What’s On In Cardiff For & By Young People: August Week #3

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We’ve put together some of the best – and some of the slightly less heard of – events for and by young people that are happening over the next week in Cardiff. Week three of August includes escape rooms, a new youth festival, Roald Dahl celebrations, and much more!

Wales Millennium Centre

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – huge West End musical – on until 21st August:

9/10: “In all honesty, I found the musical truly, madly, deeply… seriously scrumptious”

Anya Jenkins’ review for TheSprout.


Image credit: Official Chitty Chitty Bang Bang website

The Wondercrump World Of Roald Dahl – free exhibit – continues until 14th January 2017!

[Read more about all the Roald Dahl celebrations this summer in our summer guide.]

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Image credit: WMC’s official Wondercrump webpage



NEW youth arts festival – mix of events – Thurs 18th-Sun 21st Aug

“RawFfest is unique because it has been programmed by young people, for young people. A team of 14-25 year olds from all parts of Wales has created an exciting mix of performance, workshops and masterclasses.”

What sort of mix?! RawFfest promises the very best of theatre, music, art and film being created by young people today.

[We’ll be there reviewing! To review stuff like this, join the Sprout Editorial Group on Facebook or email tom@thesprout.co.uk!]


Chapter has so many Roald Dahl celebrations going on over the next month or so – don’t miss out! There are a couple next week:

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (U) – Film – Mon 15th-Tues 16th August

Fantastic Mr Fox (PG) – Film – Sat 20th-Tues 23rd August

Don’t miss – Fantastic Mr Fox Film Activity Day – 23rd August 10.00am-3.30pm:

“A fun day full of interesting creative activities that explore the world of Roald Dahl Films. Shoebox set design, digital photography, making short films and animations, puzzles, worksheets and treasurehunts!”

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Image credit: Fantastic Mr Fox page on Chapter’s website


Alice Through the Looking Glass (PG) – Film – Fri 12th-Thurs 18th August

Don’t miss – Alice Through The Looking Glass Film Sewcial – 12th Aug 10.45am-3.30pm:

“Make wonderful Alice & Mad Hatter accessories!”

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Image credit: Alice Through the Looking Glass page on Chapter’s website

National Museum Cardiff

Quentin Blake: Inside Stories – Exhibition – on until 20th November 2016:

To keep up with the Roald Dahl theme, we just have to include an exhibition about the artwork of Quentin Blake, most famous for illustrating Roald Dahl’s books. See early rough drafts, and more.

Part the Roald Dahl 100 Wales celebrations taking place throughout 2016!

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Illustration © Quentin Blake


You might have missed:

SWARM – Theatrical performance with real stories from refugees – Thurs 11th-Sun 14th Aug (STARTS TODAY):

“Civil war has broken out, people are dying, escape is the only option. There’s only one way through, and you’ll have to prove you’re worthy enough to be accepted. What makes you special? You’re just one person, you’re one of many, you’re one of the Swarm.

Swarm is a site­-specific theatrical performance involving professional and community performers, taking place at the Butetown History and Arts Centre in Cardiff Bay.

We’re exploring the issues of immigration and using real stories from refugees. Very apt considering what’s going on in the world at the moment, and a great alternative for those who aren’t going to Edinburgh!”



Friends of Nant Fawr

The Nant Fawr corridor is the green lung of North Cardiff and runs from the Llanishen and Lisvane reservoirs all the way to Roath Park. Once a month, a friendly bunch of volunteers come together from 10am-noon to conserve it – planting trees, laying paths, painting posts, cutting hedges, etc. Next workday Sun 14th (see below)!

There are other “Friends” groups looking after Cardiff’s parks, from Roath Park to Bute Park – many listed here.




Cardiff’s newest escape rooms have just opened!

The escape rooms craze continues with 6 new escape rooms having just opened at Xscape Reality on St John Street!

Wait! What?! An escape room is somewhere you deliberately (yes, deliberately) get locked in with several other people, and you have to use all of your combined brain power to break out… and it’s all against the clock!

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Image: Launch event photo via Xscape Reality (Cardiff) official Facebook

Wales’ first ever 4D cinema screen set to open!

Yes, 4D! This super-duper special screen will open in Cineworld Cardiff mid-September 201…6!

We’ll be there reviewing an early show, and we’ll have more details about the screen soon, too…


Image credit: Cineworld cinemas via direct communication


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