Free things to do this summer with your family

Here is our guide of free, family attractions in the Brecon Beacons so you can make the most of the sun this weekend!

1. Wander through an ancient woodland

The Brecon Beacons is blessed with many ancient woodlands that are wonderful to explore in any season. They stimulate the senses, from the beautiful songs of the birds and the smell of wildflowers to the crunch of leaves underfoot. Click here for a list of woodlands you can explore.

2. Take a stroll along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

One of our most beautiful and peaceful waterways following the line of the lovely wooded Usk Valley, the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is a true hidden gem. The navigable section of the canal runs for 35 miles from Brecon to the Pontymoile basin. Take your family to any section of the canal and you’re sure to enjoy a great day out! Find a storybook to discover the history of the canal here.

3. Wander around our beautiful towns and villages.

Why not get some sheep milk ice-cream from Shepherds in Hay on Wye or stroll around Brecon Cathedral.  View our town guides here

4. Go UndergroundBig Pit ©

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!

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. Go Wildlife Watching

A wide variety of birds, animals, fungi and plants can be found in our National Park. A long as you know where to look, who knows what you will see! To find out more, visit our page on natural habitats and nature trails.

7. Have a perfect picnic!

There is no better way to explore the Brecon Beacons and celebrate summer than packing a picnic and catching up with friends and family. With plenty of countryside, we have some of the best places in the UK for eating outside. Here are some of our perfect picnic spots.

8. Go Geocaching

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.

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. Enjoy Llangorse Lake and Brecon Promenade

Cool off by paying a visit to Llangorse Lake, the largest natural lake in Wales.  Or why not head to Brecon Prom where you can walk alongside the river on the Gurkha Walk. You can hop on a pedalo at both locations or even just grab an ice-cream and watch the ducks float by!

End the evening in one of our many beer gardens dotted across the National Park here!

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