October Half Term Holiday Fun
October Half Term Holiday Fun
Pembrokeshire is the perfect playground for half term getaways with plenty to see and do, whether you’re feeling in the mood for something ghoulish with a Halloween-themed event or simply fancy a family day out by the seaside. Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire have outlined their favourite things to do this October Half Term and have pinpointed some fantastic places to stay nearby too.
Spending the day at a pumpkin patch is a classic autumn activity and there are plenty to keep you busy when in Pembrokeshire. So, get ready to pick out the best pumpkin and start planning how you will decorate it because there’s a whole host of patches for you to visit. Pembrokeshire is spoiled for choice with several to choose from including Heatherton in St Florence, Windsor Farm Pumpkin Patch in Lamphey and Good Hook Pumpkins in Haverfordwest. There’s also Greenacre Pumpkin Patch in Narberth, Steynton Farm in Milford Haven and Tenby’s Pumpkin Farm too.
Where to Stay: Lilac Cottage is ideal if you’re heading to Heatherton as it lies in the centre of St Florence, it’s dog friendly and is within walking distance to the nearby pubs. You can also reach Tenby’s Pumpkin Farm in just a couple of minutes by car. For those wishing to visit Good Hook Pumpkins or the Greenacre Pumpkin Patch in Narberth, The Old Carthouse in Llawhaden is our top pick. This beautiful stone barn conversion is moments from Llawhaden Castle (free entry) and is within each reach of many of Pembrokeshire’s best-known attractions like Oakwood, Wild Lakes and Carew Castle. Inside, you’ll find spacious rooms with plenty of room for large family get-togethers and a large enclosed garden to the rear.
This Iron Age Village is always one to rely on for family activities in the school holidays and this October Half Term, you can join in with an autumnal walk and ghostly tour through the enchanting woodland before arriving in the village itself. Enjoy spine-chilling stories of the creatures and characters of Welsh folklore which is guaranteed to get you in the mood for Halloween.
Where to Stay: Nestling below Carningli Mountain within walking distance of Newport town centre is Ty Top, a charming holiday cottage with a woodburning stove and exposed stonework. This contemporary property is ideal for a half term getaway with walks on the doorstep, beaches nearby and attractions like Pentre Ifan and Castell Henllys close by. Larger parties will want to check out Welford House which welcomes up to 6 guests and is set right in the centre of this bustling town. The quaint Mediterranean-style courtyard is an ideal spot for a relaxing glass of wine after the kids have gone to bed if you can tear yourself away from the woodburner inside that is.
Saundersfoot Big Bang Weekend
Easily one of our favourite events of the year, the Saundersfoot Big Bang Weekend combines both Halloween and Bonfire Night. Held over two days, you can expect spooktacular delights and bonfire magic at this family-friendly event.
There’ll be a trick-or-treat trail, a disco and a children’s fancy dress competition plus pumpkin carving and prizes up for grabs. For the Bonfire Night celebrations, you can enjoy a funfair and not one but two firework displays over the water.
Where to Stay: Luxurious 3 The Glen is the ultimate place to stay when holidaying in Saundersfoot. This 5* holiday home stands mere yards from Glen Beach and within walking distance of Saundersfoot seafront, just ten minutes away. Original features such as wooden shutters, feature fireplaces and a rolltop bath create a delightful interior though the favourite part of the house has to be the open-plan living space with bi-fold doors opening out to the decked patio and sun-trap lawn.
Visit Dobby’s Grave
Autumnal days are ideal for cosying up with a good book so why not sightsee a real-life film location during your stay in Pembrokeshire? Potterheads will want to flock to Freshwater West Beach where Dobby the house elf’s death scene was filmed. Epic sand dunes can be found backing this incredible seafront where the Shell House once stood (it was taken down after filming), so why not take along your copy of Deathly Hallows for a photo op where Harry, Ron and Hermione once stood? You’ll even find Dobby’s grave tucked away on land behind the water.
Where to Stay: Stay just around the corner from Freshwater West at a truly iconic home-from-home, The Rocket Carthouse. What was once the Coastguard Watchtower, is now an idyllic holiday cottage with panoramic sea views from almost every window. Ideal for dog-friendly getaways, you can reach the beach in less than twenty minutes on foot and less than five by car plus West Angle Bay and the new home of Cafe Mor, The Old Point House pub is nearby too.