Balance Trail – Bute Park
The balance trail features upside down trees, fallen logs, stepping posts and a long winding snake called Barbara – these are among the latest additions to Bute Park’s new children’s play features in Cardiff.
The balance trail and the new play apparatus which are a great free family activity, just in time for the summer break, have been installed as part of the wider Bute Park Restoration Project, which is supported by a £3.1m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The 11 new outdoor items create an exciting and fun woodland balance trail for youngsters – and the young at heart, to play on and enjoy. They are situated within the woodland behind the Summerhouse Cafe, which is one of the most popular areas of the park for families.
Cabinet Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Huw Thomas, said, “The new balance trail is another welcome addition to Bute Park, which following investment in new features and facilities is now a great day out for all the family.
“In keeping with the environment and surroundings the new natural play features are a fun and exciting way for children to interact and discover nature. They invite imagination-led play in a healthy outdoor environment and have been robustly made and installed so that families can enjoy the balance trail throughout the year.”
The pieces are in keeping with other natural play items which have recently been positioned in several locations around the park. They include larger-than-life carvings and sculptures which depict elements of wildlife and the site’s history, which encourage children to play, inquire and explore.
The balance trail is just one of the hundreds of free activities for children in South Wales this summer.
Most schools break up for six weeks next Friday.
Some of the highlights of the season include Barry Island Weekenders, free family events that take place at the resort every weekend over the summer.
On the first weekend Barry Island will be transformed into a fire garden and there will be street art and powerboat action.
Cardiff Festival also has a series of free activities, including the transformation of Roald Dahl Plass into an urban beach and the Cardiff Harbour Festival at the end of August.