Pembrokeshire is a dreamy destination all year round, it all depends what it is you want from your holiday on the Welsh coast. Each month offers something slightly different. So when you’re planning the year ahead and wondering when to visit, this handy guide is here to help.
It’s all yours
As the year begins, Pembrokeshire is at its quietest, and that’s the beauty of January. Enjoy having the beaches all to yourself on wind swept walks snuggling up in cosy cafes for hot chocolates. We recommend Cathedral House in St Davids for a warm welcome and lovely treats.
Technically, the romance begins in Wales on the 25th January which marks St Dwynwen’s Day (Welsh Valentines Day), so by February the love is truly in the air. Whatever romance looks like to you, Pembrokeshire has got it. Whether it’s a picnic on Carn Llidi overlooking the sea, a beautiful meal out at the Really Wild Restaurant or simply cosying up in front of a log fire with a takeaway from Grain.
All things WELSH
March, of course, begins with a big day in Wales – St Davids Day! And what better place to be in on the day itself than St Davids? Watch the parade, explore the Cathedral and enjoy cawl at the Refectory. As the vibrant flower associated with the festivities, the daffodil, suggests, March is also when spring begins to bloom on the Pembrokeshire coast.
Easter feels like a breath of fresh air, doesn’t it? It’s the first proper break for families of the year, Pembrokeshire is bustling and the weather becomes that bit more reliable for time spent on the beach. Check out the events calendar at Oriel Y Parc for craft workshops, plan outdoor egg hunts and enjoy some quality time with family.
In full bloom
May is the month where the flora along the coast path kicks into high gear. The sea pinks dance in the gentle breeze and the gorse positively glows under the sun. With two bank holidays, this is the ideal month for a holiday in the Welsh sunshine and take in the sea air. We recommend a stroll along the coast path with a book or app to help identify the flowers and plants along the way.
Long, sunny days
Slow, lazy days and long easy evenings is what June is all about. Spend mornings on Solva Harbour with a coffee and bacon sandwich from the Cafe On The Quay watching the world go by. Get active in the afternoon with a coasteering adventure with Celtic Quest Coasteering, before picking up a seafood platter from Mrs Will the Fish to enjoy with a glass of wine in the evening sunshine.
Get the BBQ out
Once July arrives, beach season is well and truly underway and it’s time to get family and friends together for a BBQ! Hire a reusable barbie from TYF Adventure, pop to Gwyn Davies & Sons Butchers for meat and then to Bay View Stores in Solva for delicious salads and sides from their deli counter. All that’s left to do is choose the beach! Whitesands is brilliantly convenient for getting your gear down to the sand.
It’s All about the kids
August is when the season crescendos here in Pembrokeshire. It’s buzzing wonderfully with families enjoying time together on the coast. This month is perfect to give the kids a holiday they’ll never forget. Think coasteering, kayaking, sandcastle building, rock pooling and, of course, ice cream eating!
Wildlife goes wild
September is truly spectacular this far west. The main chunk of the tourist season is over, and so you can take things that bit easier. It’s when seal pups call from the coves below the coast path, and the wildlife has one final spurt before Autumn sets in. This is the perfect time to book a boat trip around Ramsey Island with Thousand Islands or Falcon Boats to see how many pups you can spot!
Autumn walks and Sunday roasts
October is here, autumn arrives, and with it comes soul nourishing rest and recuperation. The air is still on the warmer side, as is the sea, so now is a great time to enjoy walking, swimming and maybe even a spot of stand up paddle boarding. Round off a morning outside with a delicious Sunday roast at 35 Main Street.
As the weather gets chillier, it’s time to cosy up by the sea. Getting cosy can mean whatever you want it to. Cwtch up in front of the fire in your holiday cottage with a good book and cup of tea. Or head to a cosy pub like The Farmers Arms in St Davids for an afternoon playing board games over a pint or two. Your idea of cosy might even be taking a blanket and some snacks to the beach and wrapping up warm for a winter picnic.
December, as the song goes, is the most wonderful time of the year! The cathedral may not be guaranteed to look like the above photo, but it is a haven of peace and light around Christmas. There are many Christmas markets going on every weekend throughout, and when you throw in Christmas shopping and light trails there is never a shortage of festive things to do in Pembrokeshire.