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Timeless Touch centre for music performance and music technology

Timeless Touch is a centre for music performance and music technology

Timeless Touch centre for music performance and music technology

Come and create music in Cardiff’s new bespoke music training centre on state of the art music technology equipment or develop your creative skills by working with some of the best recording artists in the business.  

If you’ve ever fancied yourself as the next Robbie Williams or Ed Sheeran, or are just interested in the mechanics of music development as a hobby, then Timeless Touch is the place for you. Based at Indycube in Cardiff’s Castle Arcade, it provides the very latest in music technology for anyone with a leaning to the electronic. Or, for the more dedicated musician seeking advice on how to improve their art and craft, songwriting, performance, production, music business and music composition workshops.

Rupert Christie who has produced Rebecca Ferguson, Lou Reed and worked with U2 and Coldplay and Louise Clare Marshall, vocalist with Robbie Williams, Jools Holland, Karl Jenkins, Tom Jones, and Cee Lo Green are just two of the guest speakers lined up to give their take and advice on the music industry.

Ken and Alison Reay founded timeless Touch. Ken’s experience as a recording artist and record producer includes working with the likes of Roger Sanchez, the multi-platinum band Garbage, and the Grammy nominated Steve Edwards. As a music educator he was head of department at the world-renowned Royal Academy of Music for 10 years and has musically mentored young offenders and underprivileged children as well as the more affluent music scholars at Eton College.

It is Ken’s dream to produce a new type of music education resource that combines the very best in teaching methodology and technique delivered by real world industry lead practitioners who know what it takes to make it in one of the most competitive industries on the planet.

If you’re wondering whether Timeless Touch is for you, then why not attend the open day on 15 December, 11:00 – 15:00. at the Castle Arcade and meet some of the celebrated staff. There will be a DJ on the day as well as informal mini-lectures and demonstrations, subjects to include, Binaural Technology, Performance Psychology, Film/TV Composition, Dance Music Creation and Production, and the Science Behind the Voice.

For more information, visit or follow Timeless Touch on Twitter @TimelessTouchUK

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 December 2012 19:59

Winter Wonderland 2012


Cardiff's Winter Wonderland is looking stunning this time of year and there are some amazing photo's popping up all over the place of it. This picture was from a past event, but the attractions remain as beautiful year on year.

Cardiff Winter Wonderland

Cardiff's Winter Wonderland

Now in its 12th year this festive celebration, situated in Cardiff's iconic Civic Centre includes the Admiral Open Air Ice Rink, Ice Café and plenty of seasonal excitement! 

Get Your Skates On!

With over 6 weeks of skating on offer from 22 November 2012 to 6 January 2013 this is a must do Christmas experience.


As the year draws to a close, Cardiff's Winter Wonderland will provide the backdrop for ‘Calennig'; the city's traditional New Year's Eve celebrations.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



Last Updated on Thursday, 15 November 2012 22:34

Doctor Who Experience Cardiff

Dr Who Experience Cardiff

Doctor Who Experience Cardiff

The TARDIS Has Landed!

The TARDIS has landed in Cardiff, just minutes away from where the iconic BBC series is filmed, and YOU are invited to join in the first ever interactive Doctor Who Experience that will invite you in to star in your very own Doctor Who adventure!

Are you brave enough to take a step through a crack in time and take on the challenge of reuniting the Doctor with the TARDIS, fend off some of his most fearsome foes and enter a Dalek spaceship to navigate your way through a forest of Weeping Angels? This exhilarating adventure culminates in a stunning 3D finale, not to be missed!

