Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is home to some of the world’s best beaches, Britain’s smallest city and some of Wales’ top tourist attractions. It also boasts some of the most spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife in Britain including internationally important nature reserves, geology and archaeology.
The UK’s only truly coastal National Park also has one of the world’s top hiking routes, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, which takes in more than 50 beautiful beaches as twists and turns its way through 186 miles of the most breath-taking coastal scenery in Britain. From St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south, the trail covers almost every kind of maritime landscape from rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves to wide-open beaches and winding waterways.
But the National Park isn’t confined to the coast, there’s also the tranquil Daugleddau Estuary, the lush Gwaun Valley and the dramatic Preseli Hills.
A walk in any of these spots is a treat for the mind, body and soul and Pembrokeshire’s weather can be spectacular all-year-round, with the quality of light revered as extra special by artists.
The greatest thing about walking in the great outdoors (apart from the fact is makes you feel amazing) is that it’s yours for the price of a bus fare. What’s not to love?
And if you want your journey of discovery to include a bit of shelter, try one of the National Park Authority’s visitor attractions: Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, Castell Henllys Iron Age Village and Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre.
For more ideas on how to make the most of your visit to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park at any time of year, visit our website, or look for us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
October 18 Update 3
But firstly lets us take a very brief look at the incredible archaeology there is around Pembrokeshire.
Archaeology is the study of people in the past, through the remains they leave behind. These remains can be almost anything – from burials and weapons to bits of broken pot, stone tools or Second World War defences.
Foel Drygarn Iron Age hill fort (shown above ) encloses three Bronze Age burial cairns and has over 200 Iron Age roundhouse platforms.
Some of these remains, like the Iron Age promontory forts which line the coast of the National Park, are very substantial, (as shown below with students working on an excavation at West Angle Bay) and form distinctive landscape features even today. At the other end of the scale are the scatters of tiny flint pieces which mark out where prehistoric people made their tools and sat around their campfires. All of these different types of archaeology contribute to the historic environment of the National Park.
The historic environment is part of what makes the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park such a special place. People have lived and worked in the park for thousands of years, and have shaped the way it looks today. The National Park Authority has a duty to take care of the special qualities of the Park, and that includes its archaeology. We aim to understand the Park’s history, to protect it and to help people to enjoy it.
We do this in a variety of ways. Our Community Archaeologist Delun Gibby and our Building Conservation Officer Rob Scourfield, are on hand to offer advice to people working with historic sites and features. We try to encourage people to enjoy their archaeological heritage – through specially themed walks as part of the activities and events programme, through annual events in National Archaeology Week (normally the third week in July) and through managing Carew Castle and Tidal Mill and Castell Henllys Iron Age Village. The National Park also has a continuing programme of work investigating the Park’s history and archaeology.
The National Park’s archaeology is not just about individual sites – it is also about whole landscapes. A good example of this is the Cleddau Estuary where, until the 19th century, there was a thriving lime industry. Limestone was extracted from small quarries at the heads of the tidal channels, and loaded onto boats, known as sloops. These boats would then carry the limestone up the coast to North Pembrokeshire where it was unloaded, and burnt in kilns to produce lime for “sweetening” the soil in the fields.
But back to the present and the 2018 National Park Archaeology Day
The 2018 Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Archaeology Day will reveal fresh findings from some of the area’s well-known historic monuments, as well as information on newly discovered sites.
National Park Authority Community Archaeologist, Delun Gibby said: “The Archaeology Day will offer people the chance to hear presentations that mark the centenary of the end of the First World War as well as new discoveries made earlier this year during the long period of dry weather.
“The range of knowledgeable speakers at the event, which will be chaired by Heather James, will include Dr Toby Driver, Dr Chris Caple, Prof Mike Parker Pearson and Alice Pyper. Half of the tickets have gone already so make sure to book early to avoid disappointment.”
Tickets for the event are £20 per person and £17 for students. To book a place, please contact Oriel y Parc via 01437 720392 or email@example.com.
October 18 Update 2
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s three visitor attractions will all be hosting Halloween events and themed activities this October half term, with ghostly goings on and terrifying treats for the whole family to enjoy.
Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, Castell Henllys Iron Age Village and Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre all have a whole host of eerie events and more, from Ghost Tours and Scary Fairy Fun to a Harvest Fayre.
For those who prefer to explore under their own steam, there’s the chance to enjoy the colours of autumn with a walk in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park landscape.
Events at Carew Castle and Tidal Mill include a chance to follow the Zombie Trail from 20 October-4 November as you search the creepy Castle for un-dead clues before claiming your spooky prize!
Fireside Tales on 21, 27 and 28 October and 3 and 4 November will give you the chance to settle around the fire in the Lesser Hall as a costumed storyteller recounts spooky tales and stories of brave knights and beautiful princesses.
For those who want to master magic, you can enrol at the brand new Carew School of Witchcraft and Wizardry on 29, 30 and 31 October, (as shown above) making a magical hat and wand before learning to cast a real spell, or try our magical broomstick agility course! Come in costume for a competition at 12 noon.
See www.carewcastle.com for full details including prices and opening times.
Castell Henllys Iron Age Village’s Halloween events include a special new Harry Potter Day on 30 October, including a chance to visit the sorting hat, decorate a wand, make an owl, follow the golden snitch trail and more!
31 October will see a packed day of Halloween events and celebrations at Haunted Henllys, including spooky activities, a ghost walk and ghost stories in the roundhouse. The wicker man will be burned at the end of the day to celebrate Samhain, which marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter.
Wizards and Witches on 1 November and Scary Fairy Fun on 2 November will provide opportunity to get creative and make a witch’s headdress or a wizard’s staff as you explore the Castell Henllys site.
See www.castellhenllys.com for full details including prices and opening times.
Halloween events also happen at Oriel y Parc where you can join the Spooky Halloween Trail from 28 October to 2 November, and follow a treasure trail around the centre and grounds to receive a spooktacular goodie bag at the end as your reward.
Sunday 28 October will see the Harvest Fayre return to Oriel y Parc with a seasonal celebration including local food and craft producers, live music and face painting for children.
There’s also an opportunity to see the new Coast exhibition in the main gallery with artwork and natural specimens from the collections of Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales exploring how the sea has inspired artists for centuries and how plastic has impacted on art and everyday life.
See www.orielyparc.co.uk for full details including prices and opening times.
October 18 Update 1
Canaston Wood bridleway bridge repaired
A 19th century bridge in Canaston Wood has been given a major overhaul by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority thanks to funding from Bluestone National Park Resort.
The bridge was built in the 1830s as part of the carriage route from Eagle Lodge to Slebech Hall. Today forms part of the main bridleway that runs through the wood from the A4075 to Blackpool Mill.
Park Authority Warden Manager (South), Tim Jones, who supervised the work, said: “As well as the repairs to the main structure, the project also included surface and drainage improvements on footpaths approaching the bridge.
“In addition to retaining the traditional character of the bridge, it now provides a convenient resting place for walkers in the middle of the wood, which is a real hidden gem in the National Park.”
Local stonemason, Paul Wakely undertook repairs to the arch, re-pointed the masonry facing and rebuilt both parapets. Other repairs were carried out by local contractor Paul Butland and National Park Authority Wardens.
Ged Davies, Sustainability Manager at Bluestone National Park Resort added: “We’re really pleased to support this restoration. Spikerow Bridge is more than 180 years old and now it’s been restored it adds interest to an already delightful walk through the woods from Blackpool Mill to Narberth or Robeston Wathen.”
Bluestone makes an annual contribution to public access improvements in Pembrokeshire as a condition of the original planning permission that was granted for the holiday resort. This funding is jointly administered by Pembrokeshire County Council and the National Park Authority.
Issued by Medi George, National Park Authority Communications, Tel: 01646 624867 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
See further information on Pembrokeshire National Park on Welsh Country welshcountry.co.uk/pembrokeshire-coast-national-park
September 18 Update 5
Pembrokeshire Park Ranger settling into new National Park role
Pembrokeshire Park Ranger is a job that gives one an opportunity to work in one of the most iconic areas of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and a recent appointment has been taken by a well-travelled candidate.
