What’s On Easter 2018 for Families
So I have scoured the internet and what’s on guides to find out what’s on this Easter for families so you don’t have to. The list covers the Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend, Swansea and surrounding areas. It’s nice to see that there are plenty of free events in the list too.
Please check with the organisers of the events for the full details. If I’ve missed anything let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the list. Hope you all have a fab Easter.
What’s On Easter – The Vale of Glamorgan
Dyffryn Gardens, Dyffryn
Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Cadbury Easter egg hunt
Hunt high and low all over Dyffryn Gardens to find the clues that will lead the kiddies to their chocolate prize. Tickets are £3.00 and normal admission prices also apply.
Wednesday 28th March – Sunday 15th April, 10:00 – 5:00 p.m. Plant Hunter Expedition
Become a legendary Plant Hunter! Set off on an adventure through the grounds of Dyffryn to complete the expedition over the Easter holidays. No booking required. A free Event but Normal Admission Charges Apply
Hendrewennol Farm, Cowbridge
Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April from 10:00 a.m. – Easter Egg Hunt
Search the farm for hidden clues and stamps. Find all the stamps and head back to the coffee shop for your reward. All children must have a ticket, under 2yo and Adults are free with one full paying child. Tickets £5.50 per child. Pre-booking advised
St Donats Centre, St Donats
Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th, Wednesday 11th , Thursday 12th April – Atlantic Outdoors Easter Holiday Activity Days
Children will be encouraged to develop their Teamwork skills, Communication and personal Confidence through activities such as Climbing, High Ropes, and Orienteering as well as more conventional team and individual sports such as badminton, basketball and indoor hockey using Atlantic Colleges newly completed sports hall. You can book for one or multiple days. Group Age ranges 8-12 years and 13-16 years. £30.00 per day including buffet lunch in the castle dining hall and afternoon snack
Plough & Harrow, Monknash
Monday 2nd April, from 9:00 a.m. – Walk the Vale
Help raise funds for research for cancer. Long or short walk starting from the Plough and Harrow. £5.00 entry fee
Cowbridge Library, Cowbridge
Saturday 7th April, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Easter Egg crafts, 50p per child aged 3+
Tuesday 10th April, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Spring Crafts, 50p per child aged 3+
Booking essential: email@example.com Or telephone: 01446 773941
Llantwit Major Beach, Llantwit Major
Sunday 15th April, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Beach Academy Families
£5 per child, accompanying adult free. Get closer to the nature of South Wales coast through beach based activities. Meet outside the Beach Cafe.
The Royal Mint, Llantrisant
Saturday 31st March – Sunday 15th April – The Easter Coin Hunt
Friday 6th April – Meet Peter Rabbit:
Peter Rabbit will be making appearances at intervals throughout the day. Plus there will be story telling sessions. Free with the normal Royal Mint Experience tickets
Thursday 12th & Friday 13th April – Mr Phoebus Penny Farthing Experience:
An interactive event for adults and children. Everyone can learn more about the Penny Farthing and even have a go!
All included with normal Royal Mint Experience tickets
Amelia Trust Farm, Barry
Friday 30th March – Sunday 15th April, sessions at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 4 pm
Help out at the farm with a hands on experience bottle feeding the baby lambs. This event is £5 per person*, suitable for all ages above 3 years old. There will also be tractor rides (31.00 per child) and an Easter Egg Hunt (£2.50). Please note that during the Easter holidays, visitors to the farm will be charged. £1.50 per child age 2 and over, £3.00 per adult, or a family ticket of £5.00
Memo Arts Centre, Barry
Wednesday 4th April – 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – Family Dance Festival
A free event. Features short performances and a chance to dance. After an hours show take part in a short workshop to try out some of the moves.
Friday 13th April, 2:30 p.m. – There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly
The classic nursery rhyme is brought to life celebration of the 45th anniversary of Pam Adams’ bestselling book! It’s for grown-ups to enjoy with their children, with lots of sing along songs, such as If You’re Happy and You know It, Old MacDonald Had A Farm, Mary Had A Little Lamb, Incy Wincy Spider, One Finger One Thumb Keep Moving and of course There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly! Tickets: £8.50, Group (4) £30
Saturday 14th April, 2:00 p.m.
