If you’re in Cardiff or South Wales and have children, you’ve probably spent the last 3-4 months trying desperately to find ways to stimulate, educate and entertain. With everything closed for safety reasons, it’s been a difficult time for everyone, but now that Wales has lifted the five mile travel rule and allowed outdoor attractions to open, socially distanced, you might be wondering what’s open, where you can go and what safety measures are taking place.
I’ve focused on days out that have toilets open. There are hundreds of amazing walks and outdoor places all around South Wales, but I’ve only featured a few here that have parking and toilets.
This information was correct to the best of my knowledge at the time of publication, but I’ve included links to the attractions and you should always double check if they’re open before traveling to avoid disappointment.
Last updated: 9th July
Playworks the Meadows (Facebook)
Playworks the Meadows is now open to the public for pre-booked visits, and limited walkins which are advertised on their facebook page depending on how busy they are. There’s no one way system, but it’s a reasonable size site and they are heavily managing numbers so it isn’t busy. This is a lovely little farm and we spent about 2 hours here. Takeaway food and drink is available and toilets are available. Tickets are £9 per person and under 3s go free.
Caerphilly Mountain View Ranch (Facebook)
Mountain View Ranch is open with bookings via appointment. The playground and high ropes were closed as of the start of July, but the rest of the trail is open with a one way system. The toilets are open (but make sure you use them at the start so you don’t have to go all the way around to get back to them again) and so was the jumping pillow, with a limited amount of children allowed on it at a time. They’re offering takeaway food and drink. Tickets are £6 per person.
Walnut Tree Farm, Newport (Facebook)
Walnut Tree Farm’s outside areas are currently open. Their soft play is closed and food / drinks are takeaway only. There’s a one way system and it’s a big site so social distancing shouldn’t be a problem. Tickets are £5 for children, £6 for adults.
Cosmeston Lakes and Medieval Village, Penarth
This is a lovely day out which is completely free. The lakes are open to the public and have plenty of space for social distancing. The toilet block is open. The playground is currently closed.
Tee Rex Adventure Golf, St Mellons, Cardiff (Facebook)
Although the soft play is closed, Adventure Golf is open, with takeaway facilities and toilets and well managed entry to keep everything properly distanced. They’re sometimes open until 7:30pm (check Facebook) so offer a later option than most places.
Barry Island Beach
Barry Beach is open and we can once again travel more than 5 miles to it so the council have re-opened the car parks. I’ve been keeping an eye on the 24/7 live webcam which is operated by Fish and Chips right on the promenade and it seems like people have been socially distancing well as it is a massive beach. It’s worth checking this webcam before traveling if it’s a sunny day just to make sure you’re happy with the numbers. Over the summer this is a dog-free beach and the council toilets on the promenade are now open again. The arcades and funfair is closed, but there are lots of takeaways open.
Cantref Adventure Farm & Riding Centre, Brecon (Facebook)
Cantref Adventure Farm is an amazing day out packed with a million things to do. It re-opens to the general public on July 11th and we are hoping to visit soon. Tickets must be pre-booked online, they have an app to order food and drink and the gift shop is open for card purchases. There is a big list of attractions which are open on their ticket booking page, but indoor attractions are closed. They have a one way system in place and toilets are open. Children over 93cm and Adults are £10.50 per person.
Amelia Trust Farm, near Barry (Facebook)
Amelia Trust Farm (see my review previously) is open again but tickets must be purchased in advance at £3.50 per person, making it one of the cheaper attraction options. There’s a one way system in place. Toilets are open and the cafe is open for takeaway food and drinks.