100 Activities for the Summer Holidays with Kids, South Wales

Here is our bumper list of whats on this summer in south wales.  A full list of 100 ideas for the summer holidays with kids in South Wales.  We have covered kids activities in The Vale of Glamorgan, Swansea, Cardiff and Newport.  I’ve tried to list in date order under each region to make it easier as there are a lot of activities.  I have highlighted the FREE events in red so they stand out.  If you find the list helpful, please do share.

Hope you enjoy the summer holidays!

Vale of Glamorgan & Bridgend

In and Around Bridgend

Bushcraft Adventure Archery Party Bridgend
Bushcraft Adventure – Bridgend

Wild Wednesdays

Bushcraft Adventures, Bridgend

Every Wednesday in the School Holidays

£10:00 per person

Wild Wednesdays in the school holidays at their Bushcraft Basecamp in Bridgend! Two hour events during the school holidays, for kids aged 7+ & adults! Choose from bushcraft or archery. Pre-booking required.  You can read how we got on at an archery party at Bushcraft Adventures HERE

Bridgend Miniature Railway Open Day

Aberkenfig, Bridgend

Saturday 21st July, Saturday 4th August and Saturday 18th August 12.00 – 4.00 p.m.

Adults £10.50; children £8.50; family £32

Located in over 4 acres of woodland adjacent to the Parc Slip nature reserve, Bridgend Miniature​Railway is a great day out for all the family. Visit us on an open day for rides on the trains, to have a picnic or have a snack, a drink or an ice cream


Peter Pan, Outdoor Theatre

Bryngarw Country Park, Bridgend

Wednesday 25 July, 5.30pm

Adults £10.50; children £8.50; family £32

Get ready to think happy thoughts and fly high as the mischievous Peter embarks on an awfully big adventure, introducing the Darling children to the lost boys, the cheeky Tinkerbell, the hilarious Smee, and a host of other exciting characters before facing the most feared villain of them all, the infamous Captain Hook!  A show put on by Immersion Theatre filled with musical songs.

Rock Pool Ramble

Glamorgan Heritage Coast, Southerndown

Monday 30th July, 1.30pm, Friday 10th 11.00 a.m., Tuesday 14th 2.00 p.m. and Friday 24th August 11.00 a.m.

£5.00 per child

Come along and join the rangers to discover what lives under rocks and on the beach in Dunraven. Please arrive at the Glamorgan Heritage Coast Centre, Southerndown 15 minutes before the start time for registration.  Suitable for 7 years and over.  Pre-booking essential.  Session lasts 90 minutes.


The Reluctant Dragon, Outdoor Theatre

Bryngarw Country Park, Bridgend

Wednesday 1 August, 5.30pm

Adults £10.50; children £8.50; family £32

Quantum Theatre are staging The Reluctant Dragon.  When a dragon is discovered up on the Downs, the Boy is not in the least surprised. He’s always known the cave there was a dragon cave, so it seems only right for a dragon to be living in it.  But this particular dragon is not a bit like the ones in fairy tales – this one writes poetry and doesn’t like fighting!

Morgan & West Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show

Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl

Friday 3rd August

Tickets £12.50

Time travelling magicians Morgan & West present a jaw dropping, heart stopping, brain busting, opinion adjusting, death defying, mind frying, spirit lifting, paradigm shifting, outlook changing, furniture rearranging magic extravaganza!  A show for all the family, where magic and silliness abound! Fun for ages five to 105!


Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster Outdoor Theatre

Bryngarw Country Park, Bridgend

Tuesday 14 August, 5.30pm

Adults £10.50; children £8.50; family £32

Pirate Pearl lives with her crusty old crew, Barnacle the dog and Mr Puskins the cat. One day, Pearl finds a stowaway onboard ship. It’s a baby monster, but baby monsters grow into big clumsy monsters!  Will baby monster ever find his mummy or will Pearl be stuck with smelly bums and stinky nappies FOREVER?!  There are promised of songs, puppets and live music.

Dasilva Marionette Circus Troupe

Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl

Tuesday 21st August, 2.00pm

Tickets £6.50

Ladies and gentlemen,boys and girls…the circus has come to town with this 45 min show, suitable for 3+ and their families. Meet the puppets and performers after the show

The Midnight Gang, Outdoor Theatre

Bryngarw Country Park, Bridgend

22nd August, 5.30pm

Adults £12.50; children £10.50; family £38

Heartbreak is putting on a performance of the bestseller by David Walliams in aid of The Lord Funt Hospital.  Tom and his friends will be there, too, but you might know them best as The Midnight Gang. When everyone else is sweetly sleeping, they gatherin the middle of the nightin the name of magic, mischief, and memory making. Join Heartbreak and the gang on this crucial mission to overcome our greatest fears and uncover the magic ingredient to a fantastic friendship.

For all of the outdoor theatre events, take your chairs, blankets, picnics, (and perhaps a brolly)


In and around Cowbridge

Big Butterfly Count

Dyffryn Gardens Vale of Glamorgan 

Friday 20 July-Wednesday 8 August

FREE – Normal Admission Charges Apply

It only takes 15 minutes and you’ll be helping the Gardens to measure the number and types of butterflies and moths that live in their garden.  Please note: Butterflies do not come out in wet weather so check the forecast before you travel.

Welsh Festival

Coedarhydglyn Estate

27th July

Full weekend adults £45.00, age 13-16 £25.00, ages 3-12 £12.00, under 2’s FREE

Over 100 acts across 4 stages.  In the grounds of Coedarhydglyn Estate there will be live performing artists, bouncy castles, arts and crafts and a 25m waterslide.  You can camp for the weekend or go for the day.

