This year my eldest boy has just started year 6. Which means that in less than a year he will be going to Senior School. I look back, as I know so many other parents do, and I wonder how on earth it all happened so quickly. I really want to make the most of this time before the dreaded teenage grumpiness and grunting takes over. He tells me its coming – I think it’s already partly here! So, inspired by the Welsh Bucket List – 100 things to do in Wales we have come up with our ultimate 101 Awesome Things to Do in Wales with kids.
This list has been a couple of months in the making. We have come up with most of it together as a family and we have set ourselves the challenge of completing this 101 Awesome Things to Do in Wales with Kids list. We’ve already made a head start on a few, but not many, so we have a lot to cover.
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1 – Build a sand sculpture at Barafundle Bay (West Wales)
With its golden sands and crystal clear sea, Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire is often compared to a Caribbean beach. Not surprisingly it has been voted numerous times for one of the best beaches in Britain and the world.
Situated in the heart of Wales City Centre, Cardiff Castle walls hide over 2,000 years of history. Like Castel Coch, it has been decorated in an opulent and lavish design with no two rooms the same. They have plenty of activities scheduled through out the year for kids, including their popular joust day.
If you are going to ride a horse where better to do it than on the beach. With its vast expanse of sand and neighbouring dunes, there’s not many places which would provide a better back drop.
The atmosphere at the iconic Principality Stadium when Wales play is electric. If you don’t want to pay top buck you can often pick up reduced price tickets for kids at the Autumn Internationals.
On the Four Falls trail in the Brecon Beacons, you get to see four waterfalls with the highlight at the end of walking behind a waterfall. You can read more about our visit to the four falls trail and what to expect HERE
For all adrenaline junkies, this has to be the best way to explore the Welsh Coast. I’m not sure if I’ll brave this one, might get their Dad to take them.
Wales outdoor museum is a celebration of Welsh life and culture. Set in beautiful grounds its like stepping back in time. You can read more about our visit to St Fagans HERE.
Dan yr Ogof is home to one of the world’s largest collection of life sized dinosaur models, with some lesser known types to test any budding palentolgist. While you are there you can also go underground and explore the labyrinth of underground caves dating back to around 350 million years ago.
Since opening in 2004, the Wales Millennium Centre has put on a host of acclaimed shows. With its fantastic acoustics and huge staging to accommodate the largest of productions, its where all the best London shows tour. There are often family friendly musicals on show such as Shrek, Matilda, Annie, the Lion King or the up coming Matilda. For a list of whats on visit the WMC website.
See bottle nose dolphins, sea birds and seals on a boat trip around Cardigan bay. Cardigan Bay is reportedly the best place in Europe for dolphin watching where the in-shore waters of Ceredigion are home to Europe’s largest population of Bottlenose Dolphins
Techniquest is the UK’s longest established science centre, with over 100 interactive exhibits over two floors making science fun for both children and adults. Every day they put on educational talks and shows covering subjects such as the power of flight and space travel.
Don on your safety helmet and go almost 100 metres underground with a real miner and experience what life was like for the thousands of men who worked at the coal mine at Big Pit.
13 – Tackle the big dipper at Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes (South Wales)
The Merthyr Mawr sand dunes are the 2nd highest in Europe, and were used in parts of the film Lawrence of Arabia. The scenery from the top of the dunes is just stunning. Run down or sledge down the big dipper.
Have a flutter at the penny arcades. While you’re there, you can also visit the working lifeboat station. You can read our guide to visiting Mumbles with kids HERE.
Britain’s only cable-hauled public road tramway which has been taking passengers on its traditional trams since 1902.
16 – Go fossil hunting on the Glamorgan Coast (South Wales)
The South coast is amazing for fossil hunters. The Jurassic and Triassic sites offer the chance to find ammonites, belemnites and brachiopods, as well as reptiles, and shark and fish remains. Llantwit Major is one of the best locations, where you can find giant gastropods.
A day out at Folly Farm is worth a visit in its own right. But now you can book in for experiences such as feeding the penguins or the giraffes. How cool is that!
Pembroke Castle is where Henry Vlll was born. The castle itself is well preserved and has knights on hand to tell of years and legends gone by.
19 – Climb to the top of Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons (South Wales)
Pen y Fan is the highest peak in South Wales at 886 metres above sea level. So don on those walking boots, take a picnic and go off and conquer the mountain.
