Christmas Events in Pembrokeshire
The festive season is undoubtably on it’s way here at Penally. Gradually, the Christmas spirit is tiptoeing in, to nestle itself in firmly under the eaves of the hotel. The trees are going up, decorations are adorning the fireplaces, and our maintenance man Wayne is donning his fabulous array of festive jumpers. The hotel at this time of year is cosy and intimate, with candles and the lights from the tree creating a soft glow. In the dark winter evenings an ambient warmth illuminates our guest areas, where visitors relax with a tipple by the fire. Penally Abbey is a wonderful place to spend the festive season but the local area also has a lot to offer for things to do. Christmas in Pembrokeshire is a community affair and celebrations bring people together from far and wide.
Christmas Markets and Fairs
Christmas markets and fairs in Pembrokeshire are the perfect way to get you into the festive spirit. They run locally from the end of November through December and really help to kick start the festivities. They are set at various locations throughout the county, held against the backdrop of some of Pembrokeshire’s famous castles or along its beautiful harbour fronts. They’re great places to pick up gifts too, with many locally made crafts and foods. Visits from Father Christmas mean a truly special day out for younger children too.
Friday 25th November 2016 - 10am - 8pm (Arrival of Father Christmas 6:30pm)
Saturday 26th November 2016 - 10am - 7pm
Sunday 27th November 2016 - 10am - 4pm
Saturday 26th November 2016 10am - 4pm
Sunday 27th November 2016 10am - 4pm
Friday 2nd December 2016 - 2pm - 7pm
Saturday 3rd December 2016 - 10am - 7pm
Sunday 4th December 2016 - 10am - 5pm
Christmas Shopping in Narberth
The Boxing Day Swim and New Years Day Swim
Each year hundreds of swimmers don their fancy dress and dive into the waters of Tenby’s North beach. For many it’s a tradition, for others it’s a sure fire way to shake off the excesses of the day before. Spirits are always high in Tenby on the morning of the swim, no matter how cold the day. For good reason too as the swim is a great opportunity for people to raise money for chosen charities. Choose to take the plunge or just watch from the safety of the shore where you’ll be surrounded by families and locals enjoying the spectacle. If you want to make a day of it then Tenby is always buzzing throughout the hours that follow. Booking at restaurants for lunch and dinner is advised as the town will be particularly busy. For those of you staying with us later in December and over the New Year, there is a similar event on New Years Day in Saundersfoot which has become increasingly popular over past years.
St Davids Cathedral Lovelight Concert and Carol Services
There aren’t many better settings to enjoy Carol services than from St David’s Cathedral. It’s grandeur and history as the home of Wales’s patron Saint make it a spectacular venue for a Christmas celebration. The Cathedral is open to the public as usual in December but also has a few special events scheduled too. Including the Tenovus Cancer Care Concert on Friday 2nd of December. Join from 7:30pm to see performances from harpist Catrin Finch, Haverfordwest’s Male Voice Choir and soprano Gwawr Edwards. Tickets are £15 and can be bought from the Tenovus Cancer Care website.
Other carol services at the Cathedral include:
27th November - the Advent Procession and Carol Service
3rd December Goodwick Brass Band Concert 7.30pm
10th December Dyfed Choir Concert "The Messiah" by Handel 7.30pm
17th December Organ Recital by Simon Pearce 7.30pm
For those not wanting to stray too far from the Hotel, St Nicholas and St Teilo Church in Penally is hosting a carol service on Tuesday the 13th December with mince pies and mulled wine.
Staying at Penally Abbey for Christmas