70 family friendly events in and around Cardiff – October half term and Halloween


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It’s half-term next week, Halloween on the 31st, and there’s so much going on in and around Cardiff. From pumpkin carving and spooky trails to theatre and arts and crafts workshops, there’s enough here to fill half term at least seven times.

As always, all events are subject change and I recommend you check with the organisers beforehand to avoid disappointment. Events are categorised as follows: Halloween; Theatre, performance and culture; Outdoor events; Other events; Film and family-friendly cinema.

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Halloween Events

Spookfest 2016

Margam Park, Port Talbot

Saturday 22nd-Sunday 30th October

Dress up and take part in a spooky trail, £1 per quiz. Tuesday 25th sees Day of the Dead Halloween Mask Making, £3 per child, various times available. Wednesday 26th sees Meg and Mog in the Castle, a lighthearted show about a witch and her cat, £3 per child, various times available.

Margam Park is free to enter although parking charges apply. Read our review here.


Halloween Trail

Cardiff Castle

Saturday 22nd-Sunday 30th October

Solve the Halloween puzzle and win a special prize. Normal admission or a valid Castle Key plus £1 per trail including a prize.


Halloween Fun

Tredegar House, Newport

Saturday 22nd-Sunday 30th October, 11am-4pm

Get ghoulishly messy with pumpkin carving, biscuit decorating, crafts, and other spooky activities. Usual entrance fees apply.


Spooky Science / Star Tours / Graham The Ghost

Techniquest, Cardiff Bay

Saturday 22nd-Sunday 30th October, 10am-5pm

Spooky Science is a Halloween-themed science show – have you ever seen a pumpkin carve itself or a coin scream? Can you sit on a bed of nails without screaming, and can science be used to create potions and ghosts?

Discover more about the planets and constellations with Star Tours, for over 7s, and help Graham the Ghost find his glow, for under 7s, both in the planetarium. For more of what to expect at Techniquest, read our review.


Halloween activities

Hendrewennol Fruit Farm, Bonvilston, Vale of Glamorgan

Sunday 23rd-Sunday 30th October

Activities include pumpkin carving (£5.50), broomstick making (£5.50), terror trail (£5.50), spooky village (£5.50), web making (£3.50). Must be pre-booked.



Halloween Festival

Cwmcarn Visitor Centre

Sunday 23rd-Sunday 30th September

Sunday 23rd Spooky Tree Pots, craft session £4.50 per child, ages 4+

Monday 24th Creepy Leaf Wreaths, 1pm-3pm, £1.50 per child, ages 3+

Tuesday 25th A Prickly Affair, four sessions available, from 12pm, £2 per adult, £1 per child. Learn more about hedgehogs from Hedgehog Rescue Centre.

Wednesday 26th Mission Robot with Dark Skies Wales, four sessions available, from 10am, £8.50 per child

Thursday 27th Terrifying Toddler Thursday, 10am-11am, £2 per child, ages 3+. Messy crafts and play.

Friday 28th Pumpkin Candy Baskets 11am-2.15pm, £5 per child, ages 4+

Saturday 29th Spooky Clay Workshop, three sessions, from 11am, £5 per child, ages 4+

Sunday 30th Vampire Hunt Tail, drop in 10am-3pm, £4.50 per child, includes prize.


Half Term Halloween Fun

Mountain View Ranch, Caerphilly

Monday 24th-Monday 31st October

£5 per person aged 2+; family of 4 £19, family of 5 £23

Spooky activities include Room on the Broom read by the witch or the dragon (11.30am and 1.30pm), marshmallow toasting at Creepy Creek (12.30pm-3.30pm) plus a spooky trail with a prize treat (all day). For more of what to expect at Mountain View Ranch, see our review here.

As Mountain View Ranch is an outdoor attraction, all events are weather dependent.



