60+ family-friendly events in and around Cardiff for Halloween and half term October/November 2022


It’s half term for most schools in Wales next week and with it comes more events than you can shake a (broom) stick at. Some of the dates of the pick your own pumpkin events have sold out but there are still plenty of options for family-friendly activities. Plus there are plenty of non-Halloween themed events too, including the free Night of the Animal Wall trail as part of City of Arcades Week, and BrickLive’s The Ocean Show in Mermaid Quay, which sees giant brick models of sea creatures.

It’s impossible to include everything in this guide… I’m sure you can imagine how long it takes to put together… so do let me know anything I have missed in the comments on my social media channels.

All events are subject to change. Please check with organisers to avoid disappointment.

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Pumpkin picking

Pick Your Own Pumpkins plus Halloween activities

Forage Farm, Penllyn Estate, near Cowbridge

Thursday 27 October-Monday 31 October

£8per car; pumpkins from £2

Search the patch for your perfect pumpkin, then enjoy other spooky family activities, including getting lost in the giant maize maze, taking a tractor ride around the pumpkin patch and farm, face painting (additional cost applies), meeting the pigs and alpacas, and enjoying delicious food and drink from a variety of vendors. Plus have a look at the whacky patch for more unusual pumpkin varieties. Plus for those over 8, twiglight pumpkin picking is available for a spookier experience.

Spooky Rosedew

Rosedew Farm, Llantwit Major

Saturday 23 October, Friday 28 October (3-5pm only), Saturday 29 October-Monday 31 October, 9am-11am, 12pm-2pm, 3pm-5pm

£13 per child

Two hours of spooky fun and entertainment including a Halloween magic show, spooky disco, face painting, balloon modelling, magic wand decorating, colouring in, play park and bouncy castle, scavenger hunt, plus lots of photo backdrops and opportunities.

Also available on the day, PYO pumpkin field, plus hot food and drinks.

Pick Your Own Pumpkins

Picking Patch Cardiff, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan

Picking Patch Porthcawl

Friday 21-Saturday 30 October, 9.30am-5pm. No booking required, parking is free.

Pumpkins from £1 and measured by size

Ten acres of pumpkin fields with 20 varieties to choose from, waiting to be picked, carved and eaten. Choose from more than 20 varieties of pumpkins, with amazing names such as the polar bear, the goose bump and the cute munchkin (yes, really!). Plus learn a little ‘pumpkinologoy’ too – recipes, ideas and activities all related to pumpkins, plus lots of fun photo opportunities


Pumpkin Festival

Cantref Adventure Farm, Brecon

Saturday 22, Sunday 23, Saturday 29 October-Sunday 6 November

£7-£14 per adult/child over 93cm, £5-£8 per child under 93cm, babies (not walking) free

Includes a free pumpkin for every child. Visit the pumpkin patch, carve your pumpkin, attend wizard school, plus pet handling, a bubble party, tractor rides, pet handling, marshmallow toasting spooky boat ride and lots more.

Pick Your Own Pumpkin

Berryhill Farm, Newport, Gwent

Saturday 22-Sunday 23 October, Saturday 29-Monday 31 October

£5 per car (plus booking fee) with a maximum of 6 occupants

Pre-book an hour slot to pick your own pumpkins for Halloween. Prices dependent on sizes.

Pick Your Own Pumpkin

Gower Fresh Christmas Trees, Poundffald Farm, Three Crosses, Swansea

Daily until 31 October; check social media for opening times

No admission fee but pay for what you pick

Nine different varieties of pumpkins, autumn arch, dog arch, marshmallow fire pit, Gruffalo trail, giant’s chair and more. 

Plus see below for information on Gower Fresh’s Ghostbusters Party In The Barn

Pick Your Own Pumpkin

Clearwell Farm, Michaelston-y-Fedw, near Cardiff

Saturday 22-Sunday 23 October, Saturday 29-Sunday 30 October (

£5 per vehicle, maximum of 5 people

More than 20 varieties of pumpkins are growing at Clearwell, ranging from tiny multicoloured gourds to the massive Atlantic Giant. The farmyard will turn into a weatherproof Halloween themed Pumpkin festival with thousands of pumpkins in the farmyard and barn. You can scoop and carve on site if you wish. Some dates already sold out.

