With Cardiff being one of the “fastest growing cities in the UK” it only makes sense that its cultural activity is increasing too. This list is not exhaustive of Cardiff’s creative venues however they are 10 of MANY places to visit if you’re looking to do or try something a little different.
1) Cocorico Patisserie
Specialising in French pastries and sweets you only need to travel to Whitchurch road to get a taste of Paris. Their authentic desserts and handmade macaroons inspire you to learn more with Cocorico holding events to teach the art of macaroon making.
2) Depot – Street Food
The Depot is an interesting concept with a 24,000 sq foot warehouse being turned into a creative space giving it a cool urban, industrial vibe. The Street Food Social event is held every Saturday from 5pm showcasing food from Wales, this paired with craft beers and great Dj’s makes for an alternative night out
3) Clwb Ifor Bach
Open since 1983 it’s one of the longest standing live music venues in Cardiff, which has seen the likes of Coldplay, The Killers and many more perform there. Located on Womanby street this laid back alternative club showcases local bands as well as promising touring groups.
Cardiff’s old tram depot has been transformed into a creative hub of live music and entertainment, set within a historical building with cultural significance. The Tramshed also features a unique digital tech hub seeking to inspire and engage companies in the digital and creative fields to collaborate with each other.
5) NoFit state circus
Being the UK’s largest contemporary circus company, Nofit state circus has won a number of international arts awards. The group live eat and breath together creating a sense of community while they tour. The company also teaches creative, circus and youth classes, further information can be found on their website.
6) St Fagans National Museum of History
A world leading open air museum found in the grounds of St Fagans castle a 16th century manor house, gives an interesting glimpse into Welsh history, and how welsh people used to live. It’s a fascinating day out for all ages as craftsmen demonstrate their skills, with the art then available for purchase.
7) Cardiff Castle
Another of many sites that provides an insight to the history of the city is Cardiff Castle, the castle’s culture and heritage can be found right in the heart of the City Centre. The top of the Norman Keep provides panoramic views of the city and it’s free to enter if you live or work in the city by applying for a castle key.
8) National Museum Cardiff – Art collection
Home to the welsh collection of fine art its collection features some of the finest impressionist paintings in Europe including sculptures, silver and ceramics art. The museum provides interesting exhibitions that are well organised for FREE, also offering a free tour of the art galleries every day from 12.30pm
9) Chapter Arts Centre
The Chapter Arts centre in Canton hosts a variety of different art exhibitions, local creative projects and stand up comedy. The theatre puts on original and innovative productions with the cinema showing both major and independent titles. The venue has a good atmosphere with very creative vibes.
10) Porters – The Other Room (Pub Theatre)
Porters bar presents open-mic, live music, comedy and jazz events the bar has a great atmosphere with welcoming bar staff and management. It also houses a 47-seat, intimate pub theatre called the Other Room that showcases new and great modern plays, tickets can be bought online. More information about productions can be found on their website.
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