As if that’s not enough for you to enjoy, this awesome multi-sensory attraction features the world’s most extensive collection of original Doctor Who costumes and artefacts - stretching back almost 50 years, to the very first series of the much loved and unforgettable ‘Doctor Who’ show. Getting up close to these incredible sets, costumes and props has never been easier, and they are continually being updated so that fans are sure to see content from their favourite TV series. Visitors to the attraction at Cardiff Bay will also be treated to new items to be on show to the public for the very first time!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 22:42

World of Boats at Cardiff Bay

World of Boats at Cardiff Bay

World of Boats at Cardiff Bay

World of Boats is a brand new attraction which opens this month on the waterfront at Discovery Quay, Porth Teigr in Cardiff Bay, featuring a unique collection of boats from around the globe. It also tells visitors of the history of evolution, navigation, use and restoration of boats. Using hi-tech displays and old fashioned craft, World of Boats highlights the best of boats and the skills used to keep them afloat. Interactive areas and fascinating displays mean there’s plenty for the whole family to ‘Sea, Discover and Explore at World of Boats’!

There are over 40 historic craft on display, from primitive dug outs and reed boats to current examples of familiar vessels. Many of the boats are the last surviving example of their kind anywhere in the world. The selection on display comes from the UK’s largest collection of historic craft run by the charity EISCA. Their collection of almost 400 vessels will mean that the display will be regularly changed and updated.

World of Boats will also feature the Boat Lab. Inside the Boat Lab, you can learn about the fundamentals of boat design and how it works. In addition, you have the chance to see current restoration techniques. New projects will be regularly undertaken by skilled craftsmen. Currently housed in the Boat Lab is the 70 foot ‘Tall Ship’ the Elena Maria Barbara. She is a version of an 18th century topsail schooner being lovingly brought back to sea-worthy condition.

Martin Wilkie of Experience Design, the company creating the attraction, says: “It’s a rare opportunity to see at first-hand the skills used in restoring such a huge vessel, and I mean huge!”

Dick Strawbridge, popular presenter of hit TV shows such as BBC’s Coast, ITV’s The Hungry Sailors and Channel 4’s Scrapheap Challenge, hosts the exhibition on-screen and takes us through the evolution of boats, the story of their propulsion, navigation and much more.

Supported by Visit Wales, World of Boats promises to be a major new attraction in Cardiff Bay and is the result of a new venture between the boat charity EISCA (Eyemouth International Sailing Craft Association) and exhibition designers, Experience Design & Management EISCA has an incredible collection containing hundreds of boats at their store and visitor attraction at Eyemouth in Scotland and their new dingy and river boat display at Beale Park near Reading.

Martin Wilkie, of Experience Design, says: “This collection is a fascinating glimpse into maritime history with vessels from almost every corner of the globe. I’m guessing that this must be the first time a Venetian Gondola will have been spotted in Cardiff Bay.”

Stephen Walters, EISCA spokesman, says: “We will endeavour to tell the story of man’s use of lumps of wood to cross the water; how this was then turned into a hollowed out log with a paddle, developed into a sea-going boat with sails, which then became both cargo boat and warship to take him across the world.  By 1860, mankind had developed a steam engine, fitted it into a boat to drive paddle wheels or propellers.”

World of Boats also features The Look Out Café Bar where visitors can take time out to enjoy a range of refreshments, meals, snacks and ice creams, while overlooking the water during their visit to the attraction. The 600 sq m exhibition, shop and café are located right next to the new Doctor Who Experience in the bay.

Martin says, “The venue is just so amazing, we couldn’t have asked to be nearer the water and what a fabulous view of Cardiff Bay. And it’s been great to have Dick Strawbridge involved; he’s such an enthusiast for these sorts of projects and really helps to tell the stories to the visitors.”

Martin continues: “I think there’s something for everyone here, it’s quite a unique exhibition and has certainly opened my eyes to the role boats have played in man’s evolution. The World of Boats really is a great new addition to Cardiff Bay, kids get in for free and there’s the best waterside café in the city - what more could you ask for?”

World of Boats opens to the general public on Saturday August 25 and then will remain open every day from 10.30am. However please check website for seasonal variations.

World of Boats Admission Prices:

Remember, children under 16 are admitted FREE with each paying adult!
All entry wristbands allow unlimited visits and re-entry on day of issue.
Adults: £7.50
Concessions: £6.50
Additional Child £3.50
Family 2+2: £14.00
Group and school rates are available, so please contact us for further details.

