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Off the northern tip of St Bride’s Bay in the very west of Pembrokeshire you will find Ramsey Island which is owned by RSPB. The best way to see it is to get a boat trip either around the island which is what we did last week or spend the day on the island exploring on foot. Voyages of Discovery a local long established family business is a good choice to plan your adventure! The boats are all well maintained and the staff professional and knowledgeable paying attention to your safety at all times. Ramsey Island has some of the finest cliff scenery in Wales.
Launching from St Justinian’s you will have the opportunity to see the new lifeboat station which we are told will open in 2017. The old one is for sale apparently for a cool half a million pounds! It will no doubt need a lot more than that to turn it into a house – but what a setting for anyone who does!
The trip around Ramsey Island was breathtaking – the RIB seats up to 12 people and was very comfortable. The two guys from Voyages of Discovery knew a lot about the island – its history – birdlife – archaeological rock formations – flora and fauna – and of course about its resident seal population. We saw oyster catchers, guiellemots, razor bills, choughs, gulls, and I caught sight of the resident peregrine falcon too. There are also just a few deer left on the island too.
Atlantic Grey Seals breed on Ramsey and many visitors to Old Oak Barn enjoy a ride around the island to see them. Check out this video to see a glimpse of the beautiful island – do visit if you can – we think you will have a “whale” of a time!
About 15 minutes from Old Oak Barn is the pretty town of Narberth which draws in many visitors throughout the year. Known for its wonderful variety of independent shops as well as the exciting Narberth Food Festival it is also home to a brilliant little museum. Facilities include a vibrant visitors centre for people of all ages including children, a coffee shop, a book shop and staff are on hand to answer questions and queries. There are lots of interactive displays and the quality of all the artefacts and displays is excellent. Its obvious a massive amount of time and effort has gone into the development of the site in Church Street.Narbeth Museum is open in the summer from Tuesdays – Saturdays and in the winter just 4 days a week Wednesday – Saturday. 10.00 – 5.00pm. We strongly recommend a visit. Children will enjoy the book corner!
Learn about James Williams and the impact he left on the town especially in his sad ending.
If you have an interest in local or family history they might be able to help because over the years they have amassed an extensive and interesting collection of records and photographs that can supplement your research.
Volunteers have also carried out research into soldiers from Narberth in both the First and Second World Wars.
We loved all the displays and will be returning soon for another visit. We were impressed with the quality of everything we saw including the greeting from one of the women from Rebeccas Riots in the 19th century! And we enjoyed playing battle with the princely Owain Glyndwr!
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!
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.
Pembrokeshire Events in 2014
Events in Pembrokeshire this coming Spring and Summer are very varied. Have a look at the wide range of different events and activities being organised in a whole host of different venues across the county.
If music is what appeals then why not book tickets to see Phil Beer on 13 Feb at Martletwy at Burnetts Hill
Phil Beer is well known as being 50% of Show of Hands – a great West Country band.
Tickets are only £10 for the evening which starts at 7.30pm.
Pembrokeshire Fish Week 2014
Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival is run by the Food Development Team within the Regeneration Department at Pembrokeshire County Council. If you would like to be involved in Pembrokeshire Fish Week which this year is being held on 28 June right through until 6 July then Puffin House would be a good choice of accommodation because it is so centrally situated in the county!
At the time of writing that week is still available and is priced at £450 for 7 nights. This is always a busy week with many locals fully involved for the entire 10 days or so. Plenty of opportunities to catch fish, cook fish, eat fish and enjoy fish!
Two days of fun, celebration and inspiration for women in Pembrokeshire with some great craft and pampering workshops, stalls, information, demonstrations, cafe, arts and music.
Raffle Tickets £1 in advance for FREE entry to daytime events.
Sat 8th from 6pm is The Vagina Monologues, supported by All Spice Singers. £5 including nibbles. Wine and food also available to buy.
March 8th and 9th
Friday 29th November and Saturday 30th November 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday 1 December 10:00am – 5.30pm
This fantastic free 3 day Christmas Market is now in its 2nd year and is another wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit, pick up some gifts, enjoy some of the best local food and drink produce and meet up with friends to celebrate the festive season. The market will be within a large marquee in the Outer Ward of the Castle grounds. There will be a variety of locally produced food and drink, crafts, toys, handmade jewellry, and fashion.
Most importantly though the Castle will be decorated and lit up to create a unique festive atmosphere and there will be entertainment and activities for everyone. Visitors to Puffin House last year told us they had a great day there and stocked up on all sorts of local goodies for gifts for family and friends back in Cardiff!
Folly Farm – voted best in the west by our visitors!
Below we have 6 of our favourite animals found at this major Pembrokeshire visitor attraction! Photos were taken by a visitor from Bristol Jeff Gendall who stays with his family on a regular basis either at Old Oak Barn or at Puffin House.
This is a must for visitors to this part of West Wales. Last summer there was a great offer on which allowed you free entry for a second time within the same week and several of our visitors did infact end up going twice! Approx 30 minutes from Old Oak Barn near St Clears and also a similar distance from Puffin House in Broadhaven. The inside attractions including vintage fun fair rides mean that whatever the weather you and your family can enjoy a brilliant day out.
Photos taken recently!
They were taken in October 2013 half term when many children visiting this part of Wales will have also paid Folly Farm a visit!
1. Meerkats Rule at Folly Farm!
3. Two fat porcupines!
Oakwood Theme Park
Stay at Old Oak Barn near St Clears or Puffin House in Broad Haven while you go to Oakwood – always a great day out in Wales!
Sunday 27th October
Thursday 31st October
The Ghost of Skull Rock Show with Live Actors, Laser Show and more!
Spooky 3D LIVE!
Oakwood Theme Park is open throughout the year although limited in winter.
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!