The Exchange Hotel’s Guide to What’s On in Cardiff This August

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We’re really looking forward to August in Cardiff with the seemingly unending stream of exciting events taking place all month.

Book to stay at Exchange Hotel and be a part of the excitement taking place in the city. Attend a festival, compete in a duck race or watch a comedic Japanese open-air opera!

The choice is yours and Exchange Hotel brings you close to all the action taking place this August in Cardiff city centre.

Late Night Fridays

When: 4th, 11th,  18th, 25th 6-8pm

Where: Dyffryn Gardens

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Dyffryn Gardens are hosting a series of midweek live music specials throughout August in the stunning grounds of a beautiful and grand Victorian mansion. Make the most of the warmer weather and head to the lawn to be serenaded with uplifting summer music, bring a blanket, a deck chair or a cushion and soak up the last of the summer sun at this incredible free event. There are also packages available to be booked through the National Trust, so indulge in a strawberries and prosecco evening on the breathtaking terrace.

National Youth Orchestra of Wales

When: 5th August

Where: St Davids Hall

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The National Youth Orchestra of Wales returns to Cardiff’s St David’s Hall in August for their final performance of the 2017 tour at the magnificent venue. Wales’ most talented young musicians will gather to amaze and astound the people of Cardiff with their awe-inspiring skills. Conducted by Carlo Rizzi, the orchestra has cumulated a wonderful programme that is sure to be an experience to remember. The National Youth Orchestra of Wales have performed for some huge crowds and have played some of the most famous concert halls in the world and now they’re bringing their talent back to their home country.

Cardiff Rum Festival

When:5th August 12pm- 6pm

Where:  SSE Swalec Stadium

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More than 100 different types of rum will descend on the Swalec Stadium this August for a day of samples, cocktails and masterclasses. The festival is perfect for experts and novices alike and will treat everyone to the best and most unusual rums that the world has to offer. The festival is celebrating its fifth birthday this year and has gone from strength to strength since its inception. There’s also street food available and a range of entertainment throughout the day, including steel drum performances, dancers and novelty photo shoot props. Grab your tickets quick before it’s too late!

The Heavy Quartet

When: 11th August

Where: Gwdihw

One of the best names in south Wales’ jazz scene is making an appearance at Gwdihw Cafe Bar in Cardiff with their eclectic and unique style. With a mix of rock, reggae, blues, ska, funk and anything else that takes their fancy weaving their way into the uplifting and energetic tunes, every performance is breathtaking and immersive. Catch them live at one of Cardiff’s most exciting and thriving independent, alternative venues, Gwdihw prides itself on its diversity of music and the space it has created for up and coming and established acts from across the world.

Burning Lantern

When: 12th August

Where: St Fagans National History Museum

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Burning Lantern is a brand new music festival that has its debut this summer, bringing together music, food, drink and entertainment to create the best family fayre in all of Wales. There’ll be performances from Tom Odell on the main stage as well as a variety of workshops for the kids, plus pony rides and independent street food venues to keep you going all day.

the best part about Burning Lantern is its location in St Fagans, one of the best open air museums in Europe featuring more than forty building from across the ages, set amongst 100 acres of beautiful park land. Keep up to date with whats going on the official Facebook.

Classic Car Rally

When:13th August

Where: Roald Dahl Pass

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If you’re a fan of fancy wheels and classic cars, you can’t miss Glamorgan Classic Car Club‘s annual rally in the city centre. Refurbished and well cared for classic motors will be on display for the public to enjoy, marvel at smart cars from past eras and appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into keeping them beautiful. With the rally overlooking Cardiff Bay, there’s plenty of options for food, drink and entertainment once you’ve had your fill of beautiful cars.

Unicorn Apocalypse

When:18th August

Where: Cardiff city centre

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Ready for a night with a unique twist? The Unicorn Apocalypse gallops into Cardiff for an experience like no other. Kaos Kids aims to blur the line between childhood and adulthood and immerses attendees in a wonderland of glitter, sensory activities and live music. The exact location hasn’t been confirmed yet but the event promises to be a magical day of magic and entertainment. Keep up to date and check their Facebook for more details as they’re released.

Grand Medieval Melee

When: 19th – 20th August 

Where: Cardiff Castle

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Cardiff’s most standout landmark, Cardiff Castle will host an immersive experience in its beautiful grounds this August with a whole host of medieval activities going on throughout the weekend. Travel back in time to when knights and kings ruled the land at Cardiff Castle’s Grand Medieval Melee, with jousts, archery and falconry demonstrations planned over the course of two days, there’s something for everyone at Cardiff’s centuries old castle.

