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.
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 threes. Over in Pwllheli, Glasfryn Park Activity Centre offers activities from paddle boarding to go-karting. LC Swansea is Wales’ biggest indoor waterpark, serving up watery adventures like indoor surfing, volcano slides and lazy rivers.
Oakwood Theme Park in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, offers over 40 rides and attractions from the family-friendly to the adrenaline fuelled.
Nurture your love of nature 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.
Bird and Harry Potter lovers alike will be enchanted by The Secret Owl Garden, hidden in the woodland garden at Picton Castle, Haverfordwest.
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.
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.
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.
Museums, art and nature
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. Margam Park near Swansea runs plenty of fun family activities during the May, from pirate days to colourful kite festivals. Check the website for details of what’s happening this year. The Wildlife and Wetlands Trust in Llanelli also offer nature-themed activities perfect for budding David Attenboroughs.
Everybody loves a steam train. There are engines galore at Fairbourne’s annual Steam Gala 25-27 May, and you can even meet Paddington Bear at the Llangollen Railway on 25 May.
At the National Museum in Cardiff, there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy, such as getting hands on with the exhibits in the Clore discovery centre. The Hay Literary Festival has an extensive programme for of events for children and families – take a look at HayDays for more information.
Wales has some amazing and unique places to stay during your half term adventures. You can use the search on our website to 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, search or browse our website.