I’ve never been one of those people that enjoys the autumn/winter months. I dread wrapping up in multiple layers before leaving the house or the ongoing fear of waking up to snow-covered streets. If, like me, you’ve done enough sitting in bed with a hot chocolate this season, I’ve picked out some activities taking place in Cardiff over the next month that will certainly help banish those winter blues!

best for… a night of romance

Pride and Prejudice, the classic novel by Jane Austen, has recently been re-written for the stage and is heading to the Millennium Centre from the 21-25th February. If you’re not a fan of classic literature, don’t turn your nose up - the story is your classic romantic comedy (in fact Bridget Jones’ Diary was based on Jane Austen’s novel) that will surely have you laughing aloud throughout and leave you full of joy.

best for… a bit of relaxation

You don’t have to have to be a yoga expert to head along to the evening classes at the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay. The classes are suitable for all levels, including beginners, and I can think of nothing more calming than doing a bit of stretching in such a beautiful setting. It costs just £6 so it’s a really affordable way of trying something new and you could even treat yourself to a delicious bite to eat in one of the many restaurants that the Bay has to offer afterwards. Sounds like bliss to me!

best for… the feel good factor

The Wedding Singer, based on the Adam Sandler film of the same name, is coming to Cardiff’s New Theatre from the 27th February until the 4th March. Set in the 80’s (arguably one of the best eras for music) the story centres around wedding singer Robbie Hart who gets his heart broken and tries to relight his passion for performing. The show is packed full of brilliant songs and huge laughs and is guaranteed to be a really fun night out so grab a group of friends and get your dancing shoes on for a party you won’t forget. 

Best for… trying something different

If you enjoyed the recent Oscar-nominated film La La Land why not try heading along to an evening of live jazz? Every Friday from 5.30 until 7pm at the Royal Welsh College there’s a showcase of some wonderful new jazz talents. It’s free to attend so it’s definitely worth giving a go and hey, you might even find your very own Sebastian!

best for… making you think

There’s always so much exciting new theatre taking place here in Cardiff but one that stood out to me is Open Plan, a play all about modern love described as “dark, sexy and funny”. It takes places at the Royal Welsh College from the 7-14th February so it would be great for a Valentines (or even anti-Valentines) night out, plus tickets are just £6 for under 25s so it’s definitely one to check out if you want a fresh perspective on romance.


Written by a very cold Olivia Bolas, 10 months ago
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