Cardiff Pride and Bank Holiday Vibes

This year was Pride Cymru’s 20th Anniversary and what better way to celebrate it than to have my parents come to Cardiff and experience their first Pride.

Pride Cymru (Cardiff Big Weekend) always falls on the August bank holiday and this year was no different! Luckily the weather was nice and sunny, although it did get quite warm at some point.

My parents and Marysia came to my house before we headed into the city centre, we decided to use the bus as the roads were closed for the parade so parking would have been a nightmare.

We managed to see some of the parade which, apart from being in it last year, I have never actually seen before. It was so good to see so many people joining in and seeing so many people watching it too.

After we had seen most of the parade, we went over to the City Hall Lawns where we joined the already long queue. Although we didn’t have to wait in this line for very long.

Once we got in to pride, we had a little wonder around and bought a few drinks before finding ourselves a spot to sit in the shade.

Marysia and I also went and had a look at the stalls to see if anything took our interest. I bought a new towel which looks like the pride flag.

We had a great afternoon soaking up the atmosphere, we were also sat by the Deaf Pride tent which had some great people performing too.

Seeing as my Mum and Dad were in Cardiff for the whole bank holiday we decided to go and have lunch at The Dock in Cardiff Bay. We managed to arrive a little bit earlier than our table was booked so we decided to have a walk around the Bay first.

When we arrived, we saw a display of some Lego statues, being the summer holidays, I think I am right to assume these were meant to be aimed at the kids. However, even I found them impressive!

We then went on to walk down to the Cardiff Bay Beach and decided to go on ‘The Big Wheel’ – I was quite impressed as even my Mum came on it even though she is terrified of heights.

Luckily the weather was really good which meant we could see quite far out!

After we saw the sights of Cardiff Bay from a bird’s eye view we continued out walk around the Cardiff Bay Beach. Before we went back to the Dock for our lunch booking we stopped and saw some of the Fish Championships that was going on.

When we got to The Dock we were shown to our table which was right by one of the windows over looking the Bay which meant we could watch the world go by as we ate. Both my Mum and I ordered fish and chips, Marysia had pork belly with a summery salad and my Dad had a pretty impressive burger.

After we had polished off our main courses we all ordered desserts. Marysia had a souffle, my Dad had a sundae and both my Mum and I had churros (my Mum called them chorizo at one point which was really funny!)

Once we had finished off all of our food we went for a little walk to the other side of the bay up to the Norwegian Church and stopped off for some ice cream on our way. After our walk it was time to say goodbye to my parents as they were heading back to Cambridge the following day.

On the bank holiday Monday, Marysia and I decided to make the most of it by taking Boris for a walk in Penllergare Valley Woods. Boris managed to get swim and a little walk in before the weather got too warm. I also managed to try out some features on the camera on my phone which meant I got a couple of pretty photos of the waterfall.

Considering the August bank holiday is the last bank holiday before Christmas, I think we made the most of it!

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