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:
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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