Join Ratty, Badger, Mole and the impulsive Toad as they embark on a series of riotous adventures spiraling from Toad’s insatiable need for speed! Captured live from the London Palladium, The Wind In The Willows brings exuberant choreography, a gloriously British score, comedy, heart and thrills. Tickets £9.00
Barry Island, Barry
Friday 6th April, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Easter Under the eastern Shelter
A free event with workshops, arts and crafts and interactive performances
Porthkerry Country Park
Friday 30th March – Sunday 1st April, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m – Easter Egg Trail
Collect your map from the golf hut, find the Easter Egg posts and answer questions to claim your bag of goodies. Cost £3.00 per person. Turn up at any time between 10:00 and 3:30 p.m. to take part
Friday 13th April,11:00 a.m. – Survival Challenge
Suitable for children aged 5-9 accompanied by their parents. You will have a go at den building, making decorations for your den and then sit round the fire to enjoy marshmallows and hot chocolate. Cost is £12 per child (adults are free!). Booking essential.
Cosmeston Lakes, Penarth
Friday 30th March – Sunday 1st April – Easter Egg Trail
Collect your map from reception then hunt for the Easter posts and answer the questions to claim your prize. £3.00 per child.
Sea Cadets Hall, Penarth
Tuesday 3rd April 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Disco Tots Easter Party
Book in advance via website or call Becky on 07876177017. For ages up to 4 years
What’s On Easter – Bridgend
Bryngarw Country Park
31st March — 1st April – Easter Egg Hunt
Find hundreds of chocolate eggs hidden around Bryngarw Country Park! Start your session with a craft activity in the visitor centre before you hunt for the Easter eggs with the fabulous street theatre performers from LaLaLa Productions. Accompanying adults and babes in arms are free of charge.
Carnegie House, Bridgend
3st March, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Mad Hatters Tea Party
A free street event for all the family at Carnegie House in Bridgend. Join the Mad Hatter’s Easter Tea Party at Carnegie House in Bridgend. Lots of activities for all ages – circus skills, mad hat making and decorating (bring an old hat), decorative brooches and bunting, storytelling and music.
Tuesday 3rd April, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Crafty Kids
Get stuck in making and crafting with Claire. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Free Event.
Bridgend Miniature Railway
Saturday 7th April, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – First public Open day of 2018
Be amongst the first in 2018 to have a ride on the trains. Set in over 4 acres of woodland adjacent to the Parc Slip nature reserve there’s plenty of space to have a picnic or a wander.
Friday 30th April – Easter Party
Junior Session 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for ages 6 – 11 (£8.00) and DJ Jam 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for over 12’s (£10.00) – An event with games and prizes. Pre-booking advised.
Adi’s Waffles, Bridgend
3rd April, 1:00 p.m. – Waffle Workshop
Create your own waffle masterpiece. An ambundance of sweets, sprinkles and sauces to design your own waffle to enjoy. A slush drink is provided. £5.00 per child
3rd April, 1:00 p.m. – Adi’s Rocks
Paint a rock and leave it for someone to find. Rocks and paints provided. £6.00 to include a kids meal with a slush.
Bridgend Life Centre
Tuesday 3rd April – Friday 13th April, – Sports Package and crafts
Sports activities from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and crafts and drama from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.m
Once Upon a Playtime, Bridgend
Wednesday 4th April, 11:00 a.m. – Zoolab
£6.50 for an hours show with the animals and 90 minutes play
Pyle Village Garden Centre, Pyle
Friday 31st March – Sunday 15th April – Easter Bunny Hunt
12 naughty bunnies have gone missing around the village and they need your help to find them all! Collect a guide list from any till point around the village this Easter holiday and fill in all the names of the missing bunnies. Once completed hand in to the Garden Centre till point to claim your chocolate prize!
Parc Slip Nature Reserve
Friday 31st March – Sunday 15th April
A quiz trail around the reserve with an easter prize for each completed trail.
Saturday 31st March 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Treasure Hunt
A vintage pop up cafe, crafts for kids, treasure hunt. Get your first clue from Hope Chapel, Nottage Road, Newton
Saturday 31st March 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Story Time with Tinkerbell
Sparke and Shine storytime with Tinkerbell, St Clares School, Newton £4.00 per child. Aimed at ages 2-5
What’s on Easter – Swansea & Neath
Gnoll Park, Neath
Saturday 7th April, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Character Fun Day, free event.
Over 25 characters to meet during the day along with kiddies rides, stalls and refreshments.
Sunday 8th April, Storytelling, Free Event. 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fiona and her puppets will be telling magical stories from Welsh Folk tales and legends along with magical fairy stories.
