Activities & Adventure

Make the most of the stunning Porthcawl beaches

Adventures Outdoor Activity Centre

We offer a range of outdoor activities and exciting new ways to see the Welsh countryside for all ages and abilities. We are located in the beautiful Taff Valley just outside Cardiff.

Parc Newydd Farm,
CF36 3EX 
T: 01656 782300


Porthcawl Surf School


Hello all, and welcome to Porthcawl Surf. We provide the Surf Report For Porthcawl, South Wales. We also run the Surf School at Rest Bay – Porthcawl Surf School. This is where you will find all information relating to surfing in Porthcawl.

Rest Bay Car Park,
Rest Bay Beach,
CF36 3UP


Quest Adventures

We run Adventure Activities, including Coasteering, Gorge Walking and Canyoning, in Cardiff and across South Wales that are really popular with Stag and Hen Parties, Youth Groups, Schools and for Team Building.


Porthcawl 01656 783310
Cardiff 02920 303545
Swansea 0870 2424886

Porthcawl Bike Hire

Here in Porthcawl we have so much to offer the adventurous cyclist. Situated on the stunning Welsh coast we have glorious sandy beaches with excellent surf and beautiful views all around. Whether you are a family on your annual holiday or a group of friends visiting for a long weekend we can think of few better ways to explore the local area than on one of our fantastic Fat Bike Tours. Whether it’s rolling through the sand dunes, splashing through the surf or climbing up into the surrounding hills to embrace the views, we know that two is the optimum number of wheels for getting out and about. Why not hire some bikes and have an adventure?

Porthcawl Bike Hire
Buccaneer Complex 
Mackworth Road
CF36 5DT
T: Corum 07850 684740
Fat Bike Hire

Porthcawl Coney Surf

With over 30 years of surfing experience and many years of coaching knowledge Coney Surf is your place to get that feeling only a surfer knows. Lessons start from £15 and include all the equipment you need, all instructors are ASI qualified and have beach lifeguard/Surf safety training.  Coney Surf also provide Surfboard and Wetsuit hire.

Coney Surf 
Mackworth Road 
CF36 5BT


Taskforce Paintball Games

Taskforce Paintball Games is South Wales' premier paintballing and outdoor activity centre based in Cowbridge. We offer an exciting range of activities including paintballing, laser tag (quasar outdoors), and teambuilding command tasks – if you love the outdoor life, you'll find something for you at Taskforce Paintball Games. 

Cowbridge Site,
Just off main A48,
CF71 7RQ


Blast Kiteboarding

We live / breath kitesurfing 24/7, our lives are simply and completely wrapped up in this wonderful world of kitesurfing, whether it's in some hot exotic location abroad or in the middle of the winter on our home beaches in the UK we will still be out there riding and testing the kit we sell.


102 Newton Nottage Road,
CF36 5EE

Afan Forest Biking

The Afan Forest Park and Glyncorrwg Ponds Mountain Biking centres provide many trails of various lengths and skill-levels. Whether you’re a family group, a cross-country whippet or hardened downhill rider, you’ll find a suitable trail. Some trails can be linked-up to create longer rides. For coaching, guiding tours and the off-piste experience, take a look at our Coaching, Guiding tours & Bike Shopspage.

21 Graig-Y-Tewgoed,
Nr Swansea,
SA12 9YE

+44 (0)1639 850564
+44 (0)1639 851900


Tree Top Challenge

If you fancy a climb and getting back to nature at the same time, head for the Tree Top Challenge. Situated in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan, the centre has a set of magnificent oak trees for you and your family to clamber up. Don't worry if you're not an experienced climber—Tree Top Challenge has a range of activities to suit different ages and abilities.
With the use of rope ladders, ‘action man' commando ropes, high bridges, tree scrambles, slack-lines, rope swings and even zip lines, you'll find that a tree can be an incredible playground. Show your kids the whole new world that's right above their heads! 
Climbers can reach heights of 15 metres in the oak trees, and with the support of the experienced climbing supervisors you'll be completely safe when you're there! All of Tree Top Challenge's activities have safety systems in place and they provide equipment which is fully certified. 
If there's one person in the family who doesn't like heights, there's no need to fret. Tree Top Challenge also provide archery and axe throwing for those who'd rather keep their feet firmly on the ground. 
An unusual birthday party for older children or a great family day out, Tree Top Challenge will help you reach for the skies.


