Fun Things to do in Wales for May Half Term

It’s great to get out of the house and do something different during the school holidays. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do in Wales during half term, but how do you choose from everything that’s on offer? We’ve put some ideas together to help you plan a fun and memorable half term to look forward to, whether your family is into theme parks, kite festivals or beach time.

High octane adventure and theme parks

The Green Dragon rollercoaster at Greenwood Forest Park

Rollercoaster fun at Greenwood Forest Park by Greenwood Forest Park
How about some high-energy excitement and adventure during half term, something that’s the opposite of school or work and helps you get that endorphin rush? With an array of adventure and theme parks, Wales has you covered. 

GreenWood Forest Park in Y Felinheli, Gywnedd, is set in 27 magical acres and includes the UK’s only solar powered water ride. The Enchanted WoodBarn is ideal for rainy days as it’s full of the latest indoor play equipment with a separate area for the under 3s. Over in Pwllheli, Glasfryn Park Activity Centre offers activities from paddle boarding to go-karting. 

Fancy indoor surfing, volcano slides or floating along a lazy river? LC Waterpark and Leisure Complex, Swansea, is Wales’ biggest indoor waterpark and delivers these plus plenty more watery adventures.

Oakwood Theme Park in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, offers over 40 rides and attractions from the family friendly to the adrenaline fuelled. 

Animals, birds and creatures under the sea

Little girl looking at fish at Anglesey Sea Zoo

Anglesey Sea Zoo
Nurture your nature love with some days out that celebrate all creatures great and small. Greenmeadow Community Farm in Torfaen is set in over 150 acres with lots of pedigree and rare animals you can meet up close, plus a cosy farmhouse café on site. Cefn Mably Farm Park is in Newport, offering a mix of farm animals, soft play areas, electric go-carts and diggers. 

If you’re more fishes than farm, SeaQuarium in Rhyl has scary Pirhanas and fascinating Pufferfish to see, or visit the super cute seals in Sea Lion Cove. Anglesey Sea Zoo has over 100 different British underwater species on display, including seahorses, lobsters and sharks.

Love a beautiful butterfly? You’re spoilt for choice with Magic of Life Butterfly House, Ceredigion, and Pili Palas, Anglesey.

Overlooking Cardigan Island the Coastal Farm Park has plenty of small farm animals to meet, plus llamas, emus and wallabies. If you're lucky, you might get to see seals from the cliff top, or leaping dolphins in Cardigan Bay. For a farm with a difference you can get close to bugs and insects or eat something 'interesting' from the Grub Kitchen at Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm in Haverfordwest. Amazing Alpacas in Monmouthshire offer private tours to meet and find out more about their herd of alpacas. 

Bird and Harry Potter lovers alike will be enchanted by The Secret Owl Garden, hidden in the woodland garden at Picton Castle, Haverfordwest. Pen Y Frith Bird Park & Gardens in Mold also has owls, waterfowl and pygmy goats. May and June is perfect for exploring their woodland bluebell walks. Maybe you’ll even get some owl mail!

Lesser known sandy spots

Caldey Island beach with footprints on the sand.

Caldey Island
We all know that Wales has fantastic beaches, but how about visiting some of the Country’s lesser-known sandy spots? Hop on a boat trip from Tenby, and you’ll get to visit some amazing beaches on Caldey Island, home to an order of monks who sell their handmade perfume, chocolate and shortbread. 

Poppit Sands, Pembrokeshire, has clean shallow sand, extensive dunes, surf-friendly waves, porpoise spotting opportunities and marks the beginning of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

Fossil hunters will appreciate the black sands and tiny relics of Abereiddey Bay Beach, Pembrokeshire, while rockpool explorers will enjoy Traeth Mawr, Anglesey, for its plentiful crabbing. 

Want a beach without summertime dog restrictions? Rhyl Splash Point Beach in Denbighshire allows your canine friends to run free all year round.  

Organised activities

Children playing around the Hay sign.

Hay Festival
Group activities are a great way to get out and about, while letting the organisers plan the entertainment on your behalf!

The National Trust has a whole range of activities across Wales during May half term, from a goldmine tour and nature walks to getting creative with cross stitch. 

Plantasia, Swansea, will be running interactive animal shows with bookable tickets. For a colourful time in Margam Park, Pirates of Port Talbot Family Fun Day is on 28 May alongside Margam International Kite Festival. The Wildlife and Wetlands Trust in Llanelli is offering a one-week only behind the scenes tour of their duckling nursery between 26 May and 3 June.

If you prefer celebrity excitement, Paddington Bear will be appearing at the Llangollen Railway on 26 May, while Peppa Pig is at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on 26 & 27 May. For sporting celebrity action, head to Cardiff Bay for Volvo Ocean Race. The ultimate ocean-based marathon reaches Cardiff from Newport (Rhode Island!) on 27 May and stays in our capital city until 10 June. The Race Village will host In-Port races plus plenty of activities to keep everyone busy.

There is free toddler time between 11am and 4pm every Friday in National Museum Cardiff, or try out their 'Year of the Sea' themed craft events between 29 May and 1 June. Staying on a nautical theme, the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea will be hosting a free Pirate Exhibition until 30 September 2018.

 

Hay Festival is 24 May to 3 June, and they have a programme for children and families - take a look at HayDays

Wales has some amazing and unique places to stay during your half term adventures. Our accommodation search can help you find your perfect Visit Wales graded property, from glamping or self-catering to beautiful country house hotels and sea-side B&Bs.

And although we’ve listed lots of attractions, there is so much more to do in Wales – if you fancy exploring what other beaches and activities are on offer, take a look at our attraction search