What's on in Cardiff over the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend
This weekend marks the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and whether you're a flag-waving fan of the monarchy or a republican looking to get away from it all, the extra-long Bank Holiday weekend marks a great chance to relax and enjoy some of the many activities taking place around Cardiff.
Here's a round-up of some of the Jubilee events going on:
Jubilee Street Parties
There are almost 60 street parties taking place across Cardiff to mark the royal jubilee, and yourCardiff has helpfully mapped them out. Or if the weather takes a turn for the worse, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama are holding an indoor street party. So wherever you are in Cardiff, you won’t have far to go to find a party!
Oh So Jubilee Craft Faire
Over at Chapter Arts Centre, there’s a Jubilee Craft Faire with a wide variety of stallholders and handcrafted wares, 11am to 6pm on Saturday, which should be well worth a look!
The Big Lunch
Sunday 3rd of June also marks the Big Jubilee Lunch. The idea is to get as many people as possible to sit down and have lunch with their neighbours, as a gesture of community, friendship and fun. Why not invite your neighbours round? Or head down to St Mary Street in the City Centre for the official Cardiff Big Lunch.
If you’re not interested in the Jubilee, there’s still plenty of other things going on over the Bank Holiday weekend that aren’t Jubilee-related
We Are Cardiff: A Roath State of Mind Exhibition
Local site We Are Cardiff is putting on an exhibition featuring stories and photography of local residents featured in the We Are Cardiff project. The launch party is on Friday 1 June in the Waterloo Gardens Teahouse from 6.15pm, and the exhibition runs until 2 July.
Festival of Street Dance in the Bay
The Festival of Street Dance sees live performances and free workshops kicking off on Saturday 2 June and running through the half-term week. So if you want to see some great street and break dancing performances on the quayside, head down to the Bay. (If you’re trying to avoid the Jubilee, steer clear on the Tuesday though, when there will be Jubilee stilt walkers, Union Jack facepainting and more around the Bay!)
Looking further afield to outside Cardiff, the Hay Festival will be in full swing over the Bank Holiday weekend, with a glittering array of authors and speakers gathering in the second hand book capital of the world. If you’ve got a car, it’s easy to nip up from Cardiff to Hay for the day. Getting there from Cardiff by public transport is a bit more of a trek, but why not grab a tent and camp overnight?