Pick Your Own Pumpkins

Vale Pick Your Own, Greenland Farm, Bonvilston, Vale of Glamorgan

Friday 21-Monday 31 October

£5 per car day time pumpkin picking; £8 per car twilight pumpkin picking and scarecrow maize maze; pumpkins charged per size

The farm’s 25 acres contain more than 20 different varieties of pumpkins, of different sizes and colours. The Daytime Pumpkin Picking Bale Trail sees a Halloween trail around the pumpkin patch, including spooky bales and photo opportunities.

Twilight pumpkin picking events will see the fields lit up so you can choose the perfect pumpkin as the autumn sun sets and the stars come out.

Some dates are already sold out.

Halloween at The Meadows

The Meadows Farm Village Retreat, Gypsy Lane, Groeswen, Cardiff

Saturday 22-Monday 31 October

Child or adult to include pumpkin £15, accompanying adult £10, under 3s not including Halloween activities £4.50, under 1s accompanying a guest with a Halloween ticket free

Pumpkin picking is available as part of the wider Halloween activities at the farm, which also includes includes a spooky pumpkin cemetery , halloween hunt and other Halloween activities in the covered activity area. All tickets include farm entry which provides you with petting of guinea pigs, rabbits, goats and pigs. For an extra £6.95 per person, you can book a 40 minute session on the undercover synthetic ice rink.

Pumpkin Picking

Pencoed Fach Farm, Blackwood

Daily until Monday 31 October

£5 per car

Thousands of pumpkins to choose from, as well as food and drink and craft stalls, Halloween displays, plus animals to see.

Pumpkin Patch

Cefn Mably Farm Park, Beglan Road, Michaelston-y-Fedw, Cardiff

Saturday 22-Monday 31 October

From £6.50 for term-time day time visits, £8.50 for weekend and school holidays

Visit the pumpkin patch as part of a visit to Cefn Mably. Pay for your pumpkins at the patch. Ticket also includes access to the farm park, meet the animals, ride the train, indoor and outdoor play areas.

Billy Bob’s Pumpkin Patch

Castle Farm, Llangybi

Until 30 October

£10 per car, pumpkins charged by size

Pick from a variety of different shapes and sizes of pumpkins, plus follow the scarecrow trail, photo opportunities, pumpkin patch or if you don’t fancy getting muddy, pick a pumpkin in the spooky barn, where you’ll find games, food, animals to meet and an area to carve your pumpkins.

Halloween film events

Spooktacular Halloween Classic Films

St Donat’s Castle, UWC Altaltic College, St Donat’s Vale of Glamorgan

Saturday 29 October

Casper 11am, Hocus Pocus 2pm and 5pm, Beetlejuice 8pm

Adults £12, children 12 and under £7.50, family of 4 £34, four-person bundle £40

The dimmed glowing lights and vaulted wooden ceilings make for the perfect setting for these classic spooky films. Fancy dress encouraged.

Street Food Cinema Halloween drive-in

Splott Market, Cardiff

Friday 28-Monday 31 October, Wednesday 2-Sunday 6 November

From £25 per car (5 people)

A 10 day Halloween drive-in film festival with 25 screenings to choose from. Family offerings include Ghostbusters, Addams Family Values, Coco, Jurassic Park, Cruella The Goonies, and The Witches, with grown up screenings available too. More than just a film, expect a full-blown Halloweem experience with extra production, lights, smoke, actors and a few pre-show surprises. Plus order contactless from your phone from one of the street food trucks on offer.

Underground Cinema

Cardiff Castle

Monday 31 October

Adults £10, children £6 per film

Underground Cinema returns to Cardiff Castle’s atmospheric, vaulted Undercroft this Halloween with a frightfully fantastic selection of your favourite freaky films. A full-day of spooky films, featuring The Addams Family, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, Paranorman, plus for grown-ups The Lost Boys and The Exorcist.

Adventure Cinema

Margam Country Park, Neath Port Talbot

Hocus Pocus – Saturday 29 October, 6.15pm

Children £9.50, adults

The cult classic Halloween film Hocus Pocus will be shown on a giant screen in the front of the castle. Bring a blanket and chair. Woodfired pizza and coffees available. Plus for older teenagers and grown ups, The Lost Boys on Friday 20 October.

