50+ family-friendly events in and around Cardiff for May half term 2024


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The schools are out for the Whitsun bank holiday and May half term, and with it come an amazing array of family-friendly events if you’re looking to entertain the kids. There’s everything from historical events and craft sessions, to pond dipping, model railways, princess parties and more.

Events are categorised as follows: Theatre and performance; Crafts and culture; Family fun; Historical event; Outdoor and nature-themed; Cinema and film-related.

I’ve rounded up everything I can find in this post, but let me know anything I have missed in the comments on my social media channels.

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Theatre and performance


Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

Thursday 18 May-Saturday 1 June, 7.30pm plus Thursdays and Saturdays 2.30pm

From £19; very limited availability

Age guidance 12+, no under 2s

The acclaimed National Theatre and Wales Millennium Centre co-production starring Michael Sheen. From campaigning at the coalfield to leading the battle to create the NHS, Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan is often referred to as the politician who’s had the greatest influence on the UK without ever being Prime Minister. Confronted with death, Nye’s deepest memories lead him on a mind-bending journey back through his life; from childhood to mining underground, Parliament and fights with Churchill in an epic Welsh fantasia.

Madame Chandelier’s Opera Party for Kids

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

Saturday 26 May, 3.30pm

Adults £10, children £7

Wales Millennium Centre has extended its popular cabaret programme to include families. Madame Chandelier’s Opera Party for kids will bring dazzling divas, dramatic death scenes and hilarious high notes to the stage as audiences experience opera’s greatest hits and learn about the characters in this interactive introduction with Madame Chandelier. Will you meet an evil queen who sings way too high, a princess who can’t stop crying, or a priestess who’s always on fire? Anything could happen at the opera party, and you’re invited.

The Very Last Green Thing

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May

From £15

Welsh National Opera’s Youth Opera are back with a brand-new show where we learn the importance of loving and nurturing all things living. It is the year 2423 and a group of school children and their android teacher embark on a trip outdoors, where they discover a time capsule, a gift left by children 400 years ago.

Within the box, they find a collection of strange things and a withered green thing. In a modernist world where individuality and nature are unknown, they realise how much the world has changed and challenge themselves to learn about the objects they’ve acquired. Instinctively one of the children snubs the android’s request to ignore the plant and secretly takes it home to water, opening a world of new possibilities for all the children.

Backstage Tours

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

Every Friday


Wales Millennium Centre’s backstage tour will give you an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of theatre. Beginning at the iconic Donald Gordon Theatre, you will be guided through the theatre’s rarely seen backstage areas before ending your tour with an opportunity for photos by the famous inscription wall. The ticket also includes 10% off Wales Millennium Centre merchandise in Siop and 10% off food at Ffwrnais.

Comedy Club 4 Kids

The Riverfront, Newport

Friday 31 May, 2pm

£10 per person

Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families… but without the rude bits! It’s just like a normal comedy club, but it’s on in the day, kids are allowed in, and thus there is a higher than usual chance of heckles like “why is that your face!?” With Runi Talwar, Katie Pritchard and Lee Kyle.

Ballet Cymru: Prokofiev’s Romeo a Juliet

Friday 31 and Saturday 1 June, 7.30pm

Adults £18, concessions £15

Winner of Best Large Scale Dance Production at the Wales Theatre Awards, Ballet Cymru, present an extraordinary adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece “Romeo a Juliet”.

Intense fighting, passionate duets and universal themes echo through dramatic and lyrical choreography. Exquisite costumes and extraordinary video projections create a world of danger and excitement where two young lovers are caught in an age-old feud.

The Magic Bookmark

The Riverfront, Newport

Saturday 1 June, 2pm

Adults £13, children £9

Audiences are invited to join “everyone’s favourite pantomime dame,” (Metro) and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Mama G on a brand new panto adventure for the whole family. Classic panto villain Book Worm decides that reading gives people too much knowledge, and makes all the books from Mama G’s library disappear. Before the world can turn to chaos, Mama G vows to save the day by finding three books that will help make the world a better place. Of course, she can’t do it alone and that’s when she discovers the mysterious and wonderful Magic Bookmark… This storytelling show is full of panto fun, interaction, song and dance, puppetry, and some of the finest picture books currently on the market.

