What’s on in Whitsun

May Whitsun week is jam-packed with events for all the family.

Don’t miss the Welsh Dragon Boat races at Llys y Fran or the Really Wild Food Festival near St Davids.

Kayaking, climbing, bat walks and adventure stories are just some of the events taking place this week, so what are you waiting for? Go have some fun this Whitsun! 

Whitsun Week

The following venues have family events happening every day throughout the week, so click on the links to see what takes your fancy.

If you’re near Cilgerran there’s something happening every day at the Welsh Wildlife Centre. Make your own bug home, do some animal clay modelling or join a reptile ramble.

National Park sites across Pembrokeshire have many family events happening this Whitsun, from evening bat walks and arty afternoons at Oriel y Parc to Iron Age discovery days at Castell Henllys. In the South of the county Carew Castle takes you into the medieval mayhem with treasure trails and prince/princess days.

Dragon Days and the Merrymakers Knight School are all happening in Pembroke Castle this week.

Meanwhile the National trust have lots of events on their ‘Things to do before your 11 ¾ ‘ series. Kayaking, coasteering and climbing can be found at Stackpole Estate, with pond dipping adventures at Colby Woodland Garden.

Friday 27th May – Sunday 5th June

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 27th – Monday 30th May

Fishguard Folk Festival

“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 add to my enjoyment. It's in my diary for this year. Make sure you put it in yours - it's well worth a visit.”  Looking forward to seeing you this year Elizabeth!

Saturday 28th May

Live Music: Maia

Maia deliver a genre-busting mix of sweet stunning vocal harmonies over funky blissed out grooves; punctuated by echoing banjo, guitar, shimmering mandolins, spooky brass and keyboards. What’s not to love? Full details and tickets at Span Arts

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May

The Really Wild Food Festival is back at Celtic Camping, near Abberiddi, just 4-miles from St Davids. Sample wild food from across Wales, including some adventurous eating with bug cookies from Grub Kitchen. A brilliant family day out at an award-winning event. Gates open at 10am.

Sunday 29th May

Welsh Dragon Boat Championship

Head to Llys-y-Fran Reservoir this Whitsun, where the Welsh Dragon Boat Championships 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.

Birds of prey are at Castell Henllys where you can get up close and personal with these magnificent birds. Watch them give an amazing display of their flying skills and have your photo taken with the bird of your choice. Flying displays at 11am and 2pm.

Carew Castle Events

Monday 30th May

Kayaking Monday

Ever fancied kayaking out of Stackpole Quay? Join the Stackpole Estate National Trust’s guided trips on offer every day over Whitsun and enjoy an action-packed day out experiencing Pembrokeshire from a completely new angle.

Tuesday 31st May

Go Wild in Ffynnone

Families can join an outdoor adventure and exploration of Ffynnone’s wild woodland. Learn the secrets of survival with danger training, rope-bridge building and making dens. Learn the food foraging skills and enjoy cooking over a fire. Challenges have never been so much fun. Ages 6+. Details from Small World.

The Big Climb

Join the Stackpole Estate National Trust’s team as they bring the old Stackpole Quay Quarry back to life with their big climb challenge. If you've got a head for heights then why not join our expert guides and scale the walls of the disused quarry. It'll be an experience to remember. 11am-3pm.

Wednesday 1st June

Could you be a Celtic warrior? Return to the Iron Age and find your inner Celt! The Iron Age Village comes alive with ancient arts and crafts. A "have-a-go" day for all the family with activities galore, from face painting to using a sling or bush-craft. 11am-4pm.

Castell Henllys Easter Events Copy

Thursday 2nd June

Flossy and Boo’s Curiosity Shop

Flossy and Boo have run away from the circus to set up their own travelling curiosity shop - collecting songs, trinkets and stories of rather strange characters along the way.  Enter Flossy and Boo's mind-boggling world and hear all about their curious adventures. Starts at 2pm. Tickets and enquiries to Span Arts

Black Mountains Falconry returns to Pembroke Castle and are always a big crowd pleaser. You’ll see falcons, owls, buzzards and hawks, together with a fantastic flying demonstration that includes audience participation.

Friday 3rd June

Family Kayaking

Join a family friendly kayaking tour with Preseli Venture to explore the pristine coastline on the beautiful North Pembrokeshire coast. Join the National Trust’s paddling ranger and get closer to the amazing wildlife, geology and history of the area.

Kayaking with Preseli Venture

Comedy: Lee Nelson

Lee Nelson is the chavvy alter ego of comedian Simon Brodkin, known by many for his own character sketch show for BBC Three “Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show”. Catch Nelson at his absolute best, live and unleashed. Parental guidance advised. Starts @ 8pm De Valence Pavillion, Tenby. Tickets and enquiries to Span Arts

Sunday 5th June

Farms for City Children are holding their open day at Lower Treginnis Farm in conjunction with Blas Y Tir. Open Farm Sunday is a brilliant free family event and explores more about potato farming and you get the chance to pick the super tasty Pembrokeshire Early spuds so don't forget your wellies. The fun begins at 10am.

Bushcraft @ Picton

Join Buzzard Chris at Picton Castle to work on your knife work and spoon carving skills. This ‘Bushcraft Knifework for Youngsters’ course will introduce the safe handling of the bushcraft knife and its uses for creating a number of camp essential items.

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For the full round up of May events check out our What’s on May post. 

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