Other Halloween events

Half Term Halloween Trail

St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff

Saturday 29 October-Sunday 6 November, 10am-3pm


Pick up your trail map at the museum’s entrance, follow the clues to find the pumpkins hidden around the museum. Draw in the pumpkin faces, look for the letters by the pumpkins to crack the creepy code then head back to the museum shop to collect your prize.

Halloween daytime events

Fonmon Castle, Rhoose

Saturday 29 October-Sunday 6 November, 10am-3pm

Adults £10, children £8, under 3s free

Perfect for younger children, meet costumed characters and join in the spooky disco. Take a photo with the Ghostbusters and ECTO-1 car (until Friday). Follow the story of Fon and Mon as they embark on a Halloween Adventure. Make your way through the “Halloween Run”, but not to worry as this is daytime and won’t be scary and will definitely be safe. Dress up and join in the costume parade and listen to spooky tales from the castle.

Halloween Night-Time Scare Trail

Fonmon Castle, Rhoose

Friday 19-Monday 31 October, 5pm-9.30pm

£15 per person

A spookier event for older children, meet The Ghostbusters” along with Ecto, Geraint the Snake has snakes and spiders for you to marvel at, As the name suggests he will have snakes as well as spiders for you to marvel at local magician Patrick will be here to amaze you with his tricks, meet the owls, plus take on The Scare Run, full of mazes and things that will jump out at you. Visit the dino haunted woods, head to Horror Farm and more.

Halloween festival

Cosmeston Medieval Village, Penarth

Experience a spooky night of family fun in this after dark experience. Thousands of lights will illuminate Cosmeston Medieval Village and the surrounding trees. Special effects and petrifying performers will test your nerves as you tour the Medieval village where the plague is rife. Beware the sights of witches and hunters. Take care as you tiptoe through the Cosmeston Graveyard as the Coffin Maker is always looking for fresh bodies to measure up. Experience this family-favourite park, after-dark and as never seen before.

Pumpkin carving

Penarth Pier Pavilion

Saturday 29th October 10am-12pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm

£9.95 per child, including spooky cupcake and soft drink

Celebrate Halloween and have fun carving your very own pumpkin without the worry about clearing up all the mess. Pumpkin and carving equipment will be provided; just bring your talent and imagination!

Spooky pebble painting

Ogmore-by-Sea beach, Bridgend

Monday 31 October 11am-3pm

£5 per child, accompanying adult free; book a ticket and drop in at any time

Turn rocks into ghosts, pumpkins, spiders and more. Organised by Beach Academy Wales, the event is located at the in the classroom at the Penybont SLSC building in the Rivermouth car park. 

Halloween Fancy Dress Children’s Disco

Penarth Pier Pavilion

Monday 31 October 2022 2pm-4pm

£9.50 per child, including spooky cupcake and soft drink

Enjoy spooky tunes, party games, a soft drink and delicious Halloween cupcake! With a prize for the best Halloween costume!

Halloween events

Parc Play, Cardiff

Monday 31 October-Friday 4 November, 10.30am-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm

Adults £2, children 4-12 £9.50, children 1-3 £7.50, under 1s £2 or free with an older paying sibling

All the usual indoor and outdoor play equipment, plus a balloon model keepsake, spooky trail, animal talk with Animal Zone UK for a scary look into the animal world, plus fancy dress competition.  Best to book in advance although some on-the-door tickets may be available, subject to availability.

Halloween half term fun

Greenmeadow Farm, Cwmbran

Saturday 29-Monday 31 October, 10am-5pm

Adults £6.50, children, £5.40, family (2+3) £23.50

As well as the usual farm attractions and animals, Halloween events include pumpkin carving and paint your own Halloween souvenir, apple bobbing with the pigs and piglets, circus skills and a Halloween-themed trail. (Tuesday to Sunday will see regular half term activities, see below for details.)