Deian a Loli

Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Wednesday 5-Saturday 8 June

From £12.50 (this is a Welsh language performance)

Ages 5-11

The popular Welsh language TV characters come to the stage for their first live theatre show as the mischievous pair explore the wonders and dangers of their fantasy world.
It’s Deian and Loli’s first day in big school. Deian is excited but Loli really doesn’t want to go. On top of everything, the car keys are missing and they can’t go to school. Loli insists that her imaginary friend has stolen them – but Mum, Dad and Deian don’t believe in imaginary friends.

Deian has no choice but to join Loli in the search for the lost keys. So it’s time to say THAT magic word and freeze their parents as the twins go on the greatest adventure of their lives.

The Misadventures of Pinocchio: The Radical Robot Girl

Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 June

Adults £14, children £12

Age guidance 7+

The Bohemians Theatre Company present The Misadventures of Pinocchio: The Radical Robot Girl. Join Pinocchio, the Radical Robot Girl, on her fantastical adventures as she leaves the cosy bunker where she lives with her caring father Joe on a quest to save the planet. A hilarious and exciting coming-of-age musical packed with extraordinary live music – this is a banging folk-rock fairytale for the modern age.

The Selfish Giant

Blackwood Miners’ Institute

Saturday 8 June, 2pm

Adult £11, concession £9, family (2+2) £32

Age guidance: 3+

Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s story,  The Selfish Giant explores an unusual friendship, and how even the grumpiest giant’s heart can melt when spring finally comes. Grinter is a giant, living happily alone in her huge cold house. She shuts out the world, because long ago, the world shut her out. Outside the towering walls of her enormous garden, the world has been changing and there is very little green left. One day, the children – tired of playing on hard roads and grey rooftops – find a chink in the giant’s wall and climb through, changing the course of the children’s and Grinter’s lives forever.

Powerful storytelling, captivating puppetry, beautiful design, enchanting music and a sprinkling of magic sums up this very special show.

Crafts and culture

FREE Elmer Day

Waterstones, The Hayes, Cardiff

Saturday 25 May, 10am

Get ready for the most colourful day of the year! Elmer Day is back, and this year will be an extra special celebration for Elmer’s 35th birthday.

Waterstones will be running a whole host of colourful activities in store with prizes to be won, as well as an Elmer storytime at 10am in the Children’s Section.

FREE Craft session

Newport Museum and Art Gallery

Wednesday 29 May, 11am-3pm

Age guidance: 3 to 10 year olds

Join community artist Nathan Sheen for free crafts based sessions in the Art Gallery.

FREE Crafty Wednesday

Museum of Cardiff, The Hayes, Cardiff

Wednesday 29 May, drop in 11am-3pm

Drop by the museum for creative and crafty fun for all the family, plus explore the hands-on exhibits about the history of Cardiff.

Historical-themed events

Coal Train Weekend

Blaenavon Heritage Railway

Sunday 26 and Monday 27 May, 10.30am

Adults £15, children £7.50, family £37.50 per family (25% off family tickets when booked in advance)

See how Blaenavon fuelled the Industrial Revolution with his ‘Pit to Port’ coal train event.

South Wales was once one of the largest coalfields in the world, and in 1913 produced 36 million tonnes of coal. The railways which run along the valley floors provided the main routes for transporting the coal from the pits to be exported. Wagons would trundle south to ports and docks at Newport, Cardiff and Barry.

See how the coal was transported from the pits, with services operating between Furnace Sidings, Big Pit Halt, Whistle Inn Halt and Blaenavon High Level via Coed Avon. Demonstration coal trains will also operate between passenger services throughout the day, allowing a glimpse into past lines.

