- Sue Burton and Geoff Liles – Otters
- David Readhead – Butterflies
- Marten – What to see on the seashore
- Kate Lock – Wildlife of the skomar and Grassholm tidal races and the Cleddau
- Cliff Benson – Whales and Dolphins
Oakwood Theme Park has now been open for over 25 years and is set to open once again on 2 April. Without doubt many visitors go to the park to have a go on Megafobia which is considered one of the wildest wooden coasters on the planet and it has been been voted the best ride in the UK and the third best ride in the world by coaster enthusiasts from the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain. In 2010 it was listed as one of the Top Ten rides in the world in a poll conducted for Cheapflights.com
Oakwood Opening Times and Prices are clearly outlined and although not a cheap day out for a family it will almost certainly be a day to remember.
Visitors to Old Oak Barn have great fun at the park and are impressed with the wonderful setting overlooking the beautiful countryside of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. We think you too will enjoy a visit!
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!
Caerphilly Castle is about an hour and a half from Old Oak Barn and sometimes visitors drop in enroute to Carmarthenshire. Or wander by on their way home as it is only 5 minutes off the M4. Built during the reign of Henry 111 it is considered by many to be the finest example of a Medieval Castle in the country. Like the famous cheese, the castle has long been synonymous with Caerphilly. It dominates and hogs the limelight. Think slumbering giant awaiting a call to arms. It’s also a great backdrop for TV and film. It secured a starring role recently in the popular BBC TV series Merlin. Today lots of geese and ducks graze the surrounding grass. Those who have stayed at Old Oak Barn will know that we love especially Greylag Geese which also live on our pond in the Spring and Summer months. Maybe they overwinter beneath the castle!
Children will love visiting the castle which is open all year round. Taking children here is relatively easy as there is so much to see and they can explore the many walkways linking the main parts of the castle together. They will be fascinated by the pigeons living in the towers and enjoy strolling around the banks of the moats. There is also a display of siege machinery on the site with catapults to play with! The great hall is still used for events including weddings and when we visited in December happened to catch sight of a wedding. There are toilets and a gift shop on site, but no food available so make other arrangements for lunch. Visit for more info Kids and Castles. The day we went we popped into a charming tea room in the town for delicious snacks at lunchtime.
Anna’s Welsh Zoo
30 minutes from Old Oak Barn near Tenby is Anna’s Welsh Zoo which is also known as Manor House Wildlife Park. It offers a very hands on experience in four “Zoonique Animal Walkthroughs” where you can get right up close for example to wallabies and lemurs.
When we visited in July 2014 we found the animals to be very contented and calm and were struck with the well thought out environment. It’s not perfectly tidy but the animals like the piles of random wood which has been left for a purpose. We loved the baby wallabies which we could almost touch inside their mother’s pouches. The baby meerkats were very humourous larking about in their family groups. Set in 52 organic acres there is lots to see and do.
These two amazing emus will greet you on arrival!
This rhino is not real but stands guard all the same.; young children will love the green lawns where some much loved trikes were in demand and our 2 year old grandson adored the willow tunnel.
The meerkats are comical to watch and don’t seem to mind an audience!
So apart from the rhinos, apes, zebras, oryx, tapirs, emus.camels and lamas etc there is lots to see and do. Currently under construction is a big undercover play area.
Visit annaswelshzoo for more details.
Photos near Broad Haven in Pembrokeshire
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Please have a look at her website for more information – although some of her work is based on images from this country much is inspired by her travels abroad.
Visitors to Puffin House will recognise some of the beach photos and certainly the landmark rock of Broad Haven beach itself.
The photo above is of Ceibwr and takes in a spectacular walk that includes the famous ‘Witches Cauldron’ and the picturesque National Trust headland and ends in the small welcoming town of Newport.
New photos of Old Oak Barn self catering holiday let in Carmarthenshire – open this winter for short breaks!
We have some great new photos of Old Oak Barn taken in November on a crisp sunny afternoon. They complement the new Old Oak Barn 360Virtual Tour which was taken on the same day.
The first photo shows how sunny the south facing patio is at any time of the year. The highly scented white jasmine was still in leaf and will need a good trim soon!
