Autumn Adventures – 5 Fun Family Days Out in Pembrokeshire

Autumn Adventures – 5 Fun Family Days Out in Pembrokeshire

 

Finding activities to keep the whole family entertained can be one of the trickier parts of a holiday! Here in Pembrokeshire we’ve got plenty of places to visit that will give you a great family day out. So, we thought we’d share a few of our favourites, just a short journey from Wolfscastle Country Hotel.

 

 

Pembrokeshire Wake Park

 

If you like the water, you’ll love Wales’ first outdoor aqua park. A spot of cable wakeboarding is guaranteed to get the adrenaline going as an overhead line tows you at speed around the lake. The more advanced (or brave) can even try a few daring air tricks over a range of obstacles. If wakeboarding isn’t your cup of tea, you can slip, slide and splash your way around the inflatable obstacle course. Pembrokeshire Wake Park offers a fun day out for families with older children who are reasonable swimmers and it’s open in pretty much all weathers. A great choice for a day when the beach isn’t an option but you still fancy some fun in the water.

 

Folly Farm

For families with younger children Folly Farm near Tenby is the place to go. There’s so much to do and see here, the kids will never get bored. There are over 700 animals to say hello to, from the exotic giraffes, rhinos, meercats and monkeys to common farm favourites like piglets, lambs and even llamas. As well as all the animals, there are eight adventure play areas and a vintage fairground to keep everyone happy. With both indoor and outdoor activities on offer, Folly Farm is a good bet in all weathers.

 

Oakwood

If you’ve got teenagers, Oakwood theme park near Canaston Bridge is the perfect place to get into their good books! Home to the UK’s top wooden rollercoaster and highest sky swing, as well as plenty more amazing rides, Oakwood is a full day’s entertainment. For younger children there are less intense activities to enjoy like Peter Pan’s Neverland, mini golf and the Clown Coaster. In autumn, the park is open at weekends and around half term when the not-to-be-missed Halloween Spooktacular takes place.

 

Blue Lagoon

If the weather isn’t on its best behaviour, why not head down to Pembrokeshire’s top subtropical waterpark, the Blue Lagoon? With waterslides, spas, a lazy river and four water flumes that weave inside and outside the building, there are hours of fun to be had. The really daring can even have a go at rocketing down the fast and steep Torpedo flume. For little ones there’s a much calmer under 5s area. It’s a very popular attraction, so if you’re thinking of visiting, it’s usually a good idea to book in advance.

 

Hangar 5

What do you do when the kids have too much energy? Head down to Hangar 5, Wales’ first trampoline park! The large indoor arena has 100 interconnected trampolines on which to bounce until you drop. Open to children aged 6 and over, it’s a top spot for letting off some steam on a day when it’s not so nice outside. If you have younger children in the group too, there’s a soft play area in the café to keep them happy while the older ones are trampolining (and you can enjoy a nice cup of tea).

 

A Family Break in Pembrokeshire

Families always get a warm welcome here at Wolfscastle Country Hotel. Our cosy family rooms are the perfect place to unwind after a hard day of action and adventure and children are well-catered for on our hotel menu too. As an added bonus, if the kids have run you ragged, you can relax with a pampering treatment in our hotel spa.

If you’d like to come and stay in our luxury hotel in heart of the Pembrokeshire countryside, just get in touch online or give us a call on 01437 741225.

Insider’s Guide to Fishguard and Goodwick

Lower-Fishguard-02-150x150Fishguard and Goodwick are welcoming Pembrokeshire communities, only a 10 minute drive (7.5 miles) from Wolfscastle Country Hotel.

Rich in history and character, and surrounded by breathtaking scenery, we’d recommend a visit – here are a few local highlights to enjoy when you come and stay with us:

1) Discover Pencaer

This beautiful peninsula juts out into the sea west of Goodwick, and is known for its stunning landscapes and seascapes, and fascinating archaeology – including ancient hill forts and numerous ancient burial chambers.  Read more

Puffin-spotters guide to Pembrokeshire

PuffinPic-150x150The puffin is one of Britain’s favourite birds. With its big, colourful bill and soulful eyes, it’s one that just about everybody recognises – and wants to see.

And Pembrokeshire is one of the best places to see puffins in Wales, or anywhere around the British coast – it’s all about timing and location…

To see Pembrokeshire’s remarkable range of seabirds – including puffins – you have to visit the coast during their breeding seasons. For a couple of months colonies are buzzing with birds, but once the season’s youngsters have flown the nest, the cliffs and islands get much quieter.  Read more

Author Niall Griffiths explores Wolfscastle, and the local Landsker…

TreffgarneRocks-150x150Cas-blaidd, or Castle of the Wolf; such a ringing and evocative name. The origins of it are immaterial, really – mysteries explained cease to be mysteries. Better to immerse yourself in the magic of Pembrokeshire than seek explication. You don’t bring your desk with you, when you come to this place.

The castle is of the motte-and-bailey type, a bracken-captured hump standing some six metres high. The building of the nearby A40 in the 1920s destroyed some sections of the bailey but the antiquity of the place is unquestionable, and palpable; potsherds found in the paler soil of the site indicate an earlier Iron Age structure, built on to strengthen the Landsker line, a string of fortifications erected by the Anglo-Normans to protect their south Pembrokeshire colony from the native Welsh.  Read more

“Perfect Pembrokeshire”

Treffgarne-Gorge1-150x150Brian Parrot of the Daily Mirror stayed with us recently while exploring the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline, click below to see what he had to say!

http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/british-breaks/pembrokeshire-holidays-on-the-welsh-coast-wolfscastle-1369143

Black Bart and the Pirates of Pembrokeshire!

Barti-Ddu-04-150x150Bartholomew Roberts, also known as Black Bart or Barti Ddu, came from Little Newcastle – a village just a few miles from this hotel, in the foothills of the Preseli Mountains. He went on to raid over 400 ships in the Caribbean, going down in pirate history for his audacity.

You can see a memorial to the man on Little Newcastle’s village green. And he’s not the only renowned pirate to have come from Pembrokeshire…

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A wonderful walk through the Anghof Valley…

rsz_dscf11011-150x150Countryside writer, Julian Rollins, enjoys a walk through the wooded Anghof Valley, from the hotel to St Dogwell’s Church and back. Distance: Approx 2.8 miles. Grade: Easy.

You can see the starting point for this short walk from the Wolfscastle Country Hotel. It’s just across the road, where the village’s motte-and-bailey is hidden among a stand of trees. A motte-and-bailey was “entry level” castle building, a simple earthwork with a log wall and the Norman invaders of the early Middle Ages put up thousands of them. Read more