Half-term entertainment at Aberafan Shopping Centre

We are very excited to announce that there will be several inflatable activities for children to make the most of during the February half-term. All of the following activities are free and available between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm 

The scheduled children’s entertainment is as follows:  

Saturday 19th February – Inflatable Climbing Wall 

Wednesday 23rd February – Helter Skelter 

Saturday 26th February – 75ft Army Obstacle Course

Pay us a visit during February half term to enjoy the fantastic entertainment for children or treat yourself to a cappuccino, grab a homemade snack in one of our cafes, including:  

Costa Coffee 

Don’t forget to register as a coffee club member today and receive 100 bonus points, earn & spend points, special invitations, unlimited Wi-Fi and exclusive offers. 

The Hideout Café 

Situated on the First floor. A popular venue for cooked breakfasts, burgers and home-cooked favourites. Children’s menu offered at competitive prices together with a daily specials board means there is always something new to find! 


Great value take away food and bakers fresh goodness on offer daily. 

Barista’s Coffee Shop 

Fabulous baguettes, tasty toasties, paninis and sandwiches, baked potatoes and daily specials. Indulge yourself with one of our famous ice-cream sundaes or desserts.  

Cafe Latte  

Cafe Latte is located at the South entrance of the centre within walking distance of the bus station. Take advantage of the outside seating area and enjoy the freshly cooked comfort food from our varied menu. 

Sinfully Sweet 

Sinfully Sweet provides high quality, homemade foods and confectionery at affordable prices. Our food is made from locally sourced fresh ingredients and materials.  


With the New Year in full swing, we can now look ahead to gifting your special someone a token of love with Valentine’s Day (February 14th) just around the corner.  

Valentine’s Day gained popular attention in the 17th century, and to this day there are alternative stories of its origin. The key aspect of all of the origin stories is the emphasis that St. Valentine showed love and sympathy for others and was courageous in his efforts, defying the emperor of the time by marrying couples in secret.  

Fast forward to today and now we celebrate the legend of St. Valentine by symbolising the love for our significant other through gifts and keepsakes.  

Here are our top picks for romantic gifts that you can find within the centre:  

A romantic getaway

Tui has many short breaks on offer, but recommend a short weekend to Marrakech over the Valentine’s period. Jet off on a romantic getaway in the sun and escape the British winter. Visit the Tui store and its holiday experts will recommend the best packages for you and your special someone.  

Luggage retailer Bagz offers a wide range of suitcases and travel items, so you can be fully kitted out for your trip.  

Eye-catching jewellery at Warren James

Whether you are looking for a heartfelt gift, or thinking of popping the question, Warren James has the ideal accessory for your loved one. Necklaces, rings, earrings, it has it all and currently there is a sale on sets for him and her, which you can view here 

Traditional Welsh gifts

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, a historical tradition, than by purchasing your partner a personalised love spoon from Welsh Fayre. Love spoons were traditionally given to ladies as a statement of romantic intent by suitors.  

Welsh Fayre specialises in Welsh crafts and gifts including personalised and hand-carved items.  

Tasty treats at our café’s

If your partner has a sweet tooth, you may want to buy them a heart-shaped treat from one of our café’s, or a personalised treat from Sinfully Sweet. Sinfully Sweet also make delicious food from locally sourced ingredients.  

You will also find heart-shaped goodies at our cafés: Greggs, Costa, Barista’s Coffee Shop and The Hideout Café.  

As always, we hope that your visit to Aberafan Shopping Centre is an enjoyable one. We ask that you continue to adhere to the guidelines outlined by the Government in regards to indoor facilities and any guidelines in place in individual stores. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.  

Charity raffle at Pep&Co

Additionally, Pep&Co is having a Valentine’s Day charity raffle. Purchase your tickets in-store and get involved with a worthy cause this Valentine’s, tickets are on sale for £1 and all funds raised will be donated to the amazing children’s charities: Make a Wish, Tommy’s and Whizz Kidz. Funds will also be allocated towards providing new sports kits and equipment to local children.  

The 3 winning prizes include two mystery boxes and one luxury hamper, and the lucky winners will be drawn on 12th February 

Visit the Pep&Co store at the centre for your chance to win!  

Many of you will be hitting the shops over the Christmas period to find the best bargains and sales. During the month of December, we do have late night shopping dates, where our centre will be open until 7 pm. The final late night shopping date is Thursday, 23rd December.

Our opening hours over the Christmas period will be as follows:

Thursday, 16th December: 8.00 am – 7.00 pm

Friday, 17th December: 8.00 am – 7.00 pm

Saturday, 18th December: 8.00 am – 6.00 pm

Sunday, 19th December: 10am – 4pm

Monday, 20th December to Thursday, 23rd December: 8.00 am – 7.00 pm

Christmas Eve, 24th December: 8.00 am – 6:00 pm

Christmas Day, 25th December: CLOSED

Boxing Day, 26th December: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Monday, 27th December: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Tuesday, 28th December: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Wednesday, 29th December to Thursday, 31st December: 8.00 am – 6:00 pm

New Year’s Day, 1st January: CLOSED

Please be aware individual retailers opening hours may vary.

Santa’s Grotto Opening Times
Santa will be here to read your lists from:

Please note we have extended the Grotto’s opening hours, on Saturday, 18th December, the Grotto will be open from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm.

Additionally, from Monday, 20th December – Thursday, 23rd December 2021. The Grotto will be open as follows:
10.30 am – 12.30 pm
1.30 pm – 3.30 pm
4.00 pm – 6.45 pm

Your last chance to visit Santa will be on Christmas Eve, Friday, 24th December. The Grotto will be available from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm and from 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm.

