The school holidays are nearly here. And with six weeks stretching out in front of us, we’ve put together some ideas to get the whole family active for free in Wales.
Exercising is a great way to spend time together and it doesn’t have to break the bank…
1. Head to your local swimming pool - for free
On a hot day, is there anything better than going for a dip at your local pool? And the good news is that children can go swimming for FREE in Wales. Yes, you heard right.
Swimming is a great full body workout. It also lowers stress levels and reduces anxiety. So, pack your swim bags and contact your local public pool for timetables, and make the most of free swimming for under 16s and over 60s all summer long.
2. Get on your bike
Check your tyres, fill up your water bottle and jump on the bikes this summer. If you’re not sure where to go, the Visit Wales website suggests lots of low traffic, family-friendly cycle routes.
There are also plenty of free mountain bike trails and BMX pump tracks right across Wales. Not got a bike? There are some free bike recycling schemes in Wales such Free Bikes 4 Kids in Newport and Montgomery Energy Group’s Free Bike Scheme which stops bikes going to landfill and to a good home instead.
You can also find free bikes on Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree – just remember to make sure it’s in good working order or head to your nearest repair café if you need some advice.
No list of things to do this summer would be complete without paddleboarding. Super popular, it is loads of fun but do make sure you stay safe on the water. Canoe Wales has some great info and safety advice and also offer courses to get you started.
Alternatively, find a paddleboarding club near you – they often have spare boards available and weekly paddling trips.