Here in Pembrokeshire, we’re not short of beautiful places to visit, stunning beaches to explore and miles of coast path to discover. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite things to do this August 2023 in St Davids, from one-off events to bucket list musts, to help you make the most of your summer holiday.
What’s On in St Davids for August 2023
Grab a picnic rug and your favourite jumper and head to one of the Torch Theatre’s outdoor cinema showings this summer! There’s a showing of Elvis at Twr Y Felin in St Davids on 16th August if you’re looking for something right on your doorstep.
Oriel y Parc has something for everyone this August. Engage with local artists in residence, participate in the summer fun trail inspired by “The Lost Words,” and indulge in unique crafts at the summer market on August 5th.
Embark on a theatrical journey at the Bishops Palace, where classic tales of “Puss in Boots” and “Twelfth Night” come to life. Enjoy outdoor performances that transport you to a world of enchantment and laughter.
The St Davids Carnival is an annual highlight that brings the community together for a day of vibrant parades, music, and family-friendly fun. Mark your calendars for August 28th and join in the festivities.
Explore local delights and crafts at the St Davids weekly Outdoor Market, held every Thursday on the Cross Square. It’s a great chance to support small makers and producers from the surrounding area and take home some fantastic goodies.
On 19th and 20th August, Melin Tregwynt are offering 20% off in their shop – a wonderful opportunity to take home some unique Welsh woollen goods. On Sunday 20th there will be a BBQ and live music at the mill from 2pm.
Fancy exploring beyond the St Davids Peninsula? Here are some events and activities to seek out further afield in Pembrokeshire!
Raise a glass to Bluestone Brewery’s 10th birthday with a celebratory bash on August 12th that promises live music, delicious food, and of course, great beer. Don’t miss the “Man The Lifeboats” bank holiday bash for a fantastic evening of entertainment.
Manor Park is a perfect destination for wildlife enthusiasts. Enjoy the Bubble Walkabout on Tuesdays throughout August and have a delightful encounter with Bluey on the 16th.
Step back in time at Carew Castle, where Days of Medieval Merriment will transport you to the Middle Ages with thrilling reenactments and historical displays. The Story Masters’ Tales will captivate audiences with brilliant storytelling.
Join the Knightschool at Pembroke Castle for an interactive and educational experience. Enjoy evening theatre performances and music events that showcase local talents.
Experience life in an Iron Age hillfort at Castell Henllys. Various events throughout the summer offer a glimpse into ancient traditions and practices.
Enjoy an action-packed day with Ringo Rides and Aqua Park activities at Wild Lakes, perfect for both sunny and rainy days.
Scolton Manor hosts a variety of family-friendly events, including the beloved “Peter Rabbit” story brought to life in a beautiful adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s famous books.
Have a picnic with a local twist
There’s nothing quite like a beach picnic, and everyone loves a sandy sandwich! But if you want to upgrade your al fresco lunch the Pembrokeshire way, there’s a couple of places we recommend. Mrs Will the Fish in Solva will put together a beautiful ready-to-eat platter of local seafood that will take any picnic to the next level. Or, if it’s convenience you’re after as well as local grub, St Davids Food and Wine will prepare your picnic basket for you!
Take a dip in the sea
De-stress the Pembrokeshire way with a joyful dip in the sea. It’s refreshingly chilly at any time of year, and will leave you feeling like you can take on the world. Always follow safety advice, and swim at one of the many lifeguarded beaches in Pembrokeshire. St Davids is the birthplace of The Bluetits Chill Swimmers, and there’s always one group or another planning a dip!
Coasteering is a fantastic way to experience the Pembrokeshire coastline, and is best done with experienced guides who are as passionate as they are knowledgable! Feel the thrill of doing something a bit outside your comfort zone, and make some awesome memories. Celtic Quest Coasteering are a great company that specialise in fantastic coasteering adventures!
Take your own foodie journey through St Davids
St Davids has so many culinary delights that it’s well worth making your way through a few of them while you’re here. Here are some of our favourite foodie spots to explore!
Walk on the coast path
Pembrokeshire boasts a whopping 186 miles of stunning coast path to explore, so it would be rude not to really! Even if it’s simply a stroll on a short stretch, you will still take in some epic views and see some beautiful wildlife. Here are some of our favourite coast path walks in Pembrokeshire.
Crabbing is an activity that will keep the whole family entertained for hours on end. What sounds like a simple pastime – catching crabs on a piece of bait, putting them in a bucket to gaze at then letting them go again – will soon have everyone jumping for joy, laughing and maybe getting just a bit competitive. Check out our guide to crabbing in Pembrokeshire to make the most of it.
Rainy Day Activities
If the weather isn’t playing ball, there’s always the option of donning the waterproofs and getting out onto the beaches and coast path nonetheless. Once you’re ready to stay dry, here are some great indoor activities in Pembrokeshire. Booking is advised during summer holidays.
Get up close and personal with some fascinating creepy crawlies at this unique farm just outside St Davids.
Choose from an indoor series of puzzles or a low ropes course, and solve puzzles as a team to get to the end. A great family bonding opportunity with a chance to learn some local facts too!
Hangar 5 is an indoor trampoline a little further afield, just outside Haverfordwest. It’s the perfect way for the kids to burn off some energy before heading back to your holiday cottage for a big family meal.
For music enthusiasts and history buffs alike, St Davids Cathedral hosts a series of captivating concerts and guided visits throughout August. Experience the grandeur of this iconic cathedral while immersing yourself in the soul-stirring melodies.