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You can stay on Cardiff's own channel island

You can now get away for a themed break on Flat Holm - a small island in the Bristol Channel, which is actually part of Cardiff.

The island has attracted settlers since the Bronze Age, including farmers, pioneers, soldiers and scientists.

Its current status as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Local Nature Reserve makes it even more appealing to visitors, yet its location five miles off shore, and changing tides make it difficult to reach.

Now, Cardiff Council - which owns the island - is making this fascinating outpost accessible through a series of themed midweek breaks.

Remaining dates are:

Restore, Relax and Reconnect (September 1-3)

Unwind from daily life and reconnect to nature with Kerry Sanson, a healer, group fitness leader and personal training coach. The retreat offers opportunities to try yoga, oigong, freedom dance and mindful practices and learn new techniques and skills.

Adventures in creative writing (September 29-October 1)

For beginners, or those with experience, be inspired by the island's rich natural beauty and fascinating history to develop your writing under the guidance of Cardiff-based artist and writer Sarah Featherstone.

Island life - conservation volunteer experience (September 4-8)

Whether you're looking for a career in nature conservation or a holiday with a difference, this four-day break offers an opportunity to work alongside the island warden team carrying out vital tasks including grassland management, helping nesting gulls, monitoring the rare slow worm population and restoring heritage buildings.

You will also get to experience what day visitors do not - sitting under the stars, watching the lights of the city and the ships at night and admiring stunning sunsets and sunrises.

  1. All trips are self-catered and include a return boat journey, basic shared hostel-style accommodation and tuition and activities run by experienced instructors. For more information, visit

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