The sun has finally popped out to say hello and we can all look forward to spending long days outside and enjoying warmer nights too. Luckily there are plenty of great things to do in Cardiff this April that involve getting out and about.
There’s also a tonne of fabulous music, comedy and theatre shows that are fun for the whole family to enjoy.
Check out our pick of the best things to do in Cardiff this April during your stay at The Exchange Hotel.
Live Music in Cardiff
There’s never a shortage of live music in Cardiff, the difficulty is picking out the very best shows to go see.
To save you the trouble we’ve done that for you. Selecting the very best things to do in Cardiff including the nostalgic nights, acoustic awesomeness and terrific tribute acts taking to stages all over the city this April.
When: 6th – 7:30 pm – 11 pm
If David Essex was your pin-up and you worshipped the Bay City Rollers in your youth, then this should be at the very top of your things to do in Cardiff for April 2019.
Legends Live bring all the greatest icons of a generation together, performing live for their adoring fans in one breath-taking concert.
From Shang-A-Lang to the City Lights, every top hit will be sung again for kids of the seventies to relive and enjoy.
When: 6th – 7 pm – 10 pm
Where: The Stable
Get your seats to see a truly talented guitar soloist this April in Cardiff at The Stable, where Mr James Tomlinson will be performing his unique music live and in person.
Inspired by his world travels and his passion for music James Tomlinson’s gigs are a toe-tapping experience that showcases the wonderful sound that can be made by one man and his guitar.
When: 11th 8:30pm – 11pm
Where: Porter’s Cardiff
Known as a juggernaut of brass bands, this 25 strong band are a force to be reckoned with in the music world.
Their sound is a fabulous mixture of jazz track covers and original compositions, with the odd Madonna song thrown in for good measure. Prepare to be blown away by Wonderbrass at Porter’s Bar in Cardiff this April.
Noble Jacks – Beers Over Tears
When: 14th 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Where: 10 Feet Tall
The uplifting music of Noble Jacks could be heard on the headline festival circuit last year, now on their UK tour, the band will be launching their second album Stay Awake.
More awesome acoustic tracks are led by the folksy twang of fiddle and harmonica and filled country-esque lyrics, these guys are a welcome foot stompin’ sound on today’s live music scene.
All You Need Is Love
When: 20th 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Where: St David’s Hall
Take a journey back to Beatlemania in Cardiff this April as the All You Need Is Love concert comes to St David’s Hall in celebration of the FabFour and their fab music.
This must-see show will include all the greatest hits from the Beatles, brought to life by the National Philharmonic Orchestra. Come Together to enjoy the best of The Beatles at this one of a kind musical extravaganza.
Showhawk Duo Acoustic Rave
When: 21st 7pm – 11pm
Where: The Globe
If you love all kinds of music it’s always nice when two genres are brought together to produce something that’s exciting and melodious.
Showhawk Duo combine the greatest dance anthems ever with their acoustic guitar talents, producing a one of a kind set that’s both nostalgic and new. Tick the pair off your list of things to do in Cardiff this April at their live show in The Globe.
An Orchestral Rendition of Dr Dre 2001
When: 27th -7 pm – 10 pm
One of the best-selling hip-hop albums ever is given a classical music edge as No Strings Attached, a gifted orchestral collaborative, travel the UK to perform at sell-out shows in top city centre music venues.
Their unique covers of chart-topping hits are transformed by gifted European classical musicians, DJs and lyricists who bring the well-known sound of Dr Dre’s classic west coast hits to life, in new and imaginative ways.
If you love music, Cardiff is the best place to see up and coming acts, tributes to the biggest superstars and the greatest artists of the age live and in person in the city’s top music venues.
Nightlife Events in Cardiff
Cardiff has some of the best nightlife venues in Wales and plays host to some top club nights and unmissable city nightlife events.
Soul Jam Family Affair
When: 2nd – 11 pm – 3 am
Where: Clwb Ifor Bach
Known for bringing the very best boogie nights to clubs across the UK, Soul Jam will be returning to Cardiff this April and bringing with them their usual soulful sounds and funky beats.
Grab your best boogie buddies and get your tickets to this always popular music night in Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach, for an unforgettable funky night spent under glittering disco balls.
The Big Night Out in Cardiff
When: 4th – 4 pm – 8 pm
Where: St David’s retail stores and restaurants
If you love to shop as much as a good night out, then get ready for St David’s Big Night Out.
