We know Pembrokeshire offers up some epic watersport action, wonderful boat trips, days out, amazing eateries, and not to mention incredible beaches, but if you’re looking for something a little bit different on your Pembrokeshire holiday, then look no further!
We’ve put together our top 7 ideas of something just a little bit different – from an evening under the stars, sea swimming in November, to an afternoon with alpacas, there’s certainly something for everyone!
1 – Discover your inner forager
There is something so wonderfully fulfilling about gathering everything you need for a delicious and hearty meal from the land and sea around you – and Pembrokeshire certainly offers up an incredible seasonal variety – with no foraging trip every the same – there’s hedgerows, woodlands, rockpools and shorelines galore to explore!
And why not go on a mini-course to learn how to do it all yourself – the wonderful Julia (Wild About Pembrokeshire) offers a fabulous range of foraging course options, including a weekly family friendly 1.5 hour stroll from Oriel y Parc in St Davids on Thursdays – starting at 10.30am.
Find out more from Julia: www.wildaboutpembrokeshire.co.uk
2 – A Pembrokeshire picnic with a difference (you don’t have to make the sandwiches!)
This gorgeous little company offers luxurious picnic packages all set up for you against the backdrop of Pembrokeshire’s incredible vistas – think layers of warm blankets, cushions, twinkly mood lighting, amazing food and spectacular Pembrokeshire sunsets.
These guys are just the perfect present or surprise for any special celebration you may have planned while you’re holidaying with us!
Photo from Pembrokeshire Picnic Facebook page.
Book your picnic: www.facebook.com/pembrokeshirepicnics
3 – Swimming with the Bluetits
Ever thought about a spot of open water swimming at ANY time of year, WITHOUT a wetsuit in sight – well now’s the time to do it, right here in Pembrokeshire!
We are lucky enough to have the most inspiring and beautiful bunch of ladies (and brave men!) called the Bluetits who hit the water at various beaches / bays / lagoons across the county every week throughout the year and they welcome with open arms (and a badge!) anyone who wishes to come along and join in!
There is something so completely invigorating and life affirming about cold water swimming, not to mention the coffee and cake afterwards. Find them on Facebook and give it a go, but a word of warning, once you start you’ll be hooked.
Photo by the ever wonderful Ella Richardson Photography.
Find your nearest dip: www.facebook.com/TheBluetits
4 – Wassail (and more) at Trehale!
I imagine, in years to come, that it will be the many evenings spent at Trehale Farm that my children will recall with the most incredible fondness, especially when they come to realise that not everyone gets to run feral on a farm, dancing in the moonlight, singing and shouting at the tops of their lungs with fire torches in one hand and a piece of wassail cider-soaked toast in the other.
Now, as you can tell, Adam certainly knows how to put on a good old Pembrokeshire shin-dig. His farm has that sprinkling of magic, pinch of craziness and dusting of the wild that makes it just so beautifully ‘Pembrokeshire’.
A rustic barn twinkling with fairy lights, straw on the floor and delicious smelling smoke from the BBQ is the setting for most of Trehale’s events, so grab yourself a pint of local cider, prepare to make plenty of new friends and have your heart seriously warmed in the process. From comedy nights, open farm days, family feasts, live music, wassails and much more, look out for the Trehale signs when out and about and their Facebook posts to make sure you catch one of these events for a night to remember.
Visit Adam’s page: www.facebook.com/trehalefarm
5 – Geocaching adventures
You might have heard of this ‘sport’ a few years ago and it’s undergoing something of a resurgence here in Pembrokeshire!
All you need to get started is a smart phone, go to geocaching.com (you will need to sign up) and hey presto you can see where various little boxes of all sorts of treasure are hidden – there are hundreds around the county. Don’t forget to scrawl your names in the little book inside most of them and look out for travel bugs; you can check online to see all the places they’ve been and then do your bit by burying it in another geocache!
It’s the perfect family activity to stretch those legs in some seriously beautiful Pembrokeshire landscape – and when you’re by the sea it’s like going on a proper pirate treasure hunt which makes it the most effective way I’ve ever seen to get your children walking (big thumbs up from mum and dad), have fun me hearties!
6 – Alpaca trekking
So, have you ever fancied getting up close and personal with an Alpaca? It’s perhaps not a question you ever thought you’d be asked, but who knew it could be so much fun!
Set on a farm in stunning countryside in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Pembrokeshire Alpaca Trekking offers the opportunity to learn, pet, feed and walk with these amazing creatures, all whilst enjoying the gorgeous views from the farm. It’s sure to be a winning combination.
Get booking your experience: www.pembrokeshirealpacatrekking.co.uk
7 – Go star gazing!
Pembrokeshire, quite simply, is a pretty awesome place for stargazing. Our county is home to a network of Dark Sky Discovery Sites; a nationally-recognised designation for top stargazing spots across the UK.
And you don’t have to be a serious astronomer to get involved, our coast and countryside has such low light pollution that it’s possible to see the Milky Way with the naked eye! And what’s more, it’s completely free folks!
We have truly stunning views of the night sky right here from Pantier and Newgale, our local beach just down the valley, is listed as one of the top 8 sites in the county to visit. So why not pack yourselves a flask of hot chocolate, enjoy an epic sunset from a beautiful blue flag beach and sit back for some incredible star gazing – quite the memory maker – magic!
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