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We’re Celebrating!

6 Special Offer
 7 Education 13 Cover Kids Competition 14 Autumn Activities 16 Early Years 19 Halloween
 21 Health 
 23 Parenting 24 Clubs & Classes 26 Activities 27 Days out

There are some reasons to celebrate as we head into autumn.

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Our children will hopefully get to go back to school and nursery after a huge break, which is really good news for parents. This autumn also marks the 30 year anniversary of Families Magazine, first launched in London in 1990. Throughout the next 12 months, we’ll have lots of freebies on offer for our subscribers to mark this milestone. So sign up if you don’t want to miss out! It’s FREE.

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- Lift a gold bullion bar worth over £400,000 - 45 minute guided factory tour - Strike Your Own Coin - Unlock 1,100 years of history in our self-guided exhibition PLUS, discover how we stepped up to make 2 million visors for the NHS and see a production unit in operation.

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READER OFFER 20% off Autumn/ Winter collection at Little People Store!


Nestled in the heart of Rhiwbina Village you’ll find a shop bursting with colour. Little People Store stocks Joules, and organic cotton clothing brands including Frugi, Kite and Toby Tiger. You’ll also find ethical, Fairtrade toys and gifts for babies and children, now with sizes up to age 12. In stock now you’ll find a wide range of Welsh language items including books by authors Roald Dahl and David Walliams.




With complimentary gift wrapping on all items, it’s perfect for birthdays, baby showers and newborn baby gifts. There’s also a permanent sale rail for those who like a bargain. Little People Store is offering Families readers 20% off the new Autumn/Winter season of clothing. Just print out this page and take it along with you, or have it ready to show on your mobile phone. Little People Store is open Wednesday–Saturday, 10am–4pm. 2b Heol y Deri, Rhiwbina, Cardiff. CF14 6HF. Offer is valid on in-store purchases only until 30th October 2020. Shop online at

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Free Learning Support Resources Need some additional tools to help your child catch up at school?

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What Do We Say to the School about our Separation?

Coping with Back to School Stress

By Rebecca Giraud & Bob Greig

Any parent who has been through a separation will understand the massive stress it involves and the anxiety around co-parenting. One of the important issues that can get overlooked in the mix is what to tell your child’s school. READ MORE

Starting a new school year after Covid-19 may mean both parents and children feel more anxious than usual. So what can we do to help our children go back to school feeling more happy and relaxed? Claire Winter speaks to some experts. READ MORE


Call/Text: 07793 020 666

Passionate about education, Hannah is a qualified maths and English teacher who offers one-to-one tuition through her company Level Up Education. Her mission is to help children enjoy learning and to understand the power it has to change their lives. Since the Covid-19 Pandemic, Hannah has successfully taken her classes online to support her students and their parents alike during these unprecedented times. 4 September 2020 8


18 Top New Children’s Books for Autumn

Mermaid School: Ready, Steady, Swim!

Noah Wild and the Floating Zoo

Lucy Courtenay/Sheena Dempsey. An underwater school story. Ages 7+.

Alexander Mccall Smith. An ordinary boy’s heartwarming/extraordinary feat. Ages 7+.

Louis Sachar/Aleksei Bitskoff. Brilliantly illustrated story of mixedup mayhem. Ages 7+.

My Name is River

Turtle Boy

Health Heroes

The Virus

Return to Wonderland

The Unadoptables

Beneath the Cloud of Doom

Emma Rea. M. Evan Wolkenstein. Emily Sharratt. Thrilling, ecological A story offering hope/ ‘Health heroes’ talk adventure in the Amazon new perspectives to life’s about their working lives. jungle. Ages 9+. outsiders. Ages 9+. Ages 9+.

Ben Martynoga/Moose Allain. Explores the science behind viruses/Covid-19 pandemic. Ages 11+.

Wonderland-inspired stories from top contemporary authors. Ages 11+.

Hana Tooke/Ayesha L.Rubio. Adventure set in oldworld Amsterdam/ surrounds. Ages 11+.

