Things that you might be surprised to find in Splott

13 February 2020

Splotties knows it, but other ‘Diffians may be surprised to find out just what Splott has to offer.

 

Splott has a lot; we Splottlanders have known it for ages, but in case there was any doubt that Splott’s the place to be, here’s a list of lush stuff on our doorstep:

1. Axe throwing

Who knew that Wales’ first Lumberjack Axe Throwing experience was in Tremorfa? Well is blooming well is!

10 people, loud music, axes and a target.  What’s to not love?

https://www.lumberjackaxethrowing.co.uk/

 

2. A day at the beach!

How many Cardiff suburbs can boast a beach on their doorstep? Not many, in fact, are we the only one? Splott Beach may not be to everyone’s taste, but if you love to see the sea, get inspired by a mix of industrial and natural and want to find foxes, pyramid orchids and caterpillars within a few minutes walk then head south and discover the most under-appreciated part of the Wales Coastal Path!

How to get there:

Head through Moorland Park, keep going South along Poortmanmoor Road, take a left at the next two roundabouts and cross over the road by the billboard.  You’ll see the gate.

 

3. Let’s go to the Opera

The Splott Amateur Dramatic Society has been part of the Splott community for 65 years and rehearses every Mon/Tues Night during show season at The Old Library Sport & Community Centre on Singleton Road.

They are currently preparing for a showing of Forbidden Broadway Greatest Hits from the 19th to the 21st Feb and you can book tickets by calling 07929252739.

This long running off-Broadway revue promises to be a funny, loving and endlessly entertaining tribute to some of musical theatres greatest names! Come and join the fun!

 

4. Bakers’ Delight!

 

Splott has the best bakeries in Cardiff!  We’re spoiled with choice and now have an environmentally conscious option too!

Cardiff’s Brutons Bakery has just started offering plastic-free packaging for all its products, as well as offering vegan cakes and pastries.  Find them on Carlisle Street.

If you want a bacon sarnie to sit in with a cuppa or a breakfast bap to go then head to Carlisle Bakery on Splott Road. They cater for the person on the move and have a wonderful collection of cakes and bread’s.

Baker’s Dozen, also on Splott Road, offers a fundamental; cooked meals in Tupperware for under a fiver. So many people rely on the meals provided at low cost by this bakery; it is a heartland in Splott. And, more importantly, for many elderly or isolated people, this is where they make connections and have a friendly conversation.

It’s not a bakery, but the Imperial Cafe has to have a mention! Situated on Splott Road, this cafe offers breakfasts, lunches and dinners at really reasonable prices.  Not only that, the owners are really community minded.  When amazing local charity Splott Community Volunteers announced that they were running a quiz night, Imperial Cafe stepped up, came down and supplied them with fresh and delicious kebabs to help raise money.

What can I say? All of these establishments are absolute gems in our crown!

 

5. Brains Brewery

Or, now called ‘Dragon Brewery’, Wales’ premier brewer moved from the city centre to Splott a few years ago and is now to be found on Pacific Road in Splott.

Guided tours are available via https://www.sabrain.com/

6.  Jab, duck, jab, jab

Splott has a proud history of boxing (did you know that there is a full size boxing ring in The Royal Oak? (Yes, I know it’s Adamsdown, but it’s literally in sight of Splott!) and this continues with the fantastic work being done by Splott Amateur Boxing Club, situated st the south end of Moorland Road. Find out more here:

https://www.facebook.com/Splottboxingclub/

 

7. Bad Wolf

Doctor Who fans will need no more information, but for the uninitiated, Bad Wolf is a TV and film production company in Splott that has worked on major productions like His Dark Materials and A Discovery of Witches. This company is putting Splott on the global map!

Find out more here: https://bad-wolf.com/

 

8. It’s Cymraeg But, Isn’t it

The Welsh language scene is thriving in Splott, with Ysgol Glan Morfa primary school relocating to Lewis Road and expanding and regular Welsh folk evenings ‘Y Parlwr’ at Splott Library.  Their next event is on the 26th of March in community venue Old Splott Library and more info can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/yparlwr/

 

9. It’s old but it aint broken

If it was in Canton, it’d be called an antiques centre, but it isn’t; it’s in Tremorfa and it’s called a flea market!

Cardiff Indoor Flea Market is one of this area’s real hidden gems and if you’ve got an hour or two to spare on the weekend, it’s a fabulous place to explore.  A word of warning though; you can lose hours in this Aladdin’s den!

The market is split into three areas; two main rooms which house the stalls, and an auction room, where items are on display on a Saturday so that people can view them before the auction on a Sunday (viewing on a Sunday starts at 9am and the auction starts at 10am and usually ends around 1pm).

Find out more here: http://inksplott.co.uk/why-cardiff-indoor-flea-market-is-worth-a-visit/

 

10. We have a hotel, a Greggs and a Subway!

Did you know that there is a hotel in Splott?  Or a Greggs?  Or a Subway? Well we do!  Head to the magic roundabout and you’ll see the subway and the Premier Inn, turn south and follow the road and you’ll find a Greggs. And it’s open at 6am!!!

 

Plus…

 

Repair Cafe

Every second Saturday of the month an amazing group of volunteers rock up at the Oasis Centre on Splott Road and repair broken stuff, FOR FREE! Helping us keep things out of landfill and promoting the beautiful ethos of repair, reuse, recycle, the Splott Repair Cafe is an absolutely wonderful resource that we are so lucky to have.  Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/539644709965046/

 

Breakfast Club

Splott Community Volunteers is an incredible organisation run by Angela and Fred and their ethos is to ensure that at least one hot meal a day is accessible and available for anyone living in food poverty. How incredible is that!

Find out more here: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/cardiff-poverty-homelessness-family-breakfast-17548579

 

Keep Splott Tidy

This group of tidy-minded wombles meet on the last weekend of every month to pick up litter in different places in Splott. Set up by a trio of people who love where they live, the organisation has facilitated more than 40 litter picks, collected more than 2,000 bags of litter from the streets of Splott, but more than that, created opportunities for community engagement and friendship.  We love where we live and want to look after it!

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