11 Ways to enjoy May Bank Holiday Weekend in Cardiff

In anticipation of the Exchange Hotel grand opening coming soon, we thought we’d put together a helpful guide to all the most fun and exciting events taking place during May bank holiday weekend in Cardiff for visitors to the Exchange Hotel.

There’s music, adventure, sports and exploring the city as well as some great evening activities and nights out on the town, something for everyone to do this May bank holiday in Cardiff.

Craft* Folk Market

Where: Landsea Square

When: 29th April – 1st May

source: Craft* Folk Market Facebook

Keep your eye out for the standout red and white striped stalls and that’s when you know you’ve found the Craft* Folk Market at Landsea Square.

This gathering of skilled craftsmen and women, artists and merchants give visitors the chance to get their hands on one of a kind unique pieces direct from the source.

Alongside the vending stalls will be demonstrations, workshops and a chance for all the family to get hands on creating their own masterpieces to take home.

Paddle Fest

Where: Cardiff international White Water

When: Sunday 30th April

source: Cardiff International White Water Facebook

Paddle Fest returns to Cardiff bringing with it a full day of splashing good fun for everyone.

Novices and skilled paddlers alike can take to the waters and either try their hand or improve their skills at the helm of a canoe or a kayak.

At the side of the water, there will be stalls selling all sorts of white water rafting goodies as well as well stocked bar and BBQ.

With live music to accompany the entire day, Paddle Fest is sure to be the most happening event taking place both on and off the water this May bank holiday in Cardiff.

Rusty Shackle at Clwb Ifor Bach

Where: Womanby Street

When: 29th April 19:30 pm

source: Rusty Shackle Facebook

Rusty Shackle are a Welsh Indie folk band that have been touring both domestically and internationally with their original sound since 2010.

They’ve graced the stages of Glastonbury, the Cambridge Folk Festival and Hyde Park and even performed at the London Olympic closing ceremonies.

Rusty Shackle will be entertaining the crowds this May bank holiday in Cardiff with their unique blend of folk and rock with a discernible Celtic slant at Clwb Ifor Bach. Make sure you’re there.

Go For a Walk in The Bluebell Woods

Where: Coed y Wenallt

When: Anytime

source: Pinterest

For fairy-tale woodland adventure Coed y Wenallt woods have it all.

The sprawling site of special scientific interest, or SSSI, is a 44-hectare woodland that’s home to a huge variety of wildlife. Jump along the quaint babbling streams or peak inside the giant hollowed out tree perfect for candid camera moments with the kids.

What’s more there in Spring time the area is carpeted in Bluebells dappled by sunlight streaming through the leafy canopy overhead.

A picture-perfect family day out for finding woodland creatures and listening out for the Great Spotted Woodpeckers majestic song.

Family Fun Exploring Cardiff Bay Barrage

Where: Cardiff Bay to Penarth

When: Anytime

source: This is Cardiff Facebook

Often there is so much to see and with so little time it’s crucial to make the most of May bank holiday in Cardiff with an adventure along the Barrage.

The dockside path links Cardiff Bay with Penarth and is perfect to skate, scoot, walk or cycle along with the family.

There’s a bike hire place at the start of the path and a sandy Pirate Ship themed adventure playground. You can even spot the huge Roald Dahl sculpture #crocinthedock on your way or download the Tiger Bay Trail App and spot anyone of five virtual animals dotted along the barrage.

Try your hand at a number of outdoor sports including basketball, football and tennis on any of the open courts or see how far you can climb up the monolithic climbing walls.

The ideal free family activity to enjoy the outdoors and some quality tome together this May bank holiday weekend in Cardiff.

South Wales Clarinet Choir

Where: St Telios Church

When: 29th April 12pm, 1pm & 2:30pm

source: South Wales Clarinet Choir Facebook 

Brought together in 2005, the South Wales Clarinet Choir is an ensemble of musicians all playing a variety of instruments from one family.

They were formed to bring the beauty of clarinet ensemble music back into British focus and have been regularly performing together at large venues all across Wales.

Join them on Saturday 29th as part of the St Fagan’s Folk Festival in St Telios church for an unforgettable performance of classic popular pieces as well as work composed especially for them by distinguished and well know composers.

St Fagan’s Food and Makers Market

Where: Maentwrog Marquee and Yr Odyn Marquee

When: 29th April

source: St Fagan’s Facebook

Make your way to one or both pop up markets this May bank holiday in Cardiff to pick up some unique Welsh craftsmanship or a piece of the finest Welsh produce.

Stalls will be selling their wares to those in attendance and will also be hosting demonstrations and workshops to try your hand at hand crafting your very own souvenir of your trip to Cardiff.

Bank Holiday Brass with Bass 12 & Wonderbrass

Where: Gwdihw Café Bar

When: April 30th 20:00 –  late

source: Gwdihŵ Café Bar Facebook

Join the crowds at Gwdihw Café Bar for a live performance to remember. Watch as two jazzy brass troupes come together and cover classic jazz and world pop numbers as well as performing some of their own original funky brass based tunes.

The two bands bring something very different to the night.

Brass 12 will be covering popular songs like you’ve never heard them before and Wonderbrass inject a little Latin soul into their set combining the sound of South America with a funky modern jazz twist.

Be prepared for a night of fun, funk and plenty of dancing at Bank Holiday Brass.

May Day Carnival

Where: Llandaff Rowing Club

When: May 1st

A traditional bank holiday carnival with all the usual suspects will be taking place at Llandaff Rowing Club this May Bank holiday in Cardiff.

Join in the fun and play some traditional fun fair games in the retro stalls, take a ride on one of the old school fun fair rides and get your face painted for the day.

There will be plenty of food and drink to keep you fuelled up for a day at the fair with all your friends and family.

A Cardifferent Historic Pub Tour

Where: Rummer Tavern

When: May 1st 18:00pm

source: Cardifferent Historic Pub Tour Facebook

The ideal walking drinking tour around Cardiff’s most historically relevant public houses.

On your journey, you will learn all about the interesting history of Cardiff’s streets, the city and its people. Your tour guide is a Cardiffian expert and will educate you on all the most interesting facts about the city in an animated and memorable way.

The best bit is you’ll get to see Cardiff from the best view point, from its pubs and ale houses. You can enjoy learning and drinking at the same time whilst soaking up some of Cardiff’s vibrant and exciting culture.

Medieval Weekend

Where: Caerphilly Castle

When: 30th April – 1st May

In the ancient grounds of Caerphilly castle, visitors are invited to join the good folk of Bowlore as they bring Medieval madness to the people of the present.

Knights in chainmail armour donning swords, shield bow and arrows will be performing demonstrations of daring and workshops of wonder as they school the public in the ways of ancient battle.

Enjoy an adventure exploring the ancient castle ruins and take a leisurely walk around the lake before trying your hand at swordplay and archery.

Experience the lifestyle of a medieval resident of Caerphilly Castle during May bank holiday in Cardiff with family and friends.

Stay at Exchange Hotel

At Exchange Hotel, we want to make sure every one of our guests leaves Cardiff with exciting memories of their visit.

Our luxurious hotel has been designed to accommodate groups of family and friends together in one of Cardiff’s most prominent and historical buildings.

Check out our latest hotel offers here and book to stay at Exchange hotel for your next visit to Cardiff by calling 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.