Tree Top Challenge
Amelia Trust Farm,
Five Mile Lane,
CF62 3AS

Opening Hours Monday-Sunday 9.30am-7.30pm Pricing from £18.00

Bryngarw Country Park

Bryngarw Country Park has oodles of woodland to explore, loads of grassland offering space to play family games, formal gardens for a floral aunter and loads of water features including ponds, lakes and a river! With ornamental bridges and wildflower meadows you'll be hard put to find someone who wouldn't like to have a walk here!

Kids will migrate towards the wooden adventure playground and a particularly huge and noticeable feature: The Tower Slide! There's also a climbing rock and a cleared out area with piles of deadwood at the side of the play park for kids to make dens with: cool! You can also download a list of every single type of insect and animal life that's been spotted in the park, which is excellent for printing off and keeping track on a mini beast safari! Will you spot them all, or will you be heading home before the bats are out?!


Bryngarw Country Park,
CF32 8UU


Wiggleys Fun Farm

Wiggley’s Fun Farm is an ideal play space for little ones.

Offering all weather fun, there are large indoor and outdoor adventure play areas where children can slide, jump, climb and crawl to their heart’s content. Don’t forget to drag them away to visit the babies’ barnyard though. These teeny tiny fluffies around bound to melt hearts and bring smiles.

Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)

Aberbaiden Road,
Ffordd y Gyffraith,
Cefn Cribwr,
CF32 0BT

Opening Times: 
Monday-Friday (during School term) 10.00am-6.00pm
Saturday & Sunday 10.00am-5.00pm
School Holidays 10.00am-5.00pm
Suitable for ages 0-12  6.7miles from Porthcawl

Bushcraft Adventures

Our Bushcraft Basecamp is located near Laleston, just outside Bridgend. Conveniently close to Cardiff and Swansea, and easily accessible from the M4.

Bushcraft Adventures is about getting people outdoors, learning some new skills and having fun! We are a female-run bushcraft company based in South Wales. With us, you’re in safe and experienced hands:

Comprehensive insurance for all activities
DBS checked (enhanced level) to work with children

Over 100 5-star customer reviews

We take our professional development seriously


Go Ape

Margam Country Park
Port Talbot
SA13 2TJ

What do you picture when dreaming of a weekend away in manor house? Probably not zooming down zip wires or dropping from six metre high platforms! Go Ape Margam teams historic grounds with high ropes for an adventure like no other.

As well as 39 thrilling crossings - including bridges, tunnels and more - have a go at one of the biggest Tarzan swings in the Go Ape family. It’s a real leap of faith as you hook yourself in, take a deep breath and drop a giant six metres. The course takes around two to three hours to negotiate so finish with a bang on their 167m zip wire. Phew!

Once you’re up in the trees you’ll have a cracking view of Margam Country Park and 1,000 acres of woodland. Look out across the lake, up to the Manor House and see if you can spot any of the local residents: Margam’s deer! They’re the largest herd in Wales and it’s quite a thrill when you manage to catch a glimpse of some as they dash across the hillside.

  • A high ropes adventure
  • One of Go Ape’s tallest Tarzan swings!
  • Spot the famous Margam deer

Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre

Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre
Fountain Road
CF32 0EH

Main Office and Island Bookings: 01656 724100
Welsh Wildlife Centre: 01239 621600
Facebook:  @WildlifeTrustSouthandWestWales

The 300 acre Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve with its Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre has something for everyone. 

A variety of different habitat types supporting many different species for wildlife enthusiast, a safe area for families to discover and enjoy nature, well -maintained traffic-free cycle tracks, including a 4km stretch of Sustrans National Cycle Route 4 for cyclists and over 10km of tracks for dog walking, with water and free dog waste bags available at in the car park and at the Visitor Centre.

There are accessible paths on the Nature Reserve for wheelchairs, walking sticks and for those with sight problems. The Centre and Coffee Shop are fully accessible.

The Centre and Coffee Shop are fully accessible.  The Coffee Shop is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am until 4pm. From 30th July to 2nd November the visitor centre will be open 7 days a week, 10am until 4pm. Come and join us for a walk and follow it up with coffee and cake, watching the birds from the comfort of an armchair!

Our Coffee Shop is developing its range of food, come along and try some gorgeous homemade soups, there are many vegetarian and vegan options as well as more traditional meat options. And of course there is always cake.

