What’s on in July

Otters at dawn in Stackpole and Only Men Aloud in Pembroke Castle at dusk.

Tenby is once again hosting Long Course Weekend and Fishguard’s back with another fabulous International Music Festival.

These are just a few of the many events taking place this month - what a scorcher!

Wednesday 1st July

Start July with a 6am dawn ‘Otter walk’ down on the Stackpole Estate. Breakfast bun and tea included.

Otter dawn walk Stackpole Estate

Friday 3rd – 5th 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!

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th July

Rock the Castle

Killer Queen and Kings of Leon are set to rock Pembroke Castle Saturday night. While Only Men Aloud will raise the roof on Sunday. A magical location for a summer evening picnic, with superb music in a spectacular setting. Perfect!

Only men allowed

Tuesday 7th July

Join the head gardener at Picton Castle every Tuesday morning this July for a stroll around the Picton Estate to see what’s new in the gardens. Get some top gardening tips and advice straight from the horse’s mouth. Tours start at 11am. This is a free event (normal admission applies).

Thursday 9th July

Comedy Club

There’s more Comedy Club at the Queens Hall this month. Headlining is Nick Page, whose material is a surprising mixture of cynical observation and storytelling, drawing on his useless degree (International Politics and Far Eastern History) and inability to do a proper job (he was an estate agent but is mostly cured).

Second act of the evening is Vince Atta. His high-octane performances, stunning delivery & flawless array of impressions are sure to please. Hosting your night is MC Carly Smallman. Her unique blend of outrageous impropriety and adorable sincerity has established her as a firm favourite on the comedy circuit. Tickets and enquiries to Span Arts

Vince Atta Comedy Club

Friday 10th & Saturday 11th July

Opera

Time to get the picnic basket and blankets out for Summer Opera season at Rhosygilwyn, in cooperation with The National Opera Studios. Trystan Griffiths (tenor), Adam Gilbert (baritone), Sioned Gwen (mezzo soprano), Celine Forrest (Soprano, with musical accompaniment by Ingrid Surgenor. Guest baratone is Matt Durkan. Tickets and enquiries to Rhosygilwyn 

Saturday 20th – 30th July

Fishguard International Music Festival

Ten days of world class music set against a spectacular backdrop of endless skies, golden beaches, wooded valleys and traditional west Wales communities. 

Fishguard International Music Festival

Saturday 25th July

St Davids Folk Festival

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

If you can't make this year's festival, here's our guide to music venues right across Pembrokeshire so you can find a gig in time for your next trip.

Sunday 26th 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. 

Tenby 10k

Will you be one of the 600 runners taking part in the Tenby 10k this year? This picturesque run takes in the beautiful sights of Tenby and will give you a good run for your money. Registration in advance essential. Race starts at 11am. 

Tenby 10K

Monday 28th July – 13th August

Merry Wives of Windsor

A unique opportunity to see this lively Shakespeare play performed in the magnificent St David’s Bishop’s Palace. This is a proper farce with plenty of laughs and a washing basket full of laundry. Presented by Festival Arts with their usual live band. 

Thursday 30th July

Teddy Bear Picnic

Bring your teddies along to Colby Woodland Garden for a picnic with a difference! Travel back to a time when bears roamed the land. Make mossy dens, find edible plants, track down the keeper of the bears’ secrets and listen to stories from that mythical time. Suitable for ages 4+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets and enquiries to Span Arts 

Puss in Boots

Mathry Community Hall is playing host to ‘Puss in Boots’ this summer, with a series of performances throughout August. A cheerful family musical play, written by the Baines Beckett team - follow Puss in Boots through a cheerful maze of fairy stories and listen to some catchy tunes. Enquiries to Festival Arts

Music

Span Arts are bringing Celtic legends, the Peatbog Faeries, to the Queens Hall this July. Peatbog Faeries are one of Scotland’s best known names in contemporary folk music and their music embodies many styles including folk, electronica, rock and jazz and traditional Celtic. Featuring bagpipes, fiddles, whistles, and a whole lot of foot stomping. Tickets and enquiries to Span Arts.

 Peatbog Faeries

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