The Weekend Ahead: December 14-16

December 14, 2012 No Comments »

Cardiff Street Food Christmas market, Dirty Protest’s Last Christmas at Sherman Cymru, and Christmas fairs and markets across the city all feature in our highlights of the weekend ahead.

With less than two weeks to go before Christmas, almost everything in our weekend events round-up has a festive twist – bound to get you in the Christmas mood if you’re not already!

As always, let us know if there’s anything we’ve missed – festive or not – by e-mailing jessica.best@mediawales.co.uk or Tweeting @yourcardiff

Saturday

Cardiff Street Food returns to the Mackintosh Sports and Social Club on Keppoch Street in Roath on Saturday with its Christmas Market. From 3pm to 9pm, 12 different street food vendors – from Thai noddle soup to gourmet beef burgers and fancy falafel – will be serving up grab-and-go treats, so get yourself down there for a festive feast. More details on the event can be found here.

Once you’ve had your fill at the Cardiff Street Food Christmas market, head down the road to The Gate Arts Centre, which is holding a free cider and carols evening from 7.30pm. A live band will be taking requests for your favourite carols, and there’s a free glass of mulled cider for over 18s.

Cardiff Theatre group Dirty Protest has been staging its festive production “Last Christmas” at Sherman Cymru all week, and Saturday is the final night. Starring Sion Pritchard, it follows the story of a man forced to face up to the ghosts of Christmas past as he returns to Swansea for the festive season. The first play from Welsh writer Matthew Bulgo, it’s been well received this week, so get yourself along on Saturday night before it sells out. More details here.

Chapter is holding a Christmas craft fair, Oh So Crafty, on Saturday from 11am-6pm. Handmade jewellery, homeware, textiles and ceramics will all be on sale from local crafters and the Chapter Shop.

Saturday is the final day of Cardiff Open Art School’s exhibition, featuring work from their post graduate students. Head down to the Inkspot on Clifton Street to take a look.

The Cylch Y Coed Christmas Fair will be held in Cyncoed Methodist Church on Saturday from 2.30pm-4.30pm. Entertainment will include a Santa’s Grotto, tombola, nail and tattoo bar, lucky dip, children’s arts and crafts, face painting, a coconut stand, soft play area and more. For further details, see Cylch Y Coed’s Facebook page.

The Taste Christmas Fayre at the Wales Millennium Centre will be open for a second weekend. Details of the stalls and workshops on offer on Saturday and Sunday can be found here.

Head to the bowls pavilion in Victoria Park on Saturday for Yuletide log and wreath making workshops. There will be two sessions, from 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-3pm. Tickets for log making cost £1.50, table decoration making £2, and wreath making £6.

The Christmas markets on St Mary Street, St John Street and The Hayes will be open once again this weekend, with plenty of gift ideas your loved ones – or a treat for yourself.

Sunday

If you’re not completely stuffed from the street food Christmas market on Saturday, then head over to Chapter’s Festive Food Fair on Sunday. Showcasing local Welsh food and drink producers, Chapter quite rightly suggests it’s a great opportunity to fill up on hamper-fillers and Christmas treats. Green City Events will also be on hand offering workshops such as recycled pottery making, basket weaving, and recycled crafts. There will also be facepainting with the SAFE Foundation, and a chance to help light up Chapter’s Christmas tree in the Pedal Café.

Victorian Christmas tours will be held at Cardiff Castle on Sunday, with a costumed guide to show you through the castle’s festively decorated apartments. See carol singers in the library, and the banqueting hall set for a lavish Christmas dinner. Santa will be putting in an appearance in the castle’s Black Tower, and each tour is followed by mulled wine, mince pies and festive music. Tours start at 5pm, and you need to pre-book by calling 029 2087 8100. Tickets cost £14 for adults, £10 for under 18s, and under 2s go free.

City Temple Church on Cowbridge Road East will hold two carol concerts on Sunday at 11am and 6.30pm, so head over if you want to celebrate the season in song.

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