The Weekend Ahead: November 2-4

November 2, 2012 No Comments »

An exhibition on the history of Welsh animation, Sparks in the Park, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales – performing as part of the British Horn Society Festival – will all come to Cardiff this weekend.

The first weekend in November always means fireworks. There are plenty of displays happening in and around Cardiff this weekend, but there’s lots more on top of that to keep you busy over the next few days. Here’s our guide to this weekend’s highlights in Cardiff.

If you have any events you’d like us to add to the list, e-mail or Tweet @yourcardiff.


Start your weekend at Chapter Art Centre’s Drones Comedy Club, with Clint Edwards presenting the best in new stand-up comedy from 8.30pm. Tickets cost £3.50 on the door.


The main event this weekend is bonfire night. Guy Fawkes’ Night itself is on Monday, but there will be plenty of displays over the course of the weekend, including Cardiff’s huge Sparks in the Park at Coopers Field. Gates open at 4.30pm, with a children’s fireworks display at 5.45pm. The bonfire will be lit at 6.15pm, and the main display will start at 7pm. As well as the fireworks and bonfire, there will also be a funfair, food stalls, and live entertainment. There are other displays around the city across the weekend and on Monday. More details can be found here.

Saturday is the last day of Mermaid Quay’s Halloween Fright Fest, which will also come together with its Firework Frenzy this weekend. On Saturday there will be a haunting halloween treasure hunt – families can pick up their treasure maps from the atrium on Bute Street for a chance to win £20 to spend at coffee and ice cream parlour Cadwaladers. On Saturday and Sunday, there will also be colouring in activities on the waterfront.

Techniquest’s Spooky Science week also continues into this weekend, with the Spooky Science show on Saturday and Sunday offering “ghoulish characters” on the exhibition floors, and spooky science exhibits. Techniquest will be open 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Music Geek Monthly’s latest listening event will be held at Chapter from 3.30pn on Saturday. The group listens to one classic and one new album, and then discusses them on the last Thursday of the month. The classic album this month is the soundtrack to Midnight Cowboy, while the new record is the Godspeed you! Black Empower album “Allelujah! Don’t bend! Ascend!”

The Gate Arts and Community Centre in Roath hosts the Welsh Academy Writers’ Fair on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. The day offers a programme of “informative and creative sessions and the chance to meet fellow writers, industry professionals and publishers from Wales and beyond”. It’s open to published writers and those who are just considering a literary career. The writers’ fair includes appearances from fantasy fiction writer Belinda Bauer and acclaimed author Jasper Fforde, as well as sessions on how to promote yourself as a writer through social media, e-publishing and pitching your novel to publishers. A full day ticket with lunch costs £16, or £12 without lunch. Full details are here, and you can book tickets by phoning 029 2047 2266 or e-mailing

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


If you’re looking for something to do with the kids after the excitement of Sparks in Park has passed, the Art Cart returns to St Fagans this weekend, with family craft sessions on Sunday between 11am and 1pm, and 2pm and 4pm. All sessions are free.

A new exhibition on the history of animation in Wales opened at the National Museum last weekend, so head down there to take a look at the story behind the likes of Jerry the Tyke in the 1920s, Superted in the 1980s, and Igam Ogam in 2010, as well as the future of the industry and the methods used to create different types of animation. The exhibition is open 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday and admission is free.

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

The Welsh College of Music and Drama will host the British Horn Society Festival on Sunday, with highlights including Matthieu Romand, solo horn of the Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France, as well as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The festival starts at 10am, with a Gala Concert at 6pm. Visit the British Horn Society website for more details.

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