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 browsed a few of our beautiful cottages, but you just want to know: what is there to do around St Davids during May half term?
As you’ll know from our previous blogs, there are tons of things to do in Pembrokeshire all year round. This May half term, we’ve picked our top 5 things for you and your family to enjoy, all of which are happening within a few miles of your cottage stay!
- 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 which takes you around the cairns of Carn Llundain and Carn Ysgubor. If you’re feeling more relaxed, then 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!
2. 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 40-year-old 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 throughout the May half term holidays, with a different concert happening each night. Check out St Davids Cathedral Festival website for tickets and further information.
3. Discover your favourite watersport
For the water babies in your family, Pembrokeshire has a little bit of everything water-related on offer. Learn to surf, do a bit of body boarding, take a guided kayak lesson or dive in at the deep end and try Pembrokeshire’s original watersport, coasteering.
The team at TYF can offer all of these activities. Working primarily from the beautiful golden inlet of Whitesands and St David’s harbour Porthclais, you can book group activities for every type of watersport – why not challenge yourself and your family to try something different this May half term?
Or just enjoy paddling in the sea and building sandcastles and memories galore on one of our glorious beaches…
4. 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 do something you’ve probably never done before…visit Grub Kitchen, the UK’s first edible insect restaurant. Here they serve locally-sourced, home-cooked food, but why not try one of the more unusual offerings on the menu? We recommend the bug burger, the grub fried chicken and, our personal favourite, the cricket cookie. Yummy!
5. Check out events at The Bishops Palace
The Bishop’s Palace, adjacent to the fantastic cathedral, is worth a visit just to marvel at the mediaval ruins and walk the ancient cobbled streets that surround it. Built in the 13th century, it is now under the guardianship of Cadw, and can be visited year-round.
Luckily for you, May half term is a busy time at the Bishop’s Palace, as it’s open for some very special events. One of our favourite events here is Summer of Stories, a celebration of Wales’ oral traditions and tale-spinning, which takes place here on the 28th of May. This is a totally free event and will immerse you in the magic and mystery of St Davids and its surroundings.
For more in-depth knowledge of Britain’s smallest city in a more intimate way, join a guided walk of the city with stories and history galore, starting from Oriel y Parc on the 29th of May. It’s a fascinating city with tons to offer, and just a stone’s throw from your comfortable cottage!
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, such as watching out for Spring wildlife or the best place on the peninsula for an epic dog walk. Don’t forget to like our Facebook page and share holiday ideas with your friends!