Whether you’re holidaying in Pembrokeshire for a few weeks or just a quick break with the family, it’s always useful to have a plan to keep the kids entertained. And boy, do we have some cracking days out with the kids listed here for you. From sandcastles and surfing to time travelling adventures and bouncing around airfields, there are tons of things to choose from. The question is, can you fit them all in?
Pembrokeshire is famous for its beaches, fantastic swell from the Irish Sea, and its creation, coasteering. A combination of cliff scrambling, diving and swimming, this popular watersport is said to be the brainchild of adventure company TYF, who offer group and family guided classes to help you splash about safely. Alternatively, they also offer kayaking and surfing lessons, so there’s plenty for to enjoy. For those that prefer being on dry(ish) land, the Rockpool Safari is a big hit with the kids. Don’t just sit at the seashore, make your days out with the kids absolutely splashing!
If you haven’t yet been to Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm, then this is an absolute must! This is one of the most unique days out with the kids you can find in North Pembrokeshire. Learn about and even handle stick insects, beetles and a host of other cool creepy crawlies. You can easily spend a day at this quirky attraction, as it has exhibits, activities, trails, games and The Grub Kitchen, a fantastic cafe serving traditional Welsh dishes and, you guessed it, bugs! Cricket cookie, anyone?
If your kids prefer their critters a little bigger, why not take a trip to Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo? From barn animals to more exotic species, including penguins, lions and the only giraffes in Wales, this fantastic attraction is firmly on our list of days out with the kids. Children and adults alike will delight in the animals, and there are plenty of activities available at the Fairground. Will you be brave enough to sit atop the Big Wheel?
Crabbing in Solva
The sheltered harbour of Solva is the perfect place for crabbing – a great activity to do with the kids. What a fantastic way to teach your children about the marine ecology of Pembrokeshire while taking in the fresh sea air! Tie a piece of bacon to string to attract crabs, then place them in a bucket with rocks and pebbles in the bottom. Change the water every 10-15 minutes. If all that crab watching gets your tummy rumbling, then pop to Cafe on the Quay for some lunch or a little ice cream break!
For the less patient among us, Ocean Lab in Goodwick harbour offers a great marine ecology experience without the waiting! Run by the Seat Trust, this is a fantastic experience for kids. Wander around the Sea Mor Aquarium and learn about the seafaring habits of the peoples of Pembrokeshire over the generations. With a cafe on site, days out with the kids don’t get more interesting than this.
Be time travellers for the day at the UK’s favourite iron-age fort. Castell Henllys isn’t just a reconstruction, this is the original site of a Celtic tribe that lived here over 2,000 years ago. This fantastic site caters for days out with the kids, with face painting and costumes to make them part of the tribe. Talk with villagers in the roundhouses to learn the history of the original settlers, and learn how to fight off attacks! Arguably one of the most unique experiences in Wales.
Nestled into the foothills of the majestic Preseli Hills, Dyfed Shire Horse Farm offers the most nostalgic experience on our list of days out with the kids. Shire horses are the stars of this show, and you can watch the gentle giants being harnessed. You can also watch falconry, hold birds of prey and see a master farrier at work. Take the train around the play farm, or enjoy homemade meals at Caffi Celt. This is a fantastic attraction in a fantastic location, and one not to be missed.
As well as horses, giraffes and iron-age settlers, did you know that we also have giants living in Pembrokeshire? Matt, Alfred, Gill and baby Jack are friendly giants who live at Clerkenhill Adventure Farm. They want to take your little ones on an Adventure Trail through the Spooky Forest and all the way up to the Adventure Castle, stopping for a quick game of frizbee golf along the way. What do you mean, you’ve never played frizbee golf before? Then this is a must on your list of days out with the kids!
Whether it’s sunny or raining (yes, it does that here sometimes…) then one of our favourite days out with the kids is to visit Hangar 5, so-called as it’s based on Haverfordwest airfield. You’ll certainly take to the air, as this hangar is full of trampolines! Let your little ones jump for joy at Wales’ first trampoline park, complete with platforms, angled walls and air trick props. If your little ones are a bit too little for full-on trampolining, there’s an excellent soft play area and an on-site cafe for refuelling before more bouncing.
We’ve kept one of the best days out with the kids ’till last. It’s fun, free and our absolute favourite… a day at the beach! With over 50 beaches to choose from along our gorgeously rugged coastline, you’re bound to find somewhere epic to build your sandcastle. We recommend Whitesands beach, a mile from St Davids, as it has all the makings of a great and comfortable day out for all the family. It’s a long, sandy stretch that’s manned by lifeguards throughout the summer, and has parking, toilets and the delicious Whitesands Beach House cafe right alongside its shores.