Summer Activities Programme 2017

Activities for children, young people and families in the Vale of Glamorgan 


The Vale Family Information Service has compiled a programme of all activities for children and families during the holidays. It contains information on activities provided by the Vale of Glamorgan Council, charities in the Vale and private organisations. 


  • Playschemes
  • Holiday childcare schemes
  • Park events
  • Library events 
  • Leisure centre events
  • Events and activities across the Vale

Family Information Service

Dock Offices
Subway Road

CF63 4RT


  • 01446 704704


Please NoteThe Vale of Glamorgan Council can not be held liable for the services provided by any external organisation named in this programme. The listing of an organisation does not imply that the Vale of Glamorgan Council endorse that organisation, nor does the absence of any organisation imply that we do not support it.



Kids jumping in the air

Atlantic Outdoors Activity Camp – Atlantic College, St Donats

From Monday 24 July and various dates throughout the Summer Holidays

  • 8.30am – 5.00pm

We are running a series of one week children’s non residential multi-activity programmes.

Activities include Climbing, Archery, High Ropes, Swimming and Pool games and Orienteering as well as more conventional team and individual sports such as badminton, basketball and indoor hockey Children will be provided with a cold drink and a snack in the morning and afternoon as well as a hot buffet style lunch in the Castle dining hall.

Group age ranges 8yrs – 12yrs and 13yrs – 16yrs

Cost: £150 per child for the 5 full days of activities

For more information please visit their website:


Atlantic Outdoors Activity Camp
Barry Library Main Entrance

Barry Library What's On

Monday 24 July - Thursday 31 August 2017

  • Times vary for each activity

Activities include: A 4 week mini course to learn the basics of British Sign Language aimed at children, with a certificate awarded at the end of the course.

Crafty Wednesdays, Minecraft, Amazing Animal Movies, Invention Box, Zoolabs and a whole lot more.

Ages range from 3yrs+

Cost: Although some of the activities are FREE others may incur a small cost:


  • 01446 422425
Children swimming

Free Swimming 

Barry Leisure Centre 

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00pm - 3:00pm Sunday


Penarth Leisure Centre 

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Monday and Wednesday, 2:00pm - 3:00pm Saturday


Llantwit Major Leisure Centre 

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Tuesday 

For children under 16. Contact the leisure centre directly for more information.


  • 01446 403 000


Boy swimming

Camp Adventure at Cardiff International Pool

Monday 24 - Friday 1 September 2017

  • Times vary

Activities include: Ice Skating, Arts and Crafts, Swimming, Teen Fit and much more!

Ages 8yrs - 12yrs

Cost: varies  

For more information please visit their website:


Cardiff International Pool 


Cardiff City FC Soccer Schools

Monday 24 - Friday 28 July & Monday 21 - Friday 25 August

  • 8.00am - 3.30pm

Taking place at the House of Sport Clos Parc Morgannwg Cardiff CF1 8AW.

The five-day soccer school will involve structured coaching mixed in with fun football games and small sided matches. It will be a great way to keep the kids active over the school holidays whilst receiving professional coaching from Cardiff City Coaches.

Cost: £25 per day

Suitable for ages 4yrs - 14yrs

For more information and booking visit their website: 


Cardiff City FC Foundation 


Cosmeston-village building

Children’s Holiday Activities History Hunters Club Cosmeston Lakes Medieval Village

Dates vary

  • 10.00am - 11.30am registration 9.45am

Cosmeston Medieval Village will be holding a ‘History Hunters Club’ during the summer holidays. Step back in time and meet a villager, learn about their life, the plague, punishment, and have a go at making bread and holding weapons and making clay tiles and candles.

For ages 7yrs - 11yrs

Cost: £5 per child (prepaid only) prepaid booking is essential due to limited spaces.

For contact details and more information please visit their website:


Events and Activities Cosmeston Lakes

Cosmeston Lakes

Coast and Countryside Events and Activities

Information on events and activities taking place at locations across the Vale of Glamorgan's Coast and Countryside.


Events and Activities

Cowbridge Library

Cowbridge Library What's On

Dates vary

  • Times vary

Activities include: Zoolab introduction to small creatures, educational an informative event only 30 space available for this event so booking is necessary.

