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What’s on in Cardiff? Our favourite Welsh wonders and kids’ events

Jo Dorey

28 March 2018

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Welcome to the heart of Wales, with its medieval castle, coastal views and chips with curry sauce! What’s on in Cardiff is, to an extent, a wonderful mix of these three things, with intriguing venues and tasty food bursting from the city’s seams. Throw in a healthy dose of the arts for the best kids’ events this side of the border.  

Kids playing in a castle.

Family and kids’ events in Cardiff

Spring Events

  • Brainiac Live! 10th April, The Sherman Theatre:

Strap yourself in, boys and girls, because things are about to go bonkers! Brainiac Live! (which we’re told is back by popular demand) is a mischievous take on the award-winning TV show, tackling everything that is weird and wonderful in the world of science. In fact, it’s one of the most anarchic kids’ events around, with combusting microwaves, exploding dustbins and daredevil stunts. Suffice to say that this is not the sort of thing you want playing out in your kitchen at home, so it’s certainly worth the trip to see the professional boffins performing on stage. You might even learn something!

The Brainiac Live! team.

  • Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival, 21st - 29th April, The National Museum Wales and all over the city:

It can be hard nowadays to tear kids away from their screens, let alone getting them into a book, but that’s where the Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival kicks in. With an impressive roster of colourful characters, celebrated authors and illustrators, you can learn all about where the magic springs from. Special events like storytelling will be held in venues across town, from Cardiff Castle to City Hall, and all will be aimed at kids between the ages of 3 and 12. See if you can’t transform your brood into bonafide bookworms.

  • Family Concert @ St Davids Hall, 13th May:

Your gang might normally turn their nose up at classical music, but be sure to remind them of all their favourite films - what’s the connecting thread? A fabulous score, of course, and more often than not pulled together by a professional orchestra. Families can discover the classics at a Family Concert @ St Davids Hall with plenty of room to conduct and dance if the mood strikes you. Your littluns might even recognise more than they’d realise so make it into a game and play spot the song.

Summer Events

  • Tafwyl Fair 30th June - 1st July, Cardiff Castle:

A great, big croeso to you all! That means welcome in Welsh and you’re sure to get a warm one with what’s on in Cardiff this weekend at the Tafwyl Fair. Following the Fringe, it’ll be full of yummy street food and some of the biggest names in local arts. In fact, it’s an all-out party, perfect for getting a slice of Cardiff culture including the best live music, comedy and literature - plus it’s free! Also unlike anywhere else, this is a celebration of the Welsh language so see if you can pick up any new words in one of the many lovely venues around town.

A girl having her face painted at the Tafwyl Fair.

  • Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival, 6th - 8th July, Cardiff Bay:

We think that one of the best bits of exploring a new city is trying the local treats. Also, if you get kids at the right age, they’re up for tucking into anything, so fill your fork at the Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival. What’s on in Cardiff or, rather, what’s on the barbecue in Cardiff at this time of year is loads of local, seasonal produce with around 60,000 food fans ready and waiting for a plateful. Browse stalls, listen to live music and check out the entertainment, all along Cardiff Bay.

  • Cardiff Bay Beach, July - September, Roald Dahl Plass:

Surfs up on the Welsh coast with a specially created shoreline at Cardiff Bay Beach. Entry is free so anyone in the area can come along and enjoy the sights and smells of a day by the sea, and with more added extras than you could shake a rubber ring at! Here we go… A runaway train, bumper boats, the Pirate Party Funhouse, bungee trampolines, a carousel; we could go on. Rather than listening to us reel it all off, why not save the date in your diary for a day FULL of family fun down by Cardiff Bay?

Families at Cardiff Bay Beach.

Felly dyna ni. That’s our guide to what’s on it Cardiff and we hope you find an event you love. To make sure you’ve got every option on the table, take a look at our things to do in Cardiff page for family events all over the city. You could also have a go at one of our suggestions below or check out our two blogs dedicated to Cardiff: ‘6 reasons why Cardiff Castle needs to be on your bucket list’, and ‘Visit Cardiff City with kids for free’. Hwyl fawr!

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Jo Dorey

28 March 2018

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Jo is a Copywriter at Day Out With The Kids. She’s lived all over the world in places like Pakistan, Hungary and Hong Kong - these days though she loves a good, long walk and hanging out with her cat, Fergus.

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