Escaping to Pembrokeshire for Easter couldn't be more fun filled and rejuvenating! The hedgerows are full of wild Spring flowers and the sleepy coastal towns are coming back to life ready to welcome back smiling visitors with a fresh lease of life.
Waving goodbye to the dark months of Winter we are ready to welcome the arrival of buckets and spades, children eating ice creams and adventurous days out at sea exploring islands and hidden coves. If you plan on visiting Pembrokeshire this Easter there are a number of things you can't miss. From epic Easter Egg hunts to the most exciting beach side food trailers re-appearing at the most beautiful locations, this blog sums up the best bits.
Cafe Mor at Freshwater West
If you've had a lobster roll from Jonathan and his team at Cafe Mor you will still be able to savour the flavour of his delicious, seaweed butter drenched, melt in your mouth, fill your heart with happiness, fish rolls. As many businesses in Pembrokeshire go into hibernation or wind down during the Winter months, Pembrokeshire Beach Food (Cafe Mor) has been doing the opposite. From launching their own seaweed rum (Barti Rum) to building a new food trailer where Cafe Mor will reside for the Summer. Much of the county will communally let out a huge sigh of relief as Cafe Mor returns to the beach this Good Friday. Nothing that quite matches sitting on the dunes looking out across the natural, rugged beauty of Freshwater West with a feast from Jonathan and his team of mermaids. They will be serving their famous lobster rolls, delicous burgers and endless daily fish specials all locally sourced here in Pembrokeshire.
Opening date: Friday 30th March (10am-4pm) and open for the remainder of Easter!
Best for: Breakfast, Lunch and (an early!) Dinner with the best views across Freshwater West.
Where: Freshwater West beach
Caldey Island Trips
It may seem obvious to both locals and visitors that travel to Tenby for the holidays, to include Caldey Island as a 'must do' for Easter but there is certainly good reason for its popularity. Jump aboard the jolly little ferry at Tenby Castle beach or the harbour, and take the trip across the water to one of Britain's holy islands. Once there, the day disappears in a leisurely blur of visits to the island's chocolate factory, walks across the grassy headlands to the lighthouse and delight in the scones at the cafe.
The boats start running again at Easter and this year the first boat will run on Monday 2nd April for the Easter holidays.
Opening date: Monday 2nd - Saturday 14th April. (Closed on Sundays)
Where: The boat runs from Castle beach at low tide and the harbour at high tide.
Timings: Boats run around every 30 minutes
Tickets: Adults: £13.00, Children: £6.00 - tickets are bought from the Caldey Island kiosk at Tenby Harbour.
Best for: a fun-filled day out exploring one of the few holy islands in Britain.
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts
These fantastic Easter egg hunts are one for all the family and are the ultimate way to celebrate Easter with an abundance of chocolate. Located in two of Pembrokeshire's most beautiful national trust locations, Colby Wood gardens and Stackpole woods. These chocolately challenges are filled with eggciting clues, quizzes about the wildlife and fun competitions along the way.
Learn more about the incredibly natural beauty of some of Pembrokeshire's more treasured locations through an afternoon of fun.
Where: Stackpole Court Car park
When: Friday 30th March - Monday 2nd April
Time: 11.00 - 15.00
Colby Wood Gardens
Where: Colby Woodland Gardens
When: Friday 30th March - Monday 2nd April
Best for: All the family, children and dogs.
Lakeside Wildlife Walk at Stackpole
Bosherston Lily Ponds are famous for their natural beauty. Located away from the hustle and bustle of every day life, it's tranquility is one of it's many traits that make it such a special place for all that wander the well trodden paths. Glassy lakes and plant filled banks are home to an array of spectacular wildlife with kingfishers and families of otters living amongst the lilies.
The National Trust will be holding an early morning wildlife walk and talk around the lakes this Easter which will start at Stackpole Court and finish with a breakfast roll and tea or coffee. It promises to be a wonderful, tranquil start to the day, full of fascinating facts about the wildlife and history of the lakes.
Date & Time: Wednesday 4th April, 7am - 9am
Where: Stackpole centre car park
Cost: £8.00 includes a guided walk and breakfast
Best for: those who want to catch the Lily Ponds at the most beautiful time of day!
Pembroke Castle World War Two Weekend
Pembroke Castle is a medieval castle in the town of Pembroke where Henry VII was born. The special event arranged for the Easter weekend is created to help visitors understand what it was like for soldiers during the second world war. There will be displays from the Wiltshire Home Guard, a British Field Surgeon as well as soldiers from the 94th Infantry Division. There will also be a 'barbed wire' crawl, mine making, a climbing gate, balance beams and a bayonet range so there will be plenty of activites for the whole family to get involved. Admission is free and there is no booking required meaning that if the weather turns or the beach is packed, this activity filled weekend is the perfect option!
