School holidays are upon on us and that means one thing: keeping the kids entertained for the week! Personally, I love spending extra time with the kids and whilst I'm a firm believer that they need quiet time and shouldn't have every moment of their day planned I also think it's important for my own sanity to at least have a flexible list of activities that we can do throughout the week. With that in mind I've put together this enormous list of places to go and things to do within an hour of Abergavenny. It's worth noting that these are all paid activities. For a list of free activities visit the "Free" activities section of the blog.
Once again, many thanks to Day Out With The Kids for sharing their fantastic content for this post. All of the ideas shared here will link to their website with lots of additional helpful information for you.
Happy school holidays!
Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England - 32.5 mi. About 55 mins
Paintpotts is the place to go when you and your little ones need to unleash some creativity. Choose from a fantastic and ever-changing range of pottery and bisque to paint, sit down, dip your brush into the paint and go!
From the main station trains head north to the Whistle Inn, south to Blaenavon High Level Station (which happens to be only a short walk from Blaenavon town centre) as well as to Big Pit Halt, next to Big Pit Mining Museum! It's not just the museum that's educational however, the whole landscape is an inspiring example of nature over industry because it's a work of reclamation.
Distance from Abergavenny: 6.7 mi. About 18 mins
You'll love Llama Trekking at Old King Street Farm! These charming, inquisitive and gentle animals will delight in accompanying you on a walk through the beautiful south Herefordshire countryside.
Distance from Abergavenny: 12.8 mi. About 22 mins
Greenmeadow Community Farm is a well-loved local farm with lots of history! Part of the working farming landscape for 250 years, it was threatened with closure in the 1980s to be turned into a development site. The local people of Cwmbran stepped in to save it and preserve it as a place where locals and visitors could go to learn more about farming, which is exactly what you can do!
Distance from Abergavenny: 14.8 mi. About 28 mins
The Llangorse Multi Activity Centre offers an excellent range of active activities ideal for families to do together! Their horse riding facility offers over 25 miles of peaceful private bridleways on which to enjoy a jaunt on their friendly and experienced steeds. Your 4 to 6 year olds can get started with a 20 minute led walk on a cute pony, whilst over 7s can take a short riding trek with the family or a lesson if they want to start properly!
Distance from Abergavenny: 15.2 mi. About 27 mins
Brecon Mountain Railway, located about 3 miles north of Merthyr Tydfil, offers a fantastic way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the National Park. A narrow gauge train, on one of Wales's most popular railway systems, that carries the charm of old time steam trains, with plenty of polished paintwork and brass.
Distance from Abergavenny: 19.0 mi. About 33 mins
Come and enjoy a great day out at Cantref: Brecon's Biggest Adventure! We have animal shows going on every half hour including pet handling, pony rides, ferret racing plus arts and crafts! So there's plenty to do to keep yourself busy!
Distance from Abergavenny: 20.1 mi. About 34 mins
Ladybird Pottery is a Paint Your Own Pottery and Gift shop located in the Wye Valley, only a few minutes' walk from Tintern Abbey.
Distance from Abergavenny: 20.6 mi. About 39 mins
Experience the delight of the insect world's most serene and beautiful beasts at the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo! Your family can walk amongst free flying tropical butterflies in the indoor hot house and see them sipping nectar, finding a mate and laying eggs. In fact, every stage of a butterflies' existence is either displayed, documented or happening in front of you!
Distance from Abergavenny: 21.4 mi. About 28 mins
Tredegar House has been a home for hundreds of years. The current house was built in the Restoration period but the historic Morgan family in Wales have had the site as a home since medieval times! See if you can spot the telltale signs of old stone and brick in the Cedar Garden.
Distance from Abergavenny: 22.2 mi. About 41 mins
The Waterworks Museum is based in a Victorian pumping station that served Hereford for 120 years, and tells the story of drinking water throughout the ages through a number of high quality displays. Discover the progress of water supplies from the first cave dwellers at Symonds Yat, to the latest filtration and water pumping systems used in Hereford today.
Distance from Abergavenny: 23.2 mi. About 37 mins
Celtic Manor Resort is a luxury family friendly resort hotel offering a wide range of activities suitable for children of all ages. Even the youngest of children can take on the challenge of our two Adventure Golf courses, whilst adrenaline junkies can try their hand at archery and crossbow, test their nerve with our exciting Forest Jump treetop ropes adventure, or shoot to thrill with our exhilarating (but pain free!) Laser Combat. Our Kids Club is the perfect opportunity for grown-ups to get some rest and we run a range of seasonal activities throughout the year.
Distance from Abergavenny: 24.0 mi. About 30 mins
Wyedean Canoe and Adventure Centre is a great place for an exciting day out for the family, with canoe trips suitable for anyone over 4 years old, plus a number of adventure activities for those who are 8 and older.
Distance from Abergavenny: 24.4 mi. About 34 mins
Clearwell Caves are a natural cave system that has been mined over the past 4,500 years to form some of Britain's most atmospheric and oldest underground mine workings, created by generations of Forest people who carved a living from mining iron ore. There are bonus activities during children's holidays too and special events around Halloween and Christmas to look forward to!
