The 2019 Westfield Health British Transplant Games will take place from the 25-28 July 2019 and are expected to attract more than 850 transplant recipient athletes and more than 1,500 supporters, including donor families, to the city of Newport.

Organised on behalf of the charity Transplant Sport UK, the aim of the Games is to raise awareness of and increase organ donation. Newport Council, Newport Live, Welsh Government and the Games organisers are working in partnership to make this the best event yet.

Selected fitness classes and sporting activities have been rescheduled/cancelled due to the Britsh Transplant Games utilising various Newport Live facilities from the 25-28 July :





Thursday 25th July 


11am Walking Football

Moved outdoors to 3G


2pm Derny Taster


Friday 26th July 

Newport Centre

10am NERS Circuits

Moved to Easyline Gym at Newport Centre

11am NERS Circuits

Moved to Easyline Gym at Newport Centre

11.15am NERS Racquets



4.30pm Learn to Ride


Saturday 27th July


9.30am Soccer Tots

Moved to outdoors Newport Stadium

10.30am Soccer Tots

Moved to outdoors Newport Stadium

9.30am Youth Drop-In


Midday Track Taster


Pool & Tennis Centre

9-11am Smart Track Performance


11am – midday Fast Track Performance


Swim Lessons: 10am Stage 5


11am Stage 5


Midday: Juniors 3& 4


All Evening Waterpolo 4-8pm


Sunday 28th July


9.45am Youth Cycling Club


For further information call 01633 656757 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Royal Blood have announced details of an August underplay tour ahead of their sets at the Reading and Leeds Festival on bank holiday weekend. The shows represent their first UK gigs in almost two years and offer a rare chance for fans to catch Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher in intimate venues.

Royal Blood’s previous UK and Ireland arena tour included three sold-out shows at London’s Alexandra Palace, selling 30,000 tickets in the capital and more than 100,000 in total. A Q live review concluded, “Royal Blood’s show on a night like this is about as thrilling as rock ‘n’ roll gets.”

The dates are:


9th – Southampton, O2 Guildhall

10th – Newport, Centre

12th – Dundee, Caird Hall

13th – Nottingham, Rock City

14th – Margate, Winter Gardens


The tour features special guests The Mysterines (Southampton, Newport and Margate) and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets (Dundee and Nottingham).

Tickets go on sale from 8am on Monday 8th July and will be available from here:

A portion of the ticket price will be donated to War Child UK. War Child UK, together with its partners, works in 15 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and Latin America providing protection, education and standing up for the rights of children caught up in conflict.

Royal Blood’s two albums to date – their self-titled debut and 2017’s ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ – both went straight to #1, establishing them as one of the world’s most vital bands. Along the way, they emerged as firm festival favourites following triumphant sets at Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

The duo’s acclaim has also extended to numerous high profile accolades including the BRIT Award for British Group; Best Live Band and Best New Band at the NME Awards; Best Live Act at the Q Awards; and Best British Newcomer at the Kerrang! Awards.

Newport Live secure Healthy and Active funding for ‘Healthy & Active Newport’ Project

Following their application to the Healthy and Active Fund, delivered by Welsh Government, Sport Wales and Public Health Wales, Newport Live have secured funding to deliver their ‘Healthy & Active Newport’ project over the next 3 years to support healthy and active lifestyles in Newport. The Healthy and Active Fund has been awarded to 17 projects across Wales which actively promote and enable healthy activity across different groups within the community.

The Healthy & Active Newport project aims to improve mental health and increase levels of participation in physical activity amongst children and families in the city. Newport Live will be partnering with Newport City Council, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Public Health Wales and other partners to deliver the outcomes of the project, working with local children and families. The project will focus on working in the Newport East area of the city, linked to Newport’s Public Service Board and Wellbeing Plan priorities working directly with interested Primary Schools who actively want to improve wellbeing as a whole school approach with children, parents, families and teachers being supported to be more active, more often.

John Harrhy, Chairman of Newport Live said “It is going to be a fantastic opportunity for Newport Live to be able to deliver this project with our partners, and to create something new in schools with children, parents, and teachers! We hope the project will be the start of something that could attract future funding, by demonstrating behaviour change over the next 3 years with identified cohorts of years 2 and 3 pupils and their family units; ultimately leading to a positive lifelong participation in sport and physical activity to benefit health and wellbeing of participants.”

This project will compliment part of the ongoing work delivered by Newport Live and its Sports and Physical Activity Development Team. The team delivers and facilitates high-quality sporting opportunities with a social value for children, young people, and families in schools, communities, sports clubs, and local facilities across Newport and beyond.

