Four free kid-friendly castle adventures in and around Abergavenny

It's no secret that Wales is known for its magnificent castles.  No matter where you are in the country there is bound to be a castle somewhere near by. Thankfully in Abergavenny there are a number of amazing castles just a short drive away - we even have one in our town centre! Even better, most of our local castles are free to visit and explore. How magical that our children have these castles as playgrounds!

67 free family-friendly days out in South Wales

With the schools about to break up for the summer, thoughts are turning to entertaining the kids for a whole six and a half weeks without it costing a fortune.

With that in mind, here are 67 family-friendly days out in South Wales, which are all free to visit. This guide takes in Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan, the Valleys, Llanelli and Swansea. It’s split into four sections – Parks, woods and the great outdoors; beside the seaside; historical and cultural and clicking on the name of the place will take you to its website.

Magical forests to explore around Abergavenny

One benefit of living in the beautiful Brecon Beacons countryside is the many magical forests that surround us. Come rain or shine forests are an amazing place for kids to let their imagination run wild as they explore so today I'm going to share five of our favourite local forests that we venture to on a regular basis.  You don't always need wellies, but there's a pretty good chance you'll encounter at least a little bit of mud any time of year so always better to be prepared!

20 Ways to Explore the Forest Using Your 5 Senses

I can't think of a place I would rather be than the forest. I think one of the best ways to enjoy and explore the forest is hiking. I have two little ones who are generally with me when I am hiking, so I am always looking for ways to keep things interesting and fun for them. One of the best ways I have found to entertain kids while hiking it help them learn how to explore the world around them, and the part is you don't need any extra equipment.

Family walks near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

We stayed near Abergavenny in the Brecon Beacons late last year and spent several days exploring the local hills. There are three focal points for walkers heading out of town; Sugar Loaf, Blorenge and Skirrid Fawr. All make excellent half day (or longer) walks and are generally suitable for families used to walking.