The Cardiff Bay Snow Trail

The Cardiff Bay Snow Trail

Brace yourselves for a frosty fiesta as The Cardiff Bay Snow Trail returns for its second year, promising to sprinkle some seasonal magic over the heart of Cardiff.

Free Things to do in Cardiff Bay

Now, we know what you're thinking. Cardiff Bay isn't exactly the North Pole, and the odds of spotting a snowman are usually slim. But fear not; this winter, this frosty FREE event invites all the family to embark on a chilly escapade around Cardiff Bay in pursuit of eight elusive snow-themed characters.

On each character is a letter. As you discover them all, note the letter on the booklets available from Reception at Future Inns, at the Red Dragon Centre, participating venues in Mermaid Quay or online at Visit Cardiff Bay. The letters will spell out a festive word when you have found them all. You can then enter the free prize draw. There are weekly prizes, including an overnight stay with us at Future Inn Cardiff Bay, including breakfast.

Wrap up warm, get your map and a heart full of holiday cheer, and become a seasonal Sherlock. Your mission? To track down these mysterious snow creatures that have decided to make Cardiff Bay their temporary frosty home.

Remember to share pictures and selfies of you on the trail, as there will also be spot prizes. Make sure you tag Cardiff Bay Official on Facebook or Instagram and use hashtag #BaySnowTrail

Take part between 1 December 2023 and 7 January 2024.

Launch Event

The launch event is on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December, at the Red Dragon Centre, between 12pm and 4pm. It features free games, including Snowball Splat and Narnia Ring Toss, and again, you can win prizes. Also, there's face painting and photo boards to capture some memories for the family memory book. 

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Festive Afternoon Tea

Finish your day of exploring with a Festive Afternoon Tea in Thomas Restaurant. Sandwiches include roast turkey and cranberry, and Black Bomber cheese and onion chutney. Plain sandwiches can be organised for younger children if they would prefer.

The sweet treats include festive macarons, mince pies, mini black forest trifles and meringue stars. Of course, there are scones with clotted cream and jam, too. Wash it all down with unlimited refills of tea or coffee. Children can have squash or hot chocolate instead.

Available from 1 – 31 December (excluding Christmas Day) between 1pm-5pm. £19 per person, £9.50 for under 12s, under 2s are complimentary.

Pre-booking is essential. Call 02920 487111 or enquire with

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Bedrooms at Future Inn Cardiff

Family-friendly hotel in Cardiff

Future Inn Cardiff Bay is an ideal base for the family this Christmas. Our large bedrooms can sleep up to four, and children under 12 stay for free!

Perks include a hotel with free parking and electric car charging, free Wi-Fi and a complimentary robe and slippers in your room, plus home away from home services like our guest laundry room, ice buckets, and ice machine you can help yourself to. There is also free entry to Simply Gym at the Red Dragon Centre across from the hotel. You can also bring your bikes, as we are a cycle-friendly hotel.

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Book direct for the best rates guaranteed, with rooms from £67 per room per night.

Book your stay online, where we guarantee the best rate, or with our Reservations Team on 02920 487111 or email 

Future Inns Rewards

For additional benefits, you can join the Future Inns hotel loyalty program. For every £1 you spend on accommodation, you earn 1 reward point. Plus, get double points when you dine in the restaurant. Points can then be used to upgrade your bedroom to a suite or a free night's stay. You also get a complimentary drink voucher to redeem when you dine in the restaurant and a member's discount rate. It's also completely free to join!

Dishes on the menu in Thomas Restaurant

Family places to eat in Cardiff

Thomas Restaurant is an ideal place to sit comfortably and fuel up on local, homemade produce. Join us for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, evening a-la-carte or traditional roasts on Sunday. A large selection of alcoholic and soft drinks are also available, including Welsh beer and spirits, wine by the glass or the bottle, plus 2 for £15 cocktails. Those staying at the hotel get room service 24/7.

Kids Eat Free

Under 5's always eat for free with us with a paying adult. The restaurant is open to the public; you do not need to stay in the hotel to dine with us. Children can enjoy an Omelette, Chicken Nuggets, Fish Fingers, Mini Burgers, Roast chicken and more! Plus, lots of delicious desserts and refreshments too.

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Bookings can be made by calling 02920 487111, by emailing, or online: 

Christmas in Cardiff

Cardiff is truly magical at Christmas. The festive season offers activities for families, friends, couples, and solo travellers. From carol singing to Christmas markets and delicious festive treats to enjoy, Cardiff has it all this December!

Here are all of the exciting Christmas events happening this year and all of the festivities you can enjoy.

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Cardiff Christmas Gift Guide

This Christmas, unwrap the magic of Future Inns and give the gift of unforgettable experiences. Whether it's a relaxing getaway, a culinary adventure, or a mystical evening, Future Inns has something special for everyone on your list.

You can even shop in your pyjamas! These gift ideas can be purchased online from the comfort of your own home. 

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