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Tenby & Pemrokeshire Events for 2016

Whether you are looking for arts and entertainment or a taste of great food in the region, there are some cracking Pembrokeshire events and festivals lined up for 2016. Time to get the diary out and plan your next visit as we pick our favourites for this year, all within an easy drive of Penally Abbey Hotel & Restaurant, near Tenby:

Live Music and Living History at Pembroke Castle (Various Dates in 2016)

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This most popular of visitor attractions is so much more than just a place to learn about the past. It hosts a wide range of goings on, including some of the best gigs and events in Pembrokeshire. 2016 is no exception, with something for everyone. Jules Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra (17th July) is arguably the pick of the live music shows.Family events and Living History Days (Various dates from March onwards) offer an authentic look into the past, while you might find anything from Falconry Days to circus skills workshops throughout the spring and summer. For a full lineup of Pembroke Castle events, see pembroke-castle.co.uk

The Pembrokeshire County Show 2016, Haverfordwest (16th-18th August)

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From vintage vehicles to foodie treats and a whole host of attractions showcasing the best of the region, this year’s Pembrokeshire County Show looks set to be a cracker. Attractions for 2016 include a Monster Truck Show, equestrian events and special animals from rare breed cattle to birds of prey. A free family play area and fairground will keep younger guests happy, while local crafts, gifts and a large selection of fine produce will appeal to foodies or those looking for a special gift or two. For a full line up of events and exhibitors at the 2016 show, see the website: www.pembsshow.org


The Wales Marathon (July 10th) & Ironman Wales (September 18th)

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Two grand endurance events draw big crowds and test competitors to the limit every year in Tenby. The Wales Marathon needs little introduction as both a testing ground for runners and a godsend for charities. With lots of fancy dress, raucous support and a red carpet finish, Tenby Marathon brings a real carnival atmosphere to the town, whether you bite the bullet and run or just spectate. Full details here: www.thewalesmarathon.com

An equally punishing combination of running, cycling and swimming, the Tenby Ironman creates quite a spectacle each year. Scores of brave men and women take on the challenge, backed by brilliant support from thousands of visitors. The route itself takes in stunning beaches and ironage forts; not that the competitors will have time to stop and admire their surroundings! See the Ironman Site for more details.

Tenby Arts Festival 2016 (Dates: 24th September – 1st October)

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This year is going to be a special one for the Arts Festival in Tenby. 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the event, that celebrates the best of all manner of creativity and performing arts. Live music is always a highlight, from jazz and folk to a special performance from Tenby Male Voice Choir. You’ll also find artists, galleries and craftsmen and women out in force exhibiting and selling their work. Add stimulating talks and workshops, and you have an enyoyable week of culture to add fun and creativity to your stay in Tenby. Keep an eye on the official site for full details: www.tenbyartsfest.co.uk

Narbeth Food Festival (24th & 25th September 2016) Image title

]A feast of Pembrokeshire food awaits at this event, with a large range of fine regional fare at this local favourite among Welsh food festivals. From fine cheese to local ciders, there is plenty to taste or take away for foodies of all persuasions. Most stallholders are from the area, although you'll also find some continental cuisine and street food present. Not that this is purely an eating and shopping experience; there are hands-on “have a go” cooking sessions for all ages, along with live music. See the official site for more details: www.narberthfoodfestival.com

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