Circus Skills

Cowbridge Library, Cowbridge 

27th July, 11.00 a.m – 12.00 p.m.


Free circus skill workshop here at Cowbridge Library. Places are limited so please call to book your place.

All libraries are hosting the Reading Challenge this summer too.  You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part!  You can find out more about the challenge HERE


X Marks the Spot

The Royal Mint Experience, Llantrisant

From Monday 30th July

Normal Admission Charges Apply

Dates: 30 July, 31 July, 8 August, 9 August, 22 August, 23 August, 26 August, 27 August, 31 August & 1 September
Become a pirate by learning to sword fight like one, learn how to escape from Treasure Island, take part in our treasure trail, raft building and more!  Tours are available from 10am. Pre-booking is recommended.  All children get a FREE ice cream with their tour ticket.


WWI Cavalry re-enactment

Dyffryn Gardens Vale of Glamorgan 

Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th August, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

FREE  – Normal Admission Charges Apply

A small group of re-enactors will be bringing two horses and some military style tents to give you a flavour of what life was like for soldiers during WWI.

Meet Paddington Bear

The Royal Mint Experience, Llantrisant

Monday 6th August

Normal Admission Charges Apply

Meet Paddington™ at the Royal Mint Experience. Everyone’s favourite bear will be making personal appearances at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm.  You’ll also be able to hear tales of Paddington’s exciting adventures during our Story Telling sessions at 11.40am, 1.10pm, 2.40pm and 3.40pm.  Book a tour at any time on the day and get free access to both activities, before or after your tour. Please allow up to 90 minutes for your tour.

You can find out more about our visit to the Royal Mint Experience HERE

In and around Barry and Penarth

Isle of Fire

Barry Island

Saturday, July 21 – Sunday, July 22, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM


The Isle of FireThe magical fire garden returns featuring live music, beautiful street entertainers, Fire dance shows from Flame Oz, Lantern Parade and the Viking Ship complete with pirates.  New for 2018 – The mesmerising Mechanical Heart by Blacksmith Felicity Jones, a beating heart with light and music. From 8.30pm to 11pm each night.

Glass Design Summer Workshops

Glass by Design, Penarth

Workshops running throughout the holidays


Let your child experience working with the very different medium of glass.  No cutting will be involved.  The projects are suitable for ages 8+ (Children ages 8 – 10 will need to be accompanied by an adult).  The workshops last approximately 1 hour and there is a choice of making a picture, dish or window hanger.  Book in at either 10.30am to 11.30am  or 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Duck Race and Summer Fete

Knap Gardens, Barry

Saturday 21st July, 12.00 – 4.00pm


Lots going on at the Knap Gardens, Barry … cake stall, BBQ, tombola, animal zone, arts and crafts, bouncy castle, pony rides to name but a few and not forgetting the Duck Race (ducks £1 each).  There will be free activities provided by the Vale Sports and Play Development Team.  For more details please contact tel: 07533 048620

Sister Act, Musical

Memo Arts Centre, Barry

Tuesday 24-Friday 27 July, 7.30pm

Adults £14; concessions £12; groups £45 (2 full and 2 discounts)

BillBoard Ensemble present Sister Act, the musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet.


Barry Island Weekenders – Cinemôr Weekender

Barry Island Gardens

Friday 27-Sunday 29 July 11am-9.30pm


For the first time, the successful Sinemaes cinema tipi is coming to Barry Island with a three-day programme celebrating Welsh film offering screenings and workshops. They won’t issue tickets – seating will be first-come, first-served and unreserved. Doors will open 5 minutes before each event starts.  Capacity limited to 40.

Go Wild  – Den Building

Cosmeston Park, Penarth

Monday 30th July, Monday 6th, Tuesday 14th, Tuesday 21st and Thursday 30th August – 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.

£5.00 per child

Come along and join the activities with the Rangers and enjoy something different in the summer holidays. Den building  a shelter in the woods, make a fire and roast some marshmallows! Suitable for ages 7 and over.  Pre-booking required

Den Building with Treats

Porthkerry Park, Barry

Wednesday 1st and Thursday 16th August – 10.00 a.m. –  12.00 p.m.

£5.00 per child

Help build a shelter in the the woods, make a fire and roast some marshmallows! Suitable for ages 7 and over.  Pre-booking required

History Hunters Club

Cosmeston Medieval Village, Penarth

Starting Friday 3rd August and then every Friday, 10.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.

£5.00 per child

Cosmeston Medieval Village will be holding a ‘History Hunters Club’ during the summer holidays. Step back in time and meet a villager, learn about their life, the plague, punishment, and have a go at making bread and holding weapons and making clay tiles and candles.  The History Hunters Club will run every Friday during the summer holidays from 10.00am – 11:30am. Please arrive at the Medieval Village at 9.45am to register.  Suitable for ages 7 and over.


Sports Weekender

Barry Island, Barry

Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th  August – 12.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.


Two days of sporting activities across the prom and gardens featuring the new Barry Island 10km run on Sunday 5 August.  Race starts at 10am on Sunday.  Saturday 4 August will feature demos and taster sessions from local sports clubs and organisations plus fun from the Council’s Sports Development  and Play Team – 12 midday to 5pm.

Bug Hunting and Pond Dipping

Porthkerry Park, Barry

Tuesday 7th August, 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.

