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Free Family Days Out in South Wales

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If you are still reeling from the festive season and currently struggling to make ends meet, don’t be prevented from having a great family day out to cheer you up that’s not only affordable, but free in the South Wales area!

Big Pit National Mining Museum & Big Pit National Coal Museum

This unique museum is a real coal mine which was in operation from 1860 to 1980. It has since opened for visitors and has become well renowned for their famous underground tour which involves a real miner guiding you 300 feet beneath the surface so you can experience first hand what life was like for so many men working daily at the coal face.

They have introduced some exceptional new multi-media tours and exhibitions which includes an exciting audio-visual experience of modern mining equipment in the Big Pit Mining Galleries.

The Pithead Baths building houses four exhibition areas which tell the story of coal mining in Wales. Interact at the Winding Engine house (the winder) where you can lift or lower the cages carrying coal, men and the materials that they needed up and down the mine shaft. There is no admission fee and you will find this amazing place in Blaenavon, Torfaen, South Wales.

Amelia Trust Farm

This working farm is situated in the Vale of Glamorgan Barry area in South Wales on a beautiful 160 acre lowland site. Their pleasant and knowledgable staff consist of a mix of skilled workers and volunteers who all try very hard in making it a wonderful experience for the visitors.

There are various animals on show including pigs, donkeys, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, horses, cows and sheep plus lovely woodland walks and trails where you can enjoy a picnic or a barbecue. You can buy a wide selection of organic grown foods from the farm which you can pay for via an honesty box.

You will be encouraged to participate in the activities that are based on the ethics of both fun and work, which can be surprisingly contagious. Throw a coin in their well and make a wish – maybe someone will be listening!

It is a nice place to spend a couple of hours and it is both easy and free to park. There is a children’s play area and a decent cafe. Admission to the farm is also free and as it is run by a small charity there are donation boxes scattered around to help them to continue to manage and maintain the facilities.  

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National Museum Cardiff

The National Museum and Art Gallery is understated and quite easy to walk around , even though there is lots on exhibit. Their world class art exhibition boast a wealth of magnificent paintings and drawings from the last five hundred years by some historic celebrities.

Apart from Renoir’s La Parisienne which the museum is well known for, there are also paintings on show from Van Gogh, Cézanne and the more recent L S Lowry, plus an exhibit from Monet including his famous Water Lilies. ‘The Kiss’ is also displayed which is a bronze marble sculpture created by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin in 1889.

There is a natural history collection, geology collection including dinosaurs and a ceramics collection plus loads more all for free!  

Caldicot Castle

This scenic castle is a large medieval erection with a fascinating and unusual history located as the name suggests in Caldicot, Monmouthshire, Southeast Wales. Surrounded by a moat and beautiful open space, you can easily while away a few enjoyable hours and even have a picnic.

The entrance is surprisingly free of charge and you are able to walk around and experience the incredible views from the battlements. They have a ‘must try’ tea shop and a beautiful lake with a jetty where you can stop and feed the ducks!

There are various events held here throughout the year including fireworks displays.

Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and Medieval Village

Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is a public facility run managed by the Vale of Glamorgan Council. With easy access and parking this has a gorgeous lake surrounded by wonderful great open spaces to cycle or walk featuring picnic areas, benches and a children’s play area.

With more than 100 hectares to explore and a medieval village that is set in the year 1350, this place is steeped in history.

Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes

This nature reserve and site of Special Scientific Interest is an ideal place to go if you want to literally blow those cobwebs away. With miles of beautiful views, this continuous belt of sand is home to many unusual species of plants, insects and birds. You will find it in the Vale of Glamorgan, Near Bridgend in Southeast Wales.

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Cyfarthfa Park and Miniature Railway

This place is a little gem and well worth a visit. The park consists of 150 acres of wonderful gardens, a pretty lake and gorgeous woodlands with lots of different things to enjoy.

There is even a castle with a quirky museum and it’s free to enter and explore plus a miniature railway that opens for a few hours throughout the school holidays. The charge is just £1 for adults and children to take a ride past the lake and the castle. There are staff on duty who are extremely knowledgeable about the area and very helpful.

There is a great children’s play area with a splash park near the visitor centre and the park is situated in Merthyr Tydfil. 

Afan Forest Park

The 48 square mile forest park is located in Neath Port Talbot in South Wales within the Afan Valley. You can go camping, mountain biking, walking, hiking, cycling and you can hire equipment from the visitor centre at reasonable prices. This a marvellous place to visit and get back to basics for a good old fashioned family adventure!

About the author

Peter Davis Peter Davis is a Marketing Analyst at PaydayLoan123 specialising in financial products. Peter writes most of our articles as he stays up to date with the latest information. He enjoys most sports, particularly playing football and watching his favourite football team. Peter really like his food too as we have all witnessed first hand!

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