May half-term for families in Wales

Learn survival skills in the great outdoors, meet native and exotic animals, discover weird and wonderful bugs and plants...there's a world of experience for you to explore at our houses, gardens, coast and countryside across Wales.

Father and son enjoying waterfall view at Aberdulais Tin Works

Aberdulais Tinworks and Waterfall, Neath 

Pick up your 50 Things scrapbook from reception and join us for a week of self-led activities - make a daisy chain, hunt for bugs or explore inside a tree. There are plenty of things to do for all the family at this fascinating, historic site.

A mum lifts up her two children to see the Laburnum Arch in flower at Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden, Conwy 

The famous flowering Laburnum Arch is a spectacle that will delight visitors of all ages in late May and early June. During half-term week youngsters can also have fun with a host of nature activities like den building, making fairy houses and walking barefoot in the meadow.

Children enjoying craft activities in the outdoors

The Skirrid, near Abergavenny 

Join our rangers for a wild family adventure and get closer to nature. Explore the Skirrid near Abergavenny where you'll have the chance to tick off some of the 50 Things to do before you're 11 ¾ activities, including wild art, den building, hunting for bugs and lots more.

A medieval archer at Chirk Castle

Chirk Castle, Wrexham 

This May half-term at Chirk Castle join us for a fascinating exhibition by local artists, explore our gardens as part of the Festival of Gardens in North Wales, and don’t miss a weekend of storybook fun for the kids with our annual Knights and Princesses event.

A guided tour of Dolaucothi Gold Mines

Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Carmarthenshire 

Take an underground guided tour, explore a 1930s mineyard and try your hand at panning – you may strike gold. If you’re looking for a longer break why not sleep under the stars at the estate caravan park - the world’s first International Dark Sky Reserve.

The orchid house at Dyffryn Gardens

Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan 

Explore the blossoming gardens and unique Edwardian Dyffryn House to see what wonderful activities you can get up to. You can challenge your family to a game of billiards, get crafty in the morning room and even try your hand at croquet. The Bonsai Festival will also be running from 27 -28 May, so see what you can learn about these beautiful horticultural art forms.

Erddig cuddly bugs recline on deckchairs in the garden

Erddig, Wrexham 

Roll over teddies, young adventurers can go on a big bug hunt at Erddig. The pesky trail covers the critters that munch our collection indoors and a host of giant carvings by chainsaw artist Simon O’Rourke outdoors. Other activities include campfire cooking, den building and tree climbing or turn back the clock and discover our Erddig40 anniversary exhibition.

Man shearing a sheep as a crowd of visitors look on

Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion 

Life on a working farm is never dull, and May half term is a hive of activity. Join the garden team planting in the walled garden and see sheep get their annual hair cut. There will also be demonstrations of age old farm skills and crafts.

Children taking part in coasteering at Stackpole

Pembrokeshire 

Explore the best of Pembrokeshire’s special places this May half-term. Make a splash with watersports on the coast, step back in time for Tudor play or go on a spring wildflower walk…there’s lots to keep the family busy.

A group of children enjoy storytelling fun outdoors in the grounds at Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle, Bangor 

Plan your half-term holiday antics with us whether it's ticking off a few more of those 50 Things or listening to a whodunnit story set in the forest.

Lettuse shoots growing

Plas Newydd, Anglesey 

Join us for family tennis fun on the lawn, meet the new head gardener for afternoon tea and discover an Edible Garden - find out which plants are good to eat, with the expert guidance of one of the garden team.

Statue of a shepherd on the terraced garden at Powis Castle, Powys, Wales

Powis Castle and Garden, Welshpool 

The gardens of Powis Castle are as awe-inspiring as their hillside setting. Explore them on a tour of the terraces, nursery and cutting garden. Inside the castle, step back in time to the dark days of WW1 with a visit to the recreated trench in the castle cellars.

Ranger led activities at Llanbedrog beach, Llŷn Peninsula

Snowdonia and Llyn 

Perfect your survival skills at Llanbedrog beach with den-building, campfire cooking, raft building and map reading, or just have fun kite flying, creating wild art, welly-throwing and storytelling at Beddgelert fun day.

Children dressed as pirates brandishing plastic swords

Tredegar House, Newport 

Join us in your best buccaneer costume for Captain Henry Morgan's pirate weekend. We've also got family spotter trails throughout the gardens and 50 Things activities to keep the children busy throughout this half-term.