Easter half term is the perfect time of year for a trip to discover the history, eclectic culture, unique attractions, fantastic events and quality shopping to be found in the Welsh capital, Cardiff.
Whether you visit for a week, a weekend or just the day, you’ll find plenty to see and do – from strolling through the city’s Edwardian and Victorian shopping arcades, exploring one of the UK’s largest and most beautiful parks, visiting one of the city’s many fascinating museums or enjoying one of the wide range of events and activities taking place in the city this Easter.
Here’s a taste of what’s going on in Cardiff this Easter…
Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. At once a Roman fort, Norman stronghold and Victorian Gothic masterpiece, Cardiff Castle’s walls and fairy-tale towers conceal 2,000 years of history. You’ll find it located within the lush parkland of Bute Park, at the heart of the city.
This Easter families can join an Easter Trail and Meet the Knights!
Find the answer to Easter-themed clues hidden around the Castle grounds to claim a prize and enter a draw to win a Family Ticket for Joust! at Cardiff Castle on June 15th & 16th 2019. Purchase your trails from the Castle’s Ticket Office or Gift Shop.
Normal admission applies plus £1 per person for the Easter Trail, including a prize.
(Please note that this is not an Easter Egg Hunt)Find out more and book your tickets
Meet the Knights
Sunday, April 21st & Monday, April 22nd 10.00-17.00
Travel back to the medieval times as Sir Jay and Sir Lewis (The Warwick Warriors) return to Cardiff Castle on Easter Sunday and Monday. There will be two combat displays each day, along with the chance to learn more about the weapons and armour used by a medieval knight.
In addition, there will be stories, Egg Rolling and Egg & Spoon Races taking place at various times throughout the two days.
Normal admission applies.Find out more and book your tickets
RHS Flower Show
Bute Park, Friday 12th- Sunday 14th April.
Brimming with the colours and scents of spring, RHS Flower Show Cardiff is the perfect place to kick-start your gardening year. There’s plenty to see and do with seasonal ideas for your garden, stunning floral displays, fabulous shopping and fun family activities.Find out more and book your tickets
Spring Foraging Courses
Bute Park, Friday 5th April & Saturday 20th April
Due to its mixed habitat, this beautiful city centre park is surprisingly plentiful in wild plant, flower and mushroom species throughout the year. The course starts with a presentation, followed by a 2.5 hour walk through the park identifying different species, and ends with preparing food with items found on the walk.Find out more and book your ticketsf
Tom Gates Live on Stage! at New Theatre
Wednesday 24th April – Sunday 28th April
Based on the best-selling books by Liz Pichon, this brand new story of Tom Gates is brought to you by the award-winning team behind Horrible Histories and Gangsta Granny – and for the first time ever it’s live on stage! This amazing world premiere will be touring the UK throughout the year.Find out more and book your tickets
Zog at St David’s Hall
Friday 26th April – Sunday 28th April
Large in size, and keen in nature, Zog is so eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know. Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three.Find out more and book your tickets
You’ve Got Dragons at Wales Millennium Centre
Saturday 16th April – Wednesday 20th April
With live, original music, this highly visual, sensitive production is a humorous and touching exploration of the dragons we all face. An intergenerational show featuring creative captioning, interwoven BSL and audio description, You’ve Got Dragons is a treat for the whole family.
Alongside their performances of You’ve Got Dragons, based on the book by Kathryn Cave, Taking Flight Theatre are running a series of short workshops aimed at children and their families to provide some simple techniques to build resilience in mental health.Find out more and book your tickets
The Girl With The Incredibly Long Hair at Chapter Arts
Saturday 13th April – Thursday 18th April
This Easter join Rapunzel, her Mam, and her new friend Daf in the forest as they set off on an adventure, for which they’ll need your help. The Girl with Incredibly Long Hair is a family show which re-imagines the story of Rapunzel for our times.Find out more and book your tickets
ARENAS & STADIUMS
Disney on ice at Motorpoint Arena
Wednesday 24th April – Sunday 28th April
Make unforgettable memories as you explore The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice! Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on an inspiring walk down memory lane in celebration of magic and family fun. Dory is back with friends Nemo and Marlin from Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory.Find out more and book your tickets
Judgement Day at Principality Stadium
Saturday 27th April
Judgement Day VII, the 2019 incarnation of the annual ‘super day-out’ for Welsh rugby which sees all four regions face-off in back-to-back Guinness PRO14 matches under one roof.Find out more and book your tickets
The Big Museum Easter Trail: St Fagans National Museum of History & National Museum Cardiff
Friday 19th April – Monday 22nd April
Solve the clues and follow the trail around the Museum, then head back to the start to claim your egg-citing prize!Find out more and book your tickets
National Museum: Leonardo De Vinci: a life in drawing
Friday 1st February – Monday 6th May
To mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, the National Museum will be displaying twelve of his greatest drawings as part of #Leonardo500 – a national celebration of this extraordinary artist.Find out more and book your tickets
Cardiff Story Museum
Wednesdays; 17, 24 April; 10am to 3pm
Drop in during the Easter holidays for some creative, crafty fun for all the family!
£1 per child, craft activity changes weekly
St Fagans National Museum of History
St Fagans National Museum of History has loads of fun activities for families to enjoy. The CoedLan high ropes course will be open throughout the whole of the month, where you can tackle 18 different obstacles, including a balance beam, zig zag bridge, cargo net and a zip wire.
A makers market and traditional fairground will be running from 13th – 28th April. Pick up something special that you’d never find on the high street and enjoy opportunity for your little ones to leave the digital age behind and experience a traditional fairground.Find out more and book your tickets
Cycling is a great way to explore a city – why not hire a nextbike and cycle across Cardiff Bay Barrage on the circular Bay Trail? At just over 6 miles/10km long you can also walk the trail – it’s a great way to see iconic city landmarks like the Norwegian Church as well as the Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve, and you might even spot an Enormous Crocodile!
Anybody looking for an adrenaline rush should head to Cardiff International White Water – an exhilarating, on-demand adventure facility in the heart of the International Sports Village. The venue provides expertly-run courses and activities, from white water rafting, canoeing and gorge walking, to an ‘indoor wave’ bodyboarding experience. Cardiff International White Water has so many amazing activities on offer that whatever water sport you’re looking for, they’re bound to have it covered!
If your idea of a good time is less adrenaline rush and more retail buzz Cardiff has is the perfect place to find designer brands, high street names and a host of independent shops. St. David’s / Dewi Sant boasts over 150 shops and 40 eateries, while the cities seven Edwardian and Victorian arcades house over 100 indie cafes, bars and boutique stores. Did you know that Cardiff is known as The City of Arcades?