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May Bank Holiday Activities in West Wales

Enjoy a UK bank holiday weekend getaway this spring.

If you’re thinking of staying with FBM Holidays over the early May Bank Holiday or Whitsun spring bank holiday weekends, then we have a few ideas which might tempt you to pack your bags and head on over to West Wales. For those of you lucky enough to be booked in already, we’re sure this must see and do guide will get you even more excited about your trip away.


If you plan on getting involved in local events in Pembrokeshire, you will be sure to find fantastically friendly people and a great atmosphere.

The Big Retreat Wales is a “feel good” festival being held in Lawrenny between 24-27th May. It focuses on health and wellbeing but will also host live music as well as craft courses and talks. Day tickets are available online.

Do something a bit different and attend a Harness Horse Blessing. This historical event originated in the late 1800’s to bless and monitor the welfare of working carriage horses to ensure a safe driving season. Picton Castle will host the re-enactment of this event on Sunday 26th May. Carriages will meet at 11:30am before the service begins at 1pm.

For fun and folk music, the Fishguard Folk Festival is on between 24-27th May. There will also be a chance to get involved in workshops, singalongs and ceilidhs.


There are lots of amazing events on in Carmarthenshire over the bank holiday weekends which should satisfy every interest.

For early birds and night owls, National Trust owned Dinefwr Park is holding a Dawn Chorus Walk on Monday 6th May and a Badger Watch evening on Saturday 25th May. For history buffs there are also the remains of a castle within the park which dates back to the 13 & 14th centuries. There is a Festival of the Celts being held over Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May here and throughout Llandeilo town.

The WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre is also hosting an International Dawn Chorus Day Walk on Sunday 5th May and a Walk with a Warden tour on Monday 6th May.

There are so many events planned at the National Botanic Gardens over the bank holiday weekends to suit every age. Take a look on the website to see the full range but two of note are the Fair being held on 4th May and a Planting Design for Beginners course being held on Saturday 25th May.

There is a fantastic chance to learn more about the work of Dylan Thomas from local storyteller and poet Mark Montinaro at Laugharne Castle, as he shares stories and poems on Monday 6th May.


If you’re keen on getting outdoors or want to learn something new, Ceredigion is a county you should visit.

The Red Kite Challenge is not for the faint hearted but could add a different dimension to your stay with FBM Holidays. The challenge is to complete either a walk or one of the trail running races (Half Marathon or 10K) which are held to raise money for Bronglais Hospital. Held on Saturday 4th May, this event will be a fantastic way to see the beautiful scenery around Devils Bridge as the race starts in the area.

Finally, National Trust property Llanerchaeron in Aberaeron is holding a Shearing Day on Saturday 25th May. You will be able to see the resident Llanwenog sheep have their fleeces removed and chat to local spinners and weavers who will be there to process the wool.

There’s so much to do and explore during a bank holiday weekend break in these special parts of Wales. We hope you have a wonderful time experiencing all that is on offer this spring.

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