Bringing a wealth of experience to the post of the National Park Authority’s South Ranger, Chris Taylor’s role will see him covering the area from Angle to Amroth, as well as the Daugleddau Estuary, . The National Park Authority’s new Ranger (South) Chris Taylor (as shown in the image above) meets his predecessor Haydn Garlick (now a Lead Ranger at National Trust, Stackpole) at a work party at Stackpole Elidor Church.
The Authority’s Ranger Manager, Libby Taylor said: “It’s great to have Chris joining the Pembrokeshire Park Ranger team; he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of working in countryside and coastal management and is sure to soon be making his mark in the National Park.”
Gloucestershire born and bred Chris is no stranger to Welsh wildlife; after university in Aberystwyth he worked as a Warden on Skomer Island for five years, and went on to seabird monitoring on Orkney and then Gough Island in the South Atlantic.
Most recently he worked as a Ranger on the Cairngorm and Balmoral Estates.
Pembrokeshire Park Ranger Chris said: “I’ve only been in post a week but have already had the opportunity of working with the Authority’s Voluntary Wardens and I’m looking forward to getting our other work parties on a regular schedule this autumn.
“I’m also looking forward to working jointly with partners such as the National Trust Team at Stackpole and developing a well-established role.”
If communities or groups want to contact Pembrokeshire Park Ranger Chris you can get in touch with him on 07773 797559 or ChrisT@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk.
For more information on the National Park Authority’s Rangers visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/rangers.
September 18 Update 4
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority was celebrating the Year of the Sea at the Pembrokeshire County Show showcasing the area’s underwater wonders and world-class coastline, and was the home to an extra-large rockpool tank containing a fantastic range of wildlife from Pembrokeshire’s coastal waters
Dafydd and Jac Nichols-Evans successfully spotted multiple sea creatures in the National Park Authority’s marquee, winning £50 for their efforts in the Sea Creatures Quest .
Dafydd, Jac and their mum also enjoyed a morning at the Authority-run Castell Henllys Iron Age Village, staff at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village presenting the winners with their cheque.
Castell Henllys Supervisor Sarah Griffiths said: “We were delighted to meet the boys and present them with their prize here at Castell Henllys, the only Iron Age village in the UK reconstructed on the exact site our Celtic ancestors lived 2,000 years ago.
“Through the Sea Creatures Quest competition we hoped to raise awareness in a fun way of some of the issues around litter that the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast faces during the 2018 Year of the Sea.”
Dafydd and Jac’s mother Nicola said: “Thank you so much for a lovely welcome when we collected our prize. A special thanks to Gwion for our educational tour, fighting, bread making, face painting and more – fantastic!
“Also to Liz Roach for keeping Jac topped up with grains to make flour (I know what we’ll be making later on) and for recommending the carrot cake in the cafe, delicious!
“Dafydd, Jac and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with you all, and we look forward to visiting again soon.”
September 18 Update 3
A new exhibition at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids is set to contrast the beauty of the Pembrokeshire Coast with the reality of the damage marine plastic is causing to the waters and wildlife of our fragile shores.
With artwork and natural specimens from the collections of Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, the exhibition titled Coast explores how the sea has inspired artists for centuries and how marine plastic has impacted on art and everyday life.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Chair, Gwyneth Hayward said: “With Wales celebrating the Year of the Sea in 2018 and the Year of Discovery 2019, this exhibition provides plenty of inspiration to explore the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, from stunning landscape paintings to specimens of the many sea birds you can find here such as puffin, razorbill and chough.
“Many of the exhibits however, also illustrate the different aspects of our coastlines and how attitudes have changed over time, from past periods of thriving industry, to the romanticism of the 19th century and on to the current and future challenges.
“Fine art and specimens from the natural history collections have been brought together to illustrate how the marine plastic problem has developed, from the plastic free world of the 1600s to the present day.”
The skeleton and shell of a leatherback turtle found near Skomer Island will be one of the highlights of the natural history specimens on display, which will also include a black-headed gull entangled in a marine plastic ring.
The focal point of the seascapes featured in the exhibition is A Calm by Jan van de Cappelle (1624-1679), who is considered the outstanding Dutch marine painter of the 17th century. He pioneered a new approach to marine painting in terms of perspective and placement of ships, as well as skies and reflection.
The gallery will also include paintings by John Brett, Cedric Morris, John Piper, Sir Kyffin Williams and Brendan Stuart Burns, who was the first Artist in Residence at Oriel y Parc all adding to the Coast exhibition inspired by modern phenomenon marine plastic .
The display will also feature a collection of works by Graham Sutherland, including a collection of items he found on beaches that inspired some of his work.
Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre is owned and run by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and is the home of Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales in Pembrokeshire.
Coast will be on display at Oriel y Parc from 15 September onwards. The gallery is open from 10am-4pm every day.
For more information about all the exhibitions and events at Oriel y Parc, call 01437 720392 or visit www.orielyparc.co.uk.
The images show:
A general view of the Coast exhibition with thoughts of Marine plastic
Pictured at the exhibition launch are AC-NMW Touring Exhibitions Manager, Ashley McAvoy; PCNPA Chair, Gwyneth Hayward; PCNPA Chief Executive, Tegryn Jones and AC-NMW Director of Gallery Development and Visitor Experience, Janice Lane.
The skeleton and shell of a leatherback turtle found near Skomer Island will be one of the highlights of the natural history specimens on display.
The focal point of the seascapes featured in the exhibition is A Calm by Jan van de Cappelle (1624-1679) © Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales.
September 18 Update 2
Car parking under the jurisdiction of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority may be changing but you have a chance to have your say !
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority is proposing to update its Off-Street Parking Order which provides the legal basis for the management of its car parks.
As the Highway Authority, Pembrokeshire County Council will be carrying out the formal legal process required to implement the new ( car parking ) order on behalf of the National Park Authority. The current order was last amended in 2015.
A National Park Authority spokesman said about : “The revised Car Parking Order seeks to extend the period of the charging day across all charging sites by an additional two hours from 5pm to 7pm.
“The new ( car parking ) Order will not increase any of the ticket prices for cars, but seeks to introduce charges at four additional car parks, located at Brooklands Place, Amroth; Nolton Haven; The Station, Penally and West Angle Bay, Angle.
“It also proposes an increase in charges for coaches from £3 per day to £8 per day.”
Full details of the ( car parking ) proposals and a statement of the National Park Authority’s reasons for proposing to make the order, may be inspected at the following locations during normal opening hours at
- County Hall, Haverfordwest;
- Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Offices in Llanion Park, Pembroke Dock;
- Pembrokeshire County Council Customer Service Centres located in Town Hall, Fishguard; Argyle Street, Pembroke Dock and Town Hall, Milford Haven;
- Tourist Information Centres in St Davids (Oriel y Parc), Tenby and Saundersfoot Library;
- St Dogmaels Post Office.
All representations relating to the proposed ( car parking ) order must be made in writing and should be sent to the address provided below, by 26 September 2018.
Head of Infrastructure
September 18 Update 1
Heathland within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is providing bedding for farmers. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority is making farmers aware of an opportunity to use heather and gorse from Pembrokeshire’s heathlands as animal bedding over the winter as a cheaper alternative to straw.
The work to cut the vegetation also improves the structure, quality and biodiversity of the heathland and gives livestock the opportunity to graze previously overgrown areas.
Park Authority Farm Conservation Officer, Geraint Jones said: “This is the first time we have offered the heathland material to farmers, although it has been used successfully by the National Trust at Southwood Farm near Newgale, as well as by farmers on the Llyn Peninsula and Anglesey. Expeerience on the Llyn Peninsula showed that by spreading heathland bedding to a depth of 30cm topped up occasionally provides excellent bedding for overwintered cattle. There was a worry about seeds in the manure but tests show that after 6 months the seeds are degraded and do not spread.
“The heathland bedding was recently displayed by Park Authority staff at the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service stand at the Pembrokeshire County Show, with many farmers showing an interest in the idea. Although this does not solve the winter bedding issues faced by farmers due to the price of straw, we hope it can be a useful contribution.”
Harvesting the heather and gorse from the heathland also reduces the fuel load and the risk of wildfires. This opportunity ties in with the work the National Park Authority undertakes as one of the partners of the Pembrokeshire Wildlife Group.
