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TAKE TIME OUT AT CADWALADERS
Check out the new brand menu at Cadwaladers in Mermaid Quay.
So much more than just fabulous ice cream, Cadwaladers now does breakfast including Belgian waffle, American pancakes and homemade porridge with delicious toppings.
The new sundae menu has 20 different choices and even hot drinks have had a makeover and now include white hot chocolate and mochas.
To view the new menus, visit the Cadwaladers Mermaid Quay page at www.mermaidquay.co.uk/cadwaladers
MERMAID QUAY 'DRAWING WATER' FESTIVAL OF ART
FREE Family friendly 'Drawing Water' Festival of Art at Mermaid Quay (part of The Big Draw)
Saturday 25 October to Sunday 2 November
Water is the most abundant compound on the earth’s surface. It covers almost 70% of the planet and makes up as much as 78% of the human body. With a stunning waterfront location in the heart of Cardiff Bay, water dominates the world around Mermaid Quay.
Drawing Water is Mermaid Quay’s FREE, 9-day, family friendly art festival for the October half-term holiday. The festival adopts The Big Draw theme of the world around us to celebrate all things water-based.
From 12 midday to 4pm each day, the schedule of FREE activities will include:
SATURDAY 25 & SUNDAY 26 OCTOBER:
• Giant Doodle Station: Help colour in a giant 3D pentagon covered in original hand drawn black & white cartoons by artist Scott Walker located on the Quayside. Scott himself will be on hand to talk to budding artists.
SATURDAY 25 OCTOBER:
• The Art Critics: Two flamboyant 'lovies' who find the beauty in everything. To them everything is a piece of art. Dressed in their colourful outfits and suitable moustaches, they critique everything they see from plants to wheelie bins!
SATURDAY 25 OCTOBER - SUNDAY 2 NOVEMBER:
• A Picture of You: Put yourself in the picture with our 'selfie' competition. Strike a pose in front of one of our giant picture frames, take a photo, post on Facebook and tag Mermaid Quay - there's prizes for the best photos.
SUNDAY 26 OCTOBER:
• Cartoon Characters: Look out for your favourite cartoon characters on the Quayside giving away Mermaid Quay colouring & activity books and pencil sets.
MONDAY 27 OCTOBER - SUNDAY 2 NOVEMBER:
• Art Hunt: In association with Wales Millennium Centre, find the arty clues and submit your completed treasure map form for a chance to win a meal for 4 at Bellini's in Mermaid Quay and 4 tickets to a show at the Wales Millennium Centre.
MONDAY 27 - THURSDAY 30 OCTOBER:
• Kids Workshops: Get creative and join our Make & Take drawing, craft and sand art workshops.
FRIDAY 31 OCTOBER - SATURDAY 1 NOVEMBER:
• 'Picasso' Griffiths: Fun and entertainment from one of Britain's top caricaturists as he creates miniature works of art in lightning speed that capture the essentials of your character as a unique memento that will always raise a smile.
• Digital Graffiti Wall: There's arty fun for all the family with an interactive digital graffiti wall. Incorporate your photograph then use the digital spray paint cans to customise the image with your own graphics and receive a print of your creation.
SUNDAY 2 NOVEMBER:
• Capital FM Street Stars: We complete our masterpiece with the Capital FM Street Stars on the Quayside. Every hour from 12 midday - 4pm, two players will be selected to take part in the Capital FM 'Big Draw' Game Show to guess the Capital artists from pictures the presenters have drawn. There's a prize for every correct guess, so 'come on down' and join the fun.
WIN A FABULOUS A LA CARTE DINING EXPERIENCE AT MERMAID QUAY:
Enter the Capital FM online competition for your chance to win a meal for 6 at Demiro's in Mermaid Quay plus a bottle of Tattinger champagne. Entries close on Sunday 2 November. To enter visit www.capitalfm.com/southwales/win/dining-experience-mermaid-quay/
With waterfront restaurants, cafés and boutique shopping you'll be drawn to the Mermaid Quay Festival of Art 2014 - a great day out for all the family.
NEW COMEDY CAROUSEL AT THE GLEE CLUB
New Thursday night 'Comedy Carousel' shows at The Glee Club start 30 October 2014
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to a new era in live comedy. Not for the first time The Glee Club have picked up the jumpers and moved the goalposts.