The Rocky Horror Show with a Twist

When: 24th August

Where: Cardiff Bierkeller

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For fans of the cult film, a visit to Bierkeller on Wood Street is a must this August as the bar chain giant invites men, women and everything in between to dress up in their best Frank-N-Furter, Magenta or Riff Raff costumes and enjoy a special twist on The Rocky Horror Show. Miss Gin and her UK Fantasy Boys will take you through the time warp for a truly unforgettable night. Entrance to the show costs £12 with a glass of bubbly and canapes included.

Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend

When: 25th – 27th August 

Where: City Hall Lawn

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Pride Cymru will be bringing back Cardiff’s Big Weekend this summer after the raving success of last year’s Pride Festival. Cardiff’s Big Weekend hasn’t been held since 2011 but will be brought back to life on the City Hall Lawns. Be prepared for a carnival of colour, live music and good vibes, with the festival being bigger and better than ever before. The event promises three days of party atmosphere and extravagant entertainment, so get your tickets early and join 200,000 in celebrating the best of Welsh talent and festivals.

Cardiff Harbour Festival – Extreme Sailing Series

When: 25th-28th August

Where: Cardiff Bay

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The adrenaline fuelled Extreme Sailing Series is returning to Cardiff Bay for a weekend of intense racing and action packed demonstrations. The event is the landmark event at Cardiff Harbour Festival and is sure to be an unforgettable experience on the water. There are world class sailors and fast paced racing in the global competition as well as on land entertainment and bars and food stalls. The race village is open to everyone and is the perfect viewing spot to see all the action.


When: 26th August

Where: Civic Centre

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As well as hosting the Big Weekend this summer, Pride Cymru will keep the tradition of the iconic and heartwarming parade. The march will take place at 11am on August 26 and will proceed through the city centre in a display of pride and defiance. 2017 marks the 50th year since homosexuality was partially decriminalised in England and Wales and Pride is a wonderful celebration of how diversity is an asset and how love conquers all. This year’s theme is ‘icons and legends’ and everyon e is invited to dress up and participate to show their support for Cardiff’s LGBTQ+ community.

50 Things Weekend

When: 26th – 28TH August

Where: Dyffryn Gardens

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National Trust is hosting a special kids event at Dyffryn Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan. The 50 Things Weekend invites youngsters to get close to nature and tick off a bucket list of wildlife and foliage things to do this summer. Head to the visitor reception to pick up a scrapbook or download the app to keep track of your achievements. Take a roll down a hill, find a British bird or root out a beetle, enjoy nature’s finest in the beautiful settings of Dyffryn Gardens.

Duck Race

When: August 27th

Where: Roath Park

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Take part in a classic British Summer pastime at Roath Park with a traditional duck race. Guide Dogs Cymru will release 1000 plastic ducks into the lakes, but only one can win! Will it be yours? It costs just £1 to get your name on a duck and you’ll be in with a chance to win big money! Roath Park is one of Cardiff’s best green spaces and offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of Cardiff city centre. The Victorian Park atmosphere offers a wonderful leisure experience at all times of year.

The Mikado

When: 28th August 17.30pm

Where: St Donats Arts Centre

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Illyria Outdoor Theatre brings their special rendition of The Mikado to Llantwit Major. A funny and refreshingly silly performance that follows life in a Japanese town where flirting is punishable by death. The worst culprit being the executioner himself, who then tries to pass the punishment on to a travelling musician. Comedy and good times follow and Illyria Outdoor Theatre is set to stir up a storm with their groundbreaking and influential performance technique.

The Gruffalo

When: 31st August

Where: New Theatre 

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The classic picture book is a timeless hit amongst youngsters and grown up;s alike and now, the famous Gruffalo is taking to the stage at the New Theatre to entertain the young minds of Cardiff. Go on an adventure with Mouse as he journeys through the deep dark wood in search of hazelnuts, but what lurks in the depths of the forest? There are songs, laughs and scary fun for kids aged three and up in the iconic production which has travelled the world and stolen hearts in every country.

There is so much to do in Cardiff this August, it’s nearly impossible to get the most out of the last summer month so why not book a luxury suite at The Exchange Hotel and take your time to experience all of Cardiff’s amazing events. We specialise in high-quality suites and outstanding service that ensures all our guests leave with a smile on their face.

Get in touch today on 02920 107050 or send us a message here and we’ll help you arrange your perfect stay at Cardiff’s most stunning hotel.