We’ve planned for a while to meet up with Cath from Battlemum and Kath from The Boy And Me to go Pokémon catching in Cardiff Bay.With the summer holidays coming to an end, getting us all together would be a problem and sadly Cath couldn’t make it.It was a glorious day when we met outside the Wales Millennium Centre on Roald Dahl Plass.Sat under the famous Torchwood Tower, named after the BBC Doctor Who spin-off series, we were enthralled by the mix of old and new buildings.Kath, The Boy and The Boy’s cousin showed us all the many Pokestops along the Mermaid Quay until we reached Techniquest , the science discovery centre.
Kip and Cat have been to Techniquest before with their previous primary school (the girl’s moved to their current one after we moved house two years ago).Kip, Cat and Mouse went their separate ways, getting hands on with the exhibits.Although smaller than @AtBristol, the science learning centre is on two floors and has something for all ages.We briefly met Jo from Ojo’s World before heading out to sit under some trees outside a restaurant to eat our picnic lunch.The conversation focused on Pokémon caught by Kip and Kath and the young boys.I’m only level 9 but the amount and type of Pokémon caught that day was impressive.There are Pokestops everywhere, so if you want to spend a few hours Pokémon catching you’ll be in your element.My only advice would be is to take along a power bank as we were there for 4 hours after lunch (about 1pm) and we were borrowing Kath’s as ours wasn’t charging our phones.
Heading along to the Pierhead we went up in the Ferris wheel to look along Cardiff Bay, Europe’s largest waterfront.I am quite scared of heights and it took 3 revolutions for me to calm down.Then we had to get off but I did take some good photos whilst up there.You can see across Roald Dahl Plass to the Welsh Millennium Centre, over the fair ground and Mermaid Quay.On the the other side you can see across to barrage and Doctor Who Experience and to the right over to Penarth.
We left the Pierhead to walk along the barrage to get back to Pokémon catching in Cardiff Bay.It was by now quite warm and I made sure I kept us topped up with sun cream.The breeze coming off the sea did cool the air down but I didn’t want us ending up burnt, which is what happened to Kath.Pokemon were still rife along the waterfront to The Norwegian Church and cafe.We didn’t go in, but definitely on our list for when we return.Once we hit The Doctor Who Experience, we sat down so Kip, Kath and the boys could battle in the Poke gym.We were there for some time before heading back and saying goodbye the Kath and the boys.
We headed back to Techniquest to make use of the bands that we were given on entry, staying until closing time.We’ll definitely be going back to go Pokémon catching in Cardiff Bay again as it such a beautiful outdoor space and we didn’t get to see or do half of things on offer there.
Techniquest opening times
Monday closed during school term time, but open on Bank Holiday Mondays, and on Mondays during local school holidays.
These vary according to when you arrive.We paid around £20 for 1 adult and 3 kids but you can buy annual pass for the same price..
We travelled by train which took over two and 1/2 hours but with 3 changes at we weren’t on the same train.I used our Friends & Family Railcard, which meant our journey cost just under £60.Prices without the card would be nearer to £80.
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