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Summer is here and that means that children are out of school and parents are scrambling to find something to keep them occupied. Here at Mason Self Storage, we have many customers who come from Cardiff and all over the Vale of Glamorgan, stop in to the office for a friendly chat while dropping off or picking items up from their storage units. As they have been preparing for their summer holidays, we asked them what their plans are and what they like to do during the summer with their children. They have some really great ideas as to what to do in the Wales so our team has decided to share some of these summer holiday ideas with our readers. Our list has something for everyone and will have parents and children looking forward to their next adventure. Keep reading to start planning a summer holiday in Wales that your children will remember for many years to come.

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Go for Ice-Cream on Penarth Pier

Children and adults alike love ice cream. And what better way to enjoy a scoop than sitting beside the sea on Penarth Pier. The Penarth Pavilion is a relaxing spot to spend an afternoon with the kids while getting out of the house. www.penarthpavilion.co.uk

Walk in the footsteps of Football’s super-heroes

Following on with our football theme, this is something for footie fans of all ages. Why not take a trip to Cardiff and watch youth football teams from all over the UK play their best games in the UK’s longest running footie tournament, the Welsh Super Cup, from the 4th to the 7th August. www.welshsupercup.com

Storm the Cardiff Castle Battlements

Visit Cardiff Castle for a picnic lunch and some fun relaxing on the beautifully landscaped grounds. The castle is free to visit if you live or work in Cardiff and inexpensive if not. There are many reasonably priced workshops throughout the summer. www.cardiffcastle.com

Look for Fairies in Fforest Fawr

There is a trail in the woods behind Castell Coch just outside Cardiff that brings nature and exercise together in a fun, new way. This is an inexpensive way to spend a day with your children while having them search for specific items or historic sites that will spark their imagination. www.forestry.gov.uk

Visit the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay

The Welsh Mountain Zoo is set high above Colwyn Bay and provides panoramic views, beautiful scenery and a variety of animals to see and interact with. Visit the Tarzan trail adventure playground and the zoo’s media centre where children can take a virtual tour of the zoo. www.welshmountainzoo.org

Visit Coed-y-Brenin and Margam and Go Ape!

With rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip lines, when you visit Go Ape at Coed-y-Brenin, near Dolgellau and Margam Country Park, you will find yourself having fun and jumping around with your children until you can’t jump any more. www.goape.co.uk

Camp Out, At Home!

Going camping in your own back yard is a fun and adventurous way to introduce children to camping without having to travel very far. Plus, you have the benefits and conveniences of being at home in case they need a bathroom break.

See Butterflies at The Magic of Life Butterfly House, Aberystwyth

Visit The Magic of Life Butterfly House in Aberystwyth and see some of the world’s most beautiful butterflies and moths. Children will learn about butterflies and they can see how many types they can identify. www.magicoflife.org