May Half Term in the Brecon Beacons

From fun-filled days out at Cantref Adventure Farm, magic shows at Hay festival and a summer of stories at Tretower Court, there’s plenty to keep the kids occupied this half-term- May 27 to Sunday June 4.

1. Sheep Week at Cantref Adventure Park

With over 9 million sheep in Wales, we are celebrating our nation’s favourite wooly animal – the sheep! Join Farmer Ken and watch him shear a sheep and learn lots of interesting facts. During Half Term we have many more SHEEP-tastic activities to enjoy

Live shows every half an hour including Bottle Feeding Lambs, Meet the Rare Breed Sheep, Mr Ev’s Show, Pig Racing, Tractor & Trailer Ride, along with Europe’s largest Super Sledge Ride. You are guaranteed a fun filled family day out this school holiday whatever the weather.
A family day out that “ewe” will never forget!

Book Tickets here.

Why not extend your stay with a camping break at Cantref! We have a 4 star family friendly camp-site with stunning views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. We have 16 pitches for tents all with electric hook-up and access to free wi-fi. We also have a great deal of 2 days entry for the price of 1 into the Adventure Farm for all families staying on the camp-site at Cantref. Info here.

2. National Botanic Gardens of Wales 

The Garden has plenty of events and activities on over the Spring Bank Holiday for the whole family!

Saturday May 27th

Pembrokeshire Falconry – Enjoy flying displays by Pembrokeshire Falconry’s brilliant birds!

Archery – Give archery a go as Hawk Adventures call into the Garden, behind the Apothecary’s Hall

Wednesday Stitchers & Doll’s Houses Displays in Principality House

Dinefwr Photographic Society Display in the Great Glasshouse

Sunday May 28th

Pembrokeshire Falconry – Enjoy flying displays by Pembrokeshire Falconry’s brilliant birds!

Tree Climbing – Tree climbing fun with Hawk Adventures

Steve Williams Trio – Music in the Great Glasshouse from 1-3pm

Wednesday Stitchers & Doll’s Houses Displays in Principality House

Dinefwr Photographic Society Display in the Great Glasshouse

Monday May 29th

Doggy Day – Bring your pooch for a mooch around the Garden’s 568 acres

The Quack Pack – Meirion Owen and his world-famous Quack Pack pay a visit to the Garden, shows at 12, 1, 2 & 3pm.

Jugglestruck – Magic and tricks by everyone’s favourite magician in Theatr Botanica

Caroline Harrison – Music in the Great Glasshouse from 1-3pm

Fiddlebox – Folk music around the Garden

Abseiling – Abseiling fun with Hawk Adventures

Wednesday Stitchers & Doll’s Houses Displays in Principality House

Dinefwr Photographic Society Display in the Great Glasshouse

As well as our fab new play park, the hay bale maze, water zorbing and the tropical butterflies in the Butterfly House!

Admission to the Garden is £10.50 (including Gift Aid), or £25 for a Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children).

For more information about this or other events, call 01558 667149 or email 

3. The Hay Festival Related image

There are plenty of events suitable for grown ups and children alike at this years Hay Festival! Here are some events that children will love:

Thursday 25th May– 7:30pm-Morgan & West
Time travelling magic duo Morgan & West present an evening chock full of jaw-dropping, brain-bursting, gasp-eliciting feats of magic. The dashing chaps offer up a plateful of illusion and impossibility, all served with wit, charm and no small amount of panache. Be sure to wear a hat – Morgan & West might just blow your mind. ‘Dazzlingly clever and very funny! Superb!’  £8.30

Saturday 27th-11:30- Dick Vs Dom
Dick and Dom are coming back to Hay, and will be having a riot on stage with their new show Dick vs Dom where they split the crowd in half and everyone play games against one another in the audience and on stage. It’s either that or everyone will just sit in silence and have 45 mins quiet reading time together… £9.30

Sunday 34th June- 2:30pm-Bill Bailey talks to Jon Gower
The comedian introduces his humorous and very personal guide to his favourite British birds, complete with drawings, notes and cartoons and some spectacular impressions. ‘When herons are spooked they have a habit of vomiting as a defence. Half-digested pieces of eel and water vole skull on your head is not a good look. Just so you know. £8.30

Check out our full guide here.