Tuesday 10th April, Donkey Day – 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Free donkey rides
Donkey rides with lots of games, kiddies rides and refreshments
Wednesday 11th April, Petting farm
Another free admission event. You can have a look at the different animals and have a go at holding and feeding some of them.
15th April, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Dinosaurs in the Park
Free meet and greet two large dinosaurs plus three smaller ones. Lots of dinosaur activities planned throughout the day. Meet ranger Chris and take part in the dino hunt. There will also be kiddies rides, refreshments and stalls.
Skewen Park, Swansea
Thursday 5th April, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Skewen Park, Easter Fun Day
Free admission, free animal petting, free donkey rides and an opportunity to meet some of the little ones favourite characters. There will also be party games, kiddies rides and refreshments.
Clynne Farm Centre, Swansea
6th, 9th and 13th April 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Unicorn Day
The chance to turn one of the ponies into a Unicorn complete with a magic horn decorated by your child. Kiddies will also learn about how to look after their unicorns from grooming to feeding. As a keepsake from the day each child will be given a real horseshoe to turn into a unicorn shoe with sparkles, ribbon and jewels. Once the pony is decorated, each child will have the opportunity to ride their unicorn. Price is £60 per child, suitable from ages 4 – 15. Pre-booking essential.
Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall, Neath
Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
A river monster adventure – Follow our trail to see what lurks beneath the water, hunt down the clues and keep your eyes peeled for river monster eggs. Booking Not Needed. Dogs on leads welcome. Normal Admission Charges Apply.
Tuesday 3rd April – Sunday 15th April, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m – River Creatures
Spy on the wildlife this Easter and get to know the creatures that live in the river. See the exhibition to learn about what lurks in the riverbeds, make your very own monster or search for river creatures with our monster trail.
National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
Friday 30th March, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Easter Eggstravaganza.
A free event with kiddies crafts, live music and a gallery trail.
Sunday 1st April, 2:00 p.m. – Mary Poppins Family Movie
Free event – enjoy the classic musical film
3rd – 8th April, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Print a Pirate Poster
A free event where you can try printing on the Stanhope printing press, making posters of the successful Welsh pirate, Black Bart.
8th April, 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – Black Bart Pirate Show
A free event where you can find out about Welsh pirate Black Bart. Born and raised in a small village in Pembrokeshire, Bartholomew Roberts didn’t choose to be a pirate yet became a fearless leader who terrorised the Caribbean, plundering over 400 ships and stealing gold galore.
9th – 15th April 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m and 2:30 p.m. – K’nex Robots
A Free event but booking required. Celebrating the exciting arrival of the Man Engine in Swansea, come along to design and construct a robot using our huge collection of K’nex.
12th April, 11:00 am-1.15pm – Man Engine.
A free event. A chance to see the amazing spectacle that is Man Engine, a moving, steaming mechanical puppet – the largest ever constructed in Britain.
Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea
29th March – 4th April, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Here in this Sprin, self led activities. The family friendly learning space will be open for free play. Activities include spring themed creative writing, making comics, puppets, gams, crafts and dressing up. A free, drop in event.
Margam Park, Port Talbot
Margam has a whole load of activities planned over the holidays with Easter Fun, paddle boarding and castle Tours on most days. They also have the following planned events:
Friday 31st March – Easter Craft Activities
Crafts with the Friends of Margam Park. 11am – 3pm in the Castle. Free event. Also, have A Go’ – with the Margam Model Boat Club on New Pond and try Stand Up Paddle Boarding, with various hour slots throughout the day. Suitable from ages 7+. £15 per person. Pre-booking for paddle boarding required
Easter Monday, 2nd April, 10:00 a.m. – Amazing Beasts
Wear your animal onesie and join Captain John Voyage and Dr Goggins as they explore the island of Honopopo with its fantasy beasts. No real animals on show, it’s all theatre! Adults £7, Children £5 (3’s & under are free), Family (2+2) £23. Pre-booking advised
Thursday 5th April, 11:00 a.m. – Jungle Animal Masks
Create your own jungle animal mask! £3 per child. Tickets sold at the entrance cabin on arrival. Also have a go with Margam Archery Club – 11am – 4pm at the rear of the Castle.
Friday 6th April – Storytelling in the Castle & Mountain Bike Proficiency Award
Storytelling in the Castle with Fiona and her puppets with tales of fairies, witches, dragons and welsh legends. All free sessions. Mountain Bike Proficiency Award (GO MTB) – Price includes bike hire and certification. Suitable from ages 12+. £45 per person. Advance booking required.
