10 great National Lottery days out across Wales

Have you ever played the National Lottery? If so you might not know it, but your pounds supported these great projects, so take the kids (young and young at heart), get out and about this summer and visit these wonderful projects that have received funding from the National Lottery.

The National Lottery generates over £30m every week for good causes across Wales by funding projects that bring communities together, protect and celebrate our heritage and improve people’s lives through arts, sports and culture.

1, Cardigan Castle, Cardigan, SA43 1JA

The Castle won Channel 4’s Great British Buildings: Restoration of the Year Award 2017. You can explore the Georgian house at the heart of the 900 year-old Castle and enjoy the listed gardens. There are guided tours, exhibitions, events and a café, and you can even stay on the site. Details and booking on the website www.cardigancastle.com

2. Insole Court, Cardiff, CF5 2LN

The great house was home to three generations of the Insole family whose fortunes rose with the prosperity of Welsh Steam Coal. You can wander in the grounds, there is an exhibition and you can visit the Café in the restored potting shed.  Details on the website www.insolecourt.org

3. Talgarth Mill, Talgarth, LD3 0BW

The traditional watermill was returned back to its former glory and is once again busy milling delicious stoneground flour. The Mill and award winning café are both open Tuesday to Sunday and on bank holidays 10.00 till 16.00. You can take a tour with a guide or book a session to do some milling yourself, bread kits and flour are on sale. Details at www.talgarthmill.com

4. Plas Heli, Pwllheli, LL53 5YT

Why not learn to sail with the experts at the Welsh National Sailing Centre in North Wales?  Courses are available throughout the summer. If you prefer to enjoy the view in comfort you can eat and drink while enjoying panoramic, sea views through the floor-to-ceiling windows.  You may a regatta with youngsters racing hundreds of little boats in the bay. Details of courses, opening hours etc: www.plasheli.org

5. Summit Centre and Taf Bargoed Park, Treharris CF46 6RD

The National Lottery has contributed funding to the redevelopment of the Centre and the Park. Two for the price or one here – enjoy the wildlife as you roam in Taf Bargoed Park and if you want more diversions you can book a session at the Summit Centre to go climbing or canoeing or to try raft building.

www.rockuk.org/centres/summit-centre and http://www.visitmerthyr.co.uk/attractions/parc-taf-bargoed.aspx

6. Swansea Community Farm, Swansea, SA5 4BA

A community run farm which re-connects people with their food and environment. The farm is home to rare breed Welsh farm animals. The Farm is open to the public Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10 till 16.00 with play activities on Saturday in the Summer holidays. Details at www.swanseacommunityfarm.org.uk

7. NoFit State Circus Cardiff, CF24 1LE

This is the UK’s leading large-scale contemporary circus company, producing professional touring productions and a wide variety of community, training, and education projects for people of all ages. Why not pop along to their base in Cardiff and learn how to fly through the area with the greatest of ease or try some other circus skills? http://www.nofitstate.org/

8. Millennium Coastal Park in Llanelli, SA15 2LF

A mixture of stunning coastline and beautiful woodland, this is an easy 7-mile cycle ride. The traffic free path starts at the Discovery Centre in Llanelli, and ends at Pembrey Country Park. Full route details are available from http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/millennium-coastal-park-llanelli

9. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff CF10 5AL

The Millennium Centre is particularly worth seeing in the evening when the huge words written across it glow like something from Tolkien. This Arts Centre has become a must-visit for the capital, so even if you don’t want to take in a show drop by one of the numerous cafés. Everything you need to know is here: www.wmc.org.uk/yourvisit

10. National Botanical Gardens for Wales, Carmarthenshire, SA32 8HN

Visit inspiring range of themed gardens, the world’s largest single-span glasshouse, new tropical Butterfly House, play areas and a national nature reserve, all set in a Regency landscape. There is a packed programme of events and courses throughout the year, details here: https://botanicgarden.wales/

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