Another half term is upon us and we know that a lot of you will be searching for things to do with the children. To make things a little bit easier for you at a hectic time we’ve been searching free and cheap family friendly events. Here’s a handy county-by-county list of things happening in Wales.
If you know of any other free or cheap events in Wales send them to us in the comments section below. Alternatively email the details to us and we’ll see if we can add them to this list.
On Saturday, 3rd June Beaumaris Lifeboat Station is having an open day between 11am and 4pm. They will be celebrating 50 years since the original Blue Peter II inshore lifeboat arrived. There will be demonstrations as well as stalls.
Sunday 4 June sees the return of the annual Great Strait Raft Run that starts from Felinheli at 2pm and finishes in Menai Bridge. This is a fun day that raises money for charity.
The Green Team at Blaenau Gwent Council are hosting The Great Outdoor Challenge over half term. There will be nature activities at Parc Bryn Bach and Cwmcelyn Ponds. There will be a nature quest (10:30-11:30am), scavenger hunt (11:30am-12:30pm) and loom weaving with nature (1-2pm). They will be at Parc Bryn Bach on Wednesday, 31 May, meeting at the visitors centre, and at Cwmcelyn Ponds on Thursday, 1 June, meeting on the bridge over the pond. Children must wear suitable clothes and shoes. Contact Nadine Morgan for further information on 01495356070 or firstname.lastname@example.org
While not free, and actually quite a considerable cost, the Urdd Eisteddfod is taking over Bridgend during half term week. You may choose to visit with the family and take in Welsh culture at it’s best or you may have children who are competing in the various competitions being held during the week. As the Urdd Eisteddfod travels to a different location every year, this is a great opportunity to experience this unique Welsh festival for yourself. There are lots and lots of activities for the children on the Eisteddfod field.
Cwmcarn Forest is holding a couple of craft sessions over half term for a small fee. You can create a dream catcher between 11am and 1:45pm on Wednesday, 31 May for £3.50 per child. On Thursday, 1 June, Toddlers Thursday is held, a messy craft session for £2, for toddlers aged 1+. Booking is essential for both these events. Call 01495 272001 or email email@example.com
The big event in the capital city that can’t be ignored during half term week is the UEFA Champions League. Families will not be left disappointed as the UEFA Champions Festival is happening at Roald Dahl Plass in the Bay between 1-4 June. It may be best to avoid the 3rd as that will be the busiest day with a lot of fans coming into the city. The free festival will have family entertainment happening throughout the day including the Champions Main Stage with artists, DJs and bands performing; the Champions Floating Pitch which will host the UEFA Ultimate Champions Match on the Friday with footballing legends; the Ultimate Champions Match; Champions Gallery; Creative Workshops; Virtual Champions Arena; a chance to see and have a free photo taken with the UEFA Champions League Trophy as well as lots of other activities.
There will be a number of different free family friendly events at the National Museum during the week. Free guided tours every day at 12:30pm. Wriggle! The Wonderful World of Worms a family friendly interactive exhibition. Toddler Time on Fridays 1:30-4pm. Dinosaur Babies Family Workshops 29 May-2 June at 11am, 1pm and 3pm – limited spaces available.
St Fagans is a great place to visit for free at any time and during half term week they will have nature events taking place such as a guided walk, an activity session on birds and craft sessions. There is a small charge for some of these activities. The traditional fairground will also be at St Fagans during the holidays with rides costing from £1. For older children (12+) download the Traces App before going so that they can use it as they walk around.
The Wales Millennium Centre offers free family activities on Saturdays, between 11am and 4pm, and during half term these will be creating dinosaur door hangers on 27 May and planting cress on 3 June. You just have to turn up on the day.
The National Wool Museum is hosting the Scrappy Sheep Club on 1-2 June. This is a free craft session creating paper patchworks. Entrance to the museum is always free.
The Ceredigion Garden and Craft Festival is held on 28 and 29th May with lots of plants, crafts and woodworking demonstrations. The festival is held at the Square Field in Aberaeron and entry is free.