How to find World of Boats:
World of Boats
Discovery Quay
Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay, CF10 4GA
Contact: 07971 055 811


World of Boats is right next door to the new Doctor Who Experience. There is extensive car parking available in Cardiff Bay, and plenty of rail and bus links, including the No 6 bus.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 August 2012 21:56

Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland

Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland with Admiral Open Air Ice Rink opened on November 17. Now in its 11th year the festive favourite which is situated in Cardiff’s iconic Civic Centre will run up until 2nd January 2012 - offering 6 weeks of skating.

And as the year draws to a close, Winter Wonderland will provide the backdrop for ‘Calennig’- the city’s traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Ice Rink

Skating Sessions
9.40am - 10.40am - available from 17 Dec only
11.00am - 12.00pm - available weekends only until 28 Nov, daily thereafter
12.20pm - 1.20pm
1.40pm - 2.40pm
3.00pm - 4.00pm
4.20pm - 5.20pm
5.40pm - 6.40pm
7.00pm - 8.00pm
8.20pm - 9.20pm
9.40pm - 10.40pm
11.00pm - 12.15am (31 Dec only)

Please arrive 30 minutes before session times to collect your skates.

Closed 25 Dec
First session 26 Dec & 1 & 2 Jan 11.00am-12noon, last session 24 Dec, 26 Dec & 1 & 2 Jan 5.40-6.40pm

Other Attractions

Famouse for the ice ring, Winter Wonderland has many attractions around the ice too. In previous years a large ferris wheel has offered spectacular views over city hall but this year seems to have been replace by the rather breathtaking BT Infinity Star Ride.

From the official site:

BT infinity star ride cardiff city hall

A new and exciting addition to Cardiff's Winter Wonderland is the spectacular BT Infinity Star Ride. This thrilling 60m high spinning chair ride, the only one of its kind in the UK, will give visitors spectacular panoramic views of our capital city.

Tickets £5 (concessions available)r /> Passengers must be 1m and over to ride
Children under 1.4m must be accompanied by an adult

No advanced booking necessary, simply purchase your tickets from the BT Infinity Star Ride box office prior to take off!

Visit the ‘BT Enjoy More' experience in Gorsedd Gardens 6th Dec - Mon 2nd Jan between 4-6pm each day for your chance to win tickets to the BT Infinity Star Ride.
Simply check your postcode with one of our representatives to see if you can get BT Infinity and we'll give the first 20 people a pair of tickets to enjoy this amazing new ride.
*Te*Terms and conditions apply.

Cardiff Winter Wonderland Map has also provided a very handy little map to show key travel points and parking available near the attraction:
map of cardiff winter wonderland



Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 November 2011 23:03

Krispy Kreme coming to Cardiff

Cardiff Krispy Kreme


Finally the wait is over, Cymru is in for a sweet treat as Krispy Kreme arrives in Cardiff.  The Krispy Kreme Coffee Bar will open its doors at St David’s in April 2011, ready to set shopper’s taste buds a glaze.

For those that haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing a Krispy Kreme before, the signature Original Glazed® doughnut is a unique melt-in-the-mouth treat that serves as the perfect way to start.  You can choose from 16 delicious doughnut varieties including the Chocolate Dreamcake, Raspberry Glazed and Chocolate Sprinkles, beautifully presented in the iconic dotty box.  Accompanied by Krispy Kreme’s range of coffee, made from their unique blend of beans, the St David’s Krispy Kreme Coffee Bar will have treats for everyone.

Katie de Souza, Krispy Kreme UK’s head of marketing, comments:
“Cardiff is a great city and St. David’s is a unique and vibrant shopping destination which made it the perfect location for Krispy Kreme.  We have received a lot of requests from people in Wales asking when Krispy Kreme will be coming to them, so Cardiff was an obvious next step for us and we are very excited to be opening there.”

Krispy Kreme launched in the UK in Harrods 2003 amidst bustling queues and excited fans.  So make sure you beat the scrum of hungry shoppers visiting the capital and be one of the first Krispy Kreme fans in Cardiff to experience our delicious doughnuts.  Keep an eye out for our opening day announcement and ensure you are front row for a try!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 March 2011 18:41

Cardiff Casino’s

Cardiff late night Casino

Cardiff hosts a few late night casino’s attracting all sorts of clientele and possibly one of the lesser student orientated forms of entertainment available in the city centre.

