In recent years local towns and villages have got in the habit of organizing Christmas Markets – sometimes this is in the village school and sometimes in a castle and sometimes set up along the streets of a whole town as in Saudnersfoot during the first weekend of December.
Saundersfoot Christmas Market is an example of one which has grown from strength to strength and is held this year during the weekend of Fri 2nd Dec— Sun 4th Dec. During December Saundersfoot is at its most magical. Promising an array of seasonal treats, including Christmas lights and decorations, Santa’s grotto, lantern parade, seasonal food, festive demonstrations and late night shopping, visitors will be spoilt for choice.
Friday 2nd December
2.00pm Market Opens – Over 50 stalls
2.00pm – 5.30pm MUSIC BOX ENTERTAINMENT
5.30pm – 6.30pm LANTERN PARADE & CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS SWITCH ON
(Market closes 7.00pm)
Saturday 3rd December
10.00am- Market Opens
Celebrity Chef Lisa Fearn
All day – MUSIC BOX ENTERTAINMENT
12.00pm till 6.00pm – SANTA’S GROTTO
(Market closes 7.00pm)
Sunday 4th December
10.00am – Market opens
Celebrity Chef Guy Morris
All day – MUSIC BOX ENTERTAINMENT
12.00pm till 3.00pm – SANTA’S GROTTO
4.00pm – GRAND PRIZE DRAW
(Market closes 5:00pm)
A traditional Christmas market will be situated in a large marquee on the harbour of the idyllic seaside village, where stalls will be laden with Pembrokeshire goods and gifts. Visitors can also explore Saundersfoot’s retailers for artisan jewellery, crafts, home wares and more. With entertainment and live music to keep the whole family entertained, Saundersfoot’s Christmas Market offers a great way to make the most of a winter’s day.
Food and drink stands will be celebrating all things Welsh; expect tastings, seasonal food, mulled wine and live cookery demonstrations. Sample the best of Pembrokeshire’s produce from the town’s local suppliers or enjoy a meal in one of Saundersfoot’s varied and popular restaurants, cafés and pubs – many of whom will be running special seasonal specials throughout the weekend.
With scenic Saundersfoot Bay views, carols around the Christmas tree and live music, visitors can soak up the merry atmosphere whilst escaping the hustle and bustle of city life.
Click here for a list of events over the festive period
Natalia Spencer lost her beautiful little girl Elizabeth in December of 2016 after a very sudden and unexpected illness. She spent just 18 days in Bristol Childrens Hospital for whom she is now raising money through Elizabeth’s Footprint. Elizabeth and her mum lived in Cheltenham and my great niece had gone to the same primary school which is why my niece Anna gave me a ring to see if I could help accommodate Natalia while she was on her marathon epic walk around the entire UK coastline. Of course I said yes and I was fortunate enough to spend some time with her both walking the Wales Coast Path and while she stayed here overnight for two nights end of April 2016. She loved Old Oak Barn although she slept in the farmhouse here and appreciated the birdsong and peace of our valley.
Please have a peep at her website and you will find a great little tracking map where you can see exactly where she is at any given time. It is a heartbreaking story .. and Natalia told me that it is the only thing she can do at the moment while clearly feeling so sad at losing Elizabeth who loved the seaside too. Her motivation is strong but we cannot underestimate the physical challenge especially with the entire Scottish coastline to come probably late summer early Autumn. She is hoping to raise £100,000 for the Wallace and Gromit Appeal and I am certain she will achieve that and more. She has a justgiving page where you can donate.
I walked from Llansteffan to St Clears on 28 April and again I joined her from Little Haven to Newgale on 9 May. I rallied a few friends to join us and we had some simply stunning views, warm conversations, plenty of exercise and of course lovely company. Thank you to all my friends who supported Natalia.
Wales Coast App is here!
We think anyone wanting to walk in this beautiful part of Wales will be thrilled to download the newly developed App for the Wales Coast on their phone before arriving to see whats what on the coast! It is a free app and once downlaoded onto your android or IOS phone then you will have lots of information at your fingertips. It is cleverly organised so you need only download the parts of the coastline you actually need. I used the Wales Coast App recently in both Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire and it was fun to see exactly how much ground I covered.
There is a range of information about our beaches and coastal walking options, and is a great tool for planning a day out or a holiday to Wales. If you have a dog then you can easily check out dog friendly beaches. If you want a path which is easily accessible then the Wales Coast App will answer your queries. It has been developed by the Keep Wales Tidy charity, in partnership with Visit Wales and Natural Resources Wales and it is supported too by the Coastal Communities Fund. It is the first app to route the entire Wales Coast Path and detail information on over 150 beaches.
Many visitors to Old Oak Barn are keen walkers and will walk a little way along the estuary of Carmarthen or further afield in Pembrokeshire if they want to see the magnificent bird life famous on for example Skomer Island.We once had visitors staying who were walking the ENTIRE coastline of the UK!! This was a 20 year project I think! Imagine that!
One of the good things about this app is that it is very easy to use. Why not have a look at the website for more details.
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
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!
Laugharne – Watch this video to see beautiful Carmarthenshire landscape – only 5 miles from Old Oak Barn.
The short walk of 4.5 miles will take you around all the historical and unique points in and around Laugharne which has been developed recently to celebrate the birthday of Dylan Thomas. It is surely one of our favourite places nearby and if you watch the film you will get a real sense of what to expect. It takes in part of the Wales Coast Path too as well of course as the churchyard of St Martin’s church where Dylan Thomas is buried. The walk was created by Bob Stevens who obviously has a love of the area.
If you walk the route on your birthday you can pop into local shops and pubs for some freebies including a tasty bag of chips. It ends at the iconic Browns Hotel which is a great place to drop by for a pint!
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.
We had a fantastic day out at Skomer last week and certainly for many visitors this is the highlight of their week in Wales.
The bluebells were amazing!
If you stay at Old Oak Barn it will mean an early start to catch the ferry at Martins Haven but that is all part of the adventure. The crossing to Skomer only takes about 10 – 15 minutes. The booking system has changed now and is much better in that as soon as you arrive you go to the award winning visitor centre Lockley Lodge and get your tickets for the boarding which will be from 10 O’clock onwards. There is a fee of approx £11 for the crossing and £10 for the landing so for £21 per adult it is not cheap but well worth it! SO if you catch the 12 noon ferry you can go for a walk to Deer’s Park for example and then just queue for the boat 10 minutes before departure.
We can provide maps and directions for visitors wanting to explore this beautiful little island. Approx 1.5 miles across and 2 miles wide it is fairly tiring but where else can you see porpoises, puffins, short eared owls, guillemots, razorbills and of course big Skomer rabbits all in the same place! Visit Skomer and we don’t think you will be disappointed at all!
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.
Last Minute Short Breaks in Wales
If you are looking for a short break or a full week in beautiful West Wales then we nearly always offer last minute reductions.
Easter 2014 falls on 20 April and both weeks leading up to the long Easter weekend are fully booked but currently we have space at Old Oak Barn from Good Friday and at Puffin House from Easter Saturday.
Please phone on 01994230716 or email for more information and the very latest deals and last minute offers. We guarantee clean and comfy accommodation which is ideal for families wanting to enjoy Carmarthenshire or Pembrokeshire. Lots of beaches, castles, parks, quaint villages, great shopping centers and visitor attractions to suit all ages. This part of West Wales is gearing up for Dylan Thomas 100 with numerous cultural and educational events planned to celebrate Wales’s famous 20th century writer. Visit Laugharne and see the house he lived in and the famous Writing Shed nearby.