£5.00 per child

Hunt for bugs in the ponds , meadows and woods of Porthkerry. Please arrive at Forest Lodge at 9:55am for registration. Suitable for ages 7 and over.  Pre-paid booking is essential due to limited spaces.

The Vale Show

Fonmon Castle, Barry 

Wednesday August 8th, 9:00 a.m

Advance tickets – Adults £10.00; Children £5.00; Family Ticket £25.00 (2 adults, 2 children)

On the day – Adults £12.00; Children £5.00; Family Ticket £30.00 (2 adults, 2 children)

Food stalls, trade stands, show jumping and the dog shows.  Plenty of fun with kiddies entertainment too.  The Vale Show regularly attracts over 20,000 people and is now the largest one day event in the Vale of Glamorgan.

For the first time this year they have a new Rabbit Show. There is also a KC Registered Dog Show on one side of the field with Cattle and Sheep Classes in a paddock on the castle end of the field.

Street Magic and Theatre Weekender

Barry Island, Barry 

Wednesday August 8th, 12:00 – 5.00 p.m


OMG Magic proudly presents it’s team of World Class Magicians performing amazing interactive magic throughout Barry Islands Promenade

Rock Pooling and Seashore Safari 

Porthkerry Country Park, Barry

Wednesday 22nd August, 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.

£5.00 per child

Explore the sea shore and rook pools of the pebbly beach at Porthkerry looking for crabs and other sea creatures!Please arrive at Forest Lodge at 9:55am for registration. Suitable for ages 7 and over.  Pre-paid booking is essential due to limited spaces.

Cinema by the Sea

Barry Island, Barry 

Saturday, August 25th – Sunday, August 26th, 19:45 PM – 22:00 PM


Enjoy Open-Air Cinema on Barry Island Gardens Saturday, 25th  ET The Extra Terrestrial and Sunday, 26th,  The Greatest Showman.  Free showings from 8.30pm each night.  Bring a blanket and a picnic.    Enjoy the shows!

In and around Swansea 

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National Waterfront Museum – Pirate Fun!


Pirate Exhibition

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Until 30th September


As Wales celebrates its Year of the Sea, discover the truth behind the swashbuckling legends in a fun and factfilled exhibition explaining the history of pirates, privateers and buccaneers throughout the world. Discover tales of treachery, treason and treasure through the ages, learn what it was really like to be a pirate and find out which were criminals and which ones acted within the law.

Until 2nd September they also have a Pirate Rats Tail – hunt down the escaped pirate ship rats.

on 28th July, there is a Pirate One Man Pantomine, with shows at 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m which is also FREE.  I have included some of their activities below but it is worth checking their website as they have lots of different activities planned.

You can find out more about our visit to the National Waterfront Museum and the Pirate exhibition HERE.

Aberavon Candy inflatable run Family Day

Little Warren Playing Fields, Port Talbot

Saturday 21st July

JInFlatable run Aberavon all for fun.  Enter as individuals or teams and take part in our fantastic non competative event. Hosted at Little Warren home of the Aberavon Greenstars the combined family fun day will see stall holders and music as well as their fun run with a combined distance of 180ft of inflatable assault course and various obstacles.

Holiday Memories 

Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea

From 21st July everyday during the school holidays, 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.


Family friendly Learning Space will be open for free self-led activities and play. Activities include magnetic poetry, make and write a postcard, make a mini comic, fun felt story making, traditional seaside puppets, story making games, and reading corner, all inspired by Dylan Thomas’ radio broadcast, ‘Holiday Memory’.  Please note that these are non-tutored activities available for families to use together. Great for families with children of all ages

Jack and the Beanstalk Family Fun Day

Gnoll Park, Neath

25th July


Jack & the beanstalk show, fun for all the family, there will also be lots of fun and games in between shows plus there will be kiddies rides, stalls and refreshments, for more info please call 07854460512, car park charge £2 for the whole day

Dustys Wildlife Rangers

Llanelli Wetlands, Llanelli

25th July – 3rd September

Here’s your chance to become a fearless Wildlife Ranger like Dusty Duck. There are loads of exciting challenges waiting for you this summer, from pond dipping to an intrepid canoe safari. You can even jump on a bike and wind through our wetlands on wheels.  Grab your FREE Wildlife Ranger logbook when you arrive and start your expedition at WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre. It’s a wild day out for the whole family.

Beach Sculpture Festival

Swansea Bay & Various Beaches

Wednesday 25th – Sunday 29th July, 10.00 – 4.00 p.m. – Various Beaches (see below)


Join a team of professional artists to create a display of temporary sculptures that inspire, inform and educate on Swansea and Gower’s beautiful beaches. Learn new art skills and techniques. Please bring buckets and spades, hats and sunscreen!  Five site specific way-marking sculptures will be created especially for the trail and there will be a special quiz to find out more about beautiful Gower through the art pieces.

Wednesday, 25th July – Caswell Beach
Thursday, 26th July – Oxwich Beach
Friday, 27th July – Port Eynon Beach
Saturday, 28th July – Bracelet Bay
Sunday, 29th July – Blackpill Beach (by Lido)

White Lady Festival 

Oystermouth Castle, Swansea

Friday 27th – Sunday 29th July 

FREE – Daytime activities are Free

Evening performances Saturday £10 Sunday £8

Combining food, music and games, the White Lady Festival offers a weekend of entertainment for the whole family!  There will be music and performances from popular bands and acts such as Abba’s Angels and The Curious on Friday and Saturday evenings – plus more to be announced! On Saturday 28 July, the afternoon will play host to the crazy “It’s a knockout!” competition.  The weekend will be rounded off with a grand finale on Sunday evening from the Festival Orchestra of Wales, featuring a Proms concert with music from some of your favourite films.


