This bank holiday, the Welsh Mummy Blogs family headed down to Cardiff Bay. We were super excited to attend the Volvo Ocean Race Village.
The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s toughest and most prestigious sailing event. The fleet journeyed across the Atlantic after leaving Newport, Rhode Island last weekend. The leaders were expected to arrive for their Cardiff Stopover on Monday 28th, but they arrived a day late.
We were quite disappointed that we didn’t get a chance to see them come in. It would have been amazing to see them, Its mad to think that they started their epic 45,000 nautical mile voyage around the world in October last year!
The Race Village is built on Alexandra Head, next to the skate park on the Barrage. The very large race village offers families free entry and access to everything from water sports taster sessions, to circus workshops, evening live music sessions, and of course the Race itself.
Race Village attractions include:
Organised Kaos Youth Circus – Workshops and the chance to try out static trapeze, juggling, uni-cycling and more at daily free workshops.
Water Sports Activities – coaches offer taster sessions in sailing and stand-up paddle boarding. Register for your free space on the day.
NoFit State Circus – Lexicon – an unmissable combination of live music, dance, stage design and film with traditional circus skills. We are attending the NoFit State Circus on Thursday afternoon, whilst we attended the Volvo Ocean Race Village we got a chance to watch a preview performance. It was fantastic, it really got us excited about our visit tomorrow.
The Globe – a Sustainability Centre to raise awareness about ocean health, in line with key Race messages, giving an insight into the Race, and revealing more about the characters involved and the challenge they face. The Globe was a hit with my husband and 5 year old son. They sat and watched a short information video which highlighted the ups and downs (no pun intended) of life on a boat whilst sailing across the ocean in all types of weather conditions.
Race Boat Experience – A chance to get a selfie behind the wheel of a model Volvo Ocean 65 racing yacht
Pit Lane Experience – get up close with the crews and their daily activities.
Climbing wall – The climbing wall looked fantastic, my son really wanted to give it a go but the queue was very long. After waiting an hour, we gave up.
Free Workshops & Talks – I was very impressed with the amount of interactive workshops available to families. My sons enjoyed walking around and talking to the staff members. Many of the workshops and interactive stalls had the focus of protecting our oceans, sea life and reducing the use of plastic.
Prices for ticketed activities –
Big Wheel (£4 per person)
Crazy golf (£7 per family)
Climbing wall and zip-wire (£3 for 3 climbs)
NoFit State Circus – Please CLICK HERE
The Race Village is filled with street food venders such as: Dusty Knuckle Pizza and The Meating Place. The food was great, my only concern was that the queues were very long – I waited 90 min’s for a wrap! I would recommend taking a picnic if you are to attend or be prepared for the wait.
Although we were disappointed with the waiting times for food and the climbing wall, we thoroughly enjoyed our day. We are going back on tomorrow to see Lexicon (NoFit State circus) and to have a look around again. Hopefully my son can have a go on the climbing wall.
Check out our photos of the day:
If you fancy a fun day at the Volvo Ocean Race Village, check out what’s on below –
Military Festival of Music on Saturday 2 June
A selection of HM the Queen’s finest Armed Forces bands, including The Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh.
Volvo Ocean Race 65 fleet – the chance to see the boats up close, with explanations of just how good these £4.5m vessels really are.
Race Village Opening Times
Sunday 27 May 10am – 9:30pm
Monday 28 May 10am – 9:30pm
Sunday – Thursday 10am – 7pm
Friday – Saturday 10am – 9:30pm
There are also two races taking place during the stopover:
Friday, 8 June
Sky Ocean Rescue InPort Race in the Estuary
Saturday, 9 June
Pro-Am Race in Cardiff Bay
Sunday 10 June, the boats will depart Cardiff for Gothenburg, Sweden – check out the race from the big screens or watch from the barrage embankment on the festival site.