4. Geopark Activity DayImage result for geopark activity day

Geopark Activity Day 31st May 2017 10am – 4pm.

Come and join us for a fun filled family activity day at Craig-y-nos Country Park.  Free entry, car park £5.

There will be lots of activities for all ages, including the very popular zip-wire, geocaching, woodland games and traditional crafts, plus lots more to see, do and discover.

5. Theatr Brycheiniog

Theatr Brycheiniog offers a popular and acclaimed programme of performing arts and entertainment throughout the year. Here are just some of the shows you can watch this half term.

You’ve Got Dragons

Saturday 27 May, 11.00am & 2.00pm. Tickets £10.00 (concs £7.00) Family Tickets £30.50

On Saturday 27 May we bring you You’ve Got Dragons, a touching story told in a beautifully inclusive way with BSL, age appropriate audio description and video captioning wonderfully integrated throughout the action.

“Dragons come when you least expect them. You turn around… and there they are.”

Worries, fears, anxieties… they are all dragons and they sneak up on most of us at one time or another. Lots of people get them. Even really really good people get them. And sometimes they are hard to get rid of.

With you, the audience, sitting on stage on benches and cushions this is the perfect show to capture the attention of children aged 4 and over. Come along and find out what a young girl with a bad case of the dragons can do.

The Tap Dancing Mermaid

Sunday 28 May, 4.00pm & Monday 29 May, 11.00am & 2.00pm. Tickets £12.00, (concs £10.00) Family

Ticket £40.00

It’s time to hear the Moon’s story, one you will NEVER forget…

Gather round for the Moon’s magical story about a tippetty-top tap dancer who he has been watching at night. Marina Skippett creeps out of her house every night to shuffle and stomp on the boardwalk to the sounds of the sea. She can’t tap dance at home any more since her evil Aunty banned it. But then, one moonlit night, Marina meets a mysterious, watery boy swimming in the sea and her life is never the same again!

Featuring stunning puppets, original live music and tap dancing that will make you want to stick 50ps to your shoes and join in!

The show is just everything a children’s theatre experience should be.Childplays

6. Big Pit

Landscape Detectives- 27 May4 June 2017, 12pm-4pm

Cost Free
Suitability Families
Pick up a trail and explore the Coity Tip to discover how nature has transformed this once ugly spoil heap to a haven for wildlife. Hunt for treasures of the natural world. What will you discover? Please ask for a trail at Reception when you arrive.
Creative Creatures30 May1 June 2017, 12pm-4pm

Cost £1 per child
Suitability Families
 Take some inspiration from the wildlife at Coity Tip and drop in to make cool creatures and beautiful bugs.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

7. Summer of Stories – Tretower Court and Castle

Tretower Summer of Stories

30th May- A celebration of Wales’s oral traditions, held across several Cadw sites. Come and discover more as part of Summer of Stories.

Wales is renowned worldwide for its literature and poetry, and this summer you will be able to experience the best of Welsh tale spinning. In conjunction with Summer of Stories, Cadw invites you to join a storyteller at a site near you this May and June to celebrate Wales’s oral heritage.

Listen to stories based on historical characters, legends and myths from across Wales. Drop in to listen to a story based on Welsh culture and heritage.

Each story can last up to 30 minutes. No booking required.

Dates, times and prices

Dates and times
30 May 2017- 11.00am – 4.00pm

Adult – £6.50
Family – £19.30*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 – £4.20
Member – Am ddim/Free
Disabled and companion – Am ddim/Free

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

7. Wild Wednesday Workshop at The Old Railway Line Garden Centre – 31st May – 10.30am


Our Wild Wednesday workshops offer a fun and creative workshop for children every Wednesday during the school holidays.

This is always our most popular Wild Wednesday of the year! Dave and Sue from The Rainforest Roadshow will be joining us again with a range of their interesting insects and animals from accross the world.

Also enjoy a range of rainforest themed craft activities including colouring in an Insect Glider and decorating a Jungle Hand Puppet!


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