The photo above of the kitchen shows how spacious this room is. With two windows and a stable door it is always light and airy.The large main room is a wonderful space to relax and enjoy company of friends and family. The hand crafted alder floor was sawn from timber grown in the woods on the farm. Wifi is available in every room and so far has been very reliable and visitors appreciate the fact this is included in the price.
Two bedrooms are more than comfortable and both are simply furnished too. Both have veluxes and high ceilings but are warm and cosy all year round with underfloor heating from the biomass boiler which uses sustainable wood we produce ourselves from managed woodlands either here or in Carmarthenshire or Pembrokeshire.
The delightful bathroom overlooks the shrubbery and down to the little stream at the back. In May you can almost smell the bluebells if the window is open. Warm floor to hop on after a shower or a bath is lovely and there is plenty of space in this room for extra bits and bobs.
The views from every room are magnificent and give an indication of the lovely rural setting of Old Oak Barn.
Down at the bottom of your private garden is a patch of lawn with a washing line and two small swings suitable for little ones. We are open all year round for holidays and short breaks including long weekends out of the main season. Currently we have a few days available between Christmas and New Year for those wanting to get away and discover Carmarthenshire for themselves, 26 December until 30 December – please phone.
We are very child friendly and can promise there are lots of good books, toys, games and puzzles for all ages. A small selection of DVDs and CDs is also available.
On the 20th November 2013 the Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum (PCF) will hold the very popular ‘Pembrokeshire Wildlife Sightings Event’ at the Merlin Theatre, Haverfordwest from 7 to 10 pm. The event inspires local naturalists and photographers to share stories and images celebrating the diverse and special wildlife of Pembrokeshire. Tickets can be bought in advance by going to Wildlife Sightings 2013 ticket booking sight.
The speakers this year have been planned and should include the following!
Last year we were lucky enough to go to this wonderful evening where enthusiasts spoke about for example Skomer wildlife including its diverse marine life, the 9 species of whales, dolphins and porpoise to be found off Pembrokeshire, Stackpole, The Dung Beetle and a fascinating account of spiders. It was a great evening and we learnt a lot.
What is the Tenby Ironman Race?
On Sunday 8th September 2013 a beautiful sunrise in Tenby set the scene for this amazing race – The Ironman! An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile run, raced in that order and without a break. We were lucky enough to see the swimmers warm up and then set off!
The start of the race is at North Beach. After exiting the waters of Carmarthen Bay after the 3.8km swim, the athletes took on the challenge of the 180km bike course through the breathtaking countryside of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, passing many castles and landmarks. The medieval town walls and picturesque beach front provided an impressive backdrop for the concluding marathon through Tenby. Athletes had until midnight to compete the race!
The first competitors were out of the water before 8 and then ran through the town to get their bikes from South Beach car park to set off on the mammoth bike ride round south Pembrokeshire. Ending with a marathon for a full 26 miles. What an achievement for the many who succeeded in knocking minutes off their personal best.
The race is scheduled already to return in 2014 on 14 September. Check out Tenby Ironman 2014 for more details! Not to be missed!
Red Bull Cliff Diving in Pembrokeshire this summer!
Stop number six of the 2013 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series heads back again to Pembrokeshire this summer Friday 13 and Saturday 14 September.
The magnificent Abereiddy on the north coast of Pembrokeshire is a fantastic location for the competition and last year we were lucky enough to get tickets to see the diving warm ups on the Friday.
We have space at Puffin House in Broad Haven that weekend – just email for more details! The apartment sleeps 4 and is half an hour or so from the venue.
For more details check out the Red Bull Cliff Diving website.
Behind Puffin House is a lovely walk which goes round the “Slash Pond” – this is the only evidence remaining of a coal industry in the area many years ago. The the large pond is inland from Broad Haven beach. This is referred to as ‘the Slash pond’ and was formed in the 19th Century by colliers digging for culm. The amount of coal produced in the Little Haven area was fairly small compared to the large amounts mined at the areas. It is an easy walk including with pushchairs and if you want to you can take a detour to the wonderful broad Haven playground. Children will love the great variety of play apparatus up there suitable for all ages too.