Distance from Abergavenny: 24.8 mi. About 39 mins
Perrygrove Railway is the steam train for all ages and all weathers! A charming railway in the Royal Forest of Dean where friendly staff welcome you. Fun for children in our Treetop Adventure and Indoor Village with secret passages: treasure boxes are hidden here! 4 stations, each with paths to walk through ancient woods and solve the riddle of the Gale Stone. Lots of picnic tables outside and under cover. A Victorian baronets private steam railway train on display. Your ticket lasts all day: enjoy as many train rides as you like!
Distance from Abergavenny: 24.9 mi. About 39 mins
Chances are if you’ve seen Star Wars Episode VII you’ll already know all about Puzzlewood.Peppered with protruding roots, meandering pathways and dramatic natural landscape, it’s an ideal place to practice those lightsaber skills and hide from the Knights of Ren. Whether you feel the force or not, there is plenty of magic to be found in this atmospheric 14 acre ancient woodland.
Distance from Abergavenny: 24.9 mi. About 39 mins
A fantastic adventure awaits you in the Forest of Dean, with a high point of 15m up in the branches offering a perfect opportunity to take in the stunning scenery before leaping off a platform on our Tarzan Swing. Or for a more leisurely adventure, why not jump aboard one of our Forest Segway's to maneuver around the tree lined tracks.
Distance from Abergavenny: 30.0 mi. About 48 mins
Rhondda Heritage Park, based at the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Trehafod, is regularly voted one of the top heritage and cultural visitor attractions in South Wales by tourists and provides a fun and interesting day out for the whole family to enjoy together.
Distance from Abergavenny: 32.4 mi. About 50 mins
While resting on ancient foundations, Castell Coch (Red Castle) is relatively modern, the by-product of a vivid Victorian imagination, assisted by untold wealth. The Middle Ages fascinated the Victorians as much as the Victorians fascinate us today. High Gothic was the order of the day.
Distance from Abergavenny: 33.2 mi. About 51 mins
Techniquest aims to inspire and inform the scientists of the future! The UK’s longest established science discovery centre develops and sells exhibits to similar venues all over the world. Designed to make real science fun and engaging for all ages, the centre has attracted over 4 million people since it opened in 1986.
Distance from Abergavenny: 33.8 mi. About 57 mins
There are ten attractions all included in the one entry ticket, and there is plenty to see and do for all ages. The 3 different caves Dan-yr-Ogof, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave each offer a unique underground experience. In Dan-yr-Ogof you walk through the beautifully decorated passageways for just under 1 kilometre; in Cathedral Cave you walk through its enormous caverns, carved out millions of years ago, and at the end of this cave experience the excitement of walking behind the 40 feet high waterfalls that cascade around you in the Dome of St Paul, an atmospheric end to a truly wonderful cave; and in Bone Cave learn why 42 human skeletons were buried here, and how our ancestors used caves all those years ago.
Distance from Abergavenny: 38.7 mi. About 55 mins
Oaker Wood Leisure is an activity centre set on the Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire border between Ludlow and Leominster.
Distance from Abergavenny: 40.5 mi. About 1 hour 8 mins
Take your children behind the scenes of one of the UK's most fascinating attractions when you enter the Royal Mint Experience. First you will enter the factory where so much of the UK's money is made. This isn't just a show put on for visitors—the silver and gold streaming off the belts at the rate of 750 coins a minute will enter circulation and could be the pocket money your child gets next weekend! Here, for a fee, you and your family can strike your own coins or have your photograph taken next to caskets full of money.
Distance from Abergavenny: 40.7mi About 58 min
Barry Island Pleasure Park offers a great family thrill right alongside the terrific Whitmore bay beach's natural treasures, boasting 7 thrilling new rides including classics like the dodgems and the waltzers, plus another 6 which are just for small kids (and mum!). These include teacup ride, trampolines, mini coaster, paratrooper, fun house, mirror maze, swinging chairs, pony ride and blow up slide!
Distance from Abergavenny: 44.7 mi. About 1 hour 10 mins
Looking for somewhere to take the children where you can have fun all day in all weather? Thereâs plenty to do at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol with 12 exciting adventure play areas, an indoor Animal Village, covered Animal Show Pens exhibition rooms and a popular gift shop. Daily events include the Animal Show, Meet the Reptiles and regular bumpy tractor rides across the farm.
Distance from Abergavenny: 47.5 mi. About 57 mins
half a mile of 7 and a quarter inch gauge track where we offer rides behind one of our many available locomotives on a ride that lasts well over 6 minutes.
Distance from Abergavenny: 48.8 mi. About 1 hour 4 mins
Bristol, Somerset and Bristol, England - 43.3 mi. About 51 mins
Leisure facilities and heated indoor pool. Also houses Mayhem: a giant 4 storey high soft play area incorporating a bouncy castle, ball ponds, slides and much more. Separate play area for under 5's
Bristol, Somerset and Bristol, England - 48.9 mi. About 59 mins
The soft play room has been design with under 5's in mind, all the floors and walls are padded to cushion any tumbling toddlers. There is a ball pit, a distorted mirror and a huts and tunnel system incorporating steps and a wedge slide for the toddlers to explore. The ceiling is fitted with colour changing lights proving very popular with the younger children.
