What's on in May.

Sing into May with dawn chorus morning walks, falconry displays and spring plant fairs.

The Preseli Beast is running, Dragon Boat’s are on the water and the Really Wild Festival is back.

Fishguard is going folk, St Davids is getting classical, with lots of music gigs to suit all tastes. What a blooming month!

Throughout May

The following venues have lots of family events happening throughout the month, so click on the links to see what takes your fancy.

Start spring with an ‘International Dawn Chorus’ day at the Welsh Wildlife Centre in Cilgerran. They have family friendly events going on throughout the month, from toddler walks to bird ID walks.

Welsh Wildlife Centre - Badger

At National Park sites across Pembrokeshire there’s all sorts of family events happening this May, from falconry displays and Iron Age discovery days at Castell Henllys, while Carew Castle take you into the medieval mayhem with treasure trails and herbal histories.

Ghost story nights, falconry days and the Merrymakers Knight School are all happening in Pembroke Castle this month.

Merrymakers Knight School at Pembroke Castle

Meanwhile the National Trust have lots of events on their ‘Things to do before your 11¾‘ series. Wild camp and kayaking can be found at Stackpole Estate while Saturday morning runs and ‘The Story of Wood’ are over at Colby Woodland Garden.

Saturday 2nd May

Big Span Arts Plant Sale - Narberth

Summer is here. If you love gardening come along to Narberth and meet some of West Wales’ finest plant sellers at the Big Plant Sale. Expert horticultural talks, live music, food and drink makes for a memorable day out.

Sunday 3rd & Monday 4th May

Picton Castle Plant & Vintage Craft Fair

More plants for sale at Picton Castle as they host their annual plant and vintage craft sale. The gardens will be blooming and it’s a lovely time of year to enjoy the woodlands too.

Monday 4th May

Impress your family this Bank Holiday by creating a medieval castle hat at the newly opened Cardigan Castle. Choose to be a princess, brave knight or another character that lived and worked within the castle walls. Tickets and Enquiries to Small World.

Saturday 9th May

Preseli Beast Running Race

Love running? Then take a look at this beast of an off-road race in the heart of the stunning Preseli Mountains.

The Preseli Beast is an off-road fell race that starts and finishes in Maenclochog, taking you over the Preseli Hills into the Gwaun Valley and up onto Carn Ingli, with spectacular views over Newport Bay. Race Starts at 10am.


New for 2015 is Haverfoodfest, a showcase of the rich and diverse foods available from across Pembrokeshire. Celebrity chef Angela Gray along with local chefs will demonstrate their skills in the kitchen. Plenty of live music with everything from Cuban to Ukulele will entertain the crowds during the day and if you're up for a BIG challenge you have to enter the Man V Food competition. The fun begins at 10am.

Thursday 14th May

Comedy Club

David Trent is headlining this months Comedy club at the Queens Hall with his ‘ natural flair for the absurd.' MC is Karen Bayley, with Anthony King kicking off the night. National talent on our doorstep. Tickets and enquiries to Span Arts

Span Comedy Culb

Friday 22nd May

Garden Gigs – Johnno Casson

Johnno Casson is bringing his warm, heartfelt and poetic music to Llys Meddyg for another luscious garden gig. With songs taken from a life of experience, sounds drawn from an acoustic heart with a restless other worldly spirit, Johnno makes unique music that's hard to put in a box & even harder to forget.

Friday 22nd May – 31st May

St Davids Cathedral Festival

The St. Davids Cathedral Festival has been responsible for bringing classical music to the heart of West Wales for over 35 years. For ten days the Cathedral is host to a feast of classical and contemporary music concerts under the artistic direction of Oliver Waterer, the Organist and Master of the Choristers. 

Saturday 23rd – Monday 25th May

Fishguard Folk Festival

From the colourful opening ceremony in Fishguard's town square to the fun of the finale, the Fishguard Folk Festival was a joyous and vibrant celebration of folk music set against the backcloth of an historical and picturesque town. Joining in when I could added to my enjoyment. It's in my diary for this year. Make sure you put it in yours - it's well worth a visit.  

Saturday 23rd & 24th May

The Really Wild Food Festival is back and this year in a new venue at Celtic Camping, near Abberiddi, on a 250 acre National Trust working farm of Pwll Caerog, just four miles from St Davids. Spectacular views for this years festival. Gates open at 10am.

Sunday 24th May

Welsh Dragon Boat Championship

Head to Llys-y-Fran Reservoir this Whitsun, where the Welsh Dragon Boat Race hits the water to raise money for Pembrokeshire charities.

Local teams, with 17 members in each boat, will be racing across Llys y Fran in a traditional Dragon Boat, rowing to the sound of the drummer at the helm. What a great family day out! Races start at 10am.

Tuesday 26th May

Arabian Nights – Span Arts

Meet Sheherazade, the greatest storyteller of them all. She has a feast of adventures and fantasies to tell, involving genies, villains, heroes and princesses. Visit old favourites, like Aladdin, Ali Baba and the Little Beggar, with lots of characters, costumes, dance, puppets and fun. For children aged 5+. Starts at 2pm. Tickets and enquiries to Span Arts

Friday 29th May

Beverley Craven

After a lengthy break from her 90s chart success Beverley Craven is back, and performing at The Queens Hall! Tickets and enquiries to Span Arts

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Why not make a weekend of it? Find the perfect accommodation: a cosy cottage or sea side retreat and explore some of the events happening right across Pembrokeshire during May.


 We visited last May and were so taken by the wonderful people and beautiful area that we are coming back again this May. 
David and Sweet, Louisville TN USA
Beverly Craven at Span Arts

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