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Cardiff Half Marathon

More than 18,000 people will take part in Wales' biggest road race, the Lloyds TSB Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday October 14th 2012.

It is an annual half marathon race held in the Welsh capital city of Cardiff. The event was established in 2003 and is noted for the scenery of the route being so incredible and varied, as the course takes runners past historical landmarks such as Cardiff Castle, the modern waterfront of Cardiff Bay and the greenery of Bute Park.

For full Race day information, a spectator’s guide or information on road closures, we recommend the official site -

Another great resource for arranging public transport around the event is -

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 October 2012 21:30

Events not to miss this October

Events not to miss this October

October 8

The Jim Jones Revue

Clwb Ifor Bach

Like the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion or Nick Cave’s Grinderman Jim Jones sees the dirty black heart that made rock ‘n’ roll so powerful and he’s out to remind us that the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and even Elvis Presley were once elemental and dangerous figures pedalling the devil’s music.

Described by one critic as ‘a gangfight set to 12-bar blues’ and looking like they’re might well have switch blades under all that black leather, their reputation for fearsomely committed live shows should be in full force on the opening date of their UK tour in support of soon to be released third album, The Savage Heart.

If you have daughters, you should probably lock them up.

Tickets: £11. Over 18s only.


October 11

The Civil Wars

Cardiff University

It’s never been more fashionable to be a tobacco chewing, hollow dweller singing about the Preacher Man who’ll never save your soul.

The Civil Wars have ridden the crest of that backwoods wave with their modern take on adult Americana. They’ve won some big name fans in their speedy ride to the top: Adele choose them as support on her latest US tour and Taylor Swift got a bit of roots credibility by featuring them on her Hunger Games single Safe and Sound.

Looking like Johnny Depp and Joanne Whalley can’t have helped Joy Williams and John Paul White’s career (they’re not a couple contrary to what the auto-complete on Google might want you to believe). But there’s some real song writing craft there too; they met at a songwriters’ camp and latest single Barton Hollow is gutsier, with a real classic feel to it.

If things keep going this way for The Civil Wars they’ll be in a far bigger venue next time they call into Cardiff, so catch ‘em while you can.


October 15

Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders

New Theatre

When it comes to ‘local boy made good’ Cardiff can’t do much better than Andy Fairweather Low.

From his 60s pop heartthrob days with Amen Corner to one of the most sought after session men, his voice and guitar have been constants at the top of the music business.

His musicianship has been good enough for Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, David Gilmour, The Who and Kate Bush to call on his services.

Promising to cover his whole career in a nostalgic hometown show this should be an emotional evening.

Tickets: From £20. Box office: 029 2087 8889,


October 15 – 20

Wales Millennium Centre

American idiot

Proving that nothing safe from the musicals juggernaut comes this blockbuster show from America’s political punk pop kings.

Leader Billie Joe Armstrong recently showed his rock and roll credentials with a foul-mouthed onstage tirade at concert organisers before checking into rehab. But this show is unlikely to change Johnny Rotten’s verdict that the Californian outfit are more ‘plunk’ than punk. .

Based on the 2001 Grammy winner, American Idiot tells the story of the Jesus of Surburbia and his two best mates. Itself inspired by rock operas and musicals, there’s no reason why the album shouldn’t successfully transfer to the stage. The critics love it and, far from being embarrassed by it, Billie Joe has even taken to the stage himself on occasion.

With some big anthemic hits - Boulevard of Broken Dreams, 21 Guns, Wake Me Up When September Ends, Holiday and the title track – belted out by an onstage band, this could be the musical for people who don’t like musicals.

Tickets £16.50 - £39.50. No under fives, suggested for 12 years and above.


October 18 – 21

Ice Age Live!

Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

Stage plays that transfer to the screen are pretty few and far between these days. Most of the traffic is from silver screen to footlights in the era of 360 degree franchises keen to get that pester power going.

Call it cashing in if you want, but there’s no denying the success of the frozen animated adventures that are the latest franchise to transfer from screen to stage.

Manny the mammoth, Sid the sloth, Scratt the sabre-toothed squirrel and Diego the tiger have been delighting youngsters and their parents through four animated adventures including this summer’s Continental Drift.

This promises to be a big budget spectacular with plenty of familiar faces and some new surprises too.

Tickets: From £20. No unaccompanied under 14s.


October 24

Alice Cooper’s Halloween Night of Fear

Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

It might surprise a young Slipknot fan today, but back in the day Alice Cooper’s theatrical rock ‘n’ roll spiced with cheap horror movie shocks and vaudeville tricks was considered quite shocking.

The appetite for his schlock rock has never diminished (some cracking songs don’t hurt) and his UK Night of Fear Tour is in Cardiff just in time for the warm up to Halloween.

Alongside Alice – in reality a golf loving born again Christian - are Loaded, featuring Guns ‘n’ Roses legend Duff McKagan. You also get Ugly Kid Joe for your ticket money, the boys behind the archetypal Wayne’s World Song, Everything About You.

Tickets: From £41.25. 029 2023 4


October 30 – November 3

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Autumn Celebration and Swan Lake

Wales Millennium Centre

BRB are one of the ‘Big Three’ of the British ballet world and are back at the WMC with two evenings of dance which show off their full range.

The first two nights are dedicated to three new short pieces. The Grand Tour is a twirl through the 1920s to the timeless tunes of Noel Coward. Faster, Higher, Stronger was commissioned as part of the Cultural Olympiad alongside the London games and showcases the power, speed and skill of these dance athletes. Finally, The Dream is inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream to the music of Mendelssohn.

