SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
CARDIFF: Cardiff Harbour Festival in Cardiff Bay for the weekend. Celebrate the end of the summer holidays with a host of
activities, including the British Fishcraft Championships and Extreme Sailing. www.cardiff-festivals.com.
PORTHCAWL: Shadow puppet making at the Grand Pavilion from 11am. Costs £5. Tel: 01656 815995www.grandpavilion.co.uk.
CARDIFF: Family ghost walks in Llandaff, from 7pm. Family ticket is £15 and individual ticket £4.50. Tel: 029 2087 3573 www.cardiffhistory.co.uk.
PONTYPRIDD: Family fun day before the children go back to school at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park. Children can play on all equipment and bouncy castles and small rides. Wristbands can be picked up on the day. Cost is £6 per child. Tel: 01443 404699.
CAERLEON: The Gladiators return to the National Roman Legion Museum for a weekend of death and glory. Cost is £3 per person and is free for under threes. Tel: 029 2057 3550 www.museumwales.ac.uk.
CARDIFF: Bank Holiday fun with lots of activities and workshops at St Fagans National History Museum. Tel: 029 2057 3550 www.museumwales.ac.uk.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
CARDIFF: Enjoy the thrill of riding on miniature steam trains and tram around the beautiful area of Heath Park today and tomorrow. There will also be model railway layouts and refreshments today and tomorrow. Entrance is £1.50 and rides are £1.50 per person. Children aged three and under have free entry and rides. www.cardiffmes.com.
CAERPHILLY: Visit Caerphilly Castle this weekend and watch as the castle is brought to life with the sights, sounds and smells of the medieval world. The highlight of each day is the firing of the siege engines, the ultimate weapons of war of the time, casting massive stone ball ammunition into the moat. Tel: 029 2088 3143 www.cadw.wales.gov.uk.
CAERPHILLY: Mega Day at Virginia Park is an all day music event for charity. All money raised will go to Velindre Hospital.
ABERDARE: How would you survive stranded on a deserted island? Would you be able to build a raft and get to safety? If you head along to Dare Valley Country Park between 10am and 3pm, you might get some tips that would help as part of its Raft Building Challenge day. Free, but needs to be booked. Tel: 01685 874672
MONDAY, AUGUST 26
PENARTH: Fun activities for youngsters this summer. Mini Burn 4 Schools is a five-day programme including four days of multi-sport training and a one-day inter-schools competitive event. It involves running, cycling, kayaking and orienteering at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park. www.burnseries.co.uk/mini-burn-4-schools.
NEW TREDEGAR: August amusements at the Winding House. A day of seasonal historic activities. Tel: 01443 822666 your.caerphilly.gov.uk/windinghouse.
NELSON: Barking mad dog show at Llancaiach Fawr Mansion. It is a fun charity show that is not under kennel club rules. Cost is £1 for adults and 50 for children. Tel: 01443 412248 www.llancaiachfawr.co.uk.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 27
BARRY: Pond Dip and Bug Hunt at Porthkerry Country Park between 10.30am and noon. Suitable for seven to 11 year olds. Book in advance. Costs £3. Tel: 01446 733589.
CARDIFF: Focus on the Castle Animals at Cardiff Castle, wtih lots of animals around the site for you to draw. Tickets for event are £2. Tel: 029 2087 8100 www.cardiffcastle.com.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28
CARDIFF: Natural science family-friendly talk at the National Museum of Wales, from 1.05pm. Focus is on volcanoes that come and go under the sea and what makes a volcano erupt. Tel: 029 2057 3000 www.museumwales.ac.uk.
CARDIFF: Bat walk at the Tredelerch Lake between 8.30pm and 11pm. Discover the bats feeding around the lake using bat detectors. Walk will be 2km and you need a torch. Tel: 029 2068 4000 www.cardiff.gov.uk/parks.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29
CAERLEON: Join the time pirate at the National Roman Legion Museum. Solve the clues and find the treasure. Tel: 029 2057 3000 www.museumwales.ac.uk.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30
BARGOED: Discover the secrets of forest fun at Parc Cwm Darren with learning how to make a fire and cook on it. You can also attend the art attack activity where you will have a go at willow weaving and other art activities. Tel: 01443 875557.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31
CARDIFF: Battle Royal at Cardiff Castle. See the Roundheads and the Cavaliers go head to head in a Civil War re-enactment, followed by a concert by the Pendyrus Male Choir. Tel: 029 2087 8100 www.cardiffcastle.com.
BARRY: Wartime Weekend at Barry Tourist Railway today and tomorrow. There will be a replica spitfire, 1940s live music, military vehicles, living historians. Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos will also be visiting the town. Open to the public on both days. Tel: 01446 704737.
FERNDALE: Fiddle workshop at the Morlais Hall, between 10am and 4pm. A chance to learn to play some Irish tunes with a former BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Musician of the year Finalist Emma Sweeney.
CARDIFF: Using their energy and enthusiasm, BulliesOut will be delivering
their innovative and interactive workshops at The Red Dragon Centre ahead of the new school term this weekend. These will focus on awareness, prevention, building empathy and positive peer relationships all of which are crucial in creating a nurturing environment in which young people can thrive. Full details at www.thereddragoncentre.co.uk.
CARDIFF: The Monmouthshire branch of the Muzzleloaders will be displaying ancient weapons at St Fagans National History Museum. Tel: 029 2057 3000 www.museumwales.ac.uk.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
CARDIFF: Rock workshops at the National Museum of Wales throughout the day and there will also be a chance to try out your artistic skills. Tel: 029 2057 3000 www.museumwales.ac.uk.