What’s On May

Spring into May with tea parties, 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 visit to the Welsh Wildlife Centre in Cilgerran. They have lots of wildlife-orientated family friendly events going on throughout the month.

At National Park sites across Pembrokeshire there’s all sorts of family events happening this May, from dawn chorus walks to 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.

Meanwhile the National trust have lots of events on their ‘Things to do before your 11 ¾ ‘ series. Wildlife walks and coasteering can be found at Stackpole Estate while Colby Woodland Garden is running a spring photography competition. 

Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd May

Picton Castle Plant & Vintage Craft Fair

A visit to Picton Castle’s Annual Spring Fair, near Haverfordwest, is the perfect way to get expert advice and beautiful plants from specialist growers. As well as a good opportunity to stock up on some unique gifts and crafts to add colour to your world 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.

Saturday 7th 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. Choose from 11, 24 or 32-miles of wild running. Races Start at 9am 

Haver Food Festival

Head on over to the Picton Centre, Haverfordwest, for the first food festival of the season - Haver Food Festival is back! Graze on the samples on offer from over 40 suppliers, cookery demonstrations from the Grub Kitchen and learn how to prep fresh fish. There’s even a My Little Kitchen for 4-11 yrs olds.

Haverfoodfest 2016 1

Sunday 8th May

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.

Tuesday 10th May

Singing Tea Party

Span Arts is bringing you the Singing Tea Party at the Bloomfield Centre. The tea party will be open to anybody who wants a trip down memory lane with tea, cakes and a vintage sing-a-long. Songs will be familiar to all and lyric sheets will be provided for those wishing to join in. More information at Span Arts.

Wildlife Photography

You know spring is finally here when the puffins start returning to Skomer Island. Join local wildlife photographer, Andy Davies, for an unforgettable day getting to grips with your camera and capturing Atlantic grey seals and puffins in their prime. Booking essential through the Andy Davies Photography.

Thursday 12th May

Comedy Club

Headliner, Roger Monkhouse, is one of the most original and distinctive acts on the comedy scene. Joining Roger is Sam Gore, with no less than five New Act of the Year titles, Sam has cemented his position as one of the best new voices on the circuit. Karen Bayley is MC for the evening. Full comedy CV, tickets and enquiries to Span Arts

Saturday 14th May

Pop-Up Theatre: Spike Milligan’s Puckoon

Span Arts is thrilled to launch its brand new pop-up theatre strand with the return of Spike Milligan’s hit production, Puckoon, at the Millennium Hall, Llanfallteg. Back by popular demand, the tour is set to have audiences across the UK screaming with laughter at its Goonish blend of theatrical anarchy, musical wit, and impossible plot. Full details and tickets at Span Arts

Span Arts - Spike Milligan's Puckoon

Saturday 21st May

Live Music: Julie Murphy

Join a celebratory evening and the launch of Julie Murphy’s new solo album Every bird that flies at Small World Theatre. Doors and bar opens at 7:30pm.

This is Murphy’s fourth solo album, showcasing her remarkable contemporary interpretations of folk song, mainly at the piano and her deeply personal yet politicised art folk song writing. 

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

“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.”  Looking forward to seeing you this year Elizabeth!

 Fishguard Folk Festival 2016

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. Spectacular views with lots of wild exhibitors, walks & talks, cookery demos and a mud race! Regular winners of ‘Best Day Out’ awards. 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.

Welsh Dragon Boat Championships 2016

Twenty 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. 

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