Whenever you see the Comedy Carousel logo on a Thursday night show you can be sure to expect a night of brand new live comedy that harks back to the golden era of entertainment.
Each Comedy Carousel show will feature an opening comedian; a variety middle section ranging from fun, games and strange talents to 5 up-and-coming acts who will compete against the clock to win over the audience; all topped off with a heavyweight comedy circuit headliner.
Throughout the night the cunning show assistant will whip up a live blend of visual projections and audience interaction to unearth hidden comedy gold.
Advance tickets from The Glee Club Box Office on 0871 472 0400 or www.glee.co.uk/cardiff
Show - £10 (£5 - FT students) | Show + Real Food Canteen - £16.50
NEW GBK WINTER MENU HAS ARRIVED
The wonderful Winter menu upgrade from GBK is here.
Cosy up with the pork & chorizo splendour of the Salvador. Get your veggie on with the Californian. Rejoice in the fact that we brought back the Salted Caramel Shake. And grin like a Satay fan, knowing that everything else survived the cut.
To see the full winter menu from GBK, visit www.mermaidquay.co.uk/gbk and click on 'Menus'.
25% OFF NEW AUTUMN MENU AT PIZZA EXPRESS
From 12 October to 9 November, Pizza Express in Mermaid Quay are celebrating the launch of their exciting new look restaurant by giving you the chance to enjoy their new autumn menu with 25% off your whole food bill.
Simply download and print out the attached leaflet, fill in your details and hand to your waiter when asking for your bill. Offer is available every day except Saturdays (terms & conditions apply).
The nautical new look at Pizza Express, Mermaid Quay was launched on 11 October. Situated in the heart of the Quayside, this popular restaurant has been totally transformed, taking its inspiration from the history of the area as a working port, exporting coal and iron.
Each Pizza Express restaurant is individually designed - often using well known places, people or historical events from the area as the basis. The artwork at Mermaid Quay features nautical themed landscapes and landmarks including the Millennium Centre and the Pierhead. Subtle references to mermaids and sailing boats can be found in the fixed seating screen artwork.
Manager, Richard Walwin, said, "We have a friendly and enthusiastic team who are looking forward to welcoming everyone to our beautiful restaurant over a delicious pizza."
Pizza Express has been dishing up fresh, handmade pizza to Mermaid Quay since 2005. And on 7 October, PizzaExpress launched its new Autumn menu including three new pizzas and a mouth-watering calzone as well as two low-calorie Leggera dishes. Along with new starters and four tempting desserts, the Autumn menu also sees the return of cheesy Dough Balls. New drinks are also joining the menu including Bollinger Champagne.
For younger pizza-lovers, Pizza Express' Piccolo menu is full of tasty choices including 'Create Your Own' pizza, and starts at just £3.50. And for budding chefs looking to celebrate a birthday, a Pizza Making Party will see them transformed into pizzaiolos so they can stretch, toss and top their own pizza and play party games before sitting down to enjoy their culinary creations.
For more details visit www.pizzaexpress.com or telephone 02920 472006 to book your table.
THE GREAT CARDIFF BAY SANTA & ELF DASH
Join hundreds of other Santas and elves for the Welsh Hearts 5k walk, jog or dash around Cardiff Bay.
Get your hearts beating faster with this great event which will bring the whole community together to help save Welsh lives!
The Great Cardiff Bay Santa & Elf Dash 2014 takes place on Sunday 7 December, from 9am in Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay (outside the Wales Millennium Centre).
There's prizes for the best dressed!
£5 registration fee plus sponsorship - join as an individual or as a team. Each member of a team must complete a registration form.
For more information or to register, visit www.welshhearts.org/santa
Join in the fun and be part of something truly SANTA-TASTIC this Christmas!
THE HEART CHARITY FOR WALES - welshhearts.org
CHRISTMAS IS BETTER BY THE WATER!
Mermaid Quay is not just for summer, it’s the perfect destination all year round whatever the occasion or event.
Right on the water’s edge, it particularly comes into its own at Christmas time. Where better for festive celebrations or entertaining than in the heart of Cardiff Bay, where the Christmas lights sparkle on the water?
Whether it's a big works outing, a little office shindig, a “let’s go for lunch” escape or entertaining clients, casual or formal – there’s something to suit every taste and pocket.
