The post-Christmas winter slump – after that last mince pie has been munched and you’ve finally cracked the 10,000 piece jigsaw – your mind moves to New Year and beyond. Whether or not you make new year’s resolutions or plan big changes next year, a new year is a great opportunity to reflect on last year and set some positive intentions for the year ahead. Whether that be reconnecting with friends and family, travelling to new places, or trying out a new activity, it’s a great chance to get away for a few days and enjoy the rhythm of a different city.
Cardiff has so many things to see and do, you’ll be spoilt for choice if you want to try something new this year. And when the city is on your doorstep when you stay at an Aaron Wise apartment, you have the perfect jumping off spot to dive into some new activities! Staying at one of Aaron Wise’s stylish city centre apartments you have a comfortable base to come back to, with everything you need to enjoy a winter evening at home, or an amazing lie in after a big night out! We’ve picked out some nearby activities you might like to try this new year.
Get sustainable and explore plant-based Cardiff
Whether or not you eat a plant based diet, Veganuary is an excellent way to start the year or try out living vegan. Cardiff has a plethora of vegan-friendly cafes and restaurants which you can check out in our blog on the best plant based places to visit in Cardiff. Just a few minutes walk from Aaron Wise apartments you can find Cardiff Central Market which is an incredible amalgamation of stalls including food stalls catering for all diets and desires including The Greenery, a marvellous plant-based kitchen. Not only do they deliver some exceptional lunches to the people of Cardiff, they also offer vegan cooking classes so you can add a few plant based strings to your catering bow! Loving Welsh Food runs an excellent Green Food Tour Monday to Friday every week which is well worth a visit. The aim of the Green Food Tour is to showcase eco-friendly venues in Cardiff while also enjoying some fabulous food & drink and is a great way to explore the city with your impact in mind while doing so.
Try out white water rafting at the national centre in Cardiff
If you like your experiences a bit more white knuckle, then Cardiff International White Water is the right place for you! Just a short car ride away from Aaron Wise, the centre has day tasters and sessions of all types, depending on your abilities, age or appetite for fear! By the end of the Zero to Hero course, you’ll be paddling out to the rapids with your class; or if you fancy a more sedate pace or trying something new with your kids there are experiences on more mellow waves such as Stand Up Paddleboard sessions and canoe or kayak taster lessons. Once you’re finished, you can return to the comfort of your cosy Aaron Wise apartment to make the most of the steaming power showers and toasty bath robes to warm up and enjoy the rest of your stay.
Learn to knit, craft and cook
The new year is a great opportunity to learn a new skill or start a craft project. But if you’re not sure where your interests lie, somewhere like Lark Design Make is the perfect place to dip your toe into crafting. you can try your hand at everything from making a drum lampshade to knitting a chunky snood (picture), and do so in their lovely craft studio. There are kids craft classes as well, and ones you can do as a family. If food is more your thing and you fancy exploring out of Cardiff, the beautiful Llanerch Vineyard is a short drive from Aaron Wise and is the home of Angela Gray’s cooking school. There are a whole host of one day cooking classes, and you can take an enjoyable tour around the vineyard while stocking up on a few bottles while you’re at it!
Watch some live music or a performance
The buzz and excitement of going to a gig or watching a theatre performance feels even more essential looking ahead to the new year, and Cardiff isn’t short of places to go to if you’re in need of your culture fix! Just a few minutes walk from your Aaron Wise apartment is The Tramshed which hosts gigs and other artistic performances almost every day of the week. If theatre and big musical productions are your thing then Wales Millennium Centre is for you! And with the central location of Aaron Wise apartments, you’re never too far away from culture!
With all the comforts of a hotel and your home, just a few moments from the station and city centre, we are a great option for your stay in Cardiff. As well as our cleaning service, modern appliances and on-hand concierge via WhatsApp, we also have topnotch towels and toiletries, plus incredibly comfy beds and sofas for lounging, so you can enjoy staying in as much as going out!
Whatever your plans are for the new year and beyond, if you’re in Cardiff,. we’d love to host you! So get in touch so we can help you book the best Aaron Wise apartment for your needs. Here’s to an excellent year to you and yours!