A 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
Back in the present day, and the group will then head for Wales'
only distillery at Penderyn in at the top of the
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
Dinner at Llanerch Vineyard will round off the day in a relaxing
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
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.
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.