Spooky Sightings Trail

Tredegar House

Wednesday 26 October-Sunday 6 November

Adult £12.10, child £6.10, family £30.30 (gift aid prices), free to National Trust members

Wander through the atmospheric rooms of Tredegar House during this mysterious season and experience the many spooky sightings that local folklore speaks of. Trail included in admission prices. Also, see non-Halloween events below for Illustrated Family Trail.

Pumpkin Carving Workshops

Tredegar House

Saturday 29-Monday 31 October, 11am-2pm

Adult £12.10, child £6.10, family £30.30 (gift aid prices), free to National Trust members

Spark your creativity by personalising your pumpkin – will it be smiley, spooky or silly? The choice is yours! We’ll provide everything you need, so just turn up on the day with your artistic thinking hat on, ready to let your imagination run wild.

Pumpkin Parkland Trail

Tredegar House

Wednesday 26 October-Sunday 6 November, 10am-4pm

Adult £12.10, child £6.10, family £30.30 (gift aid prices), free to National Trust members

Can you find all the spooky pumpkins hiding in the parkland?

FREE Pumpkin Fest

Porthkerry Country Park

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October

Take on the 9-hole crazy pumpkin golf course, carve a pumpkin in a workshop (bring along your own pumpkin) and enter your pumpkin lantern into the competition helping to build a magical glowing pumpkin garden at the Forest Lodge. Also enjoy face painting and pumpkin games.

Coch’s Creepy Halloween

Castle Coch

Saturday 29 October-Sunday 6 November, 11am-3pm

Adult £8.30, Juniors £5.80, Family £27.40 or free for Cadw members

Come and join the Halloween quest, daily throughout half-term

Collect your treat by completing the Halloween quest, plus on Saturday 29 October there will be spooky, spectacular face paints, and the weekends of 29-30 October and 5-6 November will see creepy craft activities for adults and kids alike. Tickets must be booked in advance.

Spooky Halloween

Caerphilly Castle

Sunday 29-Monday 31 October, 11am-3pm

Adult £10.10, Juniors £7.10, Family £33.30

Hunt around the haunted halls at Caerphilly Castle this school holiday. Join in a range of craft activities and pick a spooky character with the face painter on Saturday and Sunday. Advisable to book online to guarantee entry. See Non-Halloween events below for Bonfire Night Bonanza, crafts and trail.

Halloween Trail

Chepstow Castle

29 October – 6 November

Adult £8.30, Juniors £5.80, Family £27.40

Chepstow’s Halloween-themed trail is ideal for families with young children. Bring your own pencil.

The Raglan Castle School of Magic

Raglan Castle

Saturday 29 -Sunday 30 October, 11am-5pm

Adult £8.30, Juniors £5.80, Family £27.40, free to Cadw members

Calling all witches and wizards to your end-of-term party! It’s graduation time, so be sure to wear your best magical costume. Enjoy owl prowls and lots of spellbinding fun.

Spooky Halloween Week

Blaenavon Iron Works

Saturday 29 October-Sunday 4 November, 11am-4pm

Adult £6.60, juniors £4.60, family £21.80 or free to Cadw members

Visit the Ironworks for a spooky trail, and storytelling by a Welsh Witch about Welsh myths and legends.

The Conjuror of Cwrycandno

Bryngarw Country Park, Bridgend

Saturday 29-Sunday 30 October

£13 for family of 6

Are you a brave and curious soul? Calm and collected under pressure? Experienced with handling fairies? Then The Department of Strange Events needs your help.


Ghoul School

Techniquest, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff

Saturday 29-Monday 31 October

£2 per person in addition to usual entrance, adult £12, children £10, under 3s free (gift aid prices)

Age guidance 5+

Spooky live science shows in the science theatre show. Learn how to set a spooky atmosphere, make a terrifying entrance, and finish with a bang.

Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra – Halloween Spectacular

St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Friday 28 October, 7.30pm

Prices range from £8-£25, under 18s £6.50

Various spooky musical pieces including John Williams’ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Witches of Eastwick: Devil’s Dance, and Rachmaninov’s The Isle of the Dead.

(MOSTLY FREE) Halloween Fun

Margam Country Park, Neath Port Talbot

Entry to the park is free, parking charges apply, £6.80 per car

FREE Monday 31 October, 11am-3pm

The Friends of Margam Park are hosting a creative session where little ones can make a mask and colour in a monster. Plus discover the secrets of bats and spiders.

