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.
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.
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!
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?
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.