The Exchange Hotel: What’s on in Cardiff July 2019

The Exchange Hotel: What’s on in Cardiff July 2019

The Big Cheese - what's on in Cardiff

What a summer it’s shaping up to be in Cardiff for 2019. There’s going to be plenty of live music, fun festivals and fantastic food and drinks events to keep visitors to the capital busy all season.

Let’s take a look at exactly what’s on in Cardiff during July, to make sure our guests don’t miss out on any of these exciting Cardiff events.

What’s on in Cardiff: Food and Drink Events

If like so many others, you enjoy nothing more than a good meal and a tasty tipple then you are going to enjoy a visit to Cardiff this July. There’s just so much going on.

Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival

When: 5th – 7th July

Where: Roald Dahl Plass

A full festival dedicated to great food and drink will be coming to Cardiff this July, bringing with it a host of delectable dishes from local and international vendors.

There’ll be live music and sensational street food stalls set up all along the water’s edge, the perfect way to spend a summer’s afternoon in Cardiff.

Our Bottomless Brunch

When: 6th July

Where: The Exchange Hotel

The best kind of brunch is bottomless and, at The Exchange Hotel, we’re inviting everyone to join us for a tasty two-course brunch complete with endless Prosecco.

Bottomless Brunch - what's on in Cardiff

If you are looking to add a touch of glamour to your city break in Cardiff, our Bottomless Brunch should not be missed.

Book your tickets for 90 minutes of non-stop fizz and delicious food here. 

Our Wizard and Witches Afternoon Tea

When: 21st July

Where: The Exchange Hotel

Another magical food affair that’s sure to ruffle your robes. Our Wizards and Witches Afternoon Tea has taken the muggle world by storm.

Wizards Witches themed afternoon tea

We’ll be bewitching the Grand Hall of The Exchange Hotel as well as giving our afternoon tea delicacies a magical makeover, especially for this spellbinding occasion.

Book your tickets to join us for fabulous food, themed drinks and a challenging quiz set to put your wizarding knowledge to the test.

Join the Ladies Who Lunch

When: 26th July

Where: The Exchange Hotel

The marvellous Mary Golds will be making another appearance this month at The Exchange Hotel, talking more about her star-studded life experiences.

Mary Golds - what's on in Cardiff
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A full showcase of Ms Gold’s talents will include sing-songs, a lot of comedy and plenty of tales about famous friends and past relationships, all of which will make you giggle a bit.

Join a lady who’ll put the laughs into your lunch and book your tickets here today.

Have a Bite at Bite Cardiff Food Festival

When: 27th July

Where: Insole Court

Another festival of food, this time hosted in the exclusive grounds of Insole Court Mansion.

Credit: @bitecardiff – Facebook

All the dishes served at Bite Food festival have been sourced and prepared by talented South Wales chefs and restaurants, and are priced at no more than £3 each.

It’s all about the food and celebrating those who make it by breaking new culinary ground every day. Pop along and see who the favourite vendors of this year will be.

What’s on in Cardiff: Outdoor Events

As the sun should be shining for at least a short time this year, why not make the most of it and check out what’s on in Cardiff, outdoors?

Up on the Rooftop Cinema Cardiff

When: 5th – 6th July

Where: Jacobs Market

Take a pew on the roof of antique treasure trove, Jacobs Market this summer and catch either of the fabulous flicks on show.

Jacobs Market Rooftop Cinema - what's on in cardiff
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These include that cult classic movie, set on Cardiff’s club scene, Human Traffic and musical movie marvel Mamma Mia.

More than just a movie night, enjoy street food and cocktails being served throughout and make the most of the sunshine with seats at Jacob’s Market Rooftop Cinema.

Stand Up in The Park

When: 7th July

Where: Sophia Gardens

This comedic outdoor event is hosted in support of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and will showcase the talents of some well known stand up artists.

Enjoy a night of laughing out loud, outdoors and helping raise awareness of the Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe situation by inviting as many people as possible.

Tickets are just £18 per adult, plus extra for blankets and festival programmes and it’s all for a great cause.

V for Vintage for Victory

When: 12th – 14th July

Where: Library Gardens, Whitchurch

Calling all fashionistas to Cardiff this month to attend the vintage event of the year, the Vintage for Victory Festival.

This is your chance to soak up the nostalgia and glamour of a bygone era and get dressed up in your finest 40s, 50s or 60s inspired ensembles.

There’ll be retro live music brought to the stages by gifted bands, a full traditional fun fair, dance lessons and demonstrations of ancient aircraft,

Lindy-Hop back in time this month and book tickets to attend Vintage for Victory on your visit to Cardiff. 

