…A day of fun on the farm.
Last week in Wales it was half term and after a crazy couple of weeks of work, rugby training, rugby matches, football class, discos, birthday parties and rugby camp, I decided enough was enough and me and the Mini Adventurer needed both a day off and a day trip.
Living in Swansea we’re pretty lucky that within an hour or two we can be at a lot of fun places, from Folly Farm in West Wales to Bristol Zoo. Luka had been a really good boy at rugby camp so I handed over the reins to him and he got to pick where we went. On Wednesday night, we sat down with some leaflets and the laptop and eventually he decided that he wanted to go back to Cantref.
Cantref is a fun farm in the incredibly beautiful Brecon Beacons, seriously the drive through the hills is worth it even without the fun at the end of it! We went to Cantref almost three years ago now and all three generations of the family loved it, so we were both really looking forward to going back.
There are different prices depending on when in the year you go, check the cost here for your planned visit. Children under 93cm go free but that does mean there are a couple of things they can’t go on. During February half term I paid £17.50 for Luka and myself to go in which I think is really reasonable for a day out. They also do a lot of special days, such as Dino Day and Unicorn Day, so again definitely worth checking out the website and what’s on before you go.
There’s plenty to do at the farm, from meeting the animals to a Jungle Swamp Boat ride and the great thing is that they put on shows or activities every half an hour which helps break the day up and ensures there’s always something to see or go on. They give you a daily timetable on arrival so keep an eye on it throughout your visit.
If you’re from South Wales and can go anytime, I’d recommend high season. When we went in 2015 it was May so being outside, where most of the activities are, was a lot more pleasant and all the attractions were open but it still wasn’t overly busy. This time being February there were a few things such as the tractor ride, which we had previously enjoyed, and pedal boats shut and others only open at certain times of the day. That said it was still a really enjoyable day out and if you’re only in the area during Winter I would still recommend it as a great way to spend an afternoon.
If do you go during Winter, or anytime really considering this is Wales we’re talking about, and there’s a rain shower or it just gets too cold (not going to lie I am definitely a sun bunny) there’s a soft play area inside with lots of seating for parents to warm up over a cuppa or to have lunch. We didn’t eat this time, but we did on our previous visit and the food was tasty and there’s a wide choice on the menu plus daily specials.
One of the things I like about Cantref is that not only is the entry cost reasonable, almost everything is included in the price. The only things I paid extra for during our visit was 50p for some animal food and £2.50 for a pony ride, well a led walk around a field, and your little cowboy or cowgirl gets a rosette too.
For the real horse lovers amongst you there’s also a riding centre at Cantref where there are lots of different options from a 20 minute introduction to riding (for over 4’s) to a full day trek in the stunning Brecon Beacons. I haven’t done these myself but there are really positive reviews online and it’s something we’ll definitely be doing in the future.
If you’ve got time for more than a day trip then Cantref is a also great spot to stay and explore the Brecon Beacons from. There’s a full campsite with electric hook up and shower block. There’s also a 10 person and a 24 person bunkhouse available for families and larger groups if staying outside isn’t your kind of thing.
Overall I’d definitely recommend a trip to Cantref for all the family as there’s something for everyone, even when the kids are on the rides the grown ups can take in the stunning views that surround the farm. It may not be the biggest or fanciest attraction of its kind and of course there’s always room for improvement, but it’s good value for money with plenty to do, especially in the spring/summer, and the staff are very welcoming and helpful.