Swansea’s brand of air necessities

Mark the dates in your diaries, the Wales National Airshow returns to Swansea Bay from 6-7 July this year… with breathtaking aerobatic displays, state-of-the-art military aircraft and vintage planes soaring above the seafront. In 2018 the airshow had another brilliant year with hundreds of thousands of people descending on the city to enjoy the country‚Äôs…

Nottinghamshire venue for the Big Fake

Nottinghamshire’s Thoresby Park is the setting for one of the biggest gatherings of “fake” bands seen in the UK, with The Big Fake Festival bringing 24 unreal acts together for three days of the nation’s favourite hits from 30 August to 1 September 2019. The conclusion to a summer of “Fake Festivals” across the country,…

Exciting climax to Cardiff Blues season

The Cardiff Blues home clash against South African outfit Southern Kings could prove to be a key fixture in the side’s battle to qualify for the end-of-season Pro 14 play-offs and provides the ideal time for supporters to enjoy the climax to the 2019 season, with the fixture on 2 March being officially designated as…

Merthyr Rising to revolutionary mix

Now in its fifth year, Merthyr Rising stands out amongst the crowd of music festivals that take place throughout the year in the UK because of the events in 1831 that inspired it and the ideals it now serves to promote. A music, arts and ideas festival that celebrates working-class culture and community strength, the…

Have you seen Elvis in Porthcawl?

It’s a far cry from Graceland but the 84th anniversary of his birth is as good a time as any to get the first mention of the year in about the Porthcawl Elvis Festival, which descends on the South Wales seaside resort every September for a weekend of tributes to the “King of Rock and…

Thrill-filled show of shocky horrors

When it started back in Glastonbury in 1995, people thought it wouldn’t run for 25 weeks let alone 25 years, but a quarter of a century later the Circus of Horrors is still running amok around the globe. An amazing amalgamation of bizarre and breathtaking circus acts, the “shocky horror” show pulls together a series…

The big one zero for Ffos Las

This year the only National Hunt racecourse built in the UK in the last 90 years celebrates its 10th anniversary, with an evening meeting on 20 June that promises to be a memorable occasion for the West Wales venue. But the first meeting of 2019 at Ffos Las Racecourse takes place next week when a…

The Book of John

After a a six-year break from touring, Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert is back on the road in 2019 with a new show, The Book of John. The tour kicks off on Saturday, 2 February, at the William Aston Hall in Wrexham and spans 52 venues over six months, with two nights at both London’s Eventim…

Sir Malcolm Campbell

Yesterday marked the 70th anniversary of the death of one of Britain’s greatest racing pioneers, Sir Malcolm Campbell. Born in Chislehurst, Kent, Campbell passed away on 31 December 1948 at the age of 63, having held the world speed records on land and on water at various times during the 1920s and 1930s, a feat…

Just 10 more Ffos Las racedays in 2017

There’re nine more action-packed days of racing to look forward to in Carmarthenshire before Ffos Los racecourse holds its final event of the year just a week before Christmas. The curtain comes down for the year on Monday, 18 December, when the Christmas Party Raceday takes place, but before then there are nine days of…