Minecraft, Bear Craft, Private I Kit, Charachter Modelling and lots more.


Although some of the activites are FREE there is a small cost for others.

Booking is essential so book by calling or visiting the Library, Old Hall, High Street, Cowbridge CF71 7AH: 


Dyffryn Gardens

Dyffryn Gardens

Dates vary depending on activity

  • Times vary depending on activity

Activities for all the family ranging from Croquet Taster Day, Make it Monday, Late Night Friday, Tennis taster day

Cost: There is a cost for some activities and normal admission prices apply

For more information visit their website:


Dyffryn Gardens What's On

Early Versity

Early Versity Summer Timetable 

Throughout the Summer Holidays

  • Times vary

Activities include: Baby Day Monday, Splodge Tuesday, Party Day Wednesday, Let’s Cook Thursday, Diggers, Dragons and Dinosaurs Friday.


Cost: There is a small charge for each activity.


For more information please visit their website or facebook page:


Early Versity



Flying Start Family Fun Day

Wednesday 26 July 2017

  • 10.00am - 2.00pm

Come along to Victoria Park Barry. 

Bring a picnic and celebrate our 10th anniversary - join Flying Start and a host of other organisations at the Family Fun Day. Activities suitable for young children and their families.  

Cost: FREE entry

Ages 0 – 5yrs and their families


Flying Start


Girls only Summer Soccer School

Friday 25 July & Tuesday 22 August

  • 9.00am - 3.00pm 

Taking place at Cardiff International Sports Stadium, Leckwith Road, Cardiff 8AZ.

The soccer school will involve an action packed morning of Football where the young players will have the opportunity to take part in fun, structured coaching sessions where they can develop their tricks and skills in a fun, structured, enjoyable environment.  During the afternoon the young players will have the opportunity to implement their tricks and skills they learnt from the morning in a structured, fun and engaging small sided games.

Suitable for 4yrs – 14yrs

Cost: £20

Can all players also bring their own packed lunch and plenty to drink for the whole of the day and also players to wear suitable playing kit, sports shoes (trainers no spikes) and a jacket.

For more information visit their website: 


Girls only Summer Soccer School

Dunraven Bay - Southerndown

Glamorgan Heritage Coast Summer Events 2017 

Throughout the Summer Holidays

  • Times vary for each activity

Activities include Family Walk, Rock Pool Ramble, Bug Hunt and Bug Making Hotel.

For contact details and more information please visit their website: 


Glamorgan Heritage Coast



Go Wild’ - Children’s Summer Holiday Activities at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park 

Dates vary

  • Time 10.00am - 12.00pm registration 9.45am

Come along and join the activities with the Rangers.  'All about bugs' and ‘Den building and fire’ (with treats) are the themes for this summer.

Cost: £5 per child (prepaid only) prepaid booking is essential due to limited spaces.

For ages 7yrs - 11yrs

For contact details and more information please visit their website: 


Cosmeston Lakes Country Park


Porthkerry Viaduct

‘Go Wild’ - Children’s Summer Holiday Activities at Porthkerry Country Park

Dates vary

  • 11.00am – 12.30pm 10.45 for registration

Come along and join the activities with the Rangers, including: Rock Pool Ramble, Busy Bees, Wood to Wheel and Survival Skills.

Cost: £3 per child (prepaid only) prepaid booking is essential due to limited spaces.

For ages 7yrs - 11yrs

For contact details and more information please visit their website:  


Porthkerry Country Park


Family Information Service logo

Holiday Childcare Schemes 

Throughout the Summer Holidays

  • Times vary for each scheme but generally run for the whole day

There are a number of holiday childcare schemes running throughout the vale.

Costs: vary

For children age 4 – 11yrs

For more information visit their website:


FIS childcare directory

Inspired Learners

Monday 21 August - Friday 25 August (apart from Friday 25 August)

  • 9.30am - 3.15pm

Groups include: Super Spelling (basic) Workshop, Times Table Challenges, Book Club, Memory Games, Preparing for Secondary School, Lego Stories, Maths Factor (basic skills), Art Therapy and lots more.

Please contact for cost details.


