When the weekend arrives, and the kids need entertaining, you need some expert help with finding things to do for you and your family in Wales. Luckily, we’ve got our ears to the ground, and our very own Cathy Owen has picked some of the best events and activities for families in Wales this weekend…
Events and activities for families in Wales this weekend range from a special guest appearance from Peppa Pig, to free blues and jazz music lessons for kids
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CARDIFF Fingers crossed the rain stays off for this monthly nature walk around the reserve at Forest Farm, near Whitchurch. Meet Stella, from the RSPB, at the warden’s centre at 10am.
RHONDDA Pick up a bargain and keep the children happy at the Rhondda Rotary Club charity book sale at Rhondda Heritage Park, Trehafod. Old and new books, tapes and comics from as little at 20p. Runs today and tomorrow. Call 01443 682 036 or visit www.rhonddaheritagepark.com.
CARDIFF Oink! Oink! for Peppa Pig as she makes a special guest appearance at Thornhill Primary school’s spring fair. There will also be puppet theatre, owls from the Owl Sanctuary and a bike and scooter swap between noon and 3pm. Admission is free, but there will be a £1 charge for the puppet show.
CARDIFF If this week is anything to go by, the chances are it might be a wet weekend. If it does pour down there is always the cinema and Chapter Arts Centre, in Canton, has a family film every Saturday. This weekend Wreck It Ralph will be shown at 11am and 3pm. Tickets in advance are £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children. Call 029 2030 4400.
CARDIFF Find out more about the Chinese way of life at Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning. Chinese calligraphy, origami and the tea ceremony will be demonstrated. Chinese language for beginners and taster sessions will take place at 11am and noon. Centre is on Senghennydd Road. Call 029 2087 0000.
CARDIFF Free entry for buyers at a children and craft market in Grangetown between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. There will be lots of pre-loved baby and maternity clothes, nursery equipment and crafts. Taking place at St Paul’s Church, Paget Street. Visit www.childrenandcraftmarketswales.co.uk.
CARDIFF Fancy learning how to play the blues? Jazz for fun at the Cardiff Story Museum. There will be a free taster session with absolute beginners guide to playing jazz and blues. Saxophones will be available. Takes place between 1pm and 3pm. Booking essential on 07806 625717.
YNYSYBWL Families can have swashbuckling fun at Daerwynno Outdoor Centre for a Pirate Day. Learn how to read a map and decipher rhyming clues. As you follow the trail through the forest find One Eyed Jack’s treasure, listen to a story and learn how to build a ship. Runs from 10am to 4pm. Book a place on 01443 790768.
MERTHYR Outdoor fun for all the family at Cyfarthfa Park Boating Lake. Learn new skills and try a bit of canoeing. Call 01685 727099.
NEWPORT Get the children outdoors and active with a new junior rangers club at Tredegar House and Park. The challenge is to get through as many of the National Trust’s 50 things to do before your 113/4 programme. It starts this Saturday and will run every other week until the middle of October. Booking is essential for the club which runs between 11am and 1pm. Book on 01633 815880, or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tredegar-house.