Archive of ‘Wales’ category

Stylish Little Boy Bedroom

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We bought our home in 2015. It was built in the early 50’s and stands on a really quiet lane of 7 homes. The couple who originally built the house actually lived in Italy and kept the house as a holiday home for visiting Welsh family. As such it had never really been lived in until we bought it.

Fred’s room was the first in the house to get a makeover. I thought I would be over the moon to decorate a nursery but I actually felt really confused. I didn’t know this little person yet. Who would they be? what would they like? I didn’t feel like I could impress personality on something when I hadn’t yet met the occupant.

Fred will be two at the end of next month, the rest of the renovation project is all but finished and it’s high time his room reflected who he is.

With that in mind, I’ve asked the lovely people over at Kiddiewinkles (a gorgeous children’s interior site) to come over and share their expert tips when it comes to adding in personality & charm to a toddler room that is a little short of space. It needs to be functional but also in keeping with the rest of the home.

Looking at their website filled me with inspiration so I wanted to share my current wishlist with you so you can see how we are able to incorporate my ‘wants’ with their expertise.

Making a statement

Fred’s room is painted in a pale grey from Earthborn Paints

It’s a lovely subtle colour and we all know by now that Grey is the new neutral right?perfect-paint-kid's-bedroom

Earthborn Paint is amazing stuff particularly if you have kids, less nasty smells in the air and much less toxic. We used their clay paint range which goes on like a dream and gave great coverage to our previously unloved box room.

While I am more than happy to keep the colour it does need a bit of added interest so I’ve been searching for some wall decals/transfers that could add a bit of statement wall appeal.

I want to keep his room traditional with a neutral or coastal feel so that it transitions well with the rest of our house. These Cloud Decals are from Becky & Lolo .

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The white clouds would look quite discreet against our pale Grey walls but I think they would add some interest and texture to the room. Each pack contains 19 clouds in mixed sizes.

Storage

The bulkhead for the stairwell is located in Fred’s small bedroom and as a result, it takes out a huge chunk of usable space. It has always annoyed me but now I have dreams of turning it into a reading nook when he is older. For now, it comes in handy for toy storage – especially as it is an area that is unreachable for small hands (He’s already in a toddler bed and I really don’t need him playing at 2 am).

There are so many stylish storage options available now and you really don’t need to spend a fortune.

My dream item would be one of these Slimline Children’s Bookcases from Tidy Books

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Not only do they look gorgeous, they are really functional and fun. Tidy Books has a great range of storage geared up towards our little ones and I love that this bookcase would allow Fred to see ALL his favorite book covers before our bedtime story.

If you love this but your budget won’t stretch, this KiddyPlay Wooden Book Storage Rack is a great cost effective solution at just £17.99.


KiddyPlay Wooden Book Storage Rack – Primary Colours

We use the bulkhead for most of our storage and while this may not be the most stylish option it is totally flexible and practical. Ladies and Gentleman, I give you The Flexi Tub.

Pack Of 3-40 Litre Garden Trug/Flexi Tub/Gorilla Bucket.(made in uk)

If, like me you want an easy way to move toys around, these will be your best friend. I keep one on the stairs to make it easy to remember all the stuff that needs to back up there as well. They are really cost effective, make it easy to move stuff around and are really hard wearing.

To keep a few bits & bobs that are easily accessible I have fallen in love with this.

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This is one of the gorgeous products available at Kiddiewinkles. I absolutely love the design, it looks amazing quality and I think the personalisation gives it a much more Luxe feel without spending a fortune. This Blue Star Toy Storage Basket starts from £25.00.

 

Bedding

While we are talking about Kiddiewinkles their bedding is now firmly on my wish list. Fred has a really lively, sometimes mischievous personality and I fell for their Red Star Bedding immediately.

personalised-bedding

The Red would be a lovely bright contrast and work so well with their coordinating toy basket. I love that you can personalise the duvet because we have monogrammed pillow cases in our own bedroom. It’s not for everyone but it always reminds me of posh hotel rooms. I’d love to get him a little ‘FJB’ pillow case of his own.

The great thing about this bedding though is the quality. It comes in a nice, high thread count (that’s what makes the bedding feel so good when you stay in hotels) This bedding will wash like a dream, I already know it.

