What's on in July

Our round up of just some of the amazing events happening this month.

Otters at dawn, Proms at Pembroke Castle, Dylan Thomas’ writing shed in St Davids, Long Course Weekend in Tenby and Fishguard’s International Music Festival are just a few of the many events taking place this month – what a scorcher!

Tuesday 1st July

Pembrokeshire Fish Week

Pembrokeshire Fish Week is in full swing, with lots of fishy events happening all week. Join Café Môr for a sea forage & picnic down at Freshwater West or maybe an evenings fishing lesson over at Llys y Fran.

Wednesday 2nd July

Start July with a dawn ‘Otter walk’ down on the Stackpole Estate. If that’s too early Taking Flight Theatre Company start a week of performances of "As You Like It". Guaranteed to be a fun, fast paced, family friendly outdoor promenade production with live music, laughter and just a touch of audience interaction.

Castell Henllys have events going on all July. Meet Arianrhod and find out if the good old days really so good? Explore the lives of our Iron Age ancestors with Arianrhod. Visit her in the fort and she'll be happy to take you on a tour as she tells you about her life in the Iron Age.

Saturday 5th July

Proms in the Castle
Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Pembroke Castle for another wonderful evening of popular classics. Round off Pembrokeshire Fish Week with a summer’s evening picnic and superb music in a spectacular setting. Perfect!

Calling all poets! Oriel y Parc in St Davids has events happening all month, starting this weekend when the replica of Dylan Thomas's iconic Writing Shed rolls up at Oriel y Parc as part of its national tour.

Friday 11th-13th July

Long Course Triathlon Weekend

Pembrokeshire plays host to one of the most difficult triathlons in Wales - the Long Course Weekend. This unique event lasts three days, accommodating over 4000 athletes, with the best triathlon talent in the UK taking part.

The event kicks off on Friday evening, with a 2.4 mile swim off Tenby's North Beach. Saturday’s attention turns to cycling 112 miles of undulating countryside, while the final task Sunday is a 26.2 mile marathon. A fantastic spectator sport!

Fishguard Comedy Festival

Fishguard is hosting a mini comedy festival around the town. Friday night Theatre Gwaun has two shows featuring the hottest acts to come out of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year. Saturday is over to Ffwrn, Peppers and The Royal Oak for more comedy, music and laughter.

Music:

Friday night Span Arts presents a very special one-off gig for the summer, featuring the talents behind the classic British band of the ‘80s - Squeeze! Expect spontaneity, a little chaos, and many of those wonderful hits from across their fruitful career.

Tickets and enquiries to Span Arts

Saturday evening Rhosygilwyn brings you opera with Gwyn Hughes Jones, probably Wales foremost international tenor. The evening starts at 6pm and includes a 90-minute picnic interval.

Tickets and enquiries to Rhosygilwyn

Monday 14th July

History Man - Take a walk and talk with local historian Glen Johnson and discover more about Cilgerran Castle's fascinating past.

Wednesday 16th July

Carew Castle have events taking place all throughout July. Take a tour around the castle with archaeologists and find out about the fascinating hidden history of the site, from the Iron Age through to grand Elizabethan splendour.

Saturday 19th – 30th July

Fishguard International Music Festival

This year Artistic Directors pianist Peter Donohoe CBE and harpist Gillian Green have created a 12-day celebration of classical music, bringing some of the finest musical talent from Wales, the UK and internationally.

BBC National Orchestra Of Wales At Venue Cymru (pic Betina Skovbro)

Sunday 20th July

Join the National Trust for a family friendly kayaking tour with Preseli Venture exploring the pristine North Pembrokeshire coastline. The National Trust’s paddling ranger will get you closer to the amazing wildlife, geology and history of the area.

Pembroke Castle have a week of activities starting off with the Merrymakers Knight School, to put you through your paces, teach you new skills and knightly techniques, and give you the chance to become a Castle Knight!

Wednesday 23rd July

Colby Gardens are offering an evening stroll with the local National Park Ranger. Discover a surprising variety of woodland wildlife as darkness falls on this guided family friendly 1-mile twilight walk.

Thursday 24th July

Pop down to the Welsh Wildlife Centre in Cilgerran to learn some essential bush craft skills such as making fire by friction and shelter building.

Saturday 26th July

St Davids Folk Festival

Welcome to the third year of this exciting Celtic music festival. A friendly family occasion enjoyed by locals and visiting alike, this one day festival is located in the beautiful grounds of the medieval Bishop’s Palace, besides St Davids Cathedral.

croquet

Scolton Manor Country Park is rolling out the croquet lawn ready for a summer of croquet at the manor house. Croquet sets can be hired from the visitor centre.

Sunday 27th July

Tenby Summer Spectacular

You know the summer has finally arrived when the fireworks fly down at the Tenby Summer Spectacular. Events take place around the harbour with live music, entertainment, stalls and food and drink. The spectacular is weather dependant and starts around 3pm, finishing around 10pm.

Monday 28th July

Three Little Pigs

This imaginative re-telling of the classic Three Little Pigs sees Danny try to re-enact the story, with lots of huff and puff to blow you away, watch as he recounts the tale with hilarious physical comedy, circus skills and, at times, well, sheer PIG-headedness. You’ll enjoy this just as much as the kids will!
Tickets and enquiries to Span Arts

Three little pigs

Wednesday 30th July

Picton Castle has a family pirate day with fancy dress photo shoot, puppet making, jungle adventure boardwalk, fancy dress competition and organised chaos. There is something for everyone come rain or shine.

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  We used to go to Cornwall until we discovered Pembrokeshire :) The most gorgeous place...So much to see and do. And the coastline...Oh wow! 
Nicky Berry

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