The Gardens of Wales.
Situated only a short drive from Carmarthen and only 25 minutes from Old Oak Barn are the fabulous Gardens of Wales. We have vouchers which will enable one adult to get in free along with one fee paying adult. Well worth a visit at any time of the year. The photos below were all taken in August 2014.
Open every day except December 24 and 25 between 10 – 6 April – September and between 10 – 4 October – March there is always something going on at The Gardens. It rarely gets crowded and is a great day out for all ages.
The National Botanic Garden of Wales has declared Friday September 12, 2014, to be “Meet the Neighbours day”, which means free entry for anyone able to prove they live in the SA31 postcode area. This special ‘Postcode Day’ initiative includes key talks by Garden staff and behind-the-scenes tours.
Recent News September 2014
The first stage of a £6.7 million plan to restore historic Regency landscape at the National Botanic Garden of Wales has been given the green light.
What will be the biggest project in the Garden’s history aims to uncover the origins of Middleton Hall – the 568-acre estate that the Garden now occupies and to tell the story of more than 250 years of East India Company influence that shaped the landscape of this part of Wales.
It was announced in September) that the Garden has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) with a pledge of more than £300,000 to develop its plans for the Regency Restoration project.
The scheme includes major archaeological work which will reveal the secrets of the estate from the time of Shakespeare and before, and see the restoration of the later Regency landscape that was one of the finest water parks in Britain. When completed, the Garden will once more feature the necklace of seven lakes, cascades, falls and weirs created more than 200 years ago and again boast the Regency planting scheme that formed the heart of its parkland.
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.
Dylan Thomas 100
Had he still been alive Dylan Thomas would have been 100 this year!
Laugharne is celebrating his birth and getting involved in the worldwide festival.
Old Oak Barn is offering short breaks throughout the year for visitors and fans who want to stay near Laugharne in 2014!
What is Dylan Thomas 100?
Many original and high profile events are planned across the world but especially in Laugharne, Swansea, New Quay, London, Oxford and New York this centenary year. They will all mark the anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas – Dylan Thomas 100.
Funding has been generously given to support these events from many sources too numerous to mention. One purpose of Dylan Thomas 100 is to raise awareness of his great writings among young people especially. The unique way in which Dylan Thomas observed the lives of those around him and recorded his interpretations of the world he lived in and the places he stayed in are passionately reflected in his writings – this is what makes him special.
Dylan Thomas spent about 4 years of his later life in Laugharne and it was during this time he was very productive with his writing. There are still today several people still living in the little West Wales village who remember him well.
Patron of Dylan Thomas 100
HRH The Prince of Wales is an enthusiastic and interested patron of Dylan Thomas 100. He visited Laugharne last year and toured the village including a pit stop at The Browns! You can listen to his reading of Fern Hill here!
Ambassadors of the Festival
Hosts of famous people are playing a part in being Ambassadors for the event and include writers, musicians, artists, actors and politicians. Cerys Matthews, Karl Jenkins, Michael Sheen, Carol Ann Duffy, Roger McGough, ROb Brydon, Sir Peter Blake and Rhodri Thomas to name but a few.
Please download the brochure here for latest information! Dylan Thomas Website.
This year’s Laugharne Weekend Festival will take place on the first weekend in April. Line-up includes Sir Peter Blake, Mark Thomas, Caitlin Moran,Tracey Thorn, John Hegley, Mark Watson, John Cooper Clarke, Stuart Maconie, Phill Jupitus, Jeremy Vine, Jackie Kay, Niall Griffiths, Grace Dent, Mark Billingham, Belinda Bauer, John Harvey, Martin Rowson, John Osborne (John Peel’s Shed), Robin Ince, Datblygu, Jemima Dury,The Gentle Good, Pete Brown, Rachel Trezise, Richard James, Threatmantics and a good deal more yet to be announced.
The Laugharne Weekend for more details!
Here at Old Oak Barn near St Clears we can offer lovely self catering accommodation for anyone wanting to go to the festival. Please get in touch for our info sheet with details of everything you would need to know about our self catering converted barn! Taxis can be organised for a return trip if needed at reasonable rates but as we ourselves have weekend tickets this year the chance of a lift is good too!