 

Because Kiddiewinkles are fully co-ordinating you can also buy this super cute bedside organiser – So unbelievably sweet.

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Perfect for small spaces and storing those little bits and bobs, the dummy they are supposed to have given up but always want at 3 am and the sippy cup, who can forget the sippy cup!

Finishing Touches

I bought vintage nursery prints when I originally decorated the room but while I adore them, they really do not suit our little bundle of fun.

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These vintage style pencil drawings are from Wayfair and are priced at £16.80 each. They are so lovely but with a nod to the children’s room.

Ok, so this may be a big dream but look at this.

childrens-teepee

Instagram went crazy over the TeePee but look at this WigWam. This is also available at Kiddiewinkles and I just love it. I love the traditional styling, I love the imagination that’s gone into it and it would certainly perk up a wet Welsh day inside. like many of their items, this can also be personalised and is available here.

So what do you think?

Am I crazy to want to add so much to his room? I really love all these items and am keen to hear from the experts to get some extra perspective on the space I have available.

As always I love to hear how you have done things in your house so pop any thoughts below and I’ll be sure to take them onboard.

 

 

 

*** Disclosure –  This post contains affiliate links to some products.

The Week That Was – Sickness

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We were away from home this week. The chef whisked both myself and the little human up to Lincolnshire to visit his Mother. I love it but I don’t always love the drive from Wales, Particularly with a toddler who doesn’t enjoy being contained. However, we headed off on Easter Sunday and the drive passed without too much panic & hysteria (Thank You Netflix and the new download function)

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We spent Easter Monday at the seaside in traditional British fashion. Our friends were visiting a nearby town so the two families merged for the day. We ate chips by the seaside in the bracing cold wind, played on the sand, in the arcades and caught the sand train home. Fred ate too many sugary treats but everyone was happy. Including the parents, because Grandma offered to babysit and we all headed out to a local Italian for an early dinner. There we were, four sleep deprived adults desperately sharing a bottle of Italian white wine while shoving bruschetta into our mouths faster than the speed of light. All was fine when we returned home.

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On Tuesday, we pottered. A wander around Skegness while Fred slept. He never sleeps. When we returned to Grandmas house I relished the 5 minutes to myself while someone else took his coat off, found him a snack and 75 toys to play with – you know the deal.
“Can somebody help me?” came a terrified scream from the lounge. I ran down the bungalows corridor to be greeted by the small one screaming and Grandma, well, Grandma didn’t know what to do first, grab the child or clean the bright yellow sick from her beautiful woolen carpet.
The next few day’s passed in a blur. I announced that Fred was on water for the foreseeable, the horror on the other side of the families faces – they love to eat. I think they thought I’d starve him by not allowing him to eat copious easter bunny and quaver combos for a whole day. My suspicions were confirmed when after dinner that night the chef was also sick. A bug had hit.


There isn’t a lot you can do for a sick toddler other than holding them, so hold him I did. This resulted in every item of clothing I had packed getting hit by toddler vom. Even that new embroidered top I’d harped on about. I got myself dressed, I felt pretty good and boom. Covered.
We stayed an extra day up North. Thankfully I didn’t succumb to the bug. I’m not sure whether the body actually realises that you can’t succumb. As if it somehow knows you are needed to care for others so it will give you a break but it did just that. I managed to get them both in a cramped car and navigate the 5.5hour drive home on Thursday. The only casualty was the catering van. Our business has got very busy and we desperately need another unit for year 2. We found her and were supposed to detour via Derbyshire on our way home (no prizes for guessing that Derbyshire is NOT on the way back).
Everything gets’s put on hold when the sickness hits. You can’t ask people for help, you need containment and as a result, everything that we usually do went to the wall. Nothing was written, I had to manage the catering business alone, I even did ALL the cooking.
Day’s were split between juggling work and consoling the littlest member of the family. Nights were long, calpol filled and sticky. This is why parents need to wear superhero capes at all times. I don’t need to leave the house to work and I still barely survived the week. How working parents or lone parents do it I’ll never know. I guess you just step up to the plate. You suck it up and move forward.

 

I hope the sickness is now behind us. I’ve cleaned everything within an inch of its life and prayed to all gods who will listen. As I type this the late evening sun is streaming through the window and I just have a feeling that next week will be good, It’s like an internal sigh of relief but you never know eh. Until then I’ll keep my fingers crossed and enjoy the extra mummy cuddles.

