what to do this Half Term

If you’re stuck for ideas on what to do this Half Term then don’t panic! The Brecon Beacons has plenty of things to see and do to keep the whole family entertained! Here our are top 15 ideas…

From fun-filled days out at our attractions, magic shows at Hay festival and a summer of stories at Tretower Court, there’s plenty to do with your family this half-term in our National Park.

1. Enjoy a day out at the Geopark Family Activity Day

This year’s annual Geofest Family Activity Day takes place on Wednesday 30th March, 10am-4pm at Craig y nos Country Park in Cwm Tawe. Part of the annual Geopark Festival, celebrating the Fforest Fawr Geopark which covers the western half of the National Park, the day is free to all (there is a car park charge of £5 per car). This year children can brave the zipwire, canoe on the lake, have a go at orienteering, stone carving, arts and crafts and much more. Check out the Geopark half term guide here.

2. Have a day out at Llangorse Multi Activity Centre 

They have many different activities on-site; their popular Indoor Multi-Activities (suitable for ages 6 years and over) gives a taste of Rock Climbing, Bouldering, Rope Bridges, Zip Line, Caving and Abseiling!
Outdoors, they have recently added a new tree-top Junior Challenge Course with many challenging obstacles for 6 – 12 years olds. Or from 12 years why not tackle the the larger Outdoor Multi Level Challenge Course, or zip through the air from platform to platform on a tour of Sky Trek? And our wet and muddy Dingle Scramble is a great group activity, suitable for ages 8 years and over.
As well as offering horse riding on site!  Find out more here


3. Join in the fun at Cantref this May Half Term

Live shows every half an hour including Bottle Feeding, Pig Racing, Tractor & Trailer Ride, along with Europe’s largest Super Sledge Ride. You are guaranteed a fun-filled family day out this school holiday whatever the weather.
A family day out that they will never forget! Buy Tickets.


4. Head to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales

Enjoy Welly Wednesday on the 23rd May 11am – 12noon at the Garden which features an hour of fun, outdoor activities, storytelling and exploring for pre-schoolers. there is plenty to see and do at the National Botanic Garden of Wales and makes a perfect day out for all the family. Find out more here

5. Take to the water

Brecon Beacons National Park offers an array range of options for paddlesports perfect for a family day out.  Take a dinghy sailing at Llangorse Lake, the largest natural lake in Wales, is as scenic a place for sailing as one could hope to find. More information here

Hire a canoe or kayak and take to the River Wye with one of our local providers.  You can even enjoy the Monmouthshire and Brecon
Canal by water.  Find out more here.


6. Go on a ‘Down to the Sea’ Walk

Watch the four animated ‘Down to the Sea’, videos that reveal the historic story of Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. The animations follow four tram roads that used to link to the sea and wide world, bringing the canals industrial past to life. There are four downloadable routes for families to walk; The Watton Walk in Brecon that takes you to the lime kilns, the Brinore Tramroad walk by Talybont, Clydach Ironworks walk and a route around Blaenavon.  Find out more here

7. Tretower Court– Summer of Stories

A celebration of Wales’s oral traditions, held across several Cadw sites. Come and discover more as part of Summer of Stories. Wales is renowned worldwide for its literature and poetry, and this summer you will be able to experience the best of Welsh tale spinning. In conjunction with Summer of Stories, Cadw invites you to join a storyteller at a site near you this May and June to celebrate Wales’s oral heritage.
Listen to stories based on historical characters, legends and myths from across Wales. Drop in to listen to a story based on Welsh culture and heritage. Each story can last up to 30 minutes. No booking required.  Find out more here.

8. Climb a hillfort

Head out this half term and conquer Garn Goch hillfort in the Fforest Fawr Geopark that covers the west of our National Park. Garn Goch is one of the largest Iron Age forts in the whole of Wales and has two hillforts to explore; Y Gaer Fach and Y Gaer Fawr. Explore the ramparts and imagine what live would have been like 2500 years ago. Download a leaflet before you here

9. Have a Wild Wednesday at Old Railway Line Garden Centre

The Wild Wednesday workshop on 30th May at 10.30 am offers a fun and creative workshop for children every Wednesday during the school 9holidays.
Suitable for children of all ages this workshop is always our most popular Wild Wednesday of the year! Dave and Sue from The Rainforest Roadshow will be joining us again with a range of their interesting insects and animals from across the world! There will also be fun craft activities including making racing spiders and honeycomb bugs.
Please note booking is required- as spaces are limited –book here!

