A mid Wales town now has its very own 'beach' for children and families to enjoy all year round.

The giant sandpit at the popular Llandrindod Lake Park was officially opened on National Play Day (August 4) by the High Sheriff of Powys, Peter James MBE.

Locals have praised the new play facility as an "amazing asset to our little town".

Mum Karlene said: "My two little ones absolutely love it and can’t wait to get their shoes off and jump in. It has created such a community feel to the lake, enjoying some chilled play time with other families.”

The new play facility has been developed by the Powys County Council's Flying Start and Outdoor Recreations teams, HAF Llandrindod and Lakeside Boathouse using £10,000 from the Welsh Government’s Child Development Fund.

HAF Llandrindod, a project from Severn Wye, were successful in securing National Lottery Community Funding for the sand while the Lakeside Boathouse will manage and maintain the sandpit.

Cllr Rachel Powell, Cabinet Member for Young People and Culture, said: “This has been such a positive resource for Llandrindod Wells, neighbouring communities and visitors. It has been fantastic to see so many young children and families enjoying this new sandpit, which has a prime location and is safely contained.

“Following the unsettling effects of Covid-19, this new facility has reinforced the prime location at the lakeside as an ideal intergenerational space, accommodating all ages, with outdoor resources that many have enjoyed this summer.

“I would like to thank HAF Llandrindod Wells, the Lakeside Boathouse and the council’s Outdoor Recreation Officer for their collective involvement to establish this popular attraction. This is a great example of collaborative working that hugely benefits both children and families.”