Experience the range of performances including music, theatre and dance

This 2017, join us at St Donats Arts Centre for what promises to be a busy and enchanting programmed of live performances, cinema screenings and community events.  You 're always be assured of a warm welcome here at St Donats Arts Centre so please come and enjoy your favourite artists 'up close and personal' in our very special venue by the sea!

What's On
31 Jul
31.7.17 08:30:00
Atlantic Outdoors: Activity Camp
Atlantic Outdoors: Activity Camp
£150.00
Atlantic Outdoors, our fully Licenced and accredited Outdoor Activity department based in the grounds of St. Donat’s Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan is running a series of one week children’s none residential multi-activity programmes for children aged 8 to 16. Children will be instructed and supervised by our experienced team of summer instructional staff and be encouraged to develop their Teamwork skills, Communication and personal Confidence through activities such as Climbing, Archery, High Ropes, Swimming and Pool games and Orienteering as well as more conventional team and individual sports such as badminton, basketball and indoor hockey using Atlantic Colleges newly completed sports hall. Each group will be a maximum of 10 children working with a minimum of two Instructors. Groups will experience two new and exciting activities each day and be provided with a cold drink and a snack in the morning and afternoon as well as a hot buffet style lunch in the Castle dining hall. Group Age ranges 8-12 years and 13-16 years Daily Schedule 08.30-09.00 Drop off and sign in at Atlantic College sports and activity centre 09.30-12.00 Morning Activity 12.00-13.30 Supervised Lunch and games 13.30-16.00 Afternoon Activity 16.30-17.00 Collection and sign out from Atlantic College sports and activity centre Prices £150 per child for the 5 full days of activities ***Click here for more information, including links to Guidance, and AO4 consent/booking forms*** IMPORTANT BOOKING INFORMATION – Terms and Conditions 2017 1. Full payment must be made at the time of on-line booking and a completed AO4 consent/booking form must be sent to the email address listed at the bottom of the form. Following receipt of the AO4 consent/booking form parents will be emailed a detailed programme and additional joining information a minimum of two weeks prior to the course start date 2. Cancellations must be in writing. A 50% refund will be given for cancellations made more than 4 weeks in advance of course start date. Less than 4 weeks no refund will be given. 3. We will endeavour to honour all activity/function programme, however, in circumstances beyond our control e.g. inclement weather/site maintenance/health & safety recommendations, Atlantic Outdoors reserve the right to amend your booking. We will, however, give you as much notice as possible should this occasion arise. 4. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that confirmed courses take place, Atlantic Outdoors reserves the right to cancel a booking for whatever reason. All monies paid to Atlantic Outdoors / ACE Enterprises in respect of a booking will be refunded in these circumstances. 5. Sickness and Exclusion. Parents or Guardians will be expected to collect as child suspected of suffering from sickness, infection or injury as soon as possible in order to safely reduce to risk to other children and staff. ***Click here for more information, including links to Guidance, and AO4 consent/booking forms***
07 Aug
7.8.17 08:30:00
Atlantic Outdoors: Activity Camp
Atlantic Outdoors: Activity Camp
£150.00
Atlantic Outdoors, our fully Licenced and accredited Outdoor Activity department based in the grounds of St. Donat’s Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan is running a series of one week children’s none residential multi-activity programmes for children aged 8 to 16. Children will be instructed and supervised by our experienced team of summer instructional staff and be encouraged to develop their Teamwork skills, Communication and personal Confidence through activities such as Climbing, Archery, High Ropes, Swimming and Pool games and Orienteering as well as more conventional team and individual sports such as badminton, basketball and indoor hockey using Atlantic Colleges newly completed sports hall. Each group will be a maximum of 10 children working with a minimum of two Instructors. Groups will experience two new and exciting activities each day and be provided with a cold drink and a snack in the morning and afternoon as well as a hot buffet style lunch in the Castle dining hall. Group Age ranges 8-12 years and 13-16 years Daily Schedule 08.30-09.00 Drop off and sign in at Atlantic College sports and activity centre 09.30-12.00 Morning Activity 12.00-13.30 Supervised Lunch and games 13.30-16.00 Afternoon Activity 16.30-17.00 Collection and sign out from Atlantic College sports and activity centre Prices £150 per child for the 5 full days of activities ***Click here for more information, including links to Guidance, and AO4 consent/booking forms*** IMPORTANT BOOKING INFORMATION – Terms and Conditions 2017 1. Full payment must be made at the time of on-line booking and a completed AO4 consent/booking form must be sent to the email address listed at the bottom of the form. Following receipt of the AO4 consent/booking form parents will be emailed a detailed programme and additional joining information a minimum of two weeks prior to the course start date 2. Cancellations must be in writing. A 50% refund will be given for cancellations made more than 4 weeks in advance of course start date. Less than 4 weeks no refund will be given. 3. We will endeavour to honour all activity/function programme, however, in circumstances beyond our control e.g. inclement weather/site maintenance/health & safety recommendations, Atlantic Outdoors reserve the right to amend your booking. We will, however, give you as much notice as possible should this occasion arise. 4. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that confirmed courses take place, Atlantic Outdoors reserves the right to cancel a booking for whatever reason. All monies paid to Atlantic Outdoors / ACE Enterprises in respect of a booking will be refunded in these circumstances. 5. Sickness and Exclusion. Parents or Guardians will be expected to collect as child suspected of suffering from sickness, infection or injury as soon as possible in order to safely reduce to risk to other children and staff. ***Click here for more information, including links to Guidance, and AO4 consent/booking forms***