Medieval May Time

Caerphilly Castle

 Saturday 25–Bank Holiday Monday 27 May, 11am-3pm

Adult £10.90, family £34.90, children £7.60, under 5s free; free for Cadw members

Take part in medieval crafts and design yourself a crest. Complete the Caerphilly castle trail, and get your face painted. Plus costumed medieval talks about knights and the castle.

May Bank Holiday Madness

Castle Coch, Tongwynlais, Cardiff

Saturday 25-Bank Holiday Monday 27 May, 11am-3pm

Adult £9.50, Family £30.40, Children £6.70, under 5s free; free for Cadw members

Complete a fairy trail at Castell Coch this bank holiday weekend. Get your face painted and make yourself a crown and a wand in Wales’ very own fairy-tale castle.


Medieval Murder Mystery

Raglan Castle

Sunday 26 May-Bank Holiday Monday 27 May, 11am-3.30pm

Adult £9.50, Family £30.40, Children £6.70, under 5s free; free for Cadw members 

The year is 1487 and Henry VII (Henry Tudor) has been king for almost two years but there are still many who wish him and his followers ill.

Head to Raglan Castle to discover who has committed the dastardly deeds and why. Become a detective and help solve the crime and bring the culprit(s) to justice with a prize for the person(s) who did it and the reason why.

Full living history camp, arms and armour and other displays throughout each day.

William Marshal’s Visit to Tintern Abbey 

Tintern Abbey

Saturday 25-Bank Holiday Monday 27 May, 10am-4pm

Adult £8.55, Family £27.36, Children £6.03, under 5s free; free for Cadw members

The Household is encamped at Tintern, with its array of medieval crafts and characters.

From soldiers and knights to monks and cooks, the Household will demonstrate the typical itinerant household under William Marshal, patron and benefactor of Tintern Abbey.

An interactive introduction to medieval life, for all ages.

San Art: Medieval Shields

Chepstow Castle

Saturday 25 May–Sunday 26 May, 10am-4pm

Adult £9.50, Family £30.40, Children £6.70, under 5s free; free for Cadw members

Visit Chepstow Castle and create your own medieval shield picture using sand.

Pick a design, peel away the different sections and sprinkle on coloured sand to make your own masterpiece to take home.

Crown Making

Chepstow Castle

Saturday 1–Sunday 2 June, 10am-4pm

Adult £9.50, Family £30.40, Children £6.70, under 5s free; free for Cadw members  

Become the King or Queen of Chepstow Castle by decorating your very own crown to take home. £1 charge, in addition to normal admission prices. Suitable for children aged 3+.

World War One

Blaenafon Inronworks

Saturday 1 June–Sunday 2 June, 11am-4pm

Adult £7.30, Family £23.40, Children £5.10, under 5s free; free for Cadw members

Expect living history, weaponry displays, a military hospital and working blacksmith demonstrations at this World War One event, plus storytelling for children.

Aircraft and aviation displays

South Wales Aviation Museum

Hangar 872, Bro Tathan North, CF62 4QR

Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm

Adults £10, concessions £7.50, children 3-14 £2.50 (one free child per paying adult)

Visit an array of aircraft as well as exhibition rooms with artefacts and memorabilia The museum encourages a hands-on experience with several aircraft cockpits open for you to take a seat in. There’s also a Sea King walkthrough where you can walk through the inside of our Sea King and several simulators for you to take a seat in.

Family fun

Lido Ponty


Free for children under 16, adults £3, activity passes £2.50 per personThe National Lido of Wales features three pools – a main pool, an activity pool and a splash pool. For £2.50 per person, visitors can also enjoy everything from fun inflatables to  Aqua Peddlerz and Water Walker. For smaller visitors, the splash pool is complete with an umbrella water fountain. They can bring their buckets and watering cans and play in the warm water in this safe and happy environment. Sessions do sell out in advance, so there will ow be limited availability.

FREE Victoria Park Splash Pad

Victoria Park, Cardiff

 Saturday 25 May-Sunday 1 September, 7.30am-sunset

The splash pad in Victoria P​ark opens ready for half term, with 33 exciting features for children to enjoy.