The company’s residency ends perhaps the most iconic ballet of them all, Swan Lake. To Tchaikovsky's beautiful score, a timeless story of good, evil and all-consuming love plays out.

Dance is booming at the moment, so why not see some of the best.

Tickets: £19 - £32. Box office: 029 2063 6464


Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 22:41

Cardiff Bus Song

Cardiff Bus Song


Cardiff bus song:

"Maindy, Tremorfa, Pontcanna, Adamsdown... this Cardiff Bus is taking us to town."

Catchy too! - as in catch a bus... oh forget it! (groan, sorry!)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 22:41

Cardiff LGBT Mardi Gras 2012

Cardiff LGBT Mardi Gras 2012
1 Sept
Coopers Field

Wales' largest celebration of diversity and equality starts with the Mardi Gras Arts festival events across the capital  from 29th - 31st August  which sees the inaugural Mardi Gras Parade, The Mardi Gras Festival at Coopers Field and the official After party SuperMartXé World Tour.

Join us and experience the main stage acts: Marcus Collins, The Freemasons, Abel the Kid, Ruth Lorenzo, Bright Light Bright Light and many more to be confirmed. It's Wales' largest opportunity to be yourself...

Check website for times, stage line up and admission prices
 - Cardiff-WalesLGBTMardiGras
Twitter - @CWMardiGras

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 September 2012 11:21

Cardiff Harbour Festival Extreme Sailing

Cardiff Harbour Festival Extreme Sailing

31 Aug - 2 Sept

Cardiff Bay

Extreme sailing in Cardiff

Event Timetable:

At a glance.....
Fri 31 Aug

• Parade Of Sail, 13.45 -14.00
• Extreme Sailing Series, 14.00-17.00
• The British Fishcraft Championships, 10.00-16.00
• Continental Market, 10.00-18.00
• The Last Resort, 10.00-17.00
• Walkabout Entertainment, 10.00-17.00
• Shanty Singers, 10.00-17.00
• Live music on Bandstand, 10.00-18.00

Sat 1 Sept
• Aerial Entertainment, 13.30-13.45
• Parade Of Sail, 13.45 -14.00
• Extreme 40 Catamaran Races, 14.00-17.00
• The British Fishcraft Championships, 10.00-16.00
• Continental Market, 10.00-18.00
• The Last Resort, 10.00-17.00
• Walkabout Entertainment, 10.00-17.00
• Shanty Singers, 10.00-17.00
• Live music on Bandstand, 10.00-18.00

Sun 2 September
• Aerial Entertainment, 13.30-13.45
• Parade Of Sail, 13.45 -14.00
• Extreme 40 Catamaran Races, 14.00-17.00
• Best Dressed Pirate and Sea Creature Competition: Cast the net of your imagination and dress as an octopus, sailor a mermaid or ye olde favourite – a pirate, 15.00
• The British Fishcraft Championships, 10.00-17.00
• Continental Market, 10.00-18.00
• The Last Resort, 10.00-17.00
• Walkabout Entertainment, 10.00-17.00
• Shanty Singers, 10.00-17.00
• Live music on Bandstand, 10.00-18.00

*details correct at time of publication times are subject to change

What they say:

Cardiff Harbour Festival presents Extreme Sailing SeriesTM
31 Aug - 2 Sept
Cardiff Bay
some activities may incur a charge


We're ‘Extremely' excited to announce details of this year's Cardiff Harbour Festival!

This family friendly event moves to the end of August / beginning of September and is bigger than ever as we welcome the Extreme Sailing Series to Cardiff. The UK leg of the most exciting inshore racing series will provide a high octane centrepiece to this year's festival.

The British Fishcraft Championships

We are also delighted to welcome back the British Fishcraft Championships for a fourth year. Be amazed by the speed, skill and accuracy of Britain's top fishmongers as they compete across a range of categories to win the coveted title of British Fishcraft Champion.

There will also be a series of talks and demonstrations on Friday 31 August where you can learn how to buy, prepare and cook fish. Fish from the competitions will be on sale to the public either to take home and prepare or cooked on the premises for a tasty lunch on the day. Delicious! 

Attractions around Roald Dahl Plass

Take a stroll around the superb continental markets that offer a large array of produce from all over the world or soak up the atmosphere provided by sea shanty singers, comedy walkabouts and live music on the bandstand.

Venture down to ‘The Last Resort' our alternative end of pier attraction that returns for a third year complete with sand pit, beach huts, hilarious shows and other surprise attractions. The Last Resort is also the place to be to enter the ever-popular ‘Best dressed Pirate and Sea Creature Competition' on Sunday afternoon.

Extreme Sailing Series

The award-winning and adrenaline-fueled Extreme Sailing SeriesTM is an innovative and uncompromising format, offering a grandstand experience within a whisker of the high-speed action.

The challenge of racing the Extreme 40 catamarans attracts some of the best professional sailors in the world. This year eight international teams will compete and the line-up reads like a who's who of sailing, with a stellar cast of top professional sailors including Olympic medallist's, America's Cup veterans, World Champions and Round the World sailors.

The teams battle each other at breakneck speeds around demanding courses, often within touching distance of the shore, guaranteeing spectators a grandstand view of the fast and furious action. The power and speed of the Extreme 40 means heart-stopping encounters are always on the menu!

The race village is free to enter for the public and offers bars, live entertainment and a viewing area of the racing with commentary. The atmosphere can only be described as electric and makes for a totally unique experience!


Last Updated on Saturday, 01 September 2012 11:12