I can hardly believe it but October half term is already here. For parents, that often means a frenzy of planning for days out and racking our brains for ways to keep the children entertained.
It is times like this that I feel very grateful to live in South Wales where you are never too far from a beach, countryside or family-friendly farms.
So if you’re starting to wonder how to fill your half term week, here are 15 of our favourite places to go.
1. Green Meadow Community Farm Based in Cwmbran, and pretty close to the M4, Green Meadow is a fantastic working farm where children and adults alike can learn about how farms work, watch milking demonstrations and go on tractor rides. It’s affordable and you can even exchange your Clubcard vouchers to get in. My little ones always enjoy cwtch corner, where they can cuddle rabbits and guinea pigs.
2. Amelia Trust Farm Near Barry, Amelia Trust Farm is a free day out with a nice park, good walks and lots of animals. Entry and parking is free, but donations are welcome.
3. Folly Farm Regularly voted as one of Wales’s best family days out, Folly Farm is one of out children’s favourite places. With lions, rhinos, penguins and giraffes, you can see animals you wouldn’t expect to see in Pembrokeshire. Children can play in a range of sand parks and visit an indoor barn to see farm animals. It’s another venue at which you can exchange your Clubcard vouchers to get in.
4. Techniquest Based in Cardiff Bay, Techniquest is a great day out where youngsters get to see science in action. From the photography wall to the water play section, it has two floors of science exhibitions and is perfect for rainy days. It’s another attraction at which you can exchange your Clubcard vouchers in advance to get in.
5. Ogmore by Sea This is one of our favourite days out on a dry day. We love putting on our wellies, wrapping up warm and taking in the gorgeous views here including views across to Porthcawl. Walk down to the beach to explore rock pools and take a paddle in the sea during warmer weather.
6. Margam Park Growing up in Port Talbot, this was one of my top places to go as a child and it makes me so happy to see my children enjoying visits there too. From Fairytale Land to a land train to Margam Castle, its Orangery and the ruins of the abbey, it is a day out we never tire of.
7. Bryngarw Country Park Nestled in the Garw Valley in Bridgend county, Bryngarw features a park, an oriental garden including a lily pond, walking routes, a duck pond and Bryngarw House. Just pay to park and start to explore.
8. Mountain View Ranch One of my go to places to while away the hours with acres of land to explore. It features a brilliant sand park, animals and a truly lovely Gruffalo trail. Enjoy Gruffalo stories and other activities such as toasting marshallows. Perfect on a sunny day.
9. Roath Park I discovered Roath Park when studying at Cardiff University and it remains as one of my most-loved places to visit. From the lake to the play equipment to the gorgeous setting, you can spend hours exploring the park and what it has to offer.
10. Wiggleys Fun Farm Based near Cefn Cribwr, Wiggleys offers excellent outdoor play equipment and indoor play too. My children love feeding the pigs, the goats and the sheep outside before tearing around the indoor play section, including a diddy car track.
Where are your favourite places to visit and why? And where will you be going this #halfterm?