Sunday 8th April, 10:00 a.m. – Great British Dog Walk
A walk for dog lovers of all ages helping to raise funds to train more hearing dogs. There will be a hearing dog demonstration, face painting, stalls with, homemade crafts, and refreshments. Pre-booking required.
Sunday 8th April – Come & Build a Raft with Margam Park Adventure
Working with your team mates you will plan, design and construct a raft out of limited materials. Take part as an individual or part of an organised group. 2.5hr instructor led session. Suitable from ages 7+. £30 per person.. Pre-booking advised
Tuesday 10th April, 11:00 a.m. – Funky Foam Flowers
Make your own funky foam flowers and vase! Meet in the Castle. Sessions at 11am-12pm, 12.15pm-1.15pm, 1.45pm-2.45pm, and 3pm-4pm. £3 per child. Pick up your tickets from the entrance cabin on arrival. Also, Margam Archery Club – Have A Go. 11am – 4pm at the rear of the Castle.
Wednesday 11th April, 10:00 a.m. – Zoolab
Springtime and RSPB – Find out how the special Zoolab animals deal with Winter and what happens in Springtime. Get hands on with the critters. Sessions in the Castle at 11am, 12.15pm, 1.45pm and 3pm. Tickets £3 per child (ticket numbers limited).
Thursday 12th April, 11:00 a.m.- Super Hero Creator
Make your own Super Hero mask and cuffs and become your own Super Hero creation! Meet in the Castle. Various sessions throughout the day.. £3 per child. Pick up your tickets from the entrance cabin on arrival.
Friday 13th April, 11:00 a.m. – It’s A Bugs Life’ & More
Craft Activities – with the Friends of Margam Park. Pipe cleaner dragonflies, dot to dot butterflies…all things buggy!! Free event. 11am – 3pm.
14th April, 10:00 a.m. – Lions and Lilies
Medieval Knights and Archers – A weekend of archery, combat and sword demonstrations. The Knights and Squires in the Lions and Lilies have been trained by a renowned sword master, great medieval fun!
Gwyn Hall Theatre, Neath
Friday 13th April, 1:30 p.m. – Easter Bunny’s Eggs Factor
A show about the Easter Bunny’s singing competition! Who will Fluffy decide has got The Eggs Factor? Marty MacDonald, Henrietta the Hen and Professor Pinky are all going to enter, but can’t choose which song to sing. Little ones can join in the fun, with songs and laughter down at the Chocolate Factory – then meet the Easter Bunny afterwards and receive a special Easter treat! This is a Family show particularly suitable for 2 – 7 year olds. Tickets are £6.99
Cefn Coed Colliery Museum, Neath
Friday 30th March – Sunday 1st April – Easter at the Museum
There will be an Easter egg hunt, Easter parade, prize for the best Easter bonnet on Good Friday. Model railway show on Saturday & Easter Sunday.
Contact telephone: 01639 750556
Tuesday 3rd – Thursday 5th April – Animal Zone, Exotic Animal Rescue
There are 4 shows scheduled each day starting at 10:30 a.m. Children will have the chance to meet some friendly rescue animals including smuggled tortoises, stowaway insects and giant reptiles which grew too big for the average home! Child £4.50 (Children under 3 free)| Adult £5.50. Pre-booking essential
Monday 9th – Friday 13th April – Dinosaurs in the Jungle
There are 4 shows scheduled each day starting at 10:30 a.m. Join the hunt for dinosaurs in the tropical rainforest paradise…Each session will include a fun filled workshop with games, a dinosaur dig to discover amazing fossils, a new baby dinosaur hatching egg mini show, meet and have a photo with Chip the Raptor, Trixie the Triceratops and Bradley the Brachiosaurus. £7 per child (under 1 free) £9 per adult. Pre-booking essential
Swansea City Centre, Swansea
Saturday 31st March, 11:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Easter Hunt
The Easter Bunny is sad! He has lost his password for the Big Heart of Swansea App and he needs your help to find it! Meet at The Grand Theatre from 11am to get your first clue and hand in your Easter Egg designs. Solve the clues and discover the 7 GOLDEN EGGS hidden around Swansea City Centre to discover the Easter Bunny’s missing passwordEach child will receive a prize at the end of the hunt with 5 lucky winners receiving a Marvellous Magnificent BIG HEART Easter Egg courtesy of Thorntons. The Easter bunny will be there and there will be a Brass Band too.
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