February Half Term in the Brecon Beacons

famIf you’re stuck for ideas on what to do this February half term with your family then look no further, we’ve got a few ideas to keep you entertained right here in the Brecon Beacons.

1. Watch Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur at Theatr Brycheiniog – 22nd Februaryarthur

Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur is an epic tale of deep magic, heroism, love and betrayal. Adapted from the novel Arthur: High King of Britain, from the Author of War Horse and Private Peaceful.

When a small boy becomes stranded at sea, he is rescued by a mysterious old man who claims to be King Arthur Pendragon. As the old man starts to tell his stories, the boy is transported back to the days of Camelot. Guided by Merlin, the young king pulls the sword from the stone to win the throne, puts the Saxons to the sword and unites the kingdom and gathers his Knights of the Round Table. But even at his happiest with his beautiful Queen Guinevere and best friend Lancelot, Arthur senses the end of Camelot is not far away.

Stories of brave chivalry and battles, the search for the Holy Grail and the great betrayal of Lancelot and Guinevere are all part of this exciting new production from award-winning Story Pocket Theatre.

Michael Morpurgo’s King Arthur is a fast-moving show of adventure, physical theatre, puppetry and outstanding storytelling. 7+ years.  Book your tickets here

2. Half term activities at National Garden of Wales 18th – 26th February

There will be fun and games on every day of the half-term holiday, which will include zoo bugs and bug crafts, make and decorate your own rockets and constellation cards and look at the skies with telescopes.

There will also be a welcome return to the National Garden of Wales by Jugglestruck, with shows on February 18th, 25th and 26th.

To round the week up there will be a very special St David’s Celebration Day in honour of our patron saint, with a food and craft fair and music by local choirs.  Entry to this Celebration Day will be free to everyone.

For more information, email info@gardenofwales.org.uk or call 01558 667149.

Check out the Garden’s Children’s Play Area – the highly imaginative adventure zone is a place for children to jump, crawl, tumble, slide and swing

3. Be king of the castle for the day

Wales is home to some of Europe’s finest surviving medieval castles. Here in the Brecon Beacons, we have our fair share.

Perhaps the most dreamy and dramatic of all are the weathered remains of Carreg Cennen Castle, perched high up on a limestone crag.

As our National Park is situated close to the border between Wales and England, many a territorial struggle has taken place on our doorstep. Magnificent ruins such as those at Brecon, Crickhowell, Llandovery and Tretower bear witness to a turbulent past, while grand mansions such as Cyfarthfa Castle, Newton House at Dinefwr and Tretower Court remind us that castles were once mighty symbols of power and wealth.

Most of our ruins stand in parkland that’s open to the public, while our more intact castles and mansions are cared for by Cadw and the National Trust. They all make exciting and inspiring days out.  Find our more here

4. Watch So you think you know about DINOSAURS…?! at Theatr Brycheiniog- 23rd February

Did dinosaurs eat their own families? Was every Tyrannosaurus Rex a fearsome carnivore? Why did Allosaurus headbutt its prey to death?

Come and test your knowledge against Ben Garrod, the TV scientist from ‘Attenborough’s Giant Dinosaur’. With the help of TV film footage and photos of his own palaeontological dinosaur digs, he will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about dinosaurs and more!

In this interactive show where children will be given the chance to ask questions and show off their dinosaur knowledge to the audience. Ben’s assistant will roam the auditorium with a microphone and take questions from as many children as possible. Using film footage from the BBC’s ‘Planet Dinosaur’, Ben will talk about the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet and the ones that, 60 million years ago, would have walked right where they are sitting now! Book your tickets here. 

5. Spend a legendary day at Cantref Adventure Farm 

Spring time is a very busy time of the year for Farmer Ken with fluffy new arrivals being born every day.

Join Farmer Ken in the Lambing Barn and you may be lucky enough to see our cute baby lambs being born?

With so many family favourites; bottle feeding, pony rides and pet handling, make sure Cantref Adventure Farm is on your “To Do” list this February Half Term.  Find out more here. 

6. Take a short trip by narrow gauge steam train on one of the most popular vintage railway routes in Wales.

The Brecon Mountain Railway – the former Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil Junction railway takes you therough beautiful Brecon Beacons scenery from Pant to Pontsticill, along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservoir. The train has all-weather observation carriages.

At Pontsticill you can visit the cafe and admire the view across Pontsticill Reservoir, the largest of the four Taf Fechan reservoirs, to the peaks of the Brecon Beacons. Or you could go for a ramble on the shore. There is a children’s play area here.

On your return to Pant, you can visit the workshop where old steam locomotives are repaired or follow the footpath to a picnic site which has an amazing panoramic view of the valley. Find out more here. 

