Family Friendly Selection

There are around 90 family friendly events this year, including exhibitions, performances, workshops and activities. Below is a selection of the more child-focused events. Our Family Friendly Highlight is…

The Rat Trap Treasure Hunt by the Rat Trap Collective and Guest Artists
Sat 20, 1pm – 5pm.
Starting at 1a Inverness Place, CF24 4RU.
An alternative treasure hunt across 9 locations with site specific artworks and music. Look to the madeinroath Festival’s brochure cover art for the first clue!

Please be aware that the artists and contributors decide whether or not their event Is family friendly. As such, please read full event descriptions, accessed via our website’s calendar, and contact the artist directly if you have any concerns.

Post me a Place
The Postcard Project
James Cocks and madeinroath CREATE
Sun 14 – Sun 21, all day.
Spice Of Life, 1 Inverness Place, CF24 4RU.
Exhibition of original postcard artwork of Roath – pick up a unique postcard to keep or send.

Various Artists
Sun 14 – Sun 21, 10am – 7:30pm
Start at 24 Keppoch Street, CF24 3JW.
End at 37 Alfred Street, CF24 4TY.
Follow the treasure hunt and discover art made by people in Roath for people in Roath.

The Visitors
New arrivals meet inhabitants of the conservatory
Tessa Waite
Sun 14 – Sun 21, 10:30am – 3:30pm.
Roath Park Conservatory, Roath Park Botanic Gardens, CF23 5PG.
Roath Park Conservatory hosts some new arrivals, open every day, all ages welcome.

Childrens Clay Workshop
Ellen Heeney
Sun 14, 2pm- 4pm.
The Coach House, 30 Partridge Road, CF24 3QX.
Childrens Clay workshop, suitable for ages 7 -11. A one-hour workshop to create something exciting. Booking essential via email to

Kids Bike Workshop
The Nicol Family
Thu 18, 4pm – 6pm.
The Garage of 17 Harrismith Road, CF23 5DG.
Learn the basics of bike maintenance – bring your own bike!

Getting to know the Brook – a historical, edible perspective
Johana Hartwig
Thu 18, 12pm – 2pm
Starting outside Roath Park Conservatory, Roath Park Botanic Gardens, CF23 5PG
Chart the brook’s course with Roath Local History Society and Edible Landscaping.

Bedtime stories
Tobias (5) and James (2)
Fri 19 – Sat 20, 6pm -7pm.
Our front room, 34 Partridge Road, CF24 3QX.
Bring your favourite book, teddy and a grown-up and join us for bedtime stories, cocoa and cookies.

The Funky Love Posse
Roath’s Own ’70s Funk Band
Fri 19, 8pm – 10:30pm.
The Gate, Keppoch Street, CF24 9JW.
14-piece family-friendly Funk band – dance to James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Kool & the Gang…!

Community Chess
Jack Nicol
Sat 20, 10am – 4pm.
Outside Penylan Community Centre, Pen-y-Lan Road, CF23 5HW.
Free chess for all ages and abilities – all welcome to learn and play!

Penylan Creative Exchanges
A day of sharing creative discussions, activities and happenings
Esyllt George and friends
Sat 20, 10am – 7pm.
22 Mafeking Road, CF23 5DQ.
Celebrate your community, meet new people and share creative happenings

When I was Tree
Mehdi Razi
Sat 20 – Sun 21, 11am – 1pm.
Begins at Roath Recreation Ground, CF23 5EH.
Through Roath Pleasure Gardens, CF23 5EP.
Finishes at Roath Park Lake, CF23 5PA.
A story of our relationship with nature Mother Earth! Join and participate in the experience.

Proposals for a Public Artwork
Rory Duckhouse and Amy Edwards
Sat 20, 11am – 3pm.
Junction of Donald Street + Albany Road, CF24 3YX.
Come and propose a public artwork for Roath. No idea too abstract!

sharing the same jeans
Karen O’Shea
Sat 20, 1pm – 4pm.
The Gate, Keppoch Street, CF24 3JW.
Try your hand at freestyle embroidery to stitch your creative mark on a recycled denim bunting.

A Little Bird Called Enza
A Child Friendly Skipping Memorial
Weeping Tudor Productions
Sat 20, 1:30pm – 2:30pm.
Roath Recreation Ground, CF23 5EH.
Kids of all ages bring a skipping rope to honour victims of the flu 100 years ago. Donations welcome.