When: Friday 31st March - Sunday 1st April (9.30am-5.30pm)
Best for: History lovers and families.
Paternoster Farm Street Food at Broad Haven South
Broad Haven South beach is one of the prettiest bays along the coast of Pembrokeshire and is also home to the wonderful Paternoster Farm street food trailer during the Spring and Summer months. The menu is seasonal and changes daily based on what Michelle has collected from the farm or what she has or what is fresh and in season. The lucky visitors travelling to Bosherston to enjoy lazy days on the beach in the sunshine, or wrapping up against the rainy welsh weather, can expect to find a delicious selection of homemade street food. The meat produced sold at this little trailer has been reared by Michelle herself at Paternoster farm. All her animals have a happy, outdoor life meaning the final taste of all the meat is exceptionally good!
From burgers with rich sticky beef brisket toppings, smoked salmon bagels with watercress, bacon and egg rolls along with feta and rainbow organic filo pastries, there is something for everyone.
Where: Broad Haven South car park (please note that it is £5.00 to park for the day and £2.00 in the afternoon)
When: Opening from Friday 30th March
Time: 10am - 6pm
Best for: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner sitting on the headland
photo by: Kai Alexander
Located less than a mile off the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, Skomer is truly a wonderful place to visit for the day during the Easter holidays.
The island is well known for being home to thousands of Puffins, yet there is so much more to the bird paradise including Manx Shearwaters, Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises, Atlantic Grey Seals, Razorbills, Gannets, Fulmars and the unique Skomer Vole. The island is surrounded by some of the richest waters for wildlife in the British Isles from delightfully coloured sea slugs to magnificent cetaceans.
During spring, large blankets of beautiful bluebells appear and seem so vast that the whole island appears blue. No part of the island is spared from this vivid explosion of colour and it is a natural spectacle which should not be missed. A shade of pink is added to the island’s colour during the summer months as swathes of red Campion cloak the landscape. The island holds a number of wonderful events from dophin watch picnics and wildlife walks to Easter egg hunts. Each event gives visitors a unqiue experience of this incredible island.
When: The island is accessible from Friday 30th March until September
Where: Boats leave from Martin's Haven
Time: Boats depart for Skomer Tuesday - Sunday at 10am, 11am and 12 noon (Return boats are from 3pm and then every half hour)
Price: Adults - £22.00, Children - £12.00
Pembroke Dock’s role in 100 years of the RAFa Special Exhibition
This new Special Exhibition at Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre will celebrate the men and women who served in Pembroke Dock and have contributed to the first 100 years of the Royal Air Force’s story.
For nearly 30 years, Pembroke Dock was an important front line station, and it has played a vital role in the Royal Air Force story.
When: Opens Friday 30th March and will be open until 8th September
Where: Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre
Opening Times: 10am - 4pm (Monday - Saturday)
Tickets: Admission is £5.00, Children £2.50
Best for: Those interested in history and the RAF
Pembrokeshire is home to many cafes and restaurants that returning holidaymakers and locals continue to visit year after year. Arguably one of the most well known and popular of these is Bosherston Tearooms, also known as Auntie Vi's or Ye Olde Worle Cafe. The cafe has been serving tea and cake on the grassy lawn in Bosherston since the 1920's and serves the same famous iced sponge and apricot sponge cakes today that it did all those years ago. Tea is served the correct way with a tea strainer in a large traditional pot. The cafe serves the walkers from lakes and surrounding coastal paths the simplest pleasures in life, fresh sandwiches, homemade cakes and cheese on toast!
The late Violet Weston, more commonly known as Auntie Vi, put the cafe on the map as she served tea to thousands of fortunate guests for over 90 years, her red lipstick always intact. After receiving an MBE from the Queen for her unwavering services to tourism and hospitality, her incredible memory lives on with the fantastic ladies that welcome visitors today.
When: Opens Friday 23rd March until October half term
Where: Bosherston Village
Opening Times: 10am - 5pm
Best for: A slice of homemade cake or lunch after a walk around the Bosherston Lily Ponds
Easter at Penally Abbey
Penally Abbey is the perfect place to base yourselves for the Easter holidays. On Easter Sunday we will be serving our delicious Sunday lunch whilst the rest of the weekend will be filled with chocolate fun with afternoon teas being served on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and bank holiday Monday.
Our Courtyard space is a wonderful space to get all the family together for a celebratory lunch or dinner and will be filled with spring flowers for the celebration!
Have a fantastic Easter and happy exploring!