The Cardiff shopping centre will be offering shopaholics the chance to bag some brilliant bargains from top participating brands. Stores will also play host to live entertainment, whilst tasty treats and drinks will be served from pop-up stalls throughout the event.
Shopping. Food. Drink. Music. What’s not to love?
Dazed Disco: The Fiesta Funkdown
When: 5th -11 pm – 4 am
Where: Clwb Ifor Bach
Get Down, Get Down to Dazed Disco’s Fiesta Funkdown this April and enjoy a line-up of hand-selected DJ’s spinning the best boogie beats to dance to.
Fill the dancefloor at Clwb Ifor Bach and enjoy all the groovy tunes played during an unforgettable night of disco in Cardiff.
By Order of Chapter 2
When: 6th – 6 pm – 12 am
The second instalment of a Prohibition-themed party night will be taking place at DEPOT this April, and once again the venue will be transformed into a den of vice and sin.
Those who attend can expect nothing but a fully immersive 20s night, mimicking the popular Peaky Blinders mood complete with gambling dens, moonshine, fish and chips in newspaper and bootleg cocktails.
Fancy dress is compulsory keeping the theme of the night as authentic as possible.
Moulin Rouge! It’s a Singalong
When: 13th – 5 pm – 11 pm
“The Greatest Thing You’ll Ever Learn, Is Just To Love, and Be Loved In Return” Nat King Cole
For an amazingly immersive cinema experience make your way to DEPOT where they’ll be screening the popular musical movie Moulin Rouge.
Follow the hopeless love story of Christian as he travels in search of freedom, beauty, truth and love in the midst of the Bohemian revolution in Paris.
Sing-along to all the well-known movie adapted hits and enjoy an alternative cinema experience during your visit to Cardiff this April.
Cream Comes to Cardiff
When: 21st 9 pm – 4 am
Where: The Philharmonic
Cream are bringing their biggest names to the best venue in Cardiff this Easter Sunday for dance music lovers can enjoy a late Sunday, reaching for the lasers in one of the world’s greatest club nights.
Get ready to see the likes of Eddie Halliwell and Tall Paul take to the decks with plenty of other well-respected acts perfroming over three rooms for one amazing night of world-class music.
The Poison Heart Disco
When: 26th 8 pm – 2 am
Where: The Exchange Hotel
Can’t let go of the 80s? The struggle is real we know and that’s why we’ve put together a fantastic night of 80s nostalgia celebrating the most amazing alt-80s pop tunes at Poison Heart Disco.
Expect to hear tracks from Bowie, Depeche Mode, New Order and The Cure brought to you by world-class DJs in the grandest setting imaginable.
This is an amazing music event not to be missed and ideal for our guests staying at The Exchange Hotel this April.
When it comes to finding the most fun things to do in Cardiff this April look no further than these amazing nightlife events taking place in the heart of Cardiff’s dynamic city centre.
Theatre, Quiz’s and Comedy
Cardiff loves to celebrate everything from new theatre productions to well-known comedian tours, top class drag acts and fun themed quiz nights.
There’s plenty of fun things to do in Cardiff this April inside the city’s top theatres, comedy clubs and bars and we’ve picked out the best of the best.
When: 6th – 2:30 pm –
Where: St David’s Hall
Funnyman Henning Wehn is a familiar face on popular comedic TV panel shows. His dry wit and quick humour often tickles a funny bone or two when watching from home.
This April catch him live in Cardiff on a leg of his Get On With It tour as he brings yet another sell-out show to audiences who just love to laugh at Germans.
The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long-a
When: 13th – 2 pm & 7 pm
Where: St David’s Hall
Come and see the movie in the best way possible, in a one of a kind interactive cinema experience at St David’s Hall.
Showcasing the epic production and inviting the audience to dress up and sing-along to on-screen lyrics, organisers will help with provided props and dance moves, as they get you to become a part of the Greatest Show on earth.
Game of Thrones Quiz
Where: Walkabout 7pm – 10pm
As winter is leaving Cardiff, it’s coming back to our TV screens as the hotly anticipated final showdown of Game of Thrones begins this April.
In honour of this momentous occasion, Walkabout Cardiff will be testing “Thronees” knowledge on the entire TV series, and if you know more than Jon Snow, the grand prize of £80 could be yours for the taking.
When: 24th – 7 pm – 22:30 pm
Where: Clwb Ifor Bach
Having been infamously booted off in the first episode of TV show Ru Pauls Drag Race 10th series, Miss Vanjie became an internet sensation for her sensational exit.
