The Weekend Ahead: November 23-25

November 23, 2012 No Comments »

Cardiff Winter Wonderland, Wales v New Zealand the Wales Millennium Centre’s open weekend are all happening in Cardiff over the next two days.


Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland opens this evening, with six weeks of festive fun scheduled to begin at 6.30pm. The Christmas attraction was due to open last night, but the council postponed the event for 24 hours due to yesterday’s appalling weather. Only Boys Aloud and No Fit State Circus will both perform, and the ice rink, Star Ride and fairground will all be open.

Visual arts and performance festival Experimentica returned to Chapter Arts Centre on Wednesday, and will run over this weekend until Sunday. The five-day event includes installation, film, video, sound art, dance and theatre, and this year they will all be based around the idea of the “unseen”. A full programme of the weekend’s events can be found on Chapter’s website, with days passes ranging in price from £8 to £10.


Christmas markets will once again be on in St Mary Street, St John Street and The Hayes this weekend. Head down for plenty of unusual gift ideas.

It’s the main event in Cardiff this weekend, and there will be very little chance of escaping it if you’re in the city centre on Saturday – Wales v New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium. Kick off is at 5.15pm, and with a crowd of 74,000 expected, there will be various road closures and bus route alterations in place across the city from mid-afternoon. You can see all the latest travel advice here.

Musicians from the Mande cultural world in West Africa will be performing at Cardiff University on Saturday. The concert, which takes place at 7pm in the University Concert Hall on Corbett Road, will be led by Idrissa Camara, a Guinean dancer and musician. Over the last two years, Camara has taken his Cardiff-based company Ballet Nimba to acclaimed performances at London’s Southbank Centre and the main stage of WOMAD, combining traditional and contemporary Guinean dance with live music from some of West Africa’s best musicians. Tickets for Saturday night’s performance, which is part of the university’s school of music 2012/2013 concert series, are available from the box office on 03700 101051 – or online .

The Wales Millennium Centre is holding an open weekend this weekend, throwing its doors open from 10am on Saturday and Sunday for visitors to come in and see free performances on the Glanfa Stage, shows in the Weston Studio, as well as the chance to take part in workshops and interactive behind-the-scenes sessions. Full details of all the activities during the weekend can be found on the WMC website.

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales will also be opening the doors of its Cardiff Bay base for an open weekend on Saturday and Sunday, giving visitors a chance to look behind the scenes and listen to free performances at the BBC Hoddinott Hall. The free concerts will be presented by BBC Wales weatherman Derek Brockway, and there will also be guided tours, sound recording workshops and the chance to try out instruments. All events are free but ticketed, with tickets available in advance and on the day. For more information, call 0800 052 1812 or visit the BBCNOW’s website.

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


Just a short distance outside Cardiff on Sunday there is the Cowbridge Christmas reindeer parade. The parade starts at midday on High Street, and there will also be a Santa’s grotto, music from local bands, choirs and the Christmas lights switch-on.

A free guided bird-watching walk will take place around Roath Park Lake on Sunday morning, exploring the variety of bird life the park is home to. Anyone who wants to take part is advised to bring binoculars if you have them, and to meet by the lighthouse on Roath Park Promenade at 10am.

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

If the cold outside isn’t enough for you, then head down to see the Cardiff Devils take on Coventry Blaze on Sunday night at the Cardiff Arena from 8pm. Tickets cost £17 for an adult, £11 for concessions and £6 for children. Tickets can be bought here.


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