Event - FIM British Speedway GP
Location - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Date -1st June 2013
Millennium Stadium Website
Grand Prix Website
The Millennium Stadium will once again come alive to the roar of
motorbike engines as the FIM British Speedway GP races into the
The world's top riders including the UK's own Tai Woffinden 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 - ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup
Location - Cardiff International White Water,
Date - 17 - 20 June 2013 (Practice
21 - 23 June 2013 (Competition)
Following on from the success of last year's competition, the Canoe
Slalom World Cup returns to the Cardiff
International White Water Centre again this
This top class competition sees the world's best canoeists go head
to head over the ferocious rapids and will test the very best as
they tackle a testing course of obstacles and gates.
Organised by International Canoe Federation, the Cardiff event is one of
several rounds as part of the World Cup Series with other events
taking part in Germany, Spain and Slovenia.
Tickets for the event are available from the
official website and if you find yourself inspired to give it a go you
can find out more about the venue at the Cardiff International
White Water website.
And just to whet you're appetite take a look at the 2012 promo
video - 2013 promises to be just as exciting.
sounds, the tension mounts, the sensational Knights of Royal
England are back at Cardiff Castle this summer (22 & 23 June)
for the annual Joust extravaganza!
Pomp, pagentry, amazing horseback stunts and bruising falls await
the crowds as the Knights go head to head in the noble art of
As well as the main jousting arena, there will be a medieval
encampment to explore, minstrels to meet, storytelling sessions and
you can even learn a few jousting skills of your own.
A packed programme of medieval action throughout the day makes
this a great value family day out, topped off by a mass battle with
everyone invited to join in.
For more information visit the Cardiff Castle website
Event - Speedy Services
Wales Senior Open
Location - Porthcawl
Date - 14 - 16 June 2013
The Speedy Services Wales Senior Open will move
to a new date on the European Senior Tour schedule, when it returns
to Royal Porthcawl Golf Club from June 14 - 16, 2013 for the first
time since 2010.
Englishman Barry Lane captured the 2012 title when the event was
played at Conwy (Caernarvonshire) Golf Club on the August Bank
Holiday weekend, with the former Ryder Cup player holding off the
challenge of compatriot Philip Golding.
Royal Porthcawl had previously hosted the event in 2009 and 2010,
before the tournament returned to the Senior Tour schedule this
season after a year's absence with Speedy Services as the new title
The new June date - with the final round due to be played on
Father's Day - marks the 12th edition of the Speedy Services Wales
Senior Open, which was first played in 2001.
Royal Porthcawl welcomes the tournament as a precursor to hosting
The Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex in 2014 - the first
Major Championship to be played in Wales - with both events part of
The Ryder Cup legacy following the staging of golf's premier team
competition at The Celtic Manor Resort in 2010.
The Speedy Services Wales Senior Open will once again have a prize
fund of £250,000, and is expected to attract some of the leading
Senior Tour players. Previous champions have included Bill Longmuir
(2003), Carl Mason (2005, 2007), José Rivero (2006), Peter Mitchell
(2008) and John Bland (2010).
Take a look at this video of Merthyr Tydfil. It might not
be the obvious choice when thinking of a holiday in Wales, but as
the video proves there's so much to do and some stunning
Gwyl Dewi Hapus (Happy St David's Day). Okay, I'm a couple of
days early, but this week does mark our National Day and on
1st March, up and down the country, people will be
The day commemorates our patron saint St David and marks the day
he died in 589AD. He is said to have performed many miracles
including when he caused the ground to rise beneath him when
preaching so that everyone could see and hear him.
The Cathedral of St David's in Pembrokeshire, where his remains
are buried, became a popular place of pilgrimage. It was said
that two pilgrimages to St David's equalled one to Rome.
