Capital FM Cardiff Bay Beach Festival FAQ’S

6th July – 2nd September


The Capital FM Cardiff Bay Beach Festival is coming back bigger and better than ever- in a new waterfront location near Cardiff Bay Barrage- and packing even more attractions into the summer holidays.

The new and improved Beach Festival moves over to Barrage Walkway a newly developed event site  in Cardiff Bay. From July 6, the Beach is now open for an expanded nine weeks of family  entertainment until the kids return to school, with much more on offer for teenagers.

A new home means an increase in size for this year’s Beach, and in addition to hosting its usual  ingredients, the Beach will boast large scale attractions such as a Big Wheel, Roller Coaster, big  water spraying arches, movie nights, and a marquee area where visitors can enjoy the best in street  food.


11am - 8pm Sun - Thurs

11am - 10pm Fri & Sat


Where will the Capital FM Cardiff Bay Beach be located and how can I get there?

A new area on the Barrage Walkway (next to the skate park) has been developed and the event will be located there.

To get to the event site you can walk using the cycle and pedestrian route shown on the map below:

For further information and to plan your visit head to www.cardiffbaybeach.co.uk/findus/

I am disabled. Where can I park?

Harbour Drive car park (CF10 4PA) next to the Norwegian 
Church has disability spaces available (first come first term basis).

Will coach parking be available? 

Coach parking is not available on site, but there is a drop off point at the entrance - from M4 use J33 A4232 to Cardiff Bay, go along Tyneside Road onto Porth Teigr Way, to the drop off point (BBC Roath CF10 4GA). Free Coach Parking is available in Cardiff Bay near Wales Millennium Centre, or you can book a space via the production team for £30 (excluding VAT). Email cardiffsiteoperations@cardiff.gov.uk  for a booking form.

What shall I tell my taxi driver? 

There is a drop off point at the entrance of the event site -  go along Tyneside Road onto Porth Teigr Way, to the drop off point - BBC Roath Lock CF10  4GA.  There is also be a taxi rank in Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay.

I cycle across the barrage. How will the event affect me?

Outside of the opening hours, the 
cycle path is accessible but we ask cyclists to slow down when on site

I use a wheelchair/mobility scooter. How accessible is the event site?

The site will be flat and easily accessible with disabled ramps anywhere with an incline. Also please note cable ramps will be on the pathways, take care when travelling over them. The nearest parking spaces are at the Norwegian church at a first come, first served basis.

Will dogs be allowed on the event site?

Dogs will be allowed on site wearing a lead. 
However, access will be restricted in some areas.

Is there a FREE shuttle bus to get to the event?

No there is no FREE shuttle bus that can take you to 
the event site. The Baycar Number 6 Barrage Walkway bus stop is the nearest public transport drop  off site and takes approximately 10 minutes to walk to the event from this bus stop.

Has the Land Train returned and can I use it to get to the event?

This is a complimentary service for visitors to Cardiff Bay Beach and will run every day unless stated across our social media platforms.

Pick-up Points:

Porth Teigr walkway (outside the Dr Who Experience)
Cardiff Bay Barrage 

The train driver will ensure safe numbers of passengers for each trip and their decision is final. Please obey all safety instructions and ensure all pushchairs are folded up to enter the train. There is no smoking on the train. 


Can I bring my own food and drink?

Yes no problem, however due to safety concerns glass bottles and alcohol will not be permitted.

What street food vendors are available?

There are a variety of food vendors on site that include; 
The Grill house, Jamaican shack, Toasties, Churros, Ice Creams and Dirty Fries.

What drinks can I buy?

Asides from the usual bar there is also a cocktail bar. Soft drinks can also be 
purchased on site.


What activities are free?

Even though it is free to enter, will I have to pay for any of the activities and  entertainment?

Additional costs are for:

Can I buy a bucket and spade on site?

Yes, you can purchase traditional beach items at the shop on the event site.


I’ve heard there is a theme park, what rides can I expect? 

As well as the family favourites, The Helter Skelter and The Big Wheel there will also be thrilling rides suitable for teenagers and adults such as The Beast and The Magic Mouse rollercoaster. Familiar favourites such as The Ghost Train and The Dodgems will also be at the funfair. Also new for this year there will is a 40m tall Mission Space (swing style ride) giving panoramic views of Cardiff Bay.

How do I pay for rides?

You will need to buy tokens. These cost £1 each with rides needing between 
two and four tokens.

Are there cash points on site?

Yes, there are cash points. The ATMs are provided and operated by 
http://www.cashonthemove.com/ It will cost £2.95 to withdraw cash.

Are there toilets on site?

Yes, there are toilets on site and baby-changing facilities. There are 
disabled toilets at the Environmental Building (opposite the funfair)

Why is there no Water Pool this year?  

Sayers Amusements have invested in a Water Splash feature  this year. Alongside the new location, Sayers Amusements felt this was also a good time to introduce  something new. This addition means water play is accessible to everybody. It has an access ramp for  wheelchairs, which the previous water pool could not accommodate.  The Water Splash feature provides a more hygienic and safer play for all children including those in  wheelchairs.

If there is no Water Pool this year can I go in to the Bay? 

No- Whilst the bay may appear an inviting place to swim, entering the water can have deadly consequences as there are severe dangers including submerged objects, water temperature and high speed boats. Therefore swimming is strictly prohibited for the safety of the public.

Where can I find more information?