Statistics from the Sport Wales, National Schools Sports Survey which were released at the end of 2018 demonstrate the impact of Newport Live and its partners in the city. Newport has the highest participation in sport in Wales across primary and secondary school settings with 58% pupils taking part in sport at least 3 times a week. Through projects and the collaborative work with many partners, groups, clubs, and organisations the Sport & Physical Activity Development Team have seen over 255,000 participations in early years settings, schools, and communities in 2018/19 and continue to inspire people to be happier and healthier every day. The Healthy and Active Newport programme will now seek to increase this participation even further with young people, whilst also inspiring their families and teachers to change their behaviour and increase their levels of physical activity participation.

Newport Live is a non-profit distribution organisation and registered charity, which means the money they make is wholly reinvested into the services and facilities they offer, so all Newport Live customers are supporting the local community through the delivery of these projects and activities.

24 Hour Ultramarathon Cycling World Record Attempt


Join us for this exciting attempt to break a world record!

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From midday on Saturday 22nd June 2019 we invite you to watch a daring attempt by amateur ultra distance cyclist James MacDonald to try to break the world record for the distance travelled in 24 hours on an indoor velodrome. The current record is 941km.

Using some of the world's first tech from Cisco and Dimension Data you will be able to experience a world record attempt like never before. Observe James' vital signs during the attempt such as heart rate, calories burned, current & average power, pedal speed & overall speed and of course the current distance against the ever ticking clock. 

The attempt starts at midday on Saturday 22nd June so join us to cheer James on as he embarks on the challenge or on Sunday 23rd June to spur him over the finish line. 

The velodrome will also be open from 8am to 9pm on Saturday and Sunday for you to drop-in and see James' progress.

If you can't make it to the velodrome, you can follow his progress online. Head over to the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales Facebook page for the latest updates and the live feed. 



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Be part of the action! On Sunday our Indoor Group Cycling classes at 8:30am and 11:00am will be in track centre at the velodrome.
Book now - call 01633 656757 or via the Newport Live app. 

Or drop in on Saturday afternoon and see how long you can match James' pace and power output on one of our ICG bikes. 

Panto favourite Richard Elis returns to The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre this pantomime season!

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With panto season less than 200 days away (oh yes it is!) The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre, Newport are thrilled to announce their first returning star taking to the stage as part of Cinderella this Christmas and New Year.

Prepare to boo and hiss at Cinderella’s Ugly Sister, otherwise known as Richard Elis!

Welsh National Opera dishes up a new generation of opera with a Donizetti classic!

Follow the exploits of Welsh National Opera’s Don Pasquale in this riotous new version of Donizetti’s comic opera.WNO Don Pasquale Harriet Eyley Norina. Photo credit Jimmy Swindells 0750sm

After the success of the sold-out Rhondda Rips It Up! in 2018, Welsh National Opera return to The Riverfront on Saturday 25th May 2019 with a contemporary production that will amaze and amuse you.

Set in and around Pasquale’s doner kebab van, this is the story of an old bachelor’s romantic delusions and the young lovers who outwit him; with a modern-day twist. Bringing together an on-stage orchestra, and a cast of larger-than-life characters, this performance will be nothing like you’ve ever seen or heard before.
Transporting you to downtown Cardiff, this production positions itself very firmly in the present day, giving you a new perspective of this classic whist remaining true to the original themes of the opera. This new production is fresh, contemporary and unique and has been reimagined for a modern audience with current issues driving this classic comedy.

Director and librettist Daisy Evans says 'Pasquale is proud of his kebab van but has grown mean-minded and scared of modernisation. Ernesto and Norina stand for the future – calling for less plastic use, eco-conscious dining and stripped back design. The two sides are pitted against each other in a comedy that is bound to have you laughing as well as thinking.'
As well as attracting those who already know and love the story of Don Pasquale, WNO’s up to date production is perfect for introducing new audiences to opera, and changing the stereotypical perception that surrounds it.
Welsh National Opera explains 'Director Daisy Evans, musical director Stephen Higgins and designer Loren Elstein have ripped up the rule book and changed the design, narrative and libretto to bring Donizetti’s opera bang up to date.'

Whether Don Pasquale is your favourite opera of all time, or if you’ve never seen it before, this will be an intimate operatic production not to be missed. See it first at the Riverfront!
Join us on Saturday 25th May 2019 at 7:30pm for the premier performance of Don Pasquale. Tickets are available at, or call us today on 01633 656757.


Newport Walk for Dementia

The inaugural Newport Walk for Dementia around the city of Newport was a great success, raising over £6,000 to help people living with dementia.

Around 350 people took part on 7th April including representatives from Newport County AFC, Newport Live chair John Harrhy and other board members, local politicians and councillors including the Mayor Cllr Malcolm Linton. The 3km walk through the city of Newport was arranged to raise awareness and money for local services in the area for people affected by dementia. As part of the city’s commitment to be Dementia Friendly; Newport County, Newport Live (both Dementia Friendly organisations) and Alzheimer’s Society Cymru worked together on the project.

