Things To Do Family Events Summer School Holidays 2018 In South Wales

The 6 week summer school holidays will soon be here. We have compiled a list of the top free and paid events that will be taking place in and around Cardiff.

There’s something for all the family, so beat the boredom, get out, have some fun and make those memories!


Isle of Fire at Barry Island

When: July 21st & 22nd from 8.30pm
Details: The magical fire garden returns featuring live music,
beautiful street entertainers, Fire dance shows from Flame Oz, Lantern Parade
and the Viking Ship complete with pirates.  New for 2018 – The mesmerising
Mechanical Heart by Blacksmith Felicity Jones, a beating heart with light and
music. From 8.30pm to 11pm each night.

The Big Cheese – Caerphilly


When: July 27th from 3pm, 28th & 29th from 11am

Details: Set in the shadows of one of Europe’s largest Castles the town of Caerphilly comes to life as people of all ages come to The Big Cheese®, an extravaganza of street entertainers, living history encampments, music, dance, traditional funfair, folk dancing, falconry, fire eating, minstrels, troubadours and much more. The Big Cheese is a ‘must see’ attraction for all visitors, celebrating its 21st year in 2018. Portraying the history, heritage and culture of Caerphilly. Families from all over the country flocked to Caerphilly to experience this fun filled programme of activities agnd entertainment.

Ice Cream Festival in Cardiff – **UPDATE: This event has since been cancelled**

When: August 3rd
Details: The first ICE CREAM FESTIVAL is coming to Cardiff in summer 2018! Sure, you can enjoy ice cream in one cone or cup…but why settle for something so basic when you can take ice cream to a whole other level? Eat yourself through the new, and exclusive ice cream creations of your favorite local manufacturers. We bring all the local ice cream parlours together in one place. And you will be able to try every single taste.  Next to a cozy lounge area you will find relaxing summer beats and many
freezing specials. Welcome to the Cardiff Ice Cream Festival

Various Events at Gnoll Park, Neath Port Talbot 

When: July/August 2018
Details: Events include Slip & Slide, Alice Mad Hatters Tea Party (28th July) ,
Dinosaurs in the park, storytelling, character fun day and more!

Capital FM Cardiff Bay Beach


When: July 28th – 3rd September

Details: The beach is back! Cardiff will once again create its own seafront with the return of the Cardiff Bay Beach, Friday July 28 – Sunday September 3, to entertain families in the traditional way throughout the school holidays. Entry is FREE  with additional charges for on-site facilities. The beach will be located in Roald Dahl Plass on the waterfront of Cardiff Bay, open from 10am to 8pm Sunday – Thursday, and 10am to 10pm Friday and Saturday, and will be a key feature of the summer-long Cardiff Festival



Cardiff Open Air Theatre – Suessical Jr

When: July 21st 10.30-11.30 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Price: £10 per ticket or £35 for a family of four
Details: AndGo Productions return with Seussical Jr, a Madcap Musical for all the Family!

CardiffPride – City Hall Cardiff

When: August 24th
Price: tickets from £6
Details: Families, individuals, groups, organisations, all are welcome at Pride Cymru to showcase the true diversity and equality across Wales. The most colourful event in
Cardiff’s calendar will be turning the City Hall Lawn and surrounding streets
into a carnival of diversity, with funfair rides, amusements and entertainment
from some of the UK’s biggest names in music.

Ty Hafan Family Fun Day – Sully

August 4th

Price: tickets £2, unders 2’s free
Details: Round up your friends and family and get on down to our Wild West Family Fun Day at Tŷ Hafan! With a whole heap of attractions, we can guarantee y’all have a wild day! We have a funfair, fantastic craft stalls and of course our hospice tours!
Enjoy some line dancing and games at the main stage, or just kick back and watch some of our brilliant live singers, choirs and bands. Head over to our saloons to grab some lunch from a range of local food specialists. Gates will open at 12pm and close at 5pm. Tickets on yonder gate will be limited, so we recommend y’all buy in advance for guaranteed entry.

Vintage For Victory – Library Gardens, Whitchurch Village, Cardiff


When: 14th & 15th July

Price: £10-£40

Details: This Boutique Vintage Festival is probably the best kept secret in the event calendar. Inspired by the Romance and Glamour of Vintage Fashion & Nostalgia we are delighted to announce the return of the Vintage For Victory weekend to The Library Gardens in Whitchurch Village, a leafy suburb of Cardiff. Set in the past it celebrates all that was great from the 1940s 50s & 60s. We invite you to drift back in time, to those halcyon days and soak up the unique atmosphere in the period costume of your chosen era. It is an opportunity for you, friends and family to dress up to the nines in timeless style, amongst a crowd of people doing the same. With a fantastic musical line up to cater for all ages, Jive & Lindy Hop lessons, get ready to dance the day away.

Welsh Fest

When: 27th – 29th July

Price: From £15

Details: Set in the Vale of Glamorgan’s picturesque Countryside, WelshFest is an Outdoor Weekend Live Music Festival just a stones throw away from the Welsh Capital. WelshFest 2018 will take place in the beautiful grounds of the Spectacular Coedarhydyglyn Estate less than a mile from Culverhouse Cross.   We are bringing together a modern mix of Music Genre’s,  Arts and Poetry, featuring some of the finest original live performing artists from all over Wales. Over 100 Acts Across 4 Live
Stages. The Festival Wales has been waiting for!!!   Rock, Indie, Ska, Pop, Blues, Folk, Classical, House, Techno, WelshFest has something for everyone.  Three days of non stop live music.  Check out our  Family Activities and other Attractions at the festival too.   As well as our Outdoor Live Acts, there’s 3 days of non stop DJ’s in the Dance Tent and WelshFest will also be showcasing ‘Talent Cymru’, the first Event of its kind ever to be held in Wales. Camp for the weekend or come for the day and join in the fun.


Grand Medieval Melee – Cardiff Castle

When: 18th & 19th August

Price: £6.50

Details: With all the hustle and bustle of a medieval encampment, music, games, displays and Have-a-go archery activities. A new Tournament of the Knights featuring The Warwick Warriors, colourful tents, noble knights and fascinating falconry demonstrations create a great day of time-travelling and a fabulous family day out.

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