Outdoor Activities Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire provides endless opportunity for outdoor adventure. It’s a natural playground for adrenaline seekers, children, those looking to relax, animal lovers, sports enthusiasts and of course those who are drawn to all things to do with the sea. Pembrokeshire is the perfect family destination!

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Fun and Games

Clarkenhill Adventure Farm and Frizbee Golf

Clarkenhill Adventure Farm and Frizbee Golf is the ideal day out for all the family. There is an adventure castle, crazy golf, farm trails and plenty of animals to see. The frizbee golf course has 18 holes which will provide hours of competitive fun.

The Dinosaur Park Tenby

This family attraction is located just outside Tenby and allows you to step back in time to when these scary creatures roamed the earth.

All ages will be kept amused by the rides and activities, dinosaur trail, outdoor play ground and so much more! There is something new to see each year here so make sure you don’t miss out!

Heatherton World of Activities

Heatherton has enough things to do to keep you entertained for days! There are four zones – the family fun zone where you’ll find bumper boats and giant jumping pillows, among other features, as well as the adrenaline zone which will get hearts racing with paint-balling, a tree tops trails and more.

Oakwood Theme Park

Oakwood is Wales’ biggest theme park with plenty of rides to keep all entertained. Whether it’s an adrenaline-fuelled day of roller coaster rides or magical adventures in Neverland, Oakwood offers thrills for all.

 

Animal Encounters

Manor House Wildlife Park

Manor House Wildlife Park is a must visit experience while on holiday in Pembrokeshire. You’ll find a plethora of animals such as majestic sumatran tigers, red panda, rhino, gibbon and wallabies, among others, as you amble through the park.

Not only that, you’ll be able to get up close to some of the gorgeous creatures which call the park home, as petting and feeding some species is allowed! The park is passionate about conservation and works with other zoos to establish breeding programs.

Folly Farm

Folly Farm has always been a popular attraction in Pembrokeshire.

There are zoo animals such as rhino’s and giraffes here, as well as an experience barn complete with a cwtch corner, indoor fairground and lots of play areas and activities, such as the Follystone go-karting racetrack.

The farm even has a dedicated ‘look to the future’ team, who focus on making this attraction more environmentally friendly. They work with conservation partners and run the animal adoption scheme.

The Welsh Owl Garden

The Welsh Owl Garden is located in the beautiful bluebell woods at Picton Castle and Gardens. There are currently 26 species of owls and other exotic birds which call this place home. You will be able to see some of them flying in both a dedicated glade in the woodland, and on the lawn in front of the Castle in the summer.

Throughout the winter all of the birds are trained to their new surroundings, so, although they won’t be putting on displays, you will likely be able to see how these magnificent birds and their handlers hone their skills.

Horse Riding

There is no better way to see Pembrokeshire than from the back of a horse. You can see the Preseli Hills from a different angle with Crosswell Riding Stables, or head out for a bucket list beach ride with Nolton Stables or Marros Riding Centre.

Bowlings riding school will enable you to get confident in a school before you head out on a hack in the lush, green countryside and woodlands.

Falconry

Learn about the care and training of magnificent birds of prey by attending a private experience with Pembrokeshire Falconry. You will be able to hold and fly the birds under expert supervision.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Picton Castle and Gardens

Picton Castle and Gardens is a peaceful spot to visit. The Castle dates back to the 13th century and is surrounded by a spectacular 40 acre RHS Partner Garden which is full of surprises.

The old walled garden is a beautiful ongoing restoration project. Not only does Picton offer the chance to wander around a lovely garden, you’ll be able to see some stunning views of the Cleddau estuary too.

Tours of the house are available and events are held all year round within the house and grounds. There is a lovely café, Maria’s Courtyard Restaurant, with outdoor seating for refreshments.

Walking

The Pembrokeshire coast has some of Britain’s best coast and countryside walking. Get your boots on and make the most of the variety of walking opportunities – rolling hills, beautiful wooded valleys, estuaries and, of course, the 180-mile long Pembrokeshire Coast National Park footpath. The coast path encircles the entire county from Amroth in the south-east to Poppit in the north-west, all waiting to be explored.

Walking is fantastic exercise for everyone and there are plenty of spots to stop for a rest and something to eat along the way. Make sure you check out our blog on the best winter walks in Pembrokeshire as well as Countryfile’s guide.

Coastal Foraging

Foraging is a fantastic unique activity which will enable you to take in the tastes, smells, sounds and sights Pembrokeshire has to offer. Make sure you book with an experienced and recognised forager, instead of heading out on your own, as they will know all the rules and regulations with regard to foraging and the local area. They should also first aid trained.

Most providers will assist you in cooking your natural pickings to turn them into delicious dishes. Try Foraging with Craig Evans at Coastal Foraging or Matthew Powell at Fishing and Foraging.

Pembrokeshire Alpaca Trekking

Pembrokeshire Alpaca Trekking is a fun way to see some stunning countryside and is sure fire way to get your children out and about! You will learn how to pet and handle the Alpacas before taking them for their daily exercise. The experience will finish up by having a lovely brew and a welsh cake.

Family Activities

The Darwin Centre, Dale Fort Field Studies Centre, Orielton Field Centre and Pembrokshire Coast National Park Authority often hold family day activities which will get you and your children exploring outdoors. Activities such as rock pooling and seal walks are events which are held annually.

Exhilarating Adventures

Coasteering

Coasteering is a thrilling way to see Pembrokeshire’s beautiful coastline. It combines jumping off cliffs, scramble climbing, adventure swimming and playing in rapids.