Coed Lan High Ropes

St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff

Saturday 25 May-Sunday 2 June 2023, 10.15am, 11.30am, 12.45pm, 3pm, 4.15pm, 4.15pm £20 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.


Family activities

Celtic Manor Resort, Newport

A wide range of adventurous activities for families. Must be booked online in advance. Age and height restrictions apply.

Forest Nets – £20.00 per person (age 3+)

Low Ropes – £20 per person (minimum height 1.2m)

High ropes – £30 per person (minimum height 1.4m)

Laser Combat – £20 per person (age 6+)

All Bounced Out – £20 per person (6-15 years)

Archery – £20.00 per person (6+years)

Axe throwing – £20 per person (10+years)


Treetop Adventure Golf

St David’s Dewi Sant shopping centre, Cardiff

Daily 11am-10pm

dults £10.90, Children (5 and under) £5, Family of 4 £33

Treetop Adventure Golf is home to two 18-hole mini golf courses where the whole family can test out their putting skills. Plus, free face painting on Bank Holiday Monday 27, Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 May from 12-4pm, new Jungle Shakes and freshly-made pizza.

Half term family trail and adventure

Mountain View Ranch

Saturday 25 May-Sunday 2 June

£8 per person aged 2+

Join the Ranch family adventure trail, including the famous Gruffalo trail. Explore and discover all these and much, much more; two jumping pillows, guinea pigs, pygmy goats, ponies, straw bale obstacle course, soft archery, double zip wire, fairy forest, roly poly hill, tree houses, The Vomit Comet, The Big Big Swing, Hobbit Hill, and of course The Gruffalo. Tickets must be booked in advance


Prince and Princesses at the Castle

Fonmon Castle, Vale of Glamorgan

Saturday 25-Monday 27 May, 10am-4pm

£10 per person

Step into a fairytale this May Bank holiday with an enchanting prince and princess event. Meet beloved princesses at three captivating shows daily, embark on a magical journey with the glass slipper stamp trial, delve into Jurassic Wales and the Medieval farm, uncover Welsh folklore on our story trail and discover endless wonders. Facny dress encouraged.

Bubbles and Blasts/Cosmetic Chemistry

Techniquest, Cardiff Bay

Monday 27-Friday 31 May

£2 per person per activity in addition to usual entry (£13 adults, £11 children, family 2+3 £45; Gift Aid prices)

In live science show Bubbles and Blasts (age guidance 5+), discover how exactly are bubbles made, what happens when we fill them with different gases, and whether they can be blown up.

Cosmetic Chemistry (age guidance 9+) takes place in KLA Lab where participants can learn all about the science behind bath bombs. Take a closer look at the ingredients, scents, and colours, discover how different scents can help you relax, and create your own to take home with you.

50% off bowling

Hollywood Bowl, The Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay

Saturday 25 May-Sunday 2 June

All the fun of bowling, but with 50% off the cost. Book and bowl before 11am using the code AMAYZING50 at www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk checkout.

Plus their Family Feast offer this May holiday, includes: 2 adult meals and 2 kids’ meals, four soft drinks, plus onion rings all from £26.

FREE Water and Wildlife Week

Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay

Wednesday 29 May free face painting between 12pm and 4pm on Tacoma Square, from Cardiff and Newport Face Painting.

Thursday 30 May South Wales Police will be on hand from 1.30pm to promote their Operation Seabird Campaign. This campaign engages and educates people on the sensitivities of the coastline and how simple changes could reduce pressure on our wildlife.

Friday 31 May RNLI greeting visitors between 12pm-4pm where they will be able to take part in water-themed activities get advice on water safety and what do if you find yourself struggling in the water unexpectedly. Scroll down for advice from RNLI on water safety.

Saturday 1 June face painting between 12pm and 4pm on Tacoma Square, from Cardiff and Newport Face Painting.

Noah’s Ark Charity ballon artist

 Ikea, Cardiff

Bank Holiday Monday 27 May, 11am-4pm

£5 per child 

Head to the level one store entrance to get a custom made balloon design, with 20% of the price going to Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity.


