5 Family Friendly Days Out in South Wales

5 Family Friendly Days Out in South Wales

The summer holidays are fast approaching, and days out are top of many parent’s agendas.

Days out are hard for us. 5 children between 13 and I, we can’t always find something everyone enjoys.

Here are some of my top picks for days out this summer.

Caldicot Castle, Caldicot

Cost – FREE (unless there is an event)
Suitability – All ages

Caldicot Castle is always a no brainer for us. We live a 10-minute walk away and -it’s a lovely day out particularly during beautiful summer days.

There is something for everyone from history geeks with a love of Castles (obviously) to energetic toddlers who love to run free.

There is usually plenty of parking and admission into the castle is now free. There’s even a lovely little cafe on site for refreshments.

National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon

Cost – FREE
Suitability – All Ages.

The Roman Museum, Amphitheatre and Roman Baths hold a special place in my heart, When Soren was a toddler I spent many days with them there.

Caerleon itself is small, and picturesque in some ways, and the link to the Roman’s is their crown jewel!

There’s the museum to start, small but packed with Roman finds from the area. There’s also the Roman garden which is just beautiful.

The Baths are a short walk down the high street and are full of information that will interest any geek in the family.

The Amphitheatre is across the road from the main museum and provides some great open space for the kids to burn off their energy.

Morgan Jones Park, Caerphilly

Cost – FREE
Suitability – All

I haven’t actually been to Morgan Jones Park but it is on my list of things to change. I have heard great things about it though.

With beautiful parkland, a park and 9 splash pad there’s lots of fun to be had with the kids.

Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran

Cost – ££
Suitability – 0-12 years

Although Greenmeadow Community Farm isn’t free it is still a great day out.

There’s all manner of farm animals and a petting corner for the kids to get close to the little furries. Our rabbit was born at the farm and shes a delightful little gin.

Its a little bit boring for Garreth but the younger ones love it.

There’s also Cefn Mably Farm Park near Cardiff which has an indoor soft play as well.

Cardiff Bay, Cardiff

Cost – FREE to £££
Suitability – All

There is something for everyone down Cardiff Bay, from places to eat to places to play. Techniquest is also in the area.

You can ride on a boat, visit the Wetlands and walk to Penarth all from a central Location.

Cardiff itself is full of activities and days out all within a walk, train or bus ride.

Check out more activities in Cardiff here.

A Day Out in the City – Monster Jam UK

A Day Out in the City – Monster Jam UK

A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to enjoy an amazing day out in Cardiff. We made a full day of it and even enjoyed the main event, Monster Jam!

Monster Jam is HUGE in America, but you don’t really hear much about it in the U.K. I hope that’s going to change.

We decided to take the older three children because Enfys and Anwen wouldn’t have gotten anything from the experience.

It was an adventure!

We started out at 8am, with bags packed with sun cream, hats, and whatever else we needed for our big day. I was also lucky enough to have the Samsung Galaxy S9+ from Three to take with us.  It meant we really did get some cracking shots of the Monster Trucks. The only downside was the lack of time to get used to the camera beforehand (and I’m most certainly Not a photographer).

The entertainment started with a pit Party at 10am before the show at 3pm.

If I’m completely honest the Pit Party didn’t suit my kids. Macsen was a little overwhelmed. there were just too many people there for him. Seren enjoyed it, but I think she was stunned by the number of people. Garreth was Garreth; he pretty much went along with whatever the younger ones wanted to do.

We didn’t stay long at the Pit Party and went in search of food. We ended up having to find Clarks shoe shop before food because Macsen’s Shoes were starting to rub.

GETTING LOST IN CARDIFF

We don’t usually go into Cardiff, so we had no idea where we were going. The Galaxy S9+ came into its own. It was a fantastic way to navigate your way around the city Centre.

We found everything we needed to find without getting (too) lost.

Eventually, we got back to the Principality Stadium (although it will always be the Millennium Stadium to me) for 2pm when the gates opened, mainly to give us some time to relax. It was a damn good job we did because within 20 minutes Macsen had fallen asleep.

The pre-show entertainment was welcome. It entertained Garreth and Seren and built up a great atmosphere.