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The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre were delighted to discover last week that they had been nominated for the Arts, Business & Brand Identity Award sponsored by Hern & Crabtree in the 2019 A&B Cymru Awards. The Awards, which have been running for over a quarter of a century, encourage, acknowledge and celebrate exemplary partnerships between the private sector and the arts.

The Riverfront received their nomination for their partnership with Western Power Distribution (WPD) for the Big Splash Festival, Newport’s much loved free outdoor arts and street theatre festival which in 2018 brought around 24,000 people into the city. The partnership created ‘Hoop Troupe,’ an opportunity for older people to come together to socialise, have fun and learn new skills through numerous workshops which took place at the Riverfront leading up to the Big Splash.

The project worked with local women’s community groups including Age Cymru Gwent, Age Alive and Coffee & Laughs, which was led by a local professional hula hoop and circus practitioner. This culminated in a hoop ‘flash mob’ on the morning of Saturday 21st July 2018 where the group showcased their new skills.

Started as a project to promote social inclusion through participation in a fun and inclusive activity, the project was a massive success with the Hoop Troupe seeing over 120 participate throughout the life of the project. Following a successful weekly workshop programme at The Riverfront, over 50 people took part in the Big Splash flash mob, before people of all ages watching in the crowd were invited to join them and join the fun.

After learning of the nomination, Olivia Harris, Creative Producer said ‘We are delighted that the Hoop Troupe project has been shortlisted for an Arts & Business award, in recognition of our community work with WPD, a long-standing supporter of The Big Splash and friend of Newport Live. The project successfully brought older people together from across the city, taught them a new physical skill in a fun and social way and created an exciting performance opportunity too. Projects like this couldn’t happen without the support of WPD, and we are thrilled that this collaboration has been recognised.’ 

WPD’s Corporate Communications Officer Karen Welch (pictured) said We believe it is the responsibility of large organisations like ours to play a full and active role in the communities they serve. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Newport Live. We are committed to supporting a range of projects especially those that relate to education, safety and the environment. We are delighted to be nominated, and it is always good to receive recognition like this.’

The Riverfront will discover if they have won the award at a ceremony at the Wales Millennium Centre on Thursday 11 July. Big Splash Festival will once again return to Newport on Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 July 2019 for another weekend jam-packed with free events and performances for families and big kids.

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As a Tiger in the Jungle is a poignant performance about rescued child slaves from Indian traditional circus, which comes to The Riverfront as part of a 14 date UK tour which includes high profile performances in The Brighton Fringe and Glastonbury Festival. Produced through an international partnership between artistic directors from NoFit State and Cirkus Xanti, this will be a unique theatrical circus experience!

Using spoken word, circus, movement and ceremony, three performers Renu Ghalan, Aman Tamang, and Loan Tp Hoang ask questions about life, poverty and greed, and tell us the story of how, against all odds, they survived child slavery to create their own destiny. The piece is a unique fusion of Asian and European performance, circus and music, set to an original score by Per Zanussi.  

The piece came about after producer Ali Williams was fortunate enough to spend a year working as the Creative Director with Circus Kathmandu in 2013, a contemporary circus group made up of 13 child trafficking survivors. Ali found these young people to be remarkable in their resilience and enthusiasm in turning their lives around as they utilised and adapted their hard-won performing skills to make an artistic and social impact.

Ali Williams says:  ‘We are pleased to have created a meaningful and engaging performance based on true stories from the performers’ lives. I was inspired by the young artists from Circus Kathmandu and am delighted to be able to employ Aman and Renu in a professional capacity and utilise the skills they learnt in captivity in a positive and empowering way.’

Renu and Aman are just two of over the 700 Nepalese children who have been liberated from circus slavery in traditional Indian circuses since 2004. Children got promised stardom and opportunity, but the reality for them would be a life of slavery, exploitation and abuse in circuses that became their prisons.

The show reflects Renu and Aman's triumph over a tragedy that befalls hundreds of Nepalese children each year, as they recount their tales of lost childhoods.

'As a Tiger in the Jungle is a brave, sad, and beautifully staged production that shines with an inner fire.' Circus Diaries

'As a Tiger in the Jungle is likely to have an unforgettable life-long profound effect on you.’ Theatre Reviews

You don't want to miss your opportunity to see this inspiring, authentic, raw and heartwarming performance about life and circus, entertainment and reflection when it is performed at The Riverfront on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 May. The performance on Friday 3 May will feature Audio Description and British Sign Language in order to make the show accessible for all.

Tickets are available online here, or by calling 01633 656757.