February half-term is on it’s way folks! If you’re looking for things to do to keep the kids entertained, with a bit of adrenaline action, fresh sea air and amazing history thrown in for good measure – look no further than our fun list of our top 6 things to ‘sea’ and do here in our beautiful part of Pembrokeshire!
1.Coastal walks and a dose of vitamin sea!
Nothing beats a bit of exercise and sea air! Whatever the weather, we have the most beautiful beaches and coastline here – so pack the coats, the wellies, and most importantly, the marshmallows and hot chocolate, and choose your walk – this ‘Walks for all’ page is great for families and the ‘Pembrokeshire 40 Coast and Country Walks’ pocket book is super popular with our guests! As the sun is still setting fairly early, it’s also the perfect time of year to wrap up warm and enjoy a family sunset down on Whitesands, Newgale or Nolton. Magical!
2. Adventures on the water!
If you want to make your February trip an extra special one why not book a boat trip over to Ramsay Island with Voyages of Discovery – they have trips suitable for all ages! Look out for the incredible scenery and wildlife; including dramatic caves, crystal waters, seals and dolphins! Those looking for some fun in the water can even book a coasteering trip with the TYF team over in St Davids, or pop down to Newgale for some fun in the waves with the Newsurf crew or give Phil at Pembrokeshire Surf School a call!
3. The history bit!
Did you know that this part of the UK saw the last invasion of Britain in 1797?? Join in with the family-friendly Last Invasion Walk in the pretty harbour town of Fishguard on the 22 February 2020 where you can learn all about the unsuccessful invasion by the French who were thwarted by the locals – the women being particularly formidable opponents! Jemima Nicholas took a dozen French soldiers prisoner armed only with a pitchfork! There’s a wonderful 30-metre-long tapestry in the Town Hall depicting this scene and Jemima’s grave is in the churchyard over the road, close to the Royal Oak pub, where the commander of the British forces, Lord Cawdor, had his HQ at the time – a peace treaty was signed between the British and French in the bar area. Quite a spot to enjoy a shandy or two in!
4. Ice-cream and a pirate cove!
Pointz Castle Farm is a hidden gem just west of Newgale and the home of a gorgeous cafe selling incredible ice-cream all made on site – you can see the cows all around the farm! It is a fabulous space anytime of the year, with underfloor heating and wonderful coffee it’s a parents dream out of season as well as in! There’s outside areas and a fabulous tractor playbarn area too!
If that isn’t enough, there is the most beautiful cove down the valley from the farm called Porthmynawyd (pronounced ‘Porth-min-ar-wid’). Access is by a public footpath behind the cafe which leads through two fields and along a lush valley to the beach. Put on your best pirate impersonation and have some adventures exploring this beautiful hidden cove! Arghhhh me hearties!
5. Who knew bugs could be so much fun!
Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm is just outside St Davids and is fantastically fun and educational with a fabulous restaurant on site, The Grub Kitchen (mealworm humus or cricket cookie anyone??). Sarah and her team’s enthusiasm is utterly catching – you will leave here with a completely different view on the insect world – the ant tunnels are especially mesmerising! This one is a must do. Dogs on leads welcome.
You can also pick up the St Davids Pollinator Trail from the farm – the map is available on site or can be downloaded from their website. The trail is a community wide project coordinated by The Bug Farm and is a fun and family friendly way to raise awareness about the importance of insect pollinators, whilst showcasing a range of beautiful Welsh artwork along the Trail too!
6. Want to explore Badger’s Hall?
Hilton Court Gardens is only a 5 minute drive away and always well worth a visit – there is a lovely cafe, restaurant, on-site pottery studio, tropical dome and beautiful gardens with lake, gorgeous wooden houses and woodland for the children to let off some steam, climb and explore! This place certainly makes nature utterly magical!
Hopefully that’s plenty of activities this February to ensure a fun-filled time in this beautiful part of Pembrokeshire! Be sure to check out our other blog posts for more holiday inspiration! Finally, no visit to our local area would be complete without nabbing a table with a view at The Dru – children and grown-ups love this place in equal measure – be prepared to be transported to another world!
Cheers to an amazing holiday! – or rather ‘Lechyd da!’ (a popular Welsh cheers toast – pronounced yaki da!)