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!


Capital FM Cardiff Bay Beach

Oval Basin, Cardiff Bay
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Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay will once again be transformed into an urban seaside setting with buckets full of fun on offer to entertain the kids throughout the school holidays. The Capital FM Cardiff Bay Beach features a giant child-friendly sandy beach, water play area, and a variety of popular funfair rides and games for all the family. With free live entertainment, great food and drink, and traditional deck chairs to relax in, this should definitely be on your summer bucket (and spade) list!

The beach is located in Roald Dahl Plass on the waterfront of Cardiff Bay, is open from 10am to 8pm Sunday – Thursday, and 10am to 10pm Friday and Saturday.

Entry is free with additional charges for facilities on site.

Summer Exhibition

Myths & Legends: Summer Exhibition at Craft in the Bay

- (10:30 - 10:30)
Craft in the Bay
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A wonderful mix of contemporary craft and applied art can be seen in the Summer Show at Craft in the Bay this August. Twenty three artists selected from across the UK have created artwork in their specialist materials that demonstrate their individual interpretations of the exhibition theme. From the well known tales of the Mabinogion, to drawing parallels between historical narratives and 21st century socio-political situations – visitors to the exhibition can admire the high level of craftsmanship and creativity of the artists. Exhibition ends 28th August.

Also at Craft in the Bay this summer you can enjoy a stunning installation of paper sculpture created by artist Danielle Sullivan. Made entirely from reclaimed pages of Welsh text, the installation Blodeuwedd (‘Flower-Faced’), the wife of Lleu Llaw Gyffes in Welsh Mythology, includes Meadowsweet, Oak, Broom, Bean, Primrose, Nettle, Chestnut, Cockle and Hawthorn.Blodeuwedd was made by the magicians Math and Gwydion and is a central figure in Math fab Mathonwy, the last of Four Branches of the Mabinogi. This project was made possible with support from the Arts Council of Wales.

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Craft workshops at Craft in the Bay

- (10:30 - 10:30)
Craft in the Bay
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Have a go at making and bring out your inner creativity in our weekend workshops held at Craft in the Bay. A great selection to choose from including pottery, dressmaking, enamelling and fused glass. Coming up this autumn we have:

Paper Sculpture – making beautiful three dimensional flowers from reclaimed books on 19th August and 16th September.

Dressmaking – learning how to adapt patterns to your individual design. Short course starting 2nd September.

Fabric dyeing with natural plant materials on 16th September

Silver Clay Jewellery on 23rd September

Leather Bags on 24th September

Felted Bags and Scarves on 14th October and 25th November.

For full listings and details please see our website here.

Cardiff. UK. 24th June 2016. The Extreme Sailing Series 2016. Act3. Cardiff Bay. Day 2 of stadium racing close to the city.Oman Air skippered by Morgan Larson (USA) with trimmer Pete Greenhalgh (GBR). Bowman James Wierzbowsk (AUS) Trimmer Ed Smyth (NZL) and Nasser Al Mashari (OMA)
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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, the adrenaline-fuelled Extreme Sailing Series™ returns to Cardiff Bay for the sixth consecutive year. The sixth stop on the action-packed global tour, which also visits Muscat and San Diego, Cardiff will play host to a fleet of elite-level international sailing teams. They include British squad, Land Rover BAR Academy, whose crew are mentored by senior members of Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup team.


This year’s event will be the headline act at the Cardiff Harbour Festival, with Stadium Racing taking place each day from 2pm-5pm*.


New for 2017, the Flying Phantom Series has been added to the hydro-foiling line-up in Cardiff. The two-man pocket-rocket catamarans will take flight each morning (from 10am-2pm*), ahead of the main Extreme Sailing Series event in the afternoon, ensuring a festival of foiling for the fans on land. 


