Planning a trip to Pembrokeshire this Half Term? We’ve put together our list of top attractions to visit this Half Term to help you keep the whole family busy all week long. This list has something for everyone; the adventurers, the history buffs, the animal lovers and the nature lovers, the children and the older ones, and not forgetting the dogs!
First up is Folly Farm, a firm favourite with all who visit and live in the area. Folly Farm is home to an array of animals, limited not just to those you might spot on the farmyard but also more exotic zoo animals including monkeys and penguins! There is also an adventure playground, an indoor vintage funfair, a café, restaurant and plenty of picnic spots making Folly Farm one of the most popular days out around. Between February and November, it’s open from 10am until 5pm. Tickets can be bought upon entry or online with prices child tickets starting at £11.48 and adult tickets starting at £13.18 – please note, more ticket options are available and you can receive a discount by pre-booking online.
Llys Y Fran Country Park & Reservoir is a fantastic free day out for all. Bring along a picnic and spend the day strolling along the 6 and a half mile woodland walk around the park, stopping at one of the many beautiful viewpoints for a glimpse of the reservoir. This impressive 212 acre reservoir is situated amongst 350 acres of countryside which also houses a café and a playground. Spend the morning enjoying the walk followed by a spot of lunch, then sit back and relax whilst the little ones use up all their energy in the playground. You’ll also be pleased to know that dogs are welcomed as long as they’re kept on leads at all times.
Just outside of St Davids is Dr Beynon’s Bug Farm; a truly unique attraction not-to-be-missed. Still a working farm, Dr Sarah Beynon has created a hive of activity focussed on all things bugs at this exciting attraction! The Bug Farm, also a Scientific Research Centre, welcomes visitors to get up close with a wide variety of bugs and insects with handling sessions, workshops and lectures. Take part in the Bug Farm Trail, explore the Tropical Bug Zoo and venture to the Bug Museum before finishing off your day with a memorable visit to The Grub Kitchen for your very own sampling of edible bugs! The Bug Farm is open daily during school holidays between 10.30am and 4.30pm, well behaved dogs on leads are welcomed.
Nestled in the north of Pembrokeshire is Castell Henllys, an extraordinary day out for anyone particularly those with an interest in history. Set in a beautiful 26 acres of woodland which is bursting with wildlife, Castell Henllys is a reconstructed Iron Age Hill Fort on excavated remains from over two thousand years ago. Most impressive are the three large replica roundhouses which make for an unforgettable sight. Castell Henllys is home to a visitor centre, a café, play area, maze and picnic sites and throughout the site there are informative panels and interactive exhibitions telling the history of the site. They are opening for the season on the 10th Feb with entry between 11am and 3pm throughout the holidays. Child tickets are available at £3 and adult ticket at £4.50. There will also be holiday activities throughout Half Term, keep an eye out on their Facebook Page for more info.
The National Botanic Garden of Wales is open 363 days a year (closed Christmas Eve and Day), making it a great option nearly all year round! There is plenty to explore with a Butterfly House, a Fungi Exhibition, a Great Glasshouse, Ice Garden and Bee Garden. You can also pay a visit to the Science Centre, gallery, the children’s play area and garden centre. Adult tickets start at £9.55 whilst child tickets start at £4.50, under 5’s go free. Whilst dogs aren’t allowed to the Garden everyday, there are designated Doggy Days where you can bring along your furry friend for a day out the whole family can enjoy!