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This page of our Information Hub is intended to provide details of free to access activities and events for children and young people during summer 2021.  We have invited local authorities, national organisations and charities to share details of their events and activities with us for inclusion on this webpage.

We have asked organisations to give us relevant information about accessibility, language provision, location, staffing etc. including confirmation that they follow Wales’ Safeguarding Procedures, but we have not independently verified the details that they have provided.

We have taken all reasonable steps to ensure the information is as accurate and up to date as possible but the information hosted here has been provided by the external agency or organisation(s) running the activity.  We cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of this information, and would direct you to contact the event or activity provider directly should you have any queries about the details provided.

We are also aware that some services are providing a reduced provision at present due to Covid guidelines.  This might mean that they fill up more quickly than usual.

Gilfach Goch Community Association runs activities in Rhondda Cynon Taff, and Bridgend.

The activities include a Holiday Play Scheme open to children and young people aged 5-14:

Go to their site to see this and other activities 

The Splice Child and Family Project are offering family play sessions for children aged up to 8 years old every Tuesday and Thursday throughout August. There are two sessions on these days between 10.00am – 11.30am and 1.00pm – 2.30pm.  They will be offering art and craft activities for all the family, games and indoor and outdoor play (weather permitting) at their community building.

If you’d like to book a slot then click on the link below:

Splice Child and Family Project’s Play Sessions

On Thursday the 2nd of September Pen y Fai Scout Group have an adventure activity come and try day planned for new prospective new Cubs (for children aged between 8 and 10 and a half year old) and Scouts (for children ages between 10 and a half and 14 years old). They have very limited places available. If you’d like to book a place then click on the link below:

1st Pen y Fai Scout Group

On the link below you will be able to find out information about playing fields, parks, libraries and recreational spaces in Bridgend. You will also find fun activities for active toddlers including “The Blanket Train”:

Bridgend – Family Information Service

Click on the link below for more information about youth services in Bridgend (including their “chat to a youth worker” scheme):

Bridgend Youth Support

Use the link below to find out more information about the beaches in Bridgend. Please note, while access to the beach is free there is a charge for parking. Also note that Rest Bay has a lost child point:

Beaches in Bridgend

Below is a link to a Wildlife reserve, it includes free entry and FREE parking. Check the website for activities and events:

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

You can find out more about FREE swimming in Bridgend by looking at the Free Swimming tab on the link below:

Children’s Swimming Lessons and Fun Sessions

The Urdd are running lots of free sports and play activities through the medium of Welsh this summer, in many locations across Wales. Take a look at their webpage below to find your nearest sessions (*Please note that this webpage also includes some paid-for sessions*):

Holiday Activities – Urdd Gobaith Cymru

KPC is a charity based in Pyle that supports young people over the age of 8. They’re offering a range of volunteering opportunities for young people who may want to gain experience, find out more about youth work, or even support their cafe. They seek individuals who enjoy working with young people and who may have a talent or skill they can share with the centre.  They also offer placements for students undertaking Youth & Community degrees, childcare qualifications, or sports and those who need to gain some practical experience to complement their studies.

If you would like to contact them, click on the link below:

KPC Youth and Community

By clicking on the link below you will find volunteering opportunities within your local area.

To find opportunities type your postcode in the search box and select the amount of miles you would be able to travel.

Make sure you double check the age of the volunteering opportunity before you apply.

Volunteering Wales

Ty Hafan have volunteering opportunities for young people over the age of 16. You can find out more here:

Ty Hafan – Volunteer Opportunities

You can find volunteer opportunities for Barnardo’s by clicking on the link below. They accept volunteers over the age of 14.

Barnardo’s – Volunteer Opportunities

By clicking on the webpage below you will be able to find volunteering opportunities with Mencap. Volunteers need to be over 16, any volunteer under 18 needs permission from their parent or carer.

Mencap – Volunteer Opportunities