10. Head to Hay Festival

The world-renowned Hay Festival takes place in the small Welsh Town of Hay-on-Wye on the edge of the Brecon Beacons each year. The festival runs from the 24th May until the 3rd June.
The literary event attracts novelists, poets, scientists, musicians and comedians who congregate to celebrate great writing, music and comedy. Find out our top ten things to do on your visit to the town here.

11.Take a trip on the Brecon Mountain Railway

Travel by narrow gauge steam train through beautiful scenery in the Brecon Beacons National Park on one of the most popular routes in Wales. The journey takes you into the Brecon Beacons National Park, through Pontsticill and  along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservior before climbing to Torpantau high in the Brecon Beacons and the summit of the original line. At the main station in Pant you can visit our Licensed Tearooms  for refreshments, gifts and souvenirs are available from the Shop. You can also visit our Workshop where the Steam Locomotives and Carriages are repaired.

12. Enjoy How The Light Gets In Festival

On the banks of the idyllic River Wye, you’ll find the festival where the world’s leading thinkers come together to debate the most cutting edge ideas of our time.
HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest philosophy and music festival, returns to Hay for the Bank Holiday weekend of May 2018.
Confirmed speakers include political theorist Noam Chomsky, physicist Lawrence Krauss, Diane Abbott and former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. All of this alongside an electrifying programme of music, comedy, culture and performance. More here. More here.

13. Visit the National Show Caves Wales

Dan Yr Ogof ShowCaves– has ten attractions all covered on the one entry ticket – there is plenty to see and do for all ages.
The 3 different caves Dan-yr-Ogof, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave each offer a unique underground experience. In Dan-yr-Ogof you walk through the beautifully decorated passageways for just under 1 kilometre, or walk through the enormous passageways of Cathedral Cave, carved out millions of years ago, and at the end of this cave experience the excitement of walking behind the 40 feet high waterfalls that cascade around you in the ‘Dome of St Paul’s’, an atmospheric end to a truly wonderful cave.
On site they also have one of the world’s largest collections of life-sized dinosaur models, ranging from the ever popular Tyrannosaurus Rex and Brachiosaurs, to the lesser-known Tsintaosaurus. There are over 130 models here – can you find your favourite dinosaur?
The Shire Horse Centre offers the excitement of the 2 covered children’s play areas, the farmyard area, and make friends with the gentle giants – the Shire horses who are waiting to say hello. Include the Iron Age village, museum, and stone circles, and you have plenty to see and do for all ages, and for those who may want a break, there is a Coffee shop, and the Rock and Dinosaur shop to enjoy.

14. Head up to the Urdd Eisteddfod at Royal Welsh Showground-28th May-2nd June

The 2018 Brecon and Radnorshire Urdd National Eisteddfod will be held on the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells from 28th May to 2 June 2018. It is one of Europe’slargest youth touring festivals with over 15,000 children and young people competing in various competitions such as singing, dancing and performing. They are the elite few from around 40,000 competitors across Wales who have won their place following local and regional rounds held in the spring months leading up to the Eisteddfod. The 1,800 seater Pavilion is the home of the competitions and is very much the hub of the Eisteddfod. Surrounding the Pavilion, on the ‘Maes’, you will find hundreds of colourful stalls offering a range of activities for all the family – from biking, climbing and sport sessions to a fun fair, live bands and children’s shows with some well known TV characters. More here.

15. Take in a Show at Theatr Brycheiniog

There are plenty of events and shows at Theatr Brycheiniog to enjoy this half term – these are our top picks:
Attend a Hatters Tea Party-on the 26 May- Includes Food, Games & Entertainment! More here.
Mircorworld worshop – which is running from the 28 May — 24 June.
Lumen Prize-winning artists, Genetic Moo, will be filling the gallery with their computer driven animations for an innovative digital art exhibition. Over the half-term week there will be a series of free workshops where you can learn to program a computer to create your own digital art to add to the Microworld.  Find out more here