Free and Cheap Things to Do in Cardiff 28 Feb- 6 Mar

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Half term draws to a close, it’s back to school. But that’s no reason to stop being cool.

Oh yeah, smooth rhymes. Whilst my rappers’ royalties cheque is in the post, here’s another list of things to do this week that won’t cost too much and are all in and around Cardiff city. This week: opportunities in the film industry, the Cardiff Science Festival, loads of museum events and the Cardiff Uni Nerd Varsity.


We’re back to the museum this Thursday with two free events.

First it’s Stories from Storage. As part of the Kick the Dust project, there will be some storytelling going on at the Museum, with an African musical twist. Book on Eventbrite.

Unfortunately the other event, which sees visitors at the museum go “AFTER DARK” to celebrate 500 years since the death of Leonardo DaVinci, the great artist and polymath, has sold out. Event details here– if you’re really keen, perhaps ring the museum and ask if they can squeeze you in.

There is also an exhibition at the museum- again all about DaVinci- but to get in you will need to hand over a fiver if you’re under 16 (£4 concessions).


Cardiff Science Festival (see Saturday section) presents an exciting pub quiz– but it’s for over 18s only.


All throughout this long weekend, from the 28 Feb to 3 March, the Cardiff Science Festival will be sweeping the city, filling it with knowledge and wonder.

Perhaps the most interesting event in my opinion is “Will A Robot Take My Job?” This is something millions of people all over the world have been wondering for many years. Robots have been blamed for unemployment almost as often as immigrants have- and they can’t even argue back, unless they’ve been programmed to. This event’s going down in the Arcade Vaults, so come on down to hear the automation goss from Scott Morgan, PhD. Eventbrite.

To see more Science Cafe events, the full schedule is available here.

There’s another big event on Saturday: the Roath Folk Festival.

The Gate Arts Centre will play host to a load of amazing folk musicians and the night will finish off with a traditional ceilidh.   Click interested on their Facebook event and get tickets on their website.


Two more amazing Science Fest events.

Our Plastic Solution looks at the answers to Our Plastic Problem (as described in our Sprout campaign #NoMorPlastic). This one’s free!

Later, Life on Mars looks to be an exciting remix of the traditional pub quiz format. Establishing life on the red planet, well, nobody ever said it would be easy.


The popular Movie Maker event at Chapter returns. Got a short film you want to see screened in front of an audience? Maybe a test screening? Get it submitted here and then try and grab yourself a free ticket. Hurry though because the film slots and the bum spaces get snapped up pronto!

The 4 March also marks the beginning of NERD VARSITY for Cardiff Uni Students Union. Yes, you read that right. There is going to be two weeks of silly competitions to find out who is the best nerd. This is going to range from the serious Super Smash Bros tournament to the silly events like “running like an anime character.” It sounds hilarious so get involved if you’re not already.


Even more film themed fun with the BFI and Local Documentary Society joining forces for this event at Chapter aimed at budding documentary makers. Take that opportunity by the hands and document the life out of it!

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