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IF you're after family fun this Whitsun bank holiday, come and learn about history from many different eras when the Vikings and a boat-load of pirates invade Cosmeston Medieval Village near Penarth on Sunday and Monday, from 11am and 5pm.

Prepare to discover Victorian soldiers of the Zulu war rubbing shoulders with the Royal Welch Fusiliers from the fields of Waterloo, while warriors of ancient Greece can be seen alongside the demure and cultured ladies of the Regency period.

And of course the Vikings and pirates will be competing with one another to see who can be the least civilised.

There will be living history camps, displays throughout the day and loads for all the family to see and do.

Have a go at writing with a quill, drilling with Queen Victoria's soldiers, try on some armour for size, sign up for His Majesty King George's Navy or even see what life was really like as an ancient Greek warrior.

For more information call 029 20 701678. Tickets are pounds 5 (adults), pounds 3 (concessions), while a family ticket (two plus three) is pounds 12.

Make a date with two legendary vocalists next month by booking tickets now.

Legendary soul singer Al Green has sold more than 20 million records worldwide, winning 11 Grammies, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, and is in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of all Time.

This iconic performer comes to Wales for one night only this summer, appearing at Cardiff International Arena on Tuesday, June 22.

In the mid 1970s, he became Reverend Al, ordained as the pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis, and won numerous Grammies for his gospel singing, before returning to R&B and exploring other musical genres, collaborating with the likes of Queen Latifah and Corinne Bailey Rae. Al himself claims his L-O-V-E music and extraordinary voice are responsible for more than four million babies worldwide.

And the Cardiff date has another musical legend on the bill, with five-times Grammy award-winning blue-eyed soul man Michael McDonald also wowing fans on the night.

Michael created the hits I Keep Forgettin', the Grammy-winning Yah Mo B There, as well as the number one single On My Own.

McDonald played with Steely Dan before joining The Doobie Brothers, where his voice gave the group its trademark sound on such songs as the number one single What a Fool Believes, which won the 1980 Song of the Year Grammy.

Why not treat yourself to a glam night at the casino this bank holiday? Les Croupiers Casino in Cardiff is now firmly established in its fabulous new location in Leckwith, close to Cardiff City's Football Club's new stadium.

Les Croups offers the finest gaming facilities, with its 20-table poker room.

Play Las Vegas dice, blackjack, roulette, electronic roulette and video slots from 2pm to 6am seven days a week.

The first of Les Croups' new live music nights kicks off at 10pm tomorrow when Le Freak recreate the look, sound and atmosphere of the 1970s disco era.

More music nights are set for June, with next Saturday hosting the Johnny Ned Band with their up-tempo jump jive and rhythm and blues, and Saturday, June 18, seeing the arrival of Jarzino - an all-embracing mix of roots, reggae rock and Motown.

A free shuttle bus will take you back and forth from Leckwith to town. Leaving from Westgate Street and heading down to the Capital Retail Park (and back), the door-to-door service runs every 15 minutes.

For more details call 029 2038 2810.


Have fun while learning about history at Cosmeston Medieval Village and, far lef t, enjoy a variety of activities at Les Croupiers Casino in Cardiff
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 28, 2010
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