FREE Things to do in Cardiff: 26 July- 1 August

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A long summer beckons… so long, so empty. That is, until you fill it with events freshly picked from The Sprout. Then, it’ll be over in a flash. To ensure your bank account doesn’t also disappear, follow our guide to the cheapest things to do.

St Fagans’ Family Fun Day

26 July, 2,9,16,23 August – Museum of Welsh Life, St. Fagans – Free

St Fagans Castle - Stephen McKay

St Fagans Castle – Stephen McKay

A day of fun family activities. Discover traditional Welsh games in the Toys workshop, and create your own toy which you can take home. Experience school in the Victorian age in an actual Victorian school building, and discover Welsh history and culture as you explore the vast expanse of St Fagans open-air museum. For more info ring 02920573424 or email

The Big Cheese

27-29 July – Caerphilly Castle – Free entry

All year, Cardiff is the events city. Meanwhile, sleepy Caerphilly has nothing. Nothing, that is, apart from the Big Cheese! Just over the mountain, South Wales’ coolest castle (sorry, Cardiff Castle, shouldn’t have filled your moat in) plays host to jousting, food stalls, white-knuckle rides, bands doing live shows and much more. Did I mention it’s completely free to get in? Visit the official website for more information.

Fact-book making

23-28 July- Wales Millenium Centre – Free

Every time I walk through the Millenium Centre at the moment, there’s always a fun family event happening, and this week is no different. If you’re down the bay for a day out why not pop in and have a go at making these cute little books full of bright colours and pop-up bits? More on the WMC website.


31 July – 5 Aug – National Museum Cardiff – Free

The Sprout is working in collaboration with the activists at the National Museum Cardiff youth forum, who are going to take over the museum’s maritime exhibit. The model seas will be covered by a flood of plastic waste to highlight the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans. The jellyfish will be replaced with plastic bags, the sea turtle will be painfully reunited with the netting that led to its demise, and the whale’s gaping maw will suck up a whole host of refuse. To see the week-long spectacle in person, head on down to the Museum. More information about the exhibit is on their website.

Need more events? Why not bookmark The Sprout’s events listings for up-to-date information, and check back next week for the next round-up of awesome things to do in Cardiff that won’t break the bank.

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