Llandrindod Wells, Powys, Wales - 39.6 mi. About 1 hour 4 mins
If your kid is crazy about bikes then the National Cycle Museum is the place for you! Discover the 200 year history of the bicycle through the museums cycle displays. See how their designs have changed and developed throughout the years through the collection of over 260 bicycles, from tandem bikes to Penny Farthings to tricycles.
Bristol, Somerset and Bristol, England - 50.1 mi. About 1 hour 2 mins
Flying Saucers is Bristol's largest and only dedicated Painting Pottery Cafe. There are over 100 pottery items to choose from to sit and paint and once fired the items are fully usable! It's perfect for capturing your baby's footprints or toddler's hand-prints, or just letting creative kids of all ages make their own colourful masterpiece.
Bristol, Somerset and Bristol, England - 49.9 mi. About 1 hour 1 min
Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery houses a huge and exciting range of mysterious objects to fascinate and educate, from glorious sea dinosaurs to magnificent art! A visit to the region's largest museum and art gallery is guaranteed to inspire you.
Bristol, Somerset and Bristol, England - 50.0 mi. About 1 hour 2 mins
The Georgian House Museum is set out as it might have looked in the 18th century, and gives an insight into life above and below stairs.
Bristol, Somerset and Bristol, England - 50.1 mi. About 1 hour 1 min
There are more than 40 naturally themed displays and thousands of amazing aquatic creatures including sharks, rays, seahorses, puffer fish, piranhas and more. Journey around the UK waters before diving into the Bay of Rays, the Mighty Amazon and the Coral Seas.
Cowbridge, Glamorgan and Cardiff, Wales - 43.0 mi. About 1 hour 6 mins
Bijou offers a fresh approach to enjoying family time, with a 21st century take on the traditional values of traditional community centres including state of the art facilities that provide a comfortable and welcoming environment for all children (and parents) to relax, have fun and meet or make friends.
Bristol, Somerset and Bristol, England - 49.9 mi. About 1 hour 0 mins
Getting hands-on with all things science is what you can expect at At-Bristol. It’s one of the UK’s largest science centres with two floors of exhibits, activities and live shows.
Bristol, Somerset and Bristol, England - 50.7 mi. About 1 hour 5 mins
M Shed is a museum dedicated to telling the story of the history of the city of Bristol in both war and peace time, with additional bonuses like buried treasure to dig up, a Thecodontosaurus to marvel at, plus their working exhibits of cranes, trains and boats can be ridden by guests!
Bristol, Somerset and Bristol, England - 49.4 mi. About 57 mins
The highly entertaining Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf comprises 2 full 18-hole courses with an amazing depth of atmosphere and decor!
Newbridge-on-Wye, Powys, Wales - 38.6 mi. About 1 hour 0 mins
Quackers is colourful, clean and bright with lots to do. Bring along your friends for a party because they do special rates for group bookings or you can book a party package in one of the themed party rooms.
Ledbury, Herefordshire, England - 37.6 mi. About 48 mins
Newbridge Farm Park is an open space full of animals, activities and adventure play that are ideal for younger children.
Bristol, Somerset and Bristol, England - 49.2 mi. About 57 mins
Keep kids active at Easton Leisure Centre. Get some exercise with a few lengths of the 25 metre competition pool or have some fun on the water slides. The large sports hall is the perfect place for kids to have fun and there are plenty of activities for them to get involved in, including badminton, football and basketball.
Bristol, Somerset and Bristol, England - 48.6 mi. About 56 mins
Free fun for everyone at Felix Road Adventure Playground! The adventure playground allows kids to come and go as they please, with no entry fee. Both kids and adults can learn self-defence at the martial arts classes held at the park.
Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England - 52.6 mi. About 1 hour 1 min
Dr Jenners House is a really interesting place to visit, especially if you are a fan of science or history.
Smallpox, which Jenner called the Speckled Monster, killed 10% of the population, rising to 20% in cities, where it spread more easily. It accounted for a third of child deaths! Discover how the World Heath Organisation managed to conquer this disease only 30 years ago.
Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England - 52.5 mi. About 1 hour 1 min
Berkeley Castle is England's oldest inhabited castle and most historic home. Over 24 generations of Berkeley's have transformed a savage Norman fortress into a truly stately home full of treasures.
Milbury Heath, Gloucestershire, England - 34.1 mi. About 58 mins
Jungle Chums Soft Play Centre is a family run play centre situated on the outskirts of Thornbury. Here at Jungle Chums you will find a fun and safe play environment where children can become explorers and begin their journey through the jungle.
Bristol, Somerset and Bristol, England - 49.3 mi. About 58 mins
Bouldering is a form of rock climbing free from ropes and harnesses. It is done on low height walls above crash mats. We have classes that cater for ages 0 to 16 and adult classes for 16+.