Halloween is behind us but if you haven’t had your fill of blood, gore and horror why not visit The International Horror Festival of Wales (Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Tue 10 Nov-Sun 15 Nov. Tickets: Vary based on individual film). There will be big budget, classic, independent and short horror films on show. For those with an interest that goes behind the screen, established filmmakers will be present to give workshops and Q&As to those in attendance.
Theatr Ffwrnes brings American Idiot to the stage(Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli, Wed Nov 11, Tickets: £14.) The theatrical journey is based upon the themes of Green Day’s hit album and gives fans a chance to listen to their favourite songs from the album. There is also plenty of drama beyond the music to keep those who aren’t fans of the band entertained.
The theatre isn’t to everyone’s liking but if you’re in search for pop punk pandemonium then this one’s for you (Undertone, Cardiff, Wed 11 Nov, Tickets: £4 at the door.) Four live bands (American Graffiti, Who Saves The Hero, Masts, and Wilson) perform live, so help support some of these upcoming Welsh bands and maybe one day their own albums will be brought to the stage.
Newport was granted city status back in 2002 but has since failed to modernise its centre. However, Friars Walks, the £100 million shopping complex opens (Thur 12 Nov) and looks to bring Newport to the times with over 40 stores including Debenhams, a range of restaurants and a Cineworld.
The trick-or-treaters have had their year’s worth of sugar filled sweets and people’s unwanted furniture and plywood is nothing but ashes and rumble—which can only mean one thing, Christmas is upon us. What better way to celebrate our favourite time of the year than to visit Winter Wonderland at Cardiff City Centre (Thur 12th Nov). Skate with friends in the open air ice rink, see the city in all its glory high up on the big wheel or start your Christmas shopping early at the alpine village.
Music, drama and art combine as Italian based performers Gen Verde come to Newport centre (Thursday 12th November, Tickets: £10). The 21 member line-up will look to captivate audiences with their thought provoking performances and dynamic music suitable for all. Gen Verde boasts influences from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, South Korea, El Salvador, Ecuador, Northern Ireland, Mexico, Panama, Portugal, Spain and the USA. Expect the unexpected.
The FIA World Rally Championship has toured through fourteen countries this year and it is now Wales’ turn to host the Wales Rally GB; the final round of the world renowned event (Thur 12 Nov – Sun 15 Nov, Prices vary depending on stage/pass). Nineteen drivers will face nineteen stages of narrow countryside roads, Welsh weather (rain we can presume) and combat stretches of bumpy terrain.
If song, dance and drama is up your alley but you’re seeking a little more glitz and glamour then check out the International Welsh Cabaret Festival (Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, Fri 13 Nov – Sat 14 Nov, 5pm-12am, Entry price: £12-£25.) Vaudevillian performer Lou Safire headlines the evening and the reigning Miss Geneva champion will also be on show.
If the periodic warfare dramas on the television do not fulfil your thirst for swords, shields and scraggly beards then come along to the Gower Heritage Centre ( Sat 14 Nov – Sun 15 Nov, Tickets: Adults £6.75, Children aged 2+ £5.75) and step into the life of a Nordic seafarer with re-enactments and authentic music.
For those who want luscious scenery how about a non competitive cycling event through mid Wales? Not to your fancy? What if there were two pit stops to fuel your real ale needs? There’s a reason it’s called the Real Ale Wobble (Llanwrtyd Wells, Sat 14 Nov-Sun 15 Nov, Entry Fees: 2 days riding £25 or 1 day ride at £18). If the cycling doesn’t buckle your knees then the selection of real ales, ciders and perries will. Water, hot drinks and soft drinks are also available.
words GAVIN WOODWARD
photos JON CANDY, BEN SALTER