Travel through the Rheidol Valley and keep a look out for Red Kites and Buzzards which soar above
Frigidarium, tepidarium, caldarium and natatio. They sound like spells from Harry Potter but they actually describe the range of facilities on offer to the romans at the roam baths in Caerleon. There were heated changing rooms, a range of cold and warm baths and an open-air swimming pool.
22 – Cycle along the Millennium Coastal Path (South Wales)
Cycle along the Millennium Coastal Path, which runs from Llanelli through Sandy Water Park, Burry Port to Pembrey Forest. The promenade boasts stunning views of Carmarthen Bay and the Gower Peninsular. There are also some play areas to stop off at along the way.
New in 2018, Pembrey Country Park has updated its Orienteering course. The course promises to take in beautiful landscapes, legendary themes, history and wildlife. A chance for youngsters to work on their map reading skills.
At Zip World Slate Caverns you can bounce about in an enormous underground net adventure in an unused mine or sit back and zip away as you fly down Europe’s largest zipping zone.
25 – Camp underneath the stars in the Gower (South Wales)
The Gower was designated Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956 which has meant that it has been protected and with very little change since has retained all its charm. The tight control on development in the area has ensured that there is very little light pollution, which also ensures that the Gower has the most amazing dark starry skies to camp under.
26 – Walk from Langland to Caswell and back (South Wales)
Visit not one, but two family friendly beaches in a day. Park at Langland and take the coastal walk across to Caswell. Have a dip and then head back to Langland for dinner at the brasserie or maybe a barbecue on the beach.
Joes Ice-cream just has to be the best ice-cream in the world. A family recipe which has all the locals queuing up for more.
The Fairy Glen is a wooden dingle, so called because mythical sprites are said to live there.
29 – Surf the waves at Rhossili (South Wales)
Rhossili Bay is a multi-award winning beach and in 2017 was named as the only European beach to make it on the list of Suitcase’s top 10 beaches in the world. On top of all that it is renowned for its surfing. You can get beginners lessons here if you’ve never tried it before.
30 – Go sledging at Storey Arms (South Wales)
The Brecon Beacons are stunning in every season, but when there is snow it is particularly breath taking. Storey Arms has been named as one of the best five places in the whole of the UK to go snow sledging.
31 – See the Puffins at Skomer island (West Wales)
Skomer Island is well known for its Puffins, but there is so much more to see, including Dolphins, Grey Seals, Razorbills, Gannets and the unique Skomer Vole. The island is surrounded by some of the richest waters for wildlife off the British Isles.
32 – Go crabbing at Martins Haven (West Wales)
The boat for Skomer Island departs from Martins Haven, which just happens to be home to lots of marine life and a favourite with divers. When the tide has just gone out it is the perfect time for crabbing and there will be hundreds to find.
Are you daring enough to brave a cave of real Welsh Dragons? The dragons’ Lair at Caerphilly Castle offers a new experience of an epic dragons tale. There is also the Gilberts Maze challenge where you get to solve clues and uncover secret passage ways.
34 – Kayak down the River Wye (South Wales)
The River Wye is the fifth largest river in the UK. With its meandering calm waters flowing through beautiful countryside it is perfect for kayaking. We recently tried paddle boarding there with Inspire 2 Adventure which is another great way to explore the area. You can read more about our paddle boarding experience HERE.
35 – Barbecue on the beach at Southerndown Bay (South Wales)
Sit on the rocks, watch the surfers and light up the barbecue. Ok, so really any idyllic beach in Wales would do for this one.
Swansea Market is the largest indoor market in Wales with over 100 stalls which boast a wide selection of fresh, local traditional Welsh goodies. The fresh fish stalls really are something special and the ideal place to have your fast taste of cockles and lava bread.
37 – Take the open boat trip at Cardiff Bay (South Wales)
Feel the wind in your hair and take the open boat at Cardiff Bay. It has 20 minute trips running through out the day, weather dependent.
Hay Festival brings readers and writers together to share stories and ideas. The Hay Festival Site is free to enter and is packed with activities. The gardens provide the perfect place to relax with a book and there is plenty to keep young children busy at the Make and Take and the Mess tents.
Have a go at hand feeding the rarest goose in the world, marvel at the colourful flamingos, go bug hunting and enjoy bird watching from the hides at Llanelli Wetland Centre. Pick up a net and see what lurks beneath the water of the ponds in the pond dipping experience.
