Spooktastic Things To Do in South Wales This Halloween Half Term

I’m always on the look out for things to do with my daughter each half term holiday, and I spend hours trawling the web for ideas. It can be a soul destroying process, and I’m sure there are many other parents who feel the same. So I’ve decided to post some of the events I’ve come across in the hopes that it might be helpful to you all. Chances are, if you’ve come across this post, then you’re in the same boat as me. As it’s coming up to Hallowe’en, I’ve decided to keep it on topic. Happy Halloween!

Animal Antics: Taste of Halloween

Where: Plantasia, Parc Tawe Retail Park, Swansea, SA1 2AL

When: Monday 24th – Wednesday 26th October 2016
Four shows a day: 10.30am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm & 3.15pm

Price: Adults £5.50, Children £4.50
Pre-Booking is essential

Details: Meet, greet and eat some creepy crawlies if you dare! Halloween fun at Plantasia’s popular Animal Antics show!

Tickets: Can be purchased here or contact 01792 474555. Click here to find out more about Plantasia.

Spooktacular Fun at Cantref Farm

Where: Upper Cantref Farm, Cantref, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8LR

When: Monday 24th – Sunday 30th October 2016
10.30am – 5.30pm

Price: Various price options. Click here to check.

Details: Lots to do from Halloween games, arts & crafts, skeleton building, a frightfully fun treasure hunt and a  fancy dress competition. The Halloween Boo Barn is open & Mr Ev’s will be Spooktacular in his Halloween Show!! The popular event of Pumpkin Launching is back too so why not enter the competition & see if you can beat your family members!

Thursday 27th October is Creepy Crawly Day, giving you the opportunity to come face to face with snakes, spiders and other creepy crawly critters!

On Monday 31st October, the farm will be holding an After School Halloween Party, a spooktacluar evening of fancy dress, games, music and a scary supper! From 3.30pm – 7.00pm.

Tickets: Click here for tickets and to find out more about Cantref.

Spooky Science

Where: Techniquest, Stuart St, Cardiff, CF10 5BW

When: Monday 24th – Sunday 30th October 2016
10.00am – 5.00pm

Price: Click here for prices

Details: Ever seen a pumpkin carve itself, or a coin scream? Can you sit on a bed of nails without screaming, and can science be used to create potions and ghosts? Find out at the Spooky Science show. Fancy dress welcome.

While you’re there, why not catch Graham The Ghost? All ghosts need to show up in the dark but poor Graham the Ghost has lost his glow.  And he needs to learn to make shadows, steal shadows and scare people or he won’t be able to pass his test and join the ghost union. Can you help by using science in this interactive story-time? Followed by a short star tour. Suitable for under-7’s.

Tickets: Pay on arrival or contact 02920 475475 for further info. Click here to find out more about Techniquest.

Halloween at Hendrewennol

Where: Hendrewennol Fruit Garden, Bonvilston, Cowbridge, CF5 6TS

When: Monday 24th – Sunday 30th October 2016
10.00am – 5.00pm

Price: Click here for prices

Details: A family friendly spooky experience by day, and a little bit scarier as dusk falls. Includes pumpkin carving, a broomstick factory, web making, the spooky village and the Terror Trail, alive all day with live action artists. Hot and cold food available to purchase, from fresh oven-fired pizzas, hotdogs and burgers to salads, soups and pies.

Tickets: Tickets MUST be purchased in advance here – there will be no tickets available on site. Click here to find out more about Hendrewennol Fruit Garden.

bloggers recommendsCathryn from Cardiff Mummy Says
There’s so much going on, I am struggling to fit in everything I want to do! I’m looking forward to hunting for fairies at Castell Coch, pumpkin carving and broomstick making at Hendrewennol, and helping to build the wicker man at St Fagans National History Museum, which is free to visit. Also really looking forward to George’s Marvellous Medicine at New Theatre, Cardiff – I’ve loved re-reading the books with my children, so we are all excited about seeing it on the stage.

The Royal Mint Experience:
Halloween Activities

Where: The Royal Mint, Llantrisant, Pontyclun, CF72 8YT

When: Tuesday 25th – Friday 28th October 2016
10.00am – 4.00pm

Price: Click here for prices

Details: Tuesday 25th October: Terrible Tuesday – Halloween themed games and craft activities.
Wednesday 26th October: Wicked Wednesday – Face painting & balloon modelling.
Thursday 27th October: Terrifying Thursday – Mask and spooky decoration craft activities.
Friday 28th October: Freaky Friday – Halloween mobiles and lanterns craft workshop.
A Halloween Competition will take place on each day, with prizes for best and spookiest costumes.

Tickets: Can be purchased here. Click here to find out more about The Royal Mint, Llantrisant.

Hallowe’en Ghost Train

Where: Swansea Bay – Southend Gardens to Blackpill and back.