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18 Top New Children’s Books for Autumn

Duck and Penguin That Dog! Things I Love by Emma Lazell. Do Not Like Bear Will smart dog outwit the Susie Linn/Alex Willmore. Sleepovers Julia Woolf. Night time adventure for babies/toddlers.

dog-nappers? For babies/toddlers.

Scenes and activities little ones will recognise. For babies/toddlers.

The Diddle That Dummed

It’s OK to Cry

I’m Sticking with You

Kes Gray/Fred Blunt. Laughter, music, word play & silliness. Ages 3+.

Molly Potter/Sarah Jennings. Great intro to emotions. Ages 3+.


The Blue Giant

Egneus. Powerful/ visually spectacular evolution story. Ages 5+.

story about pollution in our oceans. Ages 5+.

Smriti Halls/Steve Small. A story about friendship. Ages 3+.

Super Milly and the By Isabel Thomas/Daniel By Katie Cottle. Poignant Super School Day

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By Owen Millward. Upbeat/funny picture book about kindness. Ages 5+.


Supporting a Dyslexic Child By Ellie Malt “Do you think she might have dyslexia or something like that?” I asked. I was standing in the playground with one of the teaching assistants, watching my 4 year old climb into her buggy, eager for her after-school snack. Although it was only her second term in Reception, I’d noticed she seemed uninterested in the alphabet, while other children could already write their names. But I was only really thinking out loud. Even to me, it seemed ridiculously early to be jumping to any conclusions. “Probably” she shot back over the general hubbub. I admit, I was shocked. But looking back years later, finally in possession of a formal diagnosis, I appreciate her honesty. I only wish I had acted sooner; it could have saved so much struggle and frustration. READ MORE

Dyslexia Features

Sources of Help

Your child may:

British Dyslexia Association Advice and assessments. Find your local association.

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Talk well but write little; Be a slow/reluctant reader; Struggle with spelling; Have difficulties with writing; Not always remember/ understand what he/she has just read; • Seem inattentive and unable to concentrate/remember instructions; • Have difficulty organising himself/herself; • Struggle to remember the order of things, eg days of the week.

The Dyslexia Association Screening, assessment, tuition, assistive technology training. Dyslexia Assist Find local support. Achieve Now Works with dyslexic pupils and IT. All services online. IPSEA Free, independent legal information, advice and support. Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre Influential regional centre. September 2020 11


Top Homework Tips Where, When and How

Let THEM Do the Work

Create space. If possible, this should be a communal space but one with minimal distractions. This enables parental supervision/input without it feeling like an intrusion.

Provide guidance, not answers. Use questioning to help them get as close to the answer as they can but don’t tell them.

Establish a routine. Some children prefer to do homework straight after school; others need to ‘unwind’ or eat first. Whatever is decided, stick to it. Get organised. Have your child do the hard work first when they are most alert. Help them make a “Done/To Do” list.

Let them make mistakes. Giving answers means they will not learn the material and their teacher will not know how much they understand it. Step in only when progress comes to a halt. Encourage them to set small positive targets promoting independent working and selfsufficiency.

What YOU Can Offer Discuss homework. Even if you know nothing about a subject, you can still help just by talking, listening and helping them to find the right answer. Use a timer. Challenge your child to estimate how long an assignment might take. Suggest setting a timer for that amount of time, or less. Encourage. Praise effort not achievement. Focus on hard work or improved concentration, handwriting or presentation. Make it positive. Tell them how important school is. Your attitude to homework will influence their attitude. 12 September 2020


Could your child be our next cover star? We’re looking for your best school uniform photos for the cover of our next issue! With your little ones safely back in school, we want to see all those fabulous photographs of them on their first days back — the gorgeous shots, the funny ones and even the random ones! The winner could end up on the cover of our November/December issue, and runners up will be featured inside the magazine. How to enter You can post your photographs on our Facebook page @FamiliesCardiff using the hashtag #FamiliesCardiffCoverKids, along with your child’s name, school and class name. Or you can email your images and details to with ‘Cover Kids’ in the subject line. Photographs must be in portrait format, and cannot contain any text, branding or watermarks. Bear in mind that images work best on the cover if there’s some space at the top where our Families Cardiff & Vale logo can sit. The deadline for entries is midday 1st November 2020. Terms and conditions

