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Tour de Caerphilly

Event - Tour of Britain, Stage 6, Welshpool to Caerphilly
Location - Caerphilly
Date - 14 September 2012

With the Tour de France currently winding its way through the French countryside, it's probably a good time to look ahead to our version of it.

The Tour of Britain is run over 8 stages between 9 - 16 September, but it is stage 6 that is of most interest to us.

Friday 14 September sees the riders tackle the route from Welshpool to Caerphilly.  The same stage last year was won by then world champion Thor Hushovd of Norway.  One significant difference to last year's route is that the riders will undertake two climbs of the fearsome Caerphilly mountain in the closing stages as opposed to just the once last year.  After the second climb the route takes the riders back into town for the finish in the shadows of the castle.

Nadolig Llawen

Cardiff's Winter WonderlandSouthern Wales Tourism would like to wish everyone a Merry Chritsmas.  Nadolig Llawen i chi gyd.

And just in case you've had enough of turkey, chocolates and Christmas TV bear in mind some of the great events happening over the festive period.

25 December
The Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim
The brave (of foolish) take to the icy seas and Porthcawl's Coney Beach to raise money for local charities.  You're welcome to join in or take the sensible option and watch from the shore.

27 December
The Welsh Grand National
Chepstow Racecourse in the beautiful Wye Valley is the setting for the running of Wales' most prestigious horse race. 

27 December
Dragons v Blues
It's a local derby in the Rugby's Magners League at Newport's Rodney Parade ground.  Expect a passionate atmosphere and great rugby as these rivals go head to head

31 January
Calennig, New Year Celebrations
Wave goodbye to 2010 and say hello to 2011 at Cardiff's New Year celebrations on City Hall Lawn.  Ice skating, live music and a spectacular firework display will welcome in the new year.

Happy New Year

Llancaiach GhostThis weekend is Calan Gaeaf in Wales.  Translated into English, this means the start of winter and is an ancient celebration to mark the Celtic New Year.  These days the more modern celebration of Halloween is more widely celebrated although this has its roots in the Calan Gaeaf celebrations.

There are plenty of events happening throughout Southern Wales to celebrate Halloween.  St Fagans National History Museum near Cardiff are running a series of ghost tours through their site calling at some of their haunted buildings as you go. 

Meanwhile Tredegar House on the outskirts of Newport is getting all creepy.  Visitors are invited dared to explore the cobwebbed halls and living graveyard.

If you're feeling really brave then you should head for the most haunted house in Wales - Llancaiach Fawr near Caerphilly.  Strange goings-on have been reported throughout the house and grounds.  They're marking Halloween with a Psychic Evening and Ghost Tours