Cardiff in the Spring is not just about the daffodils (although we have plenty of those too).

cardiffis kids lit fest

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Cardiff is a fantastic destination for a  Spring family weekend break, the journey time from London Paddington to Cardiff is just over 2 hours and leaves every 30 minutes so you can spend even more time exploring the huge range of unique attractions, activities and events on offer.

Getting To Cardiff

kids lit fest

If you have little book worms, a great time for a weekend visit would be 25 – 26 March or 1 – 2 April 2017 to experience the city whilst it hosts the Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival.

Spread over two weekends, the festival celebrates the very best in contemporary children’s books; with amazing tales and performances featuring a cast of wonderful characters it’s ideal for all those who love children’s literature. A host of renowned authors and illustrators will be making their words and pictures come to life in iconic venues across the city including City Hall , Cardiff Castle and Cardiff Story giving you the opportunity to combine entertaining the children with sightseeing!

Kids Lit Fest session in Cardiff Castle’s Undercroft

Cardiff is a very compact city and can easily be explored on foot, so is great if you are walking with children; the majority of attractions, shops, restaurants and hotels all within a few minutes of each other so you don’t have to worry about tired little legs!


All of the Kids Lit Fest sessions are held conveniently in city centre locations all within walking distance so you can do some shopping and have lunch in one of the many family friendly pubs or restaurants in between sessions.

Cardiff boasts a combination of designer brands, high street names as well as more individual and independent shops in charming Edwardian and Victorian arcades and ultra-modern shopping centres.

Start your family-friendly shopping journey in the spectacular St David’s Shopping Centre by visiting The LEGO store, Hamleys, Build-A-Bear Workshop or The Disney Store. With plenty of places to eat and drink like TGI Friday’s, Frankie & Bennys or Shake Shack the family will be well catered for!

With so much to see and do in Cardiff, you may wish to just grab a burger, if so head to The Grazing Shed, their Super Tidy Burgers are special, made from the heart, using only the finest quality locally sourced Welsh ingredients.

Or, if you want the complete Welsh experience whilst enjoying a bite to eat visit Yr Hen Lyfrgell, located in the heart of the city this is Cardiff’s first Welsh Cultural Centre. A unique opportunity to celebrate, practice and hear the Welsh language in an iconic building at the heart of our capital city.

The Bodlon shop on the ground floor sells the best Welsh gifts, homeware, books and cards to take home after your visit.

Treat the kids (and big kids among you) to a sweet treat in one of Cardiff’s oldest arcades, dating back to 1858 the Royal Arcade situated opposite St David’s.

Here you will find independent shops such as Wally’s Delicatessen

and the Royal Sweet Shop that sells Old-fashioned sweets and modern confectionery.

Staying for the weekend will allow you to explore more than just the city centre; Cardiff Bay is a must and only a stone’s throw away but if little legs are feeling tired, regular trains run from Cardiff’s Queen Street station to Cardiff Bay on a whistle stop 4 minute journey.

A fun way to travel in style is by water taxi which operates throughout the year from Bute Park to Cardiff Bay (Approximately 25mins) departing: 10.30am 11.30am 12.30pm 1.30pm 2.30pm 3.30pm 4.30pm

Don’t worry if you miss one, it will be a great excuse to stop off at Pettigrew Tea Rooms located at the main entrance to Bute Park in the heart of Cardiff City centre. This proudly independent restaurant is open seven days of the week for breakfast, lunch, Afternoon Tea and dinner events throughout the year.

When you arrive in Cardiff Bay you will find a number of attractions such as Techniquest Science Discovery Centre and the Red Dragon Centre both ideal for all the family.

You won’t want to miss out on all that Cardiff Bay has to offer. From Mermaid Quay waterfront shopping and leisure that includes restaurants, bars, cafes and shops to our very own Croc in the Dock! The perfect free attraction for your little bookworms.

No trip to the Bay would be complete without a visit to the iconic Wales Millennium Centre where you can see a show or learn more about the history of Tiger Bay; what makes it such an interesting place and how residents lived and spent their time. Just follow the digital map into the heart of Tiger Bay where you can listen to interviews from community members and see historical images and videos of the area.

The Tiger Bay Community presents Tiger Bay Tales with Wales Millennium Centre

This event is free – just turn up on the day

19 Jul 2016 – 31 Mar 2017 All day

Tickets to Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival are ON SALE NOW!

Download a brochure here

For more ideas visit our 36 Hours in Cardiff post

So, if you like the sound of what we’ve got to offer in Cardiff, why not enter our Mother’s Day competition? All you have to do is share on Facebook or RT our Twitter post to be in with the chance to win! The prize includes a family pass to a session of your choice, Afternoon tea for Two at Grey Restaurant & Lounge Hilton PLUS a fantastic book bundle!

Or why not extend your holiday for a break to the green green grass of home? Welsh home that is. From Cardiff you are never too far from lush countryside or mountains. Go North of Cardiff and you will find Caerphilly Mountain or head up to Brecon and climb the epic Pen-Y-Fan!  Whether it’s the hustle and bustle city life Cardiff has to offer or the outdoor adventure you’re after. Wales has it all. Check out Visit Wales for top tips for Family breaks away.

Cardiff’s Roald Dahl Trail

Did you know that the world’s no 1 Story Teller was born in Llandaff, Cardiff on 13th September 1916? Chances are if your children like reading they’ll love Roald dahl so whilst you are visiting for the Kids Lit Fest why not visit some of these Dahl points of interest