What’s On September 2017 – Our Top Picks Of Family-Friendly Activities.
September is often a glorious month here in West Wales with warm mellow days, perfect for a late summer family-friendly holiday, so here’s an overview of our top picks of what’s on…
Of course, it would be remiss of us not to mention our holiday cottages, so if you’re tempted by a last minute getaway in the coming weeks (fingers crossed for an Indian Summer) do check our late availability offers. If your arrival date is within 28 days of today, chances are good that we’ll have an offer! You can get more details of our 10 individual cottages, which range in size from sleeping 3 up to 12, plus their late availability offers HERE .
Once the high-summer crowds have returned home at the end of the school holidays Pembrokeshire returns to a gentler way of life again. These late summer days herald plump blackberries in the hedgerows, hints of russet colours in the woods, and space to breathe the mild sea air as you walk our sandy beaches.
Most of our local attractions are still open and welcoming visitors during September, so there’s plenty to do…
Castell Henllys Iron Age Village
There are daily family-friendly events at Castell Henllys during September, as well as the reconstructed Iron Age Village with roundhouses itself to explore, and the sculpture trails in the surrounding woodland and riverside walk. Events include:
Experience History Now – Costumed Interpretation guided tours to experience what the houses looked like, how the people lived and dressed, and how they went about their daily lives living off the land.
The Pilgrim’s Path to Nevern; Village of Legends – Few places in Pembrokeshire can claim such a rich history of myth and legend as Nevern. This 3 mile walk explores the riverside woodlands, ancient homes and the mysterious church around the village.
Why do the yew trees bleed in the churchyard? Why the lives of Lord Rhys and his sons could be said to be better than any story in Eastenders. Join this walk to discover more.
Spinning and Weaving – Learn ancient techniques with Pembrokeshire Dyers – how to spin wool with a drop spindle, a technique used by the Iron Age People and have a go at producing vibrant dye colours which would then have been used to dye wool for weaving onto the warp-weighted loom.
Full details of all events and activities can be found on their website HERE.
The Welsh Wildlife Centre &Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve
The Wildlife Centre is a firm favourite with our guests as there’s always plenty to see and do!
Outside there are four themed nature trails around the 247 acre Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve, ranging from easy access to more challenging, and some can be explored on a bike. There are a number of bird hides where you can lookout for the large variety of different birds enjoying this unique and varied habitat (binoculars are available for hire at the centre). Younger visitors love exploring our willow sculptures (be sure to see the giant badger!), letting off steam in the play area, and for the more adventurous we also offer canoe hire in association with Heritage Canoes – perfect for exploring the River Teifi and getting a different perspective on the wildlife in and around the river.
Inside the centre we have a Learning-through-Play area which appeals especially to younger children with colouring, drawing, quizzes and more. There is also a screen showing wildlife films, and an Interpretation Centre packed with information about our local wildlife.
After all that fun, for hungry tummies there are outdoor picnic areas and the Glasshouse Cafe.
For more information about the Welsh Wildlife Centre visit their website HERE.
A Bay to Remember Dolphin and Wildlife Watching Boat Trips
For a fantastic opportunity to get up close to the spectacular wildlife of Cardigan Bay how about a boat trip? A Bay to Remember offer trips which cover at least 10 miles (more if you book the longer trips) heading out to Cardigan Island – an important nesting area for seabirds, then onwards up the coast towards Mwnt, which is where the resident Cardigan Bay bottlenose dolphins are most frequently spotted. Time permitting you may also head further South to Cemaes Head where the highest sea cliffs in the Pembrokeshire National Park await, as well as secluded beaches much loved by grey seals, and some great sea caves (the boats can fit right into the caves depending upon the weather and tidal conditions).
Of course, as the dolphins and porpoise are wild animals no guarantees can be made about sightings, but the average sighting on the one hour trips is 64% (and up to 89% on the extended trips).
For more information visit their website HERE.
Local Food & Producer Markets
One of the great treats of being on holiday is trying different foods and we are fortunate to have some excellent local Food & Producer Markets on our doorstep here.
On Tuesdays we recommend a visit to St Dogmaels Local Producers’ Market – winner of BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards ‘Best Market’ 2016.
There is so much delicious and varied food to choose from (including some Great Taste award winners) you’ll be spoilt for choice, and the setting of the market, next to the Abbey ruins and the village duck pond makes it a charming place to visit.
There is also the Monday Market and Newport to enjoy if you’re heading for a day out and Cardigan Guildhall Market as well.
Combined with a fabulous selection of excellent local Pubs, Bistros, Cafes and Restaurants there’s certainly no need to be bored with your foodie choices when you come and stay for your holiday!
Of course when you stay with us you also have all of OUR family-friendly facilities to enjoy too!
We’ve got entertainment, relaxation, and creating happy family holiday memories all covered with…
– The Leisure Complex with the heated indoor swimming pool with poolside sun loungers and sheltered outdoor sun terrace, sauna and gym, plus the toddler soft play area and pool table.
– The Big Play Barn, our large indoor play area, with air hockey, table tennis, built-in Wendy house, play shop and garage, toddler ride-on vehicles, sand pit and table football
– Pets’ Corner with goats, rabbits and guinea pigs
– The outdoor adventure playground with toddler slide and swing seats, wooden adventure park climbing frames, full size footie goals and farm walks
– Daily feeding of the farm animals, including pigs, goats, sheep and donkeys, and collecting the eggs from the chickens.
To find out more about our cottages and late availability offers please check our online booking system HERE or call us on 01239 615179 and we’d be very happy to help you with your booking.
We welcome a well behaved, house trained dog (1 medium/large or 2 small) in most of our properties, by prior arrangement, if you want to bring your dog on holiday too. The only cottages which we don’t allow dogs in are Talar Aur, The Farmhouse and The Dairy. In Croft House the dog is allowed downstairs only. There is a small charge of £5 per night per dog.