October What’s on Cardiff Guide from Exchange Hotel

Slavas Snowshow

October officially marks the beginning of Autumn. We look forward to the leaves turning brown, comfort food and best of all Halloween. Our October what’s on Cardiff guide is stocked full of fun this month with plenty to do for the whole family.

If you are staying with us at Exchange Hotel grab our guide and head out into the wonderful action-packed city that is Cardiff.

Elaine Page in Concert

When: 4th

Where: St David’s Hall

Elaine Page in concert
source: YouTube

For lovers of musical theatre, a night with Elaine Page must seem like a dream come true.

The award-winning singer will be gracing the stage at St David’s Hall belting out hits from her hugely successful career as well as a few numbers she’s embellished with her own talented twists.

Don’t miss the chance to witness this show-stopping performance from the Leading Lady of Musical Theatre at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall.

OxJam Cardiff

When: 7TH-8TH

Where: Various venues in Cardiff

OxJam Cardiff
source: TwiCopy

Organisers have outdone themselves at OxJam 2017 in Cardiff with a massive 60 acts taking over six of Cardiff’s favourite social venues.

A full lineup will follow as well as a guide to the best bits of OxJam Festival later in the week. Cardiff’s well-known established acts makeup and exciting festival of fun for all the family.

Stay tuned here for more information on this amazing festival organised by the nations favourite charity organisation.

From the House of the Dead

When: 8th

Where: Wales Millennium Centre

From the House of the Dead
source: Twitter

See a performance piece based on the writings of Dostoyevsky, a lone survivor of a firing squad execution, documenting the individual stories of inmates locked up in an oppressive Siberian prison.

Music is provided by WNO Orchestra which backs a compelling tale of the political woes of Russia during Tsar Nicolas I reign.

Rip it Up

When: 7th

When: St David’s Hall

Rip It Up
source: Nottingham Royal Theatre

A celebration of the greatest decade of music yet, Rip It Up introduces Strictly sensations Louis Smith and Jay McGuiness alongside Strictly professional Natalie Lowe to wow audiences with their dancing talents.

Dances will include numbers from all genres of popular music from the 50’s including swing, ballroom and jive.

Get ready for an explosion of colourful dance performances backed by a soundtrack of chart-topping tunes from the archives of the 50’s.

Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble

When: 10th

Where: Royal Welsh College of Music Drama

Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble
source: Mariinsky

For a one of a kind performance of string music brought to you from a gifted collection of performers, The Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble is well worth a visit this month.

The ensemble recreates classic numbers from a Russian programme on ancient finely tuned instruments.

Enjoy a truly moving musical experience at RWCMD during your break in Cardiff this month.

Guitar Classics

When: 11th

Where: RWCMD

Guitar Classics
source: RWCMD

If you favour the sounds of gentle acoustic strumming to the current chart-topping tunes around today then an evening of guitar classics is right up your alley.

Come along and enjoy the classic pieces from well-known guitarists such as Kaspa Mertz and Enrique Granados.

Playing everything from romantic Hungarian riffs to the summery sounds of Spanish string plucking, there’ll be something for everybody’s tastes.

Mr Scruff

When: 12th

Where: Clwb Ifor Bach

Mr Scruff Clwb Ifor Bach
source: Twitter

Known for his marathon DJ sets, sometimes exceeding 6 hours, his unkempt facial hair and quirky sketch-like drawings Mr Scruff has quite a following in the EDM scene.

His tunes are a smooth yet quirky mixture of soothing jazz and blues creations accompanied by his own home-grown artwork visuals and unique laid-back personality on the decks.

A regular at UK festivals, Mr Scruff’s gigs are chilled sessions of unique music great for chilling with friends.

Jurassic Park and Dinosaur Babies After Dark

When: 13th & 14th

Where: National Museum Cardiff

Jurassic Park and Dinosaur Babies After Dark
source: Wales National Museum

After the resounding success of the Dinosaur Babies exhibit currently open at the National Museum Cardiff, organisers have arranged for an after-hours peak at what the babies get up to when the museum is closed.

Attendees are invited to come check out the antics of infant dino babies then settle down for a bit to eat and a screening of Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.

With BBQ pulled pork and beer in hand visitors to Cardiff can enjoy a movie masterpiece from inside a recreated Jurassic wonderland.

Miles Davis: The 1950’S and Beyond

When: 13th

Where: Wales Millennium Centre

Miles Davis: The 1950's and Beyond
source: Rolling Stone

The Ian Poole and Gethin Liddington Quartet will by helping audience relive the greatest hits of musical legend Miles Davis and all the influences that helped create his unmistakable sound.

