Names announced for our New Camels!

In December, two new camels enjoyed their first visit to Tabernacl Church on The Hayes in Cardiff, and now they’ve officially been named.

More than 100 visitors to Christmas – The Story – the free Nativity production – suggested names for our duo from the east. A big thank you to everybody for your ideas. The winning names are Al Siôn (for the sitting camel) and Al Siân (for the standing camel) – chosen for their Welsh-ness with an eastern twist.



Al Siôn 

Al Siân

Congratulations to Tamsin from Cardiff for the winning entry.

Al Siôn loves offering a seat to visiting children, while Al Siân spends most of her time with the Wise Men. Both love having their photos taken. They will look forward to returning to the Tabernacl later this year to welcome school groups and the public into 20-minute performances of the first Christmas story.

See Al Siôn and Al Siân again this December for the tenth year of Christmas – The Story!


Take photos with us!

Christmas – The Story, the fantastic free Nativity play run by volunteers on the Hayes in Cardiff is getting photo-tastic.

After the success of the #DonkeySelfie and #CamelSelfie over recent years, we’ve had four big selfie frames made. So while you’re waiting for a performance of the first Christmas story, do get snapping!

There are loads of photo opportunities to be had with us at the Tabernacl – from our gorgeous donkeys to our giant camels, our friendly Wise Men to our shining star. What about going for the big 5, and having a photo with baby Jesus, the real star of our show?

We’d love to see your photos, so please share them with us on social media using #FollowTheStar


Help us name our new camels!

If you’ve been Christmas shopping in Cardiff city centre, you will have noticed two new like-sized camels on the Hayes, welcoming people of all ages into free performances of the Nativity at Tabernacl Church.











Sadly, the camels – one sitting and the other standing – have no names yet. But that’s about to change – and we need your help to name them! If you have any ideas for names for our new friends, when you’re on the Hayes, just write your suggestions, along with your name and a telephone number on a slip of paper and place it into our yellow bucket along with a £1 donation. There will be a prize for the winner.

Our camels enjoy the company of the wise men. Our sitting camel likes giving a seat to members of the public, and both camels love having their photo taken!

The camel-naming competition will be open until Saturday 22 December, the last day of our production. Cardiff Christmas – The Story runs 6 days a week with performances every 40 minutes throughout the day and Welsh language shows at 4.40pm every day. The public can just pop in – no booking is necessary. For more information please click here.


Looking for something extra special for somebody this Christmas?

Inspired by the story of the first Christmas, small cards of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh are now available from the Tabernacl on the Hayes for a suggested donation of £2 each.

These items are the precious gifts brought to baby Jesus by the Wise Men from the east, and they are a feast for the senses. Real samples of the items – 24 carat gold, a piece of frankincense and some myrrh oil – have been acquired and attached to a card by hand by local volunteers. They can be used as a special card, Christmas decoration or stocking filler.

By getting your hand on one of these unique, bilingual cards, you will not only be getting a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift for somebody special, but you’ll also be supporting a much loved community theatre project run entirely by volunteers.

Christmas – The Story is a fantastic free Nativity play which runs in Cardiff city centre six days a week between 1 and 22 December. Please click here for more information.



More knitters needed as we make the Hayes look as fabulous as ever

Do you remember the lovely knitted robins which bobbled up and down above the railings on the Hayes last December? Everybody loved them so much that we’re calling on our wonderful volunteers to do some more knitting ready for this year’s production of Christmas – The Story.

This time, we’re going to be making camels and donkeys.

These two amazing animals are closely associated with the Christmas Story and over the past few years have already been an important part of our wonderful free Nativity play at Tabernacl Church.

Do you live in Cardiff and enjoy knitting? All you need to do is get some camel-coloured/honey or light grey wool – colours which you may well already have at home, and follow these easy patterns by Linda Dawkins (© Mamma4earth

Camel Pattern

Donkey Pattern

When they’re ready, just bring them to us at the Tabernacl on the Hayes next month! If you have any questions, please e-mail Jean (e-mail: our wonderful volunteer and keen knitter.

Christmas – The Story is a fantastic free Nativity Play which runs in towns across south Wales each December. For more information about the Cardiff production, please click here.



Cardiff ‘Christmas – The Story’ is Getting a Makeover!

Do you live in Cardiff and enjoy knitting? We’re calling on local knitters to help us decorate the outside of Tabernacl Church ready for this year’s production of ‘Christmas – The Story’.

Our aim is to have lots of lovely robins bobbing up and down above the railings on the Hayes. If you’d like to help make ‘Christmas – The Story’ look as fabulous as ever, please get in touch – we can provide you with the wool, wadding, eyes and an easy pattern. Please contact Sally by e-mailing or calling 029 2049 3326.

‘Christmas – The Story’ is a voluntary community arts project, which re-tells the Nativity to school children and members of the public free of charge each December. For more information about the Cardiff production, please click here.



Another Welsh town joins ‘Christmas – The Story’

‘Christmas – The Story’ is delighted that another town in south Wales has joined the project.

Bridgend is the sixth town to join the voluntary community arts project, which re-tells the Nativity to school children and members of the public free of charge each December.

Statistics show that the Nativity story is being forgotten and is quickly disappearing from our Christmas celebrations. ‘Christmas – The Story’ aims to change this by making the Nativity accessible to everybody.

Bridgend ‘Christmas – The Story’ will be held at the Tabernacl Chapel on Derwen Road between the 9th and the 16th of December (except Sunday). It is being led by the Reverend Robin Samuel.

The project, which was successfully launched in Cardiff in 2010, has since been rolled out in Aberdare, Carmarthen, Port Talbot and Barry. Last year, it was shortlisted for an EPIC award.

For more information about Bridgend ‘Christmas – The Story’, please click here.