THE PEMBROKESHIRE Coast National Park Authority has a range of activities and events to suit every member of the family this Easter holiday, ranging from treasure hunts for the youngsters to guided walks for hardy hikers.
With the National Park celebrating its 70th anniversary and Easter weekend coming at the end of Discover National Parks Fortnight (April 2-18), there’s no better time to get outdoors and explore what the Pembrokeshire Coast has to offer.
As well as activities, events and exhibitions at the Park Authority’s three visitor attractions, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and about in the National Park and discover more about the area’s history, culture and wildlife.
At Carew Castle, children can claim a yummy Easter prize by using a smartphone to find all the eggs the dragon has hidden around the site. Available up to April 24. £1 per child.
Those visiting the site on Saturday, April 16 will be able to enjoy The Merrymakers Storm Carew Castle! A fun-filled day of siege weapons, laughter and even a dragon at Carew! 10am-4.30pm. Included with normal admission.
A Fairies Tale with the Forest Fairy Friends will keep your energetic youngsters busy on 19 and April 20 with sessions at 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm. The interactive adventure will include dance, song and comedy. Performance and workshop £5 per person plus normal admission. Ages 3+.
For full details including opening times and entry prices, visit www.carewcastle.com
Castell Henllys Iron Age Village will be offering a chance to travel back in time and Join the Tribe on April 12, 14, 19 and 21 with two sessions each day from 10am-12noon and 2pm-3.30pm.
This exciting and immersive learning experience will give children aged 6-11 the chance to learn all about the Iron Age way of life through talks and hands-on activities, such as bread making, warrior training and building. Children must be supervised by a paying adult. £5 plus normal admission.
For budding foodies, there will be Family Foraging from 10am-12.30pm on Saturday 16 April. Join a wild food walk with professional forager Jade Mellor, where you’ll seek out the tastiest seasonal plants and make a little jar of wildness to take home.
£20 per person (includes access to the site).
Booking is essential for entry and events. Book online for free and pay on arrival. For full details including opening times and prices, visit www.castellhenllys.com
At Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids, the range of exhibitions includes On Your Doorstep, which is on display in the Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales gallery. On Your Doorstep aims to inspire everyone to explore the nature, geology and archaeology that exists all around us, and enjoy the health and well-being benefits this can bring. On Your Doorstep is open from 10am-4pm every day until Spring 2023.
The special Easter Fun Trail at Oriel y Parc will challenge your children to find the pieces of the hidden egg, creating an Easter picture as they go in order to win a special prize. £2 per child. Available up to April 24.
There will be two special Wednesday Club events taking place in the Easter holidays with a Bee-Friendly Planting drop-in workshop from 11am-3pm on April 13. Help the bees and have some green-fingered fun. £3 per child.
Wednesday Club on April 20 will see the launch of the St Non’s Nature Trail with a chance to make your own nature rubbing plaque from 11am-3pm before you follow the trail and discover the nature and history of this sacred site.
For full details, opening times and prices, visit www.orielyparc.co.uk
If you’re eager to explore the National Park on foot with an expert guide, there are a range of walks out and about in the National Park’s great outdoors.
The first Castlemartin Range Walk of 2022 will take place on Sunday, April 17 from 9.30am-4pm. On this walk you’ll get an opportunity to pass through the rarely visited internal areas of the Range and discover its wildlife, current military uses and history. Over 18s only. Limited facilities on site. Sorry, no dogs. £6 per person.
Brilliant Bats in St Davids gives you the chance to join our local Ranger for a family-friendly stroll to discover more about these elusive nocturnal creatures from 7.30pm on April 20.
Booking is essential for all guided walks. Please visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/events to reserve your place.