The Weekend Ahead: June 8-June 10

June 8, 2012 No Comments »

It’s been a three-day working week, but we’re ready for the weekend already. Here’s yourCardiff’s guide to what’s happening in the city over the next three days. As always,  get in touch with any events you’d like us to add, and have a great weekend.

Get your beer goggles on to try what's on offer at the Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival


The Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival opened on Thursday, and is open daily from 11am to 11pm until Saturday at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. We wrote earlier in the week about how this year’s festival features 200 different ales, as well as 60 ciders, so you’ll be spoiled for choice. Admission is £6.

Cabaret drag act The Globe Girls are performing at the Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel tonight, in an evening that includes a three course meal, Globe Girls performance and disco. The evening, which starts at 7pm, costs £25 per person. Full details here.

The Adamsdown Arts Association is holding an open evening tonight in the g39 gallery on Oxford Street, 7pm-9pm, with music, food, film and discussion about local art.


Cardiff International White Water is hosting the International Canoe Federation’s Canoe Slalom World Cup this weekend, with athletes from 38 nations taking part in the “only major canoeing event in the UK before the Olympics”. The competition was supposed to start today (Friday), but was postponed because of the horrendous weather. It will now start on Saturday and finish with a medal ceremony on Sunday. Spectators can watch teams who will compete at the Olympic Games in London this summer – including Team GB – and there will also be an event village with water sports equipment, food stalls, and fairground rides for children. Tickets for the three day event are available here. A one-day adult ticket costs £9.50, children £4.50 and under fives go free. Tickets for Friday’s postponed racing will be valid for entry on Saturday or Sunday. Watch the event’s promotional video below.

Saturday is Music Geek Monthly’s listening event in Chapter. If you haven’t heard of Music Geek Monthly, it’s a regular music night where members meet to review one new and one classic album. Before each meeting, there’s a listening event ar Chapter Arts Centre where you can listen to the chosen records before discussing them later in the month. This month’s listening event is Saturday, 3.30pm, in Chapter’s cinema two, and this month’s chosen albums are Dusk by The The and Richard Hawley’s Standing at the Sky’s Edge. For more information, check out Music Geek Monthly’s website.

Roath Real Food Market will be at the Mackintosh Centre on Keppoch Street from 9.30am to 1pm as usual.

For the final weekend of half term, Mermaid Quay is putting on a weekend of fun in Cardiff Bay. From midday until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday there will be treasure hunts, street theatre, face painting, and live music from singer songwriter Tom Browning on Saturday, and Nick Pendry on Sunday. There will also be street dance performances throughout the afternoon on the last two days of the Festival of Street Dance, which has been running in the bay throughout the week.

On Saturday afternoon, cycling charity Cardiff Pedal Power is holding a vintage fair at the Scout Base in Pontcanna Fields from 10am until 4pm. The event will include more than 20 stalls, including jewellery, clothes, homeware, kitchenware, crafts, books and more. You can also get a voucher for a half price bike ride on the day. Find more details on their website.

Llandaff Festival begins on Saturday, with a programme of music between June 9 and June 17. The festival, now in its 5th year, raises money for the Llandaff Cathedral Organ Appeal. The first event in the week-long programme is a recital by violinist Ulrich von Hecker and pianist Graham Holcombe at 4pm on Saturday. See the full programme of events here.

Club night Cellar Door Cardiff is an underground house and techno night in The Vaults – the old NatWest bank on Bute Street. Launched last month to a sell out crowd, the club night’s second outing will feature “Undercover DJs” and a live performance. Doors open at 10pm, and the music goes on until 5am. Tickets cost £13.50. More details here, or follow @CellarDoorCardf on Twitter.

The annual Llandaff Raft Race takes place on Sunday.


The annual Llandaff Charity Raft Race takes place on Sunday, starting from the Llandaff Rowing Club at midday, where there will also be a barbecue, bouncy castle, and face painting. All proceeds go towards George Thomas Hospice Care.

The weekly Riverside Market will be on Fitzhamon Embankment from 10am to 2pm.

Rules of Play’s Boardgaming Sunday is back at Chapter once again for its monthly games night. Bring along your favourite board games to the cafe, or just borrow a game from the event’s game library. The free session starts at 5.30pm.

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