Now you can experience this internet phenomenon in the flesh at Clwb Ifor Bach as the Meme Queen gives her first ever Cardiff performance for hungry audiences desperate to see her strut her stuff.
There’s no end of fantastic things happening this April as the city’s top theatres, clubs and bars bring something to the table that everyone can enjoy.
Outdoor Events in Cardiff
As the sun comes out there’ll be some exciting events hosted in the parks and gardens of in Wales’ capital city this April, giving visitors plenty of fun things to do in Cardiff outdoors.
Pack your picnics, packed lunches and ponchos (just in case of April showers) and discover the scenic surroundings of Cardiff city.
Bute Park Foraging Course
When: 5th – 11 am – 14:30 pm
Where: Bute Park
Learn how to live off the land as foraging experts, Wild Food UK, guide tours around the stunning Bute Park.
The team will help you identify the poisonous from the edible and cook up fantastic feasts from all the bits you’ve found along the way for lunch.
The perfect way to learn a little and discover one of Cardiff’s most exceptional green spaces this spring.
Waterfall Walk Day Trip
When: 7th 9am sharp
Where: Meet at Students Union
Pack your poncho and join a group of intrepid explorers as they head out into the wilds of Cardiff to check out some of the stunning nearby waterfalls in the area.
This is an opportunity to enjoy seeing a different side to the city’s more scenic landscape, getting back to nature and meeting new people on a guided tour of picturesque watery wonders.
Royal Horticultural Show
When: 12th – 11 am
Where: Bute Park
Calling all green-fingered folk out there, this April in Cardiff Bute Park will be hosting a spring Royal Horticultural Society flower show.
Filled with flowers, family fun and plenty of hints and tips to design and grow beautiful gardens in 2019.
Bohemian Rhapsody Outdoor Cinema
When: 19th – 6.30 pm – 11 pm
Where: Sophia Gardens
Taking one of the greatest movies of 2018 and showcasing it in the stunning surroundings of Sophia Gardens, Adventure Cinema are kicking off the outdoor movie season in style.
Take your seats on your blanket and enjoy snacks and drinks from the bar as well as some pre-show music. Then get ready to enjoy the Oscar winning performance of Rami Malek’s portrayal of the greatest showman of a generation.
Enjoy any of these fun things to do in Cardiff this April and get yourself outdoors, now that you finally can!
Food and Drink Events in Cardiff
If there’s one thing we know and love about Cardiff, it’s the people’s passion for delicious food and drink.
Thankfully there are plenty of things to do in Cardiff this April that revolve around tasty treats and tipples.
Cheese and Spirits Tasting
When: 5th – 7:30 pm – 10:45 pm
Where: Madame Fromage
Did someone say cheese?
Whenever the delicious dairy delicacy is mentioned many an ear will prick up as cheese is a food that not many dislike.
At Madame Fromage, the best of the best cheesy goodness will be served on an exquisite buffet, alongside gin fizz cocktails, canapes, rum, moonshine and wine.
Sound like foodie heaven? We think so.
Where: The Exchange Hotel
There’s only one way to enjoy brunch in Cardiff and that’s when it’s bottomless at The Exchange Hotel.
This April get your fill of fabulous food and drink inside the expertly restored grand surroundings of Culley’s at The Exchange Hotel. This wonderful event was built with food lovers in mind and is the perfect place to spend some time with friends on your visit to Cardiff.
A tasty two-course lunch and 90 minutes of neverending Prosecco is all yours for just £30 per person. Book tickets to Bottomless Brunch at The Exchange Hotel here.
Game of Thrones Weekend
Where: BrewDog Cardiff
To celebrate the return of Westeros to our screens, BrewDog Cardiff are hosting a Game of Thrones weekender.
They’re expecting to craft a specially made draft, provide epic beers and create some spectacular Thrones themed food specials. Grab your fur because winter is coming to Cardiff and it’ll be served in a frosty glass at BrewDog Cardiff.
Street Food and Live Music
When: 13th 4 pm – 10 pm
Where: Kings Road Yard
Make your way to Pontcanna’s monthly Street Food and Live Music event hosted in Kings Road Yard, for an afternoon of marvellous music, locally sourced food in a friendly and welcoming setting.
The organisers behind the event are experts in sourcing the freshest organic produce available and promote a healthy, sustainable way of eating and producing food.
Permanent residents of the market include Pipes Brewery, Lufkin coffee roasters and Vegan Food & Drinks suppliers Lazy Leek alongside other exciting food events that take place regularly throughout the year.
