Hobbsy's House

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Saturday, 14 July 2012

(Summer) Holidays are Coming!

So with only 3 days left in school and no sign of the rain stopping, it's time for a Summer Holiday survival plan. I've scoured the internet to find out what's on in Swansea and Neath - the good news is there's loads, and lots of it is free or at least very cheap:

21st Victoria Gardens, Neath. 12.30-2.30pm. Jamba Drama Bear Hunt with face painting and crafts. Call 01639 686775 for more information.
21st - 27th Waterfront Museum. 12 and 2pm. Kite Making. Suitable for ages 7+. Book on 02920 573 600.
23rd. Margam Country Park. Birds and Balloons. Environmental Fun with the RSPB 10am - 4pm. Balloon Modelling with 'Dr Bob' 11am, 12, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
23rd. Swansea Community Farm. Between 10am and 3pm. Family Fun Day including treasure hunts, kite making, adventure play, pond dipping, flower bomb making and honey extraction. Call 01792 578384 for more information
23rd + 24th Discovery Centre, Brynmill Park. Giant Games in the park. 10.30am - 11.30am . No booking required. Free
24th The Gnoll, Neath. Family Fun Day

25th  Crown and Shield making, Oystermouth castle. £1 per child.
25th and 26th Plantasia. 10.30am - 4pm. Cycle power and Ice Cream Making. Come along to make your own ice cream and learn how to make electricity using pedal power to the sound of the rainforest. Normal admission prices.

26th Learn to play tennis, Victoria Park. 10.30-11.30. £1 per child. This is a Junior Park Ranger event (suitable for ages 5-11). For booking: 01792 635485
27th Swansea Central Library. Family film. 1.30pm. Contact the library for film information.

29th Waterfront Museum. Urban Sports Skills (football freestyling, basketball, BMX). 11am, 12noon, 1.30 pm and 3.30pm (have a go sessions at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm. Suitable for families, book on the number above.

1st-31st St Fagan's Museum, Cardiff. 'Art Cart' art and craft sessions. 11am - 1pm, 2pm - 4pm
2nd Margam Country Park. Mr Bubbles Family Fun with balloon modelling, magic and puppets. 10am - 4pm
4th & 5th Waterfront Museum, Swansea. 'Get Knotted'. Make friendship bracelets. 12-3.30pm. Suitable for families, no booking required.
7th, 8th & 9th Plantasia. Animal Antics, Birds of Prey. Get up close to birds of prey.Book on 01792 474555. Prices: Child: £3.95, Adult: £4.95 (½ price to season ticket holders) 4 shows a day: 10.30am, 12.00noon, 2.00pm and 3.15pm
9th Coed Gwilym Park, Bug Hunt 10.30am -11.30am. £1 per child.

11th & 12th Waterfront Museum. Pirate Weekend.
13th Margam Country Park. Meet Captain Barnacle. A Pirate pantomime show with comedy, music, puppets and mayhem. Shows at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm.
16th Discovery Centre, Brynmill Park. Lots of adventurous games and sports. 10.30am - 11.30am £1.00 per child

18th–24th Waterfront Museum, Swansea. Inflatable Planetarium. 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm. Age 7+. Booking required. 40 minute show.

18th & 19th Waterfront Museum, Swansea. Constellation Cotton Bags. 12 – 3.30pm. Families, drop in. £1.50 a bag. Trace the constellations on a cotton bag.
20th Margam Country Park. How the Whale Became and Other Stories. Inspired by the short stories
written by Ted Hughes, these tales are loved by children and adults alike and will leave you with some entertaining answers to these and other questions. Sessions at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.
21st Oystermouth Castle. Medieval Story Telling. We'll be enjoying stories about the past 'Horrible Histories' style! 10.30am - 11.30am £1.00 per child

21st, 22nd &23rd Plantasia. Tribes, teeth & tarantulas.4 shows a day at 10.30am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.15pm. Price and booking as for Animal Antics above.
23rd Clyne Gardens, Swansea (Meet at Woodman entrance). Treasure Hunt. We'll be solving clues and searching through the gardens. 10.30am - 11.30am. £1.00 per child

24th Margam Country Park. Jimmy Juggles - Circus Workshop. 11am - 4pm

25th–27th Waterfront Museum, Swansea. Bank Holiday Beady Bracelets. 12 - 3.30pm . Make your own beads and bracelets. Families drop in.

PLUS, there are playschemes and a playbus in various parts of Swansea throughout the summer holidays. In Clydach the playbus will be on Park Road (by the Scout Building) on Wednesday 25th July, 15th Aug, 22nd Aug and 29th Aug. 11am - 1pm.

If anyone knows of any other free/cheap events in or around Swansea over the holidays do please comment below. I wish you all luck and sunny weather for the next 6 weeks!


  1. How fantastic is it that you have done this for other people to use. I also looked on the net for free activities and there are loads! Glad someone else is like me and plans ahead I find that this saves a lot of money.

  2. Thanks! Yes, free or almost free activities are the name of the game here too. Hope you're enjoying the hols!