The run up to Christmas and New Year in Pembrokeshire
Published: Tuesday 8th Nov 2016
Written by: Anita Lee
November kicks off the celebrations with a selection of Christmas fayres and markets in and around the county of Pembrokeshire. At these fayres, there will be stalls with tempting local produce, homemade cakes and crafts and it’s all designed to get you in the mood and provide you with inspiration for the festive season ahead.
The weekend of the 12 & 13 November see Colby Woodland Gardens and Scolton Manor opening their doors to quality seasonal fayre sourced by local suppliers and unique handmade gifts. Whilst you’re there, it’s the ideal opportunity to take a woodland walk or explore the Manor.
Every weekend throughout November and December, Folly Farm sees Father Christmas sat in his grotto handing out presents* to children - but only for those that have been good! Parents may indulge in a glass of mulled wine and mince pie. The Christmas theme is truly brought to life with a real reindeer – not to be missed!
Visit Pembroke Castle which is hosting its Christmas market on 25 November to 27 November, with over 60 stalls selling gifts, jewellery, local produce and toys you will be sure to find gifts for your friends and family. Santa will be in his grotto Saturday and Sunday from 11 – 4 to accept those ever-growing Christmas lists. There will be carol singers creating a joyful atmosphere and with the castle lit up in all its glory in the evening – watch out for a drop or two of snow!!
There is a large marquee on the harbour car park in the centre of Saundersfoot from 2 December – 4 December, where a traditional Christmas market with many stalls packed with seasonal treats can be visited. There will be lots of super Welsh produce which can be sampled! cookery demonstrations, live music and Christmas carols around the Christmas tree. With an earlier lantern parade through the village which sees the Christmas lights being switched on. The village shops and business all are decked out in icicle lighting providing a delightful Winter wonderland.
In Haverfordwest on 23 December is the traditional farmers market with home reared turkeys, real ale, homemade holly wreaths and lots more all providing a lovely festive atmosphere.
Not forgetting the true meaning of Christmas visit the smallest City in the UK, St David’s Cathedral which is an amazing venue for your midnight mass, starting at 11pm.
Christmas Day is the perfect time to put on your woolly hats, gloves and scarves and take brisk walks along deserted beaches at Wisemans Bridge, Amroth or Manorbier and coastal footpaths to work up an appetite for the much-awaited Christmas Dinner.
A trip to the picturesque Victorian town of Tenby on Boxing day to witness crazy people dipping and diving into chilly seas. Be prepared some will wear fancy dress! The swim begins at 11.30 so if you’re not entering then its recommended that you find yourself a position on the top of North Beach to see this spectacle. After the madness, a warm bowl of cawl is the order of the day from one of Tenby’s pubs or restaurants.
New Year’s Eve celebrations happen all over the county but one not to be missed is at Tenby in Tudor Square where the countdown begins. Don’t forget your champagne and there’s fireworks at midnight to welcome in the New Year.
Saundersfoots New Year’s Day swim is a great way to spend your New Year’s Day – Will you take the plunge? The atmosphere in the village is great and Powell’s Cottage Holidays are the main sponsors and have been since the very start. Enter and you’ll come away with a medal for your efforts and you will be raising money for a good cause. If you’re not entering, then it’s still a lovely family day out just watching but please dress up warm!
* Additional charges apply.
All details correct at time of print, attractions and events may be subject to change.