Event - The Big
Location - Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly
Date - 25th to 27th July 2014
For more information please visit the website
Now, if there's two things that Caerphilly is famous for,
it's cheese and the castle. It is fitting
then that their Big Cheese Festival takes place in the fields
surrounding the giant fort.
An extravaganza of family entertainment, the Big Cheese
is one of Wales' must see attractions which attracts up to 80,000
people from all over the country.
Where else can you hear the whack of sword on shield, see birds of
prey soar majestically in the sky and smell and taste the finest
local produce? There's also a packed entertainment programme
including musical entertainment, craft stalls, activity marquee and
a traditional funfair.
And the best bit...it's free
Event - FIM British Speedway GP
Location - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Date -12th July 2014
Speedway Grand Prix
For the 14th year in succession, the Millennium Stadium
will come alive to the roar of motorbike engines as the FIM British
Speedway GP races into the capital city.
The world's top riders will fight it out to be number one in this
exciting, adrenaline fuelled event for the whole family.
For those that have never been to speedway the rules are simple.
Four riders keep turning left over four laps of an oval track with
each race lasting less than a minute.
Seems simple enough. Except that the riders race 500cc, single
geared machines with no breaks!
Hold on tight
Event - Cycling, National Road Race
Location - Abergavenny
Date - 26 - 29 June 2014
Website for further details
This week saw British Cycling unveil the race routes of
the 2014 National Road Race and Time Trial Championships. The
event will be based in Abergavenny but the routes of the various
races will take in most of the Monmouthshire countryside.
The elite Men's Road Race will see household names battle it out
over a tough 183km course. Sprinter Mark Cavendish will be
the defending champion, but the route might be a bit too hilly for
him. Amongst the favourites will be Tour de France champion
Chris Froome and Cardiff's Geraint Thomas.
The women's road race will be held over shorter 71km course, but
promises to be just as tough. Olympic silver medallist Lizzie
Armitstead will be the clear favourite.
The time trial course, based at Newport's Celtic Manor, is 40km
long and is sure to feature 2012 Tour de France champion Bradley
Wiggins as he goes head to head with the winner of one of the 2013
Giro d'Italia time trial stages, Alex Dowsett.
The 20km long women's time trial coast will see defending champion
Joanna Rowsell attempt to defend her title against the likes of
Elinor Barker and Joanna Trott.
Event - Bridgend Mash Up 2014
Location - Bridgend Town Centre
Date - 17 May 2014
Further Details - www.thebridgendmash.com
The Mash Up essentially mixes (or "mashes") traditional athletics
in the streets with contemporary urban street culture. There
are some things that you would expect in a town centre (such as
skateboarding, parkour, street dance and even BMX) and there are
other things that you would not - pole vaulting, high jump
competitions, street sprinting.
'The Mash' is a collision between the contemporary and the
traditional, between watching and doing. It's urban, it's sporty
Take a look at what happened in previous a Mash Up
Event: Jazz on the
Date: 11-13 April 2014
Brecon Jazz Festival is probably the best known Jazz Festival in
Wales but did you know that the seaside town of Porthcawl has a
festival of it's own, and it's coming up next month.
The Porthcawl Jazz Festival takes place from 11-13 April and
features some well known names from the world of jazz including the
Big Chris Barber Band, Davide Logiri and digby Fairweather
It all kicks off on the Friday night with a performance from the
Rhondda Symphony Pops Orchestra at the town's Grand Pavilion.
Numerous events will take place at a variety of locations
throughout the weekend as well as the headline acts at the Pavilion
Where better to be than by the seaside relaxing and enjoying some
top quality Jazz.
Here it is. The new Visit Wales TV advert.
Asking "Have you Packed for Wales", the advert features Caernarfon
Castle, the new Mountain Biking centre near Merthyr Tydfil and the
Wales Coast Path amongst other places.
The full advert and campaign will be launched this Saturday - St
In the meantime, take a look at the advert and let us know what
Take a look at this great video from our friends at www.bridgendbites.com
As part of their Perfect Day campaign, they've put together a
little compilation of all the things you can get up to in Bridgend,
Porthcawl and the surrounding area.
Whether it's playing a round on the famous fairways of Royal
Porthcawl, catching a wave or two at Rest Bay, a genteel afternoon
tea , a walk through some of the biggest sand dunes in Europe or a
bit of retail therapy, there's plenty of options.
Take a look at the rest of the Perfect Day videos here
Let us know what makes your Perfect Day.
Event - Interceltic Festival
Location - Porthcawl
Date - 7 - 9 March 2014
It's almost that time of year again when the seaside
resort of Porthcawl reverberates to the sound of some great Celtic
music. It's time for the annual Porthcawl Interceltic
Singers, dancers and musicians from Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall,
Brittany, the Isle of Man and of course Wales descend on the town's
Grand Pavilion for three days of concerts, performances and
Although the pavilion is the base for the weekend's festivities,
the whole town gets into the Celtic spirit with events happening
throughout the resort.
Caerphilly Medieval Christmas Fayre
7 - 8 December 2013
Caerphilly's Medieval Christmas Fayre returns
once again this year on Saturday 7th & 8th December.
Once a traditional market town, Caerphilly returns to its days of
old with an eclectic mix of medieval entertainment, food and drink,
and an abundance of stalls selling unusual Christmas gifts such as
medieval replica, traditional crafts, jewellery and Christmas
Caerphilly Castle is at the heart of the fayre, which is open to
visitors all weekend; entry fee with even more market stalls,
medieval entertainment and re-enactments within its walls
Visit the website for more
details or see what other events are on in the
area this Christmas by clicking here
With Christmas fast approaching we continue our look
ahead to some of the festive delights that are coming up over the
next couple of weeks. This week, it's Bridgend's
What started as an attempt to break New York's World Record World
Record for the number of elves gathered in one place in 2010, has
grown every year since. So much so that it continually breaks
its own World Record every year.
The record, if you don't know, is for the largest gathering of
elves in one place. That place is Bridgend. They
currently hold the record with 1216 of Santa's little helpers
cramming in to the town centre last year. This year, the
organisers are hoping to go (at least) one better and break the
record for the 4th consecutive year.
And you can take part too. Simply turn up in Bridgend Town
Centre on Saturday 14 December and collect your official elf hat
from the organisers and you'll become part of the record
For more information visit the