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!

Family Saturdays at WMC

- (11:00 - 16:00)
Glanfa, Wales Millennium Centre
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Let your imagination run wild every weekend with our Family Saturdays. Every Saturday, we’ll have craft workshops for you and your little ones. Come along and explore your creative flair! From cress planting and woolly octopuses to envelope cities, Saturdays at the Centre are perfect for keeping little hands busy.

The Last Five Years

- (20:00 - 22:00)
Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre
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12+ £12 8pm start
Communication breakdown is at the heart of the Welsh premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s international hit musical, which follows a passionate five-year relationship of a New York couple. This new accessible production staged with integrated sign language is by Leeway Productions, supported by Wales Millennium Centre, in partnership with Blackwood Miners Institute.

Every performance of The Last Five Years is accessible to D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audience members, with closed captioning and integrated sign language to be enjoyed by all.

Step Into The Woods

- (10:30 - 17:30)
Craft in the Bay
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Craft in the Bay gallery in the heart of Cardiff Bay has a festive treat of contemporary design and crafts by 30 UK makers in its new exhibition Step Into The Woods. Open daily, the exhibition shows stunning contemporary gifts, hand made by Makers Guild Wales members and guest artists. Curated by textile artist Emily Skinner, the exhibition has a Scandinavian log cabin theme this year – visitors can enjoy exploring the craft amongst the tall, printed trees of our winter woodland and the cosy interior of the log cabin. A perfect place to complete your Christmas shopping. Craft activities available for children in our education area – leaving adults time to enjoy browsing and shopping!

 

Leroy Brito: 3 Dads

- (20:00 - 22:00)
ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre
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16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
Following Butetown’s Finest, his sold out 2017 performance, Leroy returns with his brand new show. 3 Dads is a personal look at his experience of fatherhood, as he recalls his experience of the three different men – ages 18, 24, 34 – that he was when his children were born. This is a heartfelt tale, looking at the universal challenges and differences of being a dad through the eyes of 3 different versions of himself.

Bullish

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Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre
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12+ £12 – First Night – Pay What You Decide
Various start times
From the makers of smash hit Joan (Off West End, Fringe First and Stage Award winner), Milk Presents brings you Bullish, a mythical new play with songs. Negotiating ancient and new territories in trans-masculine gender and identity, follow Asterion, better known as the blood thirsty Minotaur of Ancient Crete, through this cabaret odyssey. Bullish is a story about packing, passing, and gambling your way out of the labyrinth.

Humanequin

- (00:00 - 00:00)
Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre
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12+ £12
Various start times
Humanequin is a play about gender, identity and finding your family in the unlikeliest of places. With director Jain Boon and writer Kelly Jones, the actors worked alongside members of TransForm Cymru and students from Radyr Comprehensive School to devise Humanequin. They shared their common and individual stories and experiences to create a performance which educates, challenges and provokes conversation about what it means to be trans in 2018.

Fraser and the Alibis

(20:00 - 22:00)
ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre
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16+  £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
This London based four-piece play the hippest in Bop, Blues and Boogaloo – channeling the intensity and feel-good effect of the dance hall era, combined with the intricacies of later jazz movements.

Hello Cabaret

(20:00 - 22:00)
ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre
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16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
Hello Cabaret is back with another exciting evening of stars, showstoppers and stories from the world of musical theatre.

Rachel Williams Live!

(20:00 - 22:00)
ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre
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16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
The Welsh showgirl returns with her dazzling solo show. A dancer’s life lived in the spotlight, told through spectacular song and dance, comedic anecdotes and an eclectic mix of musical numbers.

Tiger Bay Presents

- (20:00 - 22:00)
ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre
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16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
Over two nights, ffresh will be blessed with the sounds of Reggae, Soul and African inspired music by both established and up-and-coming artists. Curated by Gavin Porter, these very special guests will take the audience on a musical journey of collaboration, defying boundaries and crossing genres.

