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Science Cream

Who doesn’t love ice cream? Well, I love ice cream and I have an embarrassing number of loyalty stamps from Science Cream.I recently visited this small shop in Castle Arcade because I love ice cream and I had heard that this ice cream was better than your regular 99.

Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 10.47.16The first thing you notice when you enter is how light and bright the interior appears; the white makes the place feel scientific and this affirmed by the ‘ice cream makers’ who wear lab coats. This adds to the sense of fun and excitement you feel when you enter.

It is an experience that involves all your senses; the sweet smell of the ice cream, the lively interior, the eerie smoke. Oh yes! When you enter, the area where they make the ice cream is barred off with clear protective boards with mixers, metal bowls and the key ingredient – Liquid Nitrogen.

Not only does it make the place utterly unique, it also is there for a practical reason – in a science experiment gone wrong, someone discovered that liquid nitrogen, if added to ice cream improves the flavour. The liquid nitrogen creates miniscule ice crystals which quickly evaporates after touching the ice-cream. Liquid nitrogen boils at -196C, meaning you won’t be able to taste it but this is what causes the really cool smoke, that bobs and swirls around the ‘scientists’ that create this delicious treat.

When I visited, there were so many options to choose from; the classic Madagascan vanilla remained but sat alongside Breakfast Cereal and Caramelised Peanut Butter. The changes change weekly but the classics always feature accompanied by new adventurous flavours.

So, I am not the best at choosing but it was close to Valentine’s Day so I decided go for the special – Cupid’s Straw-Brûlée (Small: £3.95, Large: £4.95) which was Coconut or Custard Vanilla Crème anglaise ice cream, (I went for coconut) topped with Italian meringue marshmallow dipped strawberries & fresh raspberry sauce. Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 10.47.44

It was absolutely delicious – much creamier than regular ice cream and the toppings complimented rather than overpowered the ice cream. This balance means that I will definitely be visiting here again.

I loved visiting Science Cream, the atmosphere was amazing – fun but I also felt like I was learning about Sceince, the décor is lovely and the ice cream should be called ‘really, really nice cream.’ Better yet, it is only a stones throw away from Mrs Potts and as it is right next to the castle, on a sunny day, it would be great to enjoy this treat sat outside Cardiff Castle.

As the weather is only just entering spring, I think I will relax inside but in my opinion, although it may be cold outside, it is never too cold for ice cream.Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 10.46.48

Science Cream Ice Cream Parlour is located at 28 Castle Arcade. All details were correct as of Feb 2016.

By Elouise Hobbs

Castle Coch and the Taff Trail

Are you faced with the dilemma of what to do on a summers day in Cardiff? Do you ever think – as the weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, I feel like going on an adventure to a fairy-tale castle?
Well, although this may sound like wishful thinking or the beginning of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, just outside Cardiff City centre lies a castle that looks as if it has been plucked out of a Disney fairy-tale and is easily assessable by bus or bike.


On a sunny day in Cardiff, I like get on my bike and go for a ride along the Taff trail. The Taff trail is a route between the Southern Cardiff Waterfront, Cardiff Bay to the Northern Market Town of Beacon. Throughout the trail there are many ‘green fingers’ where the trail appears to bring the countryside into the town. In such an area, only 6 miles along the trail (it is over 55 miles in length) lies Castle Coch.

The trail is mostly flat and an easy ride for everyone, until you get to the castle. Fools (myself included) have tried to cycle the hill to the castle, but it is a very steep incline and not for the faint hearted. It is probably quicker to just get off your bike and push it the last 200 meters up the hill.

The first time I got to the top and saw the castle, I gasped at its beauty (in-between pants from walking up the hill!). When you get to the top, there is a grassy area, with great views, where I sat and enjoyed a much deserved picnic.

The castle, which translates to the Red Castle, is named after the rough rubble sandstone in which it was built. The history of the castle is intriguing; the castle was probably founded by a Welsh lord in c1240-65 but although its foundations may be ancient, the castle that lies on top certainly is not.


Built by Victorian ‘eccentric genius’ William Burges, he let his imagination run wild when he was building the castle for the the 3rd Marquess of Bute, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart. He was inspired by the Romantic view of the middle ages and was influenced by gothic trends of the time.

This is reflected in the interior of the castle which, is in one word, breathtaking – the furniture is opulent, the wallpaper handmade and the ceilings wouldn’t look out of place in the Notre Dame.

Although it is free to visit the outside and walk round the grounds, there is a small entrance fee to get into the castle itself (adults: £6, children: £4.20) but you definitely get your admission’s worth. It is open all year round, 10am to 4pm most days with extended opening hours in the summer.

A visit to Castle Coch is lovely way to spend a summers day; you get to see a bit of Wales, get some exercise and learn some Welsh history.

I know what I will be doing next time the sun visits Cardiff!

Castle Coch is located Tongwynlais, Cardiff CF15 7JS. All details were correct as of Feb 2016.

By Elouise Hobbs

Treetop Adventure Golf

Bored of going to the cinema? Want to do an activity that’s a bit different and not too expensive? Look no further! Treetop Adventure Golf has just opened in St. David’s 2 Shopping Centre – located 5 minutes from Bunkhouse. Treetops is situated on the 3rd level of the shopping centre, and backs right onto the car park.

Our adventure began when we entered the 3-story building – I was already a bit apprehensive as my sense of direction is borderline non-existent – so following the trail lead by an enthusiastic cartoon Monkey was a great start.

We came out of the lift and right before us was only what I can describe as a wilderness rain forest wonderland – it was awesome!! I instantly felt like a child in a playground again, and couldn’t wait to get started.

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A friendly face, who described the rules and scoreboard to us, welcomed us in. The fact you actually get given a scoreboard instantly set my competitive streak off. The adult price was £7.50 for 18 holes, we were given the clubs and had to choose between two separate courses – Tropical Trail or Ancient Explorer. We chose Ancient Explorer; just because there was a group of shall we say “half cut” middle-aged businessmen starting the other one.

There is a bar /café there – with THE BEST cocktails. Staff are new and polite, very enthusiastic and really want you to have a good time. However, for obvious reasons you cannot drink and play at the same time – so we thought we’d get a little pick me up first. Cocktails are £6.95 (bit steep, but expected) I went with the Tropical Smash, which is a mix off London Dry Gin, Fresh Coriander, Lime Juice and fresh Pineapple juice smashed together and served over crushed ice. My Australian Competitor went with the Bamboo Cooler, which is Vanilla Vodka and Passion fruit Liquor served with Lemon juice and Vanilla Syrup. Beautiful and quirky presentation.

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After we’d refreshed ourselves, we made our way over to Ancient Explorer and away we went. From start to finish the whole thing can only be described as FUN! The maybe charming or frightening competitiveness makes the whole thing better – a lot of laughs were shared and it was something completely different.

They have talking statues that speak when you hit them – one of which sounded like a rough welsh Robin Williams that had just come back from Chippy Lane (Caroline Street) at 4am on a Friday.

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It has suspended lights and a waterfall running though the course with ambient lighting and surround sound of what I imagine being right in the heart of the rain forest would sound like. The effort and interior design of the whole place is really something special.

All in all a great date which was extremely enjoyable. Even better because I somehow managed to win!? Definitely would highly recommend to anyone who wanted to do something a little different.

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Jessie x