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Days out for FREE in Cardiff

Posted 16 July 2015

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The best free days out in Cardiff to keep you and the kids entertained this summer.

In the next instalment of our days out for free series, we’re visiting Cardiff. The Welsh capital has a lot to offer, whether you’re into history, art, wildlife or just having fun there’ll be  something here for you.

Here are our top five days out for free in Cardiff:

1.       Cardiff Story Museum. If you and your little ones are into history, why not visit The Cardiff Story Museum? Here you can lose yourself in stories about Cardiff, which chart the history of the city from the 1300s to the present day. The stories are told from the point of view of the people that experienced the development of the city, creating a fascinating link between us and the Cardiff’s residents of the past. The museum is situated in the Old Library Building so you’ll get to take in this beautiful and historic location at the same time.


2.       National Museum Cardiff. If art and natural history are more your thing, see what you can discover at the National Museum Cardiff. You can take in an impressive art collection spanning five hundred years or find out about the entire history of Wales (we mean the entire history – starting from the Big Bang!) There’s so much to see and do here, that you’ll probably find you’ve had a whole day out before you know it. Entry is free, of course, and so are many of the exhibitions – click here to see what’s on.


3.       Green Spaces. How about disappearing in a beautiful, relaxing green space for a while? There are lots of amazing parks in Cardiff with lots of events and activities you can get involved with. Why not try Victoria Park’s paddling pool in the summer months? Or join Forest Farm Wildlife Watch? When you live in a big city it’s easy to lose touch with the natural world around you.   So joining a nature group like this is great way of getting back in touch with nature and teaching children about the plants and animals they share the world with.


4.     Woods Festival, Bute Park. This festival is held every August and celebrates arts, crafts and woodland traditions. Entry is free, as are most of the attractions, including arts and crafts demonstrations, nature trails and a dog show. Why not make a day of it and have a picnic while you enjoy the outdoor festival atmosphere. Find out how to get a picnic for four for under £10.

5.  SWICA Carnival. Major cities pride themselves on throwing a fabulous carnival every summer and Cardiff is no exception, so mark the 8th August off as carnival day in your diary. The colourful costumes and floats, as well as the party music and dancing, will keep you and the kids entertained all day long, and you’ll get to follow the procession as it travels through the city. In the run up to the carnival there are free arts workshops that you can get involved with. This is a great free way of learning new creative skills, connecting with people in your community and best of all, topping it all off with a big street party!



There you have it. Some fantastically fun and completely free days out you can enjoy with all the family. We told you Cardiff had a lot to offer!

by Christine Walsh

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