School’s out for summer! In this blog we share our ideas of things to do with the kids this summer in South Wales. And we’ve focused on outdoor activities, naturally.
Things to do with the kids this summer in South Wales
Visit a Park. Many are free to enter and only charge for parking. As well as plenty of open space to run around, many of the parks have activity or sculpture trails to keep the kids entertained. And many also have play parks, bike hire, cafes, activity sessions and more. There’s so many to choose from. Our top picks are:
- Margam Country Park (Near Port Talbot)
- Cosmeston (Penarth)
- Dare Valley Park (Near Aberdare)
- Ynysangharad Park which also has a lido (Pontypridd)
- Tredegar House and gardens (Newport)
- Bryngarw Country Park (Bridgend)
- Garw Nant (Brecon)
Head to the beach. We have some lovely beaches in South Wales. And who doesn’t love a day out at the beach?! Barry Island and Porthcawl both have plenty of cafes and things to do. We also love Rest Bay (Porthcawl) which is popular with surfers and kite surfers and fun to watch if you don’t want to have a go. And Ogmore-by-Sea which now has the Two Anchors street food van in the car park if you’re looking for a spot of lunch.
Escape the City. Within most of our towns and cities, we have lovely outdoor spaces. So you can enjoy a little bit of the outdoors on your doorstep. For example, in and around Cardiff, there’s Roath Park, Bute Park, Cardiff Bay barrage, Forest Farm, St Fagans and much more! In Swansea, there’s Singleton Park and just off J47 of the M4 is the hidden gem, Penllergare Valley Woods which is well-worth exploring.
Visit a family-friendly farm or sanctuary. Keep the kids entertained for hours at Wiggleys Fun Farm (Bridgend), Amelia Trust Farm (near Cardiff), Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary (north of Swansea), or The Owl Sanctuary (Ebbw Vale)
We hope this is a useful starting point for your summer holiday activities with the kids. Have a great summer exploring the outdoors!