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Introduction

About the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a great place to hold organised events and has hosted, over many years, a wide and varied range of successful outdoor events, including Ironman Wales and the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

The National Park boasts some of the most spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife in Britain including internationally important nature reserves, geology and archaeology. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a special place and needs careful management to look after it for everyone to enjoy, now and in the future.

Events can make positive contributions to the economy of the area, the health and wellbeing of participants, and enhance the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park’s reputation with visitors. To ensure that the maximum benefit and enjoyment from events is achieved for everyone involved – and to minimise any related problems – events require good planning and management.

Ironman Wales

Who is this guidance for?

This guidance may be useful for anyone wishing to hold an organised active outdoor event in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park this may include: running, walking, cycling, surfing, coasteering, climbing and horse riding. It is worth noting that this document is not directed at events such as shows, fairs, barbecues, parties or guided walks but many of the references to best practice will still be relevant.

There are many guides describing good practice about how to organise events, also some excellent guidance is available on organising and hosting outdoor events in relation to sustainable practices. This guidance does not attempt to replace or summarise these other sources. Instead it aims to complement existing guidance by specifically focusing on some of the main issues that are particularly relevant within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The most useful additional resources are noted throughout the document, and listed in the further information section.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority needs to ensure that:


  • Events in the National Park are well organised and sustainable;
  • Events contribute to the aims of the National Park Authority;
  • Event organisers contact the relevant land owners and gain permission to undertake their activity.