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GREAT DAYS OUT in Pembrokeshire
Taking you to places where there's just so much to see, do and enjoy
Combine all the come-and-go-as-you-please freedom of self-catering with a terrific location and you have more than just a holiday you have an unbeatable FBM Holiday!
West and south-west Wales is one of the most glorious regions in Britain (if not the world) for its remarkable repertoire of fabulous beaches, magnificent coast and countryside, breathtakingly beautiful hills and mountains, and a huge diversity of wildlife which enriches land, sea and air. And these are just the wonders provided by nature! Add to this great outdoors all the man-made attractions from shopping to skydiving and you'd be extremely hard pushed to name an interest, leisure pursuit or holiday activity that isn't well catered for, whatever your particular cup of tea.
So the only question is, where will you find all the things you want see and do for a truly unforgettable holiday or short break? This brief FBM Holidays guide to great days out will help you find your way.
Adventure & watersports. Pembrokeshire's great outdoors provides the perfect environment for a whole spectrum of land-based and water-based activities and high adventure. It's one of the many reasons why thousands of visitors are drawn to the county and national park every year and why they keep coming back for more!If thrills and spills are your idea of a great holiday, Pembrokeshire is the place for you. There are several centres specialising in activities such as coasteering, abseiling, assault courses, climbing and a whole variety of watersports bodyboarding, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing to name a few and first-class instruction by qualified professionals and the provision of essential equipment and safety gear is all part of the package. These specialist and experienced centres include TYF No Limits, Pembrokeshire Activity Centre, Sealyham Activity Centre, Dale Sailing and a number of surfing shops and schools such as Newsurf. The best surfing beaches are Whitesands (St David's), Newgale and wild Freshwater West, the latter boasting the biggest and most consistent break in Wales but subject to strong rip currents, so take care. Other exciting activities you can enjoy in Pembrokeshire include horseriding, karting and quad biking not to mention the excellent facilities of venues such as Tenby Leisure Centre. And for yet more sea-based adventure see also wildlife & the environment.
Cycling and mountain biking. There are many opportunities to enjoy fun and action on two wheels from circular routes in the north of the county based around Cardigan to the 7-mile challenge encompassing the reservoir at Llys-y-Fran Country Park to established cycling centres including Newport in the north and Saundersfoot in the south. The traffic-free Brunel cycle trail, along the route of the old railway line between Neyland and Johnston, now goes all the way to Haverfordwest. The availability of showerproof route maps (from tourist information centres) is a bonus. And mountain bikers who are up for it can assure themselves of high excitement such as the off-road cliff-top terrain between Stack Rocks and St Govan's Head by taking advantage of the bike accommodating coastal cruiser bus service. In fact, if you're on wheels, there's something for all the family, including paths suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. The big news in 2007 for keen cyclists was the opening of the Sustrans network link between Fishguard and Cardigan, connecting the round-Pembrokeshire Celtic Trail and the Lon Cambria route from Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury.
FBM Holidays are pleased to sponsor the annual Tour of Pembrokeshire
Fishing. There's freshwater fishing along the Teifi and at locations such as the reservoir at Llys-y Fran Country Park, and coarse fishing at a number of venues throughout the county, including beautiful Bosherston lily ponds on the south coast and Llyn Carfan Coarse Fishery, Tavernspite - where in 1984, Llyn Carfan was the first fishery to introduce carp into Pembrokeshire.. Famous for its bass fishing, the coastal and inshore waters of Pembrokeshire also offer outstanding opportunities for sea anglers interested in a wide range of other species. Bream, mullet, wrasse, conger, rockling, mullet, pollack, mackerel, sharks and rays are some of the more popular target species.
Golf. The choice of 8 challenging courses: Pembrokeshire has an abundance of first class golf courses to choose from. Many are coastal, with stunning panoramic views to inspire you and make your golf even more enjoyable. Choose between established clubs like Tenby, the oldest links club in Wales or brand new courses like Trefloyne. There are excellent, central, parkland courses like Haverfordwest golf club or pay and play courses like Mayfield. There is even one course that has its own grass landing strip, the Dawn to Dusk course at Rosemarket. Whichever Golf Course you choose to play on, FBM Holidays have the self-catering property available to suit every requirement. From holiday cottages to apartments, by the sea or in spectacular inland settings, call us now on 01834844565 or view our specially selected properties online.
Arts & crafts
Pembrokeshire's natural attractions have always proven an irresistible draw to people who work in virtually any field of creativity, from artists and craftspeople to writers, musicians and photographers. It has even been said that there are more artists per acre living in Pembrokeshire than anywhere else in the UK. This rich tradition of the arts is evident in the wealth of galleries, studios and workshops open to visitors right across the county. Such attractions include working woollen mills and industries producing items as varied as jewellery, garments, knitwear, furniture, carpets, needlecraft, Caldey Island perfumes, Welsh crystal, lovespoons, candles, glassware, slate creations, pottery and much more. Nant Y Coy based in Pembrokeshire has an art gallery, craft/gift centre, cafe, farm shop and nature trail. An Art & Craft Guide, available from tourist information centres, will help you discover them all.