Best Family Days Out in Wales

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There are so many amazing family days out in Wales that I recently decided to ask the amazing creatures in our This Welsh Mother Facebook Page what were their ultimate list.

We are always looking for great recommendations, new places to go or even to travel to so I loved putting this amazing list together and I know I am going to enjoy checking some of these off in the coming months.

Barry

barry island with kids

(Image courtesy Gordon Young)

Charlotte from the Blog Musing Mum lives in the seaside town of Barry and recommended her stomping ground as a rocking day out in Wales. I have to agree. I have fond childhood memories of days out on ‘the island’ going on fairground rides, eating chips and playing on the beach. Now we live a short drive away we often visit to pass a few hours and it’s very child-friendly. Loads of improvements have been made to the area and being by the sea always makes me feel great.

Tredegar House

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(Image courtesy National Trust)

Tredegar House is a wonderful property maintained by The National Trust, It’s really easy to get to as it’s located just off the M4 in Newport, South Wales. If you have an NT membership or are willing to spend your hard earned pennies you can take a tour around this gorgeous property and learn about the dark arts, riotous parties, and even crocodiles? But if staying outdoors and letting the kids run free is more your thing, Tredegar House still has plenty to offer. With beautiful walled gardens and over 90 acres of parkland, you will be gasping for a cup of tea in no time. Suggested by the lovely Sian Ford

 

National Museum Cardiff

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It’s open Tuesday – Sunday, 10-5 pm and is FREE to enter. Now, It may not be the hugest Museum you will visit but it does have plenty for you to look at and a lot to keep your kids occupied.

It’s great if you are visiting Cardiff City Centre as it’s easy to get to and totally less stressful than dragging smaller people around the shops.

Suggested by Claire Wade

 

Beachy Days Out

Claire also highlighted the wonderful coastline we have available to us!

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(Image courtesy of Visit Swansea Bay)

The Welsh coastline has some spectacular places to visit, whether you want some secluded bays or full on beach resorts you will be able to find something that suits your needs.

It’s also up to you how you spend your time and money, take a picnic, grab some traditional Fish & Chips and let the kids run wild! Jolene from Newtown also loves taking her kids off to the coastal areas in Wales but said that because there were so many great spots to choose from, her broos are visiting two beaches a day!

National Botanic Garden Wales

(Image courtesy of Vist Wales )

Hayley who writes the Winging It With 2 Boy’s Blog wanted to recommend The National Botanic Garden Wales. Her two boys loved discovering the butterfly house and all that the space has to offer.

 

Ynysangharad Park/Dare Valley Park

(Photo courtesy Aderdare Online)

Sian Smith Loves the parks that are available in the Aberdare area. Both Ynysangharad Park & Dare Valley Park have play areas, cafes, lakes, walks and tons of wildlife. Perfect for a nice day out with the kids.

Cosmeston Lakes, Penarth

Days Out Wales

(Picture courtesy BBC Wales)

This Welsh Mother reader Ruth, highly recommends Cosmeston Lakes, Penarth. With a picnic area for a lovely no-fuss snack/lunch and plenty of ducks & swans it would be a great place to spend a few hours on a Spring/Summer day.

Hendrewennol Fruit Farm

Fruit Picking Cardiff

(Photo courtesy Families Online)

If you are looking for a full day of fun then you could head out to Hendrewennol Fruit Farm. Hayley Griffiths who writes Mam In The Mountains Blog has enjoyed fruit picking, playing in the sandpit & on the hay bales and you can even check out a treasure hunt through wildflower fields. Sound heavenly.

 

So there we have it, Proof that you have some fabulous things right on your doorstep. I’d love to feature more days out across Wales, so feel free to let us know about your favourites in the comments section.

 

Things To Do With Kids in North Wales

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North Wales is a vast area of utterly outstanding beauty. If you are visiting the area or just looking for some great family days out in North Wales. We’ve compiled a list of attractions to suite all tastes and budgets.

 

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(Image credit – Go North Wales)

Do you have kids that are train obsessed? If so one of the top family days out in North Wales has to be Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways.

