The Welsh capital of Cardiff has often received a reputation for punching above its weight in terms of putting on an event or two. This buzzing cosmopolitan city regularly draws in 75,000 rugby fans during Six Nations games and also hosts Test Matches and The Hundred for cricket matches.
Cardiff is increasing becoming one of the most popular city destinations in the UK for outdoor activities. In fact, it would be impossible to be bored in this activity made city. Despite the reputation for being a bit wet, Cardiff is a year-round destination and there are heaps of fun things to do in all weathers.
One of the reasons for this growth is its growing reputation for being a destination for stag and hen weekends, many of which choose to take part in an outdoor activity during the course of the weekend.
The city is easily accessible from all parts of the UK and certainly makes for a fantastic city break weekend. There is something for everyone, so even if you are looking for Cardiff group activities, travelling with your family or just coming here with your partner, then you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice here.
So whether you want to get wet or stay dry you’re really not stuck for choice. To make things a little easier we’ve rounded up the very best Cardiff activities.
1. Welsh Games
One of Cardiff’s newest activities, Welsh Games run events specifically geared towards hen and stag parties. Compete in 9 crazy themed games that will have you and your friends in hysterics. Expect lots of inflatables, some fat suits, dragons and even a ride on sheep. Welsh Games specialise in welcoming groups on stag and hen weekends, but also cater for birthdays and corporate groups. And why not go in Welsh themed fancy dress just to add to the fun? This outfit also run West Country Games, one of the most popular Bristol activities you’ll find.
Get the adrenaline pumping with this full on day out. A bit like lemmings, you will jump, climb, swim and leap as you explore the coastline up close. Definitely for the more adventurous, Coasteering is sure to leave you buzzing as you wonder just how you managed to survive.
3. Cardiff Bay boat trips
Jump on board and cruise along a beautiful part of Cardiff’s River Taff from the Bay area. Boat trips vary from gentle trips along the river with historical explanation from your knowledgeable guide to a bit more full on powerboat experience. Otherwise, stag and hen groups will love the HMS69 boat trips, which offer a fully stocked bar and pumping music.
4. White Water Rafting
Cardiff’s purpose built white water rapids provides lots of thrills as you head down the river, paddle in hand. The course is graded 2-4 including the legendary “Hell Hole”. This is definitely one to get the blood pumping!
5. School Sports Day
Remember your school sports day? Usually held under the sun-burn inducing May sun, these events were probably the highlight of your PE teacher’s entire year. They provided a unique opportunity for overly competitive Dads (and mums!) to cheer on their precious little darlings, as they scamper across the school fields, like a herd of terrified antelope, being chased hard by a big cat, all in the name of competitive fun. Well you’ll either be secretly pleased or slightly horrified to know that the whole school sports day experience is now available for adult groups. There are a couple of outfits in Cardiff that will have you turning your ankle in the sand pit and then hobbling in three legged races with your friends. And you are ready, get set….go!
Within easy touching distance of the City Centre of Cardiff, Porthcawl offers great conditions for those new to surfing. Rest Bay is the most consistent break, offering well-formed peaks, whereas Coney Beach directly in front of the esplanade gives a good deal more shelter. There are several surfing outfits, which are able to offer surf board hire and tuition.
Like Coasteering, this is another outdoor activity that is not for the feint hearted. This is a fantastic physically demanding activity that is ideal for groups and individuals. Your expert guide will literally lead you along the course of the river as you navigate your way over waterfall jumps, boulder hopping, waterfall climbing. Then swim through raging rapids and scramble up rocks into caves.
8. Multi-activity day
This activity is very popular with stag parties, since groups can choose from a selection of different activities at this excellent activity site called Taff Valley. Activities include Rebel Buggies, quad bikes, Segway’s, Supacats and blind 4×4 driving.