Top 9 things to do this autumn in South Wales

There’s plenty going on across South Wales this season, here’s our pick of the bunch for an awesome autumn 2018.


An ambitious new opera for Cardiff
15th – 29th September
The Wales Millennium Centre is set for David Pountney’s new production of War and Peace. It will be as ambitious and epic in scale as the novel itself, with a huge set, video projections and stunning costumes by Marie-Jeanne Lecca portray the grandeur of Russian society in the 1800s.

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Two weeks of live music and arts in Swansea
22nd Sept – 7th Oct
Swansea International Festival brings two weeks of live music and arts to the city this autumn. From Rob Brydon’s stand-up performance to Sir Karl Jenkins homecoming concert at the Brangwyn Hall and Welsh National Opera at Taliesin Arts Centre with Rhondda Rips it Up.

5 Nights of epic theatre
25th – 29th September
Now The Hero is a promenade, multi-sensory experience created by Swansea artist Marc Rees to mark the centenary of World War 1. You will be guided over two and half hours from the stunning open expanse of Swansea beach to the intimate surroundings of The Brangwyn Hall. There is no better way to mark the final year of 14-18 NOW than to create a defining Welsh production, in poignant commemoration that puts Swansea on the map.

Prepare to be terrified 
18th – 21st, 25th – 31st October
Too old for Trick or Treating? X-Scream is a spine chilling experience for adults at Rhondda Heritage Park. Expect a grotesque and terrifying night – all you have to do is escape in one piece.

Artes Mundi is back 
26th October – 24th February
From over 450 Nominations spanning 86 countries and includes five of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists, the National Museum Cardiff hosts the Artes Mundi 8, with the shortlisted artists taking part in a major exhibition.

The wonderfully wicked witches of Oz
31st October – 24th November
Wicked is back at Wales Millennium Centre this autumn to tell the incredible story of the Witches of Oz. Being hailed as one of the best musicals of our time and this is your chance to see it in Cardiff.

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Frightfully good family fun
31st October
St Fagans National Museum will be hosting their ghostly Halloween experience again this year. New for this year is the extra-creepy Scare Zone (age 12+) for that extra scare factor and then to end the night by watching the Wicker Man burn. Book tickets now as these book up fast.

Halloween entertainment 
29th -31st October
The Welsh Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park is hosting some special spooky Halloween events for younger visitors. It will be transformed for a Halloween Spooktacular and features all the traditional events, including pumpkin carving, a pumpkin hunt, face painting, arts & crafts along with wizard wand and broomstick making workshops.

Festival of Light
2nd November
Pull on your woolly hats and wrap up warm for this awesome autumn shindig.  Don’t miss this free family event in Bridgend Town Centre with fire displays, vibrant music and a magical lantern parade.