Animal Encounters

Cardiff Castle

Tuesday 28 May, 10.15am, 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2.15pm, 3.30pm

£7.50 per person

An exciting, hands-on encounter with some exotic members of the animal kingdom. As entertaining as it is educational, this show lets you get up-close and personal with some amazing species while learning all about their habitats and behaviours.

The Brick People

The Riverfront, Newport

Wednesday 29 May, 10am, 11.15am, 12.45pm, 2pm, 3.15pm

Childrens Event

£6 per person

Age guidance 3-12

The Brick People will be bringing a wide range of Lego related activities to The Riverfront, with activity tables, self-building activities, monitored activities such as a timed speed or tower build, plus a selection of amazing official and unofficial Lego creations.

Welsh Wrestling

Blackwood Miners’ Institute

Friday 31 May, 7pm

Adults £13.75, concessions £10.75

Witness the glitz, glamour ad chaotic fun as the superstars of Welsh Wrestling bring their live body slamming family entertainment show to Blackwood for a night of entertainment and athleticism.

Half term events

Bedwellty House, Tredegar

Fairies of the Forest Storytelling Trail

Tuesday 28 May, 11am and 1.30pm, book in advance

£8.50 per child

Louby Lou’s storytelling team take over the beautiful grounds of Bedwellty House and Park. Once every year, fairies from all over the kingdom gather together to gain their magic. If you tiptoe through the forest and keep your eyes toward the trees, you may be lucky enough to spy some beautiful creatures. Join an enchanting adventure as you step into this magical storytelling world.

The Science of Sweets

Wednesday 29 May, 11am-12pm

£12 per child

Have you ever wondered what makes your favourite sweets so irresistible? Or how to create your very own mouth-watering treats using science? In this delightful workshop, you’ll embark on a delectable journey into the world of sweets, guided by experts who are passionate about the chemistry, physics, and artistry behind your favourite confections.

Plastic Fantastic party

Saturday 1 June 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

£10 pee adult, £20 per child

Join the Barbies for a positively pink party with the Fit For Your Princess team.

Learn a routine to your favourite Barbie dance song, play games, sing along and have your very own Barbie makeover. And don’t forget the dress code… PINK!

FREE Seascape

Around Porthcawl

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June, 10am-6pm

Two days of free entertainment for all ages, including theatre performances, choirs and live music.

Water Activities

Lisvane and Llanishen Reservoirs, Cardiff

Kayaking for a family of five costs £55, day camps are available for children aged 8 to 15 priced at £65 per day or £275 for a 5-day week package. Plus other taster sessions for paddleboarding, sailing, cold water swimming and more.

Exhibitions and other events at museums

Art of the Selfie

National Museum Cardiff

Saturday 16 March-26 January 2025, 10am-5pm 

Pay what you can, minimum ticket price £1

Is a self-portrait the original selfie? Amgueddfa Cymru’s new exhibition Art of the Selfie explores and asks this question, looking at how artists through time, from Rembrandt and Van Gogh to Bedwyr Williams and Anya Paintsil, see and represent themselves.

Van Gogh painted no fewer than 35 self-portraits and so became arguably one of the most recognizable faces in Western art. This exhibition will feature Van Gogh’s Portrait of the Artist (1887), which is on loan from Musée d’Orsay, Paris.  Joining Van Gogh will be a selection of artists from the national collection of Wales, including Rembrandt, Brenda Chamberlain, Francis Bacon, Bedwyr Williams, and Anya Paintsil. Together they showcase a wide range of different methods and artistic approaches to the concept of the self-portrait. 

FREE The Fossil Swamp

National Museum Cardiff

Until 2 March 2025

This exhibition reveals a snapshot in time from 300 million years ago – when a vast tropical swamp covered what is now Wales. The Fossil Swamp had monster plants, giant insects, thunderstorms and floods.