A Singalonga Grease Night

When: 14th July

Where: Sophia Gardens

Grease is the Word this month in Cardiff as one of the most spectacular musicals is screened outdoors, filling the city’s Summer Nights with hits like Greased Lightning, Beauty School Drop Out and You’re the One That I Want.

Pink Ladies and T-Birds alike, get your seats inside the outdoor theatre of Sophia Gardens and grab the opportunity to sing-along to your favourite high school musical ever!

The Big Cheese

When: 26th – 28th July

Where: Caerphilly Castle

Over the past few years, The Big Cheese Festival has certainly earned its name, bringing thousands of people together for their love of cheese and so much more.

The Big Cheese - what's on in Cardiff
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Still showcasing quality cheeses from all over the country in their dedicated cheese market, The Big Cheese has also introduced plenty more festival fun for folk to get involved with.

Visit one of the three huge food halls, watch a performance in the live lounge bar area and check out plenty of medieval reenactments taking place inside the huge grounds of Caerphilly Castle.

What’s on in Cardiff: Live Music Events

If there’s one thing that can be guaranteed every month in Cardiff it’s plenty of places to watch live music.

In July the city’s top live music venues and historic landmarks become a stomping ground for well-known music superstars and sensational summer concerts.

Here are the ones we recommend booking your seats to.

Sit Down to Spectrum Singer’s Summer Concert

When: 12th July

Where: Dyffryn Gardens

Sixteen powerful vocalists, hailing from in and around Cardiff, come together to form the Spectrum Singers.

This gifted choral ensemble is well known for covering a wide selection of musical styles, including everything from classical pieces and hymns, to pop songs and show tunes.

Take your seats outdoors at Dyffryn Gardens and enjoy sitting under the sunny summer skies, taking in an open-air concert from the Spectrum Singers this July.

Freak Out! It’s Nile Rodgers & Chic

When: 12th July

Where: Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle has been alive with the sound of music so far this summer and the knock out acts just keep on coming.

Nile Rodgers and Chic - What's on in Cardiff July
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This July, disco sensations Nile Rodgers and Chic will be taking to the stage of the historic Cardiff landmark, dazzling audiences with the grooviest disco tunes and glistening performances.

This is your chance to Dance, Dance, Dance the sunny days away to some of the best dance music in history, live at Cardiff Castle.

Who Killed The Zutons

When: 12th July

Where: Caerphilly Castle

Recently celebrating the 15th birthday of their first ever album indie band, The Zutons, have toured the country performing for sell-out audiences everywhere they go.

The band have looked forward to reforming since coming back together for a charity gig in 2016, now they have and their fans couldn’t be happier.

This month, The Zutons will be making the second largest castle in the UK their stage, performing all their greatest hits from their careers, make sure you are there.

Groove Armada Back After 10 Years

When: 14th July

Where: Caerphilly Castle

Appearing in Wales for the first time in over 10 years, Groove Armada will be wowing their audiences with a sensational live show at Caerphilly Castle this month.

Groove Armada - what's happening in Cardiff
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During their twenty-year careers, the dynamic dance act has produced some of the biggest and best-selling club hits. The best of their tracks will be showcased in front of packed out audiences in the grounds of Caerphilly Castle in an unmissable live performance.

DEPOT in the Castle

When: 13th July

Where: Cardiff Castle

Some of the biggest names in modern music have been announced as headline acts for DEPOT in the Castle this July.

Expect to see the like of Clean Bandit and Tom Odell fill the castle grounds with sets featuring their biggest hits and latest work.

This family-friendly musical event is ideal for all ages and will be the perfect way to catch some summer sun in Cardiff, whilst enjoying some of the best live music in the charts of today.

Feels Like Summer 1999

When: 20th July

Where: Sophia Gardens

From the sounds of the moment to songs from the past, it certainly feels like summer in Sophia Gardens this July.

Organisers have bagged a line-up of past pop stars including Bananarama, Bonnie Tyler, Liberty X and members of S Club 7.

Possibly the very best part of our what’s on in Cardiff guide is the appearance of none other than Mr Motivator! He’ll be leading crowds in one of his fun and energetic, lycra clad workouts at the concert.

Do not miss this journey back in time during your visit to Cardiff. Tickets and hospitality package to Feels Like Summer can be booked here.

What’s on in Cardiff: On The Stage

Is there anything better than paying a visit to the theatre during a short city break in Cardiff?

And with so many fun things appearing on the stages of Cardiff’s many theatres and outdoor performance venues, we thought we’d cherry pick the best of what’s on in Cardiff just for you.

Fall into A Midsummer Night’s Dream

When: 6th July

Where: Cardiff Castle

Start the summer nights off with a picnic at Cardiff’s open-air theatre performance of the season; A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Midsummer Night's Dream - what's on in Cardiff
Credit: Photographer Jack Offord

This classic Shakespearian masterpiece will be reenacted in the traditional way, on an outdoor stage by an all-male cast.