Alice at Gnoll Park

Gnoll Park, Neath

28th July, 12.00 – 4.00 p.m.


A new show for this year, is Alice at The Gnoll Park with the Mad Hatter, so join them for a very funny tea party, no need to book just turn up, but don’t be late, there will also be stalls refreshments and kiddies rides along with free crazy golf (refundable deposit needed) free giant sand pit, free Garden games plus lots more.


Shipwrecks Ahoy

Oxwich Castle

28th – 29th July

Adult – £4.00, Family – £11.60, Student and children under 16 – £2.40

Hear about the dangerous waters around Gower.  Meet the Companions of the Forest and hear about the shipwreck off Oxwich point which ended in the Star Chamber.

Dungeons and Dragons Day

Oystermouth Castle, Mumbles

28th July, 11.00 a.m – 4.30 p.m.

Normal Admission Charges Apply

A fun filled day of storytelling, puppetry and dragon processions and a chance to meet the baby dragons

Pirate Week

Gower Heritage Centre, Gower

28th July – Sunday 5th August, 10.00 a.m – 5.30 p.m.

Normal Admission Charges Apply

A fun filled week of pirate-themed events! Take to the seas of your imagination in our inter-active stories, but beware Davy Jones locker. train to be a Pirate. Or maybe ye can find yourself a spot of treasure in our treasure hunts.  With gold panning, bouncy castle, craft activities and swashbuckling movies held in Wales’ smallest cinema, La Charrette and of course the opportunity to cross swords with infamous Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Charlotte Duberry! Pre-booking available.

Jurassic Dinosaur in the Park

Margam Park, Port Talbot

Sunday 29th July

On the day: Family £26.00, Adults £8.00, Child £5.50 (2’s and under FREE)

Welcome Tiny the Triceratops – believed to be the largest in Europe – on his first visit to Wales.  Pre-bookable reduced price tickets available online.  Margam Park have a host of activities planned, click on the link above for a full listing, we have listed just a few in this post.  You can read about our visit to Margam Park HERE

Tall Tales with Fiona

Margam Park, Port Talbot

Monday 30th July and Monday 20th August, 11.30 a.m. and 1.45 p.m.


Make your little ones dreams come true and have tea with Belle and the team in the setting of the orangery. There will also be Marvellous Mammals on the same day where you can learn all about the mammals in the park.  Sessions at rear of the castle 11.00 – 3.00 p.m.


Character Fun Day

Gnoll Park, Neath

31st July, 12.00 – 4.00 p.m.


Join us for another character Fun Day with over 20 of your favourite characters joining us for the day.

Pirate School

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

31st July & 2–3 August, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm


Have you got what it takes to graduate from the meanest, baddest school for swashbuckling scoundrels? Booking required – tel: (029) 2057 3600

Into the Wild Animal Encounters

Plantasia, Swansea

31st July – 2nd August, 10.30 a.m, 12.00 p.m., 2.00 p.m. & 3.15 p.m.

Child £4.95 (Children under 3 free) | Adult £5.95

Come face to face with some friendly animals including meerkats, armadillos, skunks, kinkajous, tenrecs, foxes and a kookaburra!  Pre-booking essential due to popularity | Tickets non-refundable

Pop up Skate Park

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

4th August 2018, 12.30pm


Join Swansea’s Exist team at our special pop up Skatepark! Watch the pros in action then join the coaches for a super fun session to pick up some new tips and tricks. Suitable for all levels.  Ages 7+.  No need to bring a board as all equipment will be available free of charge.  Booking required – (029) 2057 3600

Annual RNLI Raft Race

Knab Rock, Mumbles

Sunday 5th August 


The Raft Race in aid of the RNLI is back! Sunday 5 August is the date to put in your diary as hundreds of rafts will be battling to have the most fun while paddling from Norton to Knab Rock.  Each year the raft race raises over £15,000 for the RNLI Charity. Head down to the Mumbles Shoreline at 5pm for an afternoon of fun, whilst enjoying the gorgeous settings of Mumbles.

Punch & Judy Show

Oxwich Castle

Sunday 5th August, Shows at: 11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Adult – £4.00, Family – £11.60, Student and children under 16 – £2.40

The ancient show of Punch and Judy has delighted generations of children and adults alike. Come and see what Punch gets up to!  See the madness and mayhem as Punch tries to babysit, meets the clown Joey and tries to prevent the crocodile from eating the sausages.

The Gower Show

Penrice Castle Park, Reynoldston

Sunday 5th August, From 9.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Adult – £10.00, Children  – £5.00, Under 5s FREE

The Gower Show is a traditional agricultural show, where local farmers to get together and bring along examples of their best stock, including cattle, sheep, pigs and piglets. The local farmers also enter samples of their crops and and compete to see who produces the best grassland. Above all it is a reminder of how very important farming is to our area. There are many other competitions and attractions for this perfect family day out

Slime Workshops

Margam Park, Port Talbot

Monday 6th August, 11.00 a.m., 12.30 p.m. and 2.00 p.m.

Child: £6.50

For all the slime mad children the slime factory is the place for you.  Learn how to make slime, get creative and messy. Advance booking advised.

