Family Holidays to Pembrokeshire are all about living life to the fullest and enjoying things outside… Ranging from glorious coastal paths, beaches, breathtaking scenery and some of the world's best seashore based outdoor activities. From Victorian seaside towns like Tenby to historic Pembroke, to the breathtaking Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and beyond, there is so much for families to explore in this proud and diverse region of Wales.
Britain has a rich tradition of seaside towns which is largely seen as dating back to the Victorian era but have you ever considered exploring the delights of one of Britain's oldest seaside resorts in September? Well, if you're in Pembrokeshire in South West Wales, look no further than Tenby. Clearly an all year round destination that's been around since the 13th Century, it plays host to a range of beautiful coastline/beaches and plenty of activities to entertain kids and adults alike... A real hidden gem to match others like Holkham in Norfolk or Robin Hoods Bay or Staithes in North Yorkshire.
Prepare to be amazed if you visit Pembroke Castle! We certainly were! Expecting to see a small provincial castle overlooking a small town in Pembrokeshire. Little did we know just how much was on offer for families. You can visit the impressive Norman Keep/Tower, take a walk across the brilliantly innovative map of Welsh Castles/Cathedrals..... or for those brave ones you could even venture into the Castle Dungeons or the enormous Wogan Cavern. Who'd have known that Pembroke Castle would be such an exciting place for the whole family to visit.....
As we were helping to write an article for the 'Wales Online' newspaper about 'RoadSchooling our Children across Europe'....(see here) it dawned on us that Wales is famous for many things... From Male Voice Choirs to Coal/mining, Leeks, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Daffodils, Welsh Cakes, The Eisteddford, Richard Burton and Dylan Thomas.... but did you also know that the rapidly growing sport/hobby/pastime of Coasteering also originates from these Welsh shores?
If you're on holiday in Pembrokeshire and your children love animals? Then the national award winning 'Folly Farm' might just be the place to visit! Situated just outside the impressive Bluestone Resort, close to some fantastic family experiences and fine beaches lies this family friendly Adventure Park & Zoo. If you regularly visit the south-west corner of Wales (a little north of Saundersfoot and Tenby), you've probably already heard of this fantastic family friendly attraction. But if you haven't, it's well worth every second of the visit...
Find all about our latest Roadschooling Experience as we teamed up with 'Wild About Pembrokeshire' and enjoyed a 'Sea Shore Foraging & Wild Cooking' experience that our kids absolutely loved!! Situated close to the pretty city of St Davids (the UK's smallest city with just under 2,000 residents), you can find the beautiful secluded bay of Caerbwdy (signposted to Trelerw). The perfect opportunity to grasp a family 'foraging & wild cooking' experience that echoes American writer Dale Carnegie's famous quote "Learning is an active process. We learn by doing. Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind."
If you missed our last blog article on the ''Top 5 Quick Tips for visiting Mid Wales with Kids' you can find it by clicking here. But since it was so well received, we thought we'd add 5 more different activities you can find in this unspoilt part of Wales.
Heading for Mid Wales with your family soon? It's been a firm family favourite of ours for over 35 years so you might just love these 'Top 5 Quick Tips for visiting Mid Wales with Kids'. This unspoilt region of Mid Wales is so varied and scenic, that one mountain roadtrip between Rhayader and Devil's Bridge is even going to make it into our 'Top 10 Scenic Drives across Europe' So if you want to find out how this area stacks up for motorhomers, campers or families with kids then read on below...
Having already visited in February (read our full article here)... we couldn't wait to return with the wider family on a '3 Generation' (3G) Holiday. As we mentioned on our last visit to the national park resort of Bluestone Wales... if you love 'Free Range Fun' then you'll find everything you need in the well designed resort set in over 500 acres of Pembrokeshire's finest countryside. But once you've exhausted the array of opportunities within the resort, don't forget that it also lies within easy reach of the amazing beaches of Barafundle Bay, Broadhaven South or Freshwater West! Before returning back to one of its 350 individual timber clad lodges that offer plenty of space to relax and enjoy family fun...
I'm sure it is in young girl's genes to love horses and ours are no exception... they have loved horses since they were exposed to them with local riding schools for special treats... But since we've been away this has grown into something of a passion for both girls who have read every single Pippa Funnell's excellent series of horse books from cover to cover. So as we're staying at Bluestone Wales, we've relented and given into the pressure and taken up the chance of a ride through Pembrokeshire's beautiful bluebell woods with the nearby Marros Riding School.
They say that Surfing was invented by the Polynesians at least 4000 years ago. Going onto become a popular sport for all ages... including kids!!! Perhaps the water might be a little warmer in Polynesia, but surely there can't be too many better places to learn to surf than on the vast Pembrokeshire beach of Newgale. So with the sun shining on a brilliant May afternoon, with Road Schooling finished for the day, we headed off to discover just what we could find in Pembrokeshire ably assisted by the fantastic team at Preseli Ventures.
Our girls have tried indoor climbing and even motorised climbing walls... plus a fair few 'adventure climbing walls' in Exeter and Birmingham or 'real climbs' in Norway & Croatia... but today was a real challenge with no brightly coloured hand/feet holds... just solid unrelenting Pembrokeshire stone to find some purchase!!! Thankfully, we had a brilliant instructor in Henry (from Climb Pembroke) who not only helped offer a series of technical challenges but also made us feel utterly safe throughout...
Leaving Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire proved harder than we thought!! Both girls have loved the activities on offer whilst the luxury of the lodge accommodation has proved a real change from spending 450+ days living in a motorhome across Europe. But we've loved finding fun & quirky travel destinations and activities for families whilst ensuring we road school our two daughters at the same time...... So the time had come to leave Bluestone Wales!
But before we left Pembrokeshire for the next leg of our 'UK Cities Tour' we'd planned to visit Britain's smallest city in St David's in Pembrokeshire!
Does Your Family Love Getting Active too? So have you seen what Pembrokeshire's Bluestone Wales has to offer for those who love getting outdoors!! Family Friendly Fun for all ages! Climbing, Zip Wires, Adventure Centre, swimming in the Blue Lagoon.... With our motorhome getting a well earned rest from our European RoadSchooling Adventure, we've headed for Bluestone's Timber Lodges for a 4 day stay next to the stunning Pembrokeshire Coastline. The perfect place for a short break to allow the girls to get active in the great Welsh outdoors!!
So the time has finally come.... Years of yearning followed by a single month of planning...... An inverse relationship if ever there was one.
So how did it start?
"If ever there was a time it's now.." A quote from a special person resonated... Were we moving forwards as a family or simply stuck in the inevitable rut created by a 9-5 existence. Could there be something else? Something we simply couldn't let our children miss out on.
After the 451st visit to the motorhome dealership (slight hyperbole) over a 6 year period, it was finally time to do the unthinkable.... We purchased!!!
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