events at Mermaid Quay


14 September, 2014



Now in its 7th year, the Cardiff Multicultural Mela in Roald Dahl Plass is a FREE Family Festival.

From 12 noon to 6pm, entertainment includes live music, Bollywood dancing, market bazaar and a kids zone.

28 September, 2014



The event village for the 2014 Men's Health Survival of the Fittest is once again located in Roald Dahl Plass - the action starts and finishes here.

The course takes in both Cardiff waterside and the city centre, with a spectacular charge over the Hay Bale Wall to start the race and a gruelling climb over the MH Wall of Fame on the menu for when the competitors return.

It all makes for a sensational outing and maybe a little watery too!

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Ken Picton Salon Director Dafydd Rhys (Current Wales and South West Hairdresser of the Year and F.A.M.E. Team member) has been shortlisted for Salon Stylist of the Year in the British Hairdressing Business Awards.

The finalists have been announced after two days of judging by a prestigious panel of industry experts, manufacturers and business gurus. The awards seek to reward and recognise individuals and salons that excel in the business of professional hairdressing.

As well as being on the salon floor five days a week at the Ken Picton Salon (Cardiff) Dafydd also works backstage at many London Fashion Week shows, presents a regular style feature on S4C’s Prynhawn Da and counts celebs Alex Jones and Imogen Thomas among his loyal clientele.

Dafydd says of being shortlisted “I love where I am with my career at the moment and being shortlisted is a huge achievement. I have a great clientele at the salon, fantastic opportunities to be creative and travel outside the salon and also a great relationship with both the Welsh and British media to show what us hairdressers are made of. I’m very passionate about where I’m from and love taking back what I’ve learnt and achieved to share with the young aspiring stylists back home. It’s such a great industry, full of amazing people – I don’t want anybody to miss the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Dafydd Rhys is at Ken Picton Salon, 8 Mermaid Quay, Cardiff CF10 5BZ.  Tel: 029 2066 2080


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    Treat your family at Mermaid Quay this month - there's some great deals.

    Signor Valentino and Bellini's are offering an Express Lunch from £5.95, plus there's a Bambino menu for the children, which includes a main meal, soft drink and ice cream for £5.95. Express Lunch is available Monday to Sunday 12 - 5pm at Signor Valentino and Monday to Sunday 12 - 2.30pm at Bellini's.

    Bayside Brasserie is always a treat and has a special two course lunch or dinner for £12.50 with a children's menu ar £5.95. Lunch is available Monday to Friday 12 - 2.30pm and Saturday 12 - 3.30pm. Dinner is available Monday to Sunday 5.30 - 6.30pm.

    For a true taste of Italy, try the recently opened San Martino - their lunch and pre-theatre menu starts from £7.95 and a children's three course meal is £6.95. Available Monday to Sunday 12 - 6.30pm.

    And don't forget Mimosa, where a special two course menu is just £11.50 and is available Monday to Sunday 12 - 6.30pm.


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      Continuing on from nominations for Most Wanted and the British Hairdressing Business Awards, the Ken Picton Salon are celebrating after it was announced they’ve been shortlisted for the hugely prestigious AIPP Awards in the Best Photo Category.

      This year the Awards received over 561 image collections from 34 countries around the world – a new record for the AIPP - and will take place at a prestigious ceremony during the Alternative Hair Show 2014 at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday October 12th 2014.

      Ken says, "There's nothing we enjoy more than putting our home town of Cardiff on the map when it comes to competitions, so we're delighted to be shortlisted in such a competitive international award, alongside entrants from the world's leading hairdressing talent."

      Ken Picton Salon is at 8 Mermaid Quay, Cardiff, CF10 5BZ. Tel: 029 2066 2080.


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        The Cardiff Bay Waterfront Partners* have launched their annual photography competition ‘The Bay Picture.’

        Budding photographs aged 16 and up are invited to submit their entries over the coming weeks to show their interpretation of what a great place Cardiff Bay is to visit, and to be in with a chance of winning fun filled prizes!

