Posted: Thu 10th Mar 2016

Easter at Rhondda Heritage Park

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Mar 10th, 2016

There will be fun for all the family at Rhondda Heritage Park this Easter, as part of the exciting Year of Adventure. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Back by popular demand will be the Council’s very-own ‘Easter Egg-stravaganza’ at its popular tourist attraction in the heart of the County Borough. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Rhondda Heritage Park two-day Easter Egg-stravaganza takes place on Good Friday (March 25) and Saturday, March 26, with everything from the traditional Easter Egg Hunt to children’s funfair rides, as well as all the other regular attractions. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

There are plenty of arts and crafts events planned over the two days, such as face-painting, as well as childrens’ funfair rides and much more. Gates will be open from 10.30am until 4pm on both days. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Energy Zone childrens’ play area will also be open during the Easter weekend, with a mobile petting farm also visiting Rhondda Heritage Park for one day only on Saturday. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Rhondda Heritage Park, situated in Trehafod, also has a fantastic Gift Shop, which is fully stocked with traditional Welsh gifts and souvenirs. Other attractions include the Underground Experience (booking essential) – a must for visitors of all ages. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Put on your miner’s helmet in the authentic lamp room and ride the cage to pit bottom, following in the footsteps of the miners who once worked the seams at collieries across the County Borough. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

During your ‘Easter Egg-stravaganza’ visit to Rhondda Heritage Park, also enjoy all the other exhibits, such as the Victorian Village, the winding houses and have your photograph taken by the last-ever dram of coal to come out of the world-famous Rhondda Valley. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Also relax and enjoy a drink and a bite to eat at the Level One Café and Gallery, with panoramic views over the Park. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Please Note: Additional costs apply for the children’s funfair rides, face painting and Underground Experience. There is also a £2.50 charge to take part in the Egg Hunt, with each child receiving a special Easter treat upon its completion. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Joy Rosser, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, Libraries and Heritage, said: “During the Welsh Government’s Year of Adventure, there is no better place to visit than Rhondda Heritage Park, the place where a ‘mine of adventure’ awaits visitor of all ages. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Discover the sights and sounds of what it was like to work in a colliery at one of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s iconic tourist attraction, situated in the heart of what was once the world-famous South Wales Coalfield, from where coal was exported all over the globe. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Rhondda Heritage Park is a tourist attraction perfect for families looking for a great day out. It not only celebrates our proud industrial past, and the coal mines that once shaped these great valleys of ours, but it also teaches future generations of how we once lived.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Rhondda Heritage Park has been restored and created on the site of the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery, which ceased production in 1983. At the peak of its production, more than 1,160 people worked at the pit, producing around 1,250 tonnes of coal each day. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Original features include the Pithead Gear, Trefor Winding House, the Colliery Courtyard and the Bertie Winding House. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Easter Egg-stravaganza takes place at the Rhondda Heritage Park on Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26. Gates will be open from 10.30am until 4pm on both days. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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