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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.

Christmas in Southern Wales

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 here.

A Frightfully Good Time

Halloween pic31 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 scare!


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.


Halloween Nights

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


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

30 October - 2 November 2012

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

31 October 2012

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, Cardiff

31 October 2012

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 3:30pm.


Evening of Mediumship - All Souls Night

Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Nelson

1 November 2012

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