Country Games Day

Gower Heritage Centre, Gower

8th August, 10.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. 

No games Consoles or televisions here! Country Games day is packed full to the brim with traditional country games. Ranging from contorting your face in our gurning competition to the messy game of inky pinky. Traditional tales Molly Whuppie and Young Kate will be brought to life in our Inter-active storytelling sessions. Puppet shows with Punch and Judy and hunt for Will the Mills hidden brandy! Holiday fun.

Summer of Stories

Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea

8th August, 1.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.

FREE (Suggested donation of £3.00)

A creative writing workshop for 6 – 10 yr olds.  Make your sentences scorching, your tales tropical, and let your ideas bubble and boil! Will you build a sandcastle of dreams with your words? Or cast us away to a parched desert island? Will your writing gently lead us down a summery dappled lane? Or will it throw us into the path of the most torrential thunderstorm? If you’re under 8, bring an adult who is not afraid of fun.

The Reluctant Dragon, Outdoor Theatre

Oystermouth Castle, Mumbles

9th August, 2.00pm. (Gates open at 1.00 p.m.)

Adult – £7.00, Family – £20.00, Concessions – £6.00 (if paying on the day all prices increase by £1.00)

Everyone knows St George has to do battle with the dragon, but what happens when the dragon simply won’t fight St George?  In this new adaptation by Michael Whitmore, Quantum Theatre presents Kenneth Grahame’s The Reluctant Dragon, an enchanting tale of bravery, friendship and derring-do for all the family.  Hot and cold food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available.

Prince and Princesses Day

Oystermouth Castle, Mumbles

11th August, 11.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Normal Admission Charges Apply

Dress up as your favourite character and join in on the Prince and Princesses family fun day!  There will be music, fairytales, walkabout prince and princess characters and lots of crafty fun to keep little hands busy – make a mediaeval crown or princess tiara to complete your outfit!

Pirate Science

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

13th –16th  August 2018, 11:30am, 1:00pm & 3:00pm


Join award winning CBBC’s science communicator Jon Chase for hands-on experiments and demos to uncover a pirate’s science secrets!  Age 7+. Booking required – (029) 2057 3600

Animal Zone: Predators

Plantasia, Swansea

14th – 16th August,10.30 a.m, 12.00 p.m., 2.00 p.m. & 3.15 p.m

Child £4.95 (Children under 3 free) | Adult £5.95

Don’t miss your chance to meet some of nature’s predators from the insect, amphibian and reptile world.
Come face to face with tarantulas, scorpions, assassin bugs, bull frogs, marine toads, predatory lizards and snakes, including a very large boa constrictor!

Beauty and the Feast

Margam Park, Port Talbot

Wednesday 15th August

Make your little ones dreams come true and have tea with Belle and the team in the setting of the orangery. There will also be Marvellous Mammals on the same day where you can learn all about the mammals in the park.  Sessions at rear of the castle 11.00 – 3.00 p.m.


Beach Day

Gower Heritage Centre, Gower

15th August, 10.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. 

Come rain or shine The Gower Heritage Centre will brings you all the fun of the beach. Meet Miranda the Mermaid and take an adventure in your imagination in our inter-active stories from the deep, with games, challenges and lots of activities along the way. Traditional Punch & Judy puppet shows, Sandcastle competitions, Limbo competitions, Beach themed crafts, Cartoons in Wales’ smallest cinema La Charrette Quizzes and much much more!

Medieval Week

Gower Heritage Centre, Gower

Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th August, 10.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. 

Travel back in time at The Gower Heritage Centre today and experience a day of Medieval Madness, where we will be putting the Gory back into the Gower, and having a whole lot of old fashioned fun! There will be lots to do for the whole family. Did you know that Mice were put on trial? We do and you can find out why and much much more about the mad medievals on our mad-capped medeival quiz.  Meet the Lady Elizabeth, Hiss, boo and cheer in our inter-active tales straight out of medieval legend, including the famous Robyn the Hood. Dare to join in with our Great Crime and Punishment quiz, beset with all sorts of Gory challenges along the way.


The High Sheriff of West Glamorgan’s Medieval Banquet

Oystermouth Castle, Mumbles

26th August, 6.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m.

Adults £17.50 Child: £8.00

A hog and lamb roast with a free goblet of Mead.  There will be a private tour of the castle, sword fighting re-enactments, minstrels and medieval dancing.  Bouncy castle and falconry.

Tickets also on sale at Mad Hatters Café, WHSmith (Mumbles).  In aid of Crimebeat & Mumbles RNLI


Medieval Fun Day

Oxwich Castle

26th – 27th August, 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Adult – £4.00, Family – £11.60, Student and children under 16 – £2.40

A medieval camp – See an archery demonstration and have a go yourself. Hands-on activities, demonstrations and living history displays. Fun for all the family.

Traditional Skills and Crafts Day

Oystermouth Castle, Mumbles

27th August, 11.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Normal admission charges apply

Step back in time and try your hand at some traditional crafts!  On Bank Holiday Monday they’ll be shedding light on aspects of castle life, showcasing traditional everyday objects people might have used and how they were made.  Try some traditional willow weaving, demonstrated and taught by local artist Sara Holden. Create and take home a beautiful weaving, inspired by the Castle and its grounds, or make an enchanting willow dreamcatcher.  Fancy making a mediaeval style jug or storage jar? There will also be a potter on hand showing you how to make everyday objects simply from clay.


