Cooks, books and spooks this half-term in the Vale!
half-term is lining up to be one of the most family-friendly weeks
of the year in the Vale of Glamorgan, brimming with events,
activities and entertainment for all ages.
The week gets off to a flying start with a weekend of culinary
excellence and all-round family fun at the Cowbridge Food and Drink
Festival, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October. One of the highlights
of the county’s events calendar, the festival sees Cowbridge at its
Book lovers are in for a treat at the first ever Penarth Book
Festival, which gets underway on Monday 29 October and features
author visits, signings, debates and readings. Sports fans will
enjoy a special Welsh sports evening being hosted by TV presenter
Fran Donovan and including acclaimed rugby journalist Peter
Jackson, while children will be leaping into muddy puddles over the
excitement of meeting TV’s Peppa Pig at a special event on Thursday
As Halloween falls during half-term, you can
guarantee tricks and treats galore at a number of spooky events.
Head down to Dyffryn Gardens on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October
to learn all about snakes and spiders at a ‘Really Wild Party’,
while their ‘Halloween Nights’ events on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday
31 October include eerie trails, spooky stories and a wizard school
where children can pick up some secret magic tricks.
Dress up in your most ghoulish outfits for a ‘Monster’s Ball’ at
Victoria Park in Barry on Wednesday 31 October (4pm – 7pm) and
enjoy a ‘Corridor of Horror’, fancy dress competitions and creepy
You can find out more about all of these events, and how to buy
your tickets in advance, by visiting our October events page, while you can keep
updated with the latest tourism and events news from the Vale of
Glamorgan by following @visitthevale on
Local people may also be interested in a free play scheme that
is taking place in Penarth during Half Term, and a series of
Welsh-language sports sessions.
Halloween Trick or treat?
Children love Halloween, the dressing up, the fun and
games, and not forgetting the sweets of course! On the
other hand, Halloween can be a worrying time for parents. Make sure
that you follow our simple guide to Halloween Safety, and go
through it when preparing children for Halloween -
No callers please
Not everyone enjoys the tradition of ‘trick or
treat’ at Halloween. If you would rather not be disturbed, why not
display one of the South Wales Police ‘No callers please’ pumpkin
They’re free to download and