If you are thinking of taking your dog along with you to a nature reserve, please read and conform to our guidelines for dog walking on nature reserves. This will help us to keep the nature reserves a safe place for wildlife and people.
The Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre
  • FREE car park
  • FREE entry
  • Coffee Shop serving sandwiches, cakes and hot and cold drinks
  • Male, female and accessible toilets
  • Discovery Room with exhibitions, videos, nature table and more. This room is available for hire, please contact us for details on 01656 726992.
  • An events programme, with activities including wildlife surveys and guided walks, is running from the Visitor Centre. (Full details of events can be viewed on the website).
  • Friendly Parc Slip Ambassadors, who can answer any questions you have about the reserve.

Nash Point Lighthouse

Nash Point Lighthouse
Llantwit Major
Vale of Glamorgan CF61 1ZH

Tel: 01255 245156/07850047721

Located in spectacular south Wales, Nash Point Lighthouse offers not only two holiday cottages and a visitor centre but an acclaimed wedding venue.

For 175 years Nash Point Lighthouse, designed by James Walker, the Engineer-in-Chief to Trinity House, has been keeping the mariner safe of Nash Sands, the sandbanks off the point at the entrance to the Bristol Channel.

In 1977 a rare plant, the tuberous thistle (Cirsium Tuberosum), was found growing around the lighthouse.

Nash Point was the last manned lighthouse in Wales. The lighthouse keepers left on 5 August 1998.

Nash Point formally opened its doors to the public in 2007 so why not come along and see this wonderful lighthouse and the stunning scenery around about it from a new perspective?

Welsh Surfing Federation

Welsh Surfing Federation
16-18 Mary Street
CF36 3YA


Contact the WSF to find out more about the surf schools in Porthcawl, about upcoming competitions and the history of surfing in Wales.

Griffin Park Bowls Club

Griffin Park
New Road
CF36 5DD

Porthcawl Bowls Club have been playing at Griffin Park since 1934 and currently there are three clubs in operation. They are a very successful side and have many county and international players within the clubs. Out of the last 11 seasons Porthcawl Mens have won the league 9 times and have good players in all three Clubs who would be more than happy to advise and coach if needed. The season runs from April to mid September and the Greens are open from 10am to 8pm.

For further information or to register your membership or for casual bowling at Griffin Park please contact:- Porthcawl Ladies - Iona Walters 07814403384/02920 830561, Griffin Park Mens - Colin Chapman 01656 772636/ 07899005752 or Les Harris - 01656 786249/07443495877.


St Fagans National History Museum

St Fagans National Museum of History
Tel: 0300 1112333
St Fagan's National Museum of History is Wales' most visited heritage attraction standing in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle, located on the outskirts of Cardiff.



Escape Rooms Cardiff

119 St Mary Street
CF10 1DY
Tel: 02921 679700
So. What are Escape Rooms? They are a real-life escape game which requires 2-6 players to work together to find hidden clues and solve puzzles to escape one of our 5 (soon to be 6) themed rooms before the 1 hour timer runs out. There are a lot of objects, codes and hints to find - You have to think quick, think smart and work as a team if you want to make it out in time.




Stuart Street
CF10 5BW
Tel: 02920475475
Techniquest is the UK’s longest established science centre.  We provide a range of services to Schools and Teachers to complement formal education provision in Wales and work extensively with public audiences.

The Royal Mint

CF72 8YT
Tel: 0800 0322154
The Royal Mint is the world's leading export mint, making coins and medals for an average of 60 countries every year. However, its first responsibility is to make and distribute United Kingdom coins as well as to supply blanks and official medals.

Cardiff Ski & Snowboard Centre

198 Fairwater Road
Tel: 02920 561793
Going away skiing? Picking up a new Hobby? Snowboarding with your friends? Fancy a thrilling tubing party? Get ready for the mountains, in the heart of the city centre !!! Whether skiing or snowboarding, new to the sport or with many years experience, we have the facilities to get you prepared.

Welsh Mining Experience

Rhondda Heritage Park
Lewis Merthyr Colliery
Coed Cae Road
CF37 2NP
Tel: 01443 682036
Going away skiing? Picking up a new Hobby? Snowboarding with your friends? Fancy a thrilling tubing party? Get ready for the mountains, in the heart of the city centre !!! Whether skiing or snowboarding, new to the sport or with many years experience, we have the facilities to get you prepared.
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