Miles Davies’ music will be resurrected by four talented performers and music from the 50’s up until today will be explored so audiences can see the effect early soul and funk had on today’s mainstream sound.

Music lovers can embark on a trip through the last half-century of at Wales Millennium Centre this month in Cardiff.


When: 17th

Where: New Theatre

Cabaret in Cardiff

Life is Cabaret in Cardiff during October.

Book your tickets to see Louise Redknapp and Will Young fill the memorable roles of Emcee and Sally Bowles in a smash hit direct from the West End.

The actors will be depicting the musical made famous by Liza Minelli’s unforgettable movie performance.

Sing along to your favourite iconic numbers such as Cabaret and Money Makes the World Go Round, all peppered with sensational dance numbers and breathtaking production.

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra

When: 17th

Where: St David’s Hall

St Petersburg Orchestra Symphony
source: Goldstar

Since 1882 St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra has been performing breathtaking shows for audiences across the globe.

The ensemble showcased a number of Shostakovich’s premier symphonies and today talented musicians put on regular concerts performing the work of the world’s most recognisable composers.

Those who enjoy a spot of classical music should not miss this opportunity to see a world-class performance in Cardiff this October.

Slava’s Snowshow

When: 17th

Where: Wales Millennium Centre

Slavas Snowshow
source: zorluspm

A fun family-friendly event, Slava’s Snowshow will awaken the inner child in any adult and amaze kiddies of all ages.

The interactive show engages the audience with simple tricks, bright colours and tactile props. Adults be prepared to bounce massive coloured balls over your head, get tangled in a giant unending spider web and listen to the inaudible musings of a cast of yellow and green clowns.

The Snowshow evokes an old-world comedy of laughable expression simple props and a complete lack of storyline.

Perfect for all-around family fun and a favourite from this month’s what’s on Cardiff guide from Exchange Hotel.

Richard III

When: 19th – 28th

Where: Richard Burton Theatre

Richard III Shakespeare
source: Peter Vinney’s Blog

Take in a little culture during your visit to Cardiff in October and enjoy a trip to the theatre to see a Shakespearian classic; Richard III.

This tragedy documents the monarchs rise to a short reign with plenty of drama, violence and murder which no Shakespearian tragedy would be without.

Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy a great British performance at RWCMD this October in Cardiff.

Johnny Cash Roadshow

When: 21st

Where: St David’s Hall

Johnny Cash Roadshow
source: The Edeg

Step into s “Ring of Fire” this month to listen to the life story of The Man in Black, the one and only Johnny Cash.

Brought to life by Clive John, the production explores the song catalogue of the man that changed the sound of rock music in America during his meteoric rise to fame.

A full brass band and performances from the legendary Carter Sisters, played by Amanda Stone and Louise Master, together make the Johnny Cash Roadshow a toe-tapping extravaganza not to be missed.

Autumn Foraging Course

When: 20th

Where: Bute Park

Bute Park Autumn Foraging
source: The Culture Trip

Make the most of the outdoors as the seasons change from summer to early autumn and enjoy the outdoors walking around Cardiff’s Bute Park.

The Autumn Foraging course will accompany an otherwise enjoyable walk with a little knowledge about your surroundings. Mainly picking up on what you can eat from the bushes and leaf-strewn floors around you.

You’ll even get to enjoy what you forage in the form of delicious wild mushroom soup, fruity treats and a glass of elderflower bubbly. No better way to spend a delightful autumn day in Cardiff’s most picturesque park.

Dansation XIII

When: 22nd

Where: St David’s Hall

Dansation XIII
source: Dansation XIII Facebook

If you’re the type of TV watcher that tunes into Britain’s Got Talent or Sky’s own Got to Dance then you’ll be familiar with The Debbie Chapman Dancers.

In Dansation XIII the dancers are putting a whole new show to celebrate three decades of the group in action. This vibrant show-stopping performance includes dances of all ages, ranging from two – 27 encompassing many dance styles and techniques from hip-hop to ballroom.

Get your tickets and prepare to be blown away by Dansation XIII at St David’s Hall.

Peppa Pig’s Adventure

When: 25th – 26th

Where: New Theatre

Peppa Pig's Big Adventure
source: Marlowe Theatre

If you’ve got children then no doubt you’ve re-enacted the Peppa Pig intro song quite a few times and are more than familiar with Ms Gazelle’s rendition of the Bing Bong Song.

