May half term is nearly upon us, and you’re looking for something relaxing and fun to do with your family between terms. You’ve booked your beautiful cottage, and now you want to find things to do in May half term in Pembrokeshire!
As you know, there are tons of things to do in Pembrokeshire all year round. This May half term, we’ve picked our top 10 things for you and your family to enjoy.
Take a boat trip to Ramsey Island
May is the perfect time to be visiting Pembrokeshire, and the island of Ramsey is no exception. At this time of year, this popular island is bursting with colour and vivality. From the bright sea pinks and the coconut aroma of gorse to the RSPB-protected seabirds, such as choughs, shags and kittiwakes, guillemots, skylarks and more recently, storm-pestrels, this month is one of vibrancy and activity on the island.
Boats leave from St Justinians at 10 am and 12pm for the short crossing to Ramsey. Boat trips to the island can be booked through Thousand Island Expeditions. Once on the island, there is a 3 1/2 mile rugged path that takes you around the cairns of Carn Llundain and Carn Ysgubor. If you’re feeling more relaxed, why not take a picnic and enjoy views towards Skomer island? Take your binoculars on a clear day and see if you can spot Ireland!
St Davids Cathedral Festival
What better way to visit the ancient cathedral that makes St Davids Britain’s smallest city than when it’s full of music? This music festival celebrates all things musical – from classical trios to male voice choirs, folk music and local singers to guest musicians from all over the world!
This festival runs from May 27th – June 5th, with lots of different music events. We’re especially looking forward to Talk Bees at Ty’r Pererin, Erw Dewi Bedwyr Williams Bee Skeps and the Picnic in the Palace with the NHS Wales Choir 3rd June 1pm.
Check out St Davids Cathedral Festival website for tickets and further information.
Visit a Bug Farm
You’ve heard of Old Macdonald….well, Dr Beynon also has a farm, but hers is a little different – it’s full of bugs! This all-weather, award-winning working farm allows kids and adults alike to get to know some fascinating insects, grubs and bugs up close and personal! Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm is situated just north of St Davids and is a must-visit on your May half-term break.
Visit the Exotic Bugs Zoo, follow the pollinator trail, or visit Grub Kitchen. Here they serve locally-sourced, home-cooked food.
Visit Llys Y Fran
Llys Y Fran is a beautiful reservoir that provides a rare inland lake in Pembrokeshire. This is a fantastic place to spend a day, with cycling routes, plenty of walking and an outdoor activity centre. Once you’ve finished exploring their 14km of trails, make sure you pay a visit to their cafe serving lovely lunches.
Have some fun at Folly Farm
Many of us remember visiting Folly Farm back when the main attraction was the Shire Horse, but things have definitely moved on since then! This is a day out that the whole family will be talking about for a long time. It’s now an Adventure Park and Zoo, with animals from giraffes to red pandas, and plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied.
And they absolutely haven’t lost sight of their roots. There’s a tractor ride and plenty of farm animals to see and pet.
Booking for half term is essential!
Head to Oriel Y Parc
Oriel Y Parc is the tourist information centre at the top of St Davids, and provides so much more than just information! Their schedule of events throughout the May Half Term is chocca block with art exhibitions, craft workshops and treasure hunts, meaning there is something for everyone. Our highlights include:
- The ‘On Your Doorstep’ display, encouraging children to find the beauty in everyday finds.
- The Jubilee Jamboree on the 4th of June from 11am, with fun fair games and crafts.
- The ‘Hunt The Corgi’ trail, running all week. Need we explain?
Step back in time at Pembroke Castle
Pembroke Castle is a magnificent place to visit at any time of year, but this week they have out done themselves! There’s a whole week of celebrations in honour of the Queen’s Jubilee. There will be facepainting, fairground stalls, a children’s trail and music as well as opportunities to watch celebrations on the big screen!
View their whole schedule of events here.
Celebrate at PICTON CASTLE
Since it’s the Queen’s Jubilee week, it only seems right to include two castles on this list! Picton Castle has some of the most glorious gardens around, as well as a stunning cafe/restaurant serving Spanish inspired goodies. The castle is celebrating the Jubilee with a whole week of exhibitions, a craft bus and a Teddy Trail. There will also be a vintage fairground!
Check out their week-long event here.
Alissa’s Supper Club @ Porthclais Kiosk
Porthclais Kiosk are welcoming Alissa down to the harbour on Saturday 28th May to rustle up some Middle Eastern Inspired Vegan Cuisine to be enjoyed in the sunshine with good beer and great company. It’s a laid back, first come first served affair, and everyone is welcome from 6pm onwards. If the weather is as good as it’s set to be, it’s walkable from St Davids.
Party at Old Farmhouse Brewery
Just outside St Davids you’ll find the Old Farmhouse Brewery, with a shop selling their locally brewed, delicious beers. On Friday 3rd June they’re putting on a shindig to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, with music and a pig roast. It promises to be a fantastic night! Tickets can be purchased here.
These are just a few specific things that are happening here during May Half Term holidays. Check out our blog section for more activity ideas. Don’t forget to like our Facebook page and share holiday ideas with your friends!