Little Monsters

Wyevale Garden Centre, Cardiff

Monday 24th-Sunday 30th October

24th October, 10am-12pm Haunted Heather Planting, £2.50

25th October, 10am-12pm Spooky Spider Crafts, £2.50

28th October, 10am-12pm, Pumpkin Carving, £2.50

26th, 27th, 29th, 30th October, Fangtastic Parties, £9.99



FREE Building the Wicker Man

St Fagans National History Museum

Monday 24th-Friday 28th October, 12-3pm

Help build St Fagan’s famous Wicker Man at these weekday workshops. Be sure to come back at the weekend if you want to watch him burn (see below for details).


Morbid Curiosities

St Fagans National History Museum

Monday 24th-Friday 28th October,12pm, 2pm & 3pm

£2 per person; Age 6; book on arrival

All children must be with an adult. May be unsuitable for younger children.

Take a tour with the museum’s Ghastly Guides and peer into some of St Fagans darkest corners this Halloween Half Term. Tours last approximately 40 minutes.



Halloween Half Term Activities

Parc Play, Cardiff

Monday 24th-Friday 28th October, 10am-6pm

Halloween themed activities include story sessions (11am and 2pm), treasure hunts, a colouring competition and more. Standard admission prices apply.


Bushcraft Experience Day

Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran

Monday 24th October

£25 per child, age 6+, must be prebooked

Spooky forest fun, including marshmallows on the campfire, broomstick making and pumpkin carving.



FREE Make a Day of the Dead Mask

Newport Museum

Tuesday 25th October, 11am, 12pm and 1pm (first come first served as spacec are limited)

Get ready for Halloween and make a ‘Day of the Dead’ mask. Workshops are suitable for children aged 5 to 11. All children must be supervised by adults.

(Also on Wednesday 26th October, Make A Poppy Badge, 11am, 12pm and 1pm)


Creepy Crawlies

Cardiff Castle

Tuesday 25th October

Test your bravery and see how close you can get to spiders, scorpions, frogs and toads. Limited availability – please book in advance. £3 per person, in addition to normal admission or a valid Castle Key. Read our review of Cardiff Castle here.



Witch Trials in the Manor

Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Nelson, Treharris

Tuesday 25th-Friday 28th October, 10am-5pm

Trials throughout the day. Usual entry applies

Halloween crafts and games for children

Tuesday 25th-Friday 28th October, 11am-4pm

£5 per child. First adult free, additional adults £1 each.

Pre-booking advisable – and essential for Wednesday 26th.


Discotots Halloween Parties

Thursday 27th October, All Saints Church Hall, Llandaff North, 2.30pm

Friday 28th October, Sea Cadet Hall, Penarth, 10am

Friday 28th October, Heath Citizens Community Hall, 2.30pm

£7 for walking tots to 5 years, plus £2 extra per walking sibling. Must be booked in advance.

An hour and a half of Halloween-themed songs, musical games, dancing and tasty spooky treats and refreshments.


Spooky Knight at the Castle

Caerphilly Castle

Wednesday 28th October, 6.30pm-9.30pm

Adults £15, under 16s £10. No under 7s. Must be prebooked.

Spend an evening with the family at Caerphilly Castle to see the castle as you’ve never seen it before. Learn about medieval times and make a spooky lantern to take on an evening tour of the castle to learn about those that lived here and those who may not have left. Settle round the fireplace in the Great Hall to hear one last tale before heading out into the night. Great fun for all ages.


FREE Halloween Natural History Open Day

National Museum Cardiff

Friday 28th October 2016, 10am-4pm

Meet the natural history curators and visit the stands in the main hall to see some creepy highlights from the 5 million specimens held in the museum’s stores. Follow the spooky Halloween quiz trail to discover some weird and wonderful objects from the natural world and win a prize.


Halloween Party

Jump, Cardiff

Friday 28th October, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Children £7.50, adults free

Spooky disco, fancy dress competition, face paints, tricky treasure hunt and more.

Must be pre-booked.