FREE Tuesday 1 November, 11am-3pm

Harry Potter workshop with Chi Education. Harry Potter themed arts and crafts where you can try out ribbon wand dancing and test your skills with a Quidditch style challenge.

Wednesday 2 November, 11am-3pm

Halloween arts and crafts with Kidzfun. Spooky designs pottery £4, glitter tattoos from £3.50,

FREE Thursday 3 November, 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm

Pogo & Stick’s Spooky Stories with Louby Lou’s interactive storytelling. Join Stick the Witch and her mischievous cat Pogo, for some pop up, spooky stories. Suitable for 3-8 years.

FREE Friday 4 November, 11am-3pm

Guy Fawkes Fun with the Friends of Margam Park. Find out more about Guy Fawkes. Make a mask and create your own firework card, plus learn about wildlife safety.

Halloween Trail

Mountain View Ranch, Cardiff

Thursday 27 October-Sunday 6 November

Adults £9, children 2-16, £9

A spooky family adventure including the Witch’s House, Zombie Woods, Pumkin Trail and all the usual Ranch favourites including the jumping pillows, soft archery, fairy forest, tree houses, double zip wire, vomit comet, big big swing and Gruffalo Trail.

Halloween parties

Amelia Trust Farm, Barry

Monday 31 October

Mini Monsters Party, 10.30am-12.30pm, children aged 2+ £9.95, adults £4.95

The Mini Monsters Party, for under 5s, with Mr Marvel includes a magical fun show with interactive magic, as well as a fantastic fun disco. Once the show has finished, you explore the Spooky Trail, see the animals, and enjoy the rest of the farm.

Little Ghosts Party, 1.30pm-3.30pm, children £9.95, adults £4.95

The Little Ghosts Party is for ages 5-10 and will see Mr Marvel wow the children with his terrific magic tricks, before an awesome interactive disco. Before or after the party, you can take on the Spooky Trail, see the animals, wander the woodland, and play in the outdoor park.

Wicked Woodland Adventure, 10am and 12.30pm, children £9.95, adults £4.95

Children aged 8-12 can meet fiendish ferrets and curious reptiles before they journey through the woodland for a guided tour of all things that creep, crawl, and fly. Learn all about the creatures that live in the ancient woodland, and find out more about the brilliant bats we have in Wales. Once you’ve finished the guided tour, you’ll have a chance to discover the woodland on your own, see the animals, and play in the park.

The farm is also open daily during half term.

FREE Spooky crafts and face painting

The Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay

Monday 31 October, 12pm-4pm

Fiendish face painting, ghoulish crafty fun and bootiful balloons to enjoy, alongside all the Centre’s usual top attractions and places to eat.

Halloween events

The Royal Mint Visitor Experience, Llantrisant

Sunday 30-Monday 31 October, from 10.30am

£15 per child

Carve a pumpkin and decorate a Halloween themed gingerbread biscuit and a spooky chocolate lollipop with all of the hundred and thousands you could get your hands on. 

Plus see non-Halloween events below for details Science Made Simple Workshops on Saturday 29 October and Saturday 4 November.

Ghostbusters Party in the Barn

Gower Fresh Christmas Trees

Saturday 22 October-Sunday 6 November

Adults £2.95, children £12.95, family £29.95 (2+2)

Gower Fresh Christmas Trees present a Ghostbusters Show with Roly Poly, The Salem Sisters and Marv the Monster. Pumpkin carving is included in the hour-long show.

Other half term events

FREE The Ocean Show – Bricklive

Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay

Saturday 29 October-Sunday 6 November

Another incredible Lego display at Mermaid Quay, The Ocean Show includes 13 hand-built brick ocean creatures, including a 10-foot long Mako shark. Other sea cretaures on display include a 7.5 long sea turtle, a large squid, moray eel, octopus, parrot fish, angler fish, and more. The display has been devised to entertain as well as educate children and families about the diversity of life in the earth’s oceans and about the major environmental issues that threaten their existence.

