Pembrokeshire, or Little England Beyond Wales as it is often known, offers something for everyone.
For beach lovers, Pembrokeshire has the most beautiful beaches; from sandy coves like Skrinkle, Swanlake, Broadhaven South and, of course, Barafundle Bay which was voted one of the top 25 beaches in the World, to open sandy surf beaches like Freshwater West and Whitesands.
Watersports opportunities are in abundance; from kayaking and sailing to surfing and coasteering and a new wakeboarding park is opening this year
For walkers, there is the wonderful 186 mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path offering some of the most stunning coastal scenery in Wales as well as the wild Preseli mountains to explore- from where the Bluestones of Stonehenge came. Caldey Island off Tenby offers the chance to walk around the tranquil island and visit the monestry or stroll through the carpet of bluebells and campions on Skomer in late April/May.
Golfers are well catered for with a number of both links and park courses to choose from and riders can ride on the beach, in the mountains or along the meandering Cleddau river.
Wildlife lovers are in their element in Pembrokeshire. Get up close and personal to the puffins on Skomer Island; take a boat trip for whale and dolphin watching from St Davids; see the seals bottling around the coast or with their pups on the storm beaches in late Summer and Autumn or walk around the Bosherston lily ponds keeping your eyes peeled for otters.
For artists, craft lovers and historians there is St David’s Cathedral as well as numerous galleries, museums and castles to visit plus courses to participate in (see separate blog – “A Crafty Time in Pembrokeshire”).
Gourmets are well catered for in Pembrokeshire with food festivals including Pembrokeshire Fish Week in June and the Narberth Food Festival in September plus a wonderful range of restaurants, cafes and pubs specialising in local fish, meat and vegetables (see separate blog “Best Places to Eat in Pembrokeshire).
Music lovers are spoilt for choice with music festivals abounding in Pembrokeshire catering for everything from Blues and Jazz to Classical and Pop. Narberth Capella Voice Festival kicks things off inFebruary; St Davids Cathedral Festival is held at the end of May, as is the Fishguard Folk Festival. Fishguard International Music Festival is held in July and the Aber Jazz & Blues Festival is in August. The Tenby Blues Festival takes place in November. Pembroke Castle last year hosted Jules Holland whilst this year The Fratellis and Toploader are playing there along with The Bootleg Beatles and The Bootleg Beach Boys.
The Torch Theatre in Milford Haven, The Queens Hall in Narberth, Rhos y Gilwen near Crymych, Theatre Mwldan in Cardigan and Theatre Gwuan in Fishguard all host events and a number of outdoor plays take place in the castles such as Manorbier, Carew and Picton. Laugharne, just over the border in Carmarthenshire, where Dylan Thomas wrote his wonderful play for voices, “Under Milk Wood” is well worth a visit. You can see his writing shed on the estuary where he worked or visit Browns Hotel, where he wiled away many an hour. Laugharne hosts The Laugharne Weekend; a weekend full of music, book reading and poetry, attended by many well know figures, in April
Gardeners will love wandering through the woodland gardens at Colby Lodge and Picton Castle or the formal rose gardens at Upton Castle or popping into the neighbouring county of Carmarthenshire to visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales and the gardens at Aberglasny.
Other notable events well worth attending are the three day Pembrokeshire County Show in August, Barley Saturday in Cardigan in April when all the Welsh cobs are paraded through the town and the Coracle racing at Cilgerran in August.
For film buffs a visit to the locations where films such as Robin Hood, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, SnowWhite & the Hunstman, Me Before You, Bad Education, Moby Dick, The Lion in Winter, Third Star, Die Another Day and many others including “Their Finest”, due to be released in April, were filmed can be an exhilarating experience.
If you would like to stay at a peaceful, relaxed and informal, yet luxurious, bed and breakfast and enjoy all that the area has to offer, call Rayner and Carol at Pembrokeshire Farm B&B on 01834 860338. We are listed in Sawday’s Special Places to Stay, are holders of Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and Booking.com’s 10/10 Award of Excellence and like our guests to feel as though they are staying with friends in country rather than at a commercial B&B. We specialise in homemade, home grown and top quality local produce and, with prior notice, are happy to cater for gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian dietary requirements. We are centrally located so convenient for visiting not only Pembrokeshire but Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion too.