Pembrokeshire is probably unique in that it has more Blue Flag Beaches orSeaside Award Beaches than any other County in Britain. With over 50 beaches in Pembrokeshire, with activities such as sunbathing, sailing, yachting, surfing, kite surfing, parascending, coasteering, fishing, diving, snorkelling, seal watching, dolphin watching, bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, horse riding or even making sand castles, Pembrokeshires beaches have it all in buckets and spades. Pembrokeshires beaches were named second best on the planet in 2010 by the National Geographic magazine. Dont forget, Pembrokeshire is the only Coastal National Park in Britain and with an 186 mile Coastal Path around Pembrokeshire, if you are so inclined, you can also walk on almost every beach. The Pembrokeshire Coastal path is number 3 in the world according to a 2011 guide to the best walks in the world just published. See the Daily Express article HERE
From shoreline and island pleasure cruises to exciting wildlife expeditions to high-speed adventure in rigid inflatables, the dramatic Pembrokeshire coastline provides endless opportunities for exploring this wild corner of Wales from the fascinating perspective of the sea. One of the most popular of all boat trips is the short (20-minute) crossing from Tenby to Caldey Island the home of a small community of Cistercian monks. This tranquil and beautiful sanctuary has a variety of attractions, from the sandy beach to a chocolate factory, shops, walks, tea gardens and the monastery itself.
The Monks and Islanders of Caldey Island are pleased to welcome day-visitors to share the delights of their Island home throughout the Summer season.
Ireland by ferry
wildlife & the environment
Castles & historic sites
Pembrokeshire is the home of the Tudor dynasty: Henry VII was born in Pembroke Castle and became the first Welshman to claim the English crown when he defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. Today the castle is well preserved and is one of many castles and other popular historic (and prehistoric) attractions and monuments in the county. (Both Tenby and Pembroke also boast the distinction of being medieval walled towns.) With many other Norman and Welsh castles in the county together with many prehistoric remains, Pembrokeshire will enthral the historian in you.
All year round, Pembrokeshire is a very eventful holiday or short-break destination. From many events and family activities organised by the National Park Authority (including guided walks, expeditions, treasure hunts, beach bonanzas and loads more fun) to regular crowd-pullers such as Tenby Arts Festival, Blues Festival, Fishguard International Music Festival, food fairs and the Pembrokeshire County Show, there's always something to do and somewhere to go for interest and entertainment.
For up-to-date information see our events diary
Fun parks & other attractions
Many of these are located in south Pembrokeshire, and if you're staying in the Tenby and Saundersfoot area during the main school holidays you can take advantage of the very convenient Day Tripper bus service. This picks up and drops off at numerous locations between Manorbier and Saundersfoot and delivers you to the entrance of many of the major parks and attractions listed here.
Ireland by ferry
While you're in west Wales you can take the opportunity to go a little further west still and cross the Irish Sea from Pembrokeshire to Rosslare in County Wexford. Travel with either Irish Ferries (from Pembroke Dock) or Stena Line (Fishguard). In the main holiday season it's advisable to book in advance.
Walking & the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
Why do so many people get in their cars and head for Pembrokeshire? Because they much prefer getting around on foot! The highlight for many walkers is the Pembrokeshire Coast Path all 186 miles of it, from Amroth in the south to Poppit Sands in the north. One of only 3 National Trails in Wales, it was created in 1970 and embrace some of the UK's most impressive and dramatic coastline. You can conquer the whole route either in one breathtaking go (it takes about 14 days!) or in manageable chunks a task made much easier since the introduction of the popular walkers' bus service, which will take you back to where you started. There are many other superb walks to explore hills, countryside, woodlands, towns, villages and long beaches but for sheer drama and the invigorating power of sea breezes, fresh air and big skies, you simply can't beat the never-ending spectacle of the coast path's wide panoramas, changing horizons and often amazing geology. Some of the rocks date back 600 million years, and constant pounding by the sea combined with other unstoppable forces of nature has sculpted features such as the Green Bridge of Wales (a spectacular natural arch near Castlemartin), Hunstman's Leap (a deep chasm the subject of local legend near St Govan's Head), Newgale pebble bank (thrown up in a ferocious storm in 1859), the Blue Lagoon at Abereiddi (a flooded slate quarry) and the Witches' Cauldron at Ceibwr (contorted rock strata).
Wildlife & the environment
Pembrokeshire's wonderful natural environment is the ideal place in which to indulge yourself in all kinds of leisure pursuits and interests, from birdwatching and sailing to painting and photography. And for so many visitors and residents, the draw of the sea and the astonishing variety of wildlife it supports is irresistible. This is why there are now so many opportunities to enjoy adventures such as watching whales, dolphins, porpoises, sharks, puffins and other seabirds and marine life close up. Several specialist companies operate jet boats, fast RIBs and other modern and traditional vessels to whisk you off on a seaborne safari to experience the wonders of marine habitats. Take your seat for an unforgettable guided tour of the coastline, exploring sea caves and towering cliffs, or head for any of Pembrokeshire's offshore islands Caldey, Grassholm, Ramsey, Skokholm or Skomer. Marine wildlife can also often be seen from the safety of the land if you know where to look. Caldey Island and the cliffs of south Pembrokeshire are good vantage points to spot porpoises and common dolphins. In recent years, huge super-pods of hundreds or even thousands of common dolphins have been seen, and because the waters here are so rich in wildlife they also attract magnificent creatures in the shape of Risso's dolphins and a variety of whales humpback, fin, minke and those ultimate predators, killer whales. Another fact which may astonish you is that a third of the world's population of grey seals live around the Pembrokeshire coast. Other wildlife and animal attractions in Pembrokeshire include Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo, and the Welsh Wildlife Centre (situated at the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve, Cilgerran, near Cardigan) and events organised by the National Park Authority rock pool safaris, bat hunts, seal walks and watching, crab catching and similar children's and family activities.
Golf; Coasteering; Windsurfing; Kite Surfing; Sailing; Painting; Walking; Kayaking; White Water Rafting; Fishing; Diving; Cycling; Mountain Biking; Quad Biking;Bird Watching; Helicopter Rides; Wildlife Expeditions; Surfing; Horse Riding; Paragliding; Bowling; Castle exploring; Climbing; Bowls; Archery; Roller Coasters.