TheSprout’s Half Term Guide & Competition Time!

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Welcome to TheSprout’s October 2016 half term guide for 11-25s in Cardiff.

Below you’ll find a few highlights we’ve selected as well as a day-by-day round of stuff happening in Cardiff. But first we have a competition!

ESCAPE REALITY – Try something different this Halloween

Can you escape a maximum high-security prison in Alcatraz? Or solve a gruesome murder linked to the Fibonacci sequence? Try to escape from the alternative realm of Jungala after being engulfed through a board game, or attempt to steal the world’s most expensive art collection in the Heist! For the daredevils, horror-movie inspired Enigmista and Stephen King’s thriller, Misery will test your ability to escape from the clutches of deranged individuals.

For something different this Halloween, try Escape Reality, Cardiff’s new and most exciting escape rooms. And if you visit over Halloween in fancy dress, you’ll get a free drink in the Escape Reality bar.  You’ll also get a 20% discount if you book via the website.


Competition Time!

TheSprout is pleased to announce you can win a free game for up to six people at Escape Reality with our competition. To enter, tell us in the comment section at the very bottom of this article:

What is the name of the deranged nurse who captures you in the game Misery? (clue – read about the game on the Escape Reality Cardiff website!)

Deadline extended: Get your entries in by 23:59pm on Sunday 30th October 2016!

Now on with the rest of our guide!


Welsh Museums Festival with free art workshops, behind-the-scenes tour and storytelling at National Museum Cardiff.

Cardiff Fashion Week including plenty of free activities such as Love Your Clothes upcycling workshops at Capitol Shopping Centre.

Cardiff Book Festival including activities, discussions and more at Cardiff Central Library, Angel Hotel and Yr Hen Lyfrgell.

Film & Comic Con with TV & Film guests, talks, cosplay and gaming zones at Motorpoint Arena on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October.

Brickstock at Brickworks on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October. Check out their schedule for music, workshops & more.

Family Friendly Recommendations

Watch The Secret Life of Pets, Finding Dory or Ice Age: Collision Course at Cineworld during half term and proceeds will go to BBC: Children In Need. Find out more here.

Mamma MiaThe Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl  & Celebrating Black History Month at WMC.

Underground Cinema Cardiff Castle £5 for showings before 8pm, £12 for showings after 8pm.

Hallowe’en Creepy Crawlies Cardiff Castle £3 (plus normal admission or valid castle key).

Halloween Fun In The Mall 11am-4pm Capitol Shopping Centre.

Halloween Arts & Crafts 11am – 4pm Norwegian Church Arts Centre £3.

Halloween Spooktacular 3pm St Davids Hall £15 (£5 students).

Halloween Boardgame Evening 7PM Chapter Arts Centre Free.

George’s Marvellous Medicine New Theatre Tickets from £15.

Spooktacular Half Term Fun 12pm-4pm Red Dragon Centre.

Gerry Cottles WOW Circus Cardiff City Stadium.


Monday 24th October

Open Mic 7.30pm Gwdihw Free Entry.

Itchy Feet 10.30pm Clwb Ifor Bach Earlybird tickets £5.

retro microphone and red curtain

Tuesday 25th October

Fairbridge Programme Taster Day 11am.

Bear Grylls – Endeavour Presented by Land Rover 6pm Motorpoint Arena From £25 (plus booking fee).

Inme 7.30pm The Globe Tickets from £13.75.

Genevieve’s Tuesday Night Open Mic 8pm Porters.

Merch yr Eog 8pm WMC £12.

Punk’s Nights Out 8pm Gwdihw £3 Entry.


Wednesday 26th October

Cardiff Central Square Proposal Discussion 2pm-4pm City Hall.

Tobias Robertson’s Jam Night 9pm Porters.

Cavaliers 7.30pm Gwdihw £5 (or £4 advanced).

Public Access TV 7.30pm Clwb Ifor Bach £8.

CC Smugglers 7.30pm The Globe Tickets from £11.

The Travelling Band 7.30pm The Moon Club £10.


Thursday 27th October

Dan TDM On Tour St Davids Hall 1.30pm Tickets from £15.

Taith 4pm Sherman Theatre £8 half price for under 25s.

Sprout Editorial Group Meeting 4.30pm – 6pm Cardiff Library.

Films & Wine: The Mafia Only Kills In Summer 6.30pm The Gate £7.

Dan TDM On Tour St Davids Hall 7.30pm Tickets from £15.

Rope 7.30pm Gwdihw £5 OTD.

Chainska Brassika 7.30pm Clwb Ifor Bach £8.

Keir 7.30pm Clwb Ifor Bach £6.

Steve Mason 7.30pm The Globe £19.80.

Walter Trout 7.30pm Tramshed £27.50.


Friday 28th October

Halloween Natural History Open Day 10am – 4pm National Museum Cardiff.

Made By Hand Crafts Fair 10am – 5pm City Hall.

Halloween Ghost Walks 6pm Forest Farm.

The Roaring Twenties 7pm-10pm Cardiff Story Museum £5.

Spring, Autumn, Summer, Winter – for Gwangju 7pm Chapter £3.

FHED Halloween Weekender 7pm Fuel £10 for the weekend/£6 for Night one.

False Advertising 7pm Full Moon.

Backwards Broadway 7.30pm Norwegian Church £10.

Omaloma 7.30pm Clwb Ifor Bach £6.

Goldie Lookin Chain 7.30pm Tramshed £15.40.

Pleasuredome 9pm Gwdihw £4 (£3 before 10pm).


Saturday 29th October

Made By Hand Crafts Fair 10am – 5pm City Hall.

Halloween Archaeology Open Day 10am – 4pm National Museum Cardiff.

Shangri-La Presents: The Halloween Special 3pm – 11pm Tramshed.

FHED Halloween Weekender 5pm The Moon Club.

Spring, Autumn, Summer, Winter – for Gwangju 7pm Chapter Arts Centre.

Guns 2 Roses 7.30pm The Globe.

Andy Hamilton: Change Management 7.30pm Sherman Theatre.

Raveneye 8pm Clwb Ifor Bach.

Porter’s Halloween Party ft The Big What?! Band 9pm Porters.

Christopher Rau 9pm Gwdihw.

Digital visualization of a T Rex

Sunday 30th October

Made By Hand Crafts Fair 10am – 5pm City Hall.

Porters Sunday Quiz 7pm Porters.

Ed Gamble 7.30pm Clwb Ifor Bach £10.

Straight Lines 7.30pm The Globe £8.80.

Ezra Furman & The Boy Friends 7.30pm Tramshed £15.40.


Now don’t forget to enter our competition! Comment with your answer below!

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