The highlight of the festivities is the annual St David's Day Parade through Cardiff
City Centre. Beginning from outside City Hall at 12:30 pm the
parade snakes its way through the capital's streets before ending
up outside (quite fittingly) St David's Hall where there will be
traditional musical entertainment as well as a St David's Day
If you fancy taking in one of our castles then Cadw, the
organisation responsible for most of our historic sites have
announced that their properties will be opened free of charge on
These include the biggest castle in Wales at Caerphilly, one of
the oldest at Chepstow and the best preserved medieval abbey in
Wales, Tintern Abbey. More details can be found on the
Porthcawl will also be marking the occasion, when the
town hosts the annual Celtic Music Festival.
Dancers, singers and entertainers from all over the world descend
on the seaside town for a weekend celebration of all things
Whilst we've already mentioned some of Wales best
attractions that are well known about, we also have a lot of hidden
Dewstow Gardens, near Chepstow is quite literary one of Southern
Wales' hidden gems. The gardens were originally built around the
turn of the 20th century and included all the things
you'd expect in gardens - rockeries, ponds, water features and
loads of plants and shrubs etc. But the highlight was a
subterranean world of tunnels and grottoes housing many tropical
and unusual plants.
Over the years the gardens fell into disrepair and the tunnels and
grottoes were filled in and forgotten about. That is until
the start of the 20th century when the land's new owners
started clearing the land. Curiosity got the better of them
so they started digging and were amazed to discover the network of
tunnels that had laid undiscovered for over 50 years.
A massive restoration project was undertaken and today the gardens
have been restored to their former glory so that we can enjoy what
was hidden away for decades.
To find out more about Dewstow
Gardens click here
It's that time of year again.
The eyes of Wales will this weekend be focused on Cardiff as the
Six Nations rugby tournament kicks off.
Wales will be looking to repeat their heroics of last year when
they won all five of their games to secure their 3rd
Grand Slam in seven years.
There'll be a tremendous atmosphere up and down Wales as the
country comes to a stop to watch the game and the streets of
Cardiff will be full of rugby fans enjoying the city's legendary
match day atmosphere. There is nowhere in the world better to
be than Cardiff on the day of a big match.
Wales' fixtures in this year's championship are below:
Saturday 2 February - Wales v Ireland, Millennium
Saturday 9 February - France v Wales, Stade de France,
Saturday 23 February - Italy v Wales, Stadio Olympico, Rome
Saturday 9 March - Scotland v Wales, Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Saturday 16 March - Wales v England, Millennium Stadium,
I saw a very good tweet this morning from @marcwebber (re-tweeted by @trutourism). It
Expensive business being a Welshman. We have TWO Valentines days
to shell out for! (25th Jan & 14 Feb)
Yes, that's right, as well as the more widely known St Valentine's
Day, we also have our own, traditional day to celebrate - Diwrnod
Santes Dwynwen (or St Dwynwen's Day if you prefer), and it is
celebrated this Friday (25 January)
The history of St Dwynwen and how this day came to be celebrated
is told on the Museum Wales website.
If you're looking for an ideal gift to give someone special then
how about a traditional Welsh lovespoon.
Traditionally the wooden spoon was given by a man to a lady as a
token of his affection. He would carve the spoon from a
single piece of wood and was considered an early form of an
engagement ring. The spoon usually contained a number of
symbols which all had different meanings, including a horseshoe for
luck, bells for marriage, hearts for love and a lock for security.
Caged balls are said to indicate the number of children the
couple would have.
The tradition continues today, although we're more likely to cheat
and buy the spoons from a craft shop rather than make them
ourselves. Of course, being in the technological age, you can
even make and send an e-lovespoon.
More information on Diwrnod Santes Dwynwen and the Top 10 romantic
things to do in Wales can be found on the Visit Wales blog
Take a look at this great video. It features Gorge
Walking, Horse Riding, Golf, Foraging, Surfing and Shopping.
Fantastic that you can all do these things in an area of Wales not
usually renowned for outdoor activities - Bridgend.
Have a look and then click Discover to find out more