Event - Celts Survival Run
Location - Kenfig National Nature Reserve, Porthcawl
Date - 23 August 2014
For more information visit the website
This is most definitely not a gentle fun run. It's
not even a marathon with a few gentle challenges thrown in along
the way. Oh, no. This is the Celts Survival Run - an
International Extreme Endurance Event.
At 50km long the course would be tough enough on its own, but this
is not a straight forward race. As well as running that
extreme distance, competitors will be expected to overcome a series
of brutal obstacles.
The route takes the competitors through the stunning scenery of
the Kenfig National Nature Reserve and along the South Wales coast
to the huge Merthyr Mawr sand dunes before finishing at Ogmore
Castle, not that the runners will have a chance to appreciate their
The race will put competitors in true survival mode and challenges
along the route may include carrying, climbing, throwing, digging,
building and swimming. Not many people will finish the
course; fewer still will have completed all the obstacles along the
Most of the challenges will not be revealed until the day of the
race, so competitors will have to be ready for anything.
Are you tough enough to give it a go?
(Please note, this is an extremely tough and dangerous race.
It is only for very fit and very experienced ultra-marathon
runners. If that's not you, then do not enter)
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.
Never ones to be content with sending boring old Christmas
cards, our friends at visitcardiff.com have gone one better
this year. They have produced this fantastic video which
features the people of Cardiff telling us what Christmas means to
As you can see it means different this to different people, but
what have they missed out. What would you add to the
So sit back and enjoy the video. Nadolig Llawen
Event - A Victorian Christmas
Location - Bryngarw Country Park, Bridgend
Date - 15 - 16 December 2012
Join in with the festivities this Christmas in the picturesque
surroundings of Bryngarw Country Park. The Victorian themed
event will feature lots of entertainment for all the family.
Have a go and the fairground rides or try your hand at some of the
traditional fun and games. There'll also be a
chance to browse stalls full of local crafts and food as well as
hot chestnuts, toasted marshmallows, mulled wine and mince
And of course there'll be an appearance from the man himself -
In May this year, Wales became the only country in the
World to have a dedicated footpath running right
around its coast.
At over 800 miles long, theWales Coastal Path runs all
the way from Chepstow in the South East, through Cardiff and the
traditional seaside resort of Porthcawl and onwards to the
beautiful Gower and Pembrokeshire coasts. From there it heads North
towards Ceredigion and Snowdonia before finally heading along the
North Wales coast to Llandudno before coming to an end in the North
In the seven months since the path opened many writers and
bloggers have ventured out and have given their opinion on the path
or certain sections of it.
One of the most comprehensive I've found is Charles Hawes' blog, who seems
to have covered most of the South Wales section of the path.
Also worth reading is the Bald Hiker's (Paul Steele)
account of his walk along the path from Merthyr Mawr through
Porthcawl and to Kenfig National Nature Reserve. Look
out too for some fantastic images.
He describes the pretty hamlet of Merthyr Mawr as "a
beautiful small quiet place with historic church and thatched
cottages" and Kenfig National Nature Reserve as
"a calm, surreal beautiful remnant of what was a huge sand dune
Have you walked part of the path? What did you think? Let me know
which was your favourite part and any tips you have for other
walkers setting out.
The big game at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff this
Saturday is Wales
v New Zealand.
Now, I don't really want to draw attention to the game as it
is likely that Wales will loose (and quite possible loose heavily).
The reason I'm writing about it is that it gives me a perfect
opportunity to play this video - a spine tingling moment from 2008
and Wales refusing to be intimated by New Zealand's
The National History Museum is
one of Wales most popular visitor attractions. Located in the
village of St Fagans, just a couple of miles from Cardiff City
Centre, the outdoor museum is home to dozens of buildings brought
to the site from every corner of Wales before being re-built brick
by brick. Each building tells the story of Wales from a different
era and perspective. Buildings include a row of ironworkers
cottages, a school and even a church.
St Fagans is a wonderful place to visit the whole year round, but
is especially atmospheric in the run up to Christmas. Its Christmas
nights events are especially popular. This year's event runs from
5-7 December and sees the whole site lit up to get you in the
Father Christmas sets up his grotto in front of the roaring log
fire in one of the old farmhouses, there's carol singing, brass
bands and a chance to experience the ancient Welsh tradition of the
Mari Lwyd. There are also traditional
fairground rides, craft stalls and plenty of festive food and
Don't forget to wrap up warm and bring your torch! Nadolig
Tickets must be purchased in advance from here and further information can
be found here
What a great video from last year's Winter Wonderland in
Cardiff. It was taken from the top of the Star Ride. The amazing
60m ride towers above the ice rink and other fairground riders
below and gives an amazing view of Cardiff - just as long as you
don't mind heights.
