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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)

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.

Who's Coming to Cardiff

Event - Doctor Who Experience Official Opening
Location - Cardiff Bay
Date - 20 July 2012 (Tickets on sale from 14 June 2012)

Look carefully at any episode of Doctor Who and the chances are that you will notice the odd Welsh location or two.  That's because the highly popular drama is filmed in Wales, at the new BBC studios in Cardiff Bay and at various locations around the country.

Not surprising therefore that a superb new visitor experience for Doctor Who fans is due to open in Cardiff this summer.  In fact it's located right opposite the studios.

The Doctor Who Experience is the first ever interactive Doctor Who exhibition that invites visitors to star in their very own Doctor Who adventure. Arriving at the venue they will step through a crack in time to become the Doctor's companion, taking on the challenge of reuniting the Doctor with the TARDIS whilst fending off threats from some of his most fearsome foes - entering a Dalek spaceship and finding a way through a maze of Weeping Angels. Featuring a replica of the Eleventh Doctor's TARDIS which visitors get to fly themselves the interactive walk-through culminates in a stunning 3D finale that sets the scene for fans entering the exhibition.

Tickets go on sale on 14 June with the attraction opening to the public on 20 July 2012.


Feeling Hungry?

Cardiff Food FestivalThere'll be an international flavour to Cardiff Bay this weekend (8-9 July) as it hosts its annual Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival.  Taste buds will be tantalised by a huge array of food and drink from all over the world including traditional cheeses, sumptuous chocolates and specialist liqueurs.

There'll also be a Welsh flavour to proceedings with a Farmers' Market selling the best local produce while there'll be plenty of demonstrations, hands on workshops as well as music and entertainment throughout the weekend to keep the entire family happy.

The festival is centred on Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay and runs from 8-10 July.  More information is available on their website

Cardiff - One of the best Trips of Summer 2011

National Geographic know a thing or two about travelling the world, so when they publish their list of the 10 Best Trips of Summer 2011 the people tend to take notice.

That's why we were thrilled to see that on the list at number 6 was Cardiff.  Now I know we are slightly biased but we've known all along that Cardiff with it's mixture of modern facilities alongside historic attractions is a great place to visit but it's now great to see National Geographic agreeing with us.

Joining us on the list were the likes of Patagonia, Alaska and Honduras.Here is what they've got to say about Cardiff:

Historically a city of castles and coal, Wales's capital is emerging as a modern sports-entertainment destination.  Summer action centers on Cardiff Bay, once the world's largest coal-exporting port, now a 500-acre freshwater lake with eight miles of waterfront. Surrounding diversions, part of Europe's largest waterfront development, include shopping and dining at Mermaid Quay, rafting and kayaking at Cardiff International White Water, and windsurfing and powerboating on the bay. Celebrate the August bank holiday weekend (August 27-29) at the Cardiff Harbour Festival featuring tall ships, free activities, and, new for 2011, the Breitling Wingwalkers aerobatic formation team.  From Mermaid Quay, take an Aquabus or water taxi up the River Taff or bike along the Taff Trail to Cardiff's compact city center.  Signature sites here include the free National Museum Cardiff (closed Mondays), iconic Cardiff Castle (host of the Grand Medieval Melee, August 13-14), the 150-store St. David's (named Global Retail Leisure International's 2010 international shopping center of the year), and Millennium Stadium, site of several London 2012 Olympic Games soccer matches.

See the full article and list here

A little bit of Norway

Norwegian Church, Cardiff BayIf you've been to Cardiff Bay recently you can't fail to have noticed the landmark buildings of the Wales Millennium Centre or the Senedd, home to Wales' National Assembly.  But did you also notice, sitting quietly on the eastern side of the bay a tiny white church.

This is Cardiff's Norwegian Church, a legacy of the days when the city's docks were one of the busiest in the world and frequented by sailors from all over the globe, including Norway.  It was built in 1868 and as well as being a place of worship it also acted as a sort of community centre for Scandinavian sea men where they could meet up and socialise with their countrymen.  It was at this church that the famous children's author Roald Dahl, born in Cardiff to Norwegian parents, was christened in 1916.

With the decline of Cardiff docks the church finally closed its doors in 1974 and fell into disrepair.  It was restored and reopened as an arts centre and coffee shop in 1992.

The church has undergone further refurbishment work this year and re-opened last week to coincide with the annual Norwegian Day celebrations.

The church continues to be a arts centre and is open 7 days a week with a varied programme of performances and exhibitios while the newly extended coffee shop serves a range of mouth watering cakes and dishes with a distinctive Norwegian flavour all whilst enjoying the panoramic views across the bay.

Happy Birthday Techniquest

Happy Birthday Techniquest.  Cardiff's fantastic science discovery centre is now 25 years old. 

It's come along way since it's humble beginnings in a warehouse on the site where the Wales Millennium Centre now stands.  Still in Cardiff Bay but now in it's own purpose built complex it is one of the best hands on science centres in the country.

Take a look at this and see for yourself:

Take a look at what they're doing to celebrate their brithday on this special website