A Walk Through Time

Margam Park, Port Talbot

Monday 27th August

Adults £7.00, Child £5.00 and Family £23.00 (Under 3s FREE). Pre-purchased tickets at reduced price.

Featuring enactment displays and amazing Knights of Arkley.  Knights and horses dressed in glittering costumes show off their speed and skills.


Dinosaurs in the Jungle

Plantasia, Swansea

28th – 31st August,10.30 a.m, 12.00 p.m., 2.00 p.m. & 3.15 p.m

Child £8.00 (Children under 1 free) | Adult £10.00

Come and join the hunt for dinosaurs in our 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, and join the tropical rainforest hunt for large walking dinosaurs Ronnie the T-Rex and Spike the Spinosaurus!  General admission to Plantasia is included in the price so why not carry on exploring after you’ve met the dinosaurs!


In and around Cardiff

Castell Coch - Fairy Trail

Cardiff Bay Beach Festival

Cardiff Bay Barrage, Cardiff

Open until the end of September

FREE (Entry is free, charges for rides)

The Beach Festival is at Barrage Walkway, a newly developed event site in Cardiff Bay. Apparently a new home means an increase in size for this year’s Beach, and in addition to hosting its usual ingredients, the Beach will boast large scale attractions such as a Big Wheel, Roller Coaster, big water spraying arches, movie nights, and a marquee area where visitors can enjoy the best in street food. Barrage Walkway is a short 10-minute walk from Roald Dahl Plass, and is the perfect location for both cyclists and dog-walkers who are welcome on site with us this year.


Castell Coch Fairy Trail

Castell Coch, Cardiff

All Summer

Normal Admission Charges Apply

Visitors to Wales’s very own fairy-tale castle, Castell Coch, are now able to ‘see’ the site’s mythical inhabitants through a new digital fairy-spotting trail.  Sitting within the existing Cadw app, users are invited to find and collect ten different species of fairies located around the enchanted site — each with a traditional Welsh name. Register all ten fairies in the app’s fairy log and receive a special prize!  You can find out about our review of Castell Coch HERE

Lido Ponty

Ynys Angharad Park, Pontypridd

Open until the end of September

£2.50 for adults; children under 16 free

It has three heated swimming pools, offering opportunities for families, dedicated swimmers and social swimmers of all ages and abilities.  Restored features include the 1920s turnstiles and wooden cubicles, which complement the newly-built Waterside Café.  Lido Play, just outside is an adventure play area, with swings, slides and tunnels in this locally-themed park.


British FIM Speedway Grand Prix

Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Saturday 21 July 11am-11pm

From £19

The return of the Adrian Flux British FIM Speedway Grand Prix at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.  23 races, 16 riders, only one winner…see the best riders in the world battle it out on bikes with no brakes! It will be an action packaged night and fun for all the family.

Meet the Knights

Cardiff Castle, Cardiff

Saturday 21 – Sunday 22nd July 10.00 am-5.00 pm

Normal admission charges apply

Follow the knights back in time to the days of valour and chivalry. Fierce, full-on combat and archery displays, plus your chance to hit the target in the ‘have-a-go archery’ sessions.  Pre-bookable event.

Tiddly Prom – Cherry Pies Holiday Adventure

St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Saturday 21st and Monday 23rd-Saturday 28th July, 10.30am


Cherry takes us on her holiday adventure enjoying the seaside and funfair, rambling and rainforests, trains, planes and a balloon ride too.  Cherry Pie’s Holiday Adventure has been specially designed by Arts Active’s creative team for the under 5s.  Scored for Clarinet, Violin and Double Bass, the performance introduces these orchestral instruments to the very young and lets them enjoy the thrill of live acoustic instruments.

Family Prom – The Carnival of the Animals and other Zoological Friends

St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Sunday 22 July, 3.00pm (pre-theatre activities from 1:00 p.m.)

Adults £11.50; children 5-16 £7.50; under 5s free

A family prom celebrating the wonders of the animal kingdom!  Whether feathered or furry, cute and cuddly, or feisty and fierce; all creatures great and small are covered in this performance from Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra.  Opening and closing this really wild show are family favourites from The Lion King and The Jungle Book. Special guest narrator for the afternoon is the children’s TV presenter, Josie d’Arby. There’s will be pre-concert activities from 1pm in the foyers including face-painting, hula-hooping, photo ops, instrument demonstrations and live performances on the front entrance steps and on the Level 3 stage.

Seussical Jr, Open Air Theatre

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Saturday 21-Saturday 28 July

£10 per person; £35 for a family of four

AndGo Productions return with Seussical Jr, a Madcap Musical for all the Family!

Family Paddle Taster Sessions

International White Water Centre, Cardiff

23rd July – 31st August

£10 per person

Want to try out a new activity? The 2 hour Taster Sessions are great for parents and kids to learn together, as our flat water pool is a fun and safe environment to understand the basics of Canoeing, Kayaking or Stand Up Paddle Boarding. These are held Monday – Friday throughout the school holidays, you can chose from one 2 hour session in the morning, and 2 hour one in the afternoon, to check availability, book and pay, please call  029 2082 9970

Youth 5 Day Surf School

International White Water Centre, Cardiff

23rd July – 31st August

£100 per person

The 5 day Youth Surf School is run throughout the school holidays. It’s the perfect chance to improve your surfing skills, using both our simulated surf machine and Porthcawl beach. All kit is included, you just need to bring swimwear and a towel. On Monday to Thursday, there’s Indoor Surfing at CIWW, then on Friday the group takes part in a surfing lesson in the sea at Porthcawl. (Transport is not provided to Porthcawl)


St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Tuesday 31st July, 10.30a.m., 1.00pm and 4.00 p.m.