The National Park Authority cuts fire breaks annually to help graziers burn vegetation safely and in a controlled manner. Cutting this additional vegetation will add to these wildfire defences.
The National Park Authority and Pembrokeshire Wildfire Group will be seeking to satisfy demand for the heathland bedding over the next few weeks.
For more information on how you can take advantage of this offer, please contact Farm Conservation Officer, Geraint Jones via GeraintJ@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk or 07967 653482.
Other news about the Pembrokeshire National park can be found on this website at welshcountry.co.uk/pembrokeshire-coast-national-park/
August 18 Update 5
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park has carpark offers
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority is raising awareness of an offer that could see charging removed from its car parks on certain days to help support community events.
The Authority can suspend charges in each of its charging car parks for up three days in each calendar year, as long as the request is supported by the local community council.
A National Park Authority spokesman said: “Only a few communities are currently taking advantage of this offer so we would like to make event organisers aware of this opportunity, which can help boost attendance and could also help raise donations for the event.”
Event organisers should be aware that the three days cannot be consecutive and bank holiday weekends are exempt from the offer.
Events that have been supported via this process include the Pembrokeshire Coast Triathlon at Broad Haven, Little Haven Regatta and the Edge Festival at Solva.
The National Park Authority’s charging car parks are located at Saundersfoot Regency, Manorbier, Freshwater East, Little Haven, Broad Haven, Newgale (Pebbles), Solva, Oriel y Parc (St Davids), Newport Sands and Poppit Sands.
Contact details for community councils are available on the Pembrokeshire County Council website: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/town-and-community-councils.
August 18 Update 4
Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids is the exhibition venue for some excellent high quality artwork produced by Pembrokeshire primary school pupils, following a series of workshops as part of the Criw Celf project.
Thirteen pupils from Golden Grove Community School, Redhill Prep School and Roch Community School took part in the project, which saw them explore a range of art techniques and skills at Oriel y Parc during five masterclasses led by professional artists and designers.
Oriel y Parc Manager, Jenn Jones said: “The workshops saw pupils introduced to a variety of methods and techniques including linocut prints, using found and recycled objects, collages and paint mixing.
“Their work did not look out of place at all on display in the St Davids Room, which usually hosts work by professional artists, with a few local artists even wanting to buy some of children’s work!
“We would encourage more schools to put forward pupils for this project if the opportunity arises in future as the feedback from the children and the artists involved was extremely positive.”
Workshops were run by Celia Johnson, Evi Antonio, Mike Perry, Rodney Harries, Raul Speek and Heather Bennett, with the children producing an artwork for display during each one.
The works were then curated by local artist Elly Morgan and put on display at the end of July. The children were presented with a Criw Celf certificate and art supplies by Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Cllr David Lloyd at a special launch event.
Criw Celf is an Arts Council of Wales funded project for children who have shown a talent and special interest in Art and Design.
Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre is owned and managed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and is the home of Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales in Pembrokeshire.
For more information on exhibitions and events at Oriel y Parc, call 01437 720392 or visit www.orielyparc.co.uk.
The images show Primary school pupils from across Pembrokeshire worked with professional artists at Oriel y Parc in St Davids to produce and exhibit artwork as part of the Criw Celf project.
August 18 Update 3
The results, which were released to celebrate National Parks Week in July, revealed that the Pembrokeshire Coast received 26% of the vote in Wales compared to the 24% received by both Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons.
The poll also revealed that more than eight out of ten people have been to a UK National Park at some point, increasing to 94% among retirees.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Chief Executive, Tegryn Jones said: “We are delighted that people who responded to the poll in Wales chose the Pembrokeshire Coast as their favourite National Park, however we welcome many visitors from all over the world each year.
“Although the Pembrokeshire Coast is one of the smallest UK National Parks, it has one of the most diverse landscapes, including award-winning beaches, miles of stunning Coast Path, wonderful wildlife in addition to a rich culture and history.
“With Wales celebrating the Year of the Sea in 2018, there’s no better time to visit, but you don’t need to take our word for it; the Pembrokeshire Coast was recently voted Holiday Destination of the Year in the 2018 BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards.”
The Lake District dominated the Britain-wide poll with 27% of the vote with the New Forest and Loch Lomand and the Trossachs joint second on 9%, with the Lakes also coming top in four out of the five regions in England.
You can see the results of the YouGov poll by visiting: https://yougov.co.uk/news/2018/07/20/lake-district-voted-britains-favourite-national-pa/
August 18 Update 2
The Pembrokeshire 1Coast National Park Authority will be celebrating the Year of the Sea at the Pembrokeshire County Show from 14-16 August, showcasing the area’s underwater wonders and world-class coastline.
On the corner of Central and Main Avenues at stand A12 you’ll find the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s marquee, packed with exciting sea-themed activities for everyone, as well as plenty of information on getting out and about in the Park.
The Authority’s Chair Gwyneth Hayward said: “This year the Authority is inviting people to come and enjoy learning about Pembrokeshire’s amazing coastline and how we help protect it through storytelling, a beautiful aquarium and entertaining activities.
“Children will love the magical storytelling grotto with dressing up, free face painting and a sandpit, while be staff from Carew Castle and Castell Henllys Iron Age Village leading jelly-fish making fun. Plus, there’s a chance to find out more about all the great walking opportunities the Park has to offer.”
The Park Authority’s stand will be home to an extra-large rockpool tank containing a fantastic range of wildlife from Pembrokeshire’s coastal waters, plus hands-on activities to promote plastic awareness and clean seas, as well as a giant deckchair and a “pop your head through board” for photo fun.
Come and talk to Keep Wales Tidy staff, who will also be present at the tent with a mermaid’s tears (tiny plastic debris) activity plus seaside themed activities and information on their coastal projects.
Each day we’ll be giving away discount tickets for our popular visitor attractions, Castell Henllys Iron Age Village and Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, plus a chance to win £50 by taking part in a Sea Creatures Quest treasure hunt activity around the Park Authority’s marquee.
For more information visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales. You can also find the National Park Authority on Twitter @PembsCoast or Facebook ‘Pembrokeshire Coast’.
August 18 Update 1
But firstly celebrate August at Carew Castle Summer Fayre
This August a Summer Fayre will be taking place, giving visitors the opportunity to relax and enjoy locally produced crafts, art and tasty treats at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority managed venue.
Carew Castle Manager Daisy Hughes said: “We are hoping the sun will shine on us on 5 August as people browse the stalls, enjoy listening to live music and take part in our family-friendly activities including a pirate treasure hunt and Have-a-Go Archery; making this Summer Fayre at Carew a really great day out.
“The site also includes the Tidal Mill to visit, a lovely one-mile walk around the Millpond and we have also opened the new Nest Tearoom serving light lunches and homemade cakes, which can be accessed without entry to the Castle.”
The Summer Fayre starts at 10am and finishes at 5pm. The Fayre is included free in normal admission and there is a small charge for some activities.
For more information on the Fayre and other events please contact Carew Castle and Tidal Mill on 01646 651782 or visit www.carewcastle.com.
Then Carew Castle is to play host to open air theatre spectaculars this summer
Open air theatre will return to Carew Castle this August with three exciting events in the recently voted “Pembrokeshire’s Best Visitor Attraction” venue.
The Castle, which is managed by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, will play host to three Tuesday evening performances of open air theatre.
Carew Castle and Tidal Mill Manager, Daisy Hughes said: “Our open air theatre performances are extremely popular and with shows to suit fans of both classic and contemporary, we would suggest booking early to avoid disappointment.
“Please make sure you bring the items suggested below with you so that you’ll be fully prepared for the evening’s entertainment, whatever the weather.”
Doors open at 5.45pm, show starts at 6.30pm.
Then on 21st August, another of David Walliams’ hilarious books will be brought to life, with Heartbreak Productions returning to the Castle for the theatrical premiere of The Midnight Gang, which has been adapted for the outdoor stage.
Doors open at 5.45pm, show starts at 6.30pm. Booking is essential
Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. Booking is essential.
To book tickets for any of the shows contact Carew Castle on 01646 651782. Robin Hood and His Merry Men can also be booked via See Tickets on 0871 220 0260 or online at www.seetickets.com
Tickets for all events are £15 for adults, £12.50 for concessions, £10 for children and £46 for a family of four (two adults and two children).