Cardiff International White Water Centre runs family sessions where the water level is reduced making it a calmer (but still a full of fun) experience of riding the rapids for all the family.
41 – Shout ‘He’s behind you’ at the Pantomime
Have some festive fun at the Pantomime. It’s hard to pick between the New Theatre or Swansea’s Grand Theatre as they seem to pull out the stops ever year with celebrities including David Hasselhof and Jimmy Osmond. Although this year we headed to the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl which was really good fun.
Go fishing for Mackerel off Tenby Harbour and eat your catch for tea. Tenby Sea Fishing offer family friendly trips with full tuition and fishing gear to use.
The Go Ape tree top adventure course is packed with zip slides, Tarzan swings and high tree top obstacles. Margam Country Park is also famous for its herds of fallow, red and rare Chinese Pere David deer that roam the 900-acre estate. If you take many of the walks there you may be lucky enough to see them roaming freely.
Take a walk and visit King Arthurs Stone at Cefn Bryn. A burial tomb dating back to 2500 B.C. and one of the first sites to be protected under the Ancient Monuments Act of 1882. There are beautiful walks in this area which are at the highest point of the Gower.
The LC2 is home to the the biggest indoor water park in Wales. With its three daredevil waterslides, a waves pool, lazy river, whirlpool and a surf zone there’s plenty there to burn up some of the kids energy.
When you think of a Castle, you would probably conjure up an image not far off Beaumaris Castle. It is described as a classic castle with classic proportions and perfect symmetry.
Race your family and friends making your way round the inflatable course, which is Wales first floating aqua park based in Pembrokeshire. Lots of fun slides and obstacles making falling in and lots of splashing guaranteed.
48 – Go paddle boarding at Oxwich Bay (South Wales)
With its calm shallow waters and easy access to the beach, Oxwich Bay is a fantastic place to have a go at Paddle Boarding. If you are peckish after all that effort have a mouthwatering meal at the Beach House.
At the Gower Heritage Centre you can watch a film in an old railway carriage which has been converted into a 23 seat cinema, making it the smallest cinema in Wales. The Gower Heritage Centre also has a small rural life museum based around a working 12th Century water-mill which is worth a visit.Click here for your free 101 things to do in Wales with Kids pack
Watch the reigning Elite League Champions, the Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey team in action at the Cardiff Indoor Arena. Then have a go at dancing on ice yourself at one of the family or disco sessions.
51 – Visit the Bat cave at Henrhyd Falls (South Wales)
The 27 metre high curtain of water at Henrhyd Falls conceals the entrance to the Bat Cave as featured in the blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises. Located in the Brecon Beacons, known as waterfall country, it is the tallest Waterfall in wales.
Oh No its a Gruffalo – Meet the characters from the famous story and follow the Gruffalo guide on Wales’ only official Gruffalo trail. There are plenty of other things to do at Mountain View Ranch from Bushcraft activities, meeting the animals and finding fairies in the fairy wood. You can read about our visit and review HERE.
Brecon Beacons has the first International Dark-Sky reserve in Wales. On a clear night you will be able to see the Milky Way, major constellations, bright nebulas and if you’re lucky meteor showers. There are events planned through out the year so keep an eye out for whats on via the Brecons Beacon website.
Llancaiach Fawr Manor House is reported to be haunted, with several ghostly sightings and mysterious goings on. While the Ghost Tours are only suitable for the over 12s, you can visit the Manor House where you will meet the servants who will take you on a tour of the house.
55 – Wrap up warm for an outdoor theatre experience
Take a picnic blanket and wrap up warm for a cosy outdoor theatre or cinema experience. Bryngarw Park Bridgend, St Donats in the Vale, Oystermouth Castle Swansea and Cardiff Castle all have events through out the summer months. So why not pick your favourite? You can read our review of Peter Pan Outdoor Theatre Event at Bryngarw HERE.
56 – Eat Bugs at a bushcraft adventure
Not one for the faint hearted, although arguably no worse than sampling lava bread. You can have a go at lighting your own fire, building a den and eating bugs at a Bushcraft Aventure experience. Bushcraft activities are popping up everywhere so you’re sure to find one local to you. It goes without saying, but don’t just eat any bugs, make sure you take the advice of a guide.
With 25 different owl species to meet at the Secret Owl Garden, in Haverford West, you can watch the owls take flight throughout the day, or even have a go at flying an owl yourself with one of their private sessions.
