Easter 2022 activities: 18 free family activities in Wales
The Easter holidays are fast approaching and we are all hoping for good weather. Here in Wales, schools go their separate ways on Friday April 8 for two weeks. As always, spending on fun and activities every day, even a few days during the holidays, can be a lot of money spent.
So we found a mix of indoor and outdoor options that you can visit/do for free. Here are some ideas of where you can go in Wales to keep you and the kids entertained without spending too much. If you have any others planned that we haven’t included, please email [email protected] and we can add them.
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1. Lido Ponty
He is back! While children can swim free all season, you have to pay for inflatables and adults taking children have to pay £2. It sits in the middle of Ynysangharad Park which is a nice park to visit on its own if you want to make a full day out of it with a play and picnic. Park at Gas Road, Sardis Road, Goods Yard Carparks.
Or: Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd
2. Follow the Snoopy Trail
The public art trail featuring 115 Snoopy sculptures large and small is launched in Cardiff, Caerphilly and Porthcawl to raise money for Dogs Trust. A Dog’s Trail with Snoopy begins on friday april 8 and will end on Sunday, June 5. The individually designed sculptures are displayed in the streets and open spaces of Cardiff, Caerphilly and Porthcawl, forming a pathway approximately 23km long in total. We’ll have all the details on the trail in the coming days, so bookmark this page for more.
3. Nick Jr’s Toy Brick Sculptures
Nick Jr., Monster Machines and Shimmer and Shine characters as well as Paw Patrol are coming to St David’s Center as toy brick models this Easter 2022 and you and your family can follow a trail to find them all. In total there will be 15 models, including popular characters like Chase, Skye and Abby from Paw Patrol, in the center of St Davids from monday april 11 for Sunday April 24.
Or: St Davids Centre, Cardiff CF10 2EF
4. National Museum Cardiff
The downtown museum is open again and there are many exhibits for children to discover.
From dinosaurs and woolly mammoths to some of Europe’s best art collections, there’s something for everyone.
Admission is free but by booking a ticket via their website is recommended, but not necessary. It is also open on bank holiday Mondays.
Or: Cardiff CF10 3NP
5. National Waterfront Museum
The National Waterfront Museum in Swansea chronicles the industrial history of Wales over the past 300 years.
Open daily now and free to enter, however, there are events for which a ticket might be required, so check ahead here . On April 10 there is a free screening of Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon. And on April 24, there’s a free screening of Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway.
Or: National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Rd, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 3RD
6. St Fagan National History Museum
This free museum on the outskirts of Cardiff, set in 100 acres of parkland, is one of Wales’ most popular heritage sites. Artisans demonstrate their traditional skills and their products are usually put up for sale.
If you are driving, you will have to pay for parking. There is currently a free exhibition on the history of the Urdd.
Or: Cardiff CF5 6XB
7. Court insole
Insole Court Mansion and the stable yard (which includes the Potting Shed Cafe) is open to the public daily from 7:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is free to visit.
Or: Insole Court, Cardiff, CF5 2YN
8. Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail
Although Castell Coch is not free to enter, it is surrounded by ancient forest, full of different hiking and mountain biking trails.
One of these paths is the Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail with wood carvings of the animals that roamed the woods for kids to spot.
Just around the corner is the Forest Stoves and Fires Cafe where you can stop for a cup of tea.
Or: Parking Fforest Fawr, CF83 1NG
9. Bute Park
With 130 acres of gardens and parkland located just behind Cardiff Castle, there’s plenty to explore in Bute Park.
For children, there is a story track which families can follow, starting with Castle Street. There are five stages along the way with a story about a witch’s fate to follow.
Or: Castle West Lodge, Castle St, Cardiff CF10 1BJ
10. Singleton Park
The play area at the bottom of Singleton Park is now reopened. Located just behind the duck pond, children can play in the park for free or feed the ducks.
The vast expanse of Singleton Park also offers the Botanical Gardens – with a greenhouse and koi fish pond – and the Ornamental Gardens to explore.
Or, if you’re willing to pay, take a swan or dragon boat tour around Lake Singleton Boating. The boats are open for use between 11am and 5pm with a standard price of £8 or a concession of £6.
Or: Mumbles Rd, Sketty, Swansea SA2 8PY
11. Cosmoston Lakes, Penarth
The lakes, located just outside of Penarth, have plenty of picnic areas and wooden walkways so you can walk around the lakes.
With a newly refurbished play park and a reconstructed medieval village, the lakes have plenty for the little ones to explore. Parking is free and there is a cafe for refreshments.
Learn more here .
Or: Cosmeston Lakes Nature Park, Lavernock Road, Penarth, CF64 5UY
12. Newport Wetlands, Newport
the Newport Nature Reserve is open daily for people to spot the many species of birds in this wildlife haven.
Featuring an outdoor children’s play area, the center welcomes children and families.
Or: W Nash Rd, Newport, NP18 2BZ
13. National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon
The National Roman Legion Museum allows you to step back in time and see what life was like for the Romans who built Caerleon Fort in Wales over 200 years ago.
You can see the ruins of the fort, Roman artifacts and even download a caerleon app with games and audio tours for children. The museum is open from Thursday to Saturday as well as on bank holiday Monday.
Or: High Street, Caerleon, Newport, NP18 1AE
14. Park Life
ParkLives offers a range of sporting events for children mid-term in Swansea’s parks.
From multisports to specific squash, tennis and dodgeball lessons, children from the age of 2 can take part in activities by age group.
You must reserve a place in advance and children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Learn more via their website here .
Or: Through various parks in Swansea.
15. Big Pit
Visit a real coal mine and learn about Wales’ mining heritage at Big Pit. Although the underground tour remains closed, you can still take a multimedia tour through the mining galleries.
Entrance to the museum is free, but you will need to book in advance here .
Or: Pontypool, NP4 9XP
16. Margam Park
With 1,000 acres of parkland and woodland, there’s plenty to keep the whole family busy.
Spot deer in the surrounding parkland, explore the Orangery Gardens at Margam or visit the fairytale village and outdoor playground. While the park is free to enter, you must pay for parking. Also at Easter, free activities are planned on April 11 and 13. So for more details, learn more here .
Or : Margam Natural Park , Margam, Neath Port Talbot SA13 2TJ
17 Barry Sidings Regional Park
You’ll never regret an afternoon at Barry Sidings just outside Pontypridd. There are walking paths, cycle paths and a play park for the little ones and if that bothers you a great cafe for a hot chocolate or a burger.
Or : Pontypridd CF37 2PE
18. Dare Valley Nature Park
Dare Valley Country Park contains over 200 acres of open space, and the area is packed with things to do.
It’s home to the Gravity Family Bike Park, where cyclists can take on mountainside trails, and the country park is also a Dark Sky Wales site, meaning it offers perfect night sky conditions for stargazing and enjoy the nature of the world. beauty.
If you plan to take the little ones here, they’ll love the huge adventure playground, which has enough slides, swings and climbing frames for all to enjoy.
Not to mention that there is also a small play area for toddlers near the visitor center and reception.
Or: Glamorgan Street, Aberdare CF44 7RG