10 Reasons Why You Need To Be At Aberdare Festival
1. The. Location!
No words needed - Aberdare Park is beautiful and, even when it isn't packed with the attractions of a festival it offers loads to do - boating lake and paddle boats, cafe, adventure playground, acres of land to explore and just loads of loveliness
2. It's free!
Entrance to the event and many of the day's attractions are free. There is an additional charge for funfair rides and permanent on-site activities (such as paddle boats) incur a charge.
3. Dinosaur lovers are going to roar with excitement.
Little Al is the largest mechanical dinosaur in the UK - he walks and roars just like a real dinosaur. He is accompanied by his animated prehistoric pals and their expert handler, who has loads of dinosaur-related knowledge, facts and stories, as well as eggs, bones and more.
4. Live Sooty show.
Sooty, Sweep and Sue have been childhood favourites for generations. This is your chance to see them live on stage in Aberdare Park - lots of fun and multiple performances throughout the day.
5. Land train
Explore the beauty of the park on the free mini train, which travels around the pathways of the Victorian Park.
6. Get Hands on With Science
Letterbox Lab will be bringing jaw-dropping experiments to the park for all you budding scientists - slippery slime, glow in the dark, bubbling colours..... get involved!
7: Join the circus!
Get your Greatest Showman hat on and try out juggling, plate-spinning, diablo and more.
8. Live Music
Performances will run on a looping schedule on the stage so you can catch all acts Pink and Bruno Mars tribute acts will be belting out hit songs and Capital FM comperes will keep you entertained in between.
9. Meet the Animals
There will be two different animal zones this year - one filled with chicks, rabbits, guinea pigs you can hold and also goats, turkeys and other farm animals you can meet and another with tarantulas, bugs, meerkats and other exotic beasts (you'll know where to find them!)
10: It's a chance to showcase some of the best of Rhondda Cynon Taf
Aberdare Festival 2019 is sponsored by family favourites Penaluna's Famous Fish and Chips. Even though we aren't on the coast (you can see it from here on a clear day) RCT is home to some of the best fish and chips in the UK - as the trophy shelf at Penaluna's shows. Try their delicious fare at the festival or, take a trip a few miles north up to Hirwaun, in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, and get your fish and chips to take away from Penaluna's shop. Enjoy al-fresco dining at the summit of the Rhigos Mountain, with spectacular views. If you fancy staying a little longer, you can camp at nearby Dare Valley Country Park or enjoy a local hotel and spend time exploring Lido Ponty, Welsh Mining Experience and our lovely open spaces.
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