15 family friendly events in Cardiff this weekend – Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May 2018


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The forecast is looking good for the weekend! If you don’t yet have plans here are 15 family-friendly events to keep you busy including royal wedding parties, charity walks with princesses, monster trucks battling it out, fighter planes, fun runs, and a family fun day where you can meet the emergency services.

All events are subject to change and cancellation so do check ahead to avoid disappointment.

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Next events listings will be coming next week ready for the bank holiday and half term.

Royal Wedding Party at the Depot

The  Depot, Dumballs Road, Cardiff

Saturday 19 May, 11.30am-8pm

Free entry

Two for one Prosecco cocktails until the couple say ‘I do’; street food; Pimm’s in teapots and a gin bar on-site. Families welcome.


Royal wedding party

Pendragon pub, Excalibur Drive, Cardiff, CF14 9BB

Saturday 19 May, from 11.30am

Free entry

Watch Harry and Meghan’s wedding on a large projector screen with staff dressed up in honour of the big occasion. Do wear something special too!


Royal Wedding Garden Party

The  Butchers’ Arms Llandaff

Saturday 19 May from 11am

Complimentary sandwiches mini desserts and Earl Grey tea as royal wedding fever takes over Llandaff.


RAF 100 National Aircraft Tour

Civic Centre Lawns, Cardiff

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May, 9am-6pm

Free entry

The Royal Airforce celebrates 100 years with a national aircraft tour which opened in Cardiff today. A collection of full-size aircraft representing 100 years of the RAF is on display including a Sopwith Snipe Biplane, Supermarine Spitfire Mk1A, Harrier GR3, SAR Wessex Helicopter, and a Typhoon full scale replica. Current trainee RAF pilots will re-enact the life of RAF pilots during the First World War and the Battle of Britain in period dress. You can meet members of the RAF in an interactive STEM/Techno Zone with educational activities focussed on aviation and aerospace activities.


Miri May / Family Fundraiser

Ysgol Bro Edyrn Cardiff

Saturday 19 May 2pm-4pm

£5 per family or £2 per person

A family fun day raising funds and awareness of the Cardiff 2018 Eisteddfod. Activities include a bouncy castle, a free circus skills workshop, a free craft corner, free face painting and free treasure hunt.  The Eisteddfod will have a stall plus there will be a tombola, raffle, and tea/coffee and cake. Other stalls include including jewellery and Welsh greeting cards (Ruth Davies), artwork (Rachel Rasmussen), Oh!Susannah, Penylan Preserves, Maddie Makes Melts, Prysur, Totes Cymraeg, Mair Jones Prints, Cadno Bach and books for sale by Wellfield Bookshop. The event is sponsored by Clear Translations Ltd.


Junior Conservatoire Foyer Concert

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff

Saturday 19 May, 1.45pm

Free entry

Free and informal recitals given by the college’s talented junior musicians aged 8-18 in the beautiful surroundings of the foyer.


Penarth Marina Open Day

Saturday 19 May, 10am-6pm

Fun for all the family including free SUP (stand up paddle boarding) taster sessions from 11am-3pm.


Wriggle – The Wonderful World of Worms 

National Museum Cardiff 

Until Sunday 3 June 2018

Free entry

Last chance to see this exhibition which offers a fascinating look into the weird and wonderful world of worms, this has plenty of interactive exhibits, perfect for children. Read our review here.


Monster Jam

Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Saturday 19 May 3pm

Twelve of the world’s most famous Monster Jam trucks, including Monster Jam World Finals® champions Grave Digger® and Max-DTM, will be roaring into Cardiff for an adrenaline charged, non-stop action motorsports spectacular. The trucks stand 12-feet tall and 10-feet wide, sitting atop 66-inch-tall tires and weighing a minimum of 12,000 pounds with their world-class athlete drives navigating the cars to amaze audiences with wheelies, donuts, cross ups and big air stunts as they fly up to 130 feet in distance and up to 35 feet in the air.

Read our review of Monster Jam’s 2016 Cardiff show here.


Family Fun Fest

Hollywood Bowl, The Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May, 12pm-4pm

As well as the usual bowling fun the weekend sees extra-special family treats, including face painting glow bowling balloons and treasure hunts


PlaySense Workshop

Cathays Methodist Church, Cardiff

Sunday 20 May 1.15pm-3.15pm and 3.45pm-5.45pm

£10 per child parents/carers free; must be booked in advance

Engaging, stimulating and accessible activities for children with disabilities and additional learning needs. Attendees will engage in different sensory based activities across three separate rooms themed around the ‘touch’ ‘taste’ and ‘listen’ senses. Activities include making sensory bags and musical shakers, cupcake and biscuit decorating and a disco room. Ticket price includes a buffet meal and entry into a price draw. The two sessions will be identical but numbers are limited to ensure group sizes are kept small.


Welsh vegan festival

Tramshed, Clare Road, Cardiff

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May, 10.30am-5pm

General admission £3; VIP admission from 10am and including both days £15

The Welsh Vegan Festival is now in its third year at the Tramshed. Packed with stalls, talks and films as well as a children’s play area, the fundraising event raises much needed funds for Farplace Animal Rescue which helps animals in need.


South Wales Police and Emergency Services Family Fun Day

Swalec Stadium, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Saturday 19 May, 11am-4pm

Adults £1; children 50p; under 3s free

Meet your local emergency service workers. All money will go to the Canton Defibrillator Appeal.


Rhiwbina Family Fun Run 2018

Sunday 20 May, 3pm-6pm

A 5K fun run around the north Cardiff village of Rhiwbeina plus a 1k run for little runners in the school grounds. Registration for the 5K race starts at 3pm (race start 4:15pm). £5 adult (18+), £2.50 child. No registration required for the 1K race. All ages welcome. £1 to enter. 3:30pm start.
BBQ and refreshments available. Fun Run proceeds will be split between Rhiwbeina Primary PTA and Rhiwbina Village Events.


Weekend activities

Mountain View Ranch, Caerphilly Mountain

Saturday 19-Sunday 20 May, 9.30am-4.30pm

£6 entry per person age 2+; family of 4 £23, Family of 5 £28

Extra events over the weekend include a walk with the funny goats; a dragon story hunt plus space hopper races. You can also explore over 1,000 acres of free-range fun with attractions including a Gruffalo trail; a fairy village; Hobbit houses and a nest of dragon eggs. Plus new for 2018 – The Lost Boys Village and a Unicorn. Read our review here.


International Biodiversity Day

St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff

Saturday 19 May, 10am-4pm

Free entry

Join the Museum’s scientists and friends for a day of displays and activities to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity.  Explore some of the amazing animals and plants in the Museum’s collections, take part in family-friendly nature-based activities, and discover more about the wildlife on our doorstep with local groups including Cardiff Bat Group, RSPB and Cardiff, Vale and Valleys Beekeepers Association.




Sponsored Princess Walk in aid of Ronald McDonald House

Heath Park, Cardiff

Sunday 20 May 11am-2pm

A 1.6 mile sponsored ‘Princess Walk’ around Heath Park in aid of the Ronald McDonald House Charities which provides free accommodation for families who have children undergoing treatment in hospital. Cardiff’s Ronald McDonald House is at University Hospital Wales and will provide accommodation for around 500 families each year. Hosted and organised by Young European Miss Teen International and 25 other beauty queens, the queens will be doing the walk in their heels, dresses and tiaras but there is no obligation to dress up (however if you would like to dress up you are more than welcome!). The walk starts at the house at 11am will travel along King George V drive and back to the house with a bucket collection along the way.

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