Top 10 things to do in South Wales for the month ahead

Volvo Ocean Race

Welcome The World’s Toughest Sailors to Cardiff Bay
Until 10th June
Two week free festival to welcome the Volvo Ocean Race to Cardiff Bay on it’s epic journey around the world. At the Race Village you’ll be able to take a photograph with the iconic trophy; and participate in a range of action-packed activities, including free watersport sessions. The festival will have a true Welsh flavour, with producers offering locally sourced food and drink alongside live music sessions on the waterfront.
www.volvooceanracecardiff.com


Festival of Voice

Don’t miss the Festival of Voice
7th – 17th June
Cardiff’s international arts festival, Festival of Voice, returns this year for its second instalment. Created by Wales Millennium Centre, they’ll be bringing you 11 days of unique musical talent, one-off events, inspirational collaborations and community participation projects.
02920 636 464, www.wmc.org.uk


Swansea Jazz Festival 2018

Wales’ Biggest Jazz Festival
14th – 17th June
Swansea International Jazz Festival returns for the 5th year this summer with over 50 events taking place at 15 venues located in and around the Swansea Maritime Quarter. The Dylan Thomas Theatre and the Dylan Thomas Centre will host the ticketed concerts with a diverse programme of Jazz along with workshops, South Wales Schools Big Band workshop and concert at the National Waterfront Museum and free events all around the Maritime Quarter.
01792 475 715, www.jazzwales.com


Kizuna: Japan | Wales | Design

How has Japan changed the World?
16th June – 9th Sept
For centuries, Japan has had one of the world’s most exciting and refined design cultures. From cars and cameras to household items and animation. Kizuna: Japan | Wales | Design the new exhibition at the National Museum in Cardiff, you’ll see how Japanese culture and design has captivated the rest of the world.
0300 111 2 333, www.museum.wales


Wartime Bridgend

Step back in time to Wartime Bridgend
16th June
Bridgend town centre will be transformed into the past as they mark the Centenary of WWI and Bridgend’s involvement in WWII. This FREE event will bring entertainment throughout the day with live music and with things to see and do and it promises to be a great day out for all.
01656 815757, www.carnegiehouse.co.uk


Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival

Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival
21st June – 28th July
Everyman Theatre’s festival returns to Sophia Gardens Cardiff with more shows than ever before, from Shakespeare to sitcom, stand up comedy to musicals. Britain’s much loved sitcom Dad’s Army gets adapted for the stage, with madcap musical Seussical Jr suitable for young children, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
0333 666 3366, www.everymantheatre.co.uk


Grumpy Old Women To The Rescue

Grumpy Old Women at Swansea Grand Theatre
23rd June
Join us at the Swansea Grand Theatre for 90 mins of brand new ‘full-fat’, ‘batteries included’ comedy from the mistresses of grump. Fed up with flogging their guts out and always having to be in charge, the Grumpy Old Women have put their knobbly old feet up in glorious retirement, free at last to practise their extreme colouring-in, ukelele orchestra and novelty fudge-making.
01792 475715, www.swanseagrand.co.uk


WNO Rhondda Rips it Up!

Rhondda Rips It Up!
27th June
Welsh National Opera comes to the Park & Dare Theatre in Treorchy to present the world premiere of the rip-roaring, uproarious musical comedy Rhondda Rips It Up! An unforgettable journey through the life and adventures of that unsung heroine of the Welsh Suffrage movement, Margaret Haig Thomas, the Viscountess Rhondda.
03000 040 444, www.rct-theatres.co.uk


Wales National Airshow

A fun filled family day at Swansea Bay
30th June – 1st July
The free Wales National Airshow will be returning to Swansea Bay on Saturday June 30th and Sunday July 1st. Breathtaking aerobatic displays, state-of-the-art military aircraft and vintage planes from the past thrilled over 250,000 visitors in Swansea Bay last summer.
www.walesnationalairshow.com


Lido Ponty

Lido Ponty is now open for the summer season
Until 23rd September
With three pools; a main pool, an activity pool and a splash pool, Lido Ponty offers fantastic swimming opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Visitors can have fun with inflatables to Aqua Scooterz, Aqua Peddlerz and Water Walker. The splash pool is complete with an umbrella water fountain that little ones will love. On the warmer days, simply dip your toes in the heated water and relax on the sun terrace.
0300 004 0000, www.rctcbc.gov.uk