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Out of Cardiff: Mini adventures in Mwnt, west Wales

Just to mix things up, this is a new addition to our ‘Out of Cardiff’ section. There are so many beautiful places to visit within driving distance of Cardiff, and Mwnt is definitely one of them.

When I mentioned to friends that we were heading to West Wales, so many people told us to go to Mwnt that I knew we had to head there.

It’s a stunning location. It wasn’t a great day in terms of weather when we visited, but the dark skies and whipping wind only added to the drama and romance of the place.

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Mwnt is also an ancient holy site. You can sit and contemplate higher meanings in the beautiful and tiny Church of the Holy Cross (Eglwys y Grog). It was probably built around the 14th century, and served as a medieval sailors’ chapel of ease (where you could pop in and worship when you were away from home). Wikipedia says it was a welcome refuge for medieval pilgrims en route to the patron saint of Wales’ shrine at St Davids, mystical Strata Florida Abbey or Bardsey Island in North Wales (all places on my list to visit!).

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If you’re into your wildlife, Mwnt is located within the Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation, protected for the diversity of its the fauna here. Mwnt is an ideal place to spot bottlenose dolphins, basking sharks and porpoises. If these aren’t quite exotic for you, you can even see the sunfish here (aka – mola mola … see below!)

It was pretty cold while we were there, but we had a nice walk up the Wales Coast Path here. There are fields of horses lining the cliffs, while you look out on a seemingly endless sea.

We also made friends with this cheeky little dog in the car park, who smelt us cooking sausages!

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Wales Coast Path – Ceredigion

Mwnt – facilities information

All photos my own apart from the first, which is from Discover Ceredigion

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Sŵn 2016 – send in your memories for the Music Museum!

It’s (nearly!) here – our annual city-wide music takeover, celebrating the best in new music: it’s Sŵn Festival time again, and this time, Sŵn is ten years old, and they want to hear all your memories from over the years!

The memories will be displayed in the Music Museum. The museum will be open across the weekend and Sŵn have invited music aficionados to bring in three objects or musical memories in advance that mean something to them; these will be on show when the museum opens on Thursday.

Festival goers are still encouraged to share their memories can do so either by social media, or coming into the museum over the weekend to be recorded and added to the digital exhibition. Get involved and share your memories of Sŵn now!

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There are now two ways to donate:

1 – via  social media: tweet three images and stories to #SWNMM, or share on Facebook at the Sŵn Music Museum Facebook page.

2 – by bringing items and memories to the Museum to record over the Sŵn Festival weekend!

MUSEUM OPENING TIMES:

Friday 21st October (12-5pm)

Saturday 22nd (12-5pm)

Sunday 23rd (12-5pm)

The Sŵn Music Museum Facebook event

Location: Castle Arcade, Cardiff (more info)

The Museum is being built through the crowdsourcing of materials and the organisers are inviting music aficionados to bring along three objects in advance to be displayed during the Sŵn weekend. Virtual contributions can be made via social media or objects and stories can be taken to the museum and recorded on the spot. Students from the CU Archaeology and Conservation department will be on hand to offer advice on how to care for musical memorabilia. All the images and stories will be collected and displayed in the Sŵn Music Museum virtual gallery.

In other Sŵn news: S4C will also be filming an access-all-areas documentary of Sŵn this weekend, to air in December. It will feature interviews with artists, festival goers and organisers Huw Stephens and John Rostron. So make sure you’re wearing your lipstick and guyliner for when the cameras are rolling!

For those who haven’t seen it yet, here’s the line up, in eye-blistering full detail (open the image in a new tab and zoom in for Full Effect).

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See you on the dance floor – front left by the speakers, yeah?

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Welcome bloggers of the world to Cardiff for #Traverse16!

There’s a pretty big blogging conference taking place in Cardiff this weekend, put together by the Traverse organisation. Welcoming bloggers from all over the place, and with a pretty impressive range of speakers, it’s pretty fab they’re having 2016’s event here in our fair city!

So, welcome, #Traverse16 bloggers! I thought I’d put together a quick welcome pack for you, in case you haven’t been to Cardiff before, or don’t know much about the place.

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The city itself has a population of around 350k, with a greater metropolitan area population of about one million people. We’re a small but vibrant city: the centre is small enough to walk around, we’re nestled between the seaside and the mountains, and packed with places to eat / drink / dance / shop / walk your dog / hula hoop / play ultimate frisbee.

