SO the Huddersfield massif are coming to the 'Diff on Monday and you want to know what to do when you get here, other than watch the footy?

You'll be pleased to know there's loads. In fact, why not extend your stay and make the most of everything Wales' capital has to offer over your bank holiday weekend.

Heres 20 things for starters:

1. Cardiff Castle

You can't miss it really. It's that other huge building (other than the stadium) which dominates the city centre. Inside the outer walls is an oasis of green lawns, peacocks and a 12th-century Norman keep offering great views of the city. You can also tour spectacular Victorian Gothic apartments and book yourself into a traditional banquet for a fun dose of food, wine and music the Welsh way. Call 029 2081 8101 for details.

2. Roath Park Lake

A couple of miles to the north of the city centre melee is one of Cardiff's most popular parks. There are wide open spaces, childrens' play areas, nicely manicured gardens and a large and rather lovely boating lake.

3. Live gigs

There's loads going on in Cardiff this weekend. On Saturday, New York singer songwriter Jesse Malin will be playing an intimate gig in Clwb Ifor Bach (better known as the Welsh Club by English tongues) on Womanby Street. Also on Saturday, hotly-tipped five-piece band The Open play Cardiff's Barfly, located on Kingsway opposite the Castle. On Sunday night, the Toucan Club on St Mary's Street plays host to funked-up US group The Young Blood Brass Band. Should be more than enough to get you in the mood for Monday's match.

4. Places to eat

There are tons of great eateries in the city centre. All the usual places are obvious but for something a little different wander into the Brewery Quarter just off St Mary Street to find a wealth of restaurants. Caroline Street is an epi-centre of fast food, but to try organic Welsh produce look no further than Crockertons. For cool and uncomplicated chomping, make your way to the Capsule Cantina on Charles Street. An outside eating area will make you feel like you're in the middle of the Med.

5. Bute Park

Situated immediately behind Cardiff Castle, Bute Park is big, friendly and gorgeous. There's even a mile-long fitness circuit for those wanting to burn off the lovely Welsh grub.

6. Shopping

Queen Street and the shopping centres (Queens, St David's Capitol) which surroujnd it are the main retail areas in Cardiff's city centre. However, if you fancy something a little more original then make sure you take a stroll round Cardiff's Victorian arcades (High Street, Castle, Morgans) which can all be found off St Mary Street.

7. Time Flies/L'America

Get your glow sticks out you Northern mentalists, this bank holiday weekend boasts two massive nights on the local clubbing front. Saturday sees the Time Flies Bank Holiday Carnival take over the Great Hall in the Students' Union on Park Place. Sasha headlines. The Time Flies promoters are also staging a huge hard house night in Cardiff Bay's superclub Evolution. On Sunday, L'America will be keeping the vibes high and happy with a Defected night in the Liquid nightclub on St Mary Street. Sandy Rivera's the big name headlining that particular party.

8. Comedy clubs

Cardiff boasts two of these beauties. Jongleurs is in the Millennium Plaza behind the stadium and this weekend hosts stand up from Otiz Cannelloni, Rick Right, Mark Hurst and Keith Fields. In Cardiff Bay's Mermaid Quay you'll find The Glee Club which this Saturday features stints from Marcus Brigstocke, Ian Coppinger, Trevor Crook and Eddie Bannon.

9. Fine local hostelries

The City Arms, Callaghans, Yates and The Gatekeeper are always crammed on matchdays, probably because they're right by the stadium. But you should also have a look for the Rummer Tavern and Dempsey's opposite the castle, Floyd's bar tucked away above a clothes shop on the High Street, Copa which boasts some fine international beers, and the Cayo Arms on Cathedral Road - a friendly, traditional Welsh pub with a decent beer garden.

10. Theatrical delights - St David's Hall/ Sherman Theatre

Maybe you've got a young family to entertain this weekend? St David's Hall can help out there with performances of Andy Pandy and Bill & Ben taking place all weekend. For further details call 029 2087 8444. The Sherman Theatre in Cathays this Saturday plays host to a production of Dracula by students from the renowned Welsh College of Music and Drama (that's where Anthony Hopkins trained you know). Call them on 029 2064 6900 if you want more details.

11. Welsh National Opera

Highbrow entertainment doesn't come much better than the world-famous WNO who'll be performing Carmen in the New Theatre, Greyfriars Road this Saturday night. Book your tickets on 029 2087 8889.

12. Cardiff Bay

THIS waterfront attraction might not be quite finished just yet but a trip to our city would not be complete without a wander on our waterfront. There's loads of restaurants, shops, bars, salons and even a multiplex to keep you and the family entertained. While you're there it's also worth checking out the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, the Pierhead Building, the Oval Basin, Mermaid Quay, the nearly-finished Wales Millennium Centre (the debate over whether it looks like a slug or an armadillo rages on) and Crickhowell House - the current home of the Welsh Assembly.

13. Techniquest

While in the Bay, don't miss this fab hands-on science museum that'll keep footy fans of all ages entertained for hours. Techniquest are currently hosting the Brain Drain show, where you'll discover the fascinating wonders of the old grey matter.

14. Cinemas

The city centre has two multiplexes. Ster Century is in the Millennium Plaza, and the other - UGC - is a little further away from the Stadium on Mary Ann Street. Both have tons of screens waiting for this weekend's big blockbuster releases - The Day After Tomorrow and Harry Potter 3.

15. Chapter Arts Centre

Located in Canton, Chapter isn't on the beaten track but it's a fabulous place to enjoy a cool continental beer, or some art house cinema in relaxed, non-pretentious surroundings. Check out their website

16. Desmond Dekker in the Cardiff Engine Rooms

This intimate venue in Cardiff Bay plays host to the aforementioned reggae legend this Saturday. The Jamaican-born musician's success in this country, particularly with the classic hit Israelites, spearheaded the arrival of everyone from Bob Marley to Harry J's All Stars in the UK.

17. National museum & Gallery/Museum of Welsh Life St Fagans

You'll find the National Museum and Gallery in the tranquil civic centre and apart from a range of scientific and interactive exhibits, it boasts a remarkable collection of Impressionist paintings. Call 029 2057 3471.

On the outskirts of the city are the open-air delights of the Museum of Welsh Life. Centuries of social history are on show in 100 acres of beautiful countryside. Take yourself from a Celtic mud shack to the 21st-century house for the future in just minutes. Call 029 2057 3474 for details.

18. Stroll up The Garth/Caerphilly mountain/Castell Coch

There's plenty of beauty spots in and around Cardiff. The Garth to the north-west boasts spectacular views over South Wales and is ideal for a gentle bit of hill-climbing. The same goes for Caerphilly Mountain which has a fine eaterie, The Travellers' Rest, on its slopes. From the roads below it, Castell Coch, built in the 1870s, looks like a medieval German castle.

19. Cardiff water bus

Cardiff Waterbus can take you on a cruise around Cardiff Bay, as well as trips up the River Taff to give you an alternative view of that stadium of ours. Call 029 2048 8842 to book.

20. Llanerch Vineyard

The home of the lovely Cariad Wines, this vineyard is just 15 minutes from Cardiff. You can simply drop in to sample and buy the wines produced there. Call 01443 225877.