Grosvenor Casino Cardiff Wharf

“There’s a Grosvenor Casino Experience for you!
From a night out with your friends to your office party or a birthday celebration. It’s a unique gift that allows you to discover this great venue for yourself.
Whatever experience you’re after you’ll find it here at Grosvenor Casino.”

Facilities include bars, restaurants, gaming, poker room, live sports, disabled access and even live entertainment.

Red Dragon Centre, Hemingway road
Cardiff, United Kingdom CF10 4JY

Gala Electric Casino

“With designated cash game dealers you won’t find a better deal anywhere else in Cardiff.”

“Enjoy a great night out with friends. Book your own private Roulette, Blackjack or Poker Tables where you can learn to play in style .”

Facilities include bars, restaurant, smoking area, cash poker and private party bookings.

UGC Cinema Complex, Mary Ann Street,
Cardiff CF10 2EN

Les Croupiers

“Les Croupiers Casino, known for its warm welcome, its good gaming and serious
stakes, has moved to its new, purpose built premises At Capitol Retail Park,
Leckwith (Opposite the new Cardiff City Stadium)

Along with our traditional casino games (Blackjack, American Roulette, Dice,
Three Card Poker, Rapid Roulette and Jackpot machines), we have added new
games such as Pai Gow Poker, Punto Banco, Automated Electronic Roulette,
Texas Holdem and Mahjong Tournaments. ”

Unit 8 Capital Retail Park, Leckwith Road
Cardiff CF11 8EB

Deal A Party

“Casino hire from Deal A Party, Wales’ largest Fun Casino operator offers guest at your corporate function, private party, Wedding reception or Charity event the opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of playing at full size casino tables and the thrill of winning whilst being entertained by experienced Professional Casino Dealers at your event.”

2 Nicholas Court, Radyr,


Cardiff Casino Company

“A mobile fun casino night from the original Cardiff Fun Casino company remains one of the most popular entertainment options for a variety of functions. Whether it is a wedding fun casino, birthday celebration or large corporate events casino such as a Christmas party, fund raising event or conference, a mobile fun casino with The Cardiff Casino Company is a safe bet.”

26 Kingsland Rd, Canton,

Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales CF5 1HU

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Last Updated on Friday, 12 November 2010 00:00

Mister Wales struts the catwalk for the Noah’s Ark Appeal.

Andrew Western

Mister Wales struts the catwalk for the Noah’s Ark Appeal.

A Cardiff hairdressers is holding a fashion show in aid of The Noah's Ark Appeal.  Shades Salon, Whitchurch are putting on the show to raise awareness and money for the Noah’s Ark Appeal.  Held at the Village Hotel, Cardiff on the 7th November it is set to be a glamorous event with fashion throughout the decades.

The Noah’s Ark Appeal are pleased that Mister Wales 2010, Andrew Western, will be attended the event to show his support for the Noah’s Ark Appeal and demonstrate what makes him a top modelling talent up on the catwalk.  Andrew took the title of Mister Wales in June of this year and has since been enjoying the opportunities the title has given him.  Andrew is very much looking forward to being the special guest at the fashion show and said; "I'm always pleased to do my bit for a good cause. The Noah's Ark Appeal is a wonderful charity and I'm privileged to get up there on the catwalk and do what I can to help the appeal. I'm sure it will be a great night - let's hope people are generous and dig deep into their pockets."

The doors open at 5pm where there will be jewellery and fashion stalls before the main show starts at 7pm.  The entertainment is set to be on full supply with local band nation stack and singer James Williams performing.  Shades Salon and The Noah's Ark Appeal would like to thank everyone who is making the show special including all the models from Kirstie Howells model agency, dancers from Hazels school of dance and Vintage Affair who are supplying the clothes.