THE MAIN EVENT

Macsen woke up just in time for the start of the show. Honestly, we couldn’t have timed it better.

The atmosphere by this point was incredible. The intro music added to it and the ROAR of the Monster Trucks was like nothing I have ever experienced before. Wow!!

The whole stadium vibrated, and my heart joined in with the rhythm.
I remember seeing Monster Trucks as a child, but I don’t remember that feeling of exhilaration.

The Show was phenomenal. The almost continuous roar of the engines was simply brilliant.

Would I go to see them again?

Heck yes! And so, would Jim and the kids! Just show us the way!

Thank you, Monster Jam UK, for an amazing experience.

I’ll leave you now with a video from our day!

#BloggersinWales Linky – An Interview with Inspire Create Educate

#BloggersinWales Linky – An Interview with Inspire Create Educate

After launching the first #BloggersinWales Monthly linky last month.  The time has come for another.  This month, I’m introducing you to the lovely Lauren from Inspire Create Educate.

Tell me a bit about you and your blog.

I’m mother of three, fiancee of one and lover of all things caffeinated! I help busy parents lead more eco-friendly lives so they can care for our planet and keep up with the pace of modern life. I write vegan recipes, zero waste/plastic free tips, and mindfulness practices on the blog.

What is your connection to Wales?

I was born here and have lived in South East Wales my entire life.

Are you a Welsh speaker?

Sadly not – I was great at it in school and can understand some written Welsh, but I’m really out of practice! I have to get back into using Duolingo at some point.

What is your favourite thing about Wales?

I think there’s a culture of friendliness that just isn’t like anything anywhere else in the world. We look out for each other, and that’s a beautiful thing.

What is your least favourite thing about Wales?

I don’t think I have a least favourite thing! People trying (and failing) to imitate Welsh accents, maybe?

Do you have a special place in Wales?

Newport – it’s where I was born, I spent some of my childhood here and now I live here as an adult. I have always had a connection with Casnewydd and I don’t care what anyone says: I love it. This is my city!

What is your most special blogging memory?  It doesn’t have to be Wales related.

I don’t have a “most special” memory, just a small collection of moments I realised that yes, I *can* do this! Nice comments left on the blog, acquaintances asking after my blog and saying they’d enjoyed a post, nice comments from PRs and getting my first paying client.

Thank you so much, Lauren, it’s been great getting to know you. 

You can find Lauren at her blog, Inspire Create Educate, or on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram

Now, let’s get down to the business of the link up. 🙂

If you would like to be featured as a blogger in Wales let me know, either in the comments or by email.

Bloggers in Wales

What do you need to do to join in?

  • The linky runs from 9am Sunday 27th May until 11.59pm on Saturday 23rd June.
  • Feel free to link up any 2 posts – one relating to Wales and the other is a free for all.
  • Please, please, please comment on other posts in the link up. Otherwise the idea of creating a community isn’t going to work.
  • Grab the badge and pop it in your linked post(s). This one is more of a request than a ‘you must do’ but it would be great to help other people find our community.



#BloggersinWales – An Interview with, erm, Me

#BloggersinWales – An Interview with, erm, Me

I’ve been running the Bloggers in Wales link up for yonks.  Longer than I can remember.  It’s essentially a directory for Bloggers with a connection to Wales.  However, I want to turn our directory into a community and this post is going to be my first step in producing a little community.

Today, I’m launching the first monthly link up for #BloggersinWales. 

It’s going to be a little bit of a strange first one because I’m essentially going to be interviewing myself. 

So, first to take the #BloggersinWales stage, is me, Beth.  I blog at BethinaBox.com.

A bit about me and my blog

The great start is that you’re already here on my blog but for the sake of being thorough.

I am Beth, a 30-something Mum of 5.  I’m a Mum first and foremost, followed closely by wife, cleaner, cook, taxi driver, laundress, bouncer, counsellor, nurse, and general dogsbody.  When I actually have time for hobbies, I enjoy blogging, reading, writing and family history research.  I NEED to keep my brain active and find parenting dull on times.  That being said I adore my children and wouldn’t change my life for the world.

Beth in a Box is developing at the moment.  I’m not sure where it’s going but I would like to move away from the parenting niche and into more a hobbies and general interest blog.  I don’t see that happening completely for quite some time though.