FREE Night of the Animal Wall

Across Cardiff centre as part of City of Arcades week

Saturday 29 October-Friday 4 November

A free trail around the city centre, based on the new children’s book Night of the Animal Wall by local artist and author Jack Skivens. The story sees the characters from Cardiff Castle’s famous animal wall as they go on an adventure in the city. During City of Arcades Week, there will be 16 illustrations and sculptures hidden around the city to find. Plus on Tuesday 1 November, join Jack Skivens for a reading of the book, followed by an arts and crafts class with a local artist, at the Museum of Cardiff.

FREE Welsh Museums Festival Photo Competition for Teens

National Museum Cardiff

Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon

National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon

Saturday 22 October-Sunday 6 November

Teens aged 13 to 19 are invited to get crafty through a camera lens with this Welsh Museums Festival Competition, where they could win a pair of Beats Studio 3 wireless, noise cancelling, over-ear, Bluetooth headphones. Entrants can take photos on the theme Treasure and Riddle Me This, post them filter-free or edited, on Instagram.

FREE Riddle Me This

Big Pit National Coal Museum

National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon

Saturday 22 October-Sunday 6 November 2022 

Wales is the birthplace of many a famous pirate – but none so famous as Black Bart.

Our land is filled with legendary tales of lost pirate treasure, and of secret codes and treasure maps that mark their hiding place. Can you solve riddles and puzzles to crack the code and unlock Black Bart’s treasure chest?  A FREE fun activity for children 8+ as part of Welsh Museums Festival.

FREE Roman Army Week

National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon

Monday 31 October-Friday 4 November 2022, 10.30am-11.30am, 12pm-1pm, 1.30pm-2.30pm and 3pm-4pm 

Meet a Centurion, take a look at some armour, weapons and military equipment from the Roman army and find out what life was like for a Roman soldier on the edge of the empire.  

There will also be an opportunity to try on Roman armour and learn to march with the Centurion using Latin commands. 

Finish your visit by buying a certificate saying you joined the Roman army and earned your first coin of pay. 

Book on arrival

World Jellyfish Day

Rest Bay Beach, Porthcawl

Thursday 3 November, 11am-3pm drop in

£10 per family

Beach Academy Wales celebrate World Jellyfish Day with themed crafts, games, challenges and a trail to learn more about the wobbly sea creature. If dry, the event will be held on the beach, but at Rest Bay Watersports Centre if raining.

Coed Lan – High Ropes

St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff

Saturday 29 October-Sunday 6 November 2022, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm

£15 per person;

Tackle CoedLan’s 18 obstacles, including a balance beam, zig zag bridge, cargo net and a zip wire. No need to book in advance – buy your tickets in advance or on the day from the reception desk on a first come, first served basis.

Participants must be 110cm tall and aged 6 or over in order to take part. Children between 110cm and 130cm must be accompanied by an individual over 130cm and aged 12 years old or over. The maximum weight is 18 stone. 

Illustrated Family Trail

Tredegar House

Wednesday 26 October-Sunday 6 November, 10.30am-3pm

Adult £12.10, child £6.10, family £30.30 (gift aid prices), free to National Trust members

Peeps the Skye Terrier lived at Tredegar House 150 years ago with his Master Godfrey Morgan, but he’s not the only animal associated with Tredegar House. Take part in this new family trail, illustrated by Jane Porter, and discover more about other Tredegar House animals, and stories about the Morgan family. Trail included in admission prices.

Autumn Alchemy

Tredegar House

29 October – 6 November – 10am-4pm

Adult £12.10, child £6.10, family £30.30 (gift aid prices), free to National Trust members

Discover the alchemy of autumn at Dyffryn Gardens. Using the ancient art of alchemy explore the folklore and function of plants, uncover a secret, and win a prize.

Half term fun

Greenmeadow Farm, Cwmbran

Tuesday 1-Sunday 6 November, 10am-5pm

Adults £6.50, children, £5.40, family (2+3) £23.50

Meet the farm’s smaller animals at Cuddle Corner, walkabout with Gordon the Gotland Sheep and Jack the Pygmy Goat, tractor and trailer ride, pony grooming, make a bird feeder, plus more. (See above for Halloween activities, Saturday 29-Monday 31 October.)

