School is out and the summer holidays have started! Too many days with the kids at home these holidays? We have a few suggestions for you to help keep them occupied!
Fourteen Locks Canal Centre
There is a lot going on at the Fourteen Locks Canal Centre these holidays. Obviously a great place for a long walk to burn up some energy, but why not take part in the trails the team run, take a picnic, or stop for lunch in the café. Walks are often run from the centre, and a forest school too! Check out our events page for more details about what is on when! We highly recommend the free Go Wild day on the 9th August!
So much to do at Tredegar House these holidays!
You can hire a free Explorer backpack (£5 refundable deposit), which has everything you need in it to explore the formal gardens. Get your little one learning how to use a compass, go pond dipping, scour the treetops for birds and identify the creepy crawlies in the undergrowth. You can pick up your Explorer Backpack from the garden shelter on your way into the gardens.
The parklands surrounding the house are also great for a walk, a picnic or a bike ride. Keep an eye out for decorated pebbles from Newport Pebble Art!
Cineworld – Newport Retail Park
This is our cinema of choice. Easy to get to in Spytty, free parking and plenty of food places nearby for a bite to eat.
Check out their listings here!
Superbowl UK Newport
Another definite for us these holidays. Who doesn’t love bowling? Or laser tag quest? Or if your children are a little younger I’d go for the Crazy Club. Everyone loves a ball pool don’t they? They also have an offer on during the holidays if you don’t mind going early. Check their Facebook page for details!
Located in Friar’s Walk, so easy to get to, it has to be done!
For those who are a fan of soft play, then Funky Monkeys is well worth a visit. Located in the Tescos at Spytty, with free parking and a café it is a no-brainer.
Newport Cat Café
We had a great visit here recently –a great little find in Maindee. We thoroughly enjoyed playing with the beautiful ragdoll cats. Children need to be booked in, sessions are 90 minutes long, and you can enjoy drinks, snacks, afternoon tea and play some games as well as enjoying the company of the felines. Book via their Facebook page here or call 01633 960930
Beechwood or Bellevue Parks
The park is a great place to just chill out and relax, have a picnic, or go for a walk. Both have a café on site, so why not call in for a drink. You can often catch different things going on, such as a Teddy Bear’s Picnic, or a local market, or Streetfood market, so keep an eye on our events page for more details!
Book in for a craft session at Hobbycraft! They run some great kids crafts as part of their craft club. Check out to see what is on in Newport here! Courses include slime, windchime making, and sun catcher painting.
Join the team at Gwent Wildlife for Marshy Monday! Sessions on Monday 29th July and 5th August from 1-3pm. Ok, so this is just outside Newport at the Magor Marshes, but well worth travelling for! For only £2 per child they can experience an afternoon of pond dipping, trails, craft and wildlife exploration. No booking required.
We went to one – read about what we got up to here!
It is always a lovely spot for a walk!
Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes
Ok, so another one a little out of Newport, as this one is in Caerwent near Caldicot, but a great day trip. Open from 10am daily, a great outdoor location for the family, and a great café on site.
Why not start Sunday morning off by getting the kids to do a bit of exercise. We recommend the Junior Parkrun at Tredegar House. A 2km run before lunch is just what they need to burn off some excess energy. It is free to join, and starts at 10am. Register online first for your barcode so you can keep track of your race times!
Always a favourite with us, the Newport Wetlands are great for a walk and their play equipment is lots of fun too. There are a number of activities on over the holidays for children, with a toddler version on Fridays. Have a look at their website, or on our events page for full details of activities, but a brief summary is below. Please note – some events need pre-booking, so check the website before going!
Fabulous Fish – 22nd – 26th July 2019
Flutterby Butterfly Ball – 29th July – 2nd August 2019
Fairies and Folklore – 5-9th August 2019
Dino Dig – 12th – 16th August 2019
Mr Bird’s Restaurant – 19th – 23rd August 2019
Wild Woods – 26th – 29th August 2019
Bat and Moth Walks – 24th &30th August 2019
Stroll down to the Roman Amphitheatre, and pretend you are a gladiator in a battle, or put on an impromptu theatre show! Don’t forget the foam swords 😊
Why not go and visit the Roman Baths museum while you are here too – make it a full day out!
There is so much on at The Riverfront these holidays. Here are a few of our favourites:
A new movie showing every week at a reduced price, on the list is Secret Life of Pets 2, and The Queen’s Corgi, and Alladin, just to name a few.
The Tuesday Film Club for kids age 6-12 gets our tick of approval. The kids get to watch the movie of the week, have lunch and take part in an afternoon activity that varies every week.
Minecraft Workshops for those aged 6-11. A range of times and dates available, and iPads are provided. Sessions are £8 each.
Lego Club – 25/7 and 1/8 – £6.50 each
HATCH Youth Theatre summer school is on in August too – great for anyone who enjoys dancing, singing and acting. They even put on a show on the Friday! £70 for the week is great value!
Check out the Newport Live website for more details on these and many more events!
Libraries and Museum
There are a range of free events for children aged 4-12 at the libraries over the holidays, and often the museum on a Wednesday too, so why not check out your local library today. Don’t forget to pick up some great new books to read over the summer while you are there! Why not take part in the Summer Reading Challenge!
A great way for the kids to burn up some excess energy. We love Jump Adventure in Maesglas. https://www.facebook.com/JumpAdventureNewport/
Another place with lots to do these holidays. The inflatable fun course is my pick, but there is just so much to do here! From bug hunts, giant balloon sessions, archery, adventure golf, high ropes courses, and messy play, there is something here for kids of all ages.
For more details, check out their summer activity guide here!
Don’t forget to check out the Newport Live website for details of free swimming for kids this summer holiday break – always a fun activity! There is a lot going on there this summer – find out more here!
Are your kids a little older? Why not try Supakart? In Spytty, you will find Wales’ largest indoor go karting centre, perfect for getting the adrenaline going! Why not take the kids today!
Newport Medieval Ship
Another great way to immerse the kids in a bit of history. Why not go and see the remains of a 15th Century Ship that was found on the banks of the River Usk in 2002.
Free to enter, you can visit on Friday- Sunday in the summer holidays, and on the bank holiday Monday as well.
Newport Transporter Bridge
Another part of Newport’s heritage, the Transporter Bridge is well worth a visit. You can go across the river in the passenger gondola, or why not walk across the high level walkway. Day visitor tickets are only £3 for adults, and £2 for children. Open Wednesday- Sunday in the summer holidays, as well as the bank holiday Monday.
Other Local Parks
Summer holiday = spending time outdoors! TyDu Park – Rogerstone Welfare Grounds is a great option to keep the kids happy. Or pack a picnic and head up to Ruperra Fort, or spend the day relaxing in the Alt-yr-yn Nature Reserve. Cwmcarn forest Drive is a great local option too! The Cwmbran Boating Lake is another great option. If you fancy going a bit further, why not try Llandegfedd Reservoir near Pontypool. http://www.llandegfedd.co.uk/
Why not spend a few hours at some local farms and enjoy time with animals? We love Greenmeadows in Cwmbran, Cefn Mably on the way to Cardiff, and Walnut Tree Farm in St Brides. All have activities to do in wet weather, so perfect for any day!
A free pet workshop for kids aged 5-11 I hear you say? Yes please! Taking place every Monday-Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays, you can book on to one of these via the Pets at Home website here!
Our workshops help to teach children how rewarding pets can be and how to care for them. They’ll meet the animals (and get to hold some) in a fun and hands-on experience!
Well, it just goes to show how much is actually on in Newport. If we have missed anything, please let us know by dropping us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or adding it directly onto our events page here!