Story Time
Storyteller Dylan Adams
Sun 21, 2pm – 3:30pm.
St Edward’s Church, Westville Road, CF23 5DE.
Storyteller Dylan Adams will read from a selection of classic children’s literature.

Choir Singing Workshop
No need to read music, all abilities welcome!
Sun 21, 3pm – 4:30pm.
Milgi, 213 City Road, CF24 3JD.
Come along and sing a range of songs in Milgi’s yurt, no experience necessary, all welcome.

Events at the Bowling Pavilion
Roath Park Pleasure Gardens, CF23 5PH.

The Bowling Pavilion will host a plethora of family friendly events during the festival.

Sock it to me
Janet Blackman
Thu 18 – Fri 19, 12pm – 4pm. Sat 20 – Sun 21, 10am – 4pm.
Bring your lost and neglected socks and hang them on my washing line to make art.

Simple book making
Dorcas Pennyfather
Sat 20, 10am – 11:15am, 11:30am – 12:45pm, 1:45pm – 3pm & 3:15pm – 4:30pm.
Make a simple lotus fold book in an hour, booking is essential; please email

Coloured rice pictures
Anna Polya
Sat 20, 10am – 12:30pm.
Fun for all the family. Make a textured picture to take home using brightly coloured rice on card.

Aaron’s Space
A space for all
Helen Hughes
Sat 20, 10am – 4pm. Sun 21, 10:30am – 4pm.
Collaborate and create a sensory and interactive installation.

Close your Eyes and Sing: Expressive Painting
Sarah Featherstone and Poddington More
Sat 20 – Sun 21, 11am – 3pm.
Fun, experimental art-making for all based on Picasso’s advice. No drawing skills required!

Takeaway Plaster Casting
Krafty Family Collective (KFC)
Sun 21, 11am – 4pm.
Design and make decorative plaster tiles to take away and hang on your wall.

CAER Studio Art Collective
heritage themed craft
CAER Studio art collective
Sun 21, 11am – 4pm.
Heritage themed drop-in workshop, creating artwork inspired by Caerau Iron Age Hillfort!

Macrame Keychains
Gemma from #Larkdesignmake
Sun 21, 11am – 4pm.
Come and learn the 3 simple macrame knot techniques which when combined make funky keychains.

The Big Throw It All Away – StreetArtActions
Lynette Margerison, Wren Miller, Josh Poet
Sun 21, 1pm-1.15pm + 1.40pm-1.55pm + 2pm-2.15pm
Breaking some social taboos around Trash, Capacity Overload! tricked by pre-conceptions.

Events at Community Gardens

Mackintosh and Plasnewydd Community Gardens are beautiful spots to have fun in nature and maybe learn something too!

Fresh Herb Tea Stop
community garden multicycle kitchen
Sat 20 – Sun 21, 10am – 4pm.
Plasnewyddd Community Gardens, Shelley Gardens, CF24 3DX.
Herb tea stop at Plasnewydd Community Garden brewed up on the new Multicycle stove.

Magic in Your Garden
Mackintosh Community Garden
Sat 20, 12pm – 3pm
Mackintosh Community Garden, Arran Street, CF24 3JW.
Take a pot of mystery seedlings home from Mackintosh Community Garden and watch them grow.

Events at Roath Yard
47-61 City Road, Cardiff CF24 3BL Cardiff

Roath Yard will be a hub of activity on Saturday 20.

Mobile Tie Dye
Tunupa Incari
Fri 19, 10am – 1pm: Trinity Centre, Elms Road / Piercefield Place, CF24 1LE.
Sat 20 midday – 5pm: Roath Yard, 47-61 City Road, CF24 3BL.
Sun 21 11am – 5pm: Kelvin Road/Ninian Road junction, CF23 5EL.
Tie Dye workshop. Bring along your own garment/fabric and transform it with dyes and patterns.

Character Design Drawing Workshop
Sahar Saki
Sat 20 12pm-4pm.
Designing character with primary shape and Persian calligraphy.

Vision boarding workshop with Alix Edwards
Creating dreams that become reality
Alix Edwards
Sat 20 12pm – 2pm.
Banish those winter blues and create your own personal vision board.

Leather Jewellery
Gemma from #Larkdesignmake
Sat 20, 12pm – 4pm.
Leather can be simply cut, layered and clamped to create effective geometric jewellery.