20 THINGS TO DO IN WALES WITH YOUR CHILDREN OVER THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS

I love a good day out. With the summer holidays in full swing and the typical British weather proving us wrong this year (so far!), who wants to be stuck indoors?


You might already live in Wales or you may be holidaying here this summer. Either way, I've put together a list of activities and days out from across the country, for you and the children to enjoy. Whether it's sunny or rainy, whether you like adrenaline-rushing activities or strolling around a museum, there's something for everyone.


If you're anything like me, I find it hard to come up with new ideas for a day out. It's always the same old places. So, whilst some places might be obvious to some people, I wanted this blog to recommend some places that are a bit different and not so well-known.


Here you'll find places to visit as well as events happening through the summer.


1. Margam Park, Port Talbot



Spread across 850 acres, Margam Park is full of surprises. You can wander around the castle and gardens, use up some energy in the adventure play area and spot animals on the farm trail. For the adrenaline junkies, there's Go Ape, mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking, paddle boarding, archery and a whole lot more!


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2. National Eisteddfod, Cardiff Bay - 3rd to 11th August 2018



An annual event celebrating Welsh language and culture, you'll find stands, stalls and shops as well as food, music, arts and crafts, and design and architecture at this year's Eisteddfod. What's more, entry is free!


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3. Adventure Rooms, Cardiff



Whether you fancy it yourself, or think the kids might benefit from solving puzzles, the Adventure Rooms Cardiff is definitely worth a visit. This is a great idea for a rainy day!


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4. Gower Peninsula, Swansea



If you're near Swansea, make sure you visit the Gower. Well known for its natural beauty, Rhosilli Bay is one of the most beautiful bays worldwide. Porteynon, Three Cliffs Bay and Oxwich Bay are also very popular, offering scenic views across stretched landscapes. There's also some lovely places to eat should you get a bit hungry from all the walking or sandcastle building.


5. Capital FM Cardiff Bay Beach, Cardiff - Until 2nd September 2018



The annual urban beach is back. This year the Beach has been placed in a bigger location (now located on the Barrage Walkway) and is no longer just a beach. You'll also find a theme park, movies and food. Entry to the beach is free, however you will need to purchase tokens for the theme park rides.


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6. Rib Ride, Menai Bridge



Rib Ride provides boat trips around the Menai Straights and Holyhead. With various tour options to choose from, there's something for everyone. If your children (or you!) like a bit of speed, the Velocity boat ride says it goes from "zero to the speed of scream".


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7. A Midsummer Night's Dream - St Davids - Until 16th August 2018



Theatre fans will be able to enjoy various alfresco performances all performed in the atmospheric ruins of Bishop's Palace, including Shakespeare favourite A Midsummer Night's Dream.


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8. Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon



An industrial heritage museum, Big Pit was a working coal mine between 1880 and 1980. Set in beautiful scenery and with facilities to educate and entertain all ages, you can enjoy a tour of the mine, and see the exhibitions in the Pithead Baths and historic buildings.


There are also lots of events going on over the summer!


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9. The Secret Owl Garden, Haverfordwest



Based in the scenic gardens of Picton Castle, The Secret Owl Garden is home to over 25 species of owls. You can listen to various talks, go for a wander and benefit from interactive flying sessions. There's something for everyone. Prices include entry to Picton Castle and The Secret Owl Garden.


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10. Solarsphere, Builth Wells - 10th August to 13th August 2018



A family-friendly astronomical and music festival, Solarsphere is held in the Welsh countryside. Via talks and workshops, the organisers of the festival aim to educate people of all abilities and levels of knowledge of the Cosmos.


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11. Mwnt Beach, Mwnt



Now I can personally recommend this one. I grew up in the area and Mwnt Beach was somewhere I used to visit a lot with friends during the summer. Home to a beautiful sandy beach, set between cliffs, you can also visit the little sailors chapel, take in the scenery via the coastal paths and stop at the café for a drink or snack. If you're in West Wales and looking for a beach to take the children to, don't miss this one!


12. Baked Bean Museum of Excellence, Port Talbot



If you like something a bit bonkers and quirky, the Baked Bean Museum of Excellence can provide you with some amusement. Home to Captain Beany (yes, that's his real name and yes it's his actual home!), this isn't a museum all about the history of Baked Beans. Instead, It is a museum dedicated to Baked Bean memorabilia from all around the world and raising money for charity. Make sure you call before going if you want to visit.


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13. The Midnight Gang, Carew Castle and Tidal Mill - 21st August 2018



Perfect for children, The Midnight Gang is an alfresco theatre performance based on the book by David Walliams. This is apparently happening come rain or shine, so make sure you're prepared!


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14. Talyllyn Railway, Tywyn



Close to Snowdonia, the Talyllyn Railway provides families with a full day of entertainment. There's a museum at the station and various walks in the area, as well as a café. The train passes through beautiful scenery and you are able to stop at any of the stops and jump back on the train when you're finished.


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15. St Fagan's National Museum of History, Cardiff



An open-air museum, St Fagan's shows the history of Wales over the last 500 years. Fun for all the family, there are various events going on over the summer months. However, there are daily fun, interactive exhibits happening throughout the museum, making it a very popular destination for families.


I've been here various times and each time I discover a new area. The area it is built on is huge and is definitely perfect for a warm, sunny day out.


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16. The Summer Feastival, Sophia Gardens - 17th August to 9th September 2018



Who doesn't love a food festival? Young and old, there's always something for everyone. Running over four weeks, Depot (a permanent indoor street food marketing in Cardiff) is moving out of their warehouse to host a large food festival including many other traders. As if the thought of a festival full of food hasn't put a smile on your face, entry is free!


17. Surf Snowdonia, Snowdonia



Children from the age of 5 can jump on a board and learn to surf, or just have fun if they're already experienced. Surf Snowdonia is the world's first inland surf lagoon, producing waves of different sizes depending on the experience of the surfers. Definitely one to add to the bucket list!


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18. Oakwood Theme Park, Narbeth


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