FREE Halloween Archaeology Open Day

National Museum Cardiff

Saturday 29th October 2016, 10am-4pm

Meet archaeologists and conservators, visit the stands in the main hall and find out about curses, superstitions, magic and beliefs through exploring objects from the collections. An event for budding archaeologists of all ages to find out more about archaeology and discover ways of getting involved.


Halloween Party

Ants Inya Pants, Cardiff

Saturday 29th October, 4-6pm.

Entertainer, fancy Dress, competitions, games, dance, buffet and more. £6.50 per child.

No charge for adults.


FREE Burning the Wicker Man

St Fagans National History Museum

Saturday 29th-Sunday 30th October, 4.30-5pm

See above for details of workshops to help build the wicker man – and then watch him burn as dusk draws near.


FREE Creepy Craft Workshop

St Fagans National History Museum

Saturday 29th-Sunday 30th October, 12-4pm

Call into the museum’s creepy craft workshop to make a Halloween-themed lantern, ahead of the burning of the wicker man at dusk. A small charge applies to cover materials


The Highwayman & Halloween Happenings

Cardiff Castle

Saturday 29th-Sunday 30th October

Hunt for the masked highwayman as he mysteriously appears around the site. Plus spooky tales in the Undercroft (11am, 1.30pm and 4pm), a frightful children’s parade (12pm and 4pm) plus twice daily combat displays.

Normal admission or a valid Castle Key


Halloween 1666, Plague, Portends & Fire!

Raglan Castle

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October, 10.30am-3.30pm

Halloween themed trails and games, including a spooky trail for children, splat the plague rat, castle executioner and 17th century characters. Usk Astronomical Society will also be there, with a chance to handle meteorites, visit their planetarium. Adults £16, children under 16 £4.20, family £16.20 (2+3). Read our review of Raglan Castle here.


Party Fizz Halloween Parties

Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October

Christchurch Scout Hall, Lake Road North, Cardiff

Various times; £7.50 for one child, £10 for two or more siblings

Last few tickets available for Halloween parties for babies (0-18 months), toddlers and pre-schoolers (1-4) and Halloween disco for ages 4-7, although age groups are flexible for sibling groups. Parties include spooky-themed games, action songs and sensory play; the disco features spooky songs and dancing. Some parties have sold out – but keep an eye on Liz’s Facebook page as more dates may be announced.


FREE Cardiff Bus Spooktacular depot open day

Bus depot, Sloper Road, Cardiff

Sunday 30th October, 12pm-4pm

Cardiff Bus are celebrating 30 years in the city with a family Halloween fun day. Tours of the depot will take you to the control room, the engineering department and a ride through the bus wash, as well as the chance to see some vintage Cardiff buses. There will be spooky goings-on with a Halloween-themed dress competition for children. Entry is free although donations appreciated for the charity Headspace.

Halloween Fun for Little Ones

Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran

Sunday 30th October
Perfect for those who don’t want too much of a scare, activities include the Jitterbug Circus, Halloween themed games, face painting (for an additional cost) and stories from the wacky witch! Usual entry fees apply.

There will also be Halloween fun throughout the half-term week, including pumpkin carving and meeting creepy creatures.


Halloween Evening Spooktacular

Greenmeadow Community Farm

Monday 31st October from 6pm

Spooky goings on around the farm. Prepare for the scare!


Spooktacular Halloween Walk

Cefn Mably Farm Park

Monday 31st October, 6pm-9pm, £5 per person

A candlelit walk around the farm park, BBQ, bobbing apples and other family activities. Must be booked in advance.


FREE Spooky Halloween Day

Blaenavon Ironworks

Monday 31st October, 10am-4.30pm

A Halloween-themed trail for a day of thrills and chills!



Halloween Spooktacular

St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Sunday 30th October, 3pm

Family tickets, £15 (1 adult and 1-2 kids) and £20 (2 adults and 1-4 kids)

An afternoon of spooky musical numbers from BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, the National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Choir of Wales. The programme includes Ghostbusters, the theme from Edward Scissorhands and other spooktastic music.



