Disclosure – we were given tokens for rides and food and drink for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.
We spend a lot of time in Cardiff Bay. It is one of my favourite places, beautiful views, lots of nice places to eat and plenty to do with the children. Over the summer it gains one more attraction too – a beach! Cardiff Bay Beach is perfect for Cardiff’s city dwellers, this summer sees Roald Dhal pass turned into a fake beach, complete with paddling pool, sand and rides and amusements as well as food and drink stands and souvenir shops.
It really does have everything you need for a great day out. You can park nearby in the Q-Park, who are offering 10% off safe and secure parking for Cardiff Bay Beach visitors. Simply pre-book parking online using promo code BEACH19 to receive 10% discount. For more information and to book your space, please visit the website here. Offer valid from 20th July – 1st September 2019 ONLY.
Cardiff Bay Beach consists of a large sandy area, surrounded by rides and amusements, with a little paddling pool at the start. It was very popular already the day we visited and it was full with lots of people but we didn’t really have to queue long to go on the rides which was great.
The beach area is free to enter and there is free live entertainment – there was a signer in the bandstand whilst we were there. The little paddling pool is also free of charge. At the other end there are some free games like giant chess and table football. You pay for your rides and games with tokens which can be bought at the token booths. Here is a list of how many tokens you need for each ride/game.
Of course as with any place like this the cost of the rides can really add up so be mindful of that. There are also food and drink stalls and a couple of souvenir shops.
The children absolutely loved the rides! We started with the pirate adventure course which Little Boy absolutely loved and wanted to go on again as soon as he came off!!
Then they went on the trampolines – they were a massive hit too and Miss J went on them twice! I’m not sure just how they managed to do all that jumping as it was really hot but they seemed to enjoy themselves!
We took a little break then and stopped for a snack and a drink. We found a stall that sold nutella crepes and more flavours of slush than I have ever seen before!
There weren’t many rides for older children, I would say most are suited more for younger children but she still found a couple of things to go on so it was definitely a fun for all type place.
They went on the water orbs and Little Boy went on a small plane ride too which he loved because he could control it a little himself!
We then sat down for a slush and Daddy got himself a burger – which he declared was the best burger he had for ages so he was happy!
All in all we had a lovely afternoon at Cardiff Bay beach and the children had such a great time I’ve had to promise them I would bring them back before the end of the summer! Cardiff Bay Beach is at Roald Dahl pass until the 1st of September 2019 so we have lots of time!
We made a little video of our day out, there is also a tour of the site so do take a look if you are thinking of going there.