On Friday, 2 June, listen to stories about Cantre Gwaelod and Llyn y Fan Fach told through song, music and dance at Tanybwlch Beach, Ceredigion. Starts at around 1:30pm, entrance is free.
The bank holiday weekend brings with it the annual Conwy Pirate Weekend, 27-29 May. There’s loads of pirate themed fun happening over the three days with the quay being attacked by pirates on a long ship, barrel races, performances, live music, parades and cannon firing. So don your pirate best, grab your swords and doubloons and head on down to the quay in Conwy.
Head down to the events arena and high street in Rhyl on 29 May for the Seafest, from 11am to 5pm. This is a free event with giant sun birds, rides, sea shanties, crafts, magic, music, face painting and lots more.
If cars are more your thing head over to Prestatyn on 20 May, 10am to 4pm for a Classic Car Show. There will be over 350 cars and motorbikes and live music will be played.
Over at the Miniature Railway in Rhyl they are hosting a Pirate Festival from 27-29 May. This annual event offers free children’s entertainment as well as fairground attractions. Dress up in your pirate best.
The bank holiday weekend sees the North East Wales Diversity Festival come to Mold. Flintshire Pride from 10am until midnight on the Saturday is a totally free event (charges apply for camping) celebrating the LGBTQ community. There will be a parade, information stalls, live performances, arts, and market place with lots going on in the family area. So head on over to Mold Rugby Club to celebrate.
Talyllyn Railway in Towyn has activities for children from 27 May-2 June especially for half term. There will be plenty of children’s activities going on in the Slater Room with puzzles, colouring, lego and building blocks to keep them entertained. There is also a children’s playground and lovely walks and waterfalls in the surrounding area so you can take a picnic and make a day of it.
Want to feel the sand between your toes? The National Trust are hosting 50 Things To Do at Llanbedrog Beach on Sunday, 28 May from 12-4pm. There’s lots going on including cooking on campfire, raft building and den building. You don’t have to book and the activities are totally free.
Head over to Beddgelert from 11am – 4pm on 30 May and join in their free National Trust fun day. They will be celebrating the year of the legends with kite flying, wild art, welly-throwing and storytelling.
Head on down to Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery on 30th May, 11am-1pm and 2-4pm, to make a tumbling acrobat toy. This is a drop in workshop so no need to book. Museums entrance fees apply (£2 adults, under 16 free)
Any budding scientists out there? Head on down to Magor Marsh between 1pm and 4pm on 30 May to take part in the Family Bioblitz. Learn about the plants and animals, pond dip and hunt for bugs and record what you find. There is a small charge of £2 per child, adults are free.
Neath Port Talbot
There are lots of free events happening at Gnoll Country Park in Neath over the half term. On 29 May there will be a Teddy Bears Picnic and Big Day Out with free donkey rides, prizes for the best dressed bears, games, rides and stalls. The next two days, 30-31 May, will host a Craft Fayre and Show with lots of local talents performing, rides, party games and refreshments. On 1 June there will be a Donkey Day with free donkey and cart rides for the family, party games, rides and refreshments. To finish off the week there will be an Arts and Crafts Day where children can take part in free arts and crafts sessions as well as the usual rides for the children. To find out more contact Simone Holmes on 07854460512 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head on over to the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon on Super Saturdays! where there will be talks and dressing up – all for free. During half term, 29 May-2 June, you’ll get a chance to Become a Legend with workshops happening during the day where you can hear all about the hero’s and take part in some gladiator training. Workshops can be booked and will cost £2 per person.
On 29 May the tale of King Arthur and the Knights will be told with puppets at Caerleon Amphitheatre. You’ll also get a chance to create your own knight, princess or dragon hand puppet. This is a ticketed event costing £3.50 and is suitable for ages 3+.
There will be an opportunity to create a roman animal brooch in a family craft session at Newport Museum and Art Gallery during half term. There are 15 free spaces available for each of the three sessions at 11am, 12pm and 1pm. Drop in only, spaces allocated on a first come first serve basis on the day. Suitable for children aged 5-12.
Take your teddy bears down for a picnic at Cilgerran Castle from 26-31 May. Under 10’s will get free entry with a teddy bear (adult entry £4, under 16’s £2.60). Children will get a chance to hunt around the castle looking for clues.
