School's out for Summer !

14 fun things to do over the school holidays

As a child, the 6-week school holiday is a great adventure, and you can’t wait for it to start. As parents, we look for ideas to keep the kids entertained that won’t break the bank. Join us on a tour of our branches as we share with you some of the things we found to do with our families this summer. The great thing is you don’t have to live in the town to enjoy what our area has to offer.

Ross-on-Wye – A trio of treats

Symonds yet is a wonderful place to explore, whether for a long country walk, a picnic, or to try one of the many water and adventure sports on offer. If you have younger children we would recommend the popular maze; who will be victorious in finding their way out first? Whilst there, why not explore the butterfly zoo, where you will find a stunning collection of exotic butterflies, and finish off your family day out with a game of crazy golf. A packed day for your family and all for only £25.00 for 2 adults and 2 children.

Lydney – Taurus Crafts

Taurus crafts have a fantastic programme of children’s activities running up to  3rd September. Whether it is getting hands-on with exotic reptiles, stone carving, learning some circus skills, painting, candle dipping, or leaving your mark on the large outdoor mural, you’ll be sure to find something to keep you busy. With pricing starting from £2.00, we know some children who would certainly enjoy getting crafty this summer.

Cinderford – Horlicks lover’s delight

Down the road in the village of Ruardean on Saturday 12th August is the Ruardean Carnival, with all the trappings you would except from this type of event, from decorated cars, street entertainers and fancy dress. But the main event has to be their annual Horlicks world record drinking competition, but will you enter?

Monmouth – The Monmouthshire Games

Held at the Monmouth Leisure Centre, the Monmouthshire Games 2017 is taking place during August. Packed with a range of sporting activities selected from 30 different sports, it is designed to help build confidence whilst making new friends and having fun. Open to children and young people from age 5 to 12, prices start from £16.00 per day.

Caldicot – Ladybird Pottery

I think it would be wishful thinking to assume that our skies will be rain-free this summer, therefore, should we have a downpour, how about popping into Ladybird Pottery? Tap into your creative side as you paint your own pottery from a choice of pieces.

Chepstow - Tintern Old Station

Tintern Old Station is a beautiful setting that will inspire your children’s imagination. Go on a quest to find the hidden Circle of Legends woodcarvings, which feature local mythical and historical characters. Take a stroll along the beautiful riverside walk, or relax as your children play in the adventure playground. With a tearoom, barbecues for hire, and a picnic site, how you will choose to feed your hungry brood? Oh, don’t forget to check out the stunning Victorian signal box, as it often hosts exhibitions from local artists.


There is so much to do in Abergavenny, whether it is becoming the hero of your own tale at Abergavenny Castle, or spending the day enjoying the waterways on a canal boat. If you want to get in touch with local history, then we highly recommend the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway for small kids and big kids alike. You’ll get to ride on a steam train and maybe even visit the Big Pit Mining Museum on your travels.


Remember the BBC series Coal House? It was filmed at Bleanavon Ironworks close to Crickenhowell ,and what’s more, it is free to visit. Discover what life was really like for working families at the Stack Sqaure Cottages, and see how they harnessed the power of steam. This really is a great day out for all the family.


Grab your mountain bike and head on over to Brynmawr this summer. With many cycling routes for you to tackle, you will be spoiled for choice. The picturesque trail above Clydach Gorge from Llanfoist was named by Wales Online as one of the 11 cycling routes in Wales with the most beautiful backdrops.

Ebbw Vale

There are a number of free events happening this summer for young people, such as Free Football Fridays at Ebbw Vale and Abertillery sports centres. The Youth Service will be hosting Open 4 Youth and a variety of activities when they set up their mobile skate park.


How could we not feature a visit to Wiggleys Farm? Younger children will love feeding the animals or having a cuddle in pets corner. Let them expel some energy on the slides and rope bridges in the adventure play area, or just take a woodland walk to visit the ducks.