Save yourself the trouble of putting on yoru best Mummy or Daddy Pig voices and take the little ones along for an adventure with Peppa and George during your stay with us at Exchange Hotel. You’ll be

Adults After Hours Halloween

When: 26th

Where: Techniquest

Techniquest after hours halloween
source: Caridff Bay

Come and get your geek on this Halloween weekend in Cardiff at Techiniquest.

For an after-hours special the organisers are arranging a special ghostly tour of the building as well as scientific fun activities such as learning how to be a CSI, virtual reality horror experiences and much more.

Better still as it’s adults only there’ll be a bar and fabulous food provided by The Grazing Shed.

Fancy dress is encouraged for this all out Spooktacular event in Cardiff this October.

Sixties Gold

When: 27th

Where: St David’s Hall

Sixties Gold
source: Sixties Gold

Who doesn’t love the music of the swinging sixties?

A decade when Merseybeat dominated the global charts and at this year’s Sixties Gold in Cardiff headliners like Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Searchers and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes will be taking centre stage.

Make sure you get your ticket to see these amazing evergreen bands as they rock the socks off audiences on another whirlwind tour of Sixties Gold.

Tap Factory

When: 28th

Where: New Theatre

Taking the talent of tap to new and exciting levels Tap Factory by Vincent Pausanias is an excellent display of comedy, music and acrobatics . . . and the odd tap number is thrown in for good measure.

The cast are made up of eight gifted guys who thrill their audiences with various props turning bins into drums and brooms into extra limbs.

Get ready for a mind-blowing performance that has taken the world by storm at Cardiff’s New Theatre.

Halloween Happenings

When: 28th – 1st Nov

Where: Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle at night
source: Twitter

Take a trip to Cardiff Castle during your stay at Exchange Hotel for a truly spooky experience of the cities most historic landmark.

Discover spooky spectral knights retelling ghoulish stories from the castles past doing battle on the ancient castle grounds.

Get up close and personal with some real live creepy crawlies then go on a super sleuth adventure around the castle solving puzzles on your way.

Cardiff Castle is a hive of activity in with something fun for everybody to get involved in so make sure on your visit Cardiff Castle is on your list of things to do.

Cardiff Fashion Week

When: 28th – 4th Nov

Where: Cardiff City Centre

Cardiff Fashion Week
source: Twitter

Fashion followers will be flocking to Cardiff Fashion Week in October as the streets fill with stylish folk from all over.

Displays of fashion products made and sold from the city as well as the work of emerging and student talents will take over Cardiff city centre.

There’ll be plenty to see and do as the fringe events include styling workshops, PR stunts and fun fundraisers for charity.

Get your glad rags on and head to Cardiff Fashion Week during your stay at Exchange Hotel in October.

Halloween Nights

When: 29th

Where: St Fagan’s

St Fagans
source: Visit Cardiff

Don your scariest Halloween costume and make your way to St Fagan’s for what promises to be a bloodcurdling affair.

Enjoy an after dark museum tour and make yourself a lantern to light your way in the creepy craft workshop. Gather together to hear ghost stories based on real encounters from the age-old building and learn all about ancient superstitions of the Welsh people that surround death and mourning.

End the night with a spectacular Wicker Man burn and make the traditional Wicker Man Wish as the flames soar into the night sky.

It’ll be a Fright-fully fun night for the entire family for a Halloween break in Cardiff at Exchange Hotel.

Cardiff Castle Underground Cinema Halloween Special

When: 30th – 5th

Where: Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle Underground Cinema
source: Twitter

A few nights of spooky movie screenings are upon those who dare to enter the Underground Cinema Special on at Cardiff Castle.

Get your seats to see classic old horror films that spooked you as a kid and still give you the heebie-jeebies today.

There’ll be some spooky kid-friendly screenings too such as Coraline, Hocus Pocus and the Nightmare Before Christmas.

For the grown-ups among you enjoy later showings such as the terrifying Evil Dead and vampire cult movie Lost Boys.

It’ll be an all-out scream fest beneath Cardiff Castle so bring yourself a big cushion to hide behind.

Explore the city from Exchange Hotel

Exchange Hotel luxury room Cardiff

As you can see there’s plenty to be getting on with during your visit to Cardiff in October when staying at Exchange Hotel.

Check out some of the amazing accommodation offers we have during the month so you and a group of friends or family can get together and enjoy any one of the spectacular events listed in our what’s on Cardiff guide for October.

Our beautiful hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the city and with our handy go-to guide, you’ll never be stuck for something to do.

Call on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signaturelving.co.uk to organise your visit to Cardiff this October. We can’t wait to see you here.