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They say “The Ffestiniog Railway takes you on a 13 1/2-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. We are recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest railway company in the world, being founded in 1832. We still build steam locomotives and carriages in our own workshops and the world’s oldest steam engine, Prince, is still in regular use today – more than 150 years after it was built. Our historic trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round horseshoe bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or tunnelling through it”

 

History buffs will love Caernarfon Castle, nestled on the seafront in this gorgeous North Wales town.things-to-do-with-kids-in-north-wales

The castle is widely regarded as the most beautiful in Wales and dates back to 1284.

If a North Wales seaside break is more your thing then Llandudno may be exactly what you are looking for. One of the huge attractions is a trip up the Great Orme but if you already know that you don’t fancy dragging the kids up behind you, then the Great Orme Tramway may be just the ticket.

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If you are wanting to visit in peak season then it may be worth booking in advance as it can get pretty busy.

 

We’d love to know what your top day’s out in North Wales are as we are currently adding to our list. If there is something you love to do please let us know by emailing thiswelshmother@gmail.com

Mum and Baby Groups in Cwmbran

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If you are searching for mum & baby groups in Cwmbran this is the place to be. When I first became a mother I was scared to head out to groups because I didn’t know anyone, double edged sword, I didn’t know any other mums because I wasn’t heading out into groups.

These groups are perfect for mums and babies, toddlers and are generally based in the Torfaen area comprising of Cwmbran and Pontypool. The area has great bus and train links but also lot’s of small groups are listed so there should be something in your general area.

The most up to date resource I found for classes is a Facebook group you can request to join here.

They helpfully post each evening to alert you to available classes the next day. This helped me be more organised and able to get up and out in the morning – we all know it can be a struggle.

The group shows a great mix of classes both morning and afternoon with some weekend classes available as well.

If you are unsure what to take with you to a mother and baby group in Cwmbran, keep reading for my tips.

 

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The price of groups vary and sometimes they simply ask for a donation so I always like to keep some change in the front of my changing bag that I could grab at a moments notice.

mum-and-baby-groups-in-cwmbranFull change bag
Though Cwmbran itself is well stocked with shops it always makes you feel like you are parenting on all cylinders if you have all your stuff together. Check for spare clothes, nappies, bags, wipes, a drink or feed, snacks if needed (if only just for you) and a couple of your own distraction toys.

mum-and-baby-groups-in-cwmbranCardi/jacket
I’ve frequented many a church hall playgroup. Somehow they are either freezing or tropical so I try and put light layers on the young one and always go in prepared with something to wrap up in of the temperature is icy.

mum-and-baby-groups-in-cwmbranOpenness
I’m not going to lie and tell you I’ve made lifelong friends at mum & baby groups, I’ve not. But it does make me feel like I’m less alone. It helps to tire my boy out and also makes me feel like I’ve done something with him = a little bit of a better parent. Just go in open. I’ve had deep chats with older ladies, laughed with peers about my lack of sleep and generally always leave feeling lighter. Remember, we are all in the same boat.
So if you are looking for mother and baby group in Cwmbran please click here to join this ace Facebook group that is going to keep you right up to date and remember to enjoy it. it should be fun for you and your little one(s).

Know any other resources that keep mums up to date? Feel free to let us know here

Mum and Baby Groups in Pontypool

mum and baby pontypool

If you are searching for mum & baby groups in Pontypool  this is the place to be. When I first became a mother I was scared to head out to groups because I didn’t know anyone, double edged sword, I didn’t know any other mums because I wasn’t heading out into groups.

These groups are perfect for mums and babies, toddlers and are generally based in the Torfaen area comprising of Cwmbran and Pontypool. the area has great bus and train links but also lot’s of small groups are listed so there should be something in your general area.

The most up to date resource I found for classes is a Facebook group you can request to join here.

They helpfully post each evening to alert you to available classes the next day. This helped me be more organised and able to get up and out in the morning – we all know it can be a struggle.

The group shows a great mix of classes both morning and afternoon with some weekend classes available as well.

If you are unsure what to take with you to a mother and baby group in Pontypool, keep reading for my tips.

