Spring is springing on the Pembrokeshire coast, with flora bursting, seabirds calling and the streets beginning to bustle again. Here are 9 reasons to visit Pembrokeshire this spring.
Some of our favourite places are reopening
Porthclais Kiosk – Grab a coffee and a toastie to eat on the harbour, either as a scenic stop on a walk or make a special trip!
Mr Funk’s Sri Lankan Curry – Opening in May this year, we are so looking forward to our first kottu of 2023.
Boat trips are back
There’s nothing like a boat trip around Pembrokeshire’s islands in the spring sunshine, and as of April, boats are back on the water. If you fancy a trip around Ramsey Island, head to Falcon Boats to book. Or if you’d like to land on this fantastic island, Thousand Islands is the place to go!
The puffins are returning
From April to July each year, Skomer’s puffin colony returns to the island to burrow and breed. These pint sized seabirds are almost too cute, and any time spent on or around Skomer is a joy. The Skomer Puffins were recently seen on David Attenborough’s Wild Isles programme, so you may find their egos a little bigger than last year! Find boat trips to Skomer here.
Bluebells are in bloom
These stunning flowers carpet woodland in various places in Pembrokeshire. Our favourite spot is Prendergast Woods in Solva, fondly named ‘The Bluebell Woods’ for reasons that become obvious when you visit in spring! Take in the blue and purple tones as far as the eye can see, and breathe in the heavenly scent.
The Coast Path is bursting
The Pembrokeshire coast path in spring is the coast path at its most colourful. Sea pinks dance in the breeze and golden gorse shines around every corner. You may catch wafts of coconut as you walk, which is the gorse’s vibrant scent. Choose any stretch of this path and take it slowly, stopping to admire the flora and the sparkling seas below.
Seafood Platters in the sunshine
Seafood platters are a go, and make the perfect lunchtime picnic option that requires very little prep. Mrs Will the Fish in Solva creates beautiful and delicious platters using local lobster, crab and other delights. Pair with a bottle of wine from Bay View Stores and set yourself up in your sunny garden or on a picnic table at Solva Harbour. Perfection!
It’s time to bring out the BBQ
Evenings might still be on the chill side compared to summer, but an early evening BBQ is a spring delight. Pick up your meat from Gwyn Davies & Sons Butchers in St Davids and salad from St Davids Food & Wine. As for the BBQ itself, either use the one at your cottage if there is one, or hire a reusable portable BBQ from TYF Adventure.
Adventures are starting up
Speaking of the fantastic TYF Adventure, they and other adventure companies in Pembrokeshire are ramping up adventures that are either limited or not possible at all over winter. Enjoy coasteering, kayaking, climbing, surfing and more this spring.
Fish and chips can be enjoyed on a harbour wall again
And of course, our very favourite activity of them all. Having spent the last few months watching waves rage outside as we balance chips on our laps in the car, we can now take our fish and chips to the beach or our favourite harbour to eat them in the sunshine. Our go to is The Shed in Porthgain, with the fantastic little harbour just metres away.