If you’re heading to South Wales on holiday in 2015, here’s a handful of fascinating festivals and shows to check out:
It’s never to late to think about what events and festivals you could be getting involved with next year…
Mumbles Festival Weekend
Date: 23rd – 26th May 2015
Location: Oystermouth Castle, Swansea
Type: Family fun, music, arts
Prices: Weekend family ticket – £45 (2 Adults and up to 3 children 7 to 16 years)
Nearest Haven park: Kiln Park (1hr 22mins by car)
Mumbles is a lovely spot on the Swansea seaside. And although it’s probably most famous for being the birthplace of Catherine Zeta-Jones, it’s also home to a brilliant family-friendly festival weekend, every year.
In 2014, it all started on a Friday evening – with a children’s procession from Oystermouth Castle into the festival area. And Disco Panther (a 12-piece funk and jazz band) opened the weekend with a live performance on the main stage.
The music goes on all over the weekend, between performances from authors, poets and artists, largely inspired by the works of Dylan Thomas -who spent plenty of time enjoying South Wales and often explored the gorgeous walks of New Quay, which you can try for yourself when staying at Quay West.
The stalls and medieval-themed picnics from last year went down well too. If you’re looking for an easy weekend of lively entertainment, good hearty food and a full-on ‘Welsh’ experience, then the Mumbles Festival Weekend is definitely one to look out for.
Just check the official website for updates on the line-ups, times and events. If you’re travelling from Kiln Park for a day out, then you can get one-day tickets no problem, or even single event tickets if you want to be choosy. Kids aged under 7 go free.
Cardigan Bay Regatta
Date: August 2015
Location: New Quay
Type: Family fun, water sports, sailing, racing
Nearest Haven park: Quay West (13mins by car or 20mins on foot)
This is another classic that happens every year and takes place just down the road from ourQuay West holiday park.
The Cardigan Bay Regatta is mainly a sailing event – with boat races and watersports seizing most ofthe attention. But it’s the sandcastle building competitions, treasure hunts, crabbing and all the other beach games that the kids enjoy most (when they’re not stuffing ice-cream into their face).
And if they kids want to get the edge on the competition, then take some tips from Master Sand Sculptor, Mark Anderson, on building the perfect sandcastle.J
Even though the event takes place right in the middle of summer, it did rain last year…
Still, a game of touch rugby broke out on the beach to make the most of the soggy sand. The locals definitely know how to keep the fun going no matter what.
By the way, if you’re looking for a place to sit down and feed the baby, or give little legs a rest from all the festivities on the sand – sneak off to Traeth bistro. You can see all the boats in the bay from the terrace, while you tuck into the bistro’s famous seafood platter (there’s loads of other dishes and a kids menu if you don’t eat fish). It has to be one of the best places to eat in New Quay and our Entertainments Manager at Quay West is a big, big fan.
Halloween Festival St. Fagans
Date: 4th – 31st October 2015
Location: St Fagans
Type: Family fun, arts, learning
Prices: Mostly free but some events are paid for
Nearest Haven park: Kiln Park (1hr 40mins by car)You don’t have to wait until Halloween to have a day out at St Fagan’s but the National History Museum usually has plenty going on around that time of year.
From arts and crafts to bat shows, there’s lots for the kids to enjoy and you can drop-in to most of the activities for free.
On the night of Halloween in 2014, they burnt the wicker man which was built a few days earlier in a separate activity. It’s such an amazing event to see… and definitely one to get everybody in the mood for Bonfire Night five days later.
There are more simple games like leaf gathering too. It’s a brilliant place to spend some spooky family time and one of the best things to do over half term in 2015.
There’s a restaurant, a caféand a tea room there, with baby-changing facilities, play areas for younger kids and even some picnic spots if the chilly weather hasn’t kicked in yet.
Try the ice cream while you’re there, it’s made by Mary’s Farmhouse, which isn’t too far from our very own Kiln Park.
Get in touch…
Are you going to any of the above? Let us know in the comments and we just might see you there!
If you’d like to send any pictures or videos from an event, the best way is toping them over to our Twitter account – @haven.
And if you’re thinking about booking a holiday in South Wales, we’ve got four parks in the area that’d love to have you: