10 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK | MON 31 JULY – SUN 6 AUGUST
Hedd Wyn – Mon 31 July
The Western Front Association is screening the 1994 S4C film Hedd Wyn in the St Michael’s Centre in Abergavenny. The only Welsh language film to be nominated for an Oscar, it showcases the ambition of a Welsh soldier in the First World War to win a bardic chair. Followed by a Q&A with actor Terry Victor.
All Bounced Out – Mon 31 July – Wed 30 August
If you’re at a wit’s end trying to keep your children occupied during the school holidays, fear not. Newport’s five star hotel resort The Celtic Manor has opened up its grounds to 6 – 14 year olds by hosting a giant inflatable obstacle course throughout August for bundles of bouncing fun.
The Addams Family – Tue 1 – Sat 12 August
The wacky capers of the ghoulish Addams Family are coming to Cardiff for the UK premiere of this musical comedy. Featuring a live orchestra, an original score, and award winning writers, this will be an extraordinary theatre visit like no other. Catch Wednesday, Morticia, and the gang at WMC for a frighteningly spectacular show. *click click*
Bat Walk – Wed 2 August
Bring your enthusiasm for nature and a torch for this after-dark exploration of St Fagans. Bats are most often found flying around at dusk, and the light summer evenings are perfect for spotting the little furry creatures.
Gwdihw presents Scotch – Thurs 3 August
Fancy a mid-week Balkan folk party? Gwdihw is the place. By merging the theatricality of Balkan brilliance with ska and folk rock, you’ll be in for a night of full-speed, heart-pounding boogie. Plus support from psych/folk band Flowers for Freaks.
Tickets: £4/3 advance
Cardifferent Historic Pub Tour– Fri 4 & Sat 5 August
Meet at the Rummer Tavern (opposite Cardiff castle) for a unique journey celebrating Cardiff’s stories, people, and streets in the cosy comfort of historical pubs.
Cardiff Rum Festival – Sat 5 August
In its 5th year running, the UK Rum Festival brings the tour to Cardiff this Saturday. Expect over 100 different rums, talks by master distillers, tasting sessions, and amazing street food all washed down to the soundtrack of live Caribbean music.
The Red Arrows – Sat 5 August
Head to Barry Island for a breathtaking aerial display by The Red Arrows as part of the seaside town’s Transport Festival. This will be the RAF team’s third visit to Barry, after cancelling their performance last year due to bad weather conditions.
Circus Weekender – Sat 5 – Sunday 6 August
AirTime Circus will be holding workshops all weekend at Barry Island. Learn the exciting arts of trapeze, hula-hoops, and juggling, and then see how you compare to the professionals with a performance of dance and physical theatre at the end of the day.
Unusual Plants Fair – Sun 6 August
Cosmeston Lakes is a beautiful setting for any day out, but with local growers exhibiting their interesting plant life for reasonable prices, this free event will be heaven for herbaceous hunters and green fingered gardeners.
words HELEN PAYNE