Events in Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay boasts an array of events for everyone to enjoy. Visit the iconic Wales Millennium Centre and take in a world class show, or enjoy our annual Cardiff events such as the Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival, Cardiff Harbour Festival and the
Wales Rally GB. And that’s not all… look at our quarterly events listing to find out what’s on in Cardiff Bay on a daily basis – from craft fairs to children’s workshops, you are sure to have a great day out!

UEFA Champions Festival

UEFA Champions Festival

Cardiff Bay
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This a must-see for all those wishing to soak up the UEFA Champions League Final atmosphere when it comes to the Welsh Capital in June.

It’s free of charge and offers family entertainment throughout the day. With Saturday expected to be the busiest as fans of the participating finalists arrive in the city, Thursday, Friday and Sunday will be the best opportunity for locals to experience the Festival

Located in Cardiff Bay, the festival is expected to attract over 200,000 people throughout the four days, with all those in attendance given an opportunity to have their photo taken with the iconic trophy free-of-charge.

So, what will you see in Cardiff Bay between 1-3 June?
Champions Main Stage

A large Champions Main Stage will be situated in Roald Dahl Plass with a host of global and local artists, DJs and bands set to perform throughout each day.

Champions Floating Pitch

For the first time, a Champions Floating Pitch will be installed in the Bay and will host the highly-anticipated UEFA Ultimate Champions Match on Friday, June 2, featuring legends of the beautiful game.

In addition, the floating pitch will host community activity, including walking football, refugee teams from Cardiff, Swansea and Newport, a deaf football friendly international, learning disability and youth age groups matches.

Champions Gallery

The UEFA Champions Gallery, a museum celebrating the UCL’s history, will be located inside the iconic Wales Millennium Centre.

The gallery will also celebrate and showcase the fantastic work being done across Wales by clubs, schools and communities. It will also feature the work being done as part of the FAW’s Community Engagement Initiatives throughout the build-up to the finals, including the Cardiff 2017 Curriculum Resource which was created for all primary schools in Wales and the #ThisIsWelshFootball photography competition.

Creative Workshops

The Champions Gallery will also feature workshops on a range of topics such as sports photography, creative writing and video production.

Virtual Champions Arena

The Pierhead building will be transformed into an interactive Virtual Champions Arena offering an immersive virtual reality experience in which YOU can be part of the finalists’ “Road to Cardiff”.

UEFA Champions League Trophy Experience

There will be lots of UEFA fan engagement installations, the jewel in the crown being the iconic UEFA Champions League Trophy display, which gives visitors the opportunity to have a free photo taken alongside club football’s most iconic silverware, with the beautiful Cardiff Bay backdrop.

UEFA Partner Activations

All UEFA’s Champions League partners will be on site, offering a wide range of different activities for you to get involved with.

There will be food and drink stands and plenty more to see and do throughout each day.

The UEFA Champions Festival will close at 17.00 on Saturday 3 June and reopen again on Sunday 4 June. There will be no screening of the game at the Festival site. However, Thursday and Friday in particular will give residents and visitors the opportunity to experience the Festival first before many of the finalists’ fans arrive in the city.

Match day, on Saturday 3 June, is expected to be extremely busy as two sets of supporters head to the city for the game. It is expected that the fans will soak up the atmosphere at the Festival before heading to the stadium for the game.

Further details of events and attractions will be added over the coming weeks, so make sure you check back soon!

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Flat Holm
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Enjoy a theatrical tour of Flat Holm Island! Experience a thrilling RIB ride and breathtaking views, and explore hidden spaces, as the tales of Flat Holm are brought to life through a leading cast of fascinating characters.

Spectacle Theatre will play out the stories of figures including Guglielmo Marconi and George Kemp, and provide an insight into Flat Holm during the Second World War, as well as the myths that have surrounded the island for centuries.

From the beauty of the incredible flora and fauna, to the eerie presence of Victorian barracks and wartime bunkers, Flat Holm’s unique heritage will be revealed through an entertaining, interactive show.

“It was great from the opening dialogue, through the white-knuckle crossing to Flat Holm, and the fascinating tour. The actors were really fun to be with and told the stories of the island in a clear and moving way.” John Grimes, Cardiff

Ticket prices:

Adults £34.
Children £24 (age 7+, height restriction of 1.1m).

Each ticket includes a return RIB boat trip from Cardiff Bay, an immersive theatrical tour that begins before you board the boat and plenty of surprises along the way!

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Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival

Roald Dahl Plass
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Part of the jam-packed 2017 Cardiff Festival, the Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival returns to the capital from Friday 14-Sunday 16 July.

The biggest free food festival in Wales takes place in Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay, with over 100 local, national and international producers showcasing their goods. Visitors can explore the stalls at the Producers’ Fayre; tantalise their taste buds with the delicious samples on offer; and buy a variety of food and drink, including artisan breads, organic cheeses and homemade liqueurs at the Farmers’ Market.

Plus, street food might be all the rage these days, but it’s been on offer at the Food & Drink Festival for 17 years! Don’t miss tucking into some of the finest street food in Wales at the Street Food Piazza. With numerous bars, including the Champagne Bar on the water’s edge, craft stalls and live music, it’s easy to see why the foodie event remains one of Cardiff’s favourite summer dishes.


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Cardiff Harbour Festival hosts Extreme Sailing Series

Race Village, near Norwegian Church
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Renowned for its intense racing spirit, the adrenaline-fuelled Series returns to Cardiff Bay for the sixth consecutive year. Sharing the competition with seven other cities, such as Muscat and San Diego, Cardiff will play host to elite level sailing crews, including the British team, Land Rover BAR Academy, mentored by senior members of Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team.

As well as boasting world class sailors and breath-taking racing, the event will provide shoreside entertainment for the whole family during the bank holiday weekend. The festival atmosphere, alongside the Series’ pioneering stadium racing format, is simply too good to miss!

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