25 Aug
25.8.17 21:30:00
Outdoor Cinema: Elvis That's the way it is
Outdoor Cinema: Elvis That's the way it is
£7.50 to £8.50
To mark the 40th Anniversary of Elvis Presley's untimely death we will be showing the 1970 documentary film about the King's Summer Festival in Las Vegas during August 1970. It was his first non-dramatic film since the beginning of his film career in 1956, and the film gives a clear view of Presley's return to live performances after years of making films. Some things to consider for our outdoor cinema screenings: – This is a free seating event, you are expected to provide your own blankets/cushions and dress according to the weather – If you are bringing picnic chairs, we request you sit at the back to avoid obstructing others view – Picnics are welcome with the expectation all rubbish is discarded in bins provided, but there will be a café open should you wish to purchase drinks, alcohol and confectionary – In the event of bad weather, the film may be screened inside our medieval Tythe Barn. Please call on the day if you would like to receive an update on this – Should the film be screened outdoors and the weather changes to rain, the film will not be stopped and will continue to be screened outdoors (excluding extreme circumstances)
28 Aug
28.8.17 15:00:00
Illyria Outdoor Theatre - The Mikado
Illyria Outdoor Theatre - The Mikado
£15.00 to £17.00
In 2011 Illyria raised the bar for the major UK open-air touring theatre companies by becoming the first and only one to add Operetta to its regular season. In the town of Titipu flirting has been made illegal. The penalty, by order of The Mikado, is death. Too bad then that the main culprit is the Lord High Executioner Ko-Ko, who wishes to marry his beautiful young ward Yum-Yum, and who has no intention of executing himself. Can the itinerant musician Nanki-Poo be persuaded to be executed in his place? Can Pooh-Bah, the one man who occupies every role in public office in Titipu, be persuaded to take advantage of his influential access to himself to bend his own ear? And what would happen if anyone should dare to tell the Mikado that an execution had taken place when in fact it hadn’t…? Gilbert & Sullivan’s wry comic opera, set in Japan but with satire clearly aimed at the British political classes, gets the complete Illyria treatment. It is performed by a cast of 6 actor/singers accompanied by a musical director on keyboards, and is produced on a stage boasting a strikingly large (and authentic) Japanese torii gate. Despite the reduction in scale not a single word from WS Gilbert's libretto is cut, nor a single note or harmony from Sir Arthur Sullivan's score unsung. Following the company’s runaway successes with HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe and Ruddigore Illyria returns with yet another romantic summer opera to leave you with a great big silly smile on your face and a song in your heart. * We do not provide seating for this event, please provide your own picnic blanket or camping chairs * Recommended for adults and children aged 5+ * Running time: 2 hours including 20 minute interval
05 Sep
5.9.17 19:30:00
Bridgend Arsenal talk - by Mike Clubb
Bridgend Arsenal talk - by Mike Clubb
£7.00
To the Bridgend Arsenal they came every day, by train and by bus; from Swansea, from Maesteg, from the Rhondda, from Pontypridd, from the Cynon Valley, from Barry, from Merthyr, from the Vale. At one time there were more than 32,000 people working there, 75% of them women. The story of this factory is the story of thousands of workers whose lives were disrupted in a way that the generations that have come after can hardly imagine. Most had no experience of factory work. They had not so much as filled a banger for November 5th - yet they had to work with volatile and dangerous materials. Inevitably there were accidental explosions. Some 27 died; many were terribly injured. But for the vast majority the experience was enjoyable - even liberating. This talk about ROF 53 answers the big questions: Why was Bridgend chosen? What was made there? Why was the Arsenal never bombed ? How many people were killed? And we examine the human side: what happens when your friends put a detonator in your boot? Why were magistrates worried about drunken women? What is the connection between Fry’s chocolate, the England rugby team, and the Arsenal? As suddenly as it began it was ended. Those who worked at ROF53 went back to the roles they had before. Except that the experience had changed the lives of the people of south Wales for ever.
15 Sep
15.9.17 14:00:00
Tea Dance by Alan Taylor
Tea Dance by Alan Taylor
£5.00
Join us at St Donats Arts Centre for an afternoon of ballroom, latin and popular sequence dancing, hosted by Alan Taylor, in our Glass Room with panoramic sea views. A great day out to meet other couples and brush the dust off those dancing shoes! Ticket also includes a serving of tea or coffee and a cake.
