How to keep the kids entertained in Pembrokeshire
Published: Monday 20th Jan 2014
Written by: Anita Lee
Pembrokeshire’s stunning scenery and outdoor activities make it the ideal holiday destination for staycations in the UK and while this may be common knowledge among adults, the kids can often take a little convincing.
When coastal walks and bike rides grow tiresome for the little ones, there are still a whole host of activities and days out for the whole family to enjoy that truly make a Pembrokeshire holiday one to remember. From fun on Folly Farm to thrills and spills at Pembrokeshire theme parks, they’ll soon be asking when they can return to Wales’ most loved county.
So, when booking a break at the family holiday cottages Saundersfoot is famed for, take this guide into consideration for how to keep the kids entertained in Pembrokeshire this holiday.
For the energetic, high-powered youngsters, coasteering is a great activity to try out in Pembrokeshire, if the adults can keep up that is! Coasteering was actually first attempted in Pembrokeshire, and it is little wonder, considering the area boasts one of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK. The wave-shaped rocks and blue waters make it the perfect environment to explore the county and jumping from high cliffs into deep clear waters makes it extremely fun too.
Be sure to only attempt this activity with experienced professionals such as Celtic Quest Coasteering, who not only offer all the safety equipment you need to have fun in a secure manner but can take you along beautiful and exciting routes. One such staggering route is around St Davids’ Blue Lagoon which, as can be seen in this previous Powells article, is both a work of coastal beauty as well as an exciting hub of activity both through wildlife and extreme sports.
If all that action has left you and the little ones slightly out of breath, then there are still plenty of days out in Pembrokeshire to suit you. Folly Farm is one of the most popular family-friendly days out in the county, is located within close reach of nearby Tenby cottages, and is very easy to get to.
You and the kids can meet your favourite animals at this highly acclaimed zoo adventure park and, with the site having won the Best Family Day Out in Wales accolade at the National Tourism Awards, you are guaranteed a great time.
With over 250 animals and 50 different species living in the park there is plenty to see and do, keeping the kids thoroughly entertained. Folly Farm can also claim to be the only place in the whole of Wales to see giraffes; they can be met by the great Giraffe Heights walkway, bringing visitors face to face with the majestic creatures.
To book tickets or find out about the amazing zoo keeper experiences available there before you arrive on your Pembrokeshire holiday, visit the Folly Farm website.
Dolphin and whale watching
If that wasn’t enough animals and wildlife for the eager young potential zookeeper, why not experience one of Pembrokeshire’s most incredible activities- dolphin and whale watching? The Pembrokeshire coast makes for the perfect environment and conditions in which to spot these incredible animals and, with a number of experienced boat companies working off the coast, you are now more likely than ever to catch a glimpse.
From harbour porpoises and bottlenose dolphins to fin whales and minke whales, a Pembrokeshire boat trip can make for an exciting and memorable time during your holiday. The summer is the best season for spotting dolphins off of the coast as thousands come closer to the shores in the warmer months, but it can be possible to spy a dolphin or whale at any time in this atmospheric location.
Oakwood Theme Park
If that wasn’t enough activity to keep the kids entertained, there are still more exciting things to do in Pembrokeshire to come. Oakwood Theme Park has some great rides and attractions to keep the entire family entertained; from go-karts to roller coasters, this energetic park has no end of fun-filled activities.
30 rides and attractions make up this family-friendly activity centre and include rides for the most daring of thrill seekers to the most timid of youngsters. With a reputation as one of the UK’s top ten theme parks and one of Wales’ leading tourist attractions next to Folly Farm, there is no end to the fun to be had at Oakwood.
Image Credits: Martin Abegglen (flickr.com)