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Discover the great outdoors this autumn at Dyffryn Gardens


Get outdoors this autumn half term and tick off as many 50 things to do before you’re 11 and ¾ activities at Dyffryn Gardens.

With local lockdowns in place families in the Vale of Glamorgan are exploring their local area more than ever. With many attractions closed due to Covid-19 we’re in need of places to visit to get closer to nature and to have some time outdoors to have fun and get adventuring.

The 50 Things campaign encourages families to tick off as many outdoor activities as they can over half term. From catching a falling leaf and creating wild art to finding some funky fungi you can tick off loads of activities at Dyffryn.

You can collect a 50 Things wall chart from the Visitor Welcome Centre at Dyffryn or download your own copy from the National Trust website (link below).

Whilst the house remains closed the majority of the gardens are open as usual with some one-way systems to help keep social distancing measures in place. With large open lawns to run around on, an arboretum to see some spectacular autumn colour, intimate garden rooms for a great game of hide and seek and a tropical glasshouse to explore other worlds there’s plenty to discover this half term.

There are lots of activities to complete at Dyffryn, here is just a taster of some of them;

  • Catch a falling leaf
  • Get to know a tree
  • Roll down a really big hill
  • Build a den
  • Go welly wandering
  • Eat a picnic in the wild
  • Play conkers
  • Have fun with sticks
  • Make a mud creation
  • Create some wild art
  • Find some funky fungi
  • Watch a bird

 As the local lockdown is in place visits are much quieter but those wanting to come at the quietest times are recommended to book early or late in the day to avoid busier times.

Dogs are welcome at Dyffryn on a short lead. Please bring a mask to wear inside the Visitor Welcome Centre, shop and Glasshouse.

Members can book tickets for free while non members will need to pay, Dyffryn has reduced their admission prices while the house and some areas of the garden are still closed.

More information and a downloadable list of 50 activities can be found here .

To book your visit please go to

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