On a budget? Trying to keep the kids occupied? Then check out some of our favourite things to do and places to go within a suitable distance of Talbot Green.
An easy option is to get a picnic together, and pop to a local park. In Talbot Green we have a smallish park next to the Pavillion with a large football field and plenty of green area for a picnic. There is a BMX style track which has seen better days but is still used regularly.
There are couple of good parks in Pontyclun. One at Pontyclun Rugby Club with a nice large slide, and a small zipwire accessible to smaller children, there are a number of picnic benches right next to the park too. There is another new park down by the memorial field with plenty of green space, and a MUGA for football / basketball, the zipwire is not easy for younger children to get on so you'll need to help them!
A little further afield, the park in Llanharry (next to the Spar) is great for kids with all the traditional equipment and it can keep kids with imagination occupied for a couple of hours.
By far the best park in Rhondda-Cynon-Taff is the play area in Ynysgharad Park in Pontypridd (next to the lido). Though if you want somewhere a little quieter, or a walk too, then Barry Sidings (just down the road from Rhondda Heritage Park) with a good play area, ponds and a BMX track is well worth a day out too.
Cardiff Bay barrage is a stunning setting on a nice day. With a play area, and a skate park, take the kids scooters with you and a picnic and you can spend a few hours playing, watching the boats, and getting some fresh air. Whilst in Cardiff Bay you can pop into the Senedd and from the viewing area see the Senedd in action, or in the summer holidays there's the Cardiff Bay beach which is free entry, with charges for the fairground rides and the like. Also, if you're lucky there may be a free show on, or some activities at the Wales Millennium Centre. If you've got some pennies to spend then there's boat trips and the Doctor Who Experience, plus lots of nice restaurants!
The most popular choices for the seaside are normally Barry Island or Porthcawl from Talbot Green for a typical seaside day out.
Barry Island on a really nice day, on a weekend or bank holiday can get really busy and journeys to/from the resort can be quite lengthy - but on an average day/evening all is good. There's a funfair, lots of amusement arcades and the like to keep you occupied.
Porthcawl is also very popular, and our tip is to head along to Trecco Bay Holiday Park to use the outdoor splash area and play park to extend your stay a little longer at no extra cost. Porthcawl has a fun fair, which has special offer nights and you can find details of what's going on there on the Coney Beach Facebook Page.
The Big Pit Museum is a little further away than most of our tips, however, we feel it is worth a visit for the children to learn a little bit about the history of Wales. Parking is £3 per car (at the time of writing) and reprsents excellent value. Combine your visit to Big Pit with a visit to Blaenavon Ironworks which is also free entry.
St Fagans National History Museum is a very popular visitor experience, where you just pay for car parking at £5 per car (at the time of writing). There's plenty to do and see at this open air museum which if you went to school in Wales you probably visited yourself.
Want to see some animals?
Aside from a walk along Llantrisant common to see the cows and horses, Amelia Trust Farm on Five Mile Lane on the way to Barry is well worth a visit. It is a working farm with a number of different animals, a play park, trails and BBQ areas. Entry is free, though they have a recommended donation for parking, but it is not manned so the choice is yours as to what you can afford to donate. Check out their website for full details - http://www.ameliatrust.org.uk/