        With a scenic and diverse waterfront, and a variety of attractions, there is so much to choose from to create the perfect backdrop or centre piece for a photograph.

        Entrants can also enjoy the events in the Bay this summer including: Cardiff Bay Beach (25 July – 31 August) and Cardiff Harbour Festival hosts the Extreme Sailing Series (22 – 25 August).

        The three winning entries will be displayed in the Norwegian Church Arts Centre and the World of Boats. The prizes have been donated by Waterfront Partners members and include:

        • 1st Prize:  A gift voucher for a full day’s sailing for 2 people on Wales’ tall ship and round-the-world yacht; Challenge Wales. The winners will be able to take the helm, hoist the sails and get involved in all aspects of sailing. In addition the winner will receive a voucher for a meal and drinks for two (up to the value of £50) at Lookout Café Bar and one night’s accommodation in Holiday Inn Express, Cardiff Bay
        • 2nd Prize: Tickets for 2 people to a Saturday night show with nibbles and bottle of wine/pitcher of beer at the Glee Club, Cardiff Bay and one month’s free bus travel courtesy of Cardiff Bus
        • 3rd Prize: A voucher for 2 for a 2 hour cycle ride courtesy of Pedal Power

        To enter you can send up to 2 photographs as a jpeg (max size 3Mb) along with your name and contact number to by Midnight 31 August 2014.

        For more information and full terms and conditions visit


        *About The Waterfront Partners

        The Waterfront Partners are a non-profit making organisation and we have over 30 members all representing a unique cross section of the community including local government, charity run outlets, developers and privately run businesses. All members pay a yearly fee to be part of the group and the monies made are invested into events and marketing activities for the Bay.


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          Throughout the summer holidays, kids eat free at Las Iguanas when accompanied by an adult buying a main course from the a la carte menu.

          There's also a chance to win a party for you and your friends in the Las Iguanas 'design your own restaurant' competition. Ask in the restaurant then hand in your entry - good luck!


          Terms & Conditions:

          Kids Eat Free promotion is not available in conjunction with any other offer, discount or voucher. A free meal from the set Kid's Menu is available for each child accompanied by a separate adult buying a main course from the a la carte menu. Does not apply to smaller portions of a la carte dishes. Las Iguanas reserves the right to withdraw or change this offer at any time.


            2 BURGERS FOR £10 AT GBK

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            For six magnificent weeks and in partnership with Absolute Radio, get two burgers for £10 at Gourmet Burger Kitchen and help raise funds for Shelter in the process. Upgrade to a delicious Resident Hero for an extra £1.50 per burger.

            Grab the voucher here:   then print and present when ordering to redeem this offer. 10p from every voucher redeemed will be donated to Shelter.

            Or simply nab the smartphone-friendly version on Vouchercloud / Vouchercodes - enjoy!

            PLUS, there's a chance to win an iPaid in the Absolute Radio / GBK competition, visit the link below for details:


            Offer is valid every day until 31 August 2014. Eat in or takeaway.

            Terms & conditions apply - see voucher for details.


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              Exclusive discounts & offers available to Holiday Inn Express, Cardiff Bay guests at selected restaurants, cafés and activities in Mermaid Quay with your discount card.

              Ask for your card and a leaflet at reception. Then simply show your discount card before making a purchase/ordering food to claim your discount at the following Mermaid Quay venues:

              Aquabus: 10% off a 45 minute cruise of The Bay, leaving Mermaid Quay on the hour.

              Bayside Brasserie: 20% off food bill when dining from the A la Carte menu

              Bellini's: 2-4-1 when dining from the A la Carte menu

              Cadwaladers: 10% off all menu items

              Coffee Mania: 10% off all menu items

              Domino's: Get £10 off when you spend £25 or more online with Domino's Pizza, Cardiff Bay. Use voucher code MQHOLINN at the checkout page.