Adults £19.00; children £17.00

Calling all Bingsters! Bing and his friends are going on tour in the first ever Bing stage show as part of a new UK tour in 2018.   Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they learn how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs. Flop and Amma are there to help, but in this magical world of make-believe things don’t always go according to plan…Going to the theatre… it’s a Bing thing!


Summer Holiday Museum Trail

National Museum Cardiff

Saturday 21 July-Sunday 2 September, 10am-5pm


Take part in the museum’s poppy trail this summer. Find your way around the galleries taking in some Welsh nature and amazing artworks as you follow a family flower trail.

Family Printmaking Workshops – Posters for Peace

National Museum Cardiff

Tuesday 24-Friday 27 July, drop-in 11am-3pm

£2.00 pay in the shop on arrival

In this hands-on workshop you’ll be able to use printmaking techniques to make a poster for peace. Use your creativity to design a poster that shows what you think about peace. This workshop goes alongside the exhibition ‘Poppies for Remembrance’ which looks at the poppy in the natural world, as medicine and how it came to be a symbol of remembrance. It also encourages reflection on the suffering and loss that took place during the First World War as well as in more recent conflicts.


The Big Cheese

Caerphilly Castle

27 -29th July (Friday 27th 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Saturday 11.00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)


An extravaganza of street entertainers, living history, encampments, music, dance, falconry and fire eating.  And obviously a cheese market with lots of Welsh produce.

Flying Kites and Lazy Owls

Caerphilly Castle

2nd August, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Adult £8.50, Family £24.60, Students and under 16s £5.10

Learn about hunting with birds, as well as why owls are so silent in flight. There will be photo opportunities throughout the day for an additional charge. The birds may be viewed throughout the day when not flying. Flying displays will be at 12pm and 3pm.


The Gruffolo’s Child

New Theatre, Cardiff

Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th August, 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4.30 p.m.

Tickets £10.50 – £14.50

Join the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warnings about the Big Bad Mouse and tiptoes out into the deep dark wood. She follows snowy tracks and encounters mysterious creatures – but the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he?  Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups.

Jurassic Kingdom

Bute Park, Cardiff

11th August – 27th August, (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays) 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Online: Adult £11.50, Child £9.50.  Family: £38.00

On the day: Adult £13.00, Child £11.00.  Family: £44.00

Jurassic Kingdom continues its UK & European tour to Cardiff.  It will be open daily during these dates and makes a fascinating and educational day out for families. Please ensure you arrive within the hourly time slot you have purchased. The event will be open from 10am to 6pm daily with last entry at 5pm.

Museum Sleepover – Dino Nights

National Museum, Cardiff

11th August, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Adult £48.00, Child £48.00.  Suitable for ages 6+

A very special sleepover – discover what goes on after dark in the museum.  Take a torch lit tour to explore Wales as it was 200 million years ago.  Meet some friendly dinosaurs and watch their eggs hatch and do some Dino crafts.  Settle down for a film before bed in the grand theatre then camp under the dome.


A Weekend with Bowlore

Caerphilly Castle

11th – 12th August, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Adult £8.50, Family £24.60, Students and under 16s £6.80

A weekend of medieval fun and mayhem with the good people of Bowlore.  Spend the weekend with Bowlore at Caerphilly Castle learning archery and sword skills, as well as watching weapons displays and demonstrations.  Two archery shows; a weapons show; have-a-go archery; Sword School; and hands-on weapons and armour display throughout the day.

Obon: Lantern Festival Family Workshops

National Museum Cardiff

14th -17 August, drop-in 11.00 am-4.00pm

£2.00 pay in the shop on arrival

In Japan Obon is an important festival which celebrates the spirits of the dead coming back to be reunited with their families. Paper lanterns are lit to help guide the spirits home or to their resting place.  In these family workshops you will visit the Kizuna exhibition, make and decorate an Obon lantern, and try floating it on our indoor ‘river’.  Obon is being celebrated alongside Kizuna a special exhibition celebrating the bond between Japan and Wales.

Grand Medieval Mêlée

Cardiff Castle, Cardiff

18th – 19th August, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Adult £6.50, Children £4.50

A day full of the sights and sounds of life centuries ago with all the hustle and bustle of a medieval encampment!  With all the hustle and bustle of a medieval encampment, music, games, displays and Have-a-go archery activities. A new Tournament of the Knights featuring The Warwick Warriors, colourful tents, noble knights and fascinating falconry demonstrations create a great day of time-travelling and a fabulous family day out.  Pre booking required.

Paw Patrol Live

Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

22nd August, 10:00 a.m., 1.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m 

X barks the spot in the new tour PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure!” It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern.  When they do, they also discover a secret pirate treasure map!

Suitable for all. Under 12 months go free if they are sitting on a parent’s lap.

In and Around Newport

Bushcraft Adventure Archery Party Bridgend
Big Wild Sleep Out – Newport Wetlands

Pick up a Backpack Explorer Pack

Tredegar House, Newport

Every day in the School Holidays, 11.00 – 4.00 p.m.

FREE – £5.00 deposit required.  Normal admission charges apply

The warmer weather has the gardens teaming with wildlife just waiting to be discovered.  Kids can pick up a backpack with all the tools a young explorer needs to learn the secrets of the undergrowth.  Kids can tackle the tasks at their own pace as they adventure through the formal gardens and parkland.