National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon

Monday 31st October, 6-8pm; £3.50 per person; must be booked in advance.

Play games and make crafts, with a prize fancy dress competition. Collect the fruit from the maze before the ghoul gets you in a Pacman game, play the hag’s game, make a clay scary face or listen to some soothing scary stories.




Theatre, music and performance


Concert of the Unexpected: A Celebration of Roald Dahl Starring Michael Sheen

St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Friday 21st October, 7.30pm


A family-friendly musical tribute to Roald Dahl in the centenary year of his birth. The night will include the world premiere of Mr Dahl, by emerging Welsh composer Bernard Kane Jr and starring Michael Sheen. The rest of the programme highlights Dahl’s wat years as a pilot (Walton’s Spitfire, Prelude and Fugue); his Norwegian family roots (Grieg’s much loved Peer Gynt Suite) and one of Dahl’s most popular tales (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).


Try Gamelan Workshop

St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Saturday 22nd October, 1pm

£8; ages 7+. Under 11s must be accompanied by an adult.

Learn to play the beautiful bronze Javanese percussion instruments in a two-hour interactive session. No previous musical experience necessary.



FREE Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir

St Fagans National History Museum

Sunday 23rd October, 1.30pm, 2.15pm (both Oakdale Institite) and 3pm (St Teilo’s Church)

The Leigh Orpheus is a 60-strong male voice choir from Essex. To celebrate their Welsh roots and connections they will be performing at St Fagans as part of their Autumn tour.


FREE Sinfonia Cymru Family Concert

The Riverfront, Newport

Monday 24th October, 1pm

This event is free but you must book tickets as capacity is limited.

Take a trip to the world of fairytales, as Sinfonia Cymru present Little Red Riding Hood and Three Little Pigs from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes. A mixture of live music and storytelling in celebration of the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth, join us for an afternoon of fiendish fun that all the family can enjoy.


George’s Marvellous Medicine

New Theatre, Cardiff

Tuesday 25th-Sunday 29th October

Tuesday 7pm, Wednesday-Friday 2pm & 7pm, Saturday 10.30am and 2.30pm

£11-£23.50; running time 1hr 45 mins

Roald Dahl’s story about the young boy who makes a marvellous new medicine to cure his grandmother of her terrifying temper, comes to the stage, thanks to The Birmingham Stage Company. When George’s grandmother drinks the special potion, the most incredible things begin to happen.


Dahlian Delights

Rhiwbina Memorial Hall, Cardiff

Thursday 27th October, 2-4pm

£6.50 first child, £5.50 second child, £3.50 adults, £2.50 under 2s

The Welsh branch of national music charity Live Music Now present two hours of creative and musical fun for all ages, to celebrate the Roald Dahl Centenary. LMN musicians, Triptych (soprano, piano, cello) will take you on a phizz-whizzing interactive musical journey through Dahl’s world of pure imagination, with songs from and inspired by his classic children’s stories. There will also be plenty of hands-on creative, sensory fun, including making an edible Mr Twit, creating a BFG-inspired dream jar, as well as making your own Marvellous Medicine.

Also at St James Church Hall Swansea on Wednesday 26th October, 2-4pm and Gilgal Woodland Avenue Hall Porthcawl on Friday 28th October, 2-4pm.


Welsh Wrestling Live!

Memo Arts Centre, Barry

Saturday 29 October, 7:30pm

An evening of glitz, glamour and bodyslam mayhem as the Welsh Wrestling roadshow invades. Come see the over the top stars of the wrestling world collide in a night of super slamming action at this fun, crazy, family entertainment show. Adults £9, children under 16 £12, £35 family



FREE Autumn Wildlife Family Event

Bute Park Education Centre, Cardiff

Saturday 22nd October 10am-4pm

Free family activities, indoors and out, including bird spotting and fungi walks, autumn collages and leaf kebabs, seasonal colour trails and exploring nature’s curiosities.


