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Epic Days out in Carmarthenshire this summer!
1. Grab Your Bikes
Grab your Bikes and download one of Carmarthenshire’s new traffic free cycle routes with fun illustrated maps and detailed directions and tips on refuelling stops! Choose from the stunning Millennium Coast route, an off-road path following the historic Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr Railway through the Gwendraeth Valley, or a riverside path that runs alongside the River Amman with great views to the Black and Betws Mountains.
2. Mini Ranger Days at Dinefwr
Little ones will love being shown the ropes at the 18th century Dinefwr Park and Castle near Llaneido. Their Mini Rangers Academy teaches kids (aged between 5-13) all about life as a ranger on a National Nature Reserve, from feeding the cows to keeping the gardens clean and tidy. There’s even the chance for families to climb aboard a tractor for a fun parkland tour. The Mini Rangers Academy is free, however normal admission charges into the venue apply.
3. Little Pumpkins Cookery Courses
Budding chefs will love these fun family cookery courses at The Pumpkin Patch in Carmarthen- a wonderful way for all the family to grow their confidence in the kitchen. Courses run all year long but during the sunny months there are themed workshops including a Camp Fire Day and a Summer Party, with cooking, gardening and fun crafts! Make sure to book your place in advance though, as they do book up quickly!
4. Woolly Days Out
The National Wool Museum is one of the county’s must visit sites, hosting a variety of courses, demos and children’s workshops. The Scrappy Sheep Club encourages children to get hands-on and challenge their inner creative side, making felt flowers and creating letterpress posters to take home for free, the perfect souvenir! The club is currently running on 26 & 27 July and on the 09, 10, 23, 24 August- visit the website for more details.
5. Ramps Skate Park at Llanelli
This impressive 12,000sqft skatepark just north of Llanelli boasts a diverse range of ramps for all ages, as well as a specialist skate shop and a welcoming café for parents to enjoy- the perfect place for little ones or teenagers looking to burn off some energy! The mix of outdoor and indoor ramps also makes it a great option for a damp day out. It’s open between 11am- 6pm daily and admission is from £4 per hour.
6. Vintage Steam Train Rides
Experience a taste of the golden age of railway at Gwili Railway in Carmarthen by hopping aboard an authentic 1950’s steam-hauled service and exploring the surrounding countryside in vintage style. The train follows the original main line for 8 miles (from Bronwydd Arms Station to Danycoed Halt and back) and it takes just over an hour to complete, though tickets last all day. En-route families will ride alongside old station buildings, farmland, village cricket pitches and Gwili River, and some services even offer a delicious strawberry cream tea to satisfy any sweet tooth’s whilst on board. Adults priced from £12, children (3-6) from £6 and families (of four) from £31.50. Book Now.
7. Roman Caves and Gold Panning
Travel back in time at the UK’s oldest Roman gold mine, set in the heart of a 2500-acre estate in Pumsaint, overlooking the Cothi Valley. Families with a thirst for knowledge will love it here, with the chance to don hard hats, switch on miners’ lamps and descend underground for fun family tours of the mines before exploring surrounding Roman trails on free ‘Walk with the Romans’ audio tours, keeping eyes peeled for ancient forts, mining pits, pick marks and the mysterious Pumsaint Stone. Mini-historians can even try their hand at panning for gold.