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Find your extreme Epic in Pembrokeshire this Autumn

Dennis O'Connor - Friday, September 09, 2016

Find your extreme Epic in Pembrokeshire this Autumn

As the beaches, countryside and towns of Pembrokeshire empty, the schools go back and the nights get darker noticeably earlier, there’s an unmistakable sense of changing seasons and of the slip into Autumn. But Pembrokeshire is open all year round, and September, with its mild days and possibilities of an Indian summer is definitely a month to embrace the more adventurous side of life.

Cliff Diving  

And what could be more adventurous than cliff diving. The cult Red Bull Cliff Diving spectacular comes to Pembrokeshire this weekend on 11th September 2016 – more precisely to the Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy. Stop number 6 in the World Cliff Diving series, the line up of 22 daring divers includes 2 British athletes performing their complex dive routines before plunging into the blue waters of this iconic disused slate quarry. A spectacular to take your breath away as you watch – and if you’re inspired, then Pembrokeshire is certainly the place to be.  We’re certainly not suggesting you just head out and take the plunge. But to enjoy the coast line in a more up close, personal and daring way why not check out our local coasteering operators – Celtic Quest Coasteering, Preseli Venture and TYF all offer high adrenaline and super #EPIC coasteering experiences.


Triathlon has become incredibly popular in the last few years, and September sees the culmination of many months of hard training and preparation as the IronMan event comes to Tenby on 18th September. If you’re up for the challenge of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run, you could become an IronMan or Woman next year. Why not give it a go?… Seriously though, these athletes are dedicated and super fit - some might say even “superhuman”. For those who enjoy the vibrant spectacle of the event there’s lots of places throughout the South of the county including swathes of the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, to offer support and encouragement to the competitors as well as enjoying everything that the towns of Tenby, Saundersfoot, Narberth and Pembroke have to offer. There’s also an IronKids event taking place on the Saturday (17th September). Pembrokeshire has a huge variety of terrains and opportunities to get fit, so perhaps next year…

Kayaking / Canoeing

For more linear water fun, the Fishguard Bay Ocean Race will see elite canoeists challenging themselves against fabulous Atlantic swells to compete for a brand new trophy as they navigate their way from Abereiddy to Goodwick on Saturday 24th September. Taking part on the same weekend as the Goodwick Land and Sea Festival, this is a perfect opportunity to enjoy everything our county and its coastline has to offer. Powering their ocean ‘skis’ (super light, long, narrow kayaks) and ocean canoes along the stunning North Pembrokshire coastline, participants will ride Atlantic swells that could help them reach up to 20 mph in their effort to win the trophy. While you may not fancy powering through the waves competitively, kayaking is a great way to experience a different view of our coastline, and get closer to the bird and wildlife that populates our cliffs and beaches. There are a number of adventure sport providers offering guided kayaking tours around the coast.

All this – right on our doorsteps, and available throughout the year. These incredible sporting events serve to remind us just how awesome Pembrokeshire is and how many opportunities there are for all of us to find our epic. With just 4 months left of Wales’ Year of Adventure, why not get out there and take the plunge?

Useful Links

Red Bull Cliff Diving

Celtic Quest Coasteering

Preseli Venture


IronMan Wales

Fishguard Ocean Race

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

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Find your Epic in Pembrokeshire this August Bank Holiday and stay safe

Dennis O'Connor - Thursday, August 25, 2016
The last Bank Holiday of 2016 is nearly here, and the last Bank Holiday of Visit Wales' Year of Adventure. Although the end of the summer holidays is approaching fast there’s still plenty of fun and adventure to be had here in Pembrokeshire, but the last thing anyone wants is for the excitement to be spoiled by an accident. With that in mind, we’ve put together our guide to keeping yourself safe while you enjoy the best that Pembrokeshire has to offer. Read More

Celebrating the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in National Parks Week

Pembrokeshire Tourism - Saturday, July 23, 2016

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Dont Step on a Bee Day - This Sunday 10th July

Dennis O'Connor - Friday, July 08, 2016

Don’t step on a Bee day this Sunday 10th July

This Sunday, 10th July, it’s ‘Don’t Step on a Bee’ day – not just in Pembrokeshire, but nationally, and not just because you might get a nasty sting. With the bee population in crisis, with potentially devastating consequences, we thought we’d take a look at Pembrokeshire’s ‘bee friendly’ habitats – and how we can all help these most useful of creatures.

The Bee Crisis

Without bees, the human race – and many other species would be devastated. As major pollinators of our crops as well as wild plants and flowers, our food chain depends on it. And yet as the result of a complicated combination of factors – climate change, loss of habitat, use of pesticides, increased disease – these valuable, and beautiful hardworking creatures are under threat. It’s estimated that without the bees, over a third of all we eat would disappear – food for thought indeed.

Pembrokeshire Bee Conservation

Fortunately for the bees, Pembrokeshire is doing its bit to try and protect and grow the bee populations. You may not have thought that a military range would be a good place for conservation, but in fact, such areas tend to avoid modern agricultural use, preserving natural habitats in which bees thrive. One such location is at Castlemartin range in Pembrokeshire, where the Bumblebee Conservation Trust is working with the Ministry of Defence, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and the Countryside Council for Wales to protect the Shrill Carder Bee – one of the UK’s rarest bumblebees – which thrives on Castlemartin’s herb-rich grassland.

Visit the Pembrokeshire Bee Keeping Centre

Beautiful Scolton Manor is the home of the Pembrokeshire Bee Keeping Centre, managed by the Pembrokeshire Bee Keepers’ Association. Not only is this a great place to learn about bee keeping, in the Pine Tree Apiary, the Bee Hive Exhibition includes a number of great exhibits including a live ‘hive cam’ giving fascinating insight inside a hive, and the Honey Kitchen where honey is extracted and bottled. You can also purchase delicious Pembrokeshire honey from Scolton Manor’s gift shop.

Enjoy honey from Welsh Black Bees

Pembrokeshire has its own honey farm – Goodwood Honey farm on the western banks of the Cleddau. Each batch of their unfiltered honey is subtly different depending on the foraging available, and the time of year – you can buy this taste of Pembrokeshire from Goodwood Farm itself, and also from outlets across the county including Oriel y Parc in St Davids.

Enjoy the bee friendly habitats at the Welsh Wildlife Centre

The Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran, is a fantastic spot for all kinds of wildlife, including bees. The carefully managed habitats offer a haven for these vital insects that do so much for us.

Learn more about bees (and other bugs) at Dr.Beynons Bug Farm.

Located on the outskirts of St.Davids, The Bug Farm is, a research centre, working farm and visitor attraction. Whatever your age, prepare to be taken on a journey into a hidden world right under your feet.  Whether you are a bug enthusiast or looking for a fun day out with the family you’re sure to come away with a positive impression. Dr.Sarah Beynon and her staff aim to enthuse, amaze and inspire.

Support the bees here in Pembrokeshire

The bottom line is that the bees need as much help as they can so that they, in turn, can help us. By buying local honey, and supporting the work of local organisations that look after the bees, we’re all contributing. We can also do our bit, planting bee friendly flowers in our gardens, and, of course, taking care not to step on the bees!


Goodwood Honey

Welsh Wildlife Centre

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