The traditional Boxing Day walk is a great way to work off all that pudding and roast potatoes, and many of the country parks of South Wales are very popular just after the holidays. A short walk can be wonderful even if the weather is a little chilly- it can shake off that heavy feeling you get from eating too much dinner, give the kids a chance to run around and use up some energy, and makes the whole family feel much better about being inside in the warmth again.
Some of our parks and gardens are closed on Christmas Day but almost all welcome visitors at other times during the holiday season. A few even put on special events to help families celebrate. For example, Santa will be in his grotto at the Gower Heritage Centre every Saturday and Sunday from now until the 23rd. A special market will also be held on the 3rd and 4th of December, with a range of lovely Christmas trees and gifts on sale.
The National Botanic Gardens in Carmarthenshire will also hold a Christmas fair that weekend, and a ‘Reindeer Run’ will be held at Margam Country Park on the Sunday, to benefit the RNLI. Santa will be back to feed the deer at Margam Park on Wednesday the 21st.
There will be carols in Victoria Park, Barry, on the evening of the 16th, although it’s a tough choice between that and a performance of Hans Christian Anderson’s Snow Queen at Bedwellty House. Bryngarw Country Park will hold a Victorian Christmas weekend on the 17th and 18th. There are a huge number of other activities running in parks across South Wales.
One of the best places to have some holiday fun is Tredegar House, where special Christmas activities run on a selection of dates between the 10th and 18th of December. If you’ve ever wondered what the holidays were like in days gone by, this is the place to find out. Santa has gifts for visiting children and the adults can enjoy a glass of mulled wine with a traditional mince pie.