For details of other Christmas events happening in Southern
Wales then please click
October is known the world over has Halloween, when ghosts and
ghouls come out to play. But did you know this date was celebrated
in Wales as Calan Gaeaf, the first day of winter.
Take a look to see what's coming up to celebrate this date.
Half-term Halloween Fun!
Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran
27 October - 4 November 2012
Halloween fun throughout half-term as well as our hugely popular
Halloween Spooktakular (Wednesday 31st October) ...can we make it
scarier than last year??? We'll do our best, prepare for the
Halloween Mask Making
Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil
30 - 31 October 2012
Create your own Haolloween mask at this FREE drop-in family
workshop. No booking required just drop-in between 11.00am - 1.00pm
or 2.00pm - 4.00pm.
St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff
30 October - 1 November 2012
Dare you visit St Fagans for a fun, otherworldly night of tales
and terror? Join a wicked walk around St Fagans after dark, some
real welsh ghosts and spooky storytelling. Ever since the St Fagans
opened its doors in 1948, staff, visitors and local villagers have
experienced the unexplainable at several of the re-erected
buildings! So come along in your creepiest costume for a walk
around the grounds after dark, and experience a night of light,
dark and illusion. You might meet an apparition of the White Lady
or come face-to-face with a ghost locked in a magic mirror! Listen
out for the haunting howls of the Hounds of Annwn - the mythical
dogs of the otherworld. If you visit the Museum's tannery you might
see the Tanner's ghost!
Tickets +44(0)29 2087 8440 or visit www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk
Horrible History at the Winding House
Winding House, New Tredegar
30 October - 2 November 2012
Delve into the past this October Half-Term and discover creepy
creatures, spooky stories and ghastly goings-on in this week of
family activities and crafts! Admission: FREE. All children must be
accompanied by an adult.
Witch Trails in Llancaiach Fawr & Childrens
Halloween ActivitiesLlancaiach Fawr Manor, Nelson
Childrens' activity 11am to 4pm. Manor house open 10am - 5pm.
Normal Manor House entry free includes access to the activities.
Craft activities and games for children. Suitable for children up
to 11yrs. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities only
ticket £4.25 per child, accompanying adults free.
Halloween Ghost Tour
Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Nelson
31 October 2012
Take a tour around the Manor house on the spookiest night of the
year. Go around by candlelight to hear true stories of the uncanny
things that have happened to staff and visitors over the years.
Please note that Llancaiach Fawr do not fix anything and we cannot
guarantee that the house will be active on the evening of your
visit. If it is active it could be subtle or not subtle at all.
National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon
Games, stories and a prize fancy dress competition on the
spookiest night of the year! Dare you face the Soothsayer in our
scary room? Challenge your nose in the horrid hag's game and watch
out for the dead Roman soldier haunting the garden!
Halloween ConcertRoyal Welsh Collage of Music and Drama,
Ghosts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night…it may be
lunchtime but there's something wicked afoot as the RWCMD Wind
Orchestra performs music to set your hair on end. Mussorgsky's
Night on the Bare Mountain has been scaring the pants off audiences
since 1886, and Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice still casts a
dazzling spell. Ear-tickling showpieces by Holst and Chance set the
cauldron bubbling. There are 2 performances : 1:15pm and
Evening of Mediumship - All Souls Night
1 November 2012
Simone Johnson is an international award winning paranormal
medium, psychic artist and holistic healer. Simone has been
nominated for 5 awards in the West Wales Spiritual Connections
Awards. Simone covers all areas of spiritual work, healing, psychic
art spiritua; development teachings, psychic clairvoyant
mediumship. Simone has featured in various magazines including Fate
anad Fortune, It's Fate and Chat. Simone has run Spiritual
Development courses for 5 years in South Wales and has been doing
her Psychic art and healing internationally for 9 years.
Event - Sŵn Festival
Location - Cardiff
Date - 18 - 21 October 2012
Cardiff's Sŵn Festical returns this year. Growing in stature
each year, the festival is spread over 17 of Cardiff's premier
pubs, clubs and live music venues, each one offering something a
little bit different.
Sŵn means noise in Welsh and the festival is all about
promoting new, up and coming music from Wales and giving them the
chance to shine.
Visit www.swnfest.com for more details
on the line up, venues and tickets.