The Valleys
#ValleysTwixmas 2016

#ValleysTwixmas 2016

Christmas is so much more than 1 day - it's 12 Days of family fun! Here are a variety of #ValleysTwixmas ideas for you all to enjoy before we return to school and work. Enjoy!

If you're out and about in The Valleys, why not tweet your best bits #ValleysTwixmas - we'd love to see what you've been up to!

1st Day of Christmas – 25th December

Enjoy Christmas Day with your family – but you can still get out for a walk and some fresh air! If you’re lucky enough to live in The Valleys – then enjoy one of the great walks along the canal or through a beautiful park – just to make sure that you have plenty of room for a stunning Christmas Dinner. If you feel like taking on a bigger challenge – then it has to be The 52nd Annual Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim – fun, a challenge and an opportunity to raise money for charity!  

2nd Day of Christmas – 26th December

Now is definitely the time to relax and try out some of those family presents. Did anybody have a new bike, scooter or even a remote control car? Yes – then get out on the great network of safe, off road cycle paths – download a map of your local routes or scoot around Parc Bryn Bach! For those who have booked a swim at PontyLido this Boxing Day - have a very special day!

3rd Day of Christmas – 27th December

A Twixmas tradition has to be a visit to the Panto – how about Beauty and the Beast at the Blackwood Miners' Institute, or Jack and the Beanstalk at The Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl!

4th Day of Christmas – 28th December

Discover the often forgotten stories of Bridgend’s Heritage – download the brilliant Digital Bridgend App and follow one of the 17 experiences spread across - Ogmore Valley, Bridgend & it's Castles, Garw Valley, Industrial Times, Porthcawl & the Coast and Maesteg & the Llynfi Valley. Great adventures. 

5th Day of Christmas – 29th December

It’s time to get out and explore a castle!! Yes – why not visit Caerphilly Castle and discover the story of the leaning tower (that out leans Pisa) followed by a warming hot chocolate at the Visit Caerphilly Centre. Or take a walk around Cyfarthfa Castle, Ogmore Castle or even Morlais Castle high above Merthyr Tydfil!

6th Day of Christmas – 30th December

Let’s go below or above ground today! A climb high at The Summit Centre, Trelewis or Go Vertical at Cwmbran Stadium are both great for letting off steam, whilst a trip to Big Pit Mining Museum, Blaenavon will take you deep underground and let you discover real stories about the history of The Valleys and the people that made this area great.  

7th Day of Christmas – 31st December

It’s New Year’s Eve – so it has to be a trip to discover who is this year’s Mystery Runner at Nos Galan Road Race. There are also lots of other New Year traditions – how about having a go at bell ringing at St Illtyds Church, high on the hills above Llanhilleth? 

8th Day of Christmas – 1st January

Now – let’s get to grips with our New Year’s Resolutions – who’s for a run or walk around a lake – how about Parc PenalltaBryngarw Country Park or Garn Lakes! Alternatively, get some sea air and enjoy a walk along the Wales Coastal Path at Porthcawl

9th Day of Christmas – 2nd January

Let’s get out on the bikes again! How about a bit of mountain biking – at BikePark Wales or Cwmcarn Forest? Or you could start that training for some of the challenging road routes – try The Wiggle Dragons Trail or take on The Tumble into Blaenavon! How about signing up for The Velothon as your New Year's Challenge!

10th Day of Christmas – 3rd January

We all know of The Rhondda – but do we really know the area? How about downloading a few of these great walk routes and discover some of the history of these Valleys? It goes back much further than the discovery of coal!! 

11th Day of Christmas – 4th January

The holidays are nearly over and many of us are back in work, so let’s get planning next weekend – how about visiting your local museum – there’s great stories to be uncovered at Porthcawl Museum, Pontypridd Museum, Winding House, Pontypool MuseumAbertillery Museum or Cyfarthfa Castle to name just a few! 

12th Day of Christmas – 5th January

It’s the last day of Christmas – so today has to be about taking down the tree and packing up all the decorations safely for 2017. Now let’s get planning for the spring – there’s loads to get out and to get involved with all across The Valleys. Keep following us to get loads of ideas for you and your whole family!