Santa’s Sleigh & Reindeer at Mermaid Quay

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Mermaid Quay
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Take a magical ride in Santa’s Sleigh at Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay this Christmas time and let Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner & Blitzen whisk you away on an adventure like no other! Santa, his sleigh and all 8 reindeer are all made with LEGO bricks – a total of 500,000 of them.

The incredibly detailed, models, which took 3 months to build, will be on display in Tacoma Square in the heart of Mermaid Quay from 1 December 2018 to 3 January 2019.

Visitors can even sit alongside Santa for the perfect Christmas selfie!

FREE

This event is not an official Lego event and is not sponsored, endorsed or otherwise supported by the Lego Group. The Lego Group do not accept any responsibility for any unforeseen outcomes linked to the event

This is Not a Safe Space

(20:00 - 22:00)
Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre
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14+ £12 8pm start
From award-winning writer and comedian Jackie Hagan comes a new show about life on disability benefits. Expect lots of laughter, maybe some tears, and one working class amputee steering the show. Winner of the 2018 Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show. There will be a post-show discussion following the performance. Commissioned by Unlimited. Supported with funding from BlueSCI Wellbeing, Contact and Full Circle Arts. Produced by Jackie Hagan & Big Feast.

Bjorn the Polar Bear

The Red Dragon Centre
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Deck the halls with bells and holly’ because it’s Fantastic Beasts season at The Red Dragon Centre this December!

Santa’s favourite furry friend, Bjorn the Polar Bear will be battling snow and ice to travel all the way from the North Pole to meet local children at The Red Dragon Centre.

A life-size and incredibly life-like bear, Bjorn will be bringing festive cheer to the Centre when he visits on Sunday 2nd December at 12.30pm, 2pm, and 3.30pm (each appearance lasting around twenty minutes).

Usual parking terms apply. Full details at www.thereddragoncentre.co.uk

 

Hansel, Gedeon and the Grimms’ Wood

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Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre
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6+ £9 (Under 16s £6) Various start times
This Christmas, join Odyssey – Hijinx’s community theatre group – as they follow Hansel and Gedeon on their adventure into the woods. Hansel, Gedeon and the Grimms’ Wood is a sparkling new production for the whole family, written by Llinos Mai, and features a large cast of disabled and non-disabled performers from Odyssey and Woodlands High School.

Cappuccino Girls

(20:00 - 22:00)
ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre
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16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
Demi, Connie and Hillary meet every day to share their secrets, hopes and dreams over a cappuccino. But when Eddie the new barista walks into their cafe, you know their lives will never, ever, be the same again… Starring BBC Radio Wales’ Mal Pope.

King for a Day: The Nat King Cole story, featuring Atila

(20:00 - 22:00)
ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre
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16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
King for a Day is the brand new concert from acclaimed jazz vocalist, Atila, celebrating one of the defining voices of the 20th century: Nat King Cole.

Tori Scott: Vodka Is The Reason For The Season

(20:00 - 22:00)
ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre
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16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
New York’s Tori Scott brings her hilarious Christmas show, Vodka is the Reason for the Season, to Cardiff. This hysterical and heartwarming show includes songs by Dolly Parton, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and many more.

Christmas Reindeer Elf

The Red Dragon Centre
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‘Deck the halls with bells and holly’ because it’s Fantastic Beasts season at The Red Dragon Centre this December!

From across the tundra, a very special elf and his companion will be riding into The Red Dragon Centre on Sunday 9th December.

Pickle the elf and Santa’s helper Araura will be inviting children at the Centre to meet and help train their new reindeer Nena, check if they are on the good list, and dance to their music.

These timeless festive crackers will be appearing inside the Centre at 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm (with each appearance lasting around 30 minutes)

Usual parking terms apply. See www.thereddragoncentre.co.uk for full details.

 

Carol Concert

(18:00 - 20:00)
Senedd, National Assembly for Wales
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Join the National Assembly for Wales for our annual Carol Concert. Register for your free ticket here.

This year Elin Jones, AM, Llywydd of the National Assembly for Wales will be welcoming Côr Heol y March to perform in our Christmas Concert.

