In or near Llantwit Major, Tel: 01446 704867, www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/en/enjoying/visit_the_vale/llantwit_major_and_coast/blue_plaque_trail.aspx(14 miles, 22 km)
Walk around Llantwit Major and visit 13 historic sites that have been marked with Blue Plaques. Trail starts at the Town Hall.
In or near Cardiff, Tel: 02920 871214, www.showmewales.co.uk/southwalescoast(1 miles, 2 km)
Cardiff’s lively and historic markets are full of character and atmosphere. The bustling markets are an important part of Cardiff’s local life and provide the perfect place to find genuine bargains.
Monday to Saturday - 08:00 to 17:00
In or near Newport City, Tel: 01633 414514, www.newport.gov.uk/_dc/index.cfm?fuseaction=thingstosee.publicart(11 miles, 18 km)
The Newport Public Arts Trail starts at the Cathedral and takes in large artworks, all with a significant link to the city, at various locations in and around the city centre.
In or near Bridgend, Tel: 01656 665 704, www.McArthurGlenBridgend.com(17 miles, 27 km)
Musical prodigies from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama will entertain shoppers during the warm summer nights every Thursday evening in August from 4.30-6.30pm at the centre's pop-up chill out space.
In or near Usk, Tel: 01291 673777, uskmuseum.org/blog/(19 miles, 31 km)
In or near Barry, Tel: 01446 710206, www.fonmoncastle.com(10 miles, 15 km)
Fonmon Castle regularly welcomes pre-booked tour groups from across the UK and even as far afield as Australia and the USA. From the moment visitors first turn into the grounds of Fonmon, they will realise that they have arrived somewhere