July 2018 – Top 10 things to do across South Wales

Here’s our 10 sizzling hot picks for the month ahead because there’s nothing better than a summer in South Wales.


Don’t miss Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival
Until 28th July
The enormously popular annual Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival 2018 is at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, with more shows that ever before, from Shakespeare to Sitcom, there’s something for everyone. Get your tickets now.
0333 666 3366, www.cardiffopenairtheatrefestival.co.uk


Your chance to see War Horse in Cardiff
4th – 28th July
Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama will be filling the seats at the Wales Millennium Centre. With stirring music and songs, it’s a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.
02920 636464, www.wmc.org.uk 


The Beach is back!
6th July – 2nd Sept
The new and improved Cardiff Bay Beach moves over to Alexandra Head, a newly developed event site in Cardiff Bay. Cardiff Bay Beach will be open for an expanded nine weeks of family entertainment until the kids return to school.
www.cardiffbaybeach.co.uk


Summer in the City
6th – 8th July
Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival is a celebration of home grown produce and irresistible street food and is returning to Cardiff bay with over 100 local, national and international producers. Sample a vast array of mouth-watering produce from local, national and international food and drink producers and discover tastes from across the globe.
www.visitcardiff.com


The girl’s are in town
7th July
The world’s biggest girl band Little Mix are playing a run of UK summer shows throughout July as part of the group’s ‘The Summer Hits Tour 2018’, and the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, is delighted to be in the mix, hosting the concert Saturday 7th July.
01792 616445, www.liberty-stadium.com


Let’s dance
7th – 8th July
Dance Days is a two-day summer festival, across Swansea City centre created by Taliesin Arts Centre and it’s a weekend of thrilling dance performances and it’s absolutely free! This whole weekend brings together performers from across the UK and beyond, dancing alongside Swansea community dance groups.
01792 602060, www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk


Calling all petrol heads 
21st – 22nd July
Aberdare Park Road Races has a glittering history and racers who have tackled the challenging 1.45km course read like a who’s who of motorcycle racing. There’s a full race programme both days featuring modern and classic machines, with parades of classic road and race bikes and a wide array of trade stands and displays on the infield, there will be something to keep everyone entertained throughout the weekend.
www.aberdarepark.co.uk


Free family fun day in Porthcawl
21st July
Head to Porthcawl this Summer for a day by the seaside and what better day to visit than carnival day.  Always a great family day out, the carnival parades through the town, ending up in a riot of colour on the carnival field at Porthcawl Rugby Club, where there’ll be lots of entertainment to enjoy. Porthcawl Buckaneers organise this annual event to raise vital funds for local charities and good causes.
www.porthcawlcarnival.weebly.com


The highlight of the summer calendar
23rd-26th July
The Royal Welsh Show will be held at the showground in Llanelwedd. Along with an exciting four-days of livestock competitions and a range of activities it has something to interest everyone.
www.rwas.wales


Keep the little ones busy this summer at Llanelli Wetlands Centre
25th July – 3rd Sept
Here’s your chance to become a fearless Wildlife Ranger like Dusty Duck. There are loads of exciting challenges waiting for you this summer from pond dipping to an intrepid canoe safari. You can even jump on a bike and wind through our wetlands on wheels!
01554 741087, www.wwt.org.uk