Gingerbread Trail in Cardiff Bay

Gingerbread Trail in Cardiff Bay

The Gingerbread Trail will get all family members in the festive spirit if you want free things to do in Cardiff this Christmas. There's plenty of time to visit Cardiff Bay; the trail runs between 1 December 2022 and 8 January 2023.

Explore Cardiff Bay

During this festive period, you can find nine 6-foot gingerbread characters in popular locations in Cardiff Bay. Can you find them all? Taking centre stage in Roald Dahl Plass will be a gingerbread sleigh. 

On each character is a letter. As you discover them all, note the letter on the booklets available from Reception at Future Inns, at participating venues or online at When you have found all nine, the letters will spell out a festive word. You can then enter the free prize draw, which includes an overnight stay with us at Future Inn Cardiff Bay, including breakfast, Everyman Cinema and Hollywood Bowl tickets, plus a meal at Hub Box.

Don't forget to share pictures and selfies of you on the trail, as there will also be spot prizes, including Odeon Cinema tickets, a boat tour on Princess Katherine, a meal at Volcano and many more. Make sure you tag Cardiff Bay Official on Facebook or Instagram and use hashtag #BayGingerbreadTrail.

Gingerbread Day

On Saturday 3 December 2022, Cardiff Bay will celebrate Gingerbread Day. Alongside the trail, fun family activities will run throughout the day.

Festive Afternoon Tea

If you love gingerbread, finish your day of exploring with a Festive Afternoon Tea in Thomas Restaurant. Sandwiches include roast turkey and cranberry, cheese and mulled wine chutney and smoked salmon and beetroot. Plain sandwiches can be organised for younger children if they would prefer.

The sweet treats include festive macarons, Christmas pudding brownies, mince pie pinwheels, plus Santa and snowman meringues. 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.

£16 per person, £8 for under 12s, under 5s are complimentary.

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

Book online

Family New Year's Eve Party

Alternatively, you can do the Gingerbread trail on the last day of 2022. The family-friendly New Year's Eve party starts at 7pm on Saturday 31 December 2022. The event includes a 3-course hot buffet and our resident party DJ to keep everyone entertained throughout the evening. As we welcome 2023, there will be a glass of Prosecco for the adults to raise a glass with.

£42 per person, £21 for under 12s, under 2s are complimentary

Book with the Events Team on 02920 487111 or enquire with

Bedrooms at Future Inn Cardiff

Family-friendly hotel in Cardiff

Future Inn Cardiff Bay is an ideal base for the family this October Half Term. Our large bedrooms can sleep up to four, making them ideal for a family. Plus, under 12's stay for free!

Perks include a Cardiff 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, situated at the Red Dragon Centre across from the hotel. You can also bring your bikes, as we are a cycle-friendly hotel.

Make a Reservation 

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

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 all 2 for 1 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. Bookings can be made by calling 02920 487111, by emailing, or online: 

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