Things to do in Penarth in the Summer
Things to do in Penarth this summer (2020)…
There’s just so much to do – from shopping to sailing and more
Penarth is a seaside town full of charm and character. Whether you are a local resident or a visitor, there’s plenty to see and lots of Things to do in Penarth.
Here’s just a selection of the best things to do in Penarth this summer:
Stop to shop in Windsor Arcade
Built in 1898, Windsor Arcade boasts a range of independent retail shops. Buy some sweet delights at Umpa Lumpas; stop for tea or coffee at the Celtic Lounge and pick up some fresh fruit and veg at the Windsor fruit store.
There are plenty of unique gifts and fashion items to catch the eye and one of Windsor Arcade’s newest additions is the Two Rivers Tattoo studio.
Special occasion? Find the perfect gift at Not Socks Again
As the name suggests, you’ll find lots of gifts at Not Socks Again that are a little bit different.
You can buy quirky, quality products including lots from local craftmakers and artists, as well as unusual gifts and cards, many in the Welsh language.
Drop in to the shop at Windsor Terrace (by clock roundabout) or visit www.notsocksagain.com for a taste of what they offer.
Listen to live music and take in the views of Penarth Pier and the English Channel, from Crazy Cafe
Crazy Cafe boasts stunning views of the seaside from its impressive bi-folding windows and the cafe comes alive on ‘speciality evenings’ – offering a three-course meal followed by live music and dancing.
Watch their master chef at work in an open-plan kitchen and choose from their extensive menu, designed to suit all tastes, including freshly prepared vegetarian and vegan dishes and delicious homemade bread, cakes and pastries. Crazy Licks is a new addition to the café, serving ice creams, frozen yogurt, ice lollies, fabulous sundaes and a knockout Knickerbocker Glory, while your favourite song plays on the jukebox.
Visit their website at www.crazycafe.co.uk/ for more info.
Experience the delights of Turkish cuisine at Keyif
The Turkish word ‘keyif’ translates simply as pleasure or making the most out of small, personal moments of pleasure. The Keyif restaurant doesn’t disappoint in adopting this concept with its delicious treats of Turkish Mediterranean cuisine and a restful, calming ambience.
Visit www.keyif.co.uk to find out more or to book a table because sometimes it’s those little moments in life that really matter!
Visit Some Attractions:
Go back in time and visit the medieval Village in Cosmeston
Guided tours through the medieval village at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park village will show visitors what medieval life was like in 1350, including what weapons and armour looked like, what food was cooked and eaten and how gruesome the punishments were.
There are plenty of opportunities to spot some rare and diverse wildlife as you walk through the park, with over 100 hectares of meadows, woodland and water providing the perfect habitats for life to thrive.
Contact the Visitor Centre to make a booking for a guided tour on 029 2070 1678.
Take a wander through the historic Alexandra Park
Cop a squat under a tree overlooking the Bristol Channel in this well-preserved Edwardian public park or take a walk through the beautiful Garden of Remembrance, pausing for a moment at The Cenotaph sculpture by Sir William Goscombe John.
Some of the seating, the park gates and boundary fencing are original and many of the conifers and cypress were planted just before or after the First World War.
Give water sport a try:
Local water sports clubs and groups are just on Penarth’s doorstep. You are literally spoilt for choice with;
- water-skiing and
- stand-up paddleboarding
Being just a few of the sports on offer.
- Penarth Yacht club offer sail training throughout the summer months
- Penarth Rowing Club welcomes new members
- Cardiff International White Water has something to suit everyone. They even have an indoor surfing machine, so you don’t have to seek out waves to get on the board.
- Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a relatively new sport for anyone who wants to try something different with SUP Wales providing taster course with all the equipment needed.
Visit www.sup-wales.co.uk for more information
Walk the Circular Bay route
Described as Europe’s most exciting waterfront development the Cardiff Bay barrage linking Penarth to Cardiff Bay was completed in 1999.
You can Walk or cycle the seven-mile circular route around the development from Penarth to Cardiff Bay and back. Start by walking around Penarth Marina, then over the River Ely, past the international pool and across the River Taff to Cardiff Bay towards the Millennium Centre, past the Norwegian church, over the water and along the barrage for the final stretch back home.
- Pause at the Barrage Circles – an optical work dreamed up by Swiss artist Felice Varini, which reveals a set of perfect concentric circles if you stand on an x-marked yellow paint spot.
- End your day taking in the panoramic view of the bay from the sun terrace at The Custom House, one of Penarth’s oldest listed buildings.
Enjoy a stroll along Penarth Pier
Buy some fish and chips or an ice-cream and just enjoy the bustling little seaside esplanade. The pier itself has an art gallery, a cinema and a cafe. Couple that with breath-taking scenery and plenty of shops, pubs and cafes along the front itself – there are plenty of ways to chill out for a few hours.
Get out on the Water:
Take a boat trip to Flat Holm Island
There a number of boats at the bay, just waiting to take people around Flat Holm island. You’ll find speed boats, slower scenic tours and everything in between.
- Cardiff Cruises offers trips from Penarth Pier around Flat Holm Island and it’s a great way to relax and soak up the scenery.
- Private hire boat packages are also available.
Take a boat from Penarth to Cardiff Bay (again with Cardiff Cruises).
Checkout the Houses:
Thinking of moving house – see how Seabreeze Homes can help.
A recent Sunday Times study on the best places ranked Penarth the seventh best place to live in Wales. The guide, based on factors such as jobs, schools and culture, as well as the judges’ own experiences, also gives an indicator as to how much someone would be expected to pay for a starter home, mid-market home and a family home in Penarth.
A first-time buyer in Penarth would be likely to pay around £140,730, which was cheaper than most of the other Welsh places on the list. A mid-market property would set you back around £326,660, while an average family home is about £527,250.
Visit Seabreeze Homes, a qualified professional sales, letting and management estate agency at www.seabreezehomes.co.uk, give them a call on 02920 707064 or pop into their office on Glebe Street to see what’s available.
Things to Do near Penarth Pier Pavilion