Tickets are £5 each and available from Shades Salon. For more information or to book tickets call shades on 029 2061 3003.

List of Castles in Wales

List of Castles in Wales

Castle Coch

This is a List of Castles in Wales, sometimes said to be "the castle capital of the world". Wales has about 400 castles, of which over 100 are still standing, either as ruins or as restored buildings. The rest have returned to nature, and today consist of ditches, mounds and earthworks, often in commanding positions.


  • Candleston Castle 14th century
  • Coity Castle 12th century
  • Kenfig Castle
  • Newcastle, Bridgend 12th century
  • Ogmore Castle 12th & 13th century


  • Caerphilly Castle 13th & 14th century


  • Cardiff Castle 11th century
  • Castell Coch - the Red Castle
  • St Fagans Castle 13th century


  • Carreg Cennen Castle
  • Carmarthen Castle 11th century
  • Dinefwr Castle 11th century
  • Dryslwyn Castle Native Welsh ruins
  • Kidwelly Castle 12th century and earlier
  • Langharne Castle 13th century
  • Llandovery Castle 11th century
  • Llansteffan Castle 12th century
  • Castell Moel
  • Newcastle Emlyn Castle 13th & 15th century


  • Aberdyfi Castle 12th century
  • Aberystwyth 13th century
  • Caerwedros Castle 12th century
  • Cardigan Castle 13th century
  • Dinerth Castle 12th century
  • Gwallter Castle 12th century
  • Lampeter Castle 12th century
  • Llanrhystud Castle 11th century
  • Newcastle Emlyn Castle 13th century
  • Ystrad Meurig Castle 12th Century
  • Ystrad Peithyll Castle 12th Century


  • Deganwy Castle 13th century
  • Conwy Castle 13th century
  • Dolwyddelan Castle 13th century
  • Gwrych Castle 19th century
  • Gwydir Castle 16th century


  • Bodelwyddan Castle 19th century
  • Denbigh Castle 13th -14th century
  • Dinas Brân 12th century
  • Rhuddlan Castle 13th century
  • Ruthin Castle 13th century
  • Twthill, Rhuddlan 11th century
  • Prestatyn Castle 12th century


  • Caergwrle Castle 13th century
  • Ewloe Castle 12th century
  • Flint Castle 13th century
  • Hawarden Castle 13th century
  • Mold Castle 12th century


  • Bryn Bras Castle 19th century
  • Caernarfon Castle 13th century
  • Carndochan Castle
  • Castell y Bere 13th century
  • Criccieth Castle 13th century
  • Dinas Emrys 12th century keep on Dark Age site
  • Dolbadarn Castle 13th century
  • Harlech Castle 13th century
  • Penrhyn Castle 19th century

Isle of Anglesey

  • Castell Aberlleiniog 12th century
  • Beaumaris Castle 13th century

Merthyr Tydfil

  • Morlais Castle 13th century


  • Abergavenny Castle 11th to 13th century
  • Betws Newydd Castle 11th century
  • Caldicot Castle 12th to 15th century
  • Castell Arnold, near Llanover 12th century
  • Chepstow Castle 11th to 14th century
  • Dingestow Castle Two castles, one 11th century the other 12th
  • Grosmont Castle 12th to 14th century
  • Llanfair Kilgeddin Castle 11th century
  • Llangibby Castle 13th century
  • Llantrisant, Monmouthshire Castell Troggy 13th century
  • Llanvair Discoed Castle 12th to 13th century
  • Monmouth Castle 11th to 13th century
  • Newcastle, Monmouthshire Castle 11th century
  • Penrhos, Monmouthshire Castle 11th century
  • Pen y Clawdd Castle near Abergavenny 11th century
  • Raglan Castle 15th century
  • Skenfrith Castle 12th to 13th century
  • Trellech Castle 12th century
  • Usk Castle 12th to 14th century
  • White Castle 11th to 13th century

Neath Port Talbot

  • Neath Castle Norman


  • Caerleon Castle 11th to 13th century
  • Newport Castle 13th century
  • Pencoed Castle near Magor
  • Penhow Castle 12th century


