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Senedd family fun weekend!

How many other countries have Parliament buildings you can have family fun weekends in? I don’t know many. But we have one!

Wales’ National Assembly is based in one of the most beautiful buildings in Cardiff Bay, the Richard Rogers-designed Senedd (Welsh for ‘parliament’), which is open to the public for tours, has a viewing gallery where you can see ACTUAL LAWS being passed, and has a very pleasant cafe.

Details: Senedd Summer Fun Weekend! (Facebook event)
27-29 August 2016

Address: National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF99 1NA

Here’s more about the family fun weekend – a continuation of the Senedd’s tenth birthday celebrations!

Senedd Family fun weekend

The Senedd is the home of National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff Bay. Open to the public seven days a week, its distinctive design and incredible architecture attract visitors from all over the world, and in 2015 the building was awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.

The weekend will be full of games and activities for all ages, including a soft play area, Lego building, carnival games, arts and crafts and face painting. There will also be a special Senedd treasure hunt, with prizes to be won.

There will be musical performances  each day with a local choir or vocal group entertaining the visitors while they enjoy a drink in our Oriel Café with a free Welsh cake! The café boasts some incredible views over Cardiff Bay and is a beautiful space to relax and enjoy your day.

Free guided tours of the building will be running every 30 minutes, where you can learn about the building’s fascinating history, architecture and sustainability. You could also find out who your Assembly Members are and how they represent your interests in the Senedd’s debating chamber.

A special, one off exhibition has been created especially for this weekend titled ‘My Welsh Life’. It was created by Craft of Hearts Community Craft Centre to celebrate Welsh culture, history and heritage. Craft of Hearts will also be in the Senedd over the weekend providing crafting workshops and demonstrations.

Travel information: The bendy bus leaves from Cardiff Queen Street Station and Cardiff Central station every 10 minutes. Train services are every 12 minutes from Cardiff Queen Street Station to Cardiff Bay Station. The station is a few minutes’ walk from the Senedd. Leave the M4 at junction 33, follow the A4232 to Cardiff bay and follow signposts to National Assembly for Wales. By Bike/foot, the Taff Trail from Brecon through Cardiff city centre to Cardiff bay ends at the oval basin outside the Senedd.

For more information about the event, please contact the Senedd on 0300 200 6565 or email contact@assembly.wales

If you can’t make this weekend, the Senedd is open seven days a week (including weekends and bank holidays).

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Play the game! International Tabletop Day hits Cardiff Saturday 30 April

Fancy playing games this Saturday? You’re in luck – Rules of Play are hosting International Tabletop Day at the Angel Hotel: TWELVE HOURS celebrating tabletop games in all forms; from kid-friendly puzzles and imaginative role playing games to beautifully crafted board games and highly-inappropriate-to-play-at-a-family-reunion card games. It’s an annual event, celebrated around the world – and Cardiff is hosting Wales’ biggest event!

rules of play tabletop day

There will be games there for you to play or you can take your own, plus the other smaller events running throughout the day. Here’s what’s happening:

  • Kids Zone (for families)
  • learn-to-play’ events (for newbies wanting to try out something different),
  • fully licensed bar (which, along with drinks, will be serving up chips and pulled pork baps).

The day-long board game extravaganza has something for complete beginners, casual players, hardcore hobbyists, plus parents looking for something stimulating to do with their kids while they can enjoy a quiet pint.

There’s also a real indie vibe as many independent publishers will be setting up their own stalls and showing off brand new games that you may not have seen before.

There will also be game tournaments (with prizes), a raffle (where you can win a fat stash of International TableTop Day goodies) and a VIP area where you can reserve a slot on a professional gaming table.


International Tabletop Day Facebook event page

Saturday April 30, 10am-10pm
The Angel Hotel, Castle St, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF10 1SZ
Tickets: £5 adv / £6 on the door


Last year, Rules Of Play hosted the event in Chapter (day time) and The Gate Arts Centre (night time) and had over 200 attendees. The event was so popular some people had to sit on the floor to play their games. This year, however will be Rules Of Play’s biggest event yet time with
over 500 people expected to attend and several rooms booked at the Angel Hotel.

International TableTop day was started in 2013 by gaming and lifestyle website Geek & Sundry (created by Hollywood actress and famed geek Felicia Day – best known for her roles in Supernatural, Doll House and Doctor Horrible’s Sing Along Blog). It was a day designed to celebrate the weird, wonderful and diverse world of table top games and it is now celebrate across the globe every April.


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