58 – Visit the National Waterfront Museum Swansea (South Wales)
The National Waterfront Museum exhibits the history of industry and innovation in Wales spanning back over the last 300 years. You can have a go at the latest sensory technology that responds to hand gestures, learn about the power of the sea or sit in a replica Sinclair C5. You can read a review of our visit HERE.
59 – Fly A kite at the Beach
The winds heading in across Ogmore Beach are particularly good for a spot of kite flying but of course any beach with enough wind will do.
60 – Scoot around Cardiff Bay Barage (South Wales)
Take your scooter or skateboard and follow the path around to the skate plaza. The skate plaza is a 1,100 square metre concrete area with lots of obstacles, jumps and ramps where you can perfect your freestyle.
Located in the heart of Pembrokeshire, Oakwood is Wales’ biggest theme park.
Find out about the evolution of Wales from the beginning of time, right through from the big bang to the present day. At Cardiff Museum you’ll get up close to huge dinosaur skeletons, come face to face with a woolly mammoth and learn about the challenges and perils in todays oceans.
63 – Take a dip in Blue Pool Llangennith (South Wales)
Where else would you be able to swim in a rock pool? The natural rock pool at Blue Pool bay is deep enough to jump into from the rocks above. I remember going there when I was a child but as yet I haven’t taken the boys.
The Big Retreat Wales is a small family run independent festival which caters for kids and adults. You’ll have the opportunity to do a yoga class, practice your bushcraft skills or just chill out and listen to the music.
Have some family time at Bluestone National Park Resort. The 500-acre resort is bursting with wildlife and has lots of exciting indoor and outdoor activities to try together while staying in their family lodges.
A 19th Century grade 2 listed building and Wales’ last manned lighthouse, with it being de-manned in Agust 1998.
When the sun is shining take advantage of the outdoor swimming at Lido Ponty. With three pools, a main pool, an activity pool and a splash pool there is plenty there for all ages. For just £2.50, visitors can also enjoy everything from fun inflatables to Aqua Scooterz, Aqua Peddlerz and Water Walker.
Sit in a hide just feet away from diving birds and observe them competing naturally for the meat provided by the feeding centre at regular times throughout the year.
Take the train and climb 1,085 metres to the summit of Snowdon, which travels over viaducts and through the most beautiful countryside before reaching the top.
Whatever way you reach the top, just take time to take in the views from the top when you get there.
Learn all about the history of the Royal Mint, see how coins are made and strike your own coin on the Royal Mint experience.
Explore Llandudno whilst discovering the connections of Alice Liddell, the real Alice in Wonderlnd who lived here in the 1860’s
73 – Picnic in the walled gardens at Dunraven Bay (South Wales)
Who can resist a picnic? Pack up your sarnies and have a picnic in the walled gardens at Dunraven which will protect you from the sea breeze.
You can almost imagine rescuing sleeping beauty from this fairy tale castle nestled amongst the trees on the outskirts of Cardiff.
The Newport transporter bridge is one of only six operational transporter bridges left world wide from a total of 20 constructed. If you have a head for heights you can climb to the top, if not, stick to the museum.
Dylan Thomas, the renowned Welsh poet worked in the writing shed at the Boathouse, inspired by the views of the four estuaries. Even if you’re not a fan of his work, the views are spectacular.
77 – Bake your own Welsh Cakes
So easy to make, and absolutely delicious. If served hot a sprinkling of sugar is all you need, but I like to add a smidgen of butter if they’re served cold.
Take the traditional paddle steamer from Penarth, across the Bristol Channel and journey under the impressive Clifton bridge.
With over 7 acres of hands on displays and gardens and with over 40 years of experience in sustainability practice, there is so much to take in and explore.
The small island of Caldey has a recorded history dating back over 1,500 years and is one of the holy islands of Britain. The Cistercian Monks of Caldey Abbey own and live on the island.
Here in the Carmarthenshire countryside, you will find a range of themed gardens, the world’s largest single-span glass house, a bird of prey centre, a butterfly house and play areas to amuse the kids.
82 – Feed the ducks at Roath Park, Cardiff (South Wales)
Roath Park opened in 1894 and is Cardiff’s most popular public park. Feed the ducks and then take a rowing boat out on the 30 acre man made lake. Or why not have a go at the Water Walkers?