  • Carew Castle 11th to 16th century
  • Cilgerran Castle 13th century
  • Haverfordwest Castle 12th century
  • Llawhaden Castle 12th to 14th century
  • Manorbier Castle 12th to 14th century
  • Narberth Castle
  • Pembroke Castle 12th & 13th century
  • Picton Castle 12th century
  • Roch Castle
  • Tenby Castle 13th century
  • Wiston Castle 12th century
  • Wolf's Castle
  • Pulyn-Y-Aleg Castle 12th to 14th century


  • Aberedw Castle Two castles, one 11th and one 13th century
  • Aberllynfi Castle 12th century
  • Barland Castle 12th century
  • Beguildy Castle
  • Blaenllyfni Castle 13th century
  • Bleddfa Castle 12th to 13th century
  • Brecon Castle 11th century
  • Bronllys Castle
  • Builth Castle
  • Buddugre Castle near Llanddewi Ystradenny 12th century
  • Burfa Castle 12th century
  • Castell Crugerydd 12th Century
  • Castell Dinas
  • Castell Du
  • Castle Kinsey near Clyro 12th century
  • Castle Nimble at Old Radnor
  • Cefnllys Castle 1242 to 15th century
  • Clyro Castle 11th to 15th century
  • Colwyn Castle 13th to 14th century
  • Crickhowell Castle 12th century
  • Crug Eryr Castle West of New Radnor 12th century
  • Cymaron Castle late 11th to 13th century
  • Dinieithon Castle near Llandrindod Wells
  • Dolforwyn Castle 13th century
  • Evenjobb Castle
  • Glan Edw Castle South of New Radnor 11th to 12th century
  • Glasbury Castle 12th century
  • Hay Castle
  • Hen Domen
  • Knighton two Norman castles, constructed in the 12th century
  • Knucklas Castle 13th century possibly built on earlier Iron Age
  • Llanafan Fawr Castle possibly Iron Age
  • Maesllwch Castle at Glasbury 19th century house in castellated style
  • Mathrafal 9th-13th century, the home of Powys kings
  • Montgomery Castle 13th century
  • New Radnor Castle 11th? to 16th century
  • Painscastle 12th to 15th century
  • Penarth Castle
  • Powis Castle 12th to 19th century
  • Rhayader castle 13th century
  • Tinboeth Castle 13th century
  • Tomen Castle
  • Tretower Castle 12th century
  • Womaston Castle 12th century

Rhondda Cynon Taf

  • Llantrisant Castle 13th century


  • Loughor Castle
  • Oxwich Castle 16th century
  • Oystermouth Castle 12 & 13th century
  • Pennard Castle 12th century
  • Penrice Castle 13th century
  • Swansea Castle
  • Weobley Castle 13th century

Vale of Glamorgan

  • Dinas Powis 12the century
  • Fonmon Castle
  • Hensol Castle
  • Old Beaupre Castle 16th century
  • Penmark Castle
  • St Donat's Castle 12th century
  • St Quintins Castle 14th century
  • Barry Castle 13th - 14th century
  • Wrinstone Castle fortified house


  • Chirk Castle 13th century
  • Holt Castle 13th century


Cardiff Gravity Skatepark

Cardiff Gravity Skatepark

"The fences came down for the Ipath demo and the park is now officially ready to be shredded ahead of it’s previous opening date on July 27th.

It’s already been described by Danny Dicola as ‘probably the best plaza set up [he's] ever seen‘." -

"The Cardiff Barrage Skate Plaza is the city's first concrete skate park and covers an area of over 1,100 square metres. The plaza has been designed to replicate features from famous skating locations around the world.

Following the example of the Barcelona skate park, the new plaza is made from different materials, including concrete, brick, and granite and features 'Beijing gap jump which originated in China.

Local skateboarders in Cardiff and south Wales area have been involved throughout the design and construction process to deliver a skate park that fulfils their expectations." -

Here's a video of the skatepark being used on opening day,

offical opening day at cardiff skate plaza, loads of skaters from around the UK and a great turn out!