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February Half Term is nearly upon us!

Luckily, there’s lots going on all over the county borough during the holiday - even if the weather is cold and wet.

To help you plan your family days, we’ve put together a list of all our great activities taking place all around – from cinema listings, to library activities, to walking days out – we’ve got you covered in RCT!

Rhondda Heritage Park

We are famed the world over for our mining industry and Rhondda Heritage Park is a living monument to that. Our Black Gold Experience is BRAND NEW for 2017 and gives you the chance to experience what life as a miner was like, guided through the experience by men who once worked at the pit head themselves.

Rhondda Heritage Park is also home to the beautiful Caffi Bracchi, serving hot and cold snacks, meals and a range of refreshments, a gallery which is currently hosting the free Land of Bards and Singers exhibition.       

FREE Leisure access

Our Leisure Centres are once again offering a programme of free activities, including swimming lessons, swimming, water polo, aqua scooters, rookie lifeguards, snorkelling, inflatable, indoor sports such as badminton and squash and more.

Not all activities are available at all leisure centres. Please visit your local/preferred leisure centre for full details of what's on and how to get involved. You can also search for and like your local leisure centre on Facebook.

Enjoy the Big Screen.

The Council's Park and Dare and Coliseum Theatres have film screenings, as well as weekend kids' clubs and live performances the kids will love. Visit the RCT Arts website for the latest updates and events.

Park & Dare

Sing (U)

  • Friday 17 February at 7.00pm
  • Saturday 18 February at 2.30pm 
  • Monday 20 February at 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 21 February at 2.30pm
  • Wednesday 22 February at 2.30pm and 7.00pm
  • Thursday 23 February at 11.00am

Ballerina (U)

  • Friday 24 February at 2.30pm
  • Saturday 25 February at 2.30pm

The Coliseum


  • Saturday 18 February 2017 at 11.00am and 2.30pm

Aladdin by The Colstars

Ready to make all your wishes come true, prepare to be transported to a whole new world this half term as The Colstars present their magical family pantomime.

  • Tuesday 21 February at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday 22 February at 2:30pm and 7:00pm
  • Thursday 23 February at 7:00pm
  • Friday 24 February at 7:00pm
  • Saturday 25 February at 2:30pm and 7:00pm


Performance activities

Former X factor contestant Jessie Jenkins and BBC Horizons artist Matthew Frederick have joined forces with the Council's RCT Arts Service to offer a FREE singing and songrwriting bootcamp for children aged eight to 11.

It runs from Monday (20) to Thursday (23) from 10am to 4pm each day.

This is a great chance to enjoy music, learn how to write a hit and make new friends.

Find out more by emailing Jessie or call on 07769 164 675 


Our playschemes give children a chance to take part in outdoor activities, arts and crafts, drama and more. They are a great way for children to meet new friends and try out new experiences.

FREE playschemes are taking place across the county borough during half term so check the link to findyour nearest one.

Take a walk or a trip through time

RCT is steeped in heritage and beauty – why not take a walk, drive or cycle around the county borough?

Our audio trails provide the perfect accompaniment to a family adventure and the chance to learn more about the myths and legends of the county borough.

From the Cynon to Taff Trails – there are many cycle routes throughout the borough.

Rain or shine, there’s always ways of exploring RCT including Heritage Walking Trails for a sunny day and even trails you can follow in the car

 Library activities


Our libraries are once again offering half term fun with events happening every day, including stories and crafts (welsh medium) at Church Village, Treorchy, Aberdare and Abercynon and Welsh scrabble.

Visit the events listings to find out more about what's on in our libraries in the week.

Don't forget, our libraries are free to join and you can borrow books, DVDs, magazines, learning resources and more. They also have public access computers and printing facilities, plus lors more. Find your nearest library 


Land of Bards and Singers Exhibition, until March 31 at Rhondda Heritage Park, the Museum of Welsh Mining.

An exhibition celebrating the Land of Bards and Singers. Learn about the choral singing that arose from the traditional Welsh chapels went on to become a defining symbol of the close-knit Welsh communities, resulting in many choirs and singing groups being formed. 

The event is free and is a great opportunity to explore the wider Rhondda Heritage Park, including the brand new Black Gold Experience (booking essential and entrance fee applies.

Find out more

Park Life

Our glorious parks are perfect for outdoor play with the family this Half Term. Come enjoy Lido Play at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, or take a stroll around Aberdare Park.

Visit our park pages for more information on facilities and opening times.




Posted on Wednesday 15th February 2017

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