Winter Activities in Wales to Help Bring a Family Closer

As the winter months loom over us, here are some ideas for family days out in Wales to do to bring you closer together.

Winter months can often be a little bleak, especially in the lovely lands of Wales where it’s typically a little wetter than normal. But there’s still plenty of fun to be had for families looking to enjoy some time around Wales.

This winter could be particularly hard for some families who may be going experiencing some changes such as a divide in the family due to divorce. There is plenty of help to be given by solicitors in Haverfordwest, Cardiff or Newport for families in surrounding areas of West and South Wales looking for legal advice on such matters.

Whilst legal proceedings are happening, parents may be looking for ways to spend time with the children to lighten the moods and change to the family. So, we have you covered. Here are some activities for you and your family this winter in Wales…

Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly castle, located in Caerphilly South Wales, is a fantastic historic adventure to take the family along to, one day this winter. Suitable for all ages, the castle sits in the heart of Caerphilly town with plenty of shops and cafes to explore after your castle visit.

There are numerous tours available to take part in, but make sure to book ahead as the castle is a popular tourist destination. It’s suggested to allow one to two hours to have a full explore of the grounds. Just be aware there are hundreds of geese living in the moat surrounding the castle who are partial to a little seed.

Brecon Waterfalls

The Brecon Beacons boasts miles of countryside, mountains and some scenic waterfall walks that are very popular for families. There are four waterfall walks that range in length and difficulty, so make sure you read up before venturing to check it’s suitable for small ones.

All together the falls are 5.5 miles long. The four waterfalls are named as:

  • The Elidir trail (Sgwd Gwladus Waterfall) – 1.3 Miles
  • Gunpowder trail – 1.5 Miles
  • Sychryd trail – 0.5 Miles
  • Sgwd-yr-Eira trail – 2 Miles

Make sure you go prepared as the grounds are very rocky, uneven, and very wet! You will need suitable walking shoes at least, and don’t forget to pack a picnic (there are no shops anywhere near these falls!)

Wales Millennium Centre

Wales Millennium Centre is home to some classic on-stage shows to keep families entertained this winter. From Shrek to Dr Doolittle, there are plenty of performances throughout the winter period to suit all ages. Book in advance to make sure you get good seats.

St Fagans Museum of History

St Fagans is free for everyone to visit and provides a rich historic day out for the family. This open-air museum is an example of an old Victorian Welsh village, standing on the grounds of St Fagans Castle and gardens.

The village consists of over 50 historic rebuilt buildings from all over Wales, including a Victorian School, a medieval church and a Workman’s Institute.

This is one of Europe’s leading open-air museums and is not to be missed this winter. The museum offers Halloween trails for children at a small price of £3.50; just one of many events that are happening over the next couple of months.


There is so much to do in Snowdonia for families – we’ve narrowed down a couple of favourites:

  • Children’s Farm Park
  • Padarn Country Park
  • Harlech Castle
  • Swallow Falls
  • Zip World Bounce Below

From trampolining underground to walking long trails to feeding baby goats, there is so much fun to be had in Snowdonia. The area offers plenty of places for families to stop and stay, including plenty of places to park self-contained vans (if you’re willing to brave the cold!).

There are plenty of trails and walks to be had in Snowdonia, but if you would like to get to the top of the mountain with ease, why not take advantage of the mountain railway that offers a very scenic route up to the top?

Playzone Swansea

For really wintery days, we’d suggest an indoor activity such as the Playzone Swansea which offers a huge indoor soft play area suitable for all ages. If your children are particularly fidgety this could be perfect place to burn some energy.

Playzone is open 7 days a week all winter, so perfect for last-minute rainy-day plans. If you like the look of it yourself, Playzone also offers adult nights for those who want to be a big kid for the night.

Winter Activities in Wales

Winter months don’t have to be bleak in Wales. Getting out on the weekends and making the most of the winter sun will brighten your and your family’s mood for sure.

As you can see from the suggestions made in this article, many of the options involve taking advantage of the countryside Wales has to offer families. The best part about getting out to these suggested places is you can make the outdoor trails as long and difficult as you like, many of them are suitable for all ages, and cost little to do.

If you and your family are struggling with any family issues, like divorce or separation, be sure to get out and let Wales reinvigorate you.


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