Don’t forget By entering, you give permission for to subscribe to Families Cardiff & Vale to publish your Families Cardiff & image and details in our November/ Vale to get your free copy direct December 2020 issue. to your inbox. Families Cardiff & Vale’s editorial team will create a shortlist of entries and publish these on our Facebook page @FamiliesCardiff for a public vote. By entering either via Facebook or email, you give permission for us to publish your images on our Facebook page for voting. The Families Cardiff & Vale team will make the final decision on the winning entry.

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Autumn Outdoors Enjoy these seasonal outdoor activities with the family.

Bark Rubbing

Autumn Scavenger Hunt


Mushroom Hunting

Tree Decorating

Making and Flying a Kite

Building a Hedgehog Home

Litter Picking

Making a Leaf Maze

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Great Autumn Crafts Join our friends at MyBaba and get crafty with the kids!

Autumn Leaf Pictures

3D Autumn Tree Craft

Autumn Leaf Sun Catchers

Autumn Play Dough

Painted Leaves

Leaf Rubbing Busy Bag

Animal Seed Collage

Leaf Chromatography

Autumn Sensory Tray

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A-Z of Early Years Activities By Gabrielle Nash @thelondonishmum

Animal Hunt. Search for tiny creepy crawlies, the chirpy in the trees kind and the bigger more exciting kind! Baking. Use overripe bananas to bake muffins. Or roll out some biscuit dough. Cardboard Creations. A pirate ship, a car, or a doll’s bed? Save a box, colour it in or cut it up! Den building. Inside with chairs and sheets. Outside with pieces of wood! Envelope Endeavours. Send photos/stickers or a letter/card to a friend/family member. Film Fun. Make popcorn, print off ‘cinema tickets’ and snuggle up. Garden Growing. Ingredients: patch of soil for digging/planting, old spoons for digging and water for watering! Hiking. Pack a bag and snacks/ drinks. Get your kids excited about a little ‘hike.’ Imaginary Play. Kids LOVE it! Visit the doctors or take a pet to the vet! Jumble Sale Jollies. Involve kids in sorting things for charity or a jumble sale. Kickabout. Visit the park with a ball – run, jump, slide, shout! Learning through the best way! Games like i-spy improve letter/sound recognition. Mud Mess. It’s such FUN! Make mud pies. Noise. Bang pans; pick out a tune/rhythm with bells or drums. 16 September 2020

Outdoor Painting. Paint leaves/stones. Add food colouring to bubbles and ‘paint’ windows – it washes off! Puzzles. Jigsaws develop fine motor skills, spatial awareness and hand-eye coordination. Quiet. Help your little one enjoy quieter things - small world toys, books, colouring or painting. Reading. Make reading special. Try different voices to captivate your child’s imagination. Safari Special. Hide toy animals (or pictures) around your home. Grab paper/pen and go on safari. Write down the animals you see. Treasure Time. Make a map and hide “treasure.” Grab a toy sword and battle pirates as you search for it! Under the Stars. Show your toddler the twinkling lights from galaxies far away. Virtual Fun. Journey down the Amazon; enjoy a virtual roller coaster ride! Water. As a wise person once said: when a child is grumpy “just add water!” X-Ray. Draw around your child’s body. Stick the drawing on the floor. Draw in bones, explaining what they are and what they do. Yoga. Find great kid-friendly options on Youtube. ZZZZ….Time to sleep.


Clever Ways to Get your Child Eating Healthily

Childcare Post Lockdown

Do you dread mealtimes? Does your child have little interest in broccoli and beans? Whether you’re trying baby-led weaning or desperate to get vegetables into a pre-schooler, here’s our tips on how to give your child the best start at the dinner table.