Powys is well known for it’s unusual competitions and stone skimming is one of them. The annual Welsh Open Stoneskimming competition will take place at Llanwrtyd Wells on 28 May, starting at 10:30am.
Over at Elan Valley there will be Dragons and Damsels on 30 May with an afternoon of pond dipping for the family. Session must be booked as there are only 20 spaces. Call 01597 810880.
If pond dipping doesn’t appeal then how about visiting on 31 May instead to the Dam Open Day. Rangers will venture into Pen y Garreg Dam and up to the central tower. There is a minimum donation of £1 for adults and children with proceeds going to the charity WaterAid.
For something a bit gentler head on over to the Tadpole Toddle on 2 June to look at pond animals. This session is suitable for children under 5. Book in advance on 01597 810880.
Rhondda Cynon Taf
For some great live music head on over to the Aberdare Festival at Aberdare Park on 27 May. There will be a family fun fair, zip wire, high ropes, slides, farm animals, craft stalls and food. And what’s even better is that this festival is totally free. There is a strict zero alcohol tolerance at this event.
If your kids enjoy films they are also showing free films during the week. The Bank Holiday Monday Movie will be Swallows and Amazons at 2:30pm and their half term movie on 4 June is Moana, also at 2:30pm.
During the week there will be a special event held to find out 3 cool things to make with a penny, between 30 May and 4 June from 12:30-3:30.
This month’s film will be Monsters Inc at 10:30am on 31 May. The theme for The Little Mice Club on 2 June, 10:30am to 12pm will be Summer. This will be a chance to play, make and sing and meet the museum mouse.
Over at the Big Pit become Landscape Detectives for the day between 27 May and 4 June. Pick up a free trail at reception and explore the Coity Tip to discover all about nature and hunt for treasures of the natural world.
For a small charge of £1 per child under 5’s can play in the soft play area while the older children can get crafty and make Creative Creatures from 30 May-1 June, 12-4pm.
There will be a World War I Springtime Fair at Blaenavon Ironworks on 27 and 28 May, 11am-4pm, with re-enactments and living history, Edwardian games, blacksmith display, exhibitions, talks and displays on the history of South Wales during the War.
Whitsun half term activities are being held at the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre with lots of family activities taking place. There will be a Whitsun Challenge Quiz every day from 29 May – 2 June (£1 to enter). On 31 May take part in some Bushcraft Workshops. You can learn camouflage, tracking skills, make clay pots, build shelters and so on. Listen to a story and get creative in the library on 1 June at 2:30pm or make a bird feeder with the RSPB on 2 June. All activities will cost £1 per person except for the story and craft that is free.
Vale of Glamorgan
Warm up your vocal chords ready for the Barry Island Singathon on 29 May from 11am. There will be a day of entertainment on the promenade with bands, dancers, choirs and soloists. Collections will be made for Tenovus Cancer Care.
Home Start are hosting a free Family Fun Day with ice cream, a fun fair, face and nail painting, penalty shoot out, zumba, crafts and more at Bellevue Park and Community Centre on 29 May, 11am – 3pm.
Create your own dream catcher inspired by The BFG at Wrexham Library on 30 May, 10-11am. Suitable for 7-10 year olds. Session costs 50p and advance booking is required on 01978 292090.
How about creating a craft with a historical twist at Wrexham Museum on 30 May, 10:30am to 12:30pm. Create a mini paper memory quilt in this drop in event. Costs £1 per child.
Free tennis coaching sessions are being offered at the courts at Acton Park on 30 May and 1 June, 1-3pm.R Contact Countryparks for further details on 01978 763140 or email email@example.com.
Over at the Stiwt Theatr Rhos there is a free film club for 3-19 year olds (under 11 must be accompanied by an adult). The next film, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, will be on 30 May at 4:30pm. Visit www.stiwt.com to book.
If you feel you need to talk to someone about any other problems your family is having then call our advisors on the FamilyPoint Cymru helpline. The helpline is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. They can help you to find organisations that can help.