- Promote sustainability and the re-use and recycling of materials.
- Enable pupils to get their creative juices flowing.
- Have fun.
Unlike many local attractions Heatherton nr Tenby has free admission! You simply pay for what you play on. This lets visitors choose what they want to partake in before purchasing tickets. Anyone prefering not to get actively involved can simply watch and take pleasure from seeing their friends and family enjoy themselves. I am sure that many will decide to have a few goes on things when they see how much fun the park is! This year there has been a big investment in the park with extra rides including Zorb Football, a Hedge Maze and two Hobbit Houses for children. Some playground equipment is free for little ones too.
It is now open from 10 in the morning until 6pm. It is only about 30 minutes from Old Oak Barn. Our visitors often go for the day and then stop off in Tenby on their way back to St Clears.
Heatherton has received a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Adviser in 2015. Congratulations – we can see why you are the No 2 attraction in the Tenby area!
Breathtaking – can only describe the scenery and wildlife as some of the most beautiful in the whole of Wales. To see bluebells not under trees is awesome. We loved every minute. Sleeping in the hostel is fine and more luxurious than anticipated. Taking all food and drink for the 24 hours was perfectly manageable too. We did have to book the accommodation last year as it is so popular and there is only room in the hostel for 14 overnighters.
Skomer is accessible from the little harbour at Martin’s Haven and for those wanting a day trip boats sail (weather permitting) just three times a day. Contact Dale-sailing for more details. You have to be prepared to queue in the popular weeks ie Whitsun half term.
Looking towards St Brides Bay and Solva from the island. We also saw porpoises from the island and from the ferry crossing. And of course we saw the worlds largest population of Manx Shearwater returning around half eleven at night from their days feeding in the Irish Sea. What a fabulous noise they made!!
The little boat arrived to pick us up the next morning and take us safely back to the mainland – the crossing to Skomer is quite short and only takes about 15 minutes. Experienced crewmen know the seas well and don’t take risks if forecasts are poor. so crossings can be cancelled at short notice.
We think you will love Skomer 2015 too! Come and stay at Old Oak Barn in June and have a look for yourselves. We currently have two short breaks available around June 6th and June 21st. Phone on 01994230716 for more details.
You can see more pics of puffins in our other blogs!
Coasteering in PembrokeshireJust look at the delight on the face of this young visitor to Pembrokeshire’s top adventure activity!
Celtic Quest Coasteering is a well established company which has built up a big fan base because of the awesome way it organises coasteering off the Pembrokeshire Coast. It is now recognised as THE best visitor experience in Wales and is run by Cleopatra Browne who in the film below demonstrates what happens. Anyone can try Coasteering. The whole family can enjoy it at their own level and speed, as all aspects of the adventures are optional. That includes those who may feel nervous or are non-swimmers. Go to the website for more details – if staying at Old Oak Barn we can contact Cleopatra and help you plan your week. Excellent attention is always given to keeping everyone safe and happy!
We think you will really love the day!
The reviews say it all! “What an experience this is, like nothing I had ever done before but a massively enjoyable one that I would definitely do again. The team were friendly and informative as well as supportive to anyone having difficulty or trepidation about launching themselves of the side of the country into the sea. A great mix of elements carried out in a very professional but enjoyable manner. I would highly recommend this.” Ben gives it a massive 5 out of 5! 25.03.2015
Folly Farm wins Best Day Out in Wales!
Congratulations to Folly Farm who last night scooped Gold Award in the National Tourism Awards 2015 for the whole of Wales in the category “Best Day Out!” We are not surprised! Visitors to Old Oak Barn almost without exception spend at least one day at the popular Farm Park and Zoo as it is now called. There is just so much to do in a single day. Many locals including our family have a season ticket and enjoy popping in for an afternoon on a regular basis to play with the John Deere tractors and see all the animals! Photo courtesy of and copyright Jeff Gendall who stayed at Old Oak Barn.
We are sure that if you too choose to spend time at this wonderful tourist attraction which is less than half an hour from Old Oak Barn you will not be disappointed! Open all year round although restricted times in the winter months.
Easter Holidays in Wales
Old Oak Barn is at the moment available from Friday 10 April in Wales in 2015. Please ask for the latest price! We are very child friendly!
There is lots to do this Easter in this part of Wales. Apart from exploring the wonderful countryside and coastline Folly Farm is open every day during the holiday season. Have you met the lions yet? Did you know that Folly Farm is rated the fourth best zoo in the country. What started off as a small farm playground 25 years ago has grown and grown and is now one of Wales’s best attractions and it is only 25 minutes from Old Oak Barn! Quite often they have Peppa Pig or some other children’s favourites attending during half terms and holidays – so keep an eye out for more details!
Please get in touch if you would like more details of a break at Old Oak Barn this Easter. We often have glorious weather in April and in the past visitors have even been known to go for an early dip in the sea. It is often fine enough for a camp fire in the woods here or a BBQ on the patio in the late afternoon.
Birdsong is at its best too with over 50 species spotted at this time of year!
Christmas Tree Competition at Garden of Wales
This year’s contest is on Thursday 4th December and the theme is “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” to help mark 100 years since Dylan Thomas’ birth. Schools will be up against the clock to decorate their Christmas tree using reused and recycled materials to create imaginative and colourful decorations based on this year’s theme.
The aims of the event are to:
If you want to get involved, just contact Kay Bailey on firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual perspectives Film Have a peep at this lovely film of the gardens!
What is the National Trust?
The National Trust is a well recognised and widely known UK conservation charity, protecting historic places and green spaces, and opening them up for ever, for everyone. There are over 500 places to visit throughout the UK and many in Wales which are all well worth visiting throughout the year.
Dinefwr (above) is only about half an hour from St Clears just east of Carmarthen and boasts lovely views of the Towy Valley. In West Wales we have several wonderful properties and gardens most of which are easily visited for the day if staying at Old Oak Barn. If you are a member of the NT then entry is of course free. Click here for more details on the costs and benefits of joining this great charity
The main locations include:-
Christmas in Wales
Do you feel like getting away this Christmas or New Year?
Come and stay in Old Oak Barn for Christmas or New Year this winter and enjoy peace and tranquility in a warm and cosy barn. We shall put up a freshly cut Christmas Tree which you can decorate yourselves if preferred or we shall do it all for you.
Christmas falls on a Thursday this year so we are offering either a 5 night break for £500 or a full week for £600.
Or we can offer a shorter break of a minimum of 3 nights.
Please get in touch if you would like more details.
Narberth Food Festival 2014
27 – 28 September
The annual Food Festival is being held this coming weekend in the nearby town of Narberth.
There will be lots going on!
Saturday 10am – 6pm £3.50
Sunday 10am – 4pm £2.50
Weekend Ticket £5.00
Under 18s FREE
Food stalls – Live music – Street Theatre
Talks & Tastes – Chef Demonstrations
Free children’s activities
Old Oak Barn is booked up but there are plenty of other places you could stay – why not go to Tenby for the weekend or choose a stylish B and B in one of the many local towns or villages. The coastline is superb at this time of year.
These three videos show some great local walks near Old Oak Barn in Carmarthenshire. We have ordnance survey maps to borrow and lots of good ideas of where to go to get off the beaten track.
The first is around Laugharne
The second around Stackpole in Pembrokeshire
The third from Wisemans Bridge to Saundersfoot and beyond.
So put your walking boots on and get walking! You can always pop into Carmarthen to the local Cotswold outdoor shop to buy new boots! It is a great stockist of everything you may need if you too like the Big Outdoors.