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family holidays in pembrokeshire, sw wales - something for everyone

Pembrokeshire is a fantastic location for family holidays. There's so much for everyone to see and do, no matter how old or young they are. Is it a secret gem in the UK that has yet to be fully explored? Families return to Cornwall year after year but perhaps it is time to choose somewhere new? For my family, Pembrokeshire was the perfect choice, let's find out a few reasons why...

Parks in Pembrokeshire - National Parks, Archaeology, Theme Parks & a Water Park!

There's a park for everyone in Pembrokeshire. As well as the renowned Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, there are theme parks, wildlife parks, aqua parks and country parks and as if that wasn't enough, there are also historical sites and castles to explore, as well as the very best of the 21st century, with laser quest and go karting. And did I mention the beautiful beaches?
If you want your children to learn about history without even realising they're being educated, make sure to visit Castell Henllys. Archaeological excavations have resulted in the National Park Authority lovingly recreated an Iron Age hill fort to give a taste of what life might have been like over 2000 years ago. With special events held throughout the year, call 01239 891319 for details of what's happening when you want to go.
On the other hand, if you want a day that's nothing but sheer, unadulterated fun from start to finish, check out Oakwood Theme Park. Tucked away in West Wales, this amusement park easily holds its own against bigger brands such as Thorpe Park, with the added advantage of low height restrictions. Treetops is a rollercoaster suitable for children from the age of 2, but don't be put off by the low age. Taking you on a ride through the trees, it manages to be not too scary for your little ones but with enough thrills for seasoned amusement park visitors. The Neverland area offers a number of rides geared towards small children, while Megafobia is an award winning wooden rollercoaster. For the really brave among you, take a ride on Speed, with its more-than-vertical sheer drop!
The nearest place to a water park is the Blue Lagoon on the Bluestone National Park. You may be lucky enough to be staying there (I would thoroughly recommend it) but if not, you can visit on a day ticket which is well worth the price. It is great fun for all ages, particularly if the weather is not so great. For the real little ones, there is a "beach" area with exceptionally shallow water that gently slopes into the deeper pool and the water is warm - even I went it! There are loads of water activities such as filling shutes & working pulleys; stepping stones, playground style activities, pirate ship and then for the older ones there are waves and flumes. My family had a great time there whilst most of the time, I relaxed on a poolside deck chair reading a book - you can also get drinks & food at the snack bar whilst keeping an eye on the kids.

Tenby - a seaside town with a difference

Tenby offers a more sedate day out, with its traditional Blue Flag beaches and quaint shops. What's more, in the summer months, cars are banned from the town centre after 11am, meaning you can roam around its medieval streets in peace and safety. There's also the option of a boat trip out to Caldey Island, where Cistercian monks make aromatic perfume and sumptuous chocolate.
I can't mention Tenby without talking about the beach - its long, wide, sandy & just a great spot. My family & I stayed close by during May half term & we couldn't ever imagine the beach being so packed that you couldn't find somewhere to play football or build sand castles. We stood on the beach, looked one way, then the other & reckoned it was at least a mile if not two miles long! In fact, being slightly off season we even took the bikes & cycled along the beach up to Tenby for afternoon tea & cakes only to discover a beautiful little church virtually on the beach where apparently only local fishermen can get married there - not suprised given the perfect position - otherwise it would be inundated with bookings!

Pembrokeshire for those little (or larger) animal lovers amongst you

Animal lovers are spoilt for choice, with attractions such as Folly Farm and Manor House Wildlife Park. Don't be fooled by the name – Folly Farm is more than a high quality farm and zoo, with indoor and outdoor activities, as well as a vintage funfair. Meanwhile, Manor House Wildlife Park, run by Anna Ryder-Richardson, sprawls across 52 acres and has a focus firmly fixed on the importance of conservation. Native British species mix with exotic lemurs and rhinos and you can get up close and personal with some of the animals for an unforgettable experience.

Accessible Pembrokeshire - a great alternative for a holiday

Although it's tucked away in South West Wales, Pembrokeshire is surprisingly accessible with a superb motorway network linking with the M5 to the north and midlands or the M4 taking you east back to London. One of the things we really got frustrated with in peak season in Cornwall was the traffic - you would try to go somewhere that you thought was just down the road when in fact due to the tiny roads & the large amount of traffic it took ages and loads of "Are we there yet?" from the kids in the back. Pembrokeshire however is different in that not only does the south Wales motorway network deliver you there easily, but the roads around the county are much larger & can easily manage the volume of traffic - it is so much easier to get around and certainly worth taking the time to get there. We think there is so much for the whole family that one visit simply isn't enough to take it all in and you, like us, will find yourself going back time and time again to this stunning part of the country.

