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Cardiff Bay - Inspiring Creation

The Neil Rayment Studio is located in Cardiff Bay. It’s an area of the city flourishing with independent creative companies, listed buildings, cultural venues and glittering waterside views - not forgetting a bar or two where you can enjoy a cocktail as the sun sets. It’s a fitting backdrop to the work of our master maker Neil, who continually gathers inspiration. A surfer with a love of both coastlines and cities, he finds plenty of ideas here.

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Cardiff Bay once housed the biggest coal port in the world. In 1836, the Coal Exchange was built to conduct trade negotiations for coal from the South Wales Valleys. It was here the world’s first £1 million business deal was made. As the docks rose in prominence, the surrounding Mount Stuart Square became a commercial centre. Decades on, and the docklands celebrate an ever-growing community of change makers.

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The fresh flowers and plants you’ll find in our studio come from Sunflower and I. Quantum Coffee Roasters keep us caffeinated. We shop for books in Octavo’s. When in need of a sweet treat, we visit Nata for Portuguese tarts, and The Deck for cupcakes. There are inspiring creative services all around us, from Rabble Studio to Spindogs.

 

 

Night-time Cardiff Bay opens up to opera, theatre, dance or ballet in the iconic Welsh Millennium Centre. Dinner could be in the opulent BA Orient for Dim Sum and cocktails or one of the many other international restaurants on offer. The Grade II listed Coal Exchange has been restored into the glamorous Exchange Hotel, where guests can stay, dine or even host a wedding. There’s the VIP Lounge for cabaret, velvet and cocktails. An evening stroll will highlight the sparkling lights of the Bay beside the reflection-filled water.

 

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Alfresco activities include a walk or cycle across the barrage – Europe’s largest waterfront development – or a visit to International White Water. The Doctor Who Experience* attracts time travel fans, and The Senedd offers the chance to watch Assembly Members debate. Key events regularly take place in Cardiff Bay, such as The Cardiff Half Marathon or Cardiff International Food Festival. A conveniently placed train station means visitors are just minutes from the city centre.

 

 

Here at Neil Rayment Jewellery, we offer our clients a special experience, creating tailor made jewellery imbued with heritage and forward thinking. We also cultivate our own jewellery collections, some of which are shaped by the Welsh coast. We’re delighted to be based in vibrant Cardiff Bay, and enjoy welcoming clients to our studio and locale. To arrange a visit to plan your custom-made jewellery with master maker Neil Rayment, please call 02921 328114 or email neil@neilrayment.com

 

* Closed in Septemeber 2017