Côr Heol y March are winners of the prestigious Sir Karl Jenkins trophy in the Choir of the Choirs competition at the International Choral Festival Wales 2018. Over the years Côr Heol y March have had great success in numerous competitions including, Llangollen International Eisteddfod, Cor Cymru Competition and Urdd Eisteddfod. This year conductor Eleri Roberts was awarded the Conductor of the Festival prize at the National Eisteddfod for Wales.

The concert is sponsored by Elin Jones, AM, Llywydd of the National Assembly for Wales.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate getting in touch either by email (contact@assembly.wales) or on the phone 0300 200 6565.

We will manage bookings for this event by using Eventbrite. During this event we may capture pictures and videos which we may publish on our website, and on social media channels. For more information on how your information will be used, please see our privacy notice on our website. If you do not want to appear in any pictures or videos, or want to ask a question about how your information will be used, please inform a member of Assembly staff before, or during the activity, or e-mail contact@assembly.wales.

Cabarela Nadolig

(20:00 - 22:00)
ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre
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16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
Cabarela is back for Christmas. The ideal event for a Christmas party, or just one more excuse to drink cocktails every day in December!

Behind the Label

- (20:00 - 22:00)
Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre
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16+ £12 8pm start
Imagine being looked at but not seen; heard but ignored. This gritty applied theatre production shares the real-life stories from society’s invisible people. Created over an 18-week skills programme by people who have experienced misfortune – whether trauma, addiction, homelessness or mental health problems – and been labelled by society. They’re ready to strip back the labels and share their personal journeys full of twists and turns, dead ends and new directions. A Theatre Versus Oppression project in partnership with Wales Millennium Centre and The Wallich.

Mary Bijou

(20:00 - 22:00)
ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre
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16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
Mary Bijou’s annual Christmas extravaganza returns! Start the Christmas party season in style and join us for a night of wintery cabaret and dodgy Santa comedy.

Connie: Christmas is Orff

(20:00 - 22:00)
ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre
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16+ £15 8pm doors, 9pm start
Take the stress out of the stress-tive season by visiting Connie Orff’s grotto to enjoy her mulled reflections on Christmas. Performed in English and in Welsh.

The Snow Lion

The Red Dragon Centre
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Deck the halls with bells and holly’ because it’s Fantastic Beasts season at The Red Dragon Centre this December!

Visiting from the Forests of Eternal Snow and accompanied by the Red Queen, whom he is charged to protect, the giant white lion will be visiting The Red Dragon Centre on Sunday 16th December.

Measuring two metres high and five metres long, the magical Snow Lion will amaze children and grown ups alike, combining cutting-edge animatronic puppetry, sound effects and music with a breathtakingly realistic appearance.

The Snow Lion will appear inside The Red Dragon Centre at 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm (with each appearance lasting around 30 minutes).

Usual parking terms apply. Full details at www.thereddragoncentre.co.uk

Le Gateau Chocolat ‘Icons’

- (20:00 - 22:00)
Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre
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Preview: 18 December – Pay what you decide
14+ (No under 2s) £12 8pm start
Opera and lycra loving cabaret sensation, Le Gateau Chocolat, storms into Cardiff with his latest work, Icons. Walking the tightrope between his public and private personas, Le Gateau Chocolat explores the people, the moments, the relationships, the art that have come to shape us and the ideals we aspire to. Accompanied by a live band, Gateau unashamedly weaves through an eclectic mix of music: pop, opera, rock; Kate Bush, Whitney, Meatloaf, Pavarotti… investigating his own objects of worship through the songs and music of his personal icons.

Le Gateau Chocolat ‘Duckie’

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Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre
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3+ £10 Various start times
Duckie is a reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling with a message of tolerance and self-acceptance at its core. Family friendly glamour and glitz takes centre stage as critically acclaimed cabaret star, Le Gateau Chocolat, breaks out of his shell in his first work for children, a classic tale of identity and belonging. Supported by Arts Council England. Seed Commissioners New Wolsey Theatre, Colchester Arts Centre & Norwich Arts Centre.