12 days of Christmas

Welcome to Christmas in Pembrokeshire. You've arrived, unpacked the car and now it's time to relax, switch off and enjoy.

Here's our top 12 Days of Christmas to help you make the most of the holidays.

22nd December

Tropical Bugs. In Pembrokeshire? Yes, in St Davids.

Dr Sarah Beynon set up her Bug Farm to share her love of bugs and you too can get up close and personal with stick insects, tarantulas and giant cockroaches – if you want too! Then grab a coffee or a bite to eat in the Grub Kitchen, the UK’s first edible insect restaurant – don’t worry they have delicious non insect menu if you’re not feeling adventurous, and if you find you like eating bugs you can now buy them at Bug Farm Foods!

Read more: Let’s try adventurous eating

The Bug Farm

23rd December

He’s behind you!

As if the excitement level wasn’t already at fever pitch, take it to another level with a Christmas classic: a panto. Dick Whittington at the Torch Theatre promises everything you could dream of in a traditional family pantomime - packed with songs, slapstick, silliness and with plenty of audience participation, it’s a Christmas must. The show runs until the 30th December.

24th December

2 minute beach clean

Take a break from all the excitement and head to the beach (sea air is great at inducing sleep – perfect for Christmas Eve!) whether you head to Newport Sands, Newgale or Amroth remember to take a bag, or two, with you and give the beach a Christmas clean. If you’d like to join a beach clean event, check out Keep Wales Tidy, Surfers Against Sewage and the Marine Conservation Society for details of upcoming events. Every 2 minutes helps.

Read more: Five secret Pembrokeshire beaches

25th December

The wait is over.

Have a wonderful day.

Merry Christmas 🎄 

26th December

Are you ready to take the plunge?

Keep the Christmas cheer rolling and get yourself down to the annual Tenby Boxing Day swim. You’ll be in the company of about 600 fancy dress dippers dressed in this year’s theme - comic characters so expect a few Desperate Dan’s and may be a Dennis the Menace! All funds from this year’s event will go to the nominated charities PATCH and the Harriet Davis Trust. The mass plunge happens at 11am on Tenby’s North beach

Tenby Boxing Day swim

27th December

Capture memories

If Santa delivered a camera for Christmas where do you head to capture that perfect shot? We asked award winning photographer Drew Buckley.

Most people flock to Pembrokeshire to enjoy the sun baked, sandy beaches and tranquil, turquoise seas in summer. But visit in winter and if you're lucky, the landscape will be transformed with the arrival of snow. With its mild oceanic climate and surrounded mostly by the sea, Pembrokeshire isn’t the most common place to see snow, when it does snow however, the first place to experience this winter wonderland are the higher peaks of the Preseli mountains. Any of the peaks are a superb place to visit, Foel Eryr probably being the easiest to access with just a short walk from the main road and off road parking. The summit offers 360 degree views across Pembrokeshire and a good place to look out for red kites soaring overhead, while wild ponies roam below over this raw landscape.

Read more: Top spots for winter photography in Pembrokeshire

Winter photography

28th December

Fresh air

After a few days indoors head into the hills for a bracing walk and where better than at Rosebush at the foot of the Preseli Hills. The walk takes you right to the highest point in Pembrokeshire but you don’t have to do it all, just as much as you can. Finish up in Tafarn Sinc, a community pub with warming fires and welcoming Welsh hospitality.

Read more: six of the best winter walks ending in a warming drink & crackling fires

29th December

A little action

Both Heatherton, World of Activities and Manor Wildlife Park are open between Christmas and New Year. Try your hand at adventure golf, paintball or the Tree Tops Adventure Trail while across the road at Manor Wildlife Park you can wander through the Wallabies and Lemurs, roll around in the hay barn or climb the Digiwall

A little action

30th December

Explore a castle

Delve into Pembrokeshire’s past by visiting a castle – walk in the footsteps of Henry VII with a visit to Pembroke Castle (27th – 30th December) or go ghost hunting at Carew Castle (30th Dec – 1st Jan) looking for Princess Nest and her Barbary ape! Take time to explore Picton Castle and Gardens & The Secret Owl Garden then head straight to Maria’s restaurant for a warming Spanish hot chocolate and churros or lunch with a Mediterranean twist.

Read more: Meet Maria Grimwood – a taste of Spanish cuisine in Pembrokeshire

31st December

Bounce into the New Year

Work off some steam or Christmas excess at Hangar 5 Trampoline Park. This indoor park covers 10,000 square feet with 100 interconnected trampolines. The angled walls, trick airbags, slam dunk basketball and punch bags are perfect for bouncing and practising those flips. Perfect for ages over 6 years and they are open from 11am to 4pm - Make a booking to secure your bounce time!

Bounce into New Year

1st January 2018

Welcome to 2018, and welcome to Wales’ Year of the Sea

And what better way to start than with a swim in the sea in Saundersfoot at their 34th New Year’s Day swim. This year’s swim starts on Saundersfoot beach, just in front of the harbour. If you’re closer to St Davids the St David’s Penknife Club is holding its annual New Year’s Day Swim on Whitesands beach - register by 11am and take the plunge at 12 midday.

2nd January

Start the New Year with a splash

To carry on the theme of the Year of the Sea head to St Davids and join TYF on their family coasteering session. What is coasteering? An exhilarating blend of scrambling, leaping and traversing along the coastline, where the sea meets the land. There are spots to jump, stretches to swim, caves to explore and waves to navigate.

Here's wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Year - hope you have amazing adventures making lasting memories.

 

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 [Pembrokeshire] very much like the coastal beaches of Australia. 
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