Beth in a Box can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

What is my connection to Wales?

I was born in Wales and grew up in the post Thatcher South Wales mining valleys.  I now live in between the Severn Bridges (not the water bit though).  I always thought my family were Welsh through and through but it actually turns out that I have just as much English blood as I do Welsh (probably with a bit of Mediterranean blood too).

Am I a Welsh speaker?

Sadly, I am not.  Currently I do have 2 bilingual English/Welsh children and will hopefully have at least one more. 

I’m envious of my children being bilingual and have bilingual great grandparents but by the time my parents were born that Welsh was lost. 

What is my favourite thing about Wales?

My favourite thing about Wales is the sheer number of castles and ancient churches there are to explore.  I love a good castle and living in Wales there’s no shortage of them.  It really is amazing, I only wish my family shared my enthusiasm.

What is my least favourite thing about Wales?

I can’t really say there’s anything about Wales I don’t like.  I wish our economy was better but really speaking, living in Wales, we’re incredibly lucky to have the heritage and culture we do.

Do I have a special place in Wales?

Yes, I do have a special place in Wales.  Stackpole in Pembrokeshire. It was the place that helped me and Jim put the spark back into our relationship.  We love it so much that we decided to go back there on our honeymoon.  We have some amazing memories there.  

What is my most special blogging memory?  It doesn’t have to be Wales related.

My best blogging memory.  It has to be participating in the National Trust’s 50 things to do campaign.  We were filmed at 4 different properties throughout the spring of 2013: Tredegar House, Stackpole, Erddig, and Rhossili Bay.   It was an incredible experience and I absolutely would love to do it again.

So, after learning about me, here is the first Official #BloggersinWales link up. 

If you would like to be featured as a blogger in Wales let me know, either in the comments or by email.

Bloggers in Wales

What do you need to do to join in?

  • The linky runs from Sunday 29th April until 11.59pm on Saturday 26th
  • Feel free to link up any 2 posts – one relating to Wales and the other is a free for all.
  • Please, please, please comment on other posts in the link up. Otherwise the idea of creating a community isn’t going to work.
  • Grab the badge and pop it in your linked post(s). This one is more of a request than a ‘you must do’ but it would be great to help other people find our community.


 

The countdown is on… 24 days until Monster Jam

The countdown is on… 24 days until Monster Jam

There’s less than a month to go until the most exciting event in the calendar this year.  Less than a month until a day of thrilling entertainment guaranteed to raise my blood pressure and really get the adrenaline pumping.  And no, I’m not talking about the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle…

I’m talking about Monster Jam 2018 at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff.

Guess who’s going to be there?  Me, Jim, Garreth, Seren and Macsen.  We’ve decided to leave the younger girls with my parents.  It’s going to be a long day, starting with a train ride to Cardiff for around 10am.  Then there’s going to be the hustle and bustle of the Pit Party.  Not to mention the sheer noise of the trucks themselves.  No, I think we’ve made the right call.

Enfys and Anwen will be enjoying a lovely day out with my parents at a butterfly aviary.

“What are the finer details?” I hear you ask.

Well, Monster Jam is returning to the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, on the 19th May 2018 (no, I don’t think the organisers were aware that there was going to be a Royal Wedding the same day!).

The stadium will be open from 10am for the Pit Party (Visitors must have both a valid pit party ticket and a valid show ticket to enter!). 

The show will commence later in the afternoon.

Do you want to attend the Monster Jam show?

Yes?  There are tickets still available.  But… you must be quick.  Seats are limited and they are selling out quickly.  You can buy your tickets from MonsterJam.co.uk.

To be completely honest, I’m really excited.  I remember seeing Monster Trucks once when I was young and it was amazing.  I’m sure Monster Jam is going to live up to all the expectations I have.

There’s also another reason I’m excited.  I have NEVER been inside the Principality Stadium, not even when it was the Millennium Stadium.  

The final reason I’m excited is that I’ll be spending a weekend with my three biggest babies knowing that Enfys and Anwen will be well looked after by my Mum and Dad.

Are you planning on going to see Monster Jam?  If so, give me a shout below and we can say hi!