Tickets are non-refundable and the performances will go ahead in wet weather.
Those attending either event will need to bring a rug or low backed chair to sit on, a picnic and suitable clothing to ensure they’re settled in for an enjoyable evening.
The Castle and Tidal Mill are open every day throughout the summer from 10am-5pm (last admission at 4.30pm), with the new Nest tearoom serving light lunches and homemade cakes.
For more information on all the events taking place at Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, visit www.carewcastle.com.
Update 16 July 2018
Landlubbers are being given the chance to learn about Pembrokeshire’s pirate past with a series of swashbuckling adventures at Carew Castle and Tidal Mill from 30 July to 3 August 11.00am to 4.00pm .
Each day will offer four ways to learn more about life as a salty sea-dog from 11am-4pm, including practicing how to walk the plank, a chance to track down hidden pirate treasure and an opportunity to paint your own cutlass.
Carew Castle Manager, Daisy Hughes said: “With Wales celebrating the Year of the Sea it’s the ideal time to introduce children to the essential skills that would have been possessed by the pirates who once prowled the Pembrokeshire Coast.
“As well as learning all about a life at sea, families can also use these events to discover the hidden corners of the Castle which could at one time have been used to hoard piles of pirate treasure.”
It’s a Pirate’s Life for Me! Will give you the chance to choose a pirate name, learn to speak like a salty sea-dog and practice walking the plank! Learn to tell your bow from your stern and how to handle a sword pirate-style! Free with normal admission fee.
Every pirate needs a signature sword so join our pirates to create your own in the Cutlass Painting Workshop. £3 per child plus normal admission.
Capture the Pirate will see you seek out the sneaky smugglers who are hiding somewhere in the Castle. Can you help find them all? Free activity at 4pm.
Follow The Pembrokeshire Pirate Trail to discover tales of some of Pembrokeshire’s most notorious pirates as you explore the Castle. Find all the clues to collect a reward. £1 per child plus normal admission.
For more information about Carew Castle and Tidal Mill including opening times, prices and events, visit www.carewcastle.com or call 01646 651782.
Update 15 July 2018
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park wants you for a sand art celebration.
Pembrokeshire sand artist Marc Treanor will be carving out a giant version of the National Park’s razorbill emblem on the beach and will also show those involved how to create their own coastal creation for other beachgoers to enjoy.
National Park Summer Ranger Guto Harries, who will also be on hand to help create the enormous auk artwork, said: “This free event will give families the chance to see a professional sand artist at work and learn more about how the designs are transferred from paper to the beach.
“As 2018 is the Year of the Sea in Wales, it seemed the perfect opportunity to invite people to illustrate what they love most about the coast with their own shoreline designs.
“Although anyone is free to come and watch, we only have spaces for 20 people to get involved, so please call to book as soon as you can as places will be reserved on a first come first served basis.”
Those who book on to the event are asked to bring a rake with them if they have one and meet by Goscar Rock on Tenby North Beach, Pembrokeshire .
The event is free but booking is essential as spaces are extremely limited. To book please call 01437 720392.
Update 14 July 2018
Experimental archaeologist James Dilley will be running a Harpoon and Fish Trap Workshop at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority-run attraction, before giving an evening talk on Prehistoric Hunting.
Castell Henllys Supervisor, Sarah Griffiths said: “These events will allow people to learn about a range of ingenious hunting methods, some of which have been used for millions of years.
“James will bring these ancient techniques to life and show just how our hunter-gatherer ancestors used them to survive in the face of huge climate and geographical changes.”
The Harpoon and Fish Trap Workshop, which will run from 10am-4pm, will give you the opportunity to learn about how our earliest ancestors hunted and make your own bone harpoon and willow fish trap to take home. Tickets are £50 per person. Only suitable for those aged 12 and above. Booking is essential.
The Prehistoric Hunting talk at 7.30pm will provide an overview of the changes and challenges faced by our hunter ancestors in Britain and Europe from one million years ago to 3,000 years ago. Tickets are £5 per person. Booking is essential.
To book your place on these events call Castell Henllys on 01239 891319.
For more information about Castell Henllys, including opening times, prices and events, visit www.castellhenllys.com.
Update 13 July 2018
Pembrokeshire Coast has so many things that help to celebrate National Parks Week this July, with a range of family friendly events and experiences to help you engage with or rediscover this world-class landscape.
National Parks Week is the annual National Park family festival championing all that is unique and special about National Parks. This year’s festival takes place Sunday 22 to Sunday 29 July and celebrates the countless opportunities to get outside and discover the length and breadth of the UK’s 15 National Parks.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Chair, Gwyneth Hayward said: “There are so many different ways you can enjoy the Pembrokeshire Coast during National Parks Week, from joining in with one of the many organised events to discovering somewhere new.
“As 2018 is the Year of the Sea, many will be drawn to the coast, but don’t forget about the many quieter corners that the National Park has to offer, such as the Preseli Hills, Gwaun Valley and Daugleddau Estuary.”
Events at the Park Authority’s visitor attractions during the week include Pirates and Princes at 11.30am on 25 July at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village, The Pembrokeshire Pirate Trail from 25 July onwards at Carew Castle and Tidal Mill and a Seafood Barbeque with Live Music on 28 July at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre, St Davids.
Activities out and about in the National Park landscape include a seven-mile Preseli Hill Walk on 25 July, a Leisurely Lighthouse Tour at Strumble Head on 27 July, a chance to enjoy The Coast at Night at Lower Treginnis Farm near St Davids on 27 July and an opportunity to explore Castlemartin by Minibus.
Don’t forget to tag your photos with #NationalParksWeek2018 and #DiscoverNationalParks across the summer.
For more information on all Pembrokeshire Coast National Park events, for this National Parks Week but alsoall yeasr through visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/events.
Update 12 July 2018
Would-be detectives will be given the chance to catch a killer at Carew Castle on 27 and 28 July during two Second World War-themed murder mystery evenings packed with drama and intrigue.
Don’t Panic by Harvey’s Players is set in 1943 Carew, where a murder rocks the sleepy village as it gears up for the annual flower and produce show. It will be down to you to help the home guard track down the culprit and put them behind bars.
Carew Castle Manager, Daisy Hughes said: “If you’re a fan of detective dramas, 1940s fashion and good food, then join us in the Castle’s cosy Lesser Hall, where we’ll keep the home fires burning while the investigation ensues.
“Fancy dress is optional but with the cast donning authentic uniforms loaned from Carew Control Tower and a prize for the best Vera Lynn lookalike, there’s all the more reason to delve into your wartime wardrobe for afternoon dresses, hats and military outfit to fully immerse yourself in this 1940s experience.”
Tickets are £20 for adults and £18 for children (not suitable for under 12s). Doors will open at 7pm with the event starting at 7.30pm on both nights. Ticket price includes buffet. A bar will be available all evening.
To book your tickets call Carew Castle on 01646 651782 or more information visit www.carewcastle.com.
For a full range of events and up-to-date goings on at Carew Castle and Tidal Mill and other National Park Authority events, please visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/events or like the Carew Castle Facebook page at www.facebook.com/carewcastle.
Update 11 July 2018
Carew Castle offers tea fit for a Princess
Carew Castle have opened a new tearoom with a name inspired by one of Wales’ most colourful historical characters has opened just in time for the start of the school holidays at the award-winning Carew Castle and Tidal Mill.
Nest Tearoom is the first in a series of the most recent enhancements at the Castle, which is managed by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and was recently named Best Visitor Attraction at the 2018 Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards.
Carew Castle Manager, Daisy Hughes said: “We are delighted to have been able to develop this new facility in order to improve the experience for people who visit us.
“The site will now be an ever better day out as we will be able to offer visitors a range of high quality refreshments and somewhere for them to relax and enjoy them.
Nest is a cosy, bright and modern tearoom located in the Walled Garden near the Castle entrance. There is seating inside and out and there is no need to pay an entrance fee unless you wish to explore inside the Castle itself.
The tearoom is named after Princess Nest, one of the Castle’s best known former residents, famed for being the most beautiful woman in Wales.
