What’s On: 10 Best Events late May Bank Holiday in Cardiff

Fingers crossed for glorious weather this May bank holiday in Cardiff so that we can all look forward to an unforgettable weekend at Exchange Hotel.

Not only do we have our very own Sunday Swing Afternoon Tea to look forward to but Cardiff City will be filled with music this weekend.

Also, there’ll be the chance to pick up a new book, find a piece of vintage fashion, watch a classic movie in an amazing historic venue or forage for your own Sunday lunch in the park.

Cardiff has it all going on this May bank holiday weekend and here’s our pick of the 10 most exciting events taking place in the city.

St Louis Express

Where: Look Out Cafe

When: Friday 20:00 pm

St Louis Express- Look Out Cafe and Bar

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Head down to Port Tiger and check out the stunning views of Cardiff Bay from the intimate Look Out Cafe Bar.

Start this May bank holiday in Cardiff off in style watching twinkling lights dancing across the smooth waters to a soundtrack of live swing music and jump and jive from the 1940’s, 50’s and early 60’s.

The band St Louis Express are a talented five-piece act whose focus is performing live music that inspires fun.

Their energetic shows will be the perfect start to a swinging weekend in Cardiff.

The Phonics

Where: Clwb Ifor Bach

When: Saturday 20:00 pm

The Phonics - Clwb Ifor Bach

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Cardiff’s premier rock club will be hosting the UK’s number one Stereophonics cover band, The Phonics, this bank holiday.

On Saturday visitors to the city can get their ‘Handbags and Gladrags’ on to check out the talents of the Merseyside quartet and their renditions of Welsh rock sensations Stereophonics back catalogue of chart-topping hits.

The Phonics talents are recognised across Europe, with their act being labelled as close to the real thing as you may get.

Those lucky enough to be in the crowd at Clwb Ifor Bach this Saturday are guaranteed to ‘Have a Nice Day’.

Cardiff’s Biggest Book Sale

Where: Octavo’s Book Cafe and Wine Bar

When: all weekend 08:30 am – 19:00 pm

Book sale - Octavos Book Cafe and Wine Bar

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If you have been searching for that perfect holiday read or are looking to stock up your home library then make your way to Octavo’s Book Cafe and Wine Bar any day during May bank holiday in Cardiff.

There will be plenty of choice for literature lovers of all ages and a food menu catering to veggies, vegans and anyone who’s got an appetite.

What’s more every title on display will be sold as a buy one get another half price, walking away with arm fulls of fabulous reads is an absolute certainty.

Adventures in Cardiff Castle Underground Cinema

Where: Cardiff Castle Undercroft Room

When: all weekend

Underground cinema adventures at Cardiff Castle

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Cardiff Castle is well worth a visit during any trip to Cardiff and this weekend organisers have put a truly special event together for the movie lovers among us.

This May bank holiday in Cardiff, historians and film buffs alike will have a field day at Cardiff Castles underground cinema.

Screening in the stunning 15th-century Castle Undercroft will be;

  • The Never Ending Story, The Goonies, Stand By Me and Alien playing all day Saturday from 13:45 pm – 20:00 pm
  • The Running Man and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest showing at 18:00 pm and 20:00 pm
  • and on Monday it’s family friendly fun with Lilo and Stich at 13:15 pm and Tangled at 15:00 pm

Explore Cardiff Castle before or after heading into the Undercroft to catch your favourite classic, cult or kids movie in a truly original and historic venue.

The Moon Rum Festival

Where: The Moon

When: all weekend

The Moon Rum festival - May bank holiday in Cardiff

Nothing compliments warm weather quite like the tropical taste of rum and The Moon’s weekend long rum festival ensures May bank holiday in Cardiff is set to be a spicy one.

With over 100 different rums to taste and three exotic theme nights to enjoy, visitors to Cardiff will be able to make some rum tainted memories to last forever.

Dance along to live music from bands and DJ’s that will match their designated theme nights varying from Cuban night on Friday, Pirate Night on Saturday and Carribean Night on Sunday.

