Gifts for all seasons

Gear up for a legendary 2017 and bag a great day out for your loved ones (including yourself!).

Whether you are looking for birthday presents, a special treat, a Christmas gift or a delicious excuse to come to Pembrokeshire we have some epic suggestions for you. 

Ready for more action and adventure in 2017? With activities as diverse as bushcraft, coasteering, foraging and zoo keeping we have something to suit everyone’s bucket-list.

And you don’t have to go outdoors to have an adventure. We’ve got artists and cooks, craftswomen and bushmen up and down the county, all offering workshops or one-to-one’s to help get the creative juices flowing.

Enjoy our run-down of some of the best gift adventures on offer in Pembrokeshire this year: 

JANUARY

Pembrokeshire has wild landscapes and stargazing dark skies locations across the county and local resident landscape photographer, Drew Buckley, is the man to help you capture these magical moments. Drew offers one-to-one photography sessions to capture stormy landscapes by day and the milky way by night.

Pembrokeshire Leatherwork run very popular leather making courses teaching people the art of leatherwork and how to make beautiful creations such as a designer leather bag, wallet or facemask. A completely ‘hands on’ course producing a gift that will last for many years to come.  

FEBRUARY

February has its bright days, but its still a month to hunker down and stoke the creative fires. Local contemporary jewellery artist, Sara Lloyd-Morris, offers courses to help people make bespoke rings, pendants, earrings or necklaces. No previous experience is necessary.

Creative kids will enjoy a session at one of our local Creative Café's. Groups and families are well looked after as they decorate their own pottery: plates, mugs and sculptures, in a relaxing creative environment. 

Gifts for all seasons - Creative Cafe

MARCH

Generations of painters have gathered in Pembrokeshire to experience the extraordinary light and atmosphere of the Pembrokeshire coastline.

Indigo brown creative holidays provide residential painting holidays and day courses for beginners or experienced artists looking to explore drawing and painting of local seascapes and landscapes.

While local photographer Aeron John offers Pembrokeshire Photo Walks to help capture the landscape, wildlife or sport life of Pembrokeshire while learning a trick or two about how to use a camera in the process.

Pembrokeshire Photo walks

APRIL

Pembrokeshire has burst into life by April, with wild flowers in abundance. One of the hottest spots in the county is Skomer Island, blue with bluebells and offering a close up and personal encounter with hundreds of beautiful puffins. Bird lovers, nature lovers and wild flower lovers will all thank you for the gift of 24-hours on Skomer or a day trip to this enchanted island. 

MAY

As the days grow longer and warmer May entices us outside to play. There’s rock climbing on warm sea cliff faces, horse-riding across the Preseli Mountains and fishing to be had on our inland lakes. Visit our activities page for a full list of all the adventures on offer in Pembrokeshire this summer.

Horseriding on the Preseli hills

At Folly Farm and Manor House Wildlife Park young animal lovers have the extraordinary chance to be a Zoo Keeper for the day. Small groups will enjoy hands-on experiences with their favourite zoo animals, including a behind the scenes tour of the animal's enclosure, a chat with a Zoo Keeper and helping with feed time. 

JUNE

While it might still be a tad too chilly for getting in the water it is the perfect time to get ON the water. Sea kayaking sessions from Stackpole, sailing courses from Neyland marina, dolphin spotting wildlife boat trips out of St Davids – the list is endless. 

Visit our activities page for a full list of all the adventures on offer in Pembrokeshire this summer.

Wildlife photographer? Join professional photographer and lecturer, Andy Davies, for an unforgettable stay on Skomer Island. Opportunities for capturing memorable images abound at this UK wildlife hotspot and Andy will always be on hand to guide you the best locations at the optimum times and to help with a wide variety of techniques. 

Puffins on Skomer Island

JULY

All of the water sports schools offer sessions to get you in and one the water and by July most locals and visitors are already there. Dreams of surfing, kite surfing, paddleboarding or scuba diving are just one gift away. 

One water sport born in Pembrokeshire is coasteering – the art of negotiating your way around a cliff-face and waters edge in a wet suit. Think climbing, scrambling, cliff jumping, swimming and whole load of adrenalin. That’s coasteering. It’s incredibly popular and hugely fun.

For a full list of all the adventures on offer in Pembrokeshire this summer visit our activities page.

AUGUST

Nearly half the worlds’ population of Manx shearwaters travel all the way from South America just to breed on Skomer Island in Pembrokeshire. But here’s the thing, you have to stay overnight to see (or rather hear) them. Having spent all day at sea they wait until its dark before they return to the island. This is a wildlife encounter guaranteed never to be forgotten.

EVERYTHING is going on by August. We’re in the sea, on the sea, at the beach and everywhere in between. For a full list of all the adventures on offer in Pembrokeshire this summer visit our activities page

SEPTEMBER

Come September the fruits of the summer are ripening in the hedgerows. For top foraging tips talk to our local expert at Wild About Pembrokeshire. Julia is passionate about foraging from the shoreline to the hedgerow and everywhere in-between, giving people the confidence and encouragement they need to gather, graze and feast.

Wild about Pembrokeshire

This is also the time of year that seals start pupping. Another great reason to get back on the water with one of our wildlife boat trips or maybe gift a trip to another enchanted island: Ramsey, where hoards of seals can be seen from the clifftops.

OCTOBER

While a basic survival course may not be necessary on your visit to Pembrokeshire… it sure is fun. Our local wilderness expert, Buzzard Chris, provides informative courses in bushcraft skills, to deepen your connection and enjoyment of the natural environment in Pembrokeshire.

Local glass fusion artist, Steve Robinson, offers glass design workshops all-year round, teaching the techniques that go into designing and crafting fused glass with enamels. During this full day workshop participants make their own large wall hanging, which is fired overnight, ready for collection the next day.

NOVEMBER

One of the more unique experience days on offer is the off-road day at Wood Park 4x4 – a great way to learn some driving skills in tricky weather. Instructor led, cosy warm in a Land Rover whilst the world of mud and water splashes around outside. It’s like jumping in a puddle from grown-ups.

Having a hoot in Pembrokeshire can take on a whole different meaning when experiencing a day with Pembrokeshire Falconry. On offer are owl encounters or walks with hawks - a unique gift that doesn’t present itself very often.

Pembrokeshire Falconry

DECEMBER

When winter comes chances are the best activities are going to be indoors.

Candles make are a joy to make, if you have all the right tools and know-how. Join Inger for a morning’s candle making at the Pembrokeshire Candlemakers studio near Newport. This is a great group activity, ideal for a bunch of friends or family. 

If cooking is the gift you’re looking for contact local micro-baker Vicky North for a series of bread-making, baking and cookery courses at her new café in Newport. Vicky North Cookery School

And this list wouldn’t be complete without a spa day suggestion. Infinity pools, massages, steam baths, facials - everything one could ask for on a pampered day out. Search here for spa packages.

Bagged yourself an adventure in 2017? If you are gifted one of these amazing courses or days out we would love hear all about it and see some photos on our Facebook or Twitter pages. 

WEATHER
 Such a beautiful idyllic place to holiday and I've been visiting every year since I was a child. Would definitely recommend it as top spot to take a break. 
Louise, Wolverhampton
Vic North Cookery School

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