Coasteering was invented by TYF Adventure in St David’s and is suitable for those with lots of energy to burn! Get in touch with TYF, Celtic Quest, or one of the many other activity companies which offer this not to be missed experience to book your place!

Surfing

We highly recommend you try surfing in Pembrokeshire. Pembrokeshire’s Coastal National Park has some of the finest Blue Flag surfing beaches anywhere in the UK. The different aspects and locations of the beaches create waves for all – from those who just want to body board to professional surfers.

There are a number of excellent schools throughout the county which will help you to catch that first wave, or assist in improving your technique if you’re a little more experienced. Outer Reef Surf School, Pembrokeshire Surf School and Newsurf are just a few of many companies offering surf lessons in Pembrokeshire.

Mountain Biking

Both Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire have some fantastic mountain biking routes which will take you through scenic countryside and along fantastic coastlines.

There are hundreds of miles of bridleways, forest tracks and trails to be explored. The Preseli Mountains take you past some ancient sites such as the Pentre Ifan burial chamber and offers some fantastic views of Pembrokeshire. Popular Canaston Woods has traffic free-trails, ideal for families as they are colour coded according to level of difficulty.

Additionally, the Brunel cycle route takes you along bridleways, part of Brunel’s former railway line and quiet country lanes.

If you don’t have your own bike you won’t miss out as you can hire one from Mikes Bikes.

Wild Swimming

Swimming in the stunning blue waters off Pembrokeshire’s beaches is truly magical. Many of them have Blue Flag status and lifeguards which will give you peace of mind while you paddle, swim and play. Some beaches are more remote while others are embraced by quaint towns and villages so you can choose one to suit your mood.

Swim Pembrokeshire offers open water swimming coaching, sea swimming excursions and more. They will help you to become confident and safe in the water and ensure you make the most of your coastal holiday.

Poppit Sands is a particularly scenic beach with plenty of facilities nearby. Tenby has three beaches which are safe to swim from too. Find more beaches which are perfect for swimming here and more about staying safe in the water here.

Kite Surfing and Kite Landboarding

Kite sports definitely need to be on this list of exhilarating adventures. Kite surfing and kite landboarding are the ultimate thrills seekers activites. Luckily, The Big Blue Experience offers lessons for those who’d like to learn or don’t have the equipment.

Paragliding

Pembrokeshire Paragliding will help you take to the skies with full bespoke tuition. Taster days, tandem flights and full courses can be booked.

Get Out on the Water

Paddle Boarding and Kayaking

Have a go at the fashionable sport of paddle boarding. It’s a most enjoyable way to explore the coastline at a leisurely pace and works those muscles. Paddle boarding can be a sociable activity (try a Megaboard) or a chance to get some fresh sea air and a break from the family.

If you’re looking to try a taster session or would like to have a guided SUP safari, check out Good Trails Paddle Board School in Saundersfoot. Alternatively you could hire kayaks from a number of locations including West Wales Water Sports.

Rowing

Take a leisurely row around the beautiful Pembroke castle lake with rowing boat hire from Paddle West. They also offer exciting Canoe trips on the River Cleddau.

Wakeboarding

Have a go at wakeboarding, the ringo ride or the inflatable Aqua Park at Pembrokeshire Wake Park. This activity centre has been a great success since it opened and is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced wake boarders.

The Aqua Park is perfect for groups and families. It makes for a different family fun activity to do while you’re on holiday.

Activity Centres

Pembrokeshire’s neighbouring county Ceredigion has many activity providers which will help you get out on the water too.

Cardigan Bay Active, a family run outdoor activity centre offers a range of land and water-based activities including rock climbing, bushcraft, coasteering, whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.

Many of the activities are available across multiple locations locally and nationwide. Their riverside centre in Cardigan provides taster sessions & equipment hire. Cardigan Bay Active offers bespoke packages to suit those who want an adrenaline fix or for those wanting a relaxed family day out in nature.

Boat Trips

Take a boat trip along Pembrokeshire’s glorious coastline. You’ll have a fantastic view of the gorgeous wildlife which call the county home. Why not have a go at fishing or take a tour round some of Pembrokeshire’s islands.

There are lots of places you can launch from around the county including boat trips from Tenby Harbour for coastal cruises (where you will be able to bring aboard seriously tasty picnic hampers from Loafley Bakery).

Try Saundersfoot for sea fishing trips, New Quay in Cardigan Bay for dolphin watching trips with SeaMôr and New Quay Dolphin Spotting Boat Trips. Launch from St Justinians for wildlife trips around Ramsey and Grassholm island or launch with Dale Sailing for trips round Skomer.

There are many tour operators to choose from, have a look below for more options. Some offer tailor made trips so a relaxing trip along the Cleddau estuary may also be possible:

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Al Fresco Dining

Picnics

If you fancy a picnic on the Tenby beach then the ready-made picnic hampers from Loafley Bakery come highly recommended, as do Popty Bach.

Here is a list of our favourite Pembrokeshire picnic spots:

  • Barafundle Bay
  • Bosherston Lily Ponds
  • Castle Hill, Tenby
  • St Brides Haven Beach
  • Broad Haven South Beach
  • Druidston Haven Beach
  • Carew Castle
  • St David’s Cathedral
  • Saundersfoot Beach

There are so many fantastic local food provides and farmers markets to choose from to enjoy a memorable picnic in beautiful surroundings.