A full weekend of rum infused, fancy dress, fun throughout May bank holiday in Cardiff.

Vintage Kilo Sale

Where: St Catherine’s Church Hall

When: Saturday 10:00 am – 17:00 pm

Vintage Kilo Sale - May bank holiday in Cardiff

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Get lost in a treasure trove of vintage fashion this weekend at St Catherine’s Church Vintage Kilo Sale.

Get their early to trawl through 750 kg of designer vintage clothing and take away as much or as little as you want at just £15 per kilo.

Who knows you may just locate that iconic designer piece you’ve been searching for, or maybe even stumble upon something fun and original to wear for a night out in the city.

Sunday Swing Afternoon Tea

Where: The Exchange Hotel Grand Hall

When: Sunday 13:30 pm

Swing afternoon tea - Exchange hotel - May bank holiday in Cardiff

After a hugely successful hotel grand opening we are looking forward to hosting some amazing up and coming events in Exchange Hotel, one of which will be our monthly Sunday Swing Afternoon Tea.

The first of many will take place this May bank holiday weekend on Sunday and what a grand affair it’s set to be.

Guests will be welcomed into the Grand Hall with glasses of bubbly, followed by a delicious afternoon tea service of tasty pastries and delicate finger sandwiches. All the while being serenaded by the smooth sounds of a live swing performer providing an elegant and fun atmosphere for a Sunday afternoon at Exchange Hotel.

We can think of no other way to spend a relaxing and entertaining Sunday during a May bank holiday in Cardiff.

Email now to book your tickets for this exciting event email events@exchangehotelcardiff.co.uk.

Elrow Town’s Singers Morning

Where: Glamorgan County Cricket Ground

When: Sunday 12:00pm – 10:00pm

Elrow Town - Singers Morning - May bank holiday in Cardiff

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A party utopia is set to descend this May bank holiday in Cardiff bringing, rock stars, athletes and an exciting outdoor festival to the County Cricket Grounds in Glamorgan.

Think wild hair, wacky characters and family-friendly fun at this unique bank holiday festival in Cardiff.

An all day party extravaganza of performers, live music and dancing topped off with lashings of confetti, Elrow Town’s Singers Morning is a must attend whilst in Cardiff this weekend.

Marvellous Party

Where: Buffalo Bar

Where: Sunday 21:00 pm – 04:00 am


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The perfect place to showcase a designer vintage find from the kilo sale earlier on would be at the ‘Marvellous Party’ taking place at Buffalo Bar on Sunday evening.

Get down like the Great Gatsby at this roaring twenties themed event night where fancy dress is encouraged and live bands will be playing 20s themed music followed by an electro swing DJ.

Join the flappers, dames and dapper dans at this swinging Sunday night soiree.

It’ll be the Bee’s Knees.

Cardiff’s Spring Foraging Course

Where: Bute Park

When: Sunday 12:00 pm – 15:00 pm

Spring Forage - Bute Park - May bank holiday in Cardiff

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Learn how to forage like a pro on an exciting expert lead walk along the River Taff picking up wild mushrooms and edible roots and berries along the way.

Enjoy a break and dine on pre-prepared wild food soup and make up your own Sunday lunch made from what you’ve foraged together.

Whilst enjoying picking up this vital and economically friendly survival skill take in the splendour of Bute Park. Enjoy visiting the Secret Garden and the views of the strikingly Gothic Cardiff Castle.

If it’s a nice day out it’s a great way to explore one of Cardiff’s celebrated city parks in all its splendour.

Staying at Exchange Hotel

So much to do and so much time to do it this May bank holiday in Cardiff.

From the comfort and luxury of Cardiff’s newest and most exciting hotel, the city centre and each of these events are easily accessible so getting to any shouldn’t be a problem.

Explore the best of what Cardiff has to offer this bank holiday weekend and enjoy an exciting stay at Exchange Hotel this bank holiday weekend.

Call to ask for more information about our monthly Sunday Swing Afternoon Tea or any of our up and coming hotel events on 0151 601 8801. You can also email our events staff events@exchangehotelcardiff.co.uk.