As childcare opens up postlockdown, there is a sense of unease about whether it’s safe to send our children back to nursery. Of course, we want to protect them. So how are nurseries making their environment safe for our children? READ MORE

By Gabrielle Nash


Newport, Treforest, Nantgarw and Bristol. Acorns pride themselves on excellent staff retention and long-service awards for many staff. Cherie Wilson joined Acorns as a Nursery Nurse and worked her The dedicated way up to become Director of the teams at Acorns Nurseries have been providing the company. Cherie just celebrated 30 years of working for Acorns highest standards of childcare for generations, and this month there’s and the staff surprised her with a one special employee they want to socially-distanced party. congratulate... ‘We have cared for thousands of In October 1988, Acorns Nurseries children over the years and there is no better compliment when opened their first nursery on Oakfield Street in Roath, providing you meet families years later with grown up children, who still have care for children from 6 weeks–5 such fond memories of their time years, with nurseries open at Acorns,’ says Cherie. Monday–Friday 7.30am–6pm. 30 years on, Acorns has 12 Happy anniversary Cherie from the nurseries throughout Cardiff, team at Families Cardiff & Vale!

Happy anniversary Cherie at Acorns!

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Where little acorns grow... It has been 30 years since we opened our very first Nursery in Oakfield Street. At Acorns Nurseries Limited we have watched proudly as some of our very first ‘Little Acorns’ have grown. In fact, some of the children who started with us in the early years have returned to us as Nursery Nurses and even have their own children at Acorns. Qualified and experienced Nursery Nurses and Early Years Teachers prepare children for a lifetime of learning. Chefs provide healthy and nutritious meals, prepared and cooked daily on site. Housekeepers, Gardeners and Maintenance staff all work together within our team to ensure each of our nurseries is an environment where your children feel safe, secure and most of all happy. Each nursery offers large playrooms with designated areas for rest and active play as well as a wealth of the highest quality equipment for adventure and learning. Children enjoy the benefits of outdoor play whatever the weather and we are fortunate to have some beautiful secure gardens with covered play areas. Acorns children enjoy our Forest School sessions, making mini beast mansions, wood cookies and learning about their natural environment. Our open-door policy means that as a parent you can call in at any time to see Acorns life in action. You will be made to feel most welcome and our Managers will be happy to show you around and answer any questions you may have.

Acorns Nurseries Limited have 12 nurseries located in South Wales and Bristol. Caring for babies and children from 6 weeks to 5 years old. We are open from 7.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday, closing only on Bank Holidays. Contact Us T: 02920 382 009 F: 02920 221 044


9 Best Halloween Recipes Creative Halloween party snacks for all the family to enjoy making and eating.

Sticky Toffee Apples

Spider Pizzas

Frozen Banana Ghosts

Scary Halloween Jelly

Sausage Mummy Dippers

Halloween Cupcakes

Spooky Pumpkin Soup

Eerie Eyeball Pops

Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats

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9 Best Halloween Games Perfect for a small gathering or indoor family fun!

Halloween Pinata

Sticky Spider Web Game

Pumpkin Golf

Halloween Bingo

Halloween Tin Can Bowling

Apple Bobbing

Pin the Tail on the Black Cat

Toilet Paper Mummy Game

Doughnut Eating Race

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Dealing with Separation Anxiety

Children with OCD: Recognising the Signs

Transitions are always stressful, and even more so if you have been out of the swing of things for a while. Dr Sarah Mundy from Parenting through Stories has created a guide to give you some ideas about the best ways to support your child through separation anxiety.

Children worry. Feeling anxious, having doubts, or being worried is normal at any age. However, those who are experiencing OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), may feel unable to stop focussing on those feelings – no matter how much they want to. This can compel them to behave in particular ways. READ MORE



For almost two decades Hannah Pekary has been supporting families across South Wales. Are your children fussy eaters? Is discipline a problem? Is it hard to find time to bond as a family? Loving Being You offers one-to-one and group coaching to support families and help them develop healthy habits around nutrition, behaviour and wellbeing. 07793 020 666





Have you heard of the Eco-Challenge? By Maria Leijerstam, Founder of Mini Burn and kayak Simply put, it’s the toughest challenge in the world — dominated in under 48 hours. by New Zealanders since 1992! A decade ago, I introduced Wales to a very scaled down version of the original adventure race — one the entire family can enjoy together. The Mini Burn remains the only UK adventure race for family members of all ages and fitness abilities.