Have a flick through our archives to see a flavour of the alternative side of the city; check out our @WeAreCardiff Twitter feed for live updates of what’s happening, our We Are Cardiff Instagram for beautiful snaps taken by local residents (a different one each month!) or We Are Cardiff Facebook for key links and information.

We made a film about Cardiff that gives you a whistle stop tour of what’s so great about the city:

A couple of years back we made a Little Guide to Cardiff, which is still pretty much on the money.

You can read it below, or download it straight from the We Are Cardiff Scribd page (it’s a PDF, 9MG).

We also recently collaborated with Cardiff University and I Loves The Diff to help write a Guide to Creative Cardiff which covers Cardiff’s creative networks, spaces to work, Cardiff’s creative spaces, studying in Cardiff, our creative economy and Cardiff as a young and vibrant creative capital.

Helia recently wrote about urban adventures in Cardiff, a good read for a short weekend trip.

If you want to hear about the city from the words of its residents, you can flick through our articles by Cardiff people.

I guess our main focus is ‘the arts’ (darling), but on an alternative, lo-fi scale: gigs, pub theatre, pop-up poetry readings, arts festivals – all that jazz. Read our articles about the arts in Cardiff.

If you want to know about what’s coming up, look in our What’s On section. If you’re really keen to know about what’s going on, befriend our local culture vulture Joy on Facebook and have a look through the events she’s going to. She’s everywhere!

If you’re interested in the team behind We Are Cardiff, we are mostly Helia and Hana, with support from a cast of thousands (mostly notably Ellie Pilott, Ellie Philpotts, Adam Chard, James O’Brien, and many more).

So welcome, Traverse bloggers – hope you have a truly epic weekend here in our most wonderful little city

Lots of love

We Are Cardiff
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Out of Cardiff: Walking up Table Mountain

Occasionally we like to leave the safety of our favourite capital city and explore the beautiful countryside of Wales that surrounds us. This weekend, honouring the fact that 2016 is Wales’ Year of Adventure, we decided to jump in our campervan and head to the Black Mountains, in search of some good walking.

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Table Mountain, Crickhowell, by Nick on Flickr

We parked in the tiny, picturesque town of Crickhowell, in the Usk Valley, just south of the Black Mountains. It’s on the eastern side of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and is a great starting point for lots of good hiking trails.

There is a car park in the centre of town, but during weekends getting a space is a cut-throat affair … luckily we found a space and went into the Crickhowell Visitor Information Centre to have a look at maps and local info. We bought two maps on local walks (for a whopping £1.50), popped across the road to have a quick coffee at the nattily-named ‘Latte-Da’ (see what they did there?), and then decided on the Table Mountain Walk.

It’s an energetic walk, and a quick ascent up the 380m to the peak of Table Mountain, where the Iron Age hillfort is located. There are some pretty special views from the top, but expect tired legs getting up there!

From Crickhowell town centre, it’s a circular walk that you can either do steep side first (up Llanbedr Road – this was how we did it), or if you’re carrying a child on your shoulders or accompanied by an older dog, you can go down to start at the Cwmbeth Dingle, so the ascent is much longer, but less difficult.

The route up. Legs burning …

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The sun-kissed peak!

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Table Mountain, Crickhowell

Views from the top: alright, like …

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Table Mountain, Crickhowell

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Table Mountain, Crickhowell

On the way down …

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Table Mountain, Crickhowell

Table Mountain, Crickhowell

The walk took about about three hours in total, including a very enjoyable pause on the peak to look at some wild horses and some lambs frolicking around in the field below us.

Vital statistics:

  • Cardiff – Crickhowell: 40 miles (up the A470)
  • Crickhowell has limited amenities, so we suggest taking a packed lunch with you.
  • There is parking on Llanbedr Road if the car park in the centre of town is full …

And that’s all from us on our out-of-Cardiff jaunt for this week. Get out in the countryside and have a lovely time!

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Bucket list adventures in Wales – the best things to do in Cardiff!

Wales Online published this rather wonderful article back in 2005: “50 big bucket list adventures to do in Wales while you can still do up your laces”. They update the article every year or so, and this year contains a number of awesome activities based right here in yon fair city of Cardiff.

Also, is it just me, or do you also wish they’d stop making lists of things to do before you die? It’s so morbid. How about ‘massive list of awesome things to do because they’re awesome and you’re awesome so treat yourself and have a good time??’