Take a pew on a blanket and experience a whimsical tale of romance and otherworldly wonders this summer in Cardiff.

Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes

When: 15th – 20th July

Where: New Theatre Cardiff

The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, would be pleased to know his work was still being celebrated today by new age theatre companies and enthusiastic thespians across the land.

Take the chance to see New Theatre Cardiff breathe life into Hitchcock’s original thriller film, The Lady Vanishes, live and on stage.

An early whodunnit, the film follows the journey of a young British lady whose travelling companion mysteriously vanishes from the train, and her ensuing efforts to solve the puzzle.

It’s the Rocky Horror Picture Showstopper

When: 15th July

Where: Sophia Gardens

Let’s Do The Time Warp Again and enjoy a cult classic screened on the open-air screens of Sophia Gardens.

Ever since the macabre musical movie was screened, audiences have taken it upon themselves to become part of the on-screen magic.

Cardiff’s movie event will be more immersive than ever, encouraging everyone to get on their fanciest get-up and become part of the on-screen trans-Sylvanian world.

Dress up, dance and sing-along to this amazing movie masterpiece, showcased in an extraordinary outdoor cinema experience.

Pull On Your Kinky Boots

When: 22nd July

Where: Wales Millenium Centre

Strutting its way to stages across the UK, Kinky Boots will be making a stop at Wales Millennium Centre to knock the socks and boots of those who attend.

Kinky Boots - what's on in Cardiff July
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Enjoy a tale of how true Brit grit and pure drag glam, cross paths and together become an unstoppable force of nature.

Don’t miss out on your chance to see one of the greatest modern musicals of all time, this July in Cardiff.

What’s on in Cardiff: Other Exciting Events

Some of the city’s best and most exciting events simply don’t fit under any one banner so, we’ve created a section especially for the things we know you won’t want to miss.

Cardiff Night Market Calling

When: 11th July

Where: Cardiff Market

For well over a century, Cardiff Market has been serving the city with fresh, locally sourced produce and household goods.

Cardiff Night Market - what's on in Cardiff July
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Today the Victorian landmark is still a hive of activity, with vendors including traditional cobblers and kitsch coffee shops and stalls selling everything from fish to vintage fashion.

In a one-off special event this July, the doors will swing wide open welcoming nocturnal shoppers to browse the stalls and celebrate a special artist appearance too.

A Wonderful Cardiff Wedding Showcase

When: 14th July

Where: The Exchange Hotel

We have been looking forward to hosting another of our wonderful wedding showcases at The Exchange Hotel and we’re very excited to be inviting happy couples to visit us this July.

Wedding Showcase Cardiff - what's on in Cardiff July

If you are thinking about getting married in Cardiff, take this opportunity to see the stunning setting of The Exchange Hotel.

Imagine our striking space as the perfect backdrop for your Cardiff wedding, as we give you a tour of the venue and introduce you to a team of gifted wedding coordinators.

Please register your interest to attend and start planning the most special day of your lives with us at The Exchange Hotel.

Night at the Musem – Lates: SPACE

When: 18th July

Where: National Museum Cardiff

Do things a little differently on your visit to Cardiff this July, and come see an out of this world event in the National Museum.

Organisers and collaborators have put their minds together to form an immersive intergalactic experience, displayed throughout the expansive interior of the museum.

The exhibition will showcase existing art pieces and collections loaned to the museum alongside themed videos, performances and a musical soundtrack provided by live DJ’s.

All in the name of space exploration book your tickets to blast off on a journey of discovery here. 

OMG! Harry Potter Quiz Time

When: 30th July

Where: The Alchemist

Wands at the ready muggles and magical folk, it’s time to see who’s the biggest Potterhead among you, as The Alchemist mix host a Harry Potter Quiz this July.

The Alchemist Cardiff - What's on in Cardiff July
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Get your facts straight and know your stuff before entering this challenge of wizarding wits.

What’s more, you can enjoy seeing and tasting all the creative cocktails The Alchemist has whipped up, in honour of such an amazing event.

Staying at The Exchange Hotel in July

Put yourself at the heart of all this exciting action by booking to stay in The Exchange Hotel for your visit to Cardiff this July.

Our luxurious hotel suites are spacious, comfortable and can sleep up to four people, perfect for families and groups of guests staying together.

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We have a huge selection of affordable Cardiff hotel offers, designed with group stays in mind, as well as romantic getaways and family breaks.

Call 0151 236 0166 to book or discuss a future stay or email for more information about our hotel and the exciting events happening here.