Welly Week

Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan

Saturday 22nd-Sunday 30th October, 10am-5pm

Grab your wellies and raincoat and celebrate all things autumn with a range of family activities. The week also includes Make it Mondays on Monday 24th and 50 Things Wednesday on Wednesday 26th, both 11am-3pm.


Family Fun In The Wild – Wetland Wands and Weird Wildlife

Monday 24 October, drop-in from 10.30am-12pm and 2pm-3.30pm

RSPB members £3 / non-members £5

Make a wacky wand before going in search of the weird and wonderful wildlife at the wetlands. Newport Wetlands is free to visit. See our review here.



Family pumpkin carving fundraising event

Pettigrew Tea Rooms, Bute Park, Cardiff

Thursday 27th October, 10am-12pm

Carving outside in the heated gazebo in support of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.




The Wondercrump World Of Roald Dahl

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

Friday 16th August to 14th January 2017


Ages 7+; the guided group experience lasts around one hour; maximum of three children per adult

A magical and interactive journey, learning about Roald Dahl’s extraordinary life and the surprising inspiration for his most famous characters and stories. The guided tour features interactive installations, chance to test your own powers of creativity as well as unique items from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre archives. Read our review here.


FREE Wriggle – The Wonderful World of Worms

National Museum Cardiff

Until September 2017

A fascinating look into the weird and wonderful world of worms, this has plenty of interactive exhibits, perfect for children. Read our review here. Please note the museum is not open on Mondays.


Treasures: Adventures in Archaeology

National Museum Cardiff

Until Sunday 30th October 2016

Adults £7, concessions £5, 16s and under free – book online beforehand

An Egyptian mummy, Roman treasures, a crystal skull from the film India Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, plus human skulls from Viking-age burials on Anglesey are among key exhibits in this celebration of archaeological discoveries. The museum is not open on Mondays. Read our review here.


FREE Quentin Blake: Inside Stories

National Museum Cardiff

Saturday 16th July-Sunday 20th November 2016

The famous illustrator of children’s books gives an insight into his creative process, with sketches, drafts and finished pictures of some of his most famous characters. Read our review here.


Breakfast With Pirates

Toby Carvery, Whitchurch, Cardiff

Saturday 22nd October, 8am-11am

Unlimited breakfasts at £4.49 for adults and £2.99 for under 10s, with pirate themed activities, colouring sheets and goodie bags for the children. Call 029 2069 2554 for details.

Also, Halloween and Bonfire night special kids eat for £1, Monday 24th October-Saturday 5th November.


FREE Wriggle Storytelling

National Museum Cardiff

Saturday 22nd October, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm

Book at Information Desk on arrival

Join authors and illustrators Schlunke & Polyp as they bring to life the heart-warming story of Little Worm’s epic journey to ask the other animals his big question. Make your own model Little Worm, draw another animal he might meet and search for his new friends around the museum.


FREE The Big Draw – Family Half Term Workshops

National Museum Cardiff

Saturday 22nd October-Saturday 30th October, 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Book at information desk on arrival

As the Artes Muni 7 exhibition opens, this is a chance for families to discover different techniques while creating their own artworks in response to the exhibition. The museum is closed on Mondays.


Half Term Activities

Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon

Monday 24th-Friday 28th October,12pm-4pm

Make crafty owls and animal species which you might find today on Coity Tip, plus other autumn-themed crafts. Big Pit is free to visit, although a small charge applies for the craft activities.



Gore Blimey!

National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon

Monday 24th-Friday 28th October 2016, 11am-3pm, last entry 2.30pm

£2 per child

From sponges on sticks to nasty niffs, explore the rotten, bloody and mouldy side of Roman life. Experience some smells of the age – from a fish market to an underground temple – make your own curse. The museum itself is free to visit. See our review here.



