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Family Fun

Get your kids back in the valley – they can paddle in the river, run in the meadows, explore the woods, go on mini-beast safaris and re-discover what it is to be a child.  The swimming pool is very popular and there is nothing like toasting marshmallows over the log fire at the mill BBQ hut while you tell stories of long ago.

When you go out, there are safe, sandy beaches within 25 minutes drive at Poppit and Llangrannog.   Newcastle Emlyn (10 minutes away) has a castle which is free to explore and an excellent children’s playground as well as lots of cafes and shops.

There’s lots more to do with your children – a week may not be enough: http://www.folly-farm.co.ukFolly Farm – The big family day out. Started as a petting zoo, now indoor children’s play area, indoor fun fair, outdoor rides, activities and zoo (penguines, meercats and giraffs are our favourites)

http://www.heatherton.co.ukHeatherton Country Sports Park – Fun for all the family.  Free to go in, just pay for rides and activities.

http://www.oakwoodthemepark.co.uk Oakwood theme park  excellent rides, have a look at the website – they offer discoung vouchers.

http://hangar5.wales/Hangar 5 Haverfordwest  A trampolining experience – interconnected trampolines, angled walls, roll-over platforms, slamdunk basketball nets, punch bags, trick airbag etc

http://www.thedinosaurpark.co.ukThe Dinosaur Park Tenby

http://pembreycountrypark.wales/ Pembrey Country Park near Llanelli, with a dry ski slope & toboggan run, cycling trails & bikes to hire, horse riding, an amazing beach.

http://wwt.org.uk/llanelli National Wetland Centre Wales at Llanelli – bird watching & wetlands you can explore by bike and canoe.

www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/bikemobilityBike Mobility – gives opportunities for everyone to ride a bike away from busy roads.  Try Hand cycles, trikes, tandems, wheelchair bikes or take a cycling training course.

www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk/default.asp?PID=397 Castell Henleys – a reconstructed iron age fort.  Loads for children, especially in the school holidays.

http://spaceinyourcase.com/inspirations/things-to-do-in-ceredigion some lovely ideas for things to do with the children in Ceredigion, which borders Newcastle Emlyn.

Beaches

http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/beaches/ – Beaches in Pembrokeshire – more than 50 to choose from, no other county in the UK has more blue flag & seaside award beaches than Pembrokeshire.

http://www.westwales-cottages.com/beaches.htmBeaches on Cardigan Bay Llangrannog, Mwnt and Ne Quay are favourites.  New Qua is a great place to look for dolphins.

http://www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/explore/beaches-coves-and-coastline  Online guide to Beaches in Carmarthenshire

http://www.visitwales.co.uk/regions-of-wales/coast-wales-coastline-beaches-and-islands/?dm_i=FO5,7BAG,20G0BD,IAPA,1 Beaches in Wales.

Castles

http://www.britainexpress.com/wales/pembrokeshire/castles/ – Castles in Pembrokeshire

http://www.britainexpress.com/wales/carmarthenshire/castles/ – Castles in Carmarthenshire

http://www.britainexpress.com/wales/ceredigion/castles/ – Castles in Ceredigion

Active adventures

You can get a real adrenalin rush in West Wales – the rides at Oakwood are great or try coasteering if you like leaping off rocks (CardiganBayActive call it “everything your Mum told you not to do at the beach!)

www.cardiganbayactive.co.uk Cardigan Bay Active –  coasteering, kayaking (sea & river) white water rafting, canoeing, surfing, paddle boarding, bush craft, climbing, cycling, river tubing

http://www.oakwoodthemepark.co.uk Oakwood theme park – Speed, Magophobia, Vertigo and Drenched should hit the spot.

http://www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/things-to-do/?f=1130 a guide to adventures in Carmarthenshire – this includes:

  • 4 x 4 and Quad Biking
  • Abseiling
  • Caving
  • Coasteering
  • Gorge Walking
  • Horse Riding
  • Kayaking, Canoeing, White Water Rafting & Sea Kayaking
  • Laser Combat
  • Paintball & Laser Combat
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Parakarting & Land Yachting
  • River Swimming
  • Windsurfing & Kite Surfing
  • Zip lining & High Ropes

http://www.celticquestcoasteering.com a really active way to explore the Pembrokeshire coast.

www.shaggysheepwales.co.uk  amazing adventure activities for groups or couples

http://www.ritec-valley.co.uk Ritec Valley Quad Bikes – For Adult and Junior riders.

http://pembreycountrypark.walesPembrey Country Park near Llanelli, with a dry ski slope & toboggan run, cycling trails & bikes to hire, horse riding, an amazing beach.

http://kayak-king.com/ a chance to explore the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline by kayak

www.mudtrek.com Mudtrek – guided mountain biking “I booked half a day of MTB guiding with Jason, and I had a great time. I am quite new to mountain biking, and this was certainly catered for. Jason mixed a few different routes together, so we had a really great combo of more manageable trails and some really fast fun bits with long downhill sections and some nice berms. Jason was very friendly and easy to chat to. I would certainly recommend MudTrek!”

Something different

http://www.artholidayspembrokeshire.co.ukStudio Llwyndrain – Art taster days – be creative together as a family.

http://www.pembrokeshire-falconry.co.ukPembrokeshire Falconry Experiences – try handling falcons in the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside.

http://ceridwencentre.co.uk/?cat=15 Events, courses and workshops at the Ceridwen Centre, 25 minutes drive from the mill.

Museums etc

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/wool – National Woollen Museum – learn more about the mills of Wales.  Wonderful for children.  Free entry, 20 minutes drive from the mill.

http://www.toymuseumwales.co.uk  West Wales Museum of Childhood – teddy bears, dolls, dolls houses, pedal cars, dolls prams, games, and the finest display of model vehicles in West Wales. Special displays include a period school room and Memory Lane, a trip through the twentieth century.  15 minutes drive from the mill.

http://www.coracle-centre.co.uk  National Coracle Centre – A Museum and Workshop of Coracles from around the world set in the grounds of a 17th Century Flour Mill beside the beautiful Cenarth falls famed for its Salmon Leaps and 200 year old Bridge over the Teifi River. 15 minutes drive from the mill.

www.dyfed-shires.co.ukDyfed Shires and Leisure Farm – Shire Horse Farm.

Cinemas

http://www.mwldan.co.uk – Theatre Mwldan – Cardigan’s cinema & theatre

www.myvue.com/home/cinema/carmarthen – Carmarthen’s cinema

Legends – old & new

http://www.bbc..uk/wales/southeast/sites/doctorwho/locationsguide.shtml  Dr Who is based at the studios in Cardiff.  Follow this link to see some of the Welsh locations used in the program.

http://www.webmesh.co.uk/pwyll.html  The Mabinogion, a Welsh saga first written down in the 11th century (when it was already 1000 years old)  specifically puts the story of Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed in the Cych valley.  You can still imagine these ancient people chasing through the trees on horseback in this remote valley – though we have a tarmac road these days.

Pembrokeshire has featured as a star in several recent block-buster films.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/8097083.stm Scenes for the latest Robin Hood and Harry Potter films were shot at Freshwater in Pembrokeshire in 2009.  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8042668.stm The Shell Cottage in Harry Potter was filmed at Freshwater West. http://www.thelocationguide.com/blog/2012/05/kristen-stewart-and-chris-hemsworth-film-wales-for-snow-white-and-the-huntsman/ Snow White and the Huntsman was filmed at Marlows.