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Unforgettable Summer in Cardiff: Activities & Events Galore!

Updated: May 22

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As the days grow longer and the sun graces us with its warm embrace, there's no better time to explore the vibrant city of Cardiff than during the summer months. With its rich history, stunning architecture, and bustling cultural scene, Cardiff comes alive during this time of year, offering a plethora of activities and events to suit every taste and interest.

Whether you're a local resident or a visitor from afar, here's a guide to experiencing an unforgettable summer in Cardiff in 2024.

Summer Festivals:

  • Babylon Presents: Summer Solstice with Madness

Celebrate the summer solstice in style with a concert featuring the legendary British ska band Madness. Feel the summer vibes and dance the night away!

Date: June 22nd

Location: Tiger Yard in Cardiff

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Beyond the Festivals:

  • Cricket Match: Glamorgan vs Hampshire

Cricket fans, rejoice! Witness a thrilling match between two powerhouse teams at the scenic Sophia Gardens. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a quintessential British summer experience. Date: June 13th

Location: Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground, Sophia Walk

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man wearing cricket whites holding a bat and preparing to hit a ball on a cricket field

Where you can enjoy classic films under the stars in some of the city's most picturesque locations. Pack a blanket and some popcorn, and settle in for a night of cinematic magic.

Dates: June 20th - July 27th 2024

Location: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Mark your calendars! The Cardiff Food & Drink Festival, a highlight of the city's summer scene,  unfolds in Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay.

Dates: Friday 5 July – Sunday 7 July

crowd of people enjoying the atmosphere and sampling food at the Cardiff Food Festival in Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay.

  • Techniquest This interactive science museum is a great place to visit with kids. They can learn about science and technology through fun and engaging exhibits.

engaging with interactive exhibits at Techniquest, an interactive science museum in Cardiff

Join for a family fun day with Peppa Pig on the big screen, tasty food, and fancy dress! There are two sittings available, featuring quizzes, special guests, and exclusive Activity Packs for the kids. Capture memories, enjoy table games, and indulge in street food brunch and Disney sing-alongs. It's a day of laughter and entertainment for everyone!

Dates: 2 June 2024

Location: Heol Porth Teigr Cardiff

  • UK's Strongest Man 2024

 For the very first time, Ultimate Strongman is bringing the UK’s Strongest Man 2024 to the magnificent Welsh capital! This legendary show, a household favorite for two decades, is gearing up to deliver the most exhilarating and awe-inspiring strongman spectacle yet!

Witness strongmen from all four nations compete in two intense days of extraordinary strength tests. With mesmerizing lights and explosive pyrotechnics, prepare to be captivated as the UK's mightiest men go head-to-head in a battle like no other. It's a show that you and your entire family won't want to miss!

Dates: 8th June - 9th June

Location: Vindico Arena, Olympian Drive

strongman competitor lifting heavy bars during a strongman competition in Cardiff

Immersive Experiences:

Throughout the summer, CULTVR Lab will be offering a variety of immersive experiences, perfect for a unique day out. Explore virtual reality games, challenge yourselves in escape rooms, and lose yourselves in captivating digital art installations.  CULTVR Lab is a must-visit for tech enthusiasts and anyone seeking an extraordinary summer adventure. Location: 327 Penarth Road, Cardiff

An interactive digital display showing an image of planet Earth at CULTVR Lab, a virtual reality experience center in Cardiff

Live Music & Historical Sites:

  • Fisher at the Cardiff Castle

He's back with a bang! Following a lightning-fast sellout last time, get ready for the grandest dance event ever witnessed in Wales! On Saturday, June 8th, we're taking over Cardiff Castle once more, promising an electrifying experience like no other. With expectations soaring higher than before, secure your tickets promptly to avoid missing out. The lineup is nothing short of sensational, featuring the likes of Fisher, LF System, SOSA, HoneyLuv, Sarah Story, Little Fritter, and Paisley Jensen.

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  • Jazz Nights at the Maison de Boeuf

Indulge in the magic of live jazz every Thursday at Maison De Boeuf. Step into our elegant restaurant for a jazz enthusiast's paradise. Whether it's a romantic date night, a gathering with friends, or a serene solo evening immersed in music, our jazz nights offer the perfect ambiance for all occasions.

Dates: 4 April to 30 September

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Tips for an Epic Summer in Cardiff:

  • Double-check the websites of the events you're interested in for the latest information on tickets, timings, and more.

  • Consider getting a Cardiff Visitor Pass as it grants you free entry to many top attractions like Cardiff Castle, discounts on activities, and even free public transport. This is a budget-friendly way to maximize your experience in Cardiff.

  • Factor in travel time when planning events outside Cardiff city center.

  • Embrace the Outdoors:  Cardiff boasts beautiful green spaces like Bute Park, perfect for picnics, frisbee throws, or simply soaking up the sun. Pack a blanket, some sunscreen, and maybe a frisbee for impromptu games!

  • Weather Watch: While Wales is known for its mild climate, even summer can bring occasional rain showers. Pack a light raincoat and check the forecast before heading out for the day.

  • Purchase a travel card for ease and affordability when moving around the city.

  • Don't just stick to the main attractions. Explore Cardiff Bay, a vibrant waterfront district with restaurants, shops, and boat tours. Wander through the Cardiff arcades for a unique shopping experience.

  • Sample the local cuisine! Cardiff boasts a diverse selection of restaurants, cafes, and traditional pubs. Be sure to try Welsh cakes, a sweet treat made with raisins and spices, and indulge in fresh seafood dishes.

  • Cardiff's nightlife caters to all tastes. Enjoy live music at pubs like The Dead Canary, catch a show at the Wales Millennium Centre, or dance the night away at one of the city's many clubs.

Pro Tip: Download the official Cardiff app on your phone! It provides information on events, attractions, public transport, and even has a handy walking tour guide.

With this exciting lineup of events and activities, Cardiff is the perfect destination for an unforgettable summer vacation. So pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, and get ready to experience the best that Cardiff has to offer this summer!



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