The Weekend Ahead: September 7-8

September 7, 2012 No Comments »

Cardiff Castle will celebrate the 65th anniversary of its handover to the city, St Fagans Food Festival will show off the best Welsh produce, and the Norwegian Church will celebrate Roald Dahl’s birthday this weekend.

It’s Friday, it’s sunny, and there’s loads to keep you busy in Cardiff this weekend – what more could you ask for?

Here’s our guide to the weekend ahead, and feel free to let us know anything we’ve missed by e-mailing or Tweet us @yourCardiff.


It’s the end of the week, and the weather is beautiful (for a change) so start your weekend at The Drones Comedy Club in Chapter. Clint Edwards will host the evening of new stand up talent from 8.30pm. Entry costs £3.50 on the door.


Foodies will have another opportunity to indulge in the Welsh capital this weekend, with the two-day St Fagans Food Festival running across Saturday and Sunday. The free festival is aiming to “showcase the finest Welsh food and drink” between 10am and 5pm on both days, with more than 80 stalls across the museum site. More information on the sellers can be found here.

Music Geek Monthly returns for its listening events at Chapter Arts Centre on Saturday. The group, which listens to one class album and one new album and discusses them each month, has this month chosen Fergus & Geronimo’s “Funky was the state of affairs” for its new record, and Limp Bizkit’s “Chocolate starfish and the hot dog flavoured water” as a guilty pleasure alternative to the classic album. They’ll be listening to both in Cinema 2 at Chapter from 3.30pm.

The weekly Roath Real Food Market, held at the Mackintosh Centre on Keppoch Street, will run from 9.30am to 1pm.


Thousands of runners will limber up on Sunday morning as they prepare to take on this year’s Cardiff 10K. The race begins at 10am on King Edward VII Avenue, near City Hall. You can view the route of the race here – worth checking out if you’re planning on cheering the runners on. It’s also useful if you need to get your car out of the city on Sunday morning, as some roads on the route will be closed off. Cardiff Council says North Road, Duke Street, Castle Street and Cathedral Road will be closed from 9am until midday.

This weekend marks the 65th anniversary of the handover of Cardiff Castle to the people of Cardiff, so a special 1940s celebration will be held on Sunday. “Back to the 1940s” will feature 1940s music with performances from the Keith Little band and the City of Cardiff Brass Band – who also played at the original handover ceremony in September 1947. Stan Stennett will take the lead role in a Tea Dance, while there will also be guided tours of the castle’s wartime shelters, and an opportunity to see some rooms not usually open to the public. There will be a display of pre-1947 cars, and members of the Home Guard and American GI soldiers walking through the castle grounds alongside staff and actors in full period costume. The day’s activities will run from 10am-5pm, with adult tickets priced at £4.50, children at £3, and senior citizens £3.75. Under 5s go free.

Sunday would also have been Roald Dahl’s birthday, so the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay is marking the occasion with Roald Dahl Day. Families are invited down to the free event between 11.30am and 4.30pm for activities including storytelling and arts and crafts workshops.

The Paralympics come to an end on Sunday, and with them the London Festival 2012 – the 12 week celebration which has brought together artists from across the world to coincide with the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The final event of the cultural Olympiad is a Bandstand Marathon – a huge community event bringing music to bandstands and open spaces across the UK between 1pm and 5pm on Sunday. Unfortunately there are no bandstand events scheduled for Cardiff, but if you don’t mind travelling a little outside the city, there are events at Victoria Park in Barry, and Belle Vue Park in Newport, both from 1pm. More details can be found on the Bandstand Marathon website.

Rules of Play’s monthly Boardgaming Sunday is back at Chapter once again this weekend from 5.30pm on Sunday night. Bring your own games, or take pot luck with Rules of Play’s demo library.

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


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