Kyro Gin Blending
When: 17th – 7 pm – 11 pm
Where: The Dead Canary
Gin, the in drink of the twenty-teens, one that can be mixed and drank in so many forms, yet we all have our own way of doing it, our personal favourite combination of flavours.
At The Dead Canary master Finnish gin distillers, Kyro, will be hosting a gin blending workshop this April, where participants will be invited to create their own unique gin blends.
Enjoy playing with over 10 different botanical distillates and create your very own gin blend. A popular event that sells our quickly. We wonder why?
Street Food Circus Battle Easter Weekend
Where: Roath Yard Market
Roll Up, Roll Up the Street Food Circus is back in town bringing with it a selection of Wales’ top independent food traders for a weekend war of cooked wares.
Who will bring to the literal table the best, and most tasty treat, to win the prestigious golden fork?
The diners are the judges and the winner will be chosen based on how much the public shared their food experiences on social media.
The rest of the event will include pop-up bars selling craft beers, natural wines and local ciders, the perfect foodie’s day out in Cardiff this April.
MadHatter’s Afternoon Tea
When: 20th – 1pm
More fine finger food and plenty of fizzy at The Exchange Hotel is on the way.
Join us down the rabbit hole as we bring all the most wonderful bits of wonderland to life in our stunning Grand Hall. From the whimsical decor to the colourful characters, prepare to be whisked away for an afternoon of make-believe and fantasy.
Take advantage of this perfect chance to fill up on food and discover delicious drinks during your visit to Cardiff this spring.
Out for a family break this April? If so, check out all these fun things to do in Cardiff for the whole family including live Disney shows, family friendly raves and children’s book theatre productions.
Cardiff is a diverse city with plenty of things to do for the whole family, during your stay at The Exchange Hotel get everyone out to any of these fun family events.
The family that raves together . . . raves together.
Raver Tots are celebrated across the UK for their innovative family dance events that attract huge audiences and some of the top performing DJs.
Expect everything from face painting and parachutes to UV lights and giant balloons, at Tramshed Cardiff this spring.
Better still, know that your ticket costs go towards supporting some of the country’s most important children charities.
Wonderful World of Disney on Ice
What better way to experience the magic of Disney than by watching it live on ice?
Take the family along for an exciting show of all the best Disney characters. Everyone from Nemo and Dory to Snow White and the Seven dwarfs will be there taking Minnie, Mickey and audiences on a whirlwind adventure across the ice.
Tom Gates Live
Where: New Theatre
There ‘s nothing more exciting than when children’s books are brought to life on stage, and Tom Gates Live is no exception.
Liz Pichon, celebrated children’s author and gifted illustrator, created a world in a book that kids can relate to. Exploring Tom’s everyday life, this stage spectacular is funny and enjoyable, the perfect play production for the whole family.
“Let, it go, Let, it go!”
How many mums have heard this song a million times, and still love it and know all the words?
For the first time in forever you, your little Princesses, and enchanted snowmen can sing-along to a special screening of Disney favourite Frozen.
Enjoy a raft of other Frozen related surprises too including face painting, popcorn, balloon modelling and street food plus the chance to snap a selfie with the snow queen herself.
One of the most wonderfully wintery things to do in Cardiff with the family, as we look forward to bringing back summer.
Where: St David’s Hall
Say hello to the clumsiest young dragon in town as ZOG comes to Cardiff this April.
Join ZOG in dragon school, as he learns everything you need to know to become a brilliant dragon and watch as he stumbles through the years, with the help of his friend Princess Pearl.
This marvellous make-believe adaption of Julia Donaldson’s novels will set St David’s Hall on fire and will be a fantastic watch for you and your family this April in Cardiff.
Where to Stay in Cardiff this April
The Exchange Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a family break, a girls weekend or a get together with friends this April.
With so many fun things to do in Cardiff, its good to have a base that is both close to all the action as well as luxurious and comfortable for everyone.
Our spacious accommodation can sleep up to four guests per room and a visit to The Exchange Hotel is a history excursion in itself.
Learn more about the interesting heritage of Wales’ capital city from within Exchange Hotel, and explore the fun and fabulous things to do in Cardiff with ease this April.
Our accommodation offers can include overnight stays, weekend breaks, breakfast and evening meals and are easily affordable for groups of friends and families, no matter what the size.
Call 0151 236 0166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your stay in Cardiff at The Exchange Hotel this April.