2024 is a year to discover new experiences on the Pembrokeshire coast. From connecting with nature and taking in local culture to enjoying romantic meals with a view. Make the most of your Pembrokeshire holiday this year with our 2024 Pembrokeshire Bucket List! How many will you tick off?
Make the most of the outdoors
Add some luxury to your cold water dips in 2024 with a session with Wild Water Sauna. Keep an eye on their social media to find out where they’ll be located during your visit, and book in for the ultimate relaxing experience.
If you’re a woman who has always wanted to learn to surf, Shaka Surf is for you! Master the art of riding the waves with a supportive, empowering group of women united by a love of the sea and a great social scene.
Head to Llys Y Fran reservoir come rain or shine, and embrace the inland natural beauty of Pembrokeshire. Whether it’s a walk, bike ride, dip or lunch, it’s a great day out for the whole family.
Experience a Welsh festival
Get out of your comfort zone and experience something unique at a Welsh festival this year! With music, talks, workshops and more, immerse in modern Welsh culture at some great events planned for this year. Here are just a few happening in 2024:
The Big Retreat, Lawrenny – 23rd – 26th May 2024
Unearthed in a Field, near St Davids – 21st – 23rd June 2024
Welshstock Festival, Scolton Manor – 19th – 21st July 2024
Edge Festival, Solva – 26th – 28th July 2024
Enjoy Delicious Food
The street food scene in Pembrokeshire has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, and so there’s no better time to give it a try! As well as now regular favourites like Bagels & Brews, Seaside Shack Burgers and Mr Funk’s Sri Lankan Curry, there’s also some fantastic foodie events to experience this year.
Head to the beach
Why not make 2024 the year you dig your toes into the sand on a brand new beach? Take a walk along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and discover a new cove, or pack up the car and make a day of it with the whole family!
A beach activity not to be missed in 2024 is the Whitesands Sandcastle Competition, which usually takes place over August Bank Holiday Weekend. Bring your imagination and your best bucket and spade to win some fabulous prizes!
Celebrate St Davids Day
St Davids Day is a big day in the Pembrokeshire calendar. Between specials on restaurant menus, daffodils pinned to chests and parades through towns and villages, it’s a great way to celebrate the our patron saint at the beginning of spring. Cadw, the organisation that protects many historical sites in Wales, offers free entry on St Davids Day, so don your daffodil and get exploring!
With miles of coast path and a glistening sea, it’s no wonder Pembrokeshire has become home to some well known sporting events. Take part in one of these this year, or set your own challenge by walking a new section of path or working out on the beach!
Ras Dewi Sant (St Davids Race) – 2nd March 2024 – Choose from a full marathon, half or 10K, and take in the beauty of the coast while achieving something you won’t forget in a hurry.
Swim To The Edge, Solva – 19th – 21st July 2024
Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Trail & Ultra Running Festival, Dale – 7th – 9th June 2024
Head out onto the water
Experiencing the Pembrokeshire coast by boat is simply a must while you’re in this corner of the world. Whether you embark on a wildlife tour or a fishing trip, it’s sure to be an experience to remember.
Pembrokeshire’s Sunset Cinema has been a real hit over the last few years, and continues to go from strength to strength. Keep an eye out for events taking place across Pembrokeshire in summer 2024, and watch one of your favourite classics under the night sky.
This is a Pembrokeshire walk with a difference! Take a tame alpaca by the lead and experience the mindful calm of an alpaca walk through the Pembrokeshire countryside. This is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, that will have you talking about it for a while to come.
Gaze at the stars
Pembrokeshire is one of those places where the stars seem to shine that bit brighter. With very little light pollution (practically none on the coast!) you may be amazed by what you can see when you look up. Newgale Beach is a Dark Sky Discovery Site, and so we recommend heading there with a flask of hot chocolate and a blanket. Sit back and take in the wonder above you.
Head out on a bike tour
Slow down and see the sites of Pembrokeshire from the saddle with an electric bike tour! Adding that oomph of electricity makes the hills a doddle, which still allowing you to feel the satisfaction of a day of cycling. Hidden Routes are based in Newport, Pembrokeshire and offer half day or full day tours. They even provide snacks!
Test your escape skills
For the perfect rainy day activity, head to St Davids Escape Rooms with a group of family or friends. Test your logic and puzzle solving skills to escape a room filled with locally themed riddles. It’s timed, which injects just a bit of competitive excitement!
Listen to the dawn chorus
Pembrokeshire at sunrise (and sunset) is Pembrokeshire at its most stunning, in our opinion! In busy times, first light is when you’ll have the popular spots to yourself. Take the time to listen out for the unique dawn chorus here. On an early morning beach walk, you may hear the oystercatchers as their footprints make the first marks in the sand. Or take a walk around Cathedral Close to hear the whole host of birds waking up for another day in this tiny city.
Meet the puffins on Skomer
Puffin season on Skomer begins around April, and usually lasts until July. During this time, a boat trip to land on Skomer is extra special as you can watch these cheeky little birds waddle about. This island is spectacular apart from the puffins too, with Manx Shearwaters, Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises, Seals, Razorbills, Gannets and more!
Book a 2024 landing on Skomer here.
Eat Local Delights
When in Wales, eat as the Welsh do, right? Definitely! There are lots of classic Welsh dishes to be sampled in this part of the world. There’s seaweed harvested from Pembrokeshire waters from Cår Y Môr, Glamorgan sausages in most of the local pubs, Welsh Rarebit and cawl at cafes. Welshcakes in particular are one of the best snacks around, and if you can’t stop craving them even when you get home, try your hand at making them with this recipe.