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Anyway. Here’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Leave us some comments below! Helia x

 

Ride the rapids at Cardiff International White Water Rafting Centre

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For those with an extreme sports loving streak, get yourselves to the white water rafting centre down in Cardiff Bay. You can enjoy a number of activities there, including white water rafting, kayaking, SUP, and high ropes. They also offer a range of coaching and rescue courses.

How much is it and when can you go?

Prices start at around £50 and available throughout the year. You may want to wait until it gets a bit warmer before hitting those waters though!

More info:

Cardiff International White Water Centre – Facebook page

Visit Wales – white water locations in Wales

 

Step inside the Doctor’s TARDIS in Cardiff Bay

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If you live in Cardiff, it’s likely you’ve bumped into a Doctor Who filming session somewhere around the city. Fans come from all over the world to visit the filming locations – and to see the Doctor Who Experience, housed in that weird shaped giant blue building in the old docks area of Cardiff Bay, just by the barrage.

How much is it and when can you go?

General admission starts at £14 for adults and available all year round.

More info: Doctor Who Experience

Eat a meal in prison

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The Clink at Cardiff Prison came out top out of 946 restaurants in Cardiff on TripAdvisor in 2015. Yes sir! Each diner who visits The Clink Restaurant helps to simulate a true-to-life working environment that is essential for the rehabilitation of the prisoners. Tastes good on so many levels.

How much is it and when can you go?

Sunday lunch costs £15.95 and is open all year round.

More info:

The Clink website

Get spooked on a ghost walk in Llandaff

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The fabulous Jim Cowan is your host with the most (or the host with the ghost/s …? something like that) for terrifying tales of Cardiff’s spooky past. He runs the Cardiff History website, where you can book history tours of Llandaff, Cardiff Castle, St Fagans – and this year, Margam Castle!

If things of a spooky nature are your bag, Jim was one of my guests on the podcast I did about ghosts in Cardiff: We Are Haunted. Listen on Soundcloud or below!

How much is it and when can you go?

You can book on from £15 per person, but outdoor tours are dependent on the weather.

More info:

Cardiff History website

 

Wander the coastal walks of Wales

Cardiff Bay Barrage by Gordon Plant

The first country to offer a dedicated footpath around its coastline, the Wales Coast Path is 870 miles of varied and beautiful landscape. There’s a good stretch that makes its way around the capital city, from the nature reserves up by Newport, down past St Brides and Wentloog Avenue, tracing the edge of Rover Way, somewhat randomly along Ocean Way, then down the canals parallel to Schooner Way and the Bute East Dock – until you’re in the final stretch! Past the Millennium Centre and Senedd, through Cardiff Bay, then across the barrage, where you enter the Vale of Glamorgan.

How much is it and when can you go?

Free, whenever you like.

Map of the city of Cardiff – Wales Coastal Path

10 short coastal path walks (Visit Wales)

The Wales Coastal Path (Visit Wales)

 

Soak up the atmosphere at a Wales rugby home game

Millennium Stadium

The Millennium Stadium (I know it’s called the Principality Stadium now, I just prefer to call it by its birth name, right?) is the home of Welsh rugby. Nothing quite captures Welsh pride more than witnessing a win during an international match.

How much is it and when can you go?

Costs vary and matches happen throughout the year.

More info:

Welsh rugby (Visit Wales)

Principality (Millennium) Stadium website

 

Run the World Half Marathon 2016 in Cardiff

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In March 2016, Cardiff will be in the grip of half marathon fever as the elite World Championships race is held here! There will also be a mass participation half marathon event open for all, taking place on the course, at the same time.

I ran the Cardiff Half Marathon in October, and my feet damn near fell off, though I did raise nearly £500 for Doctors Without Borders (thank you to everyone who sponsored me!). Read more: Cardiff Half Marathon, a first timer’s experience.

How much is it and when can you go?

Entry is £59 for non-club members and takes place on Saturday, March 26.

More info:

Cardiff 2016 website

Visit the past at St Fagans

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St Fagans is one of Europe’s leading open–air museums and Wales’s most popular heritage attraction that lets you walk around Wales from Celtic times to the present day.

How much is it and when can you go?

Free, whenever you like.

More info:

St Fagans website

 

What do you think of the Wales Online list? What have they left out? Let us know in the comments – maybe we’ll make our own list!

Visit Wales have a list of activities you can try out, if you’re out and about in Wales, celebrating 2016 as the Year of Adventure in Wales! Have a look on their website and see what trouble you can get into.