps keep things under control and allows people to decide their limitations before committing and they might be less likely to drop out. If you plan activities or book accommodation for a certain number and people do drop out it might be left to the other people share out the extra cost.

Accommodation

As a base for your hen weekend this needs careful consideration, you need to think about the type of weekend that you have planned.

Are you going to book a city break or an activity packed weekend with the accommodation just being used as a place to stumble back to in the early hours and sleep off a hangover before dragging yourselves back out for more action? If this is the case, maybe a hotel would be the best option. If you are you going to be looking for a place which is a feature of the hen weekend or a pad to relax and spend time together, a big house, camping or glamping might be better suited to you.

Just keep thinking back to the hen and the other types of people who will be partying with you for the weekend. If most of party goers are going to be city birds who baulk at the idea of getting mud on their pristine white stilettos, a weekend of camping and quad biking might not be the right approach.

Hen Ideas

Activities

A good hen weekend needs a fun activity in the day time. It’s a great time for everyone to get to know each other and gives the weekend some structure. There are so many different options that its worth exploring alternative ideas before going straight for the obvious activities that everyone has done before, you don’t want 12 cocktail making experts by the end of the weekend. Likewise, horse riding across Dartmoor followed by camping might not be the right activity if Great Aunt Maud is a key player.

Try to keep within the guidelines given by the hen as it is her hen weekend and it is all about making it as fun as possible for her, not planning your own ultimate weekend. Chatting to the bridesmaids throughout is a great way to rein it in and keep on track with your best buddy in mind.

Maid Of Honour

And lift off

You’ve done it, you’ve booked the ultimate hen weekend that will just serve to remind your friend of how close you are and that you possibly know her even better than she knows herself. Sending an email to everyone before the weekend with the finer details such as timings, specific clothing for activities, fancy dress, how much cash people will need if its rural break for taxis etc will mean you have less questions to field and people will be more prepared. The hen will also need enough details to bring the right stuff and feel comfortable and you will need to bear in mind any spare clothes for her if it’s a messy activity and you don’t want to spoil the surprise. Plan the finer details such as taxis and food arrangements so people aren’t hanging around and looking to you all weekend to make decisions, you want to be busy having fun and not having to arrange anything as you go.

 

Success List:

  • Always think back to the hen and other people going to the hen weekend
  • Know who are the most important people when arranging dates
  • Consider budgets and logistics when you decide on the destination
  • Get people to commit before securing bookings for accommodation and activities
  • Do as much booking as you can before the big weekend, people like to know that it’s all under control and when you’re away you’ll just have to worry about where the next tray of Jager bombs are coming from
  • Have her back – make yourself the responsible person for getting your friend home at the end of the night , put a pint of water by the bed and have hangover snacks ready for the morning after recovery.
  • Have fun