Beautifully preserved fossils tell us about these ancient tropical wetlands. See the remains of strange plants which lived millions of years before flowers and fruits ever evolved. The prehistoric animals were also very different to those living today. Learn about the experts who figured out how these prehistoric plants lived plus see how the story of the fossil swamp links to the fossil fuel and climate problems we face today.


Half term events

Royal Mint Visitor Experience, Llantrisant

Animal Encounter

Bank Holiday Monday 27 May, 11,30am, 1pm, 2.30pm

£10 per person,

An interactive, informative, and inspiring experience as A&S Animal Encounters introduce you to their team of curious creatures. See, feel and engage with these fascinating animals and discover our part in helping preserve them. Plus access 50% off The Royal Mint Experience tour on the same day.

Paint Your Own Parrot Puppet

Tuesday 28-Thursday 30 May, drop in 11am-3pm

To celebrate the new exhibition, Coins and the Sea, paint and build your own parrot puppet.

Free when booking a tour or exhibition entry on the same day. If you’re not booking a tour or exhibition ticket, the cost will be £3 per parrot: this includes the wooden model and paint. 

Coins and The Sea: Pirate May-hem

Tuesday 28-Thursday 30 May, drop in 11am-3pm

Two pesky pirates will be causing mischief this May at The Royal Mint Experience to celebrate the opening of their new exhibition, Coins and The Sea. Join them for a bounty of shenanigans to take place throughout our exhibition and visitor centre.
To say ‘ahoy’ to the pirates, all you need is a tour admission ticket or an exhibition only ticket.

The exhibition itself dives into the history of coins and their place on the high seas. Find out why people went to sea and what everyday life on ships was like. Why do we have such strong links to the sea on our coins? And did pirates really bury their treasure?

Professor Paul Barrett Visit

Friday 31 May, 11:30am (30 Minute talk, 15 Minute Q&A), 2:30pm (45 Minute Talk, 15 Minute Q&A)

Free, but must be booked in advance

Professor Paul Barrett is world-renowned palaeontologist working at the Natural History Museum. He supported paleo-artist Robert Nicholls to make sure the designs of the Royal Mint’s 2024 Iconic Specimens coin range are scientifically up to date and realistic. Join Paul to discover more about the mighty Tyrannosaurus, the hulking Stegosaurus and the gigantic Diplodocus.

Outdoor and nature-themed attractions

Whitsun Quiz Trail

Lisavne and Llanishen Reservoirs

Saturday 25 May-Sunday 2 June,

£3.50 per child

Take a walk around Llanishen Reservoir and solve clues along the way. Find the 10 answers and bring your quiz sheet to reception to claim your prize.

Pond dipping

Newport Wetlands

Saturday 25–Thursday 30 May, 10.30am-11.30am and 1pm-2pm 

£5 per person; age guidance 4+

Discover the underwater life at Newport Wetlands. Participants will have exclusive access to the pond dipping area, with equipment and spotting sheets provided to help you identify the creatures you catch, and knowledgeable staff will be on hand to help. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Festival of Blossom

Dyffryn Gardens

Saturday 25 May–Friday 31 May, 10am-5pm
Adults £12, children £6, families £30, free for National Trust members

An annual National Trust event to help people connect with the beauty and meaning of blossom through activities and the seasonal highlights found at Dyffryn Gardens.

Festival of Blossom and Blossom Spotter Trail

Tredegar House

Saturday 25 May–Friday 31 May, 10am-5pm 

Adults £12, children £6, families £30, free for National Trust members

Blossom is all about celebrating the elegance of nature. Spring is the perfect season for this as we have new life in the gardens, busy pollinators and lots to allow you to get closer to the natural world.

Follow the trail of blooms throughout the house, try and find all of them and count them along the way.

Miniature Railway

Heath Park Model Railway, Heath Park, Cardiff

Sunday May 26-Monday May 27, 1pm-5pm

Entry £2.80 per person, rides £2.80 (under 3s free)

Cardiff Model Engineering Society opens its doors to the public with miniature train rides – steam, diesel and electric – plus tram rides. 