In addition to offering up local produce, the tearoom will also be avoiding single-use plastic wherever possible with all packaging including takeaway cups being compostable or degradable.
The development of Nest Tearoom, which was funded by the National Park Authority, has resulted in the creation of nine jobs.
The rest of the Castle’s Walled Garden area will be developed later in the year in preparation for the 2019 season.
For more information about Nest Tearoom or Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, visit www.carewcastle.com<http://www.carewcastle.com>.
Update 10 July 2018
Pembrokeshire Coast take a dive into an adventure this summer
With hundreds of miles of world-class landscape and a jam-packed schedule of summer activities and events, there’s no better time to discover this special corner of South West Wales.
The National Park Authority’s three family-friendly attractions all have exciting activities in store, while there are also a whole host of events out and about in the Pembrokeshire Coast scenery.
Chair of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Gwyneth Hayward said: “As 2018 is the Year of the Sea in Wales, there’s no better time to experience the National Park’s beautiful coastline and what it has to offer.
“Our programme of activities and events includes something for everyone, from exciting encounters with honey bees to pirate adventures and lighthouse walks, which we hope will also inspire you to learn more about our amazing coast.”
Carew Castle and Tidal Mill will be awash with medieval merriment, with a range of pirate themed-fun from throughout the summer, with events including Pembrokeshire Falconry, Horrid Histories and Knight School.
Open air theatre returns in earnest with performances of Robin Hood and his Merry Men on 7 August, David Walliams’The Midnight Gang on 21 August and Pride and Prejudice on 28 August.
For full details including times and entry prices visit www.carewcastle.com.
Castell Henllys Iron Age Village will celebrate Lughnasadh – the beginning of the harvest season on 1 August, with a Living with the Landscape event with demonstrations throughout the day and the burning of the wicker man at the end of the day.
The fort will also be subject to a Roman invasion with themed events throughout the holiday and special Roman Days on 18 and 19 August will see Legio VIII Augusta MGV Roman Living History Society take over the site and prove demonstrations of cooking, crafts and military might.
For full details including times and entry prices visit www.castellhenllys.com.
Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids will hold a Seafood Barbecue and Entertainment on 28 July in partnership with St Davids Kitchen and Raul Speek and the Latin Kings, with Crab Catching events at Porth Clais on 3 and 17 August.
You can also view the current William Stott of Oldham, Le Passeur (The Ferryman): Reflections on a Landscape exhibition, which is being displayed as part of a tour of UK galleries in partnership with Tate. It will be on display in the main gallery until 2 September and is the only opportunity to see the exhibition in Wales.
For full details including times and event prices visit www.orielyparc.co.uk.
Guided walks in the National Park landscape will include routes in the Preseli Hills on 25 July and 9 and 21 August, as well as Leisurely Lighthouse Tours at Strumble Head on 27 July and 10 and 31 August.
For details of all National Park activities and events visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/events.
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Discover the Pembrokeshire Pirate Trail at Carew Castle and Tidal Mill from 25 July.
Celebrate Lughnasadh – the beginning of the harvest season at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village on 1 August.
Get Arty by the Sea at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids on 7, 21 and 30 August.
Update 9 July 2018
Pembrokeshire Park Rangers from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority are urging drivers not to throw litter from their vehicles, after ten bags of rubbish were collected during an annual litter pick along a road through the Preseli Hills.
Aided by eight National Park Voluntary Wardens, North Area Pembrokeshire Park Rangers Richard Vaughan and Carol Owen recently removed the rubbish from the verge and hedges either side of the B4329, on the stretch between the two cattle grids.
Pembrokeshire Park Ranger Richard Vaughan, said: “I’ve been running a litter pick along this stretch of road for 15 years now and sadly, the issue hasn’t improved at all in that time. With such a focus on marine litter at present, it’s important to remember the impact rubbish can have on inland ecosystems too.
“This road is the main route through the Preseli Hills so some of the people throwing these items live and work locally but obviously don’t appreciate the amazing landscape that’s on their doorstep.
“It makes you angry that people expect someone else to clear up their mess. Although Pembrokeshire has one of the best recycling rates in Wales, it shows some people could obviously be doing more to help the effort to reduce litter and waste.”
A report released last year estimated the cost of collecting and disposing of roadside litter in Wales is £3.5 million each year.
Keep Wales Tidy’s Tackling Litter on Our Roads report also outlined plastic drink bottles and fast food packaging were the items most likely to be discarded at roadsides.
To read the report in full visit www.keepwalestidy.cymru/roadside-litter.
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National Park Authority North Area Rangers Richard Vaughan and Carol Owen collected ten bags full of rubbish along the road through the Preseli Hills with help from eight National Park Voluntary Wardens.
The litter that was collected totalled ten large bin bags, with around a third of this easily recyclable.
Update 8 July 2018
Weeks of high temperatures and little rainfall have put areas such as sand dunes, hillsides and fields in particular danger from wildfires, especially as the hot weather encourages more people to visit and enjoy these places.
Park Authority Farm Conservation Officer Geraint Jones, who is also Chairman of the Pembrokeshire Wildfire Group, said: “In the current dry conditions fires can spread rapidly and endanger wildlife, the environment as well as human lives.
“You should never start an open fire in the countryside and only use barbecues in suitable and safe areas. Remember to never leave barbecues unattended, to ensure any fire or smoking materials are extinguished properly and to dispose of them responsibly.
“We are also reminding people that wild camping and fires are not permitted in dune areas, which can be easily damaged or destroyed by fires or trampling by large numbers of people.”
The National Park Authority is installing warning signs on land it manages to emphasise the increased fire risk to local people and visitors as the school holidays draw nearer.
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Dune areas, like this one at Poppit Sands are particularly at risk of wildfires following the recent heatwave
Picnic benches at Caerfai near St Davids were recently damaged by people using disposable barbecues.
Update 7 July 2018
Incredible microscopic images of plankton, pollinating insect behaviour patterns and the movement of oceans are translated into powerful images by artist Professor Karen Ingham, the Artist in Residence at Oriel y Parc Landscape Gallery and Visitor Centre in July and August.
Using photography, digital textiles and various forms of craft, Karen will exhibit and demonstrate her skills and body of work, Deluge, which takes inspiration from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and relates to oceanic climate change and the celebration of the Year of the Sea in Wales in 2018.
Oriel y Parc Manager Jenn Jones said: “These beautiful pieces of work are a timely reminder of how human activities are critically endangering many of our most important ecosystems.
“We are privileged to have Professor Ingham exhibit her new body of work at Oriel y Parc. She is a respected academic researcher at Swansea College of Art UWTSD and Swansea University as well as being an established international artist in her own right.
Karen said: “Deluge is an expansive multi-sited exhibition and for Oriel y Parc I have selected artworks that use design as a tool to create ‘critical awareness statements’ that are on the surface visually alluring but which contain important ecological narratives.”
Karen will be exhibiting Deluge in the Tower at Oriel y Parc from 2 July to 12 August.
Join Prof Ingham and National Park Authority Ranger Ian Meopham on 30 July from 5pm – 6.30pm for a free talk about the Deluge project and coastal changes in the UK.
Other partner organisations are Craft in the Bay, Milford Haven Port Authority; Swansea Waterfront Museum, Swansea University, and Fotonow in Plymouth. Key collaborators on the project include climate scientist Prof Mary Gagen and Swansea University Marine Biology and Centre for Sustainable Aqauculture Research. The project is funded by Arts Council Wales.
To find out more about the project visit Professor Ingham’s website:
Update 6 July 2018
The trip, which will take place from 11am-3pm on Tuesday 17 July, will give you the chance to view the Pembrokeshire Coast from the sea and learn more about marine wildlife and the area’s maritime heritage.
The Park Authority has teamed up with Dale Sailing to organise this special tour, travelling through Milford Haven before heading out to sea. The trip will be led by National Park volunteers, who have detailed knowledge of the Pembrokeshire Coast and everything that makes it special.
The feedback from those who joined the maiden voyage in June included the following: “The whole event was absolutely fantastic. We had the three leaders contributing with their varied specialist knowledge of nature, history and current developments.
“I honestly can’t think of anything that would have enhanced our day.”