Where to stay in Pembrokeshire, South West Wales

If you are looking for accommodation in Pembrokeshire, then I should be able to help you. I work directly with both owners and also with a number of different, reputable holiday companies to give you the best possible choice of where to stay. So, click here to contact me if you would like me to help - oh, and yes, it is a FREE service!!
Alternatively, if you would like to discuss your requirements over the telephone, might I suggest you give my partner a call on 01244 352 241 – they are open from 9am to 9.30pm every day & are always happy to just offer advice or take bookings if they can find somewhere you like. Failing that, here are some of my other contacts for holidays in Pembrokeshire - click on the names for more information:
holidays in pembrokeshire Clydey Holiday Cottages, Pembrokeshire - a cluster of 10 award winning luxury holiday cottages with absolutely superb family facilities, located just 20 mins from the beach. Set within 10 acres, onsite there is an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, gym, outdoor hot tub, games room, indoor soft play, daily animal feeding & supervised kids club.
wales farm holiday cottages Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages, Cardigan, Pembrokeshire - 8 cottages of 2-4 bedrooms rated 4* & 5* with indoor heated swimming pool. Super family friendly - daily animal feeding, indoor play barn, adventure playground & for parents who don't want to self cater, daily fresh cooked bread and meal deliveries to your door. Poppit Sands blue flag beach is 5 mins away.
family holidays in wales Bluestone Wales, Pembrokeshire - luxury holiday village with both lodge & cottage accommodation to sleep 2-14 peopel each plus numerous onsite acitivites. The huge leisure pool is a great hit with the kids, as is the indoor adventure centre & high ropes course. Its also near the beach. Ideal all year round holiday destination for short family breaks or longer holidays. In my opinion its a bit like a more luxurious, cheaper version of Center Parcs.
pembrokeshire holiday Asheston Eco Barns, Penycwm, Pembrokeshire - 5 traditional Welsh stone barn conversions rated 5* luxury with 2 or 3 bedrooms each. Finished to a superb standard with all the latest eco friendly technology built in, so if you are worried about your carbon footprint, this is the place to go. Newgale blue flag beach is just 3 miles away & there is a lovely onsite playground for the kids.
large holiday cottage in pembrokeshire Upper Calffield House, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire - exceptional stone built detached farmhouse with 6 bedrooms just 2 miles from the spectacular coastal path. Newgale blue flag beach is just 5 miles away & there is a village pub in walking distance that serves real ales & good food. This holiday home is just under 3 miles from Haverfordwest with all the facilities you need.
pembrokeshire holiday cottage Fron Fawr Holiday Cottages, Penrallt, Pembrokeshire - five 4* & 5* rated pet friendly holiday cottages set within stunning countryside with private enclosed gardens, 48 acres of grounds to explore, shared hot tub & play area. Guests may also use the leisure facilities at Clydey. The sandy beach is just 5 miles from these cottages.
cardigan holiday cottage Meadow Cottage, Cardigan, Pembrokeshire Coast - three bedroom holiday cottage that sleeps 5 + cot in comfort & style with beautiful views across to Cardigan Bay on the horizon. Poppit Sands blue flag beach is a short hop from the cottage & guests may use the leisure facilities at nearby Croft Farm (including pool, hot tub, daily animal feeding, indoor & outdoor play areas).
large holiday cottage in wales Croft House, Cardigan, Pembrokeshire Coast - 6 bedroom farmhouse that sleeps up to 12 people + 2 cots making it ideal for large family gatherings or 2 families on holiday together. Situated on Croft Farm with daily animal feeding, indoor swimming pool, spa, indoor play barn & playground. Poppit Sands blue flag beach is nearby.
  Hoseasons - offering a superb choice of self catering cottages, holiday lodges or log cabins & family friendly holiday parks. My family has regularly booked with them & I can highly recommend them. If you like what they have to offer, please could you book online? That way I receive a small commission that allows me to continue offering you great holidays via RFH - thank you.
  Sykes Cottages - multiple award winning holiday company offering self catering cottages all over the UK including Pembrokeshire. Either click on their name to go to their website or telephone them on 01244 352 241 – they are open from 9am to 9.30pm every day & are always happy to offer advice or book holidays over the phone. Again, I have used them for my own family holidays & can highly recommend them - even my Mum books her holidays with them now too!
  Haven Holidays - who cover holiday parks in the UK & Wales, usually in fantastic locations on the coast with accommodation in luxury mobile homes, lodges & apartments. If you like what they have to offer, please could you book online? That way I receive a small commission that allows me to continue offering you great holidays via RFH - thank you.

Article By Sophie Childs and Lucilla Paull.

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