Science Made Simple

The Royal Mint Visitor Experience, Llantrisant

Saturday 29 October – Bubbles and Balloons Workshop

Saturday 4 November – Who Wants to be a Superhero Workshop

Two science-themed workshops. In Bubbles and Balloons Workshop, go on a journey to explore the science of soap, water, air forces and energy. In Who Wants to be a Superhero workshop discover how plans fly, how engineers make playgrounds safer to play in and lots more.

FREE Story Time with Cath Little

Cardiff Story Museum, Cardiff

Wednesday 2 November, 11am-12pm

A special storytelling performance with Cath Little, who will be sharing reimagined stories about Cardiff, exploring what people and communities treasure, and how objects and stories show what is important to us and others. Recommended for ages 5+.


Autumn Crafts

Bryngarw Country Park

Tuesday 1 November 10am, 1pm, and 2pm

£3.50 per child

There’s nowhere better to get stuck into some autumn crafts than a country park that’s bursting with natural materials and inspiring scenery. 

Nature Events

RSPB Newport Wetlands

Billy the Bat’s Story Trail

Saturday 29 October-Sunday 6 November, 10am-4pm

£2 per trail, including prize

Billy is a common pipistrelle bat who loves to zoom around the wetlands at night flying, feeding, meeting his friends, and sometimes getting into sticky situations. Learn more about him with this trail; pick up a book at the welcome kiosk and collect your prize on the way out.

The Gruffalo’s Bug Buffet – Minibeast Hunting

Monday 31 October and Friday 4 November, 11am-3pm

Children £6.50, includes free entry for one adult, additional adults £2

Become a nature detective this Halloween on a bug hunt like no other… Discover the spooky and spectacular creepy crawlies lurking on our reserve. The activity will follow a Gruffalo’s Buffet theme story to get little ones in the bug hunting mood.

Theatre and performance

Sister Act

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Monday 31 October-Saturday 5 November

From £17.50; age guidance 8+

A new production of the Broadway and UK smash hit musical, direct from London. Cast includes TV and West End legend Lesley Joseph, West End sensation and Hairspray favourite Lizzie Bea, Emmerdale and Waitress star Sandra Marvin as Deloris, everyone’s favourite nun on the run.

Goldilocks / Elen Benflen

Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Friday 4-Saturday 5 November

See website for information on ‘pay what you can’ previews

First chance to see this new adaptation of the classic fairytale before it tours Wales and then comes back to the Sherman for the Christmas season. In Goldentown, there are rules everyone must follow. If you don’t have yellow hair, you are different. And Goldentown isn’t a place to be different…. English and Welsh language performances available.

Owl At Home

Chapter, Cardiff

Tuesday 1-Thursday 3 November, 10am and 2pm

£10 adults, £8 children; age guidance: 5-11

The highly acclaimed children’s theatre company Theatr Iolo present Owl At Home at Chapter this half term. Based on Arnold Lobel’s illustrated children’s book, Owl lives alone in a cosy little home in a hollow tree in the woods. With no one to talk to, Owl sings to himself and looks for ways to pass the time. He wonders about things a lot. What will happen if he invites winter into his home? And can he be in two places at once? As his imagination runs away with him, ordinary objects begin to take on a life of their own and Owl finds an unexpected friend who’s willing to follow him to the ends of the earth… whether he likes it or not!


Unbelievable Science

Memo Arts Centre

1 November – 2pm

£12 adult, £10 concessions

Morgan & West present captivating chemistry, phenomenal physics, and bonkers biology in this fun for all the family science extravaganza!

Fireworks-themed events

(I’ll be posting separate listings for fireworks displays… watch this space)

FREE Bonfire crafts

The Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay

Saturday 5 November, 12pm-4pm

Spark your child’s creativity this Bonfire Night! Little ones can make and take home their very own dazzling craft at The Red Dragon Centre on Saturday 5 November with a free drop-in craft activity from 12-4pm.

Bonfire Night Bonanza

Caerphilly Castle

Friday 4-Sunday 6 November, 11am-3pm

Adult £10.10, Juniors £7.10, Family £33.30 or free for Cadw members

Craft activities plus complete a trail around the castle to win a prize.

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