Tickets are £30 per person with the Year of the Sea boat trip departing from Milford Haven Marina’s Mackerel Quay.
You will need to bring a packed lunch, drinks, warm clothing and waterproofs. You may also want to bring a camera and binoculars. There is a toilet on board the vessel.
Booking is essential. To reserve your, Year of the Sea boat trip, place call 01437 720392.
Please note Wednesday 18 June will be a backup date if weather prevents sailing on 17 June. You need to available for both dates. If weather prevents sailing on both days, a full refund will be issued.
For more information on activities and events in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/events.
Update 5 July 2018
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the first National Park in Wales to be awarded Bee Friendly status as part of the Welsh Government scheme which promotes the vital role of pollinating insects in Wales’ ecosystems.
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority changed the management of several grassland sites it owns to create flower-rich habitats suitable for a wide range of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, beetles and hoverflies.
The Authority’s Biodiversity Officer Sarah Mellor said: “Working towards the Bee Friendly Award has shown the importance of conservation work the National Park Authority undertakes to promote pollinators and their positive benefits on wildlife habitats. We also want to encourage people to enjoy our meadows at Carew Castle, Skrinkle Haven, Minwear Picnic Site, St David’s Airfield and Porthgain.
“Our headquarters in Pembroke Dock is not where you might expect to find an established half hectare wildflower meadow.
“About six years ago we let the grass grow long to create a hay meadow on and give it a single annual cut – it now contains a huge range of wildflowers including swathes of black knapweed, common catsear, birds-foot trefoil, yellow rattle, red clover and three southern marsh orchids turned up for the first time this year.”
The Welsh Government funded Bee Friendly/Caru Gwenyn scheme was awarded included assessment of the Authority’s development of the established sites, and the training and education of volunteers and the public around the benefits of establishing and maintaining these special wildflower sites.
The Welsh Government’s Minister for Environment, Hannah Blythyn, said: “Bees play a crucial role in our ecosystem, so it’s vital we develop environments where bee populations can flourish. It’s great to see the work being done by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority being recognised and I hope Bee-friendly/Caru Gwenyn will result in many more areas of Wales joining the scheme and supporting our insect pollinators.”
For more information about the Welsh Government’s Bee Friendly/Caru Gwenyn scheme click on ‘Bee Friendly’ https://www.biodiversitywales.org.uk/Wales-Action-Plan-for-Pollinators page.
The main image depicts A ‘Bee Friendly’ Southern Marsh orchid thrives in a re-established hay meadow at Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s HQ.
Update 4 July 2018
Broadcaster Jamie Owen and photographer David Wilson will be signing copies of A Year in Pembrokeshire before discussing the book, which is a 12-month journey through their home county in words and pictures.
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park landscape features heavily in the publication, which explores the Milford Haven Waterway and Cleddau Estuary, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail around Strumble Head, the Preseli Hills, and Christmas in St Davids Cathedral amongst many other adventures.
Photographer David, who lives in Llangwm, said: “Jamie and I were truly privileged to meet so many incredible people who let us into their lives. The landscapes were pretty good too!”
Broadcaster Jamie, who currently works for TRT World in Turkey, added: “This is the book I have always wanted to write. I’ve wanted to work with David for many years and at last we’ve managed it.
“To have spent a year in Pembrokeshire, travelling its lanes with someone who is as passionate as me in capturing its spirit has been a joy.”
Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre is owned and run by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and is the home of Amguedda Cymru-National Museum Wales in Pembrokeshire.
The talk is free but please call 01437 720392 to reserve your place as spaces are limited.
For more information about Oriel y Parc, including events and opening times, visit www.orielyparc.co.uk.
David Wilson and Jamie Owen on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail at Strumble Head.
Whitesands Bay and Ramsey Island, St David’s Head © David Wilson.
Join Jamie Owen and David Wilson as they discuss their new book A Year in Pembrokeshire at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids on Friday 20 July.
Update 3 July 2018
Castell Henllys ‘ has a new roundhouse
A project to reconstruct an authentic Celtic roundhouse at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village concluded with the official opening of the new Cook House on June 21.
Antiquarian, author and musician Rhys Mwyn cut the ribbon with a suitably Iron Age implement, in the presence of the tribe of staff and volunteers that had helped build the roundhouse, which replaces the original that was built in 1981.
National Park Authority Community Archaeologist, Delun Gibby said: “It’s great to finally open the new roundhouse after what has been a real labour of love for all involved.
“Although I’m sure our Iron Age ancestors had more knowledge and experience and would have built such a structure more easily, this 21st century project was underpinned by the same community spirit and togetherness that the original inhabitants of Castell Henllys would have possessed.
“During the rebuilding process we were met with countless challenges, including wind, rain, snow and what seemed like an endless amount of mud. But all that was no match for the determination and enthusiasm displayed by the team of staff, volunteers and experts.
“We will take the skills and expertise gained throughout this process forward as we prepare to start work to reconstruct the neighbouring Earthwatch roundhouse later this year.”
Work to dismantle the original Cook House began in 2016 when it had reached the end of its effective working life.
A team of archaeologists then studied the remains of the roundhouse, before building work started in August 2017, with National Park Authority Wardens installing the internal supports, internal ring beam and outer wall uprights for the new structure.
The task of wattle and daubing the walls began in February and was completed by volunteers from Coleg Plas Dwbl, Clynfyw Care Farm, Pembrokeshire College, the National Park Authority’s Pathways project, National Park Voluntary Wardens and local people.
The roof was then completed by thatcher Jonathan Botterell, which left the final task of decorating the interior.
The project was funded by the National Park Authority.
Work to dismantle the Earthwatch roundhouse has now begun but the site is open as usual.
Castell Henllys Iron Age Village is open 10am-5pm every day throughout the summer. For more information including events and ticket prices visit www.castellhenllys.com.
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The new Cook House replaces the original structure, which was built in 1981.
The new roundhouse was opened by antiquarian, author and musician Rhys Mwyn.
The newly reconstructed Cook House roundhouse at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village was officially opened on 21 June.
Update 2 July 2018
Nevern Castle excavations to end a decade of digs
Nevern Castle once home to Norman Lords and Welsh Princes. Due to its highly desirable defensive location, it changed hands several times, and played a key role in the development of Welsh nationhood.
In finding out more of its history the annual season of archaeological excavations at Nevern Castle will come to a close this year following a decade of discovery on the historically significant site, and will be marked with free guided tours and an open evening.
The 2018 dig, led by Dr Chris Caple of Durham University with support from Nevern Community Council, Cadw and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, began on 18 June and comes to an end on 12 July.
National Park Authority Community Archaeologist, Delun Gibby said: “The site displays some of the largest earthworks of a timber castle in West Wales and has an extremely turbulent past, which can be attributed to its strategic location.
“The site changed hands on several occasions during the 12th century alone as the Welsh and Normans battled for supremacy in the area, so perhaps it should be no surprise that it has thrown up so many amazing finds.
“If you would like to find out more join me for a free tour of the site 5 and 10 July. Details for the open evening are yet to be confirmed but will be released in due course.”
The Castle, a Scheduled Ancient Monument, was purchased by Nevern Community Council in 1980 for the benefit of the local community and visitors. It works with the National Park Authority to conserve and promote enjoyment of the site, which is open all year round.
Community Archaeologist Delun Gibby will be giving free tours of the Nevern Castle site at 2pm on Tuesday 10 July. There is no need to book, just meet at the picnic tables on the site.
The 2018 season of excavations at Nevern Castle will be the last after a decade of digs led by Dr Chris Caple.
Update 1 July 2018
Caldey Island has rights of way network revamp
Caldey Island visitors will now find it easier to navigate the network of footpaths on the island, thanks to recent work to improve signage and interpretation on the island, which was carried out and funded by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.
The Park Authority worked with the Caldey Island Estate 15 years ago to develop the original walking routes on the monastic island, but over time more paths have been created. As some signage needed to be replaced, the Authority took this opportunity to repackage the walking opportunities in order to improve the visitor experience.
Working with Caldey Estate Manager, Ben Childs, National Park Wardens spent three days on the island, replacing around 15 signposts, installing safety barriers and repairing gates. A new interpretation panel has also been installed to greet visitors when they first arrive.