I can’t wait to give you and your family your next adventure challenge and showing you what’s possible when you come together as a team.

Families readers can get a special promotional price on tickets for this I’m always looking for my next adventure, so on September 18th I’m October’s event at Margam Park due to set off on my own adventure — see below. Only a basic level of fitness is needed; but a sense of race, the Welsh Top 10, which will adventure is a must! See you there! see me traverse Wales by bike foot

REGISTER FOR MINI BURN The perfect post-lockdown family adventure! TO CELEBRATE OUR 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY, we’re offering Families readers a 20% discount.* All ages and abilities welcome. No special equipment required – all you need is a bike. Compete or take your time, either way you’ll have fun! *Enter code FAMILIES20 for 20% off ticket price. Full refunds given if event is cancelled due to Covid-19. Limited time offer.

RUN•BIKE•KAYAK WHAT ? 5k Run, 1k Kayak, 10k Bike WHEN ? 10 October 2020 WHERE ? Margam Country Park


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Busting the Myths about Adoption: Are you Eligible?

Establishing Healthy Mealtime Routines By Family Coach, Hannah Pekary Parents have faced challenging times during lockdown — from disengaged teenagers to tensions caused by lack of space in the home for everyone to have their downtime. Since lockdown, there have been new challenges.

Sadly, the number of children in care being adopted each year has fallen, while the number being looked after by local authorities is steadily rising. So there’s a continuing need to find more adoptive parents to look after vulnerable children. READ MORE

I’ve received calls from parents struggling to get the family back around the dinner table. This is an essential routine to establish as a family, and with the right approach, can be accepted quickly and easily. The key is to create a calm space for eating food, but a fun one too. Allow your children to talk about what they’re enjoying about any new routine — and discussing any dislikes allows your child’s view to be heard and respected. It can take time to form a new habit, longer still if you’re changing a few things in one go. The trick is to get everyone involved, so that you’re working together as a team. CONTACT HANNAH

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Face-to-Face and Virtual Classes and Clubs

Mother Nature Science


Teddies Music Club

Sing and Sign at Home

Music Bugs

Helen O’Grady Drama Academy

Face to face classes for 0–5s utilising music, Face to face and online Face to face and online science activity classes movement, props, and music toddler groups patented apparatus. for 5-12yrs. for 0-5s.

Online baby signing classes.

Online sensory music classes for babies and toddlers.


Little Gym

Face to face rugby play programme for 2-7 yrs.

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Face to face drama classes for 5-17yrs.

Little Kickers

Face to face and online Face to face football gymnastics activities classes for 18mths-7yrs. for 4mths-12yrs.


More Classes and Clubs

Tots Play

SA Dance

Face to face and online baby and toddler play programme.

Online dance classes for 2.5yrs+.

Teddy Tennis


Face to face tennis classes for 2.5-6yrs.

Face to face and online language classes for 0-12yrs.

Parrot Street Book Club

Monthly subscription book club for 5-11yrs.

Water Babies

Swimming classes for 0-5yrs.



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Pekary School of Dance

offers classes in Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Ballroom & Latin Boys and girls from 18 months and upwards. We also run adult Ballet, Ballroom and Latin classes All classes are held online via Zoom through the Covid-19 pandemic. All you need is access to Zoom (via laptop, tablet or phone) and a space in your home to dance. 07793 020 666 |

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9 Best Board Games For rainy weekends and as the nights draw in!

Djeco Little Circuit

Shopping List

Peppa Pig Muddly Puddle Game

Great first game with simple rules and quick games. Ages 2.5-5yrs.

Fast paced game testing memory and matching skills. Ages 3+.