Oystermouth Castle sits on the hill in Mumbles overlooking Swansea Bay and has undergone extensive conservation work in recent years. You can explore a medieval labyrinth of vaults, chambers and rooms as well as crossing the glass bridge.
These are the only known Roman Gold Mines in the UK. Go on an underground adventure and discover what it was like for Roman Miners and then for Victorian Miners with a guided tour.
The medieval village has been brought to life as a village set in the year of 1350. Take a guided tour by a villager in full character who will lead you around the village. You may even meet Henry Hogg the swine herd and Father Edwin the village priest.
Take a tour with a guide who is a retired miner and then try out their new cinematic experience – The Dram. Which is a virtual ride on the last dram of coal to the surface.
87 – Eat fish and chips on the beach at Saundersfoot (West Wales)
Saundersfoot beach is a small but very popular sandy beach with a pretty harbour. It is the ideal spot to sit with your take away fish and chips from the well loved Marina Fish Bar which is right on the harbour.
88 – Try for a hole in one at the Pirate Cove adventure golf at Aberavon (South Wales)
Have a go at the crazy golf, manoeuvring your ball past pirate ships and great white sharks. Then head to the beach front promenade after where there are play areas, cafes and an outdoor splash pool.
Aberdulais falls is Britain’s oldest surviving remains of a water powered tinplate works, which still generates electricity today. Kids can explore the falls and even dress up as a victorian tin worker.
The 6 dams at Ellan Valley offer a wonderful year round place to explore by foot or bicycle. 5 of the dams are also easily accessible by car. The dams, reservoirs and 73 mile aqueduct were built a hundred years ago to supply water to Birmingham.
You can hire one of the 24 vibrantly coloured beach huts for the day at Barry Island. With views across Whitmore Bay, the huts are equipped with running water and electricity to serve up a warm cuppa if the weather is a bit nippy.
Have you been hooked on the BBC television series The Coal House? Well it was filmed on site at Blaenavon Ironworks. You can visit too and take a look at the refurbished cottages which help bring the story of the ironworks to life.
93 – Take the Mumbles Land Train
As far back as 1807, a railroad carriage converted to carry people was conveyed by horse along Swansea Bay – unbeknown to the passengers they were the first railway passengers in world history. Now you’ll have to make do with the 72 seater land train which travels along Swansea promenade.
94 – Visit the ruins of Ogmore Castle and cross the river by the stepping stones
Ogmore castle has the substantial remains of a Norman stone built castle which is idyllically situated next to the river Ewenny. You can cross the river via the stepping stones at low tide and take a long walk to Merthyr Mawr village and the sand sunes.
In winter especially, nothing beats this traditional bowl of broth, which is pure comfort food. Now more often made with lamb, we prefer the old way made with beef.
96 – Go Rock Pooling at Langland Bay (South Wales)
When the tide is out, a huge expanse of rock pools are available to explore. Find crabs, shrimp and starfish. Just be sure to take care and put everything back.
The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series visited the Blue Lagoon in 2012, 2013 and in 2016. It is a very popular spot for kayaking. You can take the plunge as part of an organised activity group or keep your feet firmly on the ground and walk along the cliff top instead.
The gardens are a lovely place to wander, with beautifully landscaped paths, waterfalls and pools and a labyrinth of tunnels and grottoes to explore.
99 – Boogie board the waves at Rest Bay, Porthcawl (South Wales)
Take your boogie board and ride the waves at Rest Bay. And if you get bored (or too cold) explore the rocks pools instead.
There is so much to do at Cantref Farm from watching the pigs race to feeding the lambs. There is also a horse riding centre and a camp site if you fancy staying over.
101 – Spot the Deer at Dinefwr (West Wales)
Dinefwr Park is a 800 acres estate on the outskirts of the town on Llandeilo. The grounds have over 100 Fallow Deer to spot. It also has a badger set which you can view from a hidden wooden hide between May and August.
If you want to have a go at completing the list too, then why not download the certificate for when you have completed it along with our printer friendly version of the full list. If you do join in, let us know how you get on using #kids101WalesChallenge or #littlewanderingwellies in your social media posts. Also remember to send us a picture of your kiddies with their completed certificates.
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Please Note – In creating this list I got some ideas from the Welsh Bucket List – 100 things to do in Wales. But as many of the events listed were geared towards adults, I thought I’d have a go at a kids list and this is it!
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Photo of Shrek the musical provided by the WMC.