Park Authority Warden Manager (South), Tim Jones said: “There are now three circular colour coded routes, which correspond with the new interpretation panel, as well as the leaflet given out to visitors and the walk map available from the National Park website. This means it’s easier than ever to explore Caldey on foot.
The red way markers lead you around the West Cliffs Walk; the blue markers follow the Lighthouse Walk and the green markers lead you around the Woodland Walk.
If you would prefer a guided walk on Caldey, you can join the Park Authority on Wednesday 4 July. For full details visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/events.
To download the walk map for Caldey Island, as well as more than 200 others mapping out walking routes on the Pembrokeshire Coast visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/webwalks.
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Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has replaced around 15 signposts on Caldey Island.
Red, blue and green way markers make it easier to navigate the rights of way on Caldey Island.
Loading materials onto the early morning Caldey Island mail boat at Tenby Harbour.
The green way markers lead you along Caldey Island’s Woodland Walk.
Update 5 June 2018
The combination of a stunning setting and hardworking staff helped Carew Castle and Tidal Mill conquer the Folly Farm-sponsored Best Visitor Attraction category at the recent Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards 2018.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority-managed Carew Castle has continued to build on its successful events and facilities over the past decade, with continuing investment reaping rewards in terms of visitor numbers and satisfaction.
Carew Castle Manager Daisy Hughes said: “We were delighted to be nominated and to win the Best Visitor Attraction Award this year. The Pembrokeshire Tourism Awards are highly valued in the industry and are a great way of celebrating local businesses and the outstanding standard of experience we deliver here in Pembrokeshire.”
“We are really excited to be opening our newest visitor facility, a delightful tea room, in July, with a follow-up second phase of extensive landscaping developments, including a new Walled Garden area, in 2019.
“Carew continues to offer a great value family day out, with a beautiful accessible walk, a Castle and a Tidal Mill to explore, and a brilliant range of events over the school holidays into October.”
To celebrate the Year of the Sea, there are a range of swashbuckling Pirate themed events alongside Medieval experiences, activities and tours.
Carew Castle and Tidal Mill is also hosting some larger events such as Summer Fayre on 5 August, a Second World War Murder Mystery Evening on 27 and 28 July and an open air performance of Pride and Prejudice on 28 August.
For a full range of events and up-to-date goings on at Carew Castle and Tidal Mill and other National Park Authority events, please visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/events or like the Carew Castle Facebook page at www.facebook.com/carewcastle.
Carew Castle and Tidal Mill’s rich history spans over 2,000 years and tells of knights of the realm, kingmakers, Elizabethan intrigue and Civil War devastation.
Set in a stunning location overlooking a 23-acre Millpond, the Castle is one of the most architecturally diverse in Wales; from the west a Norman fortress, yet from the north a splendid Elizabethan mansion.
The site also incorporates the only restored Tidal Mill in Wales, an 11th century Celtic cross, a Medieval bridge and picnic area all linked by a mile-long circular walk, suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, with magnificent views over the Millpond.
Update 4 June 2018
Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools celebrates Empty Classroom Day
The event was attended by 150 primary pupils from Ysgol Maenclochog, Ysgol Brynconin, Ysgol Hafan Y Mor, Penrhyn VC School, Tenby VC School and Haverfordwest VC School.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Discovery Team Leader and Chair of the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools Partnership, Graham Peake said: “It’s great to see so many groups and organisations committed to working with local children in our amazing outdoor spaces.
“We need to work to ensure that all children have regular have outdoor experiences as part of the time at school as it‘s clear that there are significant benefits for all those involved.”
Pupils had the chance to participate in workshops in the woods and on the lawn with Sustainable Schools, the Field Studies Council, National Trust, Foundation Phase Team at Pembrokeshire County Council and Sport Pembrokeshire.
Activities included building with natural materials, fire craft, orienteering, games from around the world, co-ordination exercises and food webs in nature.
The event was enjoyed by all, with one pupil commenting that it had been “the best day of my life”.
Speaking at the event, Kate Evan-Hughes, Director for Children and Schools for Pembrokeshire County Council, said: “The Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools partnership provides lots of different types of activities that give a breadth of experience to teachers to see different ways of using the outdoor learning environment.”
“We need to show how outdoor learning can be cross-curricular in itself and that it meets the needs of the curriculum.”
Teachers were given time to engage in a short training session on the potential of delivering subjects from the new National Curriculum for Wales outdoors. Teachers also found the day informative and enjoyable.
Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools brings together specialist organisations and individuals, creating a dynamic partnership which offers support to schools to develop their outdoor opportunities linked to learning across the Curriculum.
For more information visit www.pembrokeshireoutdoorschools.co.uk.
The images show 150 primary school pupils enjoyed the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools event at the Stackpole Estate on Empty Classroom Day.
Update 3 June 2018
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park have Summer Rangers
This summer, visitors and locals out and about in north and south Pembrokeshire have two new mobile information centres in the form of two new Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Summer Rangers.
Ewan Rees and Guto Harries have recently been appointed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority in the roles of North (Ewan) and South (Guto) Summer Rangers and will be seen out and about in the communities and on the beaches in their respective areas.
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Ranger Service Manager, Libby Taylor said: “Ewan will be focussed on delivering events and helping visitors with information in the north of the county covering an area from Fishguard to Poppit Sands, whilst Guto will be seen out and about in the south, including Tenby and its North, South and Castle beaches, as well as in and around Saundersfoot and Coppet Hall.
“An important aspect of their jobs will be to promote what is local, and of course telling people about the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and ways to explore it, including getting out and walking our Coast Path and web walks.
“There are so many great local attractions to keep everyone happy, even when it may not be a perfect beach day!”
The Authority’s North Summer Ranger Ewan brings a degree in tourism and outdoor activity and extensive experience working with businesses in America and Abu Dhabi to his role, as well as the knowledge that raising a young family locally will bring.
South Summer Ranger Guto has returned to Pembrokeshire after attaining a Geography degree, travelling extensively around Australasia, and brings lots of experience with the public to his role, with a background in conservation and hospitality roles.
To find out what the Summer Rangers are up to, follow them on Twitter at @SummerRangers, or on Facebook via @PembsCoastRangers. You can also go to www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales or pick up a copy of Coast to Coast to find out about great days out across the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
The image depicts :- The National Park Authority’s Summer Rangers Ewan Rees (left) and Guto Harries will be taking care of visitors on the north and south Pembrokeshire Coasts this summer
Update 2 June 2018
Really Wild Festival is set to return to St Davids in May 2019 following a three year absence.
The festival will be located in and around Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre, where the event originated in 2004.
Oriel y Parc Manager, Jenn Jones said: “We are delighted to be able to bring back this popular event, following on from many successful festivals over the years at various locations on the St Davids Peninsula.
“We are sure many of the Pembrokeshire’s prestigious food and drink producers will also be glad to see the festival return. We look forward to working with them over the next 12 months to put on a great weekend for residents and visitors to enjoy in May 2019.”
The Really Wild Festival will return to Oriel y Parc in St Davids on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 2019. More details will be released in the coming months.
Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre is owned and run by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and is the home of Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales in Pembrokeshire.
For more information about Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre, visit www.orielyparc.co.uk.
To remember past Really Wild Food Festivals may we thank Blas y Tir for their blog archive & we really look forward to next years’ Really Wild Festival which we are sure will be really really good.
Really Wild Pembrokeshire Potatoes
This weekend ( May 2015) saw the return of the Really Wild Food & Countryside Festival, which celebrated its 10th birthday this year!
The two day event was held at Celtic Camping and Bunkhouse in the beautiful St. Davids, although the Blas y Tir van was in high demand this weekend, so could only make an appearence at the festival on Saturday. Not only was the event a fantastic opportunity to meet with other exhibitors, but there were also various events to keep everyone busy: a falconry display, mud run and archery to name but a few – what more could you want in a day out!
The Blas y Tir van bore the very first of our Pembrokeshire Earlies… which are now available in shops across Wales! We opted for simple flavourings to let the spuds do the talking – butter and mint is deliciously simple but screams ‘summer!’, whilst the mini roasties with Halen Mon sea salt and rosemary is a nice twist on a classic and goes perfectly with just about any dish! Both recipes were sampled by a huge amount of people on the day, although if you did miss out you can always make your own!
