What’s On In Cardiff For & By Young People: August Week #2

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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. Enjoy!

Wales Millennium Centre

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – huge West End musical – our review is here!

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Image Credit:Roald Dahl’s City of the Unexpected Facebook page

The Wondercrump World Of Roald Dahl – free exhibit – As the home city of beloved children’s author, Roald Dahl, Cardiff is having events across the year to celebrate his work – read more about these celebrations in our summer guide here.

Forge Music (ages:14/19) – learn/perform – 13th Aug – Want to “share your musical talents, play in a band, explore and develop new skills? At Forge Music we have loads of activities and opportunities to share with you throughout the year: Band ensemble, collaborative songwriting, recording, mixing, live performance. Not to miss!”


New Theatre

performance: – THIS WEEKEND: August 6th – experimental – Young musicians, circus performers, dancers, actors and writers will come together to put on an “experimental, genre-defying show” – we’ve got more info here.


Image Credit: Arts Active via Twitter

English Youth Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty – ballet – 12-13th August – “The policy of the English Youth Ballet is to perform full length ballet productions in the theatres outside London, giving young talented dancers an opportunity to perform within a professional setting”, says the NT website.


Saint David’s Hall

National Youth Orchestra of Wales – THIS WEEKEND: 5th Aug – This #SummerHolidays, SDH is host to several youth orchestras, including Scotland, Wales (naturally) and, for something a little different, the Palestinian Youth Orchestra – more info in our summer guide here.



Chapter has perhaps the pick of the crop this week, especially with so many Roald Dahl celebrations going on:

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Image Credit: Chapter.org

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (PG)

  • Film– 6th-9th Aug – surely needs no introduction…
  • THIS WEEKEND: 6th Aug – interactive screening – presented by young people from the Stinky Flicks film course

Roald Dahl Film Activity Days – creative activities – 9th Aug 10.00am-3.30pm – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – “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!” (Also, 23rd Aug 10.00am-3.30pm – Fantastic Mr Fox!)

Chapter Film Sewcials – Sewing Workshops for Kids – 12th Aug 10.45am-3.30pm – Alice Through The Looking Glass – “Make wonderful Alice & Mad Hatter accessories! Youngsters can be inspired by the imaginative costumes in Alice using nautical and teacup inspired fabrics to create a Mad Hatter brooch and Alice hair band! Suitable for new sewers as well as the more experienced.”

Scratch n Sniff: Matilda (PG) – smelly film (our summary!) – 12th-14th August – “Join in with specially commissioned Scratch n Sniff cards to smell your way through the film”…

More @ Chapter: 

Carry on Screaming! – films – every Friday at 11am – Carry on Screaming! allows parents or carers to see a film at Chapter without having to worry about their baby causing a disturbance. Free entry for babies.

#ChapterLive: Songbirds Choir and South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus – music – 12th Aug – FREE – This evening of iconic music will see Cardiff’s resident LGBT* choirs join forces to kick off Pride Weekend in Cardiff – read more about Pride in our summer guide here or below!

Vue Cinemas in Cardiff

Suicide Squad – 2D/3D film – release date: 5th Aug – “A group of unhinged super villains are given a chance at redemption, but only if they can defeat an undefeatable enemy” – our review is coming…

[Fancy reviewing new films like this at Vue Cardiff just as they come out? Email tom@thesprout.co.uk!]

Cardiff Castle

Grand Medieval Mêlée – medieval tournament, and more – 12th & 13th Aug – Knights. Last man standing. Plus falconry, medieval games and family activities. Part of The Cardiff Festival 2016.

The Glee Club

The Best In Live Stand-up Comedy – uh, comedy – 5th & 12th Aug – Four top comics from the UK & International comedy circuit.


Pride Cymru 2016

Performances, parade and party – 12th & 13th Aug 

Now one of the UK’s largest Pride events, Pride Cymru is a celebration of diversity, whether sexual orientation, gender, race or religion. “Expect fairground rides, food and drink, an assortment of market stalls, plus loads more attractions to be announced” – Pride Cymru.

  • Recommended in our summer guide here.
  • Laugh at our photobooth photos from years gone by here!
  • Great family guide here, if you’re wondering what it’s all about! 
  • Not too late to win yourself a FREE family ticket here, worth £22! 

Training & skills:

Connect To CAVC | Summer Sessions

Skills, fun, advice – 9th-11th Aug 10am-2pm

Sports, DJ-ing, carpentry, team-building, interview skills, and more!

It may be that you’re thinking of going to college soon and want a taster of what Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC) can offer, or it may be that you just want to make the most of summer… either way, great opportunities below:

New Skills, People & Fun: Connect To CAVC’s Summer Sessions

Free summer play schemes

For: 1-14-year-olds – Tongwynlais, St Mellons, Canton

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The Hubs’ Into Work Services

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Looking ahead / sprouting soon


New youth arts festival, including workshops – 18th-21st Aug

RawFfest promises the very best of theatre, music, art and film being created by young people today.

“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.”

[We’ll be there reviewing! To review similar opportunities, contact tom@thesprout.co.uk!]


National Youth Dance Wales (NYDW) @ Sherman

Dance artistry – 24th Aug

Kerry Nicholls, one of the UK’s finest dance artists, returns to lead this year’s Company – expect artistry, clear technique and high energy.

The programme will include aM, a work that wowed audiences at Apex Rising 2015 – an international youth dance programme at Sadlers Wells, London…

…alongside a brand new piece of dance created by Guest Choreographer, Eleesha Drennan, and Maelstrom by Anna Kenrick for NYDCS.



Cardiff libraries!

National Museum Cardiff

New hoard of Viking silver on show, as part of current treasures exhibition

A hoard of Viking silver, which dates back 1000 years ago, will be displayed for the first time as part of the Treasures: Adventures in Archaeology exhibition at National Museum Cardiff (on display until 30 October 2016.)

What the hoard is Treasures: Adventures in Archaeology?! To celebrate 2016, Year of Adventure in Wales, the Museum is hosting extraordinary treasures from popular culture including the hat, whip and jacket of Indiana Jones, crystal skulls and Inca gold alongside early finds such as Egyptian Mummies and recent discoveries from Wales.


St Fagans National History Museum

First building, an Iron Age farmstead, completed as part of major redevelopment

Bryn Eryr, the Iron Age farmstead at St Fagans National History Museum, is now fully open to the public. The building, which is based on an archaeological site from the time of the Roman conquest, is a recreation of a small Iron Age farmstead near Llansadwrn in the eastern corner of Anglesey.

The farmstead was built with the help of hundreds of volunteers, school children and members of neighbouring communities in Ely and Caerau. Together with the Museum’s own building team, they raised up the clay walls, helped to interpret the history of the houses and rediscovered the lives of its original inhabitants.

FREE family drop-in activity sessions about Bryn Eryr, life in an Iron Age farmstead during the school summer holidays:

  • Mon 8th-Sat 13th August 12-3pm.
  • Mon 22nd-Sat 28th August 12-3pm.


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