  • 07706 415651


Jungle Jamboree Holiday Club

Monday 31 July & Tuesday 1 August

  • 10.00am – 12.00pm

Cost: £2 per child per day

Ages 4yrs – 11yrs

The Gathering Place St Athan, fun with puppets, crafts, games, snacks, songs & bible stories


Booking is essential due to limited spaces so please call or email: 



Jungle Jacks Indoor Soft Play

Monday – Saturday throughout the Summer Holidays

  • 10.00am - 5.00pm

Groupon Vouchers available for reduced entry and drinks.

Cost: from £1 - £5.25
Ages from crawling - 10yrs old
Summer Passes available for entry between20  July and 5 September – 40 day pass Passport Photo ID required for Summer Passes
For more information please visit their website:


Jungle Jacks




Kids Tennis Camps

Monday 31 July - Friday 25 August 2017

  • 10.00am - 3.00pm or 12.00pm - 3.00pm

Venues vary

A day full of tennis and multi-sport activities for ages 5-12 of all tennis backgrounds. Activities include team games and warm ups, coordination challenges, tennis coaching and drills, competitions, games and more!

Cost: £7.50 - £17

Ages from 5yrs - 12yrs

For more information please visit their website: 


Tennis Squad (online booking available)




Leisure Centres Free Swimming at Penarth, Barry and Llantwit Major

Throughout the Summer holidays

  • Times vary

Activities include: Half hour free swimming lesson for children and young people with additional needs, front crawl, breast stroke, back stroke, and butterfly.


Llantwit Major – times will vary due to pool programme.  Free Swimming Lessons for Wave 5 or 50m swimmers and above.  Free Lessons could be subject to change.  All simming lessons must be booked at the site you wish to attend.


Beginner and improver Crash Course Swimming Lessons run from Monday – Friday during the holidays at Barry Penarth and Llantwit Major.  Please ask at reception for the sites programme as each holiday may vary.


Please contact the leisure centres direct to book: 

Press Option 1 for Penarth Option 2 for Barry and 4 for Llantwit Major 

  • 01446 403000



Memo Arts Centre Barry 

Throughout the Summer Holidays

  • Times vary

Costs for film showings:

ADVANCE TICKETS: £6.00 / £4.00 concessions / £3.00 U16s

TICKETS PURCHASED ON THE DOOR: £6.50 / £4.50 concessions / £3.50 U16s

For a full listing of shows and films please visit their website: 


Memo Arts Centre 


Monkey Music Summer Workshops

Every Wednesday from 26 July - 23 August 2017

  • 9.45am, 10.45am and 11.45am

Monkey Music fun, props, singing, playing instruments, parachute, dancing and movement on a different theme each week. 45 minute sessions and free soft play at Bijou play centre included.

Open to non LMC customers, friends and siblings. Discount available if booking more than 1 session this summer. Based at Bijou Play Centre, 48a East Gate, Cowbridge CF71 7AB.

For ages 0 - 6yrs

Cost: £9 per session

For contact details and more information please visit their website:


Monkey Music


National Museum in Cardiff, Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3NP

Throughout the Summer Holidays  

  • Times vary

Activities for the whole family including: Dinosaur Babies, coming to Wales for the first time, Festival of Archaeology, International Tiger Day, Baby Dinosaur Workshops, Paint & Create, Sculpture Workshops and The Wonderful World of Worms.

Cost: Although some activities maybe FREE, there is a small cost for others.

For more information please visit their website:


National Museum in Cardiff What's On

Nofitstate Community Youth Circus Summer Schools

Dates vary depending on age

  • Times vary depending on age

Week long courses for ages 5yrs – 18yrs in Central Cardiff location, Four Elms Road Cardiff CF24 1LE.  An exciting opportunity to learn circus, stay active and make new friends.

Cost: £50 - £125

Whether it's walking the tightwire, getting on a trapeze, or dabbling with acrobatics - we promise you'll have fun and learn how to do some pretty cool tricks, in a safe and friendly environment.

Our experienced professional trainers can accommodate any physical ability, and we pride ourselves in being able to give all of our youth circus members a supportive and personal experience.

We do offer sibling discount & concessions


For the older group sessions that are all day we do give the opportunity to either bring your own packed lunch or with parents permission allow young persons to venture out to local shop to get lunch.