There are more than 30 restaurants, cafés & bars at Mermaid Quay, serving up top cuisines from around the world and most offer special Christmas menus and group deals. Some also have private rooms or will rope off areas for private functions – contact the venues direct for more information.
• San Martino: authentic Italian dining
2 courses £19.95 (available lunchtime only) or 3 courses £24.95, followed by mince pies
Private dining suites available for your festive celebrations
Visit www.mermaidquay.co.uk/sanmartino for menu and booking details
Telephone: 029 2035 8449
• Bellini's: classic Italian restaurant
2 courses £19.50, 3 courses £22.50
Open on Christmas day
Visit www.mermaidquay.co.uk/bellinis for menu and booking details
Telephone: 029 2035 8440
• Mimosa: modern, stylish gastro bar serving locally sourced food
3 courses £24.50 followed by mince pies
Visit www.mermaidquay.co.uk/mimosa for menu and booking details
Telephone: 029 2035 8448
• Bayside Brasserie: classic brasserie in a majestic setting
3 courses for £29.50, followed by mince pies
Visit www.mermaidquay.co.uk/baysidebrasserie for menu and booking details
Telephone: 029 2035 8448
• Signor Valentino: Italian cuisine with a contemporary feel & stunning Bay views
2 courses £19.50 or 3 courses £24.50
Visit www.mermaidquay.co.uk/signorvalentino for menu and booking details
Telephone: 029 2035 8440
All guests dining in any of the BA Brandings restaurants listed above throughout December, will also receive a £10 voucher to use in January 2015.
• Las Iguanas: South American dishes made with passion & lots of Latin spirit
Christmas 'Anytime' Menu £25 for 3 courses, or go "off peak" for just £19.90
Some great offers available for groups of 10 or more
Visit www.mermaidquay.co.uk/lasiguanas for more details
Telephone: 029 2045 9165
• GBK: Exciting range of classic & gourmet burgers
New Christmas Bundle menu launches on 5 November - £14.95 for Blitzen Burger, choice of fries & new Nutella shake
Visit www.mermaidquay.co.uk/gbk for more details
Telephone: 029 2045 4078
• The Glee Club, Cardiff: award winning comedy club
Great laughs, great food & great music - perfect for a big night out this festive season
Visit www.glee.co.uk/cardiff for more info
Telephone: 0871 472 0400 (Glee Club Box Office)
NEW LAS IGUANAS AWESOME AUTUMN MENU
Awesome for Autumn, Las Iguanas have launched their Autumn/Winter menu, serving up plenty of seasonal comfort foods, perfect for the time of year.
The new menu features some firm favourites. Chow down on Camarao de Calabaza, a butternut squash baked to perfection and stuffed with peeled prawns and melty cheese or Pollo con Chorizo, slowly braised for maximum flavour. Las Iguanas are also celebrating their Vegetarian Society accreditation with the return of Veggie Chilli, a sweet potato and squash delight.
In the bar you'll find a host of new cocktails to warm your cockles from Pear Drop Caipirinha to Smoking Plums, and Birdseye Margarita if you dare.
And don't forget Happy Hour at Las Iguanas - all day from Sunday to Wednesday and 12 - 7pm & 10pm til late from Thursday to Saturday.
Only guests who can provide ID to prove they are 18 and above can be served alcohol for their own consumption.
40% STUDENT DISCOUNT AT GBK
For a limited time, Gourmet Burger Kitchen are offering students a 40% discount. This offer is only available until 23 October, 2014, after which the discount returns to the normal 30%.
Simply download the GBK app from www.gbkapp.co.uk/uni then head to GBK at Mermaid Quay, present your valid NUS card and the staff will activate the discount on your mobile phone so you can access your discount.
Terms & conditions: 40% off total food bill until 23 October 2014. Valid Sunday to Thurs at all UK mainland GBK restaurants. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer, set menu or GBK app reward. Valid for up to 4 people. Every diner must order a main meal. Excludes specials, extras, create your own and drinks.
Just another reason to get a higher education!
DAFYDD RHYS SHORTLISTED FOR SALON STYLIST OF THE YEAR
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
HOLLYWOOD HALF TERM AT MERMAID QUAY
It was Oscar time in Los Angeles and we were celebrating at Mermaid Quay with a host of star-studded, glitzy, glamorous events and activities for all the family.