- The festival promotes local businesses – over 90% of stallholders come from Wales.
- Start up businesses are especially welcome!
- No art or craft stalls but there are sometimes a few related stalls eg cooking utensils.
- Get your application in soon for a discount!
- Successful stallholders will be notified soon
- 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
In Narberth at this time of year there is a hive of activity with lots of Christmas events and Christmas shopping going on! It is a mecca for independent shops and in particular craft shops and art galleries. Perhaps the most popular is the well established Susie’s Uggs workshop owned, managed and run by the very experienced and effervescent Susie! At this time of year she and her merry crew work long into the night making sure Christmas orders are met. This I am told can be challenging but customers know they can rely on a great service and hundreds of parcels are sent off in time for Christmas.
The boots have a unique design and a very wide range of colour combinations. The boots and slippers have a warm and cosy feeling and are so comfortable to wear! I say this from experience! Phone Susie on 01834 861047 for a real person and great customer service. Our visitors to Old Oak Barn often drop by and go back year after year because they know they get wonderful original hand made footwear which will last and last. Photos 3 and 4 courtesy of Susie’s website and Owen but the rest I took!
Susie also does bags and hats and other goodies. Check out their website which now has an online shop too!
Narberth Food Festival 2015
This year (2015) Narberth Food Festival is going to be on September the 26th and 27th.
To find out more and visit their official website just Click Here.
Narberth Food festival in 2014 attracted hundreds of visitors and the town was full so if you want to go again this year why not book early and stay at Old Oak Barn holiday Cottage only 10 miles away to make the most of the weekend.
Saturday 10am – 6pm £4.00
Sunday 10am – 4pm £3.00
Weekend Ticket £5.00
Under 18s FREE
Narberth Food festival is one of many food festivals held in Wales which are fast becoming a big tourist attraction. It is a big community event, run by volunteers and is one of the friendliest and most enjoyable food festivals in Wales. There is also lots of live music both days, cooking demonstrations, talks and exhibits.
Click here for lots more information about all the planned food festivals coming up!
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.
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!
See Skomer Puffins and stay at Puffin House in Broad Haven.
Visiting Skomer to see the puffins has to be one of the most wonderful day trips if staying in Pembrokeshire between the months of May and July. The little birds return in April from their winter base in the Southern Hemisphere and settle on the island of Skomer to breed. Each pair will usually lay one egg underground where it is safe from the herring gulls which torment not only the puffins but especially the manx shearwater who also breed on the little island. There are normally over 10,000 breeding pairs of Puffins on Skomer and Skokholm Islands, making them one of the most important Puffin colonies in Britain. They arrive in mid-April to nest in burrows, many of which have been dug by the island’s large rabbit population. The last Puffins leave the island by the second or third week in July. Puffins feed mainly on small fish and Sand Eels; often they can be seen with up to a dozen small eels in their beaks.
As everyone knows the storms this year have been some of the worst for a hundred years in this part of Wales. Luckily we are told that the damage on the island seems to be minimal although some guttering has been wrenched off the buildings. Of more concern though are the reports starting coming in from France of large numbers of seabirds washing up on beaches, including Puffins in the Bay of Biscay region. Amongst the Puffins were three juveniles that were fitted with geolocators last year on Skomer. Latest figures are suggesting that 25,000 birds have been effected and that over 14,500 Puffins may have died not all from Skomer but some certainly have suffered.
This photo was taken in February 2014 and shows the bodies of puffins washed up on a beach in Sainte-Marie-de-Re, western France, after heavy storms. This could not be coming at a worst time for our seabirds. It is at about this time of year that Razorbills and Guillemots return to the Pembrokeshire islands to claim their places on the sea cliffs and some of the birds were in breeding plumage. With a high chance of local birds being involved the long term studies of these important colonies are more urgent than ever. It is therefore devastating that NRW (National resources Wales) have we are told just withdrawn funding for one of Skomers most important and longest running monitoring programmes.
The Skomer wardens, Ed and Bee, are hoping to get back onto the island later this week in March once their boat is repaired and no doubt will post something on the Skomer blog when they return. Ed has recently posted some graphic details of the huge seabird wreck which is mainly centred in the Bay of Biscay but has also seen a few hundred dead birds in Pembrokeshire.
However despite the gloom we are sure the puffins will be back breeding soon on Skomer and if you do want to visit the island then its worth having a look at Puffin House seaside apartment in Broad Haven to see if they have availability for your stay – Availability Calendar or check out Old Oak Barn which also has an up to date availability calendar too.
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.
Click on the above to see what’s on in the new series which visitors to Puffin House in Broad Haven will be interested in no doubt!
The Wales Coast Path
Why is it so special? Watch the programme to find out!
With its dazzling beaches and secret coves, the Pembrokeshire coastline is the programme reveals a recognised gem within the Welsh tourism industry and is rated as one of the top two coastal destinations in the world. Last year when the Wales Coast Path was officially opened a fresh wave of praise and appreciation came its way!
But for the many different people who live and work along the stunning coastline of Britain’s only coastal national park, life here is more than just about beach holidays and weekend breaks as this new BBC Wales series is about to reveal.
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.
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.