Now that the schools have broken up for summer we thought we would give you a taste of all the great things available for you to do with the kids in the Brecon Beacons over the summer break.…
When the sun is shining there is always much to do and more often than not you don’t have to pay for the privilege of exploring! Pen-Y-Fan, the Beacons highest peak, is glorious on a sunny day and if approached from Storey Arms not too challenging for the younger generation whilst still giving you the thrill of a real achievement as you reach the top.
To the west of the Park you can climb the Black Mountain and cycle around the beautiful Crai reservoir. Back towards the east of the Park there are countless walks across the Black Mountains above Hay and the meandering rivers and streams that you come across provide plenty of excellent swimming holes. The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal fits the bill for those looking for a less challenging bike ride or walk, with plenty of access points and great pubs for the parents along the way. If you don’t have your own bikes then there is a list of providers and rental companies on our website here. Many also offer guided days out and mountain biking adventures!
Get involved with nature by visiting the Red Kite Feeding Station located in the remote western area of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Llanddeusant. The site attracts over 50 Red Kites and Buzzards every day in a spectacular aerial display. More here
Or why not have a Good Day Out and enjoy a hedgehog helper morning! Help hedgehogs and have a hands-on experience for wildlife lovers in a working animal rescue with the founders of Howey Hedgehog Rescue.
This fascinating and enjoyable morning involves cleaning, feeding, washing up after, exercising and maybe even bathing the hedgehogs.
There is no better way to explore the Brecon Beacons and celebrate summer than packing a picnic and having fun with the kids. With plenty of countryside, we have some of the best places in the UK for eating outside. Here are some of our top picnic spots
Head to the waterfalls
One part of our Park, at the head of the Vale of Neath, has so many wonderful waterfalls that we call it Waterfall Country. Many of these cascades are easily accessible on foot, as long as you’re prepared to walk through beautiful woods to get there.
Our waterfalls are not just pretty to look at – they’re fun to get wet in, too. Some people like to walk behind the curtain of water at Sgwd-yr-Eira, canoe the rapids, or leap into the flow on high-octane gorge-walking expeditions. More here
If adventure is your thing then the National Park yet again is the place! Gorge walking, kayaking, abseiling, climbing, rafting, assault courses, clay pigeon shooting, caving, bog snorkelling and orienteering to mention but a few ideas can be arranged throughout the area with a whole host of providers. For more on the providers in the area and how to organise an undoubtedly memorable day out then follow this link.
The Beacons also have much for younger children and for those rainy days when you can’t make the most of the great outdoor playground.
- Cantref Adventure Farm – With everything from an indoor adventure barn to Europe’s longest sledge ride…and plenty of animals to be seen along the way Cantref is a great day out for all the family. More on Cantref here.
- National Showcaves Centre for Wales, Dan Yr Ogof – The award winning show caves are an attraction in themselves and has much more besides – an open farmyard, museum, play area and Shire Horse Centre. More on Dan Yr Ogof here.
- Brecon Mountain Railway – Witness the beautiful Brecon Beacons scenery from the comfort of a traditional steam locomotive. You can sit back and absorb the scenery while the children enjoy the thrill of being on the train, there is also a view point and play area at Ponsticill where you can stop and enjoy the views across the reservoirs. More here.
- Play Barn Brynich – This award winning indoor play centre is perfect for little ones on those few rainy days (it is Wales after all!). More here.
- The Big Pit – National Coal Museum –The Big Pit allows you to take a tour of an authentic Welsh coal mine. Winner of the 2005 Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year and named by the Times as the Uk’s best interactive museum, the museum has a wide range of experiences to captivate the whole family. More here.
Brecon town is also well worth a visit:
- Brecon Cathedral has an excellent Heritage Centre (and a great tea rooms for the parents!). For more on the Cathedral, click here.
- Theatr Brycheiniog puts on shows throughout the summer and theres even a cafe on the ground floor where you can watch the ducks and boats come into the canal basin. Find out whats on here
- Brecon Leisure Centre also has lots to ensure you do not run out of things to amuse. From swimming to ten pin bowling it can offer a great family day out. If you are looking for a few hours or a day without the kids they offer activity days for children throughout the summer break. More here.
You can also explore the canal by boat with Beacons Park Day Boats. If you don’t fancy paddling then they offer powered boats as well. More here.
Check out things to do in other towns with our town guides here
As well as the landscape there are also many castles and historical sites throughout the Park that can be explored and enjoyed at your leisure with Carreg Cennan the one not to miss for the wow factor! The best place to find out about these is on the CADW website.
There are so many things to do! Keep an eye on our Facebook for regular updates on whats going on in the Beacons throughout the year.