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GTOA All Set for Southern Wales

Caerphilly CastleA busy weekend is in store for us as welcome the Group Travel Organisers Association Western Branch to the region for a familiarisation visit.

The group, who are in Cardiff for their AGM, will also take time to visit some of the area's best attractions and sample some legendary Welsh hospitality.

The tour will kick off with a visit to Llancaiach Fawr, a 17th century manor house near Caerphilly, which takes you back in time to see how the servants worked and lived during the civil war.

Back in the present day, and the group will then head for Wales' only distillery at Penderyn in at the top of the Rhondda Valley.

From there they head to the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet near Bridgend, to browse (and spend) in some of the centre's 90 designer and big name stores.

Dinner at Llanerch Vineyard will round off the day in a relaxing manor.

The following day, the group will head for the St Fagans National History Museum and enjoy a trip aboard the Cardiff Bay Road Train.  Whilst in the Bay, they'll also visit the Norwegian Church and the Senedd.

The weekend will then be rounded off in unforgettable style with a sumptuous feast at Cardiff Castle's famous Welsh Banquets.

The group will be guided by Steve Griffin from Griffin Guiding.

We hope the GTO's have a great time and that they will be inspired to return with their groups in the not too distant future.

A Feast of Festivals

This autumn, Southern Wales will be awash with food festivals, celebrating the very best in local food and drink.

The first festival of the season takes place in the picturesque surroundings of the St Fagans National History Museum on the weekend of 6-7 September.  Located on the outskirts of Cardiff, the 100 acre site houses many of Wales' most historic buildings and interspersed amongst them will be dozens of stalls serving up some hearty treats.  Cheeses, ciders and ice creams will be amongst some of the goodies you can indulge in.

Just two weeks later (20-21 September), the biggest food festival of them all hits Abergavenny. Now in its 16th year, the event is as popular as ever.

The historic market town, which has a great reputation amongst foodies, will be full of stands, stalls and exhibitors giving visitors, quite literally a taste, of Wales.  The various venues are situated close together and include the Market Hall, the Cheese and Wine Show, and Grillstock.

Complementing the stalls are a variety of master classes, tastings and talks whilst there is plenty to keep the kids happy with workshops, storytelling and live music.

The following weekend (26-27 Septemerb), it's time for something slightly different with Bridgend's Food Festival.  Called Feastival, and billed as Wale's Alternative Food Festival, there's always something different or unusual going on.  Previous years' activities have included the Giant Cauliflour Sheep (you really do need to watch this YouTube video), the Leaning Tower of Pizza and the Orange-utan.

Finally, it's Newport's turn with its festival on Saturday 4th October.  Amongst all the usual stalls there'll be an array of talks, demonstrations and  workshops for you to enjoy.

For more information on any of these festivals, click on the links below
St Fagans Food Festival
Abergavenny Food Festival
Bridgend Feastival
Newport Food Festival

Extreme Sailing Comes to Cardiff

Event - Extreme Sailing & Harbour Festival
Location - Cardiff Bay
Date - 22-25 August 2014
For more information please visit the website
Extreme sailing returns to Cardiff Bay as part of the annual Harbour Festival.

The confines of the bay provide a natural viewing platform for the public to watch the sporting entertainment unfold.  With the boats hitting high speeds, crashes, capsizes and near misses are all common place and add to the excitement of the day.

Back on dry land, the annual Cardiff Bay Harbour Festival will be in full swing. The Cardiff Bay beach will be open as will the ever popular continental market.  There'll also be plenty of live music and fun and games for all the family.

Take a look at the video to see what happened at last year's event.

Marvellous Melee

Cardiff Castle JoustEvent - Grand Medieval Melee
Location - Cardiff Castle

Date - 16th & 17th August 2014

For more information please visit the website
Cardiff Castle is transported back in time as it becomes a medieval village for the weekend.  The bloodthirsty knights will be taking part in brutal brawls and ferocious fights in a series of re-enactments.

As well as battles, there'll be the sights, sounds (and smells!!) of medieval times with plenty of demonstrations and entertainment to keep the whole family happy.

Tickle Your Taste Buds

Cardiff Bay International Food FestivalEvent - Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival
Location - Cardiff Bay

Date - 11th to 13th July 2014
For more information please visit the website

Taking over the Roald Dahl Plass in the centre of Cardiff Bay, the Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival brings a taste of the world to the city.

Stalls, demonstrations, and exhibitions pack in to the plass and surrounding waterfront ready to tempt your taste buds.There will be cheeses, chocolates, liqueurs and much more for you to enjoy. 

Added to that is a full range of entertainment and live music, which all means that the Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival is a great family day out.

Speedway Comes to Town

SpeedwayEvent - FIM British Speedway GP 2014
Location - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Date -12th July 2014
Millennium Stadium Website
Speedway Grand Prix Website

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

Cardiff welcomes FIM British Speedway Grand Prix

Event - FIM British Speedway GP 2013
Location - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Date -1st June 2013
Millennium Stadium Website
Speedway 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 capital city.

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

Canoe Slalom World Cup

Event - ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup
Location - Cardiff International White Water, Cardiff Bay
Date - 17 - 20 June 2013 (Practice sessions)
21 - 23 June 2013 (Competition)
Website


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 year.

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.

Joust in Time

JoustThe fanfare 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 Jousting.

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

St David's Day

Welsh FlagDydd 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 celebrating.

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 Market.

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 the day.

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 Cadw website.

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 Celtic.