 

mum-and-baby-groups-in-cwmbranChange
The price of groups vary and sometimes they simply ask for a donation so I always like to keep some change in the front of my changing bag that I could grab at a moments notice.

mum-and-baby-groups-in-cwmbranFull change bag
Though Pontypool itself is well stocked with shops it always makes you feel like you are parenting on all cylinders if you have all your stuff together. Check for spare clothes, nappies, bags, wipes, a drink or feed, snacks if needed (if only just for you) and a couple of your own distraction toys.

mum-and-baby-groups-in-cwmbranCardi/jacket
I’ve frequented many a church hall playgroup. Somehow they are either freezing or tropical so I try and put light layers on the young one and always go in prepared with something to wrap up in of the temperature is icy.

mum-and-baby-groups-in-cwmbranOpenness
I’m not going to lie and tell you I’ve made lifelong friends at mum & baby groups, I’ve not. But it does make me feel like I’m less alone. It helps to tire my boy out and also makes me feel like I’ve done something with him  a little bit of a better parent. Just go in open. I’ve had deep chats with older ladies, laughed with peers about my lack of sleep and generally always leave feeling lighter. Remember, we are all in the same boat.
So if you are looking for mother and baby group in Pontypool please click here to join this ace Facebook group that is going to keep you right up to date and remember to enjoy it. It should be fun for you and your little one(s).

Know any other resources that keep mums up to date? Feel free to let us know here

Mum and Baby Groups in Torfaen

mum and baby groups torfaen

If you are searching for mum & baby groups in Torfaen this is the place to be. When I first became a mother I was scared to head out to groups because I didn’t know anyone, double edged sword, I didn’t know any other mums because I wasn’t heading out into groups.

These groups are perfect for mums and babies, toddlers and are generally based in the Torfaen area comprising of Cwmbran and Pontypool. the area has great bus and train links but also lot’s of small groups are listed so there should be something in your general area.

The most up to date resource I found for classes is a Facebook group you can request to join here.

They helpfully post each evening to alert you to available classes the next day. This helped me be more organised and able to get up and out in the morning – we all know it can be a struggle.

The group shows a great mix of classes both morning and afternoon with some weekend classes available as well.

If you are unsure what to take with you to a mother and baby group, keep reading for my tips.

 

mum-and-baby-groups-in-cwmbranChange
The price of groups vary and sometimes they simply ask for a donation so I always like to keep some change in the front of my changing bag that I could grab at a moments notice.

mum-and-baby-groups-in-cwmbranFull change bag
Though Cwmbran itself is well stocked with shops it always makes you feel like you are parenting on all cylinders if you have all your stuff together. Check for spare clothes, nappies, bags, wipes, a drink or feed, snacks if needed (if only just for you) and a couple of your own distraction toys.

mum-and-baby-groups-in-cwmbranCardi/jacket
I’ve frequented many a church hall playgroup. Somehow they are either freezing or tropical so I try and put light layers on the young one and always go in prepared with something to wrap up in of the temperature is icy.

mum-and-baby-groups-in-cwmbranOpenness
I’m not going to lie and tell you I’ve made lifelong friends at mum & baby groups, I’ve not. But it does make me feel like I’m less alone. It helps to tire my boy out and also makes me feel like I’ve done something with him = a little bit of a better parent. Just go in open. I’ve had deep chats with older ladies, laughed with peers about my lack of sleep and generally always leave feeling lighter. Remember, we are all in the same boat.
So if you are looking for mother and baby group in Torfaen please click here to join this ace Facebook group that is going to keep you right up to date and remember to enjoy it. it should be fun for you and your little one(s).

Know any other resources that keep mums up to date? Feel free to let us know here

Things to do with kids in Abergavenny

things to do with kids abergavenny

I love this town so I am always looking for things to do with kids in Abergavenny. It is such a gorgeous place to walk around but if your kids are anything like mine, a quiet stroll doesn’t tend to keep them quiet so I wanted to put together a few family activities you can enjoy if you have kids in tow.

 

Abergavenny Castle & Museum.
This is a new one on me. In all the years I have lived here and visited Abergavenny I am ashamed to say I’ve never visited the castle. I was reading a great blog post on Abergavenny Kids this weekend (a great site for more info on the area) and this was listed as an activity so I wrapped up the little one and we headed off.
This is located in the heart of Abergavenny with a large local authority (aka pretty cheap) carpark next to it. We visited on a Sunday when parking was free.
The castle itself is lovely for exploring. we had fun dancing around the trees complete with knitted covers and exploring the garden area with willow features.
It is free to have a wander round and we passed nearly two hours playing – very worthwhile.