Help George jump over muddles puddles to climb the hill. Ages 4+.

Cheeky Monkeys



Hang the monkey on the tree. Fun game of chance. Ages 4-8yrs.

Fast paced version of Scrabble. Ages 7+.

Take wooden blocks off the tower without it toppling! Ages 6+.

Monopoly Deal

Hey, That’s My Fish!

Einstein Eats Eggs

15 minute Monopoly – perfect intro to this classic game. Ages 8+. 26 September 2020

Award-winning game of strategic fish hunting. For ages 8+.

High speed Charadestype guessing game. Ages 10+.


The Royal Mint Experience reopens after making one million ‘magic’ visors to protect the NHS.

The experience also has a one-way system and plenty of hand sanitiser stations throughout. However, this isn’t the only thing that has changed at The Royal Mint Experience. During lockdown it became the site for producing more than one million visors to protect NHS employees.

This new challenge was a huge success. Within 10 days they were making one visor every two The Royal Mint Experience has seconds and are now set to make a reopened its doors and although it might be a little different, it’s still the total of two million! same place we know and love. The Experience has now created a Awarded Tourist Attraction of the new section that explores the story Year in the 2019 Welsh Hospitality behind the visors, so people can awards, the Mint is home to a find out more about this incredible variety of special coins, rare historical memorabilia and of course work and even see a production line in action. – the opportunity to lift a £400,000 gold bar! The Royal Mint Experience is currently open every Thursday to Visitors also have the opportunity Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Find out more to strike their very own Iguanodon by visiting 50p and enter the world of spies, secret missions and money in the Currency Undercover exhibition. Like many places in Wales, they are following government guidelines and have implemented a range of measures to ensure a safe environment for all. For example, there is a limited number of visitors per tour, per day — so booking a ticket is essential.

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Baby gorilla born at Bristol Zoo Gardens A baby gorilla has been born at Bristol Zoo Gardens helping to secure the future of this critically endangered species. The tiny western lowland gorilla arrived in the early hours of Wednesday 19th August. Nine-year-old Kala gave birth naturally, with dad, Jock, just a few metres away. Keepers arrived to find the little gorilla nestling in its mother’s arms.   Lynsey Bugg, Curator of Mammals at Bristol Zoo, said: “We are all thrilled. There is something very special about seeing a new-born baby gorilla; they are such an iconic and charismatic species.” The Zoo added that both mother and baby are doing well.   The new gorilla joins a troop of six gorillas at the Zoo, as part of a breeding programme to help safeguard the future of western lowland gorillas. Gorillas are hunted for their meat and their young are regularly taken and sold as pets, often only to end up abandoned.   Visitors to the Zoo should be able to see the new gorilla as they pass through the Gorilla House on the Zoo’s new one-way route. Tickets can be pre-purchased online at

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Darganfod Castell Caerdydd

Discover Cardiff Castle

Mae croeso i ymwelwyr â Chastell Caerdydd fwynhau mynediad am ddim i’r tir yn y sgwâr cyhoeddus newydd. Mae’r ardal, a grëwyd gydag ymbellhau cymdeithasol mewn golwg, yn cynnwys mynediad i’r caffi, y bar, meinciau picnic awyr agored, toiledau cyhoeddus a siop anrhegion. Yn ogystal, caniateir beiciau a chwn ar y tir erbyn hyn.

Visitors to Cardiff Castle can now enjoy free entry into the Castle grounds where the new public square is located. The area, created with social distancing in mind, includes access to the café, bar, outdoor picnic benches, public toilets and a gift shop. Plus bikes and dogs are now allowed in the grounds.

Hoffech chi ymweld â’r ystafelloedd gwych yn y Castell a darganfod mwy am ei hanes? Cewch wybodaeth am docynnau mynediad i’r Castell ar y wefan, ynghyd â’r ystod o fesurau diogelwch sydd wedi’u cyflwyno.

Would you like to visit the magnificent rooms in the Castle and discover more about it’s history? Find out about the Castle admission tickets on the website, and the range of safety measures that have been introduced.

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