7. The Play Barn at Brynich 


For more adventure, exercise and stimulation, visit The Play Barn at Brynich’ indoor soft play centre on the edge of Brecon. Suitable for children up to 11. With a café that offers delicious meals, snacks and drinks, the parents can stay happy too. The Play Barn at Brynich is open Wednesday to Sunday during term time. Open 7 days a week during Powys school holidays.

  

8. Go UndergroundBig Pit ©

Visit Big Pit- With free entry, Big Pit is a must-see for South Wales. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out. The Museum is set in a unique industrial landscape, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000!

Visit Dan Yr Ogof Showcaves

Visit Dan Yr Ogof Showcaves, spot over 200 life size dinosaur models and visit the Shire Horse Centre this half term. The 3 different caves Dan-yr-Ogof, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave each offer a unique underground experience, with their dinosaur collection being one of the largest in the world. 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 our Coffee shop, and the Rock and Dinosaur shop to enjoy.

9. Climb a hill, go on a bug hunt and fly a kite

Climb a huge hill, looking out for butterflies, bees and other insects on the way. Sugar Loaf is a good one, with Mynydd Llanwenarth car park the best starting point. The ascent is easy at first, but little legs might want to skip the steep bit near the summit. Take a kite – on windy days, Sugar Loaf is a great flying spot. To find out more, visit our pages on walking.

10. Go Geocaching

Family opening a 'geo-cache' while Geocaching
Geocaching by National Trust Images/John Millar

Got a phone with GPS on it? Then you’re ready to go Geocaching, a global game of hide-and-seek with almost two million hidden ‘treasures’. The Brecon Beacons National Park people have really got the bug: they’ve planted 180 caches for you to find.  And your children will never again be bored on country walks.  Find out more here.

11. Have a day out with National Trust Wales

1. Cattle Shed Tours. Dates: Every weekday during February half term at 12pm
Brief: Join our rangers aboard the tractor trailer as we discover our legendary White Park Cattle in their new winter home. This is a first for Dinefwr as visitors have never before been able to experience the cattle during the winter. We will tell the stories of why this breed is so important to us and how our legendary stockman makes sure they have everything they need through out the winter months.

Visitors will have the opportunity to have a tour of the shed and meet the cattle up close. The tractor trailer will leave and return in front of the VIC. Tour will last approximately 1 hour and is aimed at our explorer family audience.
#savetheherd #legends #myepic

Normal admission prices apply
What if I have an unanswered question? Please contact Sarah – sarah.jones4@nationaltrust.org.uk

2. Newton House and Courtyard- 1pm every day throughout have term we deliver a conservation/collection themed talk targed towards the adults curious minds audience. There will be a selection of legendary items which will be interpreted, such as donkey shoes, a Dinefwr horse and cart sign, the lime and horse hair plaster ceilings, horse hair chairs and Kevin’s conservation pony hair brushes to name a few.  The tour will only be short (approx. 20 mins) and will tie in with the theme of horses and grooms throughout the half term. There will also be an opportunity to meet the legendary groom and ponies in the courtyard.

FEBRUARY HALF TERM  TOURS ACTIVITIES
11AM DOWNSTAIRS TOUR Self guided Children’s Servants Trail
12PM HIDDEN HOUSE TOUR Servant’s Costumes for Children to Dress up
1PM CONSERVATION TOUR: Hidden Horse Peek Beneath the Sheets at Collections
2PM DOWNSTAIRS TOUR
3PM HIDDEN HOUSE TOUR

3. February Half Term – Salt Dough Hearts. Dates: Mon 20th  – Fri 24th  10am – 4pm

Brief: Come along this half term week to make legendary salt dough heart ornaments, you could personalize them with your initials or maybe even create a pattern. Learn about the story of our legendary cook showed her love for our legendary groomsman in Newton House. No booking required. The Old Kitchen – Inner Courtyard. There is no additional charge for the event – Normal admission charges apply.

Kim Walker – 01558 825139 kimberley.walker@nationaltrust.org.uk

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13. Half-term holiday offer – a fantastic family adventure day with Award Winning Activity Providers Hawk Adventures.

Experience an activity day out with the winners of the Best Activity Provider in the Brecon Beacons Tourism Awards. For a reduced price of £250 a family of 5 can take part in an activity of their choice and experience a high quality and fun adventure day out with one of our qualified instructions. Equipment hire and photos from the day are included in the price. Activities available include:

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Caving

Canyoning

Climbing & Abseiling

Gorge Walking

Orienteering

Available Monday-Friday of half-term (20th -24th February) terms and conditions apply.

 

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