For more information please visit their website:


Nofitstate Summer Schools


  • 02920 221330

Omidaze The Young Actors Summer School

Monday 31 July - Friday 4 August 2017

  • 9.30am – 3.30pm

At St Cyres School Penarth. A fun, active and practical introduction to drama and Shakespeare. 

Cost: £100 (full scholarship places available) for ages 7yrs- 11yrs.

For contact details and more information please visit their website: 



Omidaze The Young Actors Summer School

Date Monday 24 - Friday 28 July 2017

  • 9.30am - 3.30pm

The Atrium South Wales University Cardiff.  Modern & classic texts, improvision, physical theatre & stagecraft. 

Cost: £100 (full scholarship places available) 11yrs – 15yrs.

For contact details and more information please visit their website: 


Omidaze Summer Schools

Parents and Tots Corner

From the 26 July and every Wednesday throughout the Summer Holidays 2017 

  • 9.50am - 11.00am

They are suitable for pre-school children and their siblings up to the age of eight years approximately. There will be a different theme every week and each session will consist of sensory play, craft, stories, imaginative play, singing and signing.

At St David's Methodist Church Hall in Barry and there will be a certificate presented every time a child attends a session.

Sessions will run as follows:-

26th July. Elmer's Day
2nd August. Safari Adventure
9th August. Around the world
16th August Under the sea
23rd August. At the seaside
30th August. Minibeasts 


Sessions are being offered at a discounted price of £4.00 for the first child and £1 for each additional sibling for those who sign up in advance. You can still sign up without paying in advance but the normal prices of £4.50 for the first child and £2 for each addition, sibling will apply. You don't need to pre pay for all the sessions at once, a week at a time is fine.

Payment can be made either in person or through PayPal. If you haven't got PayPal it is worth setting up as it can be used to pay for a number of things online and is free to set up. The session/s you wish to pre-book for will need to be specified and payment will not be refunded or transferred to another session if you do not attend.

To sign up to a session just go to the Parents and Tots Corner Facebook page and click on the events tab.  


Penarth Library Exterior

Penarth Library What's On

Dates vary for each activity

  • Times vary for each activity

Activities include: Storytime - weekly session, Craft Activities, Minecraft, Weekly Lego Club, Into Film Club, Animal Antics Musical Mayhem and lots more.

Ages vary from under 5yrs - 8yrs+


Cost: although some of the activites are FREE there is a small cost for others.

Booking is essential so book by calling or visiting the Library, Stanwell Road, Penarth CF64 2YT: 


  • 02920 708438

Pro Motion Summer Scheme  

Tuesday 25 - Thursday 27 July

& Tuesday 1 August  - Wednesday 2 August 2017

  • 1.30pm - 4.30pm

A dance scheme for disadvantaged and disabled young people to explore their views through the use of film and movement.

Where: YMCA Barry, Court Road, Barry CF63 4EE

To book a place or for more information.



Welsh Flag

BWRLWM! Play Sessions Menter Iaith Bro Morgannwg

Monday 24 July - Friday 11 August

  • Morning session: 10.30am – 12.25pm 

    Afternoon session: 1.30 – 3.25pm


Venues vary throughout the Vale of Glamorgan

NEW! FREE open access holiday play sessions through the medium of Welsh. Open to all children attending full time Welsh medium education in the Vale of Glamorgan. No need to book ahead, just turn up on the day!

Sports • Arts and crafts • Water games • Barbeque • Facepainting…


Reception – Yr.6 (finished reception year by the summer holidays)


For more information please visit their website:


Play Sessions 

Vale Sports and Play logo

Sports activities throughout the summer holidays in the Vale of Glamorgan

Dates vary

  • Times vary

Activities vary each day

For more information please see their website:



Sports Activities


Hot shots Summer Sports Programme (PDF)


Children Playing

Paul Lewis St Athan Community Centre 

Dates vary throughout August 

  • 10.00am - 2.00pm

FREE pop in and play sessions all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Activities include Arts & Crafts, Lego, Toys, dressing up, creative play, den building, games and much more.  Indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) 

There is refreshments available to purchase so please bring change.


Also don't forget the Saints - St Athan Parks Fun Day on Saturday 5 August at the Community Centre.


