The Weekend Ahead: January 4-6

January 4, 2013 No Comments »
Cardiff Winter Wonderland, the St Mary Street Market, and Cardiff Devils are just some our our suggestions to list your January blues this weekend.

Cardiff Winter Wonderland, the St Mary Street Market, and Cardiff Devils are just some of our suggestions to lift your January blues this weekend.

Cardiff is slowly returning to normal after the hectic Christmas period, but it’s a fairly quiet weekend ahead as people tighten their belts after the party season.

But if your new year’s resolution was to go out and try something new, you should still find inspiration in our round-up of weekend events. And if you’re still clinging on to the notion of festive fun, this weekend is your last chance to visit Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland. Enjoy!


Christmas might be over, but Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland has stayed open into the new year, and this weekend is your last chance to get down there for some ice skating and a trip on the Star Ride, as it closes on Sunday. Buy your tickets here.

The Full Moon on Womanby Street launches its second annual Free For All Festival tonight – a month-long line-up of bands, singers, and DJs, and you can see them all for absolutely nothing. Utilising upstairs and downstairs stages in The Full Moon and The Moon Club, the festival will launch this evening with a night of hip hop curated by record label Mean Business Records. Saturday will be an all-day fundraiser for the SAFE Foundation, and a chance for people to come together to remember the charity’s founder Lucy Dickenson, who was killed in a car accident in Zambia last year. There will be music performed throughout the day, and collections to support the charity’s work across the world. On Sunday night, there will be an open stage for musicians to get up and play, while the upstairs stage will feature Roosevelt and Fjords, who WalesOnline’s Dave Owens named as one of his 2013 Welsh bands to watch. All the details can be found on the festival’s website or Facebook page.


Lots of people resolve to take up a new hobby, or try something different in January, and The Cardiff Story is giving you a chance to do just that with its Get Back on Course day this Saturday. Free taster sessions will be running from 11am until 3pm, including cake decorating, nail art, massage, drawing the tiled corridor, fitness testing, arts and crafts, and getting to know your iPad or Kindle.

If none of those take your fancy, why not join the St Fagan’s quilting club, which starts up again for 2013 this Saturday. Suitable for beginners and experienced quilters, the club has supplies of fabric, needles and thread to hand, but members are also welcome to bring their own. The free session is open from 11am until 12.30pm, and you can book a place by calling 029 2057 3424.

The weekly Roath Real Food Market returns for 2013 at the Mackintosh Centre on Keppoch Street. It will be open on Saturday from 9.30am to 1pm. The St Mary Street Market will also be back from 11am to 5pm with vintage clothes, antiques, books, food, bric-a-brac, furniture and more.

Cardiff Devils play their first match of 2013 on Saturday night against Hull Stingrays. The match starts at 7pm, and tickets are £17 for adults, £11 for concessions, and £6 for children. More information and ticket details can be found here.


Cardiff Storytelling Circle holds its first meeting of the year on Sunday at Chapter Arts Centre from 8pm until 9pm. The monthly event invites people to share and listen to stories, with entry costing £3 per person.

Riverside Market will also be back on Fitzhamon Embankment from 10am to 2pm on Sunday. Make it your new year’s resolution to shop local and get down there.

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