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Easter holidays events and information

April 2014

Easter and Easter holidays events and information:

12 April

Bear Grylls Survival Academy

North Wales
The Bear Grylls Survival Academy has launched Survival Half Day Courses in North Wales, based on the beautiful Llyn Peninsula, which is an area very close to Bear’s heart. Designed to inspire fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, the Bear Grylls Survival Academy offers a rare chance for a lucky few outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe to learn Bear’s extreme survival techniques.

Price - £35.00 per person
Times: Morning Session 10:00 – 13:00 Afternoon Session 14:00 – 17:00
Minimum Age: 10yrs
Ideal for: Families, children and adults

12 & 13 April

Book Swap, National Waterfront Museum

Offload your unwanted books and find a different collection in exchange. Includes a children’s holiday section to find that perfect Easter read. All books should be in good, readable condition and a book for a book token system will be in place. CDs and vinyl can also be swapped.


12 & 13 April

Storytelling & Sam Tan, National Waterfront Museum

Sit back and listen to some classic children’s stories in the gallery - and look out for a special appearance from Sam Tan.


12-27 April

National Botanic Garden of Wales

There are free Easter family activities at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire between April 12-27, from 12-4pm.

Meerkats will be making their return to the garden on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April.

But families can also enjoy a fun trail of the weird and wonderful aspects of the site
while children won't be able to resist the willow play area with slides, climbing frames, tunnels and musical blocks.


14-27 April

Golden Egg Trail, National Waterfront Museum

See if you can spot the 12 golden eggs nestled amongst the objects in the galleries and solve the Jack and the Beanstalk riddle.


14 April

Circus Workshops and Gardening Demonstrations

Margam Park
Family Fun Circus workshop with Jimmy Juggles. Fully interactive circus skills, join in. Juggling, Diablo's, unicycles, spinning plates, poi spinning, devil sticks, cigar boxes, balancing, hula - hooping and skipping. Meet in the Castle.
11am - 12.30pm and 1pm - 4pm

Garden Demonstrations
(numbers are limited so pick up your FREE demo tickets from the entrance cabin) 11.30am From Seed to Sprout.
Growing plants from scratch. 2.30pm

Happy Worms, Happy Gardens! Talk on how worms are great for your garden and how to make your own compost.

Entry is free although there is a £4.00 car parking fee


18 April

Eggtravaganza Funday, National Waterfront Museum

Join our Swansea Jack and the Beanstalk themed day featuring quirky activities, golden eggs, beans and giants.

25-27 April

Hay Bike Fest

The weekend will provided lots of fun activities across all types of cycling, with guided rides, lots of advice from experts, plenty of gear and a great social hub for relaxing with likeminded riders.

Hay is a great base for cyclists and mountain bikers. Quiet roads radiate out into the Radnorshire hills, the Brecon Beacons and the gentler landscapes of Herefordshire where cyclists can explore the black and white villages, cider mills and apple orchards of the county. Opportunities for natural trail riding are almost limitless, especially for the intrepid MTB rider armed with map and GPS. Wales' flagship long-distance cycle route, the Lon Las Cymru, diverges at nearby Glasbury, with one route heading west to Brecon and the other striking off into the Black Mountains destined for Abergavenny and Chepstow.

Easter breaks:

The Vale Resort – Easter familyweekend break

Easter weekend breaks are catered for at theVale Resort, one of the UK’s best family friendly hotel. Family Easter breaks now have more activities for the children, fine dining andaward winning relaxation for the adults plus plenty of family attractions close, including the outdoor St Fagans: National History Museum and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast to ensure you have plenty to do this Easter on your break in Wales.

Family Easter Breaks start from £195 a room and include:
  • Two nights luxury family accommodation
  • Up to two children (under 16) stay FREE in your family room
  • Early dining from 6.30pm (on request)
  • FREE main meal for under 16's (from the children's menu) with every adult dining in the Vale Grill.
  • Children's activities and games room
  • Goody bag for each child (under 6)
  • Outdoor activities: country walks, tennis etc.
  • Indoor activities: swimming, squash, fitness classes, gym
  • On site Crèche facility. Two hour slots subject to availability - 9am - 6pm weekday and 9am - 1pm weekends at a charge of £4 an hour and parents must remain on site.
  • Local attractions: Go Ape at Margam Park, Dr Who Exhibition, Super Tubing in Ebbw Vale, Museum of Welsh Life, Paddle time at Cardiff International White Water**, National Museum and Gallery of Wales, Techniquest, Cardiff Castle, Caerphilly Castle, Big Pit, Rhondda Heritage Park and the Red Dragon Centre, many of which are FREE to enter.
  • Babysitting service** (prior booking 48hrs notice and subject to availability)
  • FREE parking at hotel


21-25 April

Junior Farmer Easter Break

Cwmcrwth Farm is a traditional small Welsh family farm of about 50 acres set in the beautiful Towy Valley. Having been transformed into award winning four star self-catering holiday cottages and a renovated farmhouse, the stone buildings retaining their original character and heritage. The surrounding fields are rich in biodiversity, and natural springs unspoilt by modern farming practices offer an ideal habitat for flora and fauna. Trees, streams, green fields and rare breed animals and award winning holiday cottages in a peaceful location are a perfect combination making Cwmcrwth an ideal environment for a family holiday or quiet chill out pad. This rare breeds farm runs ‘junior famers’ courses so the kids can learn how to look after all the animals. This is also a good base for a huge range of activities from visiting old gold mines, historical castles and properties or enjoying Welsh food on a special ‘food trail’. Special price - four nights for the price of three
Starts from £495 for four people
Price includes all on farm supervised activities and lunch on two days

For families who would like to get involved with farming Farmer Rob has developed Junior Farmers a children's working farm holiday with hands on farming activities adapted to suit all ages of children. Ideal for children 4 to 13

Junior Farmers accompany Farmer Rob on his daily rounds:

  • Look after their own pigs and chickens
  • Feed & water the animals
  • Clean out the pens
  • Collect eggs
  • Brush the horses
  • Bottle Feed Lambs (seasonal)
  • NEW for 2014 try your skill at milking

To book call 01558 669 160 or visit


20-21 April

Easter Medieval Festival at Raglan Castle, Monmouthshire

Experience the thrill of a bank holiday battle re-enactment as costumed actors take to the castle ground to re-enact the spectacular scenes of the often ruthless medieval battles from Raglan’s past.

As part of the two-day festival families can also meet Raglan’s historical characters and try their hand at archery under the watchful eye of the castle’s expert archers. Why not extend your day and do a tour following in the footsteps of the Lords of the Southern March (itinerary attached).



Stay at:

Hunter Lodges

The Celtic Manor Resort, based in the beautiful Usk Valley, has announced that it will be developing ten new luxury holiday lodges to open in spring 2014, ahead of Easter. With a log cabin design, the lodges will boast open plan living spaces with high windows and ceilings, four spacious bedrooms, a sauna and outdoor decking with a covered Jacuzzi. Aimed at families, the lodges will give guests the best of both worlds: the freedom of a country self-catering holiday, as well as the convenience of all of the resort’s restaurants, bars and family facilities. These include high ropes, adventure golf, swimming pools, tennis courts, spa, laser combat, archery and kids’ clubs.

Priced from £500 a night for three nights, based on two adults and two children. To book call 01633 410262 or visit

All images are credited to © Crown copyright (2014) Visit Wales

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