I dont know if anyone is aware or interested, but it's the Cardiff Harbour Festival this weekend (23, 24 & 25th August) in Cardiff Bay.
Theres alot going on, but the major events are an RNLI Display, with the RAF Helicopter attending on the Sunday, a Parachute drop by the Royal Parachute Regiment (handing over the olympic flag on the Sunday to potential competitors for 2012), Newfoundland Dogs and the Viper Boats are doing a display as well.
If you are going, i'll actually be working in the green tent on the waterfront so feel free to say hello
Heres the excerpt from the Cardiff Harbour Website.
Roald Dahl Plass, Inner Harbour, Various
For further information - Click here (pdf 451 kb) and HERE
Pirates on Tall Ships; a Continental Market to tickle your taste buds; Live Volleyball and activities on the water. It can only mean one, thing - it’s time for the Mermaid Quay Cardiff Harbour Festival in Cardiff Bay!
This family favourite returns to Cardiff Bay on August Bank Holiday weekend, and this year is really not to be missed. The Festival provides a wide range of daily nautical activities and entertainment from 23 – 25th August.
This year, the ever popular Ruth and the Matthew Tall ships will be on site all weekend and this will be joined by the SV Tangora and two Bristol Channel Cutters on the pontoons in the Inner Harbour. Climb aboard these vessels for a just £1 to gain a fascinating insight into life on the open sea!
Throughout the weekend there will be a series of displays around the waters edge. Each day people will be invited to come along and for a small charge try sailing on the water thanks to Adventure Cardiff. Also, the Viper boats will be competing around a circuit in the Inner Harbour speeding against the clock in a series of time trials each day of the Harbour Festival weekend. In addition there will be daily street entertainment, with five beach huts each carrying its own show with a twist! It could be a comical fortune teller or tattooist…who knows? Come along to find out for yourself! There will also be a giant sand pit located in the Bay. This supervised children’s play area will have buckets and spades, toys and plastic dumper trucks for those of all ages to enjoy!
On Sunday and Monday the Newfoundland Dogs will amaze with their strength and agility in retrieval demonstrations and the RNLI will be providing a dynamic rescue display on the water – not to be missed! Also, the royal artillery parachute team will be demonstrating their skills in the air and on the water.
The pirates take over in the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, with arts and craft workshops for big kids of all ages from 11am – 3pm on Sunday. Everyone is invited to take part in the hotly contested best dressed pirate competition, which will be judged at 4.45pm that day with a family prize for the winning pirate!
The Harbour Festival will also play host to the inaugural Welsh Open Beach Volleyball Championships! Volleyball takes two forms at the Olympics in 2012 - the indoor game played by teams of six, and beach volleyball, which is played in pairs. Building on the success from last year’s competition, the Mermaid Quay Cardiff Harbour Festival is again hosting this fantastic sport which will also coincide with the Olympic handover from Beijing to the UK. The Dodge Urban Beach Tour with its professional competitors will be on the sand on Bank Holiday Monday, and the Women’s GB Team hopefuls for 2012 will be there on Sunday, but visitors and residents to the city will also be able to get involved with a two day knock out event for amateur competitors from across the region on the Saturday and Sunday.
The three days of maritime entertainment also will include traditional sea shanty singers, as well as street theatre and live bands. Musical entertainment will be provided by a wide range of bands including Cuban Jazz from the Buena Risca Social Club on Saturday, Ska from Kingsize on Sunday and Swing with Tricity Vogue on Monday!
From 11 – 6pm each day, the traditional Continental Market will set out its stalls of tasty produce in Roald Dahl Plass - showcasing mouth watering fresh food from Germany, Holland, France, Morocco and Ireland. You can exercise your wallet at the well stocked market featuring an array of stalls, to tickle and tempt your taste buds!
GENERAL ADMISSION FREE (Some activities may involve charges)