I think it’s pretty fair to say we’ve had our fair share of rain and wind these past few weeks, but no matter the weather Pembrokeshire is perfect to explore all year round.
However, exploring the wonderful outdoors can become a little less thrilling and a little more challenging when British weather gets in the way. All of a sudden the thought of going for coastal walk or a dip in the sea becomes a lot less appealing. Luckily there are still plenty of places to visit and activities to try for those rain-soaked days. Don’t let a bit of rain put a dampener on your trip, just grab your wellies and your coat and get out outdoors!
Head to the beach
As the UK’s only coastal national park Pembrokeshire has plenty of stunning beaches to explore. So pull on those wellies, wrap up warm and enjoy a refreshing stroll in the magnificent outdoors. Alternatively, venture out onto a stretch of the 186 mile coast path that runs the entire length of Pembrokeshire. Why not go and see it in its full stormy glory at one of the many incredible viewpoints such as the Green Bridge or Strumble Head Lighthouse. Just be careful on the cliff tops and slippery paths.
You’re wet already aren’t you? Pembrokeshire is home to this exhilarating and adventurous activity and what an incredible way to explore the coast by jumping off cliffs, scrambling over rocks and diving into the deep blue! Check out the adventure pioneers, TYF, based in St Davids for more information.
Come rain or shine Hangar 5 in Haverfordwest is the perfect spot to burn some energy. With over 100 interconnected trampolines with special features such as angled walls, punch bags and a dodgeball court there is fun for all the family. Plus if you are in need of a quick breather or if you are a non-bouncer you can always sit back and relax in the cafe.
Step back in Time
Discover Pembrokeshire’s rich history by exploring one of its many museums, cathedrals and castles.
St David’s Cathedral
Fancy a day trip to the city? The smallest city in the UK I must add! A place filled with heaps of ancient history and a tranquil atmosphere. No matter the weather this quaint little city is always bustling with locals and tourists and why not when there’s so much to enjoy. The high street is filled with an abundance of independent and high street shops clustered around the old cross square, tearooms and pubs are dotted about the streets, plus there is the spectacular St David’s Cathedral built by St David himself, the patron saint of Wales. I talk a little more about St David’s here.
Once a powerful stronghold, the ruin stands prominently on the banks of the River Carew and is celebrated as one of the most magnificent castles in South Wales. Carew Castle is a must even on the rainiest of days. The Nest, a modern tearoom located near the Castle entrance, serves refreshments with a beautiful view of the grounds and the castle walls. Brimming with history it is an impressive location and holds some of the most diverse architecture. Find more info here.
The Creative Café has three shops located in Pembrokeshire’s three main towns, Narberth, Haverfordwest and St David’s. Whether you’re a novice or an expert at throwing clay their trained staff are always on hand to help you create your masterpiece.
Tucked away, in the smallest city in the UK, is a farm quite unlike any other. Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm is quite literally what it says on the tin, a place dedicated to all things bugs. It is a popular attraction that offers amazing experiences for families, adults and school groups. Fancy getting up close and holding a tropical bug? Or perhaps you would like to sample some of the edible insects in the Grub Kitchen? The farm offers tactile learning experiences showcasing this tiny hidden world in a new light.
Have you ever hand milked a goat? Or would you like to meet a rabbit? At Folly Farm Jolly Barn you can do just this. There is a daily timetable which offers you the chance to get up close to your favourite farmyard friends and give them a cwtch, take them on their daily walk or stroke their fur.
Why not spend a day unwinding and pampering yourself in one of the many spas across the county. St Brides Spa in Saundersfoot, Scolton Manor Spa near Haverfordwest and The Cliff Hotel and Spa near Cardigan are all perfect spots to escape too on a rainy, grey day. Whether you like to overlook breathtaking coastal views or surround yourself by woodland and wildlife you are sure to find that home-from-home feeling in one of these locations. Plus they offer sensational treatments and facilities to help you relax, indulge and unwind.
Treat yourself to a long lunch
From fine dining to traditional country pubs, Pembrokeshire has it all and caters for all taste buds. A few personal favourites of mine are Rhosyn Restaurant at Penally Abbey Hotel, the most relaxed and cosy spot to indulge in some of the finest locally sourced produce in Pembrokeshire. The Golden Lion in Newport, whether you’re looking for a candlelit dinner for two or rolling in for a warm-me-up lunch with your furry four-legged friend then this place is perfect spot to stop. Alternatively, if you are looking to something on the go Cafe Môr based at Freshwater West is a one of a kind mobile kitchen serving a wonderfully fresh and delicious menu.
Whatever the weather you’re sure to still have fun and find an adventure in Pembrokeshire.