It’s the Easter holidays! And the Brecon Beacons is the best ever playground! There are masses of things for active families to do. Of course, there’s no need to pack every day with expensive activities – simple things like picnics and Pooh sticks can be just as much fun. In fact, many of our favourite ideas are absolutely free.
Have a look at our top 10 ideas for family fun in the Brecon Beacons:
1. Be king of the castle at Carreg Cennen
Let your dirty rascals scramble about on Carmarthenshire’s most striking ruins. They’ll feel on top of the world. To find out more, visit our page on Carreg Cennen Castle.
2. Paddle down the River Wye
Go canoeing or kayaking on the river with an experienced operator such as Wye Valley Canoes , then tuck into a scrumptious local lunch on the riverbank at The River Café, Glasbury-on-Wye. To find out more, visit our page on canoeing and kayaking.
3. Play I Spy in Brecon, Abergavenny or Talgarth
Turn a shopping trip into a fun morning out by playing games which keep the kids’ eyes wide open. If one of our local farmers’ markets is in full swing, there will be lots of goodies to taste. To find out more, visit our page on farmers’ markets.
4. Go pony trekking
Whether your kids are seasoned riders or absolute beginners, the qualified instructors at our riding centres will keep them safe. Kids as little as four years old can have a go. To find out more, visit our page on horse riding and pony trekking.
5. 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.
6. Visit an adventure farm
Whatever the weather Cantref – is a fantastic family day out. There are dozens of activities to enjoy at this award-winning Adventure Farm. For starters, take your pick from bottle feeding pigs, rampaging through a play zone, handling hamsters, pony rides, pet racing, adventures through swamps and a badger-themed quest. There are indoor and outdoor areas, as well as tractor rides. Find out more about Cantref Adventure Farm.
7. Know your stalactites from your stalagmites
At the National Showcaves for Wales, safely built paths allow you to explore fabulous natural limestone caverns, complete with human skeletons. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, there’s also one of the world’s largest dinosaur parks, a shire horse centre, a playbarn and more. To find out more, visit our page on Dan-yr-Ogof National Showcaves Centre for Wales.
8. Get muddy, climb to the tree tops and zip through the air
The Llangorse Multi Activity Centre has tons of fun challenges for kids, teenagers and adults alike, such as climbing walls, rope bridges, zip lines and a wet and muddy Dingle Scramble. Phew! To find out more, visit our Llangorse Multi Activity Centre page.
9. Stare at the stars
If there’s a clear, moonless night during your visit, you’re in luck. The stars will put on a show. Get hold of a book, a chart or a stargazing map, and see if you can spot some of the constellations. To find out more, visit our page on stargazing.
10. Get closer to our wildlife
The Brecon Beacons is full of places where you and the family can enjoy the wonders of nature. The Red Kite Feeding Station, at Llanddeusant in the remote western area of the Brecon Beacons National Park, attracts over 50 red kites and buzzards every day in a spectacular aerial display.