Family fun awaits you in Cardiff.

From the wetland trails of the Cardiff Bay Barrage to the picnic haven of Bute Park, half-term adventures await you in the UK’s most compact city – jam packed with family-friendly entertainment.

Outdoor Activities

Cardiff is one of the flattest cities in the UK, which makes a family-day out all the more easier! Hire a bike with Pedal Power and explore Pontcanna Fields and Sophia Gardens. Or why not make a night of it at the nearby Cardiff Caravan Park.

Bute Park
Explore the spacious greenery, which comprises a broad mix of historic landscape and urban woodland. It’s city centre location is ideal for an autumn picnic! And this half-term enjoy an afternoon of Arts and Crafts at Bute Park Education Centre.

Cardiff History and Hauntings
Entertain the children with a ghost tour at the nearby village of Llandaff. Only a 15 minute bus ride from the City Centre – mysterious, poignant and terrifying true tales await you!

Cardiff Bay

Wrap up warm and enjoy the sea air by walking or cycling the Bay Trail. The full route is just over 6.2 miles, with art and heritage exhibitions along the way, as well as a variety of cafés and ice cream parlours to keep you going.

Explorers can pick up a free Bay Trail map from the Tourist Information Centre.

Cardiff Bay Barrage
Admire the breath-taking views and watch boats as they pass through the giant lock! Remember to pack the kids bucket and spade for the newly refurbished play area on the Barrage embankment too! As well as plenty of sand to play in there’s also a shipwreck for hiding, a wobbly sand raft, two diggers and a table for making sand pies.

The Red Dragon Centre
Head to The Red Dragon Centre in Cardiff Bay this half term for fun, food, and fang-tastic Halloween balloons. Enjoy our creepy balloon displays and get involved with our balloon-tastic competition Monday 24th – Friday 28th October, 12-4pm. All this alongside our cinema, bowling alley, and restaurants will keep the whole family entertained! Parking at the Centre is free for customers (minimum spend applies).

If you’re looking to entertain the kids then look no further than this interactive science centre. Don’t forget that once you’ve got your Techniquest wristband, you are free to come and go throughout the day — all the sights and sounds of Cardiff Bay right on the doorstep, so why not make your visit into a whole day out?

Cardiff International White Water

Did you know
The Wetlands trail next to the St. David’s Hotel is a great footpath for young children!
Children looking for water adventure will find it here, where there are lots of activities in one amazing place! Kids over six will get the biggest thrill from white water rafting, where you can descend the rapids. They can also try indoor surfing, canoeing and lots more! Activity prices start from as little as £10. Or if you’d prefer to stay dry the aerial adventure Air Trail is a hit. Get harnessed up and cross the high ropes timber structure, towering above the white water course and try the challenging Burma Bridge, Monkey Swing, Barrel Crawl and Zip Wire.

Flat Holm Island
Those wanting to get out to sea can catch a boat trip to just 5 miles from Cardiff Bay. On the island take a tour, explore an array of wildlife and learn about its fun and fascinating history. Then pop into the cosy pub and gift shop before you sail home. Click here to find out more.

Arts and Entertainment

What better way to spend the colder months than with a dose of lunch-time theatre!

Catch a matinee performance at the New Theatre in the city centre or head down to the unmistakable landmark, the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. Also try The Gates Art Centre, Sherman Cymru and the Norwegian Church for special summer matinee performances.


Eat and Drink

You’ll find a wealth of waterside eateries in Cardiff Bay with a range of child-friendly restaurants from gourmet burgers to Las Iguanas to traditional fish and chips.