Update 1 June 2018
Pembrokeshire Coast is famous for its winding Coast Path and picturesque sandy beaches, and with the help of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, several beaches can be accessed by specially designed beach wheelchairs.
Wheelchairs for use on sandy beaches are available to hire under the National Park Authority’s beach wheelchairs scheme at eight locations across Pembrokeshire for a small fee or no charge.
The Authority’s Access Manager, Anthony Richards said: “The beach wheelchairs have proved to be very popular over the years and with funding from the Welsh Government we have recently acquired two new beach wheelchairs, to replace the wheelchairs at Saundersfoot harbour and Poppit Sands café.
“This means we now have a total of nine beach wheelchairs available across Pembrokeshire, which allows people with mobility problems to experience a visit to the beach right up to the shoreline. The wheelchairs are robust and are designed to be pushed relatively easily across sand.”
The beach wheelchairs can be hired at (from north to south) Poppit Sands, Newport Sands, Whitesands, Broad Haven (North), Narberth, West Angle Bay, Freshwater East and Saundersfoot.
Most of the wheelchairs are only available during the summer season and details of each hire centre can be found at the Beach Wheelchairs page at www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/accessforall.
Hire details can also be found on page 7 of Coast to Coast, the National Park Authority’s visitor magazine which can be access online at www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/coasttocoast.
The image shows the beach wheelchair helping visitors access Pembrokeshire’s sandy beaches – PCNPA Member Cllr Phil Baker, Michael Davies, CEO, Saundersfoot Harbour, Alan Hunt, PCC Access Officer, , PCNPA Access Officer Anthony Richards, with beach wheelchair at Saundersfoot Harbour
Update 5 May 2018
Members of the public are being invited to comment on the replacement Plan that outlines how land in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park should be used in the future.
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has published its replacement Deposit Local Development Plan (LDP), which also sets out the planning policies which will guide development in the Park.
The document also includes detailed maps which illustrate how different areas of the National Park will be affected.
Park Authority Head of Park Direction, Martina Dunne said: “The deposit plan contains policies to guide where development should and shouldn’t happen in the National Park up until 2031.
“Parcels of land are allocated for housing, including affordable housing. The LDP also highlights areas that should be protected from development, such as open spaces, countryside and coastline. It also includes policies to support business and community developments.
“This consultation represents the last opportunity for people to comment on the plan before it is submitted to the Welsh Government for examination, which is expected to be by the end of 2018.”
You can send your comments via email to email@example.com or by post to: Deposit LDP Consultation, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Llanion Park, Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, SA72 6DY.
A comments form is available on the Authority’s website. Hard copies of the document are available to view at the Park Authority’s headquarters at the address above.
The deadline for comments on the Deposit Local Development Plan is 4.30pm on Friday 1 June 2018.
For full details visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/haveyoursay.
Update 4 May 2018
Carew Castle ’s new tea room is giving a pre taste of catering work for those who may wish to join the team.
A new tea room in the beautiful setting of Carew Castle is opening in July and potential employees are being offered the opportunity to take a sneak preview before they apply.
Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, which is managed by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, is opening its doors on May 25 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm to people interested in applying for catering assistant posts.
Carew Castle Manager, Daisy Hughes said: “This is a fantastic chance to see our exciting café plans and get an insight into the jobs available at a modern tea room in the setting of an amazing historic castle.
“We are looking for friendly, motivated people to help us launch this new venture – there are multiple positions available, all of which will involve welcoming and serving visitors, using the till, house-keeping, cooking and baking.
“So if you can deliver great customer service and relish new challenges, please come along and see what we have to offer.”
The job descriptions with full details will shortly be on the National Park Authority’s website at www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/jobs.
This initiative is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authorities endeavour to keep Carew Castle as a wonderful public venue.
To give a little of it its recent history Park Auithority commented :-
“In 1983 the National Park Authority leased the Castle and surrounding area for 99 years. They began an extensive programme of restoration and management with the aims of conserving the buildings, improving their setting and increasing public access and enjoyment. The restoration programme was long-term, involving a team of masons and grant-aided by Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments.
The Castle is now a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to its bat population and several locally or regionally rare species of plants described on our Wildlife page.
The scheme was funded by Cadw’s Heritage Tourism Project which was funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. Funding was also invested by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.
Update 3 May 18
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority is issuing a reminder that sleeping overnight is not permitted in its car parks, following a number of complaints relating to its car park at West Angle Bay.
The Authority manages around 40 car parks and parking areas in Pembrokeshire but overnight staying is not permitted at any of these locations.
A Park Authority spokesperson said: “We have received numerous reports from the local community of people in mobile homes staying overnight in the West Angle Bay car park, sometimes for as long as week.
“There is no shortage of purpose built facilities for those wishing to stay in the National Park overnight and so the use of our car parks by a small minority of caravanners and mobile home drivers is a matter of personal preference, not necessity.
“Those exercising that preference are not only choosing to ignore the existing onsite signage but also appear to give little or no regard to the consequences of their actions on the local tourism economy, the environment or the overwhelming majority of motorists that do use our car parks reasonably and responsibly.”
The car park at West Angle Bay will now be visited by Pembrokeshire County Council’s Civil Enforcement Officers and persons found using the car park for overnight accommodation risk being issued with a Penalty Charge Notice.
Update 2 May 18
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park take action as protected trees have been illegally felled and offering £1,000 reward for this illegal tree felling information
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority is offering a cash reward in return for help in identifying those responsible for the felling of more than 30 protected trees in Freshwater East.
The trees, which were mostly ash, sycamore and hawthorn, were part of a woodland that is protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO). Most of the trees were owned by the National Park Authority but some belonged to a local resident.
Park Authority Warden Manager (South) Tim Jones said: “The trees weren’t felled for firewood as the timber initially remained on site in a tangled mess. This was a case of criminal damage and a clear breach of the planning regulations.
“It was also a very demoralising blow to many in the community who campaigned long and hard to get the mature woodland protected, and a complete violation of the protection and respect that Local Nature Reserve status should have given the area.
“Nobody would have commissioned such work unless they stood to benefit from it, so the list of potential suspects is short. The police are continuing to investigate, but as yet there isn’t enough evidence to pursue things further.”
The Park Authority is offering a reward of £1,000 for information leading to a successful prosecution.
If you are found guilty of damaging a tree protected by a TPO, you could be hit with a fine of up to £2,500 per tree. Those found guilty of destroying a tree protected by a TPO can be fined as much as £20,000 per tree, although in serious cases the fine can be unlimited.
If you know who might have done this or commissioned the work, please contact Dyfed-Powys Police on 101 or the Authority on 01646 624800.
Update 1 May 18
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park brings classic cars to Carew Castle
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park boasts a wealth of wonderful places to explore and enjoy. Its stunning coastline offers safe, sandy beaches ideal for families, hundreds of miles of footpaths, as well as rugged cliffs and secluded rocky coves. But this Bank Holiday Monday enjoy classic cars at Carew Castle
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park looks after so many wonderful places in the county one being Carew Castle, a Castle with a history stretching back 2,000 years will host some of the finest classic cars and vintage vehicles on Monday 7 May.
Carew Castle, which is managed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, will welcome the eye-catching cars for the fourth year in a row.
Carew Castle and Tidal Mill Manager, Daisy Hughes said: “There must be something about seeing these lovingly preserved cars against the backdrop of a Castle that has been carefully conserved by the National Park Authority for many years, as this event continues to be one of our most popular.”
There will be musical entertainment and hot food and drinks available all day for visitors to enjoy as they admire the marvellous motors.
Children will be also be able to enjoy the special treasure hunt Medieval Maze for £1, while the majestic Castle and Tidal Mill will be open for all to explore and find out more about the fascinating events and colourful characters that shaped this site’s fascinating history.
The Classic Cars at Carew Castle event will take place from 10am-4pm with the Castle open from 10am-5pm. Normal admission charges apply: Adults £5.50, Children £3.50, Concessions £4.50 and a Family Ticket (two adults and two children) £15.
Please note the event may not take place in the event of bad weather. For more information visit www.carewcastle.com.