Visiting Castles and Making Knights

The summer holidays are an expensive business. Anything I can do to save money whilst still having a nice time with the children is a bonus. The holidays are drawing to a close but I still want to make the most of this precious last week so we’re looking for fun days out on a budget. I was delighted to discover that Brecon Carreg have teamed up with Cadw to offer free kids entry to most of their sites until the end of September 2017. All you need to do is pick up one of their promotional bottles which gives you the offer to take one child for free to 22 castles and historic sites across Wales. Follow the instructions on the bottle and you’ll soon have your ‘kids go free’ voucher. The average price for 5-16 year olds is £5 so you’ll be able to enjoy a legendary day out for even less! You can see the full details here.

Two of my favourite sites, Caerphilly Castle and Castell Coch are included in this offer so we’ve made the most and visited and hopefully we’ll visit somewhere new too soon. There’s plenty of sites in the offer to choose from! I love that visiting these places is a day in the fresh air and exploring the outdoors whilst being educational and fun too.

castell coch

caerphilly castle

You could even win a £20 shopping voucher for sharing a photo of your day out. That would certainly help the Christmas budget!

If your little one is inspired by the castles you can make the most of this and get creative when you come home to extend the fun experience even more! Brecon Carreg have some great crafty ideas for how to upcycle their water bottles when you have used them to claim your kids go free voucher. Take a look at these easy to follow video tutorials, you could make a dragon purse or a bottle knight.

We gave the bottle knight a go and it was so much fun and very easy to do, we just followed the video tutorial, but improvised with using silver marker pen instead of paint as that was what we had to hand.  The girls loved making it and we’ll be giving the dragon purse a go next!


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Visiting Castles and Making Knights and Dragons. How to upcycle a water bottle into a knight or dragon. Cool kids crafts

Disclosure – this post is written in association with Brecon Carreg. 



  1. September 21, 2017 / 8:08 am

    I love a day out to a castle! It’s great that they have this offer for parents, the cost of visiting things does mount up that’s for sure!

  2. Melissa
    September 21, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    My son would LOVE visiting the castles. We live in New York City and this would be SO very special for him. Adding this to our bucket list!

    • September 22, 2017 / 9:38 am

      Ah I bet you don’t get too many castles in New York City!!

  3. September 23, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    I haven’t been to either of these castle yet. I want to take my bubby to all the Welsh castles! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

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