National Armed Forces Day - June 24
June 5 – In less than three weeks, Newport will host Wales National Armed Forces Day – an event that pays tribute to our past and present service people.
Thousands of people are expected to flock to the city centre on Saturday 24 June for a packed programme which includes military activities; amazing aerial displays and commemorations for past heroes.
The day will start at 10am with a parade of members of the armed forces, veterans, Royal British Legion standard bearers and army and RAF cadets from High Street to John Frost Square led by the Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh.
The 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh mascot Lance Corporal Shenkin IV and Corporal Jones, mascot from the 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards will accompany the parade.
Afterwards, the leader of the council, Councillor Jane Mudd, will reaffirm the council’s support of the Armed Forces Covenant.
At 11am, there will be a fly past by the Red Arrows while parachutists from the Tigers Army RAF Falcons display teams will be “dropping in”. All will be visible from the riverfront and are weather permitting.
People will stop to remember a second world war tragedy at 12.45pm when a service will be held near the riverfront, by the theatre and arts centre, to commemorate HMS Turbulent.
Eighty years ago, the Royal Navy submarine was sunk with the loss of its entire crew including its Newport-born commander John Wallace Linton, He was posthumously given the highest award for gallantry, the Victoria Cross.
There will be another reminder of the bravery of our service people in the second world war when a lone Spitfire undertakes a Battle of Britain Memorial fly past at around 1pm.
From 10am to 3pm, visitors can view military vehicles in the riverfront area while armed forces charities and organisations will have stalls in the Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre.
Big Splash returns - July 22/23
May 11 -The official dates for Big Splash 2023 have been announced, with the free family festival to take place on Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23. It is all centred on the Riverfront and City Centre. The city will once again be alive with street theatre, live music, workshops, and arts and crafts activities – suitable for all ages and free of charge.
Party in the Park - July 14
Tredegar Park’s annual music festival returns with headline acts including Peter Andre, Heather Small, Five, East 17, Urban Cookie Collective and many more , follow developments via the link above. The first two ticket releases have sold out with the third release now available adult £36 , teens £17.50, return travel from Newport train station. £6.
Lego Festival - May 27
May 9 – A LEGO fan event dedicated to all things brick! A great day for families, collectors, adult builders and every other kind of LEGO fan. Lots to see and do including speed building competitions, large displays, activities, traders selling bricks, new LEGO sets, retired LEGO sets, minifigures & accessories plus a dedicated building area. Tickets £18. ICC Wales.
Magic of Motown - May 18
May 8 – May 19 is sold out but a new date has been added for this show.
Get ready for the biggest Motown party of the year. You will be going Loco down in Acapulco as we take you back down memory lane with all the Motown classics from artists such as, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson, and many, many more.
Celebrate the sound of a generation with one very special night of The Magic of Motown!
Riverfront 7.30pm Tickets £29.50.