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Half Term Fun For Everyone

Get set for an action-packed, fun-filled half term in Rhondda Cynon Taf next week, with loads of things for you to see, do and enjoy for FREE across the county borough.

Find out more in our essential guide below:

Family Fortunes

Our Flying Start Service for children and families have excelled themselves this half term and are hosting FREE family extravaganzas  every day of the week, with crafts, flower-arranging, climbing wall, badge-making, messy play, story-telling, face-painting, making memory boxes and more.

Open from 11am to 3pm the events are being held in our leisure centres – which are also offering FREE leisure access for half term (find out more below).

The fun days are open access – just turn up and have fun.

They take place:

Monday: Rhondda Sports Centre, Ystrad.

Tuesday: Llantwit Fardre Leisure Centre.

Wednesday: Sobell Leisure Centre, Aberdare.

Thursday: Hawthorn Leisure Centre.

Friday:  Tonyrefail Leisure Centre

Find out more from the Family Information Service

Love leisure

As well as hosting the fabulous family fun days, all of our Leisure Centres are also getting involved in the half term fun, with free access to certain activities for those aged 16 and under – as well as accompanying parents, carers or siblings.

There is free swimming, free use of squash, badminton and five-a-side football activities and aquatics programmes.

Find out more at your local leisure centre.

Rhondda Sports Centre, Ystrad

Bronwydd Swimming Pool, Porth

Hawthorn Leisure Centre, Rhydyfelin

Sobell Leisure Centre, Aberdare

Abercynon Leisure Centre

Llantrisant Leisure Centre

Tonyrefail Leisure Centre

Llantwit Fardre Leisure Centre

Rhondda Fach Leisure Centre

 Find out more from your local Leisure Centre

Kids’ play

Our extensive range of popular, free playschemes, run in conjunction with community groups and youth projects also return for the half term.

There are morning and afternoon sessions and highlights include a Chinese-themed event with cookery and crafts at the Bryncynon Strategy, open access play making tents, dens and more with Chwarae Plant in Treforest, Wattstown, Beddau and  Treforest.

Download the full programme and more information here.

P P P P P Pick Up More Than Books At Your Local Library

Most of our libraries are offering more than just books (and cds, and DVDs and research material and Internet access) this half term, thanks to Penguin-themed story-telling, arts and crafts sessions.

The events take place on:

Monday, February 16:

11am to 12pm: Llantrisant Library

2.30pm to 3.30pm: Abercynon Library

Tuesday 17th February 2015

11am to 12pm: Church Village Library

2.30pm to 3.30pm: Pontyclun Library

Wednesday 18th February 2015

11am to 12pm: Aberdare Library

2.30pm- 3.30pm: Hirwaun Library

Thursday 19th February 2015

10.30am to 12pm: Pontypridd Library

2.30pm to 3.30pm: Treorchy Library

Friday 20th February 2015

11am to 12pm: Ferndale Library

11am to 12pm:  Tonypandy Library

2.30pm to 3.30pm: Mountain Ash Library

2.30pm to 3.30pm: Porth Library

There is also a Saturday morning craft club at Hirwaun Library from 10.30am to 12pm at Hirwaun Library.

Treorchy E-Teens Library also has events on every day:

-          Monday: Wii sports knockout tournament from 3pm to 4pm

-          Tuesday: Film screening (School of Rock) 3-5pm

-          Wednesday:  Clay Crafts 2:30-3:30pm

-          Thursday: Book Bingo 11am-12pm

-          Friday: Cadet Workshop 11am-12pm and Quiz at 3pm to 4pm.


Pontyclun Library is holding a Bling It On Class on Thursday, from 2.30pm to 3.30pm, where you can make your own canvas tote bag.

 Find your nearest Library

Step Back in Time

Find out what is was like to grow up as a child in the 19th Century with a fascinating Appalling Victorian Age – What Went On In Wicked Wales event at the Rhondda Heritage Park with children’s author Catrin Stevens.

Open for children aged nine to 12, the event on Wednesday is free and bilingual. There are two sessions available  at 11am and 2pm.

Parents or carers will be required to stay on site for the duration of the session – giving them the perfect chance to relax with a hot drink and delicious snack in the Level One Cafe, or have a mooch around the stunning locally-made goodies on offer in the Rhondda Heritage Park shop.

If you can’t make it on the day, Rhondda Heritage Park is open throughout the half term and offers a great day out. It’s your chance to find out more about the fascinating history that surrounds us, with an underground experience, tours from men who were once miners and more.

Visit the Rhondda Heritage Park web pages

Crafty CVMG

Children and young people can also enjoy an arts and crafts session which is taking place in partnership with the neighbouring Tesco store at the Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery in Aberdare.

The free, open access session takes place on Monday from 10am to 4pm.

Discover the real Twitter

Step away from the tablet and the video games and discover the real twitter of the birds in the trees in our beautiful countryside.

Whether you fancy an exhilerating and challenging trek to the very top of one of our mountain trails, want to drink in the stunning vistas from the top of the Bwlch, Maerdy and Rhigos mountains or fancy a relaxing walk through the wildlife to be enjoyed at Barry Sidings Countryside Park and Dare Valley Country park, there is something for everyone.

The Taff Trail and National Cycle Network criss cross the county borough and routes such as the Church Village Community Route are perfect for mini bikers and scooters.

Add a bit of history and culture to your outing by enjoying one of our fascinating Heritage Trails.

Find out more on our Tourism pages