Whatever time of year you choose to visit, there’s always something happening here in Pembrokeshire. Here is our round up of some of the great events taking place throughout 2012, and Celtic Haven is the perfect base to see everything our beautiful county has to offer. From food to fitness in the fresh air, there’s sure to be something that takes your fancy!
County Food festivals
With the finest meats, artisan cheeses and a plethora of fresh seafood, Pembrokeshire is a gastronomies dream! And what better way to celebrate Welsh cuisine then to head along to one of the food festivals that will be taking place around the region in 2012? Here are our recommendations for the best opportunities to gorge on Welsh grub!
St David’s Food and Crafts Festival
This foodie feast takes over Saundersfoot Harbour between 3- 4 March with fresh and local goodies galore! The highlight of the festival is definitely the ‘Cawl Cooking Championship of the World and Elsewhere’, which sees local restaurants competing against each other to find the best dish of Cawl! [For all you non-Welsh speakers – Cawl is traditional Welsh soup or broth usually including Welsh lamb and leeks]
• Find out more here.
Pembrokeshire Fish Week
Another food themed festival that will have you hooked is Pembrokeshire Fish Week. Kicking off on Saturday 23rd June there will be lots of fishy fun to be had by all, with plenty of activities taking place around the coast and waterways. Crab catching, river walks for youngsters, coastal explorers, fishing competitions, marine fun days and much more! And of course there will be lots of seafood to sample and buy – fish BBQ’s, fresh fish extravaganzas, fish pie lunches, seafood suppers and not forgetting the staple of good old fish and chips!
• Check out The Fish Week website for more info.
The Really Wild Food Festival
With its rivers, coast and countryside, Pembrokeshire provides a bounty of delicious goodies. In fact, it’s a food foragers dream! Which is where the next festival comes in: The Really Wild Food Festival is great for those of you who are looking for something a bit different. Taking place from 27th-28th July, it’s celebration of rural life, concentrating on locally grown and produced food and aiming to demonstrate how using wild ingredients can really jazz up your cooking! But it’s not just about food, keep the kids busy with bugs and beasties walks, craft workshops, bush craft and puppets. There’s also a chance to meet some Icelandic horses, children’s pony rides and, what is sure to be a marvel to behold, the unusual sport of pig racing!
• Visit the festival’s website here.
Narberth Food Festival
To round up the food festivals is the Narberth Food Festival, winner of a Pembrokeshire Tourism Award 2011. The event between 22nd – 23rd September is flying the flag for independent retailers and celebrating the slow food movement. With stallholders offering everything from wild boar sausages, gourmet fishcakes, Welsh honey and specialty beer – there will be something to tempt all taste buds! And if you are not quite a culinary whiz in the kitchen there will be cookery demonstrations from celebrity chefs taking place throughout the weekend. With free lessons for kids, it may even lead to the discovery of any future Jamie Oliver’s, or at least encourage your youngsters to pick up a pan!
More information can be found here.
Sporting events around the county
With miles of sandy beaches and beautiful coastline, Pembrokehire provides the perfect setting for any sporting event, whether you’re after extreme endurance or extreme silliness…
One that’s not to be missed is the Ironman Wales competition in Tenby on 16th September, which is expected to attract 5,000 competitors. Not for the faint hearted, the race kicks off with a 2.4-mile swim across north beach in Tenby, followed by a 112-mile cycle race around the south of the county, and concluding with a full distance marathon. Phew! [If you’d rather watch, the route runs right past Celtic Haven…]
• Find out more here.
Tenby Boxing Day Swim
If just the thought of Iron Man has left you out of breath then spare a thought for the hardy souls who each year decide to brave the chilly Welsh waters for the Tenby Boxing Day Swim. Started in 1970, this charity event has grown in popularity every year and now attracts thousands of on lookers who come along to cheer on more than 600 swimmers, many of them in weird and wonderful fancy dress. Definitely an inventive way to burn off those Christmas calories!
• Check out their website here.
With the wealth of castles, forts and ruins in Pembrokeshire there’s something to please any history buffs…
Carew Castle fun days
Be sure to schedule in a visit to Carew Castle during your visit; as well as admiring one of our most magnificent castles, there is also a programme of events held throughout the year. During the summer holidays there are medieval fun days in which children can discover what life was really like in a medieval castle! An autumn event that is not to be missed is the Halloween Extravaganza, complete with all manner of ghosts and ghouls! During the festive season the castle will be opening its doors for the Christmas Fayre in the medieval hall with a whole host of goodies from Christmas crafts, decorations and gifts to textiles, local produce and jewellery. Plus face painting, tarot readings and more.
Visit the Carew Castle website here.
Events at Pembroke Castle
The birthplace of Henry VII, Pembroke Castle in another must–do and there’s a lot going on during the weekends and the summer holidays to keep the kids entertained. Your children will love the castle’s storytelling days, with magical tales of wizards and dragons, hat and shield making, ghost walks and games galore. The circus days are also bound to prove very popular, with the chance to learn how to juggle, stilt walk or even spin plates! There are also historical re–enactments, with recreations of civilian and military life through the ages.
Check out the official site for details of these events and more.
And finally not to be missed…. Pembrokeshire’s annual County Show
The largest three-day agricultural show in Wales, attracting almost 100,000 people a year. There’s a great line up, with livestock displays showcasing everything from beef and dairy cattle, to Angora and Pygmy Goats! For any show enthusiasts there are jumping competitions and mounted games to watch. And of course there will be the many stands to browse, sampling some of the very best local produce and unique arts and crafts.
• See the official website for more information.
The perfect base to enjoy Pembrokeshire
Situated at the heart of the beautiful Pembrokeshire National Park, Celtic Haven provides the perfect base to enjoy all this and more. We hope our list of local events has given you some inspiration. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your next trip now!