The Weekend Ahead: September 21-23

September 21, 2012 No Comments »

Left to right, the Welsh Air Guitar Championships, The Great British Cheese Festival, and heritage tours of Cardiff’s first public library are all happening in Cardiff this weekend.

Friday has rolled around once again, so here’s our guide to the best things to do in Cardiff this weekend. Let us know if you’d like your event added to the list by e-mailing or Tweet us @yourcardiff.


The Drones Comedy Club returns to Chapter Arts Centre tonight at 8.30pm, with Clint Edwards compering the best in new standup to get your weekend off to a good start. Tickets cost £3.50.


The Great British Cheese Festival returns to Cardiff this weekend, with thousands of cheese lovers expected to descend on Cardiff Castle for the event on Saturday and Sunday. There will be masterclasses and demonstrations, Britain’s biggest cheese market, a best of British market, the world cheese tossing championships, cheese skittles and more. The event is open 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, with tickets on the door priced at £8.95 for adults, £7.95 for concessions, and under fives go free. More information can be found on the Great British Cheese Festival website.

Not content with hosting the Great British Cheese Festival this weekend, Cardiff will also welcome the Welsh Air Guitar Championships on Saturday night! Held at the Fuel Bar and Music Room on Womanby Street, doors will open at 8pm. You can enter online here, or just turn up on the night – entry is free for competitors or £4 for spectators. According to the Official UK Air Guitar Championships website, each contestant gets 90 seconds to perform, and there are three rounds. The first round is a song of your own choice, while in the second and third the song is chosen by the judges. Dressing up is apparently encouraged, although using any “physical material” as a guitar substitute will see you disqualified.

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

The month-long European Heritage Days programme continues this weekend, with Open Doors events inviting the public into histroical buildings normally hidden from view. You can see all of Cardiff’s Open Doors events listed here, but highlights this weekend include events being run by The Cardiff Story looking at the history of the city’s libraries. On Saturday, Cardiff library staff will give talks at 11am and 2pm about how the city’s libraries have changed over the last 150 years. Then at midday and 3pm there will be an opportunity to take a tour of the Cardiff Story museum, which is housed in the former Cardiff Public Library. The Grade II listed building was the first public library in Cardiff. To book a place on either event, telephone 029 2078 8334.

Llandaff Cathedral will host a concert to commemorate the work of the Royal British Legion on Saturday night, featuring performances by The Band of the Prince of Wales Division, the South Wales Male Choir, and Llandaff City Church in Wales Primary School Choir. The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets will cost £15.

Fairwater Leisure Centre will reopen this weekend after a £400,000 refurbishment. On Saturday and Sunday, between 11.30am and 4pm, people can go along to try out the new facilities – including a new state-of-the-art fitness room, dance studio and coffee shop – and find out more about new classes and activities. These will include step, boxercise, yoga, spin and kettlebells. There are also “Bump into Action” anti-natal sessions for mums-to-be, and on Sunday afternoon there will be fun activities on offer for children.


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

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