Can Cardiff City Centre Be a Festival Venue? A Crazy Greenspace Concept That Works

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There is no doubt that Cardiff is growing rapidly. I cant remember a time when we had so much going on in my crazy little city, and it suits us. From major concerts in the Principality Stadium, to Premier League Games last year we are nailing it.

However over the past couple of years there’s definitely an uptrend in City Centre festivals. How, you may think…. we are no Hyde Park? But actually you’d be wrong. Cardiff holds over 330 parks and green spaces, and has more green spaces per person than any UK city.

Cardiff Castle, Bute Park and Sophia Gardens are right in the heart of the city, and boy, haven’t we made the most of that.

Starting of the season was the huge Inside Out Festival. Moving from their usual September slot, it was hosted in Coopers Field, behind Cardiff Castle. A blazing sunny day, made for a cracking weekend of top level music, including DJ EZ and Sean Paul.

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Photo Credit: Yony Photography

Depot in the Castle did not disappoint, by adding an extra day and bringing the HUGE Nile Rodgers and Chic to the city, playing in the incredible setting of Cardiff Castle to over 4000 people on the Friday, with the next day, the original one day event, surpassing all their own expectations and bringing over 8000 people into the Castle grounds for the day, with headliners Tom Odell and Clean Bandit.

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Picture Credit: Depot in the Castle

Cardiff also has its share of theatre too that hits our green space. The Everyman Theatre takes residence in Sophia Gardens every summer, with a huge mix for everyone to enjoy. There are singalongs for the children, Shakespeare for the thespians, and musicals for all.

With all this and the rest happening in the city, can you travel down comfortably for the weekend?

The answer is yes…. all because of our wonderful green space again. Close to all of these events mentioned is the brilliant Cardiff Caravan and Camping situated in Sophia Gardens. The site has a large area, with laundry facilities, shower facilities and lots more all within the City Centre. There is space for both Caravans and Tents, with access to power too. To find out more follow their link to check out the website.

Visit and book Cardiff City Centre camping here

Cardiff also has an array of incredible City Centre hotels, literally within a stones throw of our green space, including the Holiday Inn, Park Plaza and Hilton Hotels.

More and more Cardiff is becoming a destination venue. To find out more please take a look at www.VisitCardiff.com for more information on all events, information and places to stay.

Saturday’s, Sparkly Lights, Street Food and Supper Clwb’s

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Cardiff really is buzzing isn’t it? This weekend I was invited by my good friend Jay Page to the soft opening of Mowgli Street food. Situated in the old Poundstretcher, opposite the Old Arcade on Church Street, its a little doorway that packs a huge punch.

You are greeted with thousands of sparkling lights (and I mean thousands) on entry. The décor has a twist, and Jay and I, found ourselves sat in the open window…. on swings! Yep, instead of normal boring chairs, you get to swing yourself into the weekend (I mean literally here folks!!) while watching the world go by.

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Jay swinging into the weekend!!!!

The service was excellent…. and the waitress was articulate in explaining how it all worked. There was a full separate vegan, separate vegetarian, and separate full page normal menu, so super impressed with the choice.

I opted for the Office Tiffin Box. Inside were 3 different curries and one rice. For me lamb and chickpea curry (they all have super dupa complicated names) won the day for me, but all were tasty. The chef changes the option on a daily basis, so you will never get bored of this dish. The Office Tiffin Box costs £16 , and honestly was too much to eat, so I thought great value too.

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Office Tiffin Box at Mowgli Street Food

Off we popped after a bottle of wine (or two) to the Wales Millennium Centre. On a Saturday they’ve been hosting a set of Supper Clwb’s in Ffresh Restaurant. Each week has a theme, some musical, burlesque, comedy and drag just to name a few. We were there for the drag extravaganza that is Jolene Dover, hosted by Connie Orff. Featuring Victoria Scone and PomPom too, the night was full of sassy laughs to a full house and a standing ovation.

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The Supper Clwb package costs £30 and includes a bellini cocktail on arrival, your live cabaret act, 3 plates of tapas style food, and a cocktail for your dessert! The night is perfect for everyone with the choice of shows, and perfect for a celebration. The list of shows can be found here: Supper Clwb Shows.

Enjoy!!!