Cardiff School Holidays: Summer Activities for Weeks of Family Fun
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Cardiff School Holidays: Summer Activities for the Family

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The Cardiff school holidays are almost here! And with weeks and weeks to fill with fun, we’ve compiled some of the best things to do in Cardiff during the summer holidays.

From soaking up history to making a splash, take a browse of what you could get up to come rain or shine this summer in the capital.

Cardiff Bay Beach is Back

Dive right into a school summer holiday filled with fun on Cardiff Bay Beach as organisers bring another exciting few months of sun, sand and splashing.

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Transforming the local bay area into a seaside themed wonderland, visitors during the summer school holidays can expect a real-life beach, funfair rides, a kid-friendly splash zone and loads more.

During your visit to Cardiff defiantly do a beach day or two and spend an unforgettable summer day in with the whole family.

The beach will be up and running from Saturday, July 1st until Sunday, September 1st and entry is totally free.

Family Friendly Food and Music Festivals

Throughout the Cardiff school holidays, there are a number of exciting festivals popping up all over the city.

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Book tickets to attend The Big Cheese hosted in Caerphilly Castle or get tickets to the exciting Summer Festival hosted on the City Lawns.

There are so many fun live performances taking place you could literally fill every week of the school holidays with a variety of live performances.

Check out our guide to all the best Cardiff festivals taking place in 2019.

Calling All Lego Lovers

Visit a fantasy world built entirely out of Lego as Bricklive return to Cardiff during the school holidays, bringing a selection of fantasy creatures along with them.

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Walk alongside huge dragons, unicorns and princesses all setting up home along Cardiff’s Mermaid Quay this summer.

A total of 750,000 pieces of Lego have been used to create the models and all will be free and available to see all summer long.

Feast Your Eyes on the Isle of Fire

Barry Island is a spectacular place to visit whenever you’re in Cardiff in the summer, but during the Cardiff school holidays, there’s a super special event taking place that will blow your tiny peoples minds.

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Returning for another exciting summer, the Isle of Fire event will feature flaming artistic installations, lantern parades and street entertainers.

Warm summer evenings are about to get warmer in Cardiff school holidays on Barry Islands Isle of Fire.

Taking place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July from 20:30 – 23:00 and entry is free.

Let Battle Begin at Cardiff Castle

During your sightseeing expedition in Cardiff this summer, pay a visit to one of the oldest and most spectacular landmarks in the city and enjoy a medieval performance unlike any other.

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The Tournament of Knights will be taking place at the end of August and the event will determine who will be crowned the champion of champions.

Expect real-live battling, jousting and duelling as these brave warriors face off against each other in true knightly style.

It’s A Hard Knock Life

For Annie, but not for people visiting Cardiff this summer who love nothing more than a good musical theatre performance.

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Straight from the West End to the stages of the Millennium Centre, an amazing cast of characters will be bringing Annie to life from 19th – 31st August.

What’s more, Craig Revel-Horwood has been cast in the role of the insatiable Miss Hannigan, things couldn’t get much better.

Book tickets to see this stage show spectacular from just £19 per person.

Take in the Beauty of Castell Coch

A hidden gem of the Tongwynlais hills, Castell Coch is built on ancient foundations, showcasing the Gothic motif of the Victorian era at its best.

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The opulent building is finished with dazzling ceilings, lavish furnishings and intricate details set to impress visitors of all ages.

Relax at Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival

Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival started on 21st June and will run until 28th July 2018. Set in the scenic surroundings of Sophia Gardens Cardiff, the fantastic festival is a summer highlight in the city.

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Catering to a wide demographic of all ages, you can look forward to stage productions including a Shakespeare production, musical, family show and a mix of light entertainment. This year’s productions include Fiddler on the Roof, King Lear and Seussical Jr.

Paddle with Cardiff International White Water

Why not make a splash this summer at Cardiff International White Water? Whether you’re a water baby or fancy trying something new, stand up paddleboarding could be the answer!

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The beauty of this activity is that you can pick up the pace or float with ease. Either way, paddleboarding offers a full-body workout that you’ll feel all the better for afterwards.

Get Competitive at Treetop Adventure Golf

Head to the jungle this summer in Cardiff at Treetop Adventure Golf. Experience the best of crazy golf with free activities running throughout the summer holidays in Cardiff.

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This includes free face painting for guests on a Thursday and Saturday between 12 pm – 4 pm, a colouring and craft station and at the Cabana Pizza shack for the tastiest snacks in town.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to the Cardiff school holidays this summer! If you’re planning to pay a visit to this spectacular city over the summer, why not join us at The Exchange Hotel for a luxury overnight stay or family break?

In the meantime, take a browse of our latest offers, making your stay more convenient and affordable from start to finish. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

To enquire further or to book your stay with us, you can reach our friendly team on 0151 236 0166 or email for further enquiries.