Summer 2014: out and about in South Wales!

Photo of a summer festival. Original image by Aldo Hoeben

How to make most of the summer

Here’s a few notes about summer events in Wales:

  • Most big events are on weekends. There’s something on every weekend, so there’s no excuses for sitting around at home in front of the TV.
  • Some events will sell out in advance. If you want to make sure you don’t get turned away, pre-book tickets.
  • Don’t limit yourself to the area right near the campus you study, be that Treforest, Cardiff, Newport or Caerleon. Stretch your legs and explore Wales! We’ve included a selection of events throughout South Wales, so you can use them as an excuse to venture out into the parts of the principality you might not have seen yet.
  • Many spectacular events are free. Even those that aren’t shouldn’t break the bank – and there are often student discounts and advance ticket discounts.
  • We only list a limited selection of events. There are hundreds more listed in the websites at the end of the article – if our selection doesn’t excite you, check those websites!
  • It’s not all about events – with national parks, coastal walks and beautiful landscapes, you can organise your own excursions and enjoy nature. Or maybe pay a visit to special exhibitions in one of the many museums if the weather is particularly bleak.

September 2013

  • 7th September: Medieval Society and the Newport Ship – The Feudal System, Merchants and Spinning; medieval society explained alongside the Newport Ship Project. Children’s trails, family activities, tours and re-enacments.
  • 7th-8th September: St Fagans Food Festival – Visitors to St Fagans Food Festival can taste and buy produce from more than 80 stalls nestling amongst the Museum’s re-constructed buildings, buy bread and cakes baked in the Museum’s own bakehouse and try home-made pork sausages made with meat from animals reared at the Museum.
  • 22nd September: Little Welsh Nibble a free Sustainable Food Festival, 11am-4pm at Rhondda Heritage Park, including a farmers’ market, films, live music AND the Parsnipship demonstrating their cookery.
  • 27th-29th September: Elvis Festival – thousands of Elvis fans descend on the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl for a unique celebration of The King. The feature events are the Official Shows taking place in the magnificent Grand Pavilion. The Hi Tide host over 100 shows over the weekend, many with free admission. Also, over twenty venues in and around the Town form the Fringe Festival, making Porthcawl the largest Elvis event in Europe.
  • 28th-29th September: The Great British Cheese Festival – Gather your foodie friends together, and make your way to Cardiff Castle to try, taste and buy from the finest selection of Great British cheeses.

University “Summer Fun” Activities

Throughout the summer the University is running a series of fun activities taking place in the Union, across the Unversity and further afield. Activities include
drop-in meet and greets, dinner time games, organised walks, a cycle tour and a pool tournament.

These activities are open to ALL students. Everyone is welcome, home & international, however they were planned specifically thinking of the 150 students who are on the Treforest campus over the summer completing summer courses. Come along, make new friends and welcome these new USW students!

For a list of events see Summer Fun Activities, and details of the weekly pool tournament are here.

Events Websites

This article contains only a small selection of the events this summer. If you want the full overview, try the following sites:

  • www.visitwales.com – a wealth of information on exciting and interesting events from all around Wales.
  • Buzz magazine – for listings and reviews, Buzz is the main free magazine for Wales. You can look through it online if you cannot find a paper copy nearby.
  • National Museums of Wales events – we’ve listed several of their events above, but there are always things going on at any of their several South Wales locations.

Avoiding the crowds

If you’re less keen on organised events, you can, of course, make the most of the summer with a group of friends, or on your own. Here’s some inspiration for making the most of what Wales has to offer:

  • Visit Wales – the tourism portal for Wales.
  • The Valleys – An interesting visitor guide to the valleys, though it is not always easy to navigate.
  • Tripadvisor’s Things to do in Cardiff – Did you know there are regular ghost walks taking place in Llandaff (Cardiff)? Glance through Tripadvisor to see if there are any attractions around Cardiff that you haven’t yet tried…
  • Tripadvisor’s Things to do in Newport It’s not just the iconic Transporter Bridge and the Roman Legion Museum. There are natural attractions within reach and things to see that you might not have heard of!