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The Tithe Barn at St Mary’s
Fancy a tour round an almost 900-year-old barn. This is great if you have older kids who may love a little ‘horrible histories’. Entry to the gorgeous barn is free but you can make a gratefully received donation towards upkeep and then follow off all that history with a memorable snack at the cafe area. home of truly gorgeous cake – trust me. I also always feel a million miles away from a busy market town here so it makes a nice gentle stop. They’ve always been very accommodating to myself and my pram.

Geocaching
I guess it was kind of a big deal last year. All of my friends seemed to be after the nearest ‘cache’ but if you’ve got kiddies and this is unknown to you – look it up. Geocaching is like a big treasure hunt, only via and app and with the use of GPRS. You are shown the locations of various bits of treasure in your area and I personally know that Abergavenny has a few good finds. I’ve hunted with the baby in his buggy, it passes time and you feel like you are in a secret club.

things-to-do-with-kids-in-abergavennyLinda Vista Gardens
Right in the heart of the town centre is a small parcel of calm. Linda Vista Gardens. I stumbled across this site when parking for the Post Office on a hot summers day and somehow ended up with a book, an ice cream and a few hours stretching out in front of me – Bliss. The gardens are really well laid out and they have some gorgeous plants to look at year round. if you are looking for a safe clean spot to walk with kids, Linda Vista is perfect.

things-to-do-with-kids-monmouthAbergavenny Sports Centre.
The town of Abergavenny has quite a large sports centre if you have a few hours that need filling. The have a good sized pool to make use of and fun activities scheduled throughout the school holidays.

things-to-do-with-kids-in-abergavennyMarket Hall & Town Centre
Abergavenny is a small market town. it’s pretty enough to wander around and see what you happen to stumble across. a section of the town centre is pedestrianised and parking is plentiful. Abergavenny market hall is worth a visit. It drags me back to my childhood in Mid-Wales in an instant. The building itself is gorgeous and whatever day you happen to stumble in there you will find something, from a lady selling homemade pickles to a full on flea market.

So those are just a few things to do with kids in Abergavenny. The town itself is pretty small with lots to do in the surrounding areas also. Abergavenny has lots to offer the family and the views of the surrounding countryside are spectacular.

Have you visited or do you live in Abergavenny? We’d love to hear what you think we are missing on this list. Please do let us know here.

Things to do with kids in Cwmbran

things to do with kids in cwmbran

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Cwmbran. If you live near to Cwmbran or just fancy a day out in the Cwmbran area as a family, try some of these to keep your little ones entertained and enjoy some time out of the house.

Soft Play

If soft play is your thing then you have options in the Cwmbran area. We personally head to Cheeky Monkeys a play centre just outside of Cwmbran centre. It has a toddler area, hold various classes which you can find on their Facebook group and I’ve enjoyed many a hot cup of coffee here in peace. If you have older kids there is a zorbing balls area, laser tag and a lovely outdoor pool lido for the summer months. Prices vary and can be found on their website but it’s one of the cheapest soft plays I’ve visited in the area and the staff are always lovely.

New to Cwmbran is Lauleighs but this is located within the Cwmbran shopping centre so great if you don’t have a car or need to do some bits & bobs in town. Laugleighs is new and as yet they have not taken delivery of their soft play items but they are expected any day now. We’ve visited once and the staff were so friendly and helpful. You can check out their Facebook page here. They are a new business who are going out of their way to try and give parents exactly what they need in the area with different classes, lovely clean facilities and the option to leave older children in their creche facility while you get some much-needed time to yourself. If you are in the area please check them out – Oh and if you are shopping with kids they have amazing kiddie carts you can hire to make the experience much more pleasurable.

Outdoors

Looking for things to do with kids in Cwmbran but the outdoors is much more your thing you should head up to Greenmeadow community farm. It’s located just outside Cwmbran but is a lovely day out with your little ones. If you have a baby or toddler you should head there on Tuesday when they have scheduled classes throughout the day and they even offer you a sneaky incentive to get a cake from the cute cafe area. Classes vary week to week so it’s best to check their website or Facebook page for costs.

