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With the last Bank Holiday weekend of the year upon us, there’s lots for the whole family to see and do in Rhondda Cynon Taf – whatever the weather.

Welsh Mining Experience

The award-winning Welsh Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park remains a popular family tourist attraction all year around, and will be open all over the Bank Holiday weekend for tours, music, cream teas, children’s chocolate and craft activities and more.

Take the Black Gold Experience Underground Guided Tour and hold on tight as you ride DRAM! A cinematic experience in which you ride the last dram of coal to the surface.

Explore the new free interactive exhibition, and the Energy Zone Adventure Playground. Wander around the courtyard and take in all the memorabilia.

On Bank Holiday Monday, enjoy the first-ever Songs and Scones event at Caffe Bracchi from 12pm-2pm. The award-winning Chocolate House will be on hand with their cream teas and children’s chocolate and craft activities will run from 11am-3pm.

Pop into Craft of Hearts, the Independent Craft Retailer of the Year - an absolute treasure trove for craft-lovers. It has a huge supply of craft items for sale and Jo and Co at Craft of Hearts also run workshops and can organise bespoke experiences, activities and even parties.

Lido Ponty

The National Lido of Wales, Lido Ponty, which recently welcomed its 60,000th visitor this season alone, is open daily throughout the holidays, offering early-morning and early evening swims and inflatable activities throughout the day to keep the kids entertained.

All three pools are heated to 28 degrees, whatever the weather and little ones will love the warm waters of the splash pool with fountain. Indoor changing rooms and showers are heated also.

There are also a host of water activities on offer, such as fun inflatables, Aqua Scooterz, Aqua Peddlerz and Water Walkerz.

As well as online bookings, 200 tickets are also available in person at Lido Reception each day from 9am on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ynysangharad War Memorial Park

Why not make a day of it and spend some time in Ynysangharad War Memorial Park and Pontypridd town centre before or after your visit to Lido Ponty?

Lido Play is a huge adventure playground next to Lido Ponty and it is free to use. Filled with swings, slides, sandpit and zip wire for the kids to enjoy. You can relax with a cuppa from the on-site Waterfront Cafe while the kids play safely.

The park itself has acres to explore, with lots to see and do

Barry Sidings Countryside Park

Barry Sidings Countryside Park is a hidden gem, located in Trehafod. It is between the Welsh Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park and Pontypridd and is easily accessible from the main road.

The park has acres to explore, including gentle treks for all the family and more strenuous walks with stunning mountain-top views.

Thanks to the presence of the Bike Doctor, the park also has a two bike pump tracks and plenty of forestry trails for mountain bikers.

Dare Valley Country Park

Follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs and Ice Age man at Dare Valley Country Park, which has over 500 acres for mini adventurers to explore.

Situated above Aberdare, the country park is packed with trails, walks and epic views.

Bring a picnic or enjoy light refreshments or a hot meal in the on-site Cafe Cwtch - or pop into Aberdare for something to eat!

Kids will love the huge playground, which has a giant sandpit with cars and tractors.

Make sure you pop into the visitor centre for walking inspiration, wildlife to spot and information on future events.

Don't forget you can also camp out under the stars at Dare Valley Country Park, which is an official Dark Sky Wales star-gazing spot.

Aberdare Park

Enjoy an adventure in the great outdoors at Aberdare Park, a magnificent example of a Victorian Park, which this year marks its 150th anniversary.

Plenty of open spaces, a boating lake and bandstand, to many other historical features such as a refreshment pavilion, Coronation Fountain and Gorsedd Circle.

A great day out for all the family – why not take a picnic along if the weather is kind!

For important Council service changes informatio, this Bank Holiday weekend, visit

Enjoy your great days out in Rhondda Cynon Taf this August Bank Holiday!

Posted on Friday 23rd August 2019

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