events at Mermaid Quay


25 July, 2014 to 31 August, 2014



The Cardiff Bay Beach is into its second year and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Come and explore as Roald Dahl Plass is transformed into an urban beach with entertainment, traditional seaside rides and stalls.


25 July, 2014 to 31 August, 2014



The Cardiff Bay Beach is into its second year and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Come and explore as Roald Dahl Plass is transformed into an urban beach with entertainment, traditional seaside rides and stalls.

23 August, 2014 to 25 August, 2014



The Cardiff Harbour Festival Extreme Sailing over the August Bank Holiday weekend, promises to be even bigger this year.

See international teams with the best professional sailors race in the heart of Cardiff Bay.

This FREE event can be viewed from all around the waterfront and spectators can enjoy intense competition with 40ft catamarans battling each other at breakneck speeds around the Bay.

The the only UK leg of the 2014 Extreme Sailing Series - this world class event is not to be missed!


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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news & offers



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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    As part of the RSC Open Stages Scheme, Mermaid Quay welcomes The Cardiff Players to the quayside on Saturday 26 July, to perform iconic scenes from their full production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth.

    There will be three 20 minute performances at 12.30, 2.30 & 4.00pm (weather permitting), including the 'double, double toil & trouble' witches and Lady Macbeth's 'out, damned spot' scenes.

    The Cardiff Players are a community theatre group and have been entertaining Cardiff audiences for over 80 years with their stage productions at the Mike Barlow YMCA Theatre.

    They have been staging Shakespeare plays for the last few years and were selected, from hundreds of groups who applied throughout the UK, to be part of the RSC Open Stages Scheme. This has given them access to the expertise of RSC tutors, and now offers visitors to Mermaid Quay the opportunity to enjoy a taste of one of Shakespeare's best loved plays.

    The Cardiff Players welcome new members of all ages and abilities, ethnicities and nationalities.

    To find out more about The Cardiff Players and how you can get involved, visit their website:


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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.”


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                  Mermaid Quay is proud to announce that it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 award.

                  This accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on the TripAdvisor website - the world's largest travel site.

                  When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor consider reviews, which must maintain an overall bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews plus popularity ranking on the TripAdvisor website.

                  Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team and all tenants at Mermaid Quay. We would like to thank all of our past visitors who took the time to complete a Mermaid Quay review on TripAdvisor.


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                    It's a summer of sport, with all eyes on Brazil from 12th June to 13th July when the World Cup will be won or lost at Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Get in to the spirit of the beautiful game at Las Iguanas.

                    We'll be serving up all our favourite Brazilian dishes, from Xinxim to Moqueca, and classic cocktails using our own cachaca. Or try our limited edition Victory cocktail sparkling with gold just like the original Jules Rimet trophy, known as the Victory cup which the legendary 1970 Brazil team won for keeps.

                    And don't just wonder at the sun, sea and sand from afar. You could WIN a fantastic trip to Rio de Janeiro courtesy of Latin American Travel Specialists Chimu Adventures with one of our three fantastic competitions:

                    1. In the restaurants - Test your knowledge of Latin Football with our Postcard Prize Draw

                    2. Online - keep tabs on the website and social media and find Tito, the mascot of the LATA Foundation for a chance to Win

                    3. Nominate - your local community Sports Hero for a chance to win them the trip of a lifetime

                    We've also got 3 x £1000 sponsorships up for grabs for U-16 football teams. Find out more here.

                    About our sponsors...

                    Chimu Adventures are a leading Latin America and Antarctica travel specialist. They create affordable tailor-made holidays and have the UK’s widest range of expedition cruises to the region. Whether you want to walk to Inca trail, snorkel in the crystal clear waters in Mexico, explore the mountains of Patagonia or meet a penguin in the 7th Continent, Antarctica, Chimu Adventures have a dedicated team of destination specialists to design the perfect trip for you. We pride ourselves of exceptional knowledge and affinity with the region, so whether you are planning the trip of a lifetime, a cultural experience or a relaxing holiday, set off on your next adventure with us.

                    Choose your own adventure.

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