his weekend there are some excellent free events taking place in and around Newport, proving that getting out and about doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here’s the top picks of what’s on.
When: 16th – 17th Sept @ 10:00 – 16:00
Where: Risca Museum
As part of the Cadw Open Doors season, Risca Museum will be putting on special displays and the chance to see items from their collection that are not normally on display. They are also running a guided history walk of the local area at 1pm on Sunday.
Well Being Event
When: 16th Sept @ 10:00 – 16:30
Where: Kingsway Centre, Newport
Get advice and try out some treatments at this event in the centre of town. The event focuses on helping you transition into Autumn in high spirits and thinking about your own wellbeing. Advice on beauty, image and healthy eating will all be available.
Breakfast Walk at the Wetlands
When: 16th Sept @ 7:30 – 10:30
Where: Newport Wetlands
Price: £7.50 per person
If you are a wildlife enthusiast and willing to wake up early on Saturday morning then this event could be for you. A breakfast walk around the reedbeds gives visitors the best opportunity to spot some of the rarer species that reside at the Wetlands. This activity is focusing on spotting the elusive Bearded Reedling which are unlikely to be seen at busier times of the day.
When: 17th Sept @ 11:30 & 2:30
Where: Riverfront Theatre
Price: £7 each, £26 for a family of 4
The family entertainment continues at the Riverfront this weekend with Poggle from Barrowland Ballet. The trailer for this show looks like the kind of lively action show that young children love and with a suggested age range of 6 months to 5 years this is the perfect opportunity to introduce the youngest members of the family to the world of theatre.
This performance is part of a wider tour which sees the performers travel as far as Shanghai. Press reviews of the show so far have been positive, with The Herald reporting that Poggle was a ‘mix of bouncy dance-theatre, cunningly versatile design, live music and audience participation’. The looks set to be ideal for families with young children.
Out of Newport Top Picks:
Cardiff Human Library
When: 16th Sept @ 12:00 – 16:00
Where: Cardiff Central Library
I love the concept behind this event. A human library is just like a normal library, except the books are replaced by people and the written word is replaced by conversation.
Cardiff’s Human Library is part of an international movement to challenge prejudice and promote inclusion through bringing people together. It is a safe environment where you can meet people, hear their stories and ask questions.
I really hope Newport joins the movement and we get our own Human Library event. There are so many diverse and amazing stories to be told in Newport. Until then, Cardiff is just a short train ride away.
Free Horror Screening
When: 16th Sept @ 21:00 – 23:00
Where: National Diving & Activity Centre, Tidenham
Throughout September the NDAC in Tidenham are offering free drive in horror movie nights. On the 16th September you can see the original 1984 version of Nightmare on Elm Street. This film has become a classic horror, often included in top Halloween movie countdowns. Wes Craven taps into the uncontrollable and strange world of dreams to bring a horror story that everyone can relate to. But if the film itself is not scary enough, you can now watch it in the dark, next to a flooded quarry. Check out the website for full details on how to book.
Abergavenny Food Festival
When: 16th & 17th Sept @ 10am
Price: £7 - £14 (See website for details)
Over 200 exhibitors are expected at this year’s food festival, making it the biggest culinary event in Wales. Demonstrations, masterclasses and tastings will all be on offer throughout the weekend. There is plenty on offer for children over the weekend, including hands-on workshops, family farmyard talks and storytelling sessions.