Festival Park in Ebbw Vale is best known for its designer outlet shopping centre, but there is a lot more to it than that. There is enough to do and see to make a full day out for any family. Of course there are bargain prices to be found in outlet shops from big names like M&S, Gap, Nike, Thornton’s, Clark’s Shoes, and Hallmark, as well as an on-site café and ice cream shop, but also plenty of other activities to keep both kids and adults happy.
Ebbw Vale Owl Sanctuary is located just below the shopping centre. There, visitors can see a diverse range of beautiful owls and other birds of prey, all of which have been rescued. The only birds that find a permanent home here are those that can’t be released into the wild, so the Sanctuary does important work as well as providing information and enjoyment to the public. Donations are very welcome but entry is free.
Oppose the main shopping precinct lies Ebbw Vale Garden Centre. This is a superstore amongst garden centres, and keen gardeners should be able to find everything they need under one roof.
For the young and young at heart, the super-tubing centre offers a little bit of adrenaline in a safe environment, and there is also a children’s play castle that’s free to use. It’s the largest of its kind in Wales.
Festival Park Ebbw Vale is nestled below the sharp ridge of Cefn Manmoel in some of the best scenery the South Wales Valleys can offer. Even the carpark has stunning views across to Cefn yr Arail and Mynydd Carn y Cefn. It’s the perfect place to start a walk up onto the ridge or along the valley floor. There is no less than 70 acres of parkland around Festival Park, with easy walking paths and a beautiful fishing lake.
Address: Festival Park, Victoria, Ebbw Vale NP23 8FP
Postcode: NP23 8FP
Admission Charges: Free of charge
Parking Charges: Free parking for over 800 cars