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Summer Fun for All the Family

The sun’s out (finally), the kids are off school and you want to get out there and make the most of it. But where can you go that will deliver as much fun for Mum and Dad as for the kids? Luckily, there are plenty of places all over Wales that offer fun for all the family. Here’s our top five:

Barry Island

Recently made famous by Gavin and Stacey, but actually drawing in crowds since the 1870s, Barry Island is one of the great British seaside resorts. There are golden beaches, amusements, cafes, fish and chips and anything else you could ever need at the seaside. If the kids get bored of the beach, head to the Pleasure Park, where you’ll find a Ferris wheel, log flume, dodgems and a lot more.
If you don’t fancy driving home after all that, why not stay nearby? The Hafod Lodge, a mere twenty miles away, is a self catering villa right offering beds for up to 25 people. Perfect if you want to get your friends and family together for a summer reunion.

Cardigan Bay

Cardigan Bay is one of the most beautiful coastal areas of Wales. It also has some of the best beaches in Wales for sandcastle building. Try Mwnt Beach, with its shallow water and sandy stream, perfect for filling a moat. There’s also the Welsh Wildlife Centre and Coastal Farm Park, where the kids can get up close to some of the local animals.
If the kids want to make friends with more animals, stay for a few nights at Troedyrhiw, just down the road. This self-catering cottage on a working farm is surrounded by sheep and ducks that the kids will love.

Oakwood Theme Park

Featuring the world famous Megafobia – voted the UK’s best wooden roller coaster too many times to count – Oakwood is perfect for thrill-seekers of any age. If adrenaline isn’t your thing, there’s also many more sedate rides, including gentle taxi ride through a miniature London.
Less than twenty-minutes’ drive away is the Glanafon Coach House. A stunning self-catering property set in the grounds of a fabulous Georgian manor house, it features access to a private tennis court and games field, where the kids can use up any left-over energy.


Carmarthenshire is one of the most naturally beautiful counties in Wales. Home to part of the Brecon Beacons National Park, there’s plenty of walking, hiking and outdoorsy stuff. If that’s not your thing, there’s also everything from Iron Age hill forts to castles to vast cave systems for you to explore.
Close to the action is Llanerchindda Farm, which offers a range of accommodation options to suit any budget. Offering activities of their own, from clay pigeon shooting to 4×4 rides, you won’t even need to leave the farm.

Snowdonia National Park

Featuring a range of activities, from hiking, to sailing, to underground zip-lining, there’s something for everyone in this stunning national park.
The Llanfendigaid Estate, set in a stretch of the park, has been owned by the Nanney-Wynn family since at least 1241. It offers a range of rooms and is the perfect base to see this unmissable part of Wales.