From Clog dancing and circus skills to creative workshops and amazing performances – there’s a whole host of activities for young people and families to enjoy at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales’ seven museums this February Half Term as it takes part in the Winter of Wellbeing Festival!
As Wales starts to recover from the social, emotional, and physical impact of the pandemic, the wellbeing of children and young people is a top priority!
The Winter of Wellbeing initiative, funded by the Welsh Government, looks to support children and young people by providing a variety of safe places for free play and physical activity to rebuild social skills, and with a wide range of activities at all seven museums around the country there’s something for all everyone to enjoy!
Amgueddfa Cymru has teamed up with the Federation of Welsh Museums and Art Galleries for the Festival. Activities on offer include traditional Roman games with Fiery Jack Entertainment at the National Roman Museum Caerleon, roleplay through Welsh history in a Dwellings and Dragons workshop at St Fagans National Museum of History and the opportunity to make a creative tile of wellbeing at National Museum Cardiff. At the National Waterfront Museum Swansea there are upcycling and drag racer car workshops and at Big Pit National Coal Museum, you can meet the Mewn Cymeriad character, people’s hero – Dic Penderyn! In the National Slate Museum Llanberis you can chat to another Mewn Cymeriad character, Prince Llywelyn and at the National Wool Museum Drefach - have a go at clog dancing with record breaker Tudur Phillips.
Said Nia Williams, Director of Learning and Public Programmes at Amgueddfa Cymru:
“It is a pleasure to partner with the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales on Welsh Government’s Winter of Wellbeing initiative. In collaboration with young people we’ve developed an existing programme, including Festival of Well-being activities at museums across Wales over half-term. I would like to thank all the young people and partners involved for their enthusiasm and inspiration. We hope children and young people enjoy the activities and are inspired to be creative.”
Nêst Thomas of the National Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales, said:
"We’re delighted to be working with Amgueddfa Cymru on the Winter Wellbeing initiative. The funding from the Welsh Government, means there will be special opportunities for young people throughout Wales. These activities highlight the positive impact museums can have on people's lives from learning skills to supporting wellbeing and having fun. It’s also brought together many museums, community groups, artists and others in Wales, providing a firm foundation for future opportunities."
The Festival is just one part of the full programme of the Winter of Wellbeing initiative.
A variety of events, activities and opportunities for children and young people throughout Wales is taking place including downloadable ‘Museum from Home’ art packs filled with ideas for creative activities for families and young people, placement opportunities at the museum and collaborative projects.
For more information and a full list of Festival activities visit museum.wales/getinvolved/winter-of-wellbeing (see below for individual site links)
All activities are FREE but some must be booked in advance.
Please note visitors must book a FREE ticket to the site as well as their activity.
Full list of Festival events: www.museum.wales/getinvolved/winter-of-wellbeing