Pond Dipping

Bryngarw Country Park, Bridgend

Thursday 30 May, 11am

Children £7.50

Join the rangers for a pond dipping session this half term. What underwater creatures will you find living in the murky depths of Bryngarw’s pond?

Louby Lou: Princess Rescue

Bryngarw Country Park, Bridgend

Friday 31 May, 10.30am and 1.30pm

Children £7

Do you think you have what it takes to join MI5? Agent Blue and Agent Green are on the search for new recruits that can help with some top secret missions. You’ll need sneaky feet, subtle disguises and a knack for dodging laser beams in this exciting, storytelling adventure.


Half term at Margam Park

Margam International Kite Festival

Saturday 25 May-Sunday 27 May, 10am

Bring your kite and enjoy the fun. Free entry Saturday and Sunday, £7.50 for car parking.

Animal Magic (including Kite Festival)

Bank Holiday Monday 27 May

Family £56.20, adults £18.77, children £16.10, plus booking fees

A day packed full of magical and mystical animals, including a Goblin Queen and her ancient dragon; Kevin Tickle, falconer extraordinaire and his collection of eccentric birds of prey; meet the Maiden of Flowers and Bacchus the Fawn in a merry procession as they guide Blossom Lion through the visitors; giant 6ft bouncing kangaroos,, and lots more.

On the day tickets subject to availability (family £60, adults £20, children/OAP £18).

FREE Pirates and Princess craft activities

Tuesday 28 May

Make a princess crown or a pirate mask

Have A Go Archery

Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29 May, 11am-3pm

£1 for three arrows.

Alpaca Walks

Tuesday 29-Friday 30 May


Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the Farm Trail with our friendly resident alpacas Taffi, Gwyn and Uncle Bryn. Book in advance.

Paint your own bug/insect themed pottery

Wednesday 29 May, 11am

Pint your own bug/insect themed pottery, with various design available. Also create a sand art bottle or sand card. Prices start from £4. Glitter tattoos £3.50.

FREE Louby Lou’s interactive storytelling: The Gingerbread Man

Thursday 30 May, 11am, 1pm, 2.30pm

Louby Lou’s interactive storytelling presents The Gingerbread Man Join Grandma and Gingerbread this half term for an exciting and imaginative storytelling adventure in the Castle Rooms. Sessions last around 40 minutes.

FREE Bug Crafts

Friday 31 May, 11am-3pm

Make a Dragonfly, bug mask and more.

Be a Farmer for the Day

Ameila Trust Farm, Barry

Saturday May 25-Sunday 2 June

£39 per child

 A full day of fun that is perfect for animal enthusiasts to experience life on a Care Farm.

Nature Day

Ameila Trust Farm, Barry

Thursday 30 May

£6.50 per person, under 2s free

Find out more about the local animals and wildlife on your doorstep. Meet the small animals, including rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, degus, and of course, our reptiles; Guided Woodland Walks, Get Crafty with a nature themed craft in the Field Study Centre, Learn about Beavers and how beavers will help nature recover in Wales.

Film and cinema

The focus here is on independent cinemas, film-related events, and cheaper family screenings rather than the current big releases at the multiplexes.

Family films

Memo Arts Centre, Barry

The Fall Guy (12A) Saturday 25-Thursday 30 May

The Taste of Things (12A) Saturday 25 May

Kung Fu Panda 4 (PG) Tuesday 28-Thursday 30 May

Jurassic Park (12A) Wednesday 29-Thursday 30 May

Family-friendly films with tickets £5 per person

Free family films

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Sing (U) Saturday 1 June, 12pm

A clever Koala puts on singing competition to save his crumbling theatre.

Movies for Juniors

Cineworld, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff

The 10am weekend and school holiday Movies for Juniors showings are just £2.50 per person. Check online for schedule; films are usually a few months old rather than new releases.

Mini Mornings

Vue Cinema, Millennium Plaza, Cardiff

The 10am weekend and school holiday Movies for Juniors showings are just £2.49 per person when booked online or £3.49 on the door. Check online for schedule; films are usually a few months old rather than new releases.

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