Entry is £3 and includes a gift from Santa. During Late Night Shopping, Santa’s Grotto will be open at a reduced entry of £2, from 5 pm – 6.45 pm.

Free Parking in Port Talbot
There is also free parking available in Port Talbot town centre from Saturday, 11th December 2021 to Saturday, 1st January 2022. Free Car Parking is also available at the Shopping Centre Service Yards via the entry barrier. Please note: car parking within the multi-storey car park is NOT free.

COVID Guidelines

We ask that all visitors to the centre please adhere to the current guidelines provided by the Welsh Government regarding indoor spaces unless exempt.

From everyone at Aberafan Shopping Centre, we hope you have a happy and safe Christmas.

After experiencing an unusual Christmas in 2020 due to the pandemic restrictions, we’re hoping for a more festive affair this year. But don’t worry if you’re struggling for gift ideas for your loved ones (or the colleague you drew in the office secret Santa), we’ve got you covered with our Christmas gift guide.

We also have late night shopping available on selected days to ensure you have a chance to get the best presents. More information on this can be found here.

We hope to make your Christmas shopping experience easier this year, as well as making gift-giving more personal, thoughtful, and stress-free! Check out some of our favourite gift ideas below.

The latest fashion

We’ve got you covered if you’re looking for the best gifts for your parents, siblings, husband, or significant other. From stylish clothes to excellent Christmas jumpers, there’s something for everyone. There are plenty of fashion options for all ages and styles at our centre, whether you’re looking for stocking fillers or sparkly statement dresses. Visit New Look, Select, JD Sports, Pep & Co, Bagz, and Bonmarche stores to find the best deals.

Breaks and getaways

What better way to spoil your loved one this holiday season than with a surprise getaway? Whether you want a small keepsake or a romantic getaway trip, we have the ideal gift for you. TUI offers affordable city breaks and weekend trips for families and couples, or check out retailer Bagz for a wide selection of luggage, handbags and more to give a gift that will mean the world this Christmas.

A heartfelt message to a loved one

Words have a powerful impact on the heart, especially during Christmas. If you’re having trouble finding a card that perfectly expresses your feelings, Card Factory and Card Centre has exactly what you need.

Gifts for tech-heads @ Argos

Some of the best gifts are useful as well as exciting, and gadgets can fit into both those categories, making for some great gifts.

You will find some great gadget gift ideas at Argos. Included in its range are some of the best technology brands like Samsung, Amazon, and Sony at great prices.

Fragrance shopping made easy at The Fragrance Shop

Let’s face it, it’s been a gruelling and unpredictable year that has left some of us feeling a little worn out. If you’re looking for a gift to stimulate the senses, treat a loved one to some exquisite perfumes and aftershaves from the most famous names like Hugo Boss, Dolce & Gabbana, and Dior. Visit The Fragrance Shop to try out your favourite smells to get the perfect scent for your loved ones.

Beauty treats

Starting the new year off with a new hairstyle or beauty treatment always feels great, and our centre has lots to choose from. The Threading Bar offers facial treatments like brow threading and tinting in time for the festive season.

We also have a number of other beauty salons at the centre, including Marmaris Turkish Barbers, who offer a wide range of hair and beard styles as well as styling products that you can purchase.

For everything beauty-related, our other salons include Cut & Dried, Strands/Guys & Dolls and Seven Hair and Body, catering to all ages and styles.

Bestselling toys at The Entertainer

The Entertainer has a massive range of toys for children and big kids alike, stocking many branded items like the Barbie dreamhouse set which is on sale at £239.99, saving £70!

You may have a Disney fanatic in the family, don’t worry, The Entertainer has got you covered with everything from Toy Story to Cars. You can view the Disney range here.

There is also up to 50% off PAW Patrol toys, including the Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue Helicopter, now £29.99!

Click and Collect is available at www.thetoyshop.com for those who prefer to browse online. Just reserve it, and pay a visit to pick up your special gifts.

We hope you have a fantastic time shopping at our centre this Christmas season. Please remember to observe all safety precautions to ensure that everyone’s shopping experience is safe and enjoyable.

Give back this Christmas

At the Cancer Research Wales store, you can find a wide variety of toys, books and clothing, while giving something back to a deserving cause.

Cancer Research Wales is an independent Wales cancer research charity funding pioneering research into the key areas of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in Wales. You will find high street and designer brands at discounted prices!

Enjoy a rest at our cafes

Buying gifts for the whole family can be exhausting! Take a break at Costa Coffee, Barista’s, The Hideout Café, Cafe Latte, Greggs and Sinfully Sweet for a warm coffee and fresh, homemade breakfasts, sandwiches and more.

We are extremely pleased to announce the opening of the new Cancer Research Wales store within Aberafan Shopping Centre. A great cause and organisation, we are very happy to have them in our centre.  

Cancer Research Wales, Wales’ leading cancer charity, is involved in vital progress toward prevention, early diagnosis and treatment, which will benefit cancer patients across Wales and further afield. 

The funds raised for Cancer Research Wales contribute to clinical and laboratory-based cancer research in universities and hospitals across Wales. The charity was established in 1966 and originally started out at Velindre Hospital in Cardiff but soon expanded. Cancer Research Wales is welcoming both volunteers and donations. You can donate online here, or pop in and visit its new store!  

The new store was unveiled by Santa himself, and this will not be his only appearance over the next few weeks. Santa’s Grotto will once again be open at the centre! All the information you need can be found here: https://www.aberafanshopping.co.uk/2021/11/24/late-night-shopping-at-aberafan-shopping-centre/