Woman on Horse

St Brides Riding & Trekking Centre

Monday – Friday throughout the Summer Holidays

  • Time 9.00am - 3.00pm or 9.00am - 12.00pm or 10.00am - 11.00am

Pony days


Cost: £27 plus £3 for hat hire. Tuck shop available. Ages from 4yrs.

Activities can include stable management, beach rides, picnic rides, dressage lessons, mounted games, jumping lessons, polo cross lessons and trekking depending on the rider’s ability and experience.

For more information please visit their website or facebook page:


For Riding & Trekking activities   



St Donats Castle Tour

Thursday 20 July 2017 

  • 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Description Explore St Donat’s hidden delights on your guided tour through the castle and its exquisitely manicured Tudor gardens.  Meet your Guide at St Donat’s Art Centre shortly before starting your tour at 2pm.  You will then be led on an adventure through time – several hundred years in approximately 1 hour.  You may wish to explore the Tudor Gardens at your own leisure.


Information on St Donats Castle Tour 


Summer Holiday Cinema 

Dates vary

  • Times vary

At the Memo Barry Arts Centre throughout the summer holiday, the Memo will be screening accessible and affordable family friendly films, including recent blockbusters and all-time classics.

Cost: £3 in advance, £3.50 on the door. 

Are you a registered childminder? Ask us about our special offers!

All our family friendly films will be rated U & PG (there may be a few 12A rated films).

We encourage you to view the film trailers in advance if you are unsure of the film’s suitability.

For contact details and more information please visit their website:


Memo Cinema


Vale Sports and Play logo

Summer of Play Vale of Glamorgan 2017

Dates Vary

  • Times vary

There's lots of play activities going on in the Vale of Glamorgan this year ranging from Playscheme, Play Rangers Family Fun Days and not forgetting the Barry Island Weekender.

For more information on venues, dates and times, download the Summer Play Programme (PDF): 




Superstars Multi Sports Holiday Courses

Monday 24 July - Friday 1 September 2017

  • 8.45am - 1.00pm (mini stars age 4yrs) 8.45am – 3.30pm (super stars 5yrs+)

Cost: Mini Stars - £50 for a full week, £35 for 3 days, £15 per day

Super Stars - £68 for a full week , £49 for 3 days , £20 per day

Taking Place in the following schools:Ysgol Penygarth, Llancarfan Primary, Rhws Primary, St Illtyds Primary, Colwinston Village Hall, Llanfair Primary, Gwenfo Primary and Peterston Super-Ely Primary.

For contact details and more information on venues please visit their website: 


Superstars Holiday Courses


Tourism in the Vale

Whether you're visiting the Vale of Glamorgan for the first time or looking for something a little bit different to do, our Visit the Vale website has all the information you'll need to make the most out of your visit.


Visit the Vale


Tots Play Summer Parties

Every Thursday from 3 - 24 August 2017 with a different theme each week

  • 10.30am Social Tots (8mths - 3yrs) 11.30am Discovery Tots (8wks - crawling) 

Each 45 min party is packed full of action songs, fun activities with props, themed sensory play, musical instrument playing, bubbles plus lots more!

United Free Church, Westgate, Cowbridge, CF71 7AQ

Cost: £6 per child and £3 for siblings

For more information please visit their website: 


Tots Play Cowbridge



Vision 21 Summer Workshops for young people with additional needs and learning difficulties

July - August 2017

  • 9.00am - 3.00pm

Individuals can use this opportunity if they are leaving school or college to see if Vision 21 is suitable for their future, or if you are just looking for something to do during the summer then look no further! 

Would you like to learn new skills, make new friends and see what Vision 21 is all about?

Creative Crafts, Catering, Horticulture, Life Skills, Woodwork and ICT.

Sign up today discounted price of £25 per day.

Ages 14yrs+

Various locations in Cardiff and Barry

For more information please visit their website or facebook page


Vision21 Holiday Workshops


Vision 21 School Holiday Club 

Monday 24 July - Friday 1 September

  • 9.00am – 3.00pm

Funded by Children in Need, the school holiday club focuses on creative activities, interacting and building social skills. The sessions are led by professional artists focusing on different creative art subjects.

Ages 14-18yrs

Cost: FREE 

Various locations in Cardiff

For more information please visit their website or facebook page/Dewis Cymru website.


Vision21 Holiday Club



Dewis Cymru website