              JRC Global Buffet: One free glass of soft drink or house wine

              GBK: A free side when ordering an original 6oz burger

              Mimosa: 20% off food bill when dining from the A la Carte menu

              Strada: 20% off food bill

              Terms & conditions apply to all offers above - see leaflet for details

              Valid during July 2014 only


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                Entrecote Café de Paris, located in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay has swapped the Parisian life for a true taste of Italian passion. The exciting transformation started on 9 June 2014. With a new Italian concept, San Martino is now open.

                San Martino will be sure to bring a true authentic Italian dining experience like no other. The restaurant evokes feelings of long lazy days spent on the coast of Italy as you gaze out over the terrace and admire the picturesque views of Cardiff Bay.

                The most exciting changes are within the kitchen, as authentic Italian recipes fill up San Martino’s new menu. Devised and cooked by Italian chefs using the freshest ingredients, to produce the finest Italian dishes the city has to offer.

                There is much more to San Martino than meets the eye, as it boasts three uniquely designed private dining suites that are hidden behind the scenes. Bring your guests along and let San Martino’s ambience, décor and food do the rest.

                The general manager at San Martino, Stefano Gallo explains that, “There is nothing more romantic than Italian food. Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication, we believe that drinking good wine, enjoying good food and sharing it with great company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures”

                Following a fully booked opening night, San Martino has a busy summer and bright future ahead.

                Be sure to book your table at the city’s newest hotspot T: 02920 490990 and quote "San Martino Press" to redeem 25% off your food bill when dining from the a la carte menu.



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                  Triple nominations for Creative Head's Most Wanted Awards for Ken Picton Salon

                  Ken Picton and his Cardiff salon are celebrating after it was announced that they have been shortlisted in three categories for Creative Head Magazine’s annual Most Wanted Awards.

                  Now in their 13th year, the Most Wanted awards, which are judged by hair, fashion and business icons, and attract nominations from the beauty directors of leading magazines including InStyle, ELLE and Vogue, celebrate the incredible individuals and talented teams working in the £6bn-a-year UK hairdressing industry. 

                  The salon itself has finalised in the Best Salon Experience category, which is awarded to a salon that goes above and beyond for each of its clients.

                  Ken Picton has been nominated for two personal awards: Creative Talent and Business Thinker. The Creative Talent award recognises a stylist who demonstrates exceptional skill and ability in all aspects of their career while the Business Thinker is for a Salon Owner/ Director who has built an outstanding salon business. Ken’s a previous winner for both Best Salon Experience and Business Thinker; he also holds prestigious ambassador roles for the likes of ghd, Kerastase, Shu Uemura, L’Oreal Professionnel and Easydry. Next for Ken is a shoot with L’Oreal Professionnel for Marie Claire magazine showcasing the A/W 14 trends – watch this space!

                  The Most Wanted awards will take place on the 1st September at London’s Tate Modern hosted by comedian and actor Jack Whitehall.

                  Ken Picton is at 8 Mermaid Quay. Tel: 029 2066 2080


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                    Ken Picton & Dafydd Rhys in Dubai for ghd

                    Ken Picton, ghd UK global ambassador and directive for the international group and Dafydd Rhys, a member of the ghd UK artistic team, headed out to Dubai to help promote the brand at the Middle East Beauty World event held at the World Trade Centre Exhibition Hall in Derah City.

                    The three-day event is a huge exhibition of all things beauty from make-up through to hair and fragrance; as ghd has only been available in the United Arab Emirates for a few years, this year was the brand’s chance to truly put their mark on the region with inspiring shows for both the consumer and professional hairdresser. The shows the team put on included demonstrating creative excellence with the help of the latest innovative products from the range, such as the Eclipse and Air. Of the appeal of ghd in UAE, Ken says, “There was a huge demand for the ghd Eclipse and Air after our shows, we even had people queuing outside the building just to get their hands on them.”