As well as boasting world class sailors and breath-taking racing, the global competition will provide shore-side entertainment for the whole family over the bank holiday weekend. The free-to-enter public Race Village will be open from Saturday 26 to Monday 28 August, and include live music, entertainment, bar, food stalls and expert live commentary of the racing. Located beside the Norwegian Church, the area will provide spectators with the perfect viewing spot. #CardiffIs #extremesailing


Throughout the day at the festival there will be family friendly performances and activities from the likes of Circo Rum Ba Ba, Jake’s Amazing Menagerie and Captain Starfish’s Freakshow. On Saturday evening why not extend your stay and take in the exciting line up of live music. #CardiffIs #extremesailing


Live shows and entertainment from 11am each day across the race village

Live music Saturday 26th August from 5.15pm on the stage by the Norwegian Church


17.15pm*            Capra Mamei

18.20 pm*           The Moon Birds

19.40pm*            Rusty Shackle


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*Timings subject to change




August Bank Holiday in Landsea Square 2017

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This the last of our events in Landsea Square for this year so why not join us to celebrate the long Bank Holiday at the end of the Summer. Our artists and crafts people will be there selling a diverse range of high quality goods to suit all pockets.

If space allows children’s workshops and demonstration stalls may be available, please contact us if you wish to apply. 

Further details about the event and what else will be on in Cardiff Bay, together with information on the exhibitors taking part will be published here closer to the event.

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Bumper Bank Holiday Birthday

(12:00 - 16:00)
The Red Dragon Centre
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It’s not every day you turn 20 years young! So we’ll be bringing our month long celebrations to a grand finale on Monday 28th August with a Bumper Bank Holiday Birthday Bash.

As well as all the usual great food, films and fun to enjoy, we’ll be putting on some great FREE activities between 12-4pm.

Look out for a birthday cup cake decorating workshop, face painting, character appearances, and balloon giveaways.

Plus, all bank holiday week long, there will be a FINAL chance to WIN the ultimate Birthday present with our friends at Capital FM – a whole year of entertainment and dining at The Red Dragon Centre!

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Usual parking conditions apply for this event. Free for centre customers with any minimum spend.

Cupcake decorating and balloons whilst stocks last.

FORGE - exhibition of metal

FORGE: Exhibition of contemporary metalwork

- (10:30 - 10:30)
Craft in the Bay
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A stunning exhibition of international contemporary forged metalwork that celebrates exciting innovations in this descipline and its shift from traditional blacksmithing. The selected artists represent many of the most skilled artists working in hot metal today. The exhibition provides audiences with a rare opportunity to see up close the intricate detail that the artists have managed to achieve through the manipulation of the hot metal – creating often complex forms and textures.

Forge has been curated by Delyth Done, Course Leader of Artist Blacksmithing at Hereford College of Arts.

‘In Conversation’ and other events linked to the exhibition will be advertised on the Makers Guild in Wales website.

Fifteen international metal artists whose practice has been identified as having a significant impact present their work. They represent a new wave of contemporary artists who have developed an innovative, design-led practice.

Egor Bavykin
Claudio Bottero
Ambrose Burne
Francisco Gazitua
Nils Hint
Christian Vaughan Jones
Takayoshi Komine
Daniel Neville
Patrick Quinn
Daniel Randall
Leszek Sikon
Richard Smith
Fred Truus
Stephen Yusko
Heiner Zimmermann

A touring exhibition from Ruthin Craft Centre. Supported by the Arts Council of Wales.

Micki Schloessingk Ceramics Exhibition

Micki Schloessingk: exhibition of ceramics

- (10:30 - 10:30)
Craft in the Bay
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Ceramics exhibition: Earth, Fire and Salt

Micki Schloessingk is a leading maker of wood fired ceramics in the UK, indeed one of a small group worldwide. Micki’s exhibition Earth, Fire and Salt is a celebration of exemplary wood fired ceramics. It is another thread in The Language of Clay: Part One series, curated by Ceri Jones on behalf of the Mission Gallery and Ruthin Craft Centre. Supported by the Arts Council of Wales.

Mikki is exhibiting a selection of her touring exhibition as Guest Maker at Craft in the Bay. All work is for sale and would make a beautiful addition to any home.

A publication supports the exhibition.