Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

15 December - 15 January

NoFit State’s Big Top tent will be in Sophia Gardens this winter with the last ever chance to see LEXICON. A joyful circus show full of magic, laughter and lightness, this will be a fantastic alternative Christmas event for our home town; a real Festive Comeback Special.

After this time apart, we are coming back together to enjoy a raucous celebration full of festive fare, fun and frolics, right in the heart of the city. Bring your family, your friends, your neighbours, and raise your spirits with this uplifting and poetic performance - complete with an exceptional live band.

The performances are fully Covid-19 compliant and there will be some reduced capacity shows for those who would prefer to maintain social distancing. The Big Top is fully heated, with festive hot food, drinks and a licensed bar on offer.

Matinee and evening shows from 15 December - 15 January.

family offer

A family of 4 can attend for the special price of £60 - £65.

To apply the offer add 4 tickets to your basket and enter the offer code 'FAMILY' during checkout.

You will need to have at least 1 adult and 1 child (under 16) in your group.

upcoming shows

15 December - 15 January 

Pricing (depending on the show date)

£22 – £24  Full Price
£15 – £17  Concession
£60 – £65  Family of 4 *

Off-Peak days: 15, 16, 21, 22  December. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13  January 

Covid safety measures

A couple of things to remember for your visit.

You will need to bring:

  - A valid NHS Covid Pass OR proof of negative lateral flow test from within the previous 24 hours (for everyone 18+).

  - A mask to wear inside the event site (unless you are exempt)

We are encouraging all our audience members to take a lateral flow test before coming to our performances even if they have a valid NHS Covid Pass, to help keep everyone safe.

box office

If you need help with your order call our box office team on 02921 321 021.

Lines are open between 10am - 6pm, from Sunday - Friday.

If we miss your call please leave a message and we will call you back.

relaxed performance

The 2.30pm performance on Wednesday 29 December will be a Relaxed Performance.

This performance will have a limited capacity of 300.

Some things to expect at the Relaxed Performance:

- A digital welcome pack will be sent before the performance

- There will be a relaxed attitude to movement and talking during the performance

- Theatrical effects (smoke, bright lights, loud sounds) will be reduced

- House lights will remain on, though slightly dimmed, throughout the performance


The NoFit State spaceship silver Big Top Tent will be in Sophia Gardens near the National Express coach station in the centre of Cardiff.

We encourage you to use public transport or to ride-share to get to the show, it’s good for the environment!

Please click here to get directions using Google Maps.


By bike: Conveniently located next to the Sophia Gardens section of the new cross-Cardiff cycle route.

By car: Access to Sophia Gardens is off of Cathedral Road.

By bus: This site is well served by busses (Cathedral Road and Castle Street). Central Cardiff bus stops are Westgate Street, North Road/Kingsway, Greyfriars Road.

By coach: The National Express coach station (CF11 9HW) is a very short walk away. Megabus stops on Kingsway, a 13 minute walk away.

By train: The closest station is Cardiff Central (13 minute walk), or Cardiff Queen Street (17 minute walk).


Sophia Gardens Car Park is the nearest car park. North Road Car Park is also nearby.

You can prepay your parking on the MiPermit site to speed up your journey, please note this does not guarantee a space and the car parks may be busy.

We have disabled parking available directly next to the tent, please contact us ahead of time to book this.


How long is the show?

LEXICON is roughly 2 hours (including a 20-minute interval). It may run a little later on occasion so please consider that when making travel plans.

What type of concessions do you offer?

We offer concession price tickets to: • Over 65s • Under 16s • Unwaged • Student Proof of eligibility may be required on entry.

Do you offer group discounts?

Yes, if you have a group of 10 people you will get 1 of them for free. Just add 10 tickets to your basket and this will apply automatically. For school groups etc please get in touch with us to discuss any discounts available. You can reach our box office here: 02921 321 021

Do you have a box office on site?

NoFit State’s physical box office opens on site an hour before the show starts. You do not need to collect physical tickets. You can purchase tickets on the day if there are still tickets available.

How do I choose my seat?

All seats are unreserved, and they all have a great view!

Where can I get my ticket?

As a part of our environmental policy, we do not issue paper tickets. You will be issued with a hand stamp that will give you access to the tent. Please give your booking name and number of tickets on arrival.

How accessible is the show?

We work to make our performances as accessible as possible, if you or one of your group have additional access needs please get in touch for more details and to see how we can help to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. People with mobility problems should inform the box office so we can reserve easily accessible seats for you. The big top tent is fully accessible for wheelchair users, and there is an accessible toilet onsite. People who are visually impaired should inform the box office so we can reserve seats near the front for them. They should also let us know if they are bringing a guide dog with them. We have some disabled parking spaces available next to the site, please contact us before hand if you require access to these so we know to expect you. Carers seats are free, please call our box office team to book these: 02921 321 021