When: Friday 28th – Sunday 30th October 2016
Train rides at: 4.45pm, 5.30pm, 6.15pm and 7.00pm.

Price: Adults £5.50, Children £4.50
Pre-Booking is essential

Details: The Hallowe’en Ghost Train will be making its way down Swansea Prom this Hallowe’en Weekend! Suitable for ghosts, goblins and witches of any age!

Tickets: Can be purchased here or contact 01792 635411 for more info. Click here to find out more about Swansea Prom’s Halloween Ghost Train and other Swansea Bay events.

Day of The Dead Halloween Mini-Fiesta

Where: The Depot, Construction House, Dumballs Road, Cardiff, CF10 5FE

When: Saturday 29th October 2016
All ages: 2.00pm – 6.000pm (All under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult)
Over 18’s only: 6.00pm – 10.00pm

Price: Under 18’s £5, Over 18’s £18

Details: A Halloween fiesta like no other. With carnival-esque pageantry, giant skull processions, acrobats, dancers and beautiful decorative art & costumes, plus live music and DJ’s, pinatas, free skull face painting, confetti, co2 and light show

Tickets: Can be purchased here. Click here to find out more about The Depot and their Halloween event.

Spooktacular at Rhondda Heritage Park

Where: Rhondda Heritage Park, Rhondda

When: Friday 28th – Sunday 30th October 2016
11.00am – 4.00pm

Price: £5.95 per child + online booking fee. Under 2’s free only if they are not participating in activities

Details: The ultimate family Halloween experience featuring various spooky arts and crafts workshops, pumpkin carving, extended play in the creepy Energy Zone and the popular pumpkin hunt.

Tickets: Can be purchased here or in person at Rhondda Heritage Park, CF37 2NP. Click here to find out more about Rhondda Heritage Park.

Halloween Spooktacula

Where: Oystermouth Castle, Swansea

When: Saturday 29th October 2016
Mini Monsters: For 3-7 year olds – 12.30pm-2.00pm & 2.30pm-4.00pm
Daring Devils: For 7-11 year olds – 4.30pm-6.00pm & 6.30pm-8.00pm

Price: £5 per person, Children under 3 go free

Details: Spooktacula fun including creepy crafts, gory games and ghastly ghost stories!

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased here or contact 01792 637300.
Limited tickets will be available on the gate – cash payments only. Click here to find out more about Oystermouth Castle’s Halloween Spooktacula and other Swansea Bay events.

Blaenavon’s Heritage Railway’s
‘Ghost Trains’

Where: Blaenavon Heritage Railway

When: Saturday 29th – Monday 31st October 2016
Trains run between 4.00pm & 9.00pm

Price: £5 per person

Details: Trains run from the VERY SCARY Furnace Sidings; prepare to be scared as you take the train to the haunted Whistle Inn. All visitors are encouraged to dress up in their spooky clothes (but not essential).
Be prepared to be scared!

Tickets: Pay on arrival. Contact 01495 707448 or 01495 707480 or visit their website to find out more about Blaenavon Heritage Railway.

blogger recommendsLeanne from A Slice of My Life Wales says
Take a trip up to Blaenavon Railway for their Halloween special Ghost Trains. They put a lot of effort in to create a fantastically spooky atmosphere, plus you get to ride on a steam train!

Growing Space Pontypridd presents:
‘Room On a Broom’ Workshop

Where: Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd – Wild Zone Area (next to the Bowls Green)

When: Sunday 30th October 2016
10.30am – 11.45am

Price: £4 per child (including materials). Children under 1 go free with a paying sibling.

Details: Storytime & drumming, adventure trail, clay bog-monster making and muddy kitchen. Fancy dress optional.

Tickets: Pre-booking advised. Contact Hannah Hitchins on growingspacepontypridd@gmail.com
Visit their Facebook page for more info.

bloggers recommendsRebecca from Mouse Dog Baby says
Growing Space Pontypridd is an outdoorsy play group in the park once a month. We never miss it. It’s the highlight of the month for every toddler I know! On Sunday 30th there’s a ‘Room on the Broom’ Halloween special to celebrate a whole year of muddy fun. Book a place through the facebook page.

Halloween Spook Nights

Where: Plantasia, Swansea

When: Sunday 30th – Monday 31st October 2016
5.30pm – 7.00pm

Price: £5.50 per person. Pre-Booking is essential

Details: Experience Plantasia after dark for a night of creepy story telling and antics in their creepy jungle. Don’t forget to dress up!

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased here or contact 01792 474555 for more info. Click here to find out more about Plantasia.

Want more amazing Half Term activity ideas? A Cardiff Mummy Says has come up with 70 – YES, 70! – things you can do in South Wales this Half Term. There are some fantastic ideas on there! Read all about them here!

Disclosure: This isn’t a sponsored post, just my own suggestions of fun things to do in South Wales this Hallowe’en Half Term, based on the kind of activities Cici and I would find exciting!

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