Libraries & Local Life


Roath has lots of green spaces with playgrounds for your little ones to roam around, such as Roath Park and Shelley Gardens.

Local well-stocked libraries hold weekly Storytime and Rhymetime sessions:

  • Storytime (9.30am in English and 2.15pm in Welsh on Mondays) and Rhymetime (10.00am first Wednesday of the month) at Cathays Library, Fairoak Road, Cardiff, CF24 4PW.
  • Rhymetime (10.30am Wednesdays) and Storytime (Welsh: 2.15pm Wednesdays, English: 10.30am Fridays) at Penylan Library, Penylan Road, Cardiff CF23 5HW.
  • Storytime and and Rhymetime (2.15pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10.00am Fridays, occasional Saturday mornings) at Rhydypennau Library. See their Facebook group for further details.

Penylan Community Centre (in the same building as the library) hosts ‘Toddler’s World’ soft play  and weekly ‘Buggy-a-cise’ sessions. Fit Mums South Wales also lead Buggyfit sessions in Roath Park.

YMCA Plas hosts regular soft play and Sunshine Club House role play sessions along with  other preschool activities. Boulders Indoor Climbing Centre is home to Pebbles soft play.

For local news, views and events see the hyperlocal RoathCardiff website.