School’s out for the summer, and there’s plenty going on over the next six weeks to keep little ones entertained. Here’s a guide of what’s on in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, and further afield, from stage shows and theatre workshops, to traditional family fun days.
The listings are broken down into categories – outdoor fun, theatre and film, regular events for the ongoing activities over the holidays, and further afield if you fancy a day out.
If I’ve missed anything, please let me know by tweeting me @alanababyhols or on the Baby Holiday Facebook page and I’ll add it in. If you’re on Instagram, give us a follow and see what we get up to over the summer.
Burry Port RNLI open day:
Saturday, July 22, 1pm-5pm, Burry Port Harbour.
Meet the crew and see their life-saving equipment at a family-friendly open day.
Raft Race, Burry Port Harbour:
Saturday, July 22, 6pm-8pm
Crews will race their home-made rafts in the harbour in aid of Burry Port RNLI and Afia Banjul Children’s Football Academy. Awards will include best dressed raft, last raft over the line, and first to sink.
Ffos Las Family Fun Day:
Tuesday, July 25, noon-5pm (first race at 2pm), Ffos Las Racecourse, Trimsaran
As well as 7 races, there will be interactive circus workshops, face painting, garden games, table tennis and activity packs. Activities are free after entry. Parking is free, and a race day bus return service will run from Llanelli train service on a first come, first served basis.
Badger Watch at Dinefwr:
Saturday, July 29 and Saturday, August 5, 7pm-9pm
Get a closer look at these elusive mammals in their natural habitat. Meet the badger expert at the Visitor Centre carpark at about 6:45pm to walk to the badger hide. Sturdy shoes are advised and booking is essential.
Veggie Patch Kids at WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre:
Drop in anytime between 11am – 12pm, or for the full hour, on the first Sunday of the month. Suitable for all ages, especially primary school age and will include a variety of outdoor activities including; planting and maintaining plants and crops, growing and harvesting fruit and veg, making things for a wildlife friendly garden and other wildlife activities. Included in admission price.
Summer family event at Parc Howard, Llanelli:
Wednesday, August 23, 11am-4pm
Fun and games for all the family at Parc Howard.
Medieval Fair, Kidwelly Castle:
Saturday, August 26, from 9am
Hanes Cedweli’s fifth annual Mediaeval Ffair Cedweli will be held within the walls of the castle. There will be live music from local musicians, re-enactors and the mediaeval camp, and minstrels strolling around. Everyone can try their hand at archery; children can have a go at learning circus skills and see the apothecary’s potions. Adults can see what the future holds and get their cards read and fortune told, or browse the craft stalls. There will be prizes for best costumes and a raffle.
Free entry for local residents with a pass or usual CADW fees apply. All children under 5 receive free entry.
Theatre and film:
Storytelling and shadow puppet making:
Wednesday, August 2 – 11am, 1.30pm, Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen
Thursday, August 3 – 11am, 1.30pm, Ammanford Miners’ Theatre
Friday, August 4: 11.30am, 1.30pm, Ffwrnes Llanelli
Shapeshifters Magical Birds sessions with the Crowman will allow little ones’ imaginations to run wild. Get involved and enjoy the creative process with your children.
Beauty and the Beast at Kidwelly Castle:
Saturday, August 12. Gates open at 7.30pm, film starts at 9.30pm.
An adaptation of the Disney classic with widened mythology.
Wind in the Willows at Aberglasney Gardens:
Sunday, August 13, 6,30pm-9pm
Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for a perfect summer of adventure. This musical family show is presented in beautiful traditional costume and features a woodland parade during the interval for everyone to join in with.
Adult £15 / Child £10 / Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £44.
Tickets bought before August 6: Adult £13 / Child £8 / Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £40
Take your own rugs or low-backed seating.
Live Superstars Of Welsh Wrestling:
Thursday, August 17, 7.30pm
Live Superstars of Wrestling return to Ffwrnes. Experience the excitement and atmosphere first hand as top names in British wrestling battle it out in an evening of high impact wrestling action, suitable for all the family.
Film making workshops at Ffwrnes Llanelli:
Ffatri Film Ffwrnes is offering a two day Welsh-language workshop to develop film making skills including camera work, sound design, editing and acting.
Monday, August 21, 10am – ages 7-11
Thursday, August 24 – ages 11-14
Film screening: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory:
Tuesday, August 29, 1.30pm. Ffwrnes Llanelli
Enjoy the original film about Willy Wonka and the five families who tour through his wacky and wonderful chocolate factory. legacy.
Fish ‘n’ Ale evenings on the Gwili Railway:
Saturdays July 22 and 29, and 5, 12, 19 and 26 August.
Depart Bronwydd Station at 6pm and 7pm. Arrive 15 minutes before departure.
Take a ride on a heritage railcar and enjoy a fish and chips supper. Real ales are also available.
Summer activities at National Botanic Garden of Wales:
Friday, July 22 – Saturday, September 2, 10am-6pm
You can enjoy the hay bale maze, give water zorbing a go, or play endlessly in the adventure park. Hawk Adventures will offer abseiling on Tuesdays and tree climbing on Wednesdays. The butterfly house and glasshouse will also be open every day.
Wildlife Rangers at WWT Llanelli:
Saturday, July 22 – Monday, September 4
Take part in a watery treasure trail and spot the wildlife on a one kilometre canoe safari through the wetlands (suitable for children over five). Or hire some bikes to explore the grounds. Adult and children’s bikes – including some with stabilisers, and a small number of trailers – are available to hire for free. Canoe safari and bike trail open daily from noon – 4.30pm, with no additional cost after entry.
Crafts, Lego and story time at Carmarthenshire Libraries:
Monday, July 24, August 7 and August 21, 10am at Carmarthen Library
Thursday, August 3, 5pm at Ammanford Library
Every Tuesday, 10.15am at Llanelli Library
Wednesday, July 26, 10am; Friday, August 11, 10am; Friday, September 1, 10am
Trash to Treasure: Wednesday, August 16, 10am
Friday, July 28, 10am; Friday, August 4, 10am: Friday, August 11, 10am, Friday, August 25, 10am; Friday, September 1, 10am
Play Doh session: Tuesday, August 1, 2pm at Carmarthen Library
Game Day: Thursday, August 24, 10am at Llanelli Library
Thursday, August 3, 10.30am at Llanelli Library
Royal Welsh Show:
Monday, July 24 – Thursday, July 27. Showground, Llanelwydd.
The biggest agricultural show of the year, with four days of livestock competitions, displays, shopping and food and drink. Entertainment is lined up for 12 hours each day, with something for all ages to enjoy.
Cardiff Bay Beach:
Friday, July 28 to Sunday, September 3, 10am-8pm.
Cardiff will once again create its own seafront at the Bay, with sand, a fun fair and entertainment. Entry is free.
For a full guide of Cardiff events, head over to Cathryn at Cardiff Mummy Says, who has it all rounded-up!
Paw Patrol at Folly Farm:
Monday, August 27 and Tuesday, August 28 at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm
Pups Chase and Marshall will visit from Adventure Bay throughout the two days. This is not a meet and greet event. Included in entry price.
*Please confirm events with the organiser prior to attending. I can’t be held responsible for changes of date, time, or cancellations.