Fairy Spotting

Castell Coch, Tongwynlais

Monday 24th-Friday 30th October, 11am-4pm

The enchanting Castell Coch comes to life with magical storytelling all week (11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm), alongside the chance to spot beautiful fairies and naughty pixies as they play within the castle grounds.

Adults £6, children £4.20, family £16.20 (2+3).

FREE Who Looks After the Stuff?

National Museum Cardiff

Tuesday 25th October, 10am-4pm

Visit the main hall and find out about the work of the museum’s 20 conservators who work to clean, stabilise, restore and investigate many different types of objects and specimens, including huge working machines, microfossils, oil paintings, Biking swords, harps and 18th century ball gowns.



FREE Treasures: Adventures in Archaeology Family Activities

Clore Discovery Centre, National Museum Cardiff

Tuesday 25th-Friday 28th October,11am-4pm

Drop-in activity, but spaces may be limited. Archaeologists are like detectives exploring life in the past. Make your own piece of history


FREE Meet a First World War soldier

National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon

Wednesday 26th October, 11am-4pm

Come and meet a First World War soldier. He can tell you what life was like for a Tommy and show you some the equipment they would have used. The museum itself is free to visit. See our review here.


FREE Natural History Family Talk

National Museum Cardiff

Wednesday 26th October2016,1.05pm

Places limited, book at the Information Desk on arrival

Snakestones, thunderbolts and fairy loaves by Dr Caroline Buttler, Head of Palaeontology Section.


FREE Make a Poppy Badge

Newport Museum

Wednesday 25th October, 11am, 12pm and 1pm (first come first served as spacec are limited)

Organised by the Newport Remembers project which is a Heritage Lottery funded project looking at the impact of the First World War on the communities in the city. All children must be supervised by adults.

(Also on Tuesday 25th October, Make A Day of the Dead mask, 11am, 12pm and 1pm)


FREE Fireman Sam Race Against Time

Hamleys, St David’s Shopping Centre, Cardiff

Wednesday 26th October

Meet and Greet – 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3.30pm

Screenings 1.30pm, 3.30pm, must be pre-booked.

DVD screenings of the new Fireman Sam film, plus meet and greets



FREE Taith Iaith: Wriggle! The Wonderful World of Worms

National Museum Cardiff

Thursday 27th October, 1pm

Book at the Information Desk on arrival

Worm or not a worm that is the question! Wriggling around the Wonderful World of Worms exhibition with Catrin Taylor. Suitable for adult Welsh learners and children in Welsh medium education.




Dan TDM On Tour

St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Thursday 27th October, 1.30pm and 7pm

£15-£21; age guidance 6

YouTube sensation Dan will be live on stagem in action with his pugs, Dr Trayarous and other friends, for an amazing Diamond Minecart adventure. Dan’s videos have more than 12 million subscribers and nearly 7 billion views, making him one of the most viewed YouTube creators on the planet.




Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

St Donats Arts Centre, Vale of Glamorgan

Thursday 27th October-Sunday 29th October 2.30pm

£10 / £8

The family musical retells the Bible story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and his coat of many colours. Musical numbers from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber include Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door To Me.



Craft at the museum

The Cardiff Story, The Hayes, Cardiff

Wednesday 26th October, 10am to 3pm

£1 per child, no need to pre-bool

Painting, sticking, cutting and gluing… a chance for children to get creative. For more about the museum, read our review here.



FREE Self Portrait

Glanfa Foyer, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

Monday 24th-Saturday 29th October


Wales Millennium Centre is celebrating YOU…on a large scale! Join in the centre’s attempts to create a collection of self-portraits using brilliantly coloured paper, ribbon, string and other crafty magic and add a little piece of yourself to the mega portrait they are creating.


Tortoise Fishing

Foyer Gallery, Wales Millennium Centre

Tuesday 25th-Sunday 30th October, 10am-5pm

Age guidance 4+; £3 per person, pay on arrival

Just turn up on the day – pay on arrival

Ispired by Roald Dahl’s story Esio Trot, visit the centre’s tortoise pen filled with loads of (pretend) tortoises, ready for you to catch and take home.


