Hidden Gems for the Curious Student

Wicked the musical in the Wales Millenium Centre in Cardiff during Spring 2014

Wicked the musical in the Wales Millenium Centre in Cardiff during Spring 2014

Culture editors Jasmine Freeman and Elouise Hobbs bring you ten of Cardiff’s cultural treasures you wish you knew about. Go unearth them!

I want to do something different

Ever fancied watching an opera? Well, the Welsh National Opera offers 50 £5 tickets in the top three price bands for Under 30s for every performance. What’s more, for some performances there are free Pre-Performance Talks that introduce the opera and will ensure a truly enjoyable evening.

On Market Road in Canton you’ll find Chapter. Chapter leads the way as a cultural community, which promotes international art, performance, and film and is also a vibrant social space. ‘Friends with Benefits’ is Chapter’s free student member card and entitles you to discounts, presale and invites to special events.

You might have heard of Buffalo for it’s cocktail deals or it’s big name DJ bookings but comedy nights at Buffalo are also a great night out, where better to enjoy local acts than in a hipster bar with a fancy (yet cheap – 2 for 1 everyday) cocktail.

Manon Lescaut the opera performed by the Welsh National Opera

I want to see a show… but have no money

React is the 16-25 theatre club that allows you to books seats for selected performances at New Theatre and St. Davids Hall for £5-10. All you need to do is sign up for free online and the world is your oyster.

SHIFFT is a service that texts you when there are spare theatre seats, you may be sat by yourself but they offer some great tickets. Sign up online on the Wales Millenium Centre website and you can get some amazing last minute deals on tickets AND food and drink at the Wales Millenium Centre. Last year students grabbed tickets for the West Ends Wicked for only £15.

5 minutes from the union, Sherman Cymru is a great theatre for independent performance and for selected performances, tickets are half price for under 25s. It also offers great volunteering and playwriting opportunities for budding creative minds.

The Sherman Cymru theatre

I want to learn something

Cardiff Castle is usually a pricey day out but if you are a resident or work in Cardiff and can prove it (a utility bill or your residences card is fine) then you can get a Castle Key which costs £5 and gives you unlimited access to the Castle for 3 years. Look out in the summer for their annual open-air theatre performance.

The Norwegian Arts Centre is one of Cardiff’s hidden gems. Located at the bay, it showcases both local and national artwork. Better yet entry is free.

Cardiff National Museum is a place where everyone means to visit but never gets around to. It has amazing exhibitions which change all the time and continuous exhibits including a life size baby whale which ‘swims’ above your head and the priceless art collection including works by Monet and Picasso.

St Fagans is so cool, located just outside Cardiff it is a working farm (the bakery is definitely worth a visit) where you can visit the stately house, school room, landscaped garden and a model old town. People dress up and demonstrate their crafts and better yet the museum is free and there is a direct bus from the centre of town.