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Newport City Council and Newport Live are delighted to announce that Geraint Thomas MBE has accepted our invitation to rename the city’s Wales National Velodrome in his honour.


Panto auditions to find the young company for SLEEPING BEAUTY will take place at The Riverfront on Sunday 30th September between 10am – 2pm with registration at 9.30am (last registration will be at 11am).

All talented youngsters welcome!         

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Over 9,000 pupils in Newport voice their opinions on primary and secondary school sport and extracurricular activities.

Geraint Richards, former Head of GB Wheelchair Tennis and coach to Alfie Hewitt, Gordon Reid and other top players will be delivering a 3 hour workshop for activators and coaches to develop skills and knowledge on wheelchair tennis activity.

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This workshop will cover:

  • Introduction to Wheelchair Tennis
  • The basics – grips; pushing grips and pushing technique; mobility patterns, shot production – forehand, backhand (slice and reverse), serve
  • Drills
  • Inclusive Sessions and Differentiation

This course is for Tennis Coaches and Tennis Activators only but is bookable via The course is completely Free and is run by Tennis Wales

Tens of thousands of people joined in the fun in Big Splash 2018 and were entertained with over 100 Street Theatre performances from top-class performing companies from across the UK and beyond. The city centre was filled with colour and sound on Saturday 21 July and Sunday 22 July as the city was transformed into one large outdoor stage, with surprising, intriguing and wonderful live music and pop-up street theatre.

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This week Wales National Velodrome will once again host the HSBC UK | National Youth and Junior Track Championships from Monday 23 July – Friday 27 July 2018.

The championships are a key event in the track cycling calendar and showcase the very best young talent emerging through the ranks across the country. Many of the riders who will compete have already taken part in national and international competitions, and harbour ambitions of representing Great Britain at Olympic, Paralympic and world level.

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Kicking off the summer holidays, Newport will be welcoming back the Big Splash festival on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July. The free family street theatre festival plans to be as intriguing, outlandish and bonkers as normal and will offer families lots to see and do. Next the HSBC UK National Youth and Junior Track Championships will be at the Wales National Velodrome from Monday 23 July – Friday 27 July 2018.  A key event in the track cycling calendar, it offers the opportunity to see the very best young emerging talent. Then on Thursday 9, 16 and 23 August, Sport in the Park will return to outdoor spaces in Newport to offer days packed full of outdoor sports and activities for families. Finallyn finishing off the large-scale events will be a Tots Fun Day organized at Newport Centre on Thursday 30 August, packed full of activities for the under 5s. All in all, a perfect summer of events for families on offer at Newport Live!

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Even though we are still in the midst of a heat wave, our thoughts turned to Christmas yesterday with a sparkling pantomime photo shoot! Our magical wishes of dry weather, fabulous costumes and a lovely cast were all granted and the countdown to Christmas and The Riverfront’s annual pantomime has begun! This year’s festive offering, produced by The Riverfront, is the magical Sleeping Beauty and it is set to be another hit with the Newport audiences as ticket sales are already exceeding last year!

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Over the weekend of Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July 2018 as well as offering you a bit of retail therapy at the Kingsway Centre and the Friars Walk Shopping Centre, thanks to their sponsorship, you will also be entertained by some madcap and fun street performers from the Big Splash festival.

There will be no need to flash any more cash to make a day of it, as thanks to sponsorship from Friars Walk and Kingsway, this year’s festival has once again been able to offer a number of pop-up performance areas, inside the Kingsway Centre, and at Usk Plaza and John Frost Square, between 11am and 4pm on both days.

Friars Walk Centre Director, Simon Pullen, said: “We’re thrilled to be a sponsor of Big Splash and to be hosting a number of performances from the festival this year. It is a fantastic event that is set to go down a treat with the people of Newport. As a key part of the community in the city, supporting events and activities such as this is extremely important to us. There is a huge variety of performances for everyone to watch and get involved in and it will be great seeing the family fun popping up across the city. I know that the entire team at Friars Walk is looking forward the festival starting in July.

Kingsway Centre’s Operations Manager, Colin Rees, said: “Kingsway Centre are excited for return of the ever popular Big Splash Festival this year and we are delighted to be sponsors and host to some amazing performances and acts. As a free family event the festival always draws a great crowd and the City of Newport comes alive for this vibrant and colourful show. With a stellar line-up of entertainment that will wow audiences young and old, this is definitely a date for the diary not to be missed!”

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Thursday 28 June saw the City of Newport’s annual Primary Schools Swim Gala take place at the Regional Pool in Newport International Sports Village. With over 400 children competing in 29 primary school teams from across Newport, it was the busiest gala yet.

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