10 legendary half term highlights around Wales
Half term is really fun when you're little, but as a parent it can be hard to find something to keep your children happy. We've uncovered 10 ways to entertain young and old children this February half term around Wales. Just remember to check availability before you set out to avoid disappointment.
Legends and stories with Cambrian Safaris
Devil's Bridge, Ceredigion SY23 4BD
If you're after something exhilarating to do with little ones, how about an epic safari in the Welsh outdoors? Cambrian Mountains guide you around North Ceredigion in a 4x4, telling you stories of local history and pointing out breathtaking views, wildlife and sites of historical importance.
Ceredigion views by Cambrian Safaris
Stargazing at Stackpole (Feb 24)
Stackpole, Pembrokeshire SA71 5DQ
Stackpole nature reserve is hosting a special evening of stargazing with Dark Sky Wales. Join interstellar experts at the on-site planetarium to learn about the magic of the night sky, look through telescopes and make space-themed crafts. How many constellations will you find?
Stargazing, Broad Haven South by Drew Buckley Photography
A legendary coasteering experience
Abereiddy Beach, Pembrokeshire SA62 6DT
Fancy a true adventure along the dramatic Pembrokeshire coastline? Children aged 8 and over with a thirst for action can enjoy a day of coasteering – clambering through rocks, leaping from cliff faces, swimming through caves and navigating the countryside – all under expert supervision.
Family coasteering, Preseli by Celtic Quest Coasteering
Ride along a vintage railway
Bronwydd Arms Station, Carmarthen SA33 6HT
Every day during half term, Gwili Steam Railway is open for old-time fun. Ride in the vintage carriages as steam locomotives and diesel railcars pull you along the 2.5 miles of track, weaving alongside farms, valleys, rivers and villages. Look out for events on certain days, such as cream tea specials on 23 Feb's 11am train.
Gwili Steam Railway by Gwili Steam Railway
Channel the great Welsh bard through craft (Feb 20)
Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea SA1 1RR
Take inspiration from the wildlife featured in the work of one of Wales' most famous poets at the Dylan Thomas Centre. It is running a workshop where children can create 3D animal masks of Thomas' fictional animals, including owls and foxes, or have their faces painted in a similar style.
Caught by the River Teifi by Wales On View
Indulge in legendary afternoon tea
The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny NP7 5EN
If your children are a little older and you fancy doing something more grown-up, book in for high tea at The Angel, an award-winning Georgian hotel with an elegant on-site restaurant. You'll sip and dine like kings or queens, with tiers of tasty treats served on silver cake stands and historic tea from their extensive tea library.
High tea at the Angel by Angel Abergavenny
Meet exotic animals in regal surroundings (Feb 21)
Cardiff Castle, Cardiff CF10 3RB
For the curious and the keen, Cardiff Castle is holding hands-on interactive sessions called Meerkats, Mongooses and Maggots. It gives you the chance to learn all about how certain exotic animals live, move and interact, plus the option to hold some of nature's greats.
Caught by the River Teifi by Wales On View
Contemporary art made child-friendly (Feb 21-24)
National Museum Cardiff, CF10 3NP
Every two years, the Artes Mundi art prize brings contemporary artists from across the world to Cardiff. The six artists on the shortlist have their work on display at National Museum Cardiff, where a team of live guides can help your little ones to create their own artworks.
February half term workshops at the National Museum Cardiff by National Museum Wales
Springtime at Chirk Castle (Feb 18-19)
Chirk Castle, Wrexham LL14 5AF
This medieval fortress has just been spruced up after our long winter. Have a guided tour through the castle's rooms then wander around the wood, which is covered in snowdrops at this time of year. If it gets nippy, you could always pop into the Woodsman's Hut to warm on the fire.
Chirk Castle by National Trust Wales
Bounce bigger and better than before
Zip World Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3NB
If jumping around overground just doesn't cut it with your children, take a trip to Bounce Below. Newly reopened after a major investment, it's a one-of-a-kind bouncing facility deep down in a former working slate mine. Over 400 square metres, nets are suspended across the historic cavern for users to jump, roll and burn energy on. It's likely your little ones will be dozing in the car on the way back!
Zip World Titan, Blaenau Ffestiniog