FREE Poetry Workshops

The Riverfront, Newport

Wednesday 26th October

10am – ages 6-10

12pm – ages 11+

Create your own Really Revolting Rhyme. Place are free but you must book in advance as numbers are limited.

All week, you can also drop in to Riverfront Rhymes and Scrumdiddylumptious Words: A Gobblefunk Competition (Monday-Friday 10am-5pm); Family Fun (Free, Monday 11am-3pm). There are also various arts and crafts workshops throughout the week, I Made It! Roald Dahl Sewing for ages 5-8 (£5 per child, Tuesday 11am-12pm), Sew a Red riding Hood Pouch for ages 7-12 (£5, Tuesday 1pm-2.30pm).


Circus Skills Workshops

The Riverfront, Newport

Friday 28th November, 10am-12pm

Ages 8+; £3.50 per child.

Learn Juggling, diablo, poi and staff spinning, tightrope and more. Open to all abilities.



Minecraft Workshops

The Riverfront, Newport

Monday 24th October, 2pm

Ages 6-11; £8


Made by Hand

City Hall, Cardiff

Friday 28th-Sunday 30th October

Friday & Saturday 10-5pm & Sunday 10am-4pm

Adult daily ticket £6, concession £5, accompanied children under 14 free

A weekend of craft demonstrations and masterclasses by some of the UK’s most prestigious makers, as well as a craft market of jewellery, pottery, textiles, glass and prints, plus family-friendly workshops and drop-in sessions .


Film and family-friendly cinema screenings

Castell Coch film screenings


Frozen Singalong (PG)

Friday 21 October, doors open 5.45pm, film starts 6.15pm

A special showing of the hit animated film in the grounds of Wales’s fairytale castle. Includes a singalong warm up with Welsh National Opera. £10 adults, £8 children under 16s and concessions.

Little Shop of Horrors

Friday 21 October, doors open 8.00pm, film starts 8.45pm
Seymour discovers a strange and unusual plant in the plant shop he works in and turns it into a local attraction. But this plant needs to be fed a very strange and unusual plant food. £15 adults, £12 children under 16s and concessions.


Saturday 22 October, doors open 5.45pm, film starts 6.15pm
When Cinderella’s cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and from her Fairy Godmother. £10 adults, £8 children under 16s and concessions.



Odeon Kids

Odeon Cinema, The Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay

The 10am weekend and school holiday showings are £2.50 per person. Films to be announced; films are usually a few months old rather than new releases.


Movies for Juniors

Cineworld, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff

The 10am weekend and school holiday Movies for Juniors showings are just £2 per person, or £3.50 for 3D. Check online for schedule; films are usually a few months old rather than new releases. During half-term all proceeds taken from these screenings will go to BBC Children in Need.


Mini Mornings

Vue Cinema, Millennium Plaza, Cardiff

The 10am weekend and school holiday Movies for Juniors showings are just £1.99 per person. Check online for schedule; films are usually a few months old rather than new releases.


Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Family friendly film screenings of classic films, every weekend and during school holidays. See website for full listings. Friday 21st October-Saturday 29th October sees Pete’s Dragon (PG); various showings available.


Swallows and Amazons (PG)

Memo Arts Centre, Barry

Saturday 22nd October, 10am

Sunday 23rd October, 1pm

Monday 24th October, 10am

Wednesday 26th October, 7pm

Adults £6.50, concessions £4.50, under 16s, £3.50

The film adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s classic novel sees the Walker children on an adventure to claim an island in the Lake District. They head over on their boat, Swallow, to discover another gang, the Amazons, have already set up camp, and a battle for the island begins. But with Britain on the brink of war, real battles aren’t far away, and their childhood paradise is turned upside down.


The Riverfront, Newport

This half term sees Roald Dahl films on the big screen, including The BFG, Fantastic Mr Fox and James and the Giant Peach. All tickets £2.50 per person.


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