It’s hard to believe that the first half term of the year is already upon us. We’ve somehow made it through the long month of January, and the warmer months are well and truly in sight! (For the moment however, it’s still slightly chilly so maybe don’t yet pack away those woolly hats and scarves!)
So I hear you ask, what can we get up to in Pembrokeshire this Half Term?
Spend the first evening of your half term in the historic town of Pembroke with a Winter Band Night in the Town Hall. From 7pm on the 18th, you can enjoy performances by three local Pembrokeshire bands; The Pennysows, Honeyhead and The Candy Skulls. Tickets are £5 per person, please call 07852 977556 to reserve your tickets which you can then collect on the door.
Throughout the half term week, the Welsh Wildlife Centre in Cilgerran are hosting a number of family-friendly activities including craft activities and workshops. Make your Own Hedgehog Sun-Catcher on the 21st, Make your Own Bird Food Decorations on the 23rd and Paint your Own Wooden Love Spoon on the 24th. Activities and workshops may be at an additional cost to attraction entry. For more information and timings, please see https://www.welshwildlife.org/events-at-the-welsh-wildlife-centre/
Pembroke Castle are hosting a Knights, Princesses and Dragons; a great few family fun days between the 19th and 23rd February. Pay a visit for children’s stories about kings and princesses, pirates and caves, dungeons and dragons! Expert Guide Howard will be taking family guided tours throughout the castle, children’s tours will be free with the castle admission.
Care for our coast with Freshwater West’s Beach Clean on the 22nd February, organised by the National Trust. This event is a completely free event with no booking required and runs from 11am until 1pm. Meet at Freshwater West car park.
Head to Colby Woodland Garden in Stepaside on the 22nd for a crash course in Survival! The National Trust are hosting a 2 hour session where you can learn a whole host of tricks and techniques which will help you survive in the wild! Learn basic survival camp cooking, have a go at building a shelter and lighting your own fire as well as trail marking, tracking and distress signals. Recommended age is 6+. Take along a picnic and spend the rest of the day strolling around walled gardens bursting with wildlife such as bats, otters and butterflies. Dogs are welcomed in the gardens only.
Span Arts are kicking off their annual Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival on the 24th. Workshops, performances and concerts take place across the whole weekend in The Queens Hall. The festival kicks off on Friday night at 7.30pm with performances by Bella Voce, an all-female 16 piece vocal group who have performed on Noson Lawen S4C, and Môr Ladron, a four piece A Capella Shanty group who supported The Wurzels at The Brecon Jazz Fringe 2016. The headliner will be Helen Chadwick who has composed for the BBC, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.
Fistful of Spookies, part of The Spooky Men’s Chorale from Australia, are the headliners for Saturday night’s concert and will be performing a selection of classics from their Spooky catalogue. Supporters will be The Oxford Gargoyles with their funky tunes and black-tie sophistication plus Cor Pawb Bach which is made up of several members of Cor Pawb, the local intergenerational singing project.
The festival comes to a close with the particularly popular Sing for your Sarnies Sunday lunch performance, where you can enjoy great music and delicious food. The music will be provided by Cor Pawb who have been welcomed back after the fantastic response at last year’s concert. The group, made up of over 150 singers ranging from age 7 up to 70+, will be performing songs from across the world in this memorable community concert. For tickets, see www.navf.co.uk, www.spanarts.org.uk or call 01834 869323. Last year’s concert sold out so we recommend buying tickets in advance to avoid disappointment – tickets for Sing for your Sarnies are almost all gone already!