15 Sep
15.9.17 20:00:00
Outdoor Cinema: Singin' in the rain
Outdoor Cinema: Singin' in the rain
£7.50 to £8.50
In 1927, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a famous on-screen romantic pair. Lina, however, mistakes the on-screen romance for real love. Don has worked hard to get where he is today, with his former partner Cosmo. When Don and Lina's latest film is transformed into a musical, Don has the perfect voice for the songs. But Lina - well, even with the best efforts of a diction coach, they still decide to dub over her voice. Kathy Selden is brought in, an aspiring actress, and while she is working on the movie, Don falls in love with her. Will Kathy continue to "aspire", or will she get the break she deserves? Some things to consider for our outdoor cinema screenings: – This is a free seating event, you are expected to provide your own blankets/cushions and dress according to the weather – If you are bringing picnic chairs, we request you sit at the back to avoid obstructing others view – Picnics are welcome with the expectation all rubbish is discarded in bins provided, but there will be a café open should you wish to purchase drinks, alcohol and confectionary – In the event of bad weather, the film may be screened inside our medieval Tythe Barn. Please call on the day if you would like to receive an update on this – Should the film be screened outdoors and the weather changes to rain, the film will not be stopped and will continue to be screened outdoors (excluding extreme circumstances)
19 Sep
19.9.17 15:00:00
Cafe Concert: Students of Atlantic College
Cafe Concert: Students of Atlantic College
£6.50
Join us for our café concert performed by the talented students of UWC Atlantic College, in our Glass Room overlooking the sea. Your ticket price also includes a serving of tea or coffee and cake.
22 Sep
22.9.17 20:00:00
Outdoor Cinema: The Blues Brothers
Outdoor Cinema: The Blues Brothers
£7.50 to £8.50
After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood go to visit "The Penguin", the last of the nuns who raised them in a boarding school. They learn the Archdiocese will stop supporting the school and will sell the place to the Education Authority. The only way to keep the place open is if the $5000 tax on the property is paid within 11 days. The Blues Brothers want to help, and decide to put their blues band back together and raise the the money by staging a big gig. As they set off on their "mission from God" they seem to make more enemies along the way. Will they manage to come up with the money in time? Some things to consider for our outdoor cinema screenings: – This is a free seating event, you are expected to provide your own blankets/cushions and dress according to the weather – If you are bringing picnic chairs, we request you sit at the back to avoid obstructing others view – Picnics are welcome with the expectation all rubbish is discarded in bins provided, but there will be a café open should you wish to purchase drinks, alcohol and confectionary – In the event of bad weather, the film may be screened inside our medieval Tythe Barn. Please call on the day if you would like to receive an update on this – Should the film be screened outdoors and the weather changes to rain, the film will not be stopped and will continue to be screened outdoors (excluding extreme circumstances)
30 Sep
30.9.17 19:30:00
The Coal Porters in Concert
The Coal Porters in Concert
£14.00
“…the Coal Porters, a proper band with albums and tours and a fiddle.” – The Guardian, Laura Barton’s Back Page column. The Coal Porters claim to be the world’s first “alt-bluegrass” act, demonstrating the power of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and doghouse bass when matched with four-part harmonies and memorable melodies. They have taken this sound around the world featuring on NPR’s Morning Edition in the USA and recording a live session for Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2. And they’ll soon be captivating the crowds at St Donat’s Arts Centre.
07 Oct
7.10.17 19:30:00
The Gary Fletcher Band
The Gary Fletcher Band
£12.00
A founder and ever present member of The Blues Band with Paul Jones, Tom McGuinness and Dave Kelly, Gary’s music straddles blues, Americana and folk. He plays and sings a compelling mix of originals and classic covers using guitar, slide, banjo, mandolin and ukulele. Tonight his band will showcase some truly exceptional players including Tom Leary (Feast of Fiddles, Lindisfarne, Tanna etc) on violin and mandolin and, formerly of ‘Man’, ‘Wild Turkey’ and Welsh favourites ‘The Blues Bunch’, Swansea guitar legend Alan ‘Tweke’ Lewis. Sam Kelly (Tom Robinson Band, Dave Kelly Band) features on drums and, local man from St Athan, the excellent Jack Fletcher plays bass. Gary has appeared with and/or recorded with Peter Green, Maggie Bell, Van Morrison, John Mayall, Long John Baldry, Guy Barker, Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, Kim Simmonds, Henry McCullough, Zoot Money, Nat Adderley, Guy Barker, the Memphis Horns, Christine Collister etc. He’s released several albums featuring both electric, acoustic lineups as well as the acclaimed ‘In Solitary’ solo offering, which along with the electric ‘Giant From the Blue’ album, secured 4 star reviews from Maverick and R2 magazines. Bob Harris has featured Gary live in the studio on his BBC R2 show several times and had him to play sessions for his YouTube channel ‘Under the Apple Tree’. This promises to be an exciting evening of high quality performances from musicians of considerable pedigree performing top class material.
13 Oct
13.10.17 14:00:00
Tea Dance by Alan Taylor
Tea Dance by Alan Taylor
£5.00
Join us at St Donats Arts Centre for an afternoon of ballroom, latin and popular sequence dancing, hosted by Alan Taylor, in our Glass Room with panoramic sea views. A great day out to meet other couples and brush the dust off those dancing shoes! Ticket also includes a serving of tea or coffee and a cake.

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