On dry days a trip to the boating lake is worthwhile. Cwmbran boating lake has a lot to offer children of all ages. You will find a large well kept play area, including climbing frames, swings & slides. the play equipment is perfect for all ages. If you fancy taking a picnic there are plenty of spots to grab a bench and settle down for half an hour. In summer months there is an on site cafe open or the tearoom at the old manor house is lovely and just a short walk.

You will find enough space to stretch your legs on a nice walk and bikes are allowed to, which can be great away from all the traffic. If all else fails – feed the ducks, guaranteed to entertain even the grouchiest toddler. Open all year round, closes at dusk

Indoor fun

If you possess a child that will sit long enough you could try a trip to Cwmbran cinema. Located just outside the main shopping area so it’s near to all the main parking points. The cinema is part of the Vue chain you can get more information about their showings and prices here.

Lollypops and ladybirds is a lovely family day out in Cwmbran’s. Located in the town centre you are really close to public transport and all the free car parking. They offer pottery painting and some great toddler classes. The business also offers keepsake items such as hand and footprints, fingerprint jewelry etc which I believe is arranged by appointment. You can check their website here or just click through to their facebook page.

If you haven’t got your indoor play fix you could head to The Ark Play Centre at Victory Church. They hold a lovely session on a Tuesday morning but check their Facebook page for full information and opening hours. This is a really well-stocked centre and they always seem to be putting on lovely things for the kids to take part tin so definitely worth a visit.

Bowlplex in Cwmbran is a good trip out if your kids are slightly older and you want to burn off some energy. they have some great family & kids deals on their website which you can find here.

There is a great mix of indoor and outdoor activities on our list of things to do with kids in Cwmbran. Some hidden gems that we are yet to discover here at This Welsh Mother but we are desperately trying to tick them off our list. We love Cwmbran for it’s easy to get around nature, the free parking in the town centre is always a winner and it’s public transport links with both trains and buses are really useful. the shopping area is mainly under cover and offers most of the main stores you would be looking for. What do you get up to in Cwmbran? if you have anything we should be doing or that is missing from our list we’d love to hear about it – get in touch and let us know.

Yoga for Babies in South Wales

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Are you looking for information on yoga for babies in South Wales? You’ve come to the right place my friend. There are many benefits in Yoga for babies so let’s touch on them before giving you the details of some classes in the South Wales are that you and your little one can check out.

 

Why take your baby to yoga?

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Baby yoga involves both mum and baby movement which is beneficial for you both. guided movement is said to stimulate muscle and nerve development. We’ve all been told that babies need to spend time on their tummies to improve upper body and neck strength – hence all that fuss about tummy time.

Yoga is also a form of self-massage and when we stimulate certain points we can slow down production of stress hormones and I think we can all agree a less stressed mum and baby can’t be a bad thing.

Of course, we need to take care, little people have to go slow with their movements. Slow and gentle. However with some care of soft spots and some guidance from professionals baby yoga can be great for mum and baby.

Firstly it’s going to get you out of the house and at any stage of motherhood that can be a blessing. However getting out with a child can also come with a change bag full of stress so heading to the blissful environment of baby yoga, that’s got to be easier than the supermarket run.

Secondly, if you head to a baby yoga class in South Wales you are going to meet so like-minded local mums. They will be in exactly the same position as you and it’s always great to meet some more people who ‘get’ the stage of life you are at.

Thirdly, go need a bit you ‘you’ time. Even if you have to take a baby with you. Yoga and breathing will leave you feeling calmer and may even help you connect on a deeper level with your child.

I’ve scoured the net to find a variety of listings for baby yoga in South wales so click through to the following link to find the most up to date information on classes.

  • The British Wheel of Yoga lists classes across the country here
  • Find listings for classes in Newport & Cardiff on the Netmums Website here
  • Om Yoga Studio in Cardiff runs Mum & Baby classes as well as Pregnancy Yoga here
  • All4KidsUK list classes across South Wales here
  • Birthlight Yoga list classes across the country here

I hope this gives you a chance to find a baby yoga class in South Wales which is near to you and your family. If you happen to know details of a class that is not featured in this list please feel free to contact us and let us know. Anyway mama, enough from me, I hope Yoga leave you and your little one feeling relaxed and stress-free.

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