The Summer may be over but the action needn’t stop this September, as there is a whole host of events to look forward to.
From theatre to adventure, this blog post will bring you the top pick of events in and around Newport.
Coming up this weekend:
When: 9th Sept @ 10:30 / 11:30
Where: Riverfront Theatre
Price: Tickets: £1.50 each, or £2.50 for both when booked together.
This double-show offering at the Riverfront is perfect for families with young children. At £2.50 per person for a whole morning of entertainment, we already have our tickets booked for this one.
The morning starts with ‘Growing Up’, an interactive workshop which joins a hungry caterpillar after he has transformed into a butterfly.
The session is being run by Louby Lou’s Interactive Storytelling; a local business with glowing 5-star reviews on Facebook. However, this session only has 30 spaces available, so it is advisable to book in advance.
The entertainment continues at 11:30 with ‘Me and My Bee’, a family show suitable for all. This offering is presented by multi award-winning This Egg. The show appears to be whimsical and funny, along with an important message about saving bees.
Newport Skyline Challenge
When: Start times vary (see website for details)
Where: Active Living Centre, Bettws
Price: Fees vary (see website for details)
Registration has been extended to the 6th September so, if you are quick, there is still time to sign up for these walking challenges. There are a range of routes to cater for different abilities, from a 1.5 mile led walk to a 16-mile self-led challenge. There is some fantastic countryside around Newport and this is an excellent opportunity to explore it.
Further details: Walk the Port
When: 9th Sept @ 12:00
Where: St Woolos Cathedral
Price: Free admission, but there will be a collection of donations
There will be a midday piano recital at the cathedral from Portuguese pianist Antonio Oyarzabal. Antonio has given solo recitals across Europe, including Barcelona and Greece. This is a great opportunity to see a young talent.
Further details: Piano
Open Doors: Newport Transporter Bridge
When: 9th Sept @ 10:00 – 17:00
Where: Newport Transporter Bridge
As part of the Cadw Open Doors season, there will be free access to the Transporter Bridge from 10am on Saturday. Visitors will be able to ride the gondola or climb the 278 steps to the top of the bridge, all for free.
Further Details: Transporter bridge
The Tour of Britain Pro-cycle race
When: 10th @ 14:00
Where: Through Newport, from Caerleon to the SDR (see website for details)
One of the biggest events on the UK professional cycling calendar is heading to Newport on Sunday. Over a hundred of the world’s best cyclists will make their way from Caerleon, through Chepstow Road, across the George Street Bridge and down the SDR road before heading on to Cardiff.
This is one of the most high-profile races in British cycling and the event will be televised live.
Further information: Tour of Britain
Open Doors: Tredegar House
When: 9th & 10th Sept @ 10:30 – 16:00
Where: Tredegar House
Every September heritage sites across Wales open their doors and allow free access to members of the public. This is a worthwhile offer to take advantage of if you are into history or culture, especially as entrance to Tredegar House is normally just over £20 for a family of four.
For the Open Doors event, there will be free access to the mansion house. Due to renovation work occurring on the exterior of this site, scaffolding is present. However, once inside you can explore the house and spend time in the ninety acres of parkland and gardens which surround the house.
Further details: Tredegar House
Out of Newport Top Pick:
Greenmeadow Farm Show
When: 10th Sept @ 10am
Where: Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran
Price: Half price entry (see website for details)
Cwmbran’s community farm is hosting its annual show on Sunday. There will be a range of traditional village competitions on offer, including; heaviest pumpkin, rudest root vegetable and longest stick of rhubarb. Handicraft, photography and cookery are also all on show.
Children can enter into the spirit of the occasion by participating in one of their own competition classes, which include Welsh cakes, mythical creatures and decorative wellies. Fees of between 25p and £2.50 apply to enter one the competitions, however, all exhibitors receive a free pass to attend the show. Closing date for entries is the 6th September, but there is plenty of activities to enjoy throughout the day, even if you are not competing.
Further details: Greenmeadow Farm