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Find your half term fun in the National Park

Look ahead to rejuvenating half term fun with family and friends in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park this Whitsun half term, beginning Saturday 26 May.

Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, Castell Henllys Iron Age Village and Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre are holding family-friendly events to capture your imagination and inspire you to find out more about the National Park’s legendary landscape, wildlife and history during the Year of the Sea.

Among the action-packed programme of events, there’s Honey Bee Fun Day, an amazing castle to explore and the chance to dig for finds like legendary archaeologist Indiana Jones.

Castell Henllys Roman Day

Find your inner warrior at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village this half term.

Castell Henllys Manager Jenn Jones said: “This is the Year of the Sea in Wales, and we invite you to bring the family to discover the history, myths and legends which have shaped Pembrokeshire’s landscape and people through the fun and fascinating events at all our attractions.

“Whether you want to explore Pembrokeshire on foot, create something unique or delve deeper into the past there’s something to keep everyone entertained.”

Be a Roman centurion or wild painted warrior at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village on Roman Day, Wednesday 31 May, with activity sessions from 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Iron Age Life, Fighting and Feasting and Pirates and Princes days are other chances to dress up and bring history to life.

A Honey Bee Fun Day on Saturday May 26 has a free bee activity with Just Bee and a working observation hive complete with Queen, complete with a team of bees, comically named the Girls on Tour.

For full details including opening times and prices, visit

Carew Castle Archery

Try your hand at archery during Carew Castle’s half term Medieval Maze.

At Carew Castle and Tidal Mill you can adventure through the Medieval Maze every day during half term. Or from Sunday 27 May and Monday 28 May, join in the Medieval Merriment with sword fighting and Have-a-go Archery from 11am-4pm. Normal admission plus a small charge for archery.

Prepare for Battle on Thursday 31 May and Friday 1 June at Carew as you make your lance, shield, helmet or crown in craft workshops before trying out your new weaponry. This is a drop-in session costing £2.50 per child plus normal admission, from 2.30pm-4.30pm. Or you could dig for finds like a real archaeologist in The Big Dig, on Wednesday 30 May, 11am-4pm. This event costs £3 per child, for ages five and over (booking is advisable on 01646 651782), plus normal admission.

For full details including opening times and prices, visit

Oriel y Parc art workshops

 Get Arty by the Sea at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre during half term.

In St Davids at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre, you can Get Arty by the Sea on Tuesday 29 May, 2pm-4pm, for papercraft and collage activities themed around the Welsh legends of the Mabinogion (booking is essential on 01437 720392). £3 per child (children must be accompanied by an adult).

On Monday May 28, try out an experimental painting workshop with Kate Freeman, and on Thursday 31 May there are afternoon storytelling sessions with Deb Winter. Combine history and wildlife with a Brilliant Bats session from 8pm-10pm on Wednesday 30 May at the nearby St Davids Bishops Palace.

While at Oriel y Parc why not call in to the free exhibitions including the main Gallery’s William Stott of Oldham, Le Passeur (The Ferryman): Reflections on a Landscape, featuring works on loan from Tate alongside paintings from the collections of Amgueddfa Cymru–National Museum Wales.

For full details including opening times and prices, visit

To help you explore the Pembrokeshire Coast on foot, you can search more than 200 mapped out routes on the Authority’s website. Find a route to suit you by visiting

For full details of all the activities and events run by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority during the Year of the Sea visit

Published 21 May 2018

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