Brother Thomas, the Cellarer

Tintern Abbey

Saturday 21 July, 10am-4pm

Adult £6.90; children under 16 £4.10; family (2+up to 3 £20)

Brother Thomas will tell you all about his life as a monk at Tintern Abbey. Our sympathetic and helpful brother will give you inside information about the monks’ rituals and responsibilities. As the cellarer of Tintern Abbey, he will be able to tell you all that is to know about the workings of the abbey.  You will learn about the daily life of the monks at the abbey, including their monastic duties, hygiene and eating habits, as well as the numerous religious services they would have to attend throughout the day.


Underwater Wonders

Newport Wetlands, Newport

Monday 23 July- 26th July 10.30 – 12.00 p.m. or 2.00 – 3.00 p.m.
Price: RSPB members £4.40 / non members £5.50
We will be revealing the magical underwater world this week by pond dipping and using our underwater camera to see what fantastical creatures live in our ponds and lagoons.  We’ll also be playing some games and doing some sand sculptures to celebrate the amazing fresh water and marine wildlife that is so special in this area.

Please note – I have listed a selection of events from Newport Wetlands below also, but lots more activities are listed on their website.  Use the above link.


A Roman Summer

National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon

Monday 23 July-Friday 31 August


Chat to the Roman soldier in the Barrack Room about what life was like in the army and try your hand at some archery.


Living History Weekend

Chepstow Castle

Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th July

Adult – £6.90, Family – £20.00,

Discover what life was like at Chepstow Castle 900 years ago at the living history weekend.


The Tudors V

Raglan Castle

Saturday 28th -Sunday 29th July, 11am-4pm

Adult £6.90, family £20.00, Student and children under 16 – £4.10

A Tudor weekend led by the Beaufort Companye and their esteemed friends from the Wars of the Roses Federation. Living history displays, re-enactments plus plenty of Tudor themed fun make up this popular festival

Getting Messy With The Mesolithic – Prehistoric Stone Age Fun Activities

Newport Wetlands, Newport

Monday 30th July- 9th August 10.30 – 12.00 p.m. or 2.00 – 3.00 p.m.
Price: RSPB members £4.40 / non members £5.50
The Gwent Levels are home to some famous prehistoric footprints on the coastline.  So come along and join in the fun, there will be loads to do including making pots, a scavenger hunt, a ‘dino dig,’ casting footprints and fossils, building mud huts and more.


Defence of Blaenavon

Blaenavon Ironworks

Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th August


A World War Two themed event centred on Blaenavon Ironworks.  Enjoy living history displays, weapon displays and music, painting a vivid picture of life during this troubled time.  There will be a chance to listen to real stories of life on the home front told by the firesides of Stack Square.


Remote Control Chariot Racing

Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths

7th – 8th August, 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

£1.00 for the activity, free entry

Channel your inner Ben Hur by piloting a remote-controlled Roman chariot around a miniature Circus Maximus!  All charioteers will receive a certificate, and lap times will be added to our giant leaderboard.

Owls What a Hoot

Newport Wetlands, Newport

Monday 13th August and Friday 17th August, 2 hour sessions at 10am / 11.15am / 1pm and 2.15pm
Price: RSPB members £4.40 / non members £5.50
Ebbw Vale Owl Sanctuary are bringing their feathered friends for us to meet at Newport Wetlands.  We will get to see them up close as they tell us all about their amazing birds for the first hour.   Then we will be doing some owl related activities with the staff at Newport Wetlands.  Booking essential

Big Wild Sleep Out

Newport Wetlands, Newport

Saturday 25th August, 4.00 p.m. – Sunday 10.00 a.m. 
Price: Adult RSPB members £25 / non members £30 and Children RSPB members £13 / non members £16

A wild night out sleeping under the stars at Newport Wetlands. We’ll start the evening cooking around the campfire and settling in to our new canvas homes.  Pond dipping and minibeast hunts will follow to get us warmed up for the evenings activities.  There will be nocturnal excursion armed with bat detectors to see what we can discover under cover of the night.  When we finally get back to camp we can relax around the campfire with toasted marshmallows and a shooting star spotting competition.  In the morning we’ll awake to the sound of birdsong, and have chance to see what we’ve caught in the moth trap overnight.   This will be followed by an early morning bird walk to end your outdoor adventure.

Pick up a Backpack Explorer Pack

Tredegar House, Newport

25th – 27th August, 10.30am-5pm, half hour sessions running every 15 minutes

£12.00 .  Normal admission charges also apply

Organised with Channel Kayaks.  No experience necessary and no equipment needed, wetsuits also provided.  Sessions will include a safety briefing and buoyancy aid fitting, personal instruction on paddle techniques and tackling a course of buoys before heading out to explore the lake. This is a water based event so expect to have fun and get splashed!

Slithering Snakes

Newport Wetlands, Newport

Monday 27th August – Thursday 30th  10.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.
Price: RSPB members £4.40 / non members £5.50
Let’s go on a snake safari and see what slithery snakes we can find.  We’ll also be on the lookout for frogs, toads and newts that live on our reserve.


Further Afield

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Night Glow

Ashton Court, Bristol

9th August – 12th August, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m.


One of Europes largest ballooning events with over 150 hot air balloons taking off from Ashton Court.  they light up the night with evening glows.


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Please Note: Free events may have car parking charges.  For the National Trust Events, these are free for members otherwise normal admission charges will apply



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