Free & Fun - Five things to do in South Wales

Free & Fun - Five things to do in South Wales

It can be so daunting to find things to entertain the whole family during half term and with the summer holidays on the horizon it's easy to find yourself stuck in a rut. We had a look at some of the best attractions South Wales has to offer that is inexpensive, fun and interesting. From Cardiff castle to the Wetlands in Newport - there is so much to do this summer.

Barry Island 
Enjoy the sun, sea, sand and searching out the locations for the Gavin and Stacey TV show which has helped put the town on the map. The town also boasts a railway heritage center, the sandy expanse of Whitmore Bay plus at The Knap there is a more sedate stretch of pebbly beach. Build sandcastles or sunbathe the day away, the choice is yours!

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff 
Ideal for wet summer days, the museum in Cathays Park has a number of exciting collections to explore. Discover what Wales was like for our ancestors, learn about the landscape and natural history of Wales and browse images and recollections of people from around Wales. There are several art and craft workshops, a family sea safari event and family talks taking place over the summer. 

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea 
Admission is free to the museum that tells the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the past 300 years. Events over the summer include bringing up your wellie boots and a pirate weekend. There is so much to learn and explore at this museum not to mention that is right on the waterfront, offering spectacular views.

Newport Wetlands 
A nature reserve that offers a haven for wildlife on the edge of the city. It also benefits from a new RSPB visitor center, a café, shop and children’s play area. There are also spectacular views of the Severn estuary and now is the best time of year for a bit of bird spotting. 

Cardiff Castle 
Cardiff residents can have unlimited free days out at Cardiff Castle. The Castle Key gives you free entry to the castle grounds, Norman Keep, the Firing Line exhibition, the wartime tunnels, and the Interpretation Centre as many times as you like. Apply at the Castle Ticket Office by taking proof that you live or work in Cardiff (a council tax bill or a letter from your employer is fine). Take a picnic, dress the children up as knights and princesses and watch them play happily for hours.

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