We have our fingers crossed that the summer lasts for as long as the winter did! As you finally put away your winter boots and turn off your heating you can begin to plan a summer of fun. Let’s have a look at many of our staff’s hometown – Cwmbran, Wales’ sixth largest urban area, made up of the villages of Old Cwmbran and Pontnewydd along with Upper Cwmbran, Croesyceiliog, St Dials, , Greenmeadow, Llantarnam, Llanfrechfa and Llanyrafon being some of the main/largest areas. You may be drawn to spend a day out at the nearby cities of Newport or Cardiff, but there a plenty of places to enjoy a fun day out with your family and friends here on your doorstep.

Cwmbran Boating Lake

Cwmbran Boating Lake is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic, take a stroll, or wear out the kids! As you wander around the lake filled with ducks, geese and greenery you may spot a few patient fishermen and be overtaken by learner riders on their first bike ride. Bring your own nibbles or enjoy a well-deserved ice cream in the park café. During the summer months, you can also take out a boat where the kids can row themselves – until they get bored, of course! If they still have some energy left you can take them to the large playground, suitable for all ages, with everything from swings and slides to zip-wires. The area, located within walking distance from the town centre, is also the perfect place for your four-legged friend to enjoy a walk, a splash in the lake and a rummage through the woods.

Llanyrafon Manor

Open Tuesday to Sunday, the Llanyrafon Manor is just a short walk from the boating lake, offering you a place to rest after an enjoyable day at the park.  The café serves lunch and hot drinks, and also provides room hire for parties and weddings. On certain days you can also visit their Food & Craft Market, showcasing the talents of local producers and makers. If you have young children who enjoy discovering more about the heritage of their local area you can wander around the manor and explore Cwmbran’s hidden past.

Greenmeadow Farm

One of our team members has lived in Cwmbran her whole life, yet only at the age of 32 has she recently experienced a day out at the Greenmeadow Community Farm. The farm itself has been there for over 250 years as a working farm that was saved in the late 1980s by locals who turned it into the 120-acre site that you can enjoy today. You and your family can see a range of pedigree and rare breed animals, alongside demonstrations, tractor rides, and other activities.

Congress Theatre Cwmbran

Local schools and members of the community come together to produce an impressive selection of shows put on throughout the year at the Congress Theatre found in Cwmbran town centre. From ballet to Broadway, and from Frank Sinatra to Tina Turner, the variety of performances means that the whole family can choose a show perfect for them. Take a look at what’s on in 2018 and book your tickets today.

Whether you’re new to the area or just need some inspiration to enjoy the summer at your local attractions, we hope we have provided some ideas to help fill up diary this summer.