This summer is set to be a sizzler In the Welsh capital, so you’ll want to go outdoors and make the most of it. Now you could just spend your free time in a pub beer garden, or having a BBQ in a park, but isn’t that what you did last summer?  If you’re looking to super-charge your summer, celebrate the scorching weather this season, and live a little, then you’re in the right place. Without further ado, here are our top 9 outdoor activities in Cardiff this summer.

Aqua Park Cardiff

29 June – 8 September

Cardiff Bay

A brand new attraction this summer, Aqua Park features more than 70 water obstacles including slides, climbing walls, and trampolines. Challenge your friends and family to a splash-tastic adventure in Cardiff Bay – the perfect way to cool off in the summer sun!


Capital FM Cardiff Bay Beach

20 July – 2 September

Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay Beach
Photo: Nick Treharne

Back for another summer of fun! The beach is the perfect place to cool down with a dip in their shallow pool on a sizzling summer’s day. The beach also includes a giant, child-friendly sandy beach, a variety of rides and games, a big wheel with views across the Bay, free live entertainment, great food and drink, and traditional deck chairs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Plus, entry to the event is free!


Tournament of the Knights

17-18 August

Cardiff Castle

tournament of the knights

Tournament of the knights

Head to Cardiff Castle for an action-packed day of medieval combat with Warwick Warriors. As well as cheering on the noble knights, you can try your hand at archery and circus skills, and enjoy medieval games and entertainment including music from the minstrels.


Pride Cymru’s The Big Weekend

23-25 August

City Centre and City Hall Lawns

Pride Cymru’s Big weekend

With headliners Texas recently announced for Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend, excitement is building for this summer highlight!

Wales’s biggest celebration of equality and diversity will welcome more than 50,000 people to the capital and includes music, comedy, cabaret, funfair rides, street food, and even a dog show!


Cardiff International White Water

Cardiff International Sports village, Cardiff Bay

Cardiff International White Water

The UK’s first on-demand Olympic standard White Water Rafting facility offers an ideal summer holiday challenge for everyone aged 6 and above. Activities include white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and the Air Trail high ropes course. There’s also a range of exciting courses available including multi-activity weeks during the summer holidays.


St Fagans National Museum of History

St. Fagans, Cardiff

National Museum Wales – National History Museum at St Fagans.

One of Wales’s national museums, at St Fagans more than 40 original buildings from different historical periods have been recreated in the 100-acre parkland around a 16th century manor house. There are houses, a farm, a school, a chapel, a Workmen’s Institute and you can even mill your own flour or watch traditional tradesmen and women at work. Recognised as one of the top open-air museums in Europe, St Fagans was also awarded Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019. Plus, it’s free entry!


Splashpad at Victoria Park

Victoria Park Road East, Canton

splashpad victoria park

Victoria Park is a Grade II-listed park in the western suburb of Canton with a playground, sports courts, and the iconic Billy the Seal statue. One of the park’s most exciting features is the Splashpad, including sprays, jets, and a tipping water bucket, across separate areas for toddlers and juniors. It’s free to enjoy and open 10am until 7pm during the school holidays, so why not pack a picnic, and make a day of it?


Street Food Circus

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in August

Old School Yard, Canton

The Street Food Circus is back in town with a new location in Canton. The free entry event will be a colourful carnival of the greatest food on earth for five flavoursome weekends. There will also be a ‘rusty’ craft beer bus, summer cocktails, and coffee. You can also expect delightful décor and some banging tunes to boot.


2019 Vitality Blast

18 July – 30 August

Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground, Cardiff

If you’re looking for something sporty then the 2019 Vitality Blast is for you. The Cricket tournament is coming to Cardiff this July and August, so come and cheer on Glamorgan Cricket as they take on their South Group opponents.

Glamorgan play host to seven matches across the summer at Sophia Gardens, with tickets from just £10.