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Half term discoveries in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

HALF TERM holiday discoveries in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park are lined up for all the family – from the seashore to the Preseli Hills – in this the Year of Discovery.

Castell Henllys Iron Age Village, Carew Castle and Tidal Mill and Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre all have holiday-themed events, and there is also an exciting choice of other experiences to enjoy out in the National Park’s landscape.

The Activities and Events pages of the National Park newspaper Coast to Coast open up to so many opportunities to explore and enjoy the National Park.

At Castell Henllys Iron Age Village on 27 and 30 May you can be a warrior or a slave, and cook a feast or fight a battle. In between, 28 May, is Roman Day – discover what the Romans found when they invaded Britain. And 29 May is Discovery Day – with a range of activities to challenge all ages. There is a small charge for activities in addition to the admission fee.

For full details including all events, entry prices and opening times visit www.castellhenllys.com or call 01239 891319.

At Carew Castle and Tidal Mill Robin Hood and his Merry Men and Women have set up camp but need help to find keys to a hidden treasure chest. Robin and his Merry team are there between 25 May and 2 June and visitors can also try Have-a-Go Archery between 29 and 31 May. Other ‘invaders’ are the spectacular Bowlore in their Medieval encampment between 26 and 28 May – where you can don armour and have sword-fighting lessons. Normal admission plus a small charge for some activities.

Shadowy tales of the Castle’s past will be recounted in a Twilight Tour on 30 May. This is a booking essential event.

For full details including all events, entry prices and opening times visit www.carewcastle.com or call 01646 651782.

The National Park’s showcase Oriel y Parc and Visitor Centre at St Davids has many events, along with a brand new ‘Stones and Bones’ exhibition – half term visitors can be among the first to see this.

From the Centre you can take a Foraging Walk on 30 May (booking essential) or a Seashore Walk on 31 May. And on four days – 28 to 31 May – with spring flowers and trees in full bloom all around, there is a new opportunity to Discover Flower Fairies, enjoying the stories of the tree fairy and creating unique reminders from petals. This is also a booking essential event.

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For full details including all events, prices and opening times visit www.orielyparc.co.uk or call 01437 720392.

Walkers wishing to discover more of the Park can take a gentle 3.5-mile Gwaun Valley walk on 28 May or a more strenuous 7-mile explore along the Preseli Ridge on 30 May, enjoying spectacular views. Pen Dinas (Dinas Head) on the northern coast is the location for a Welsh language walk on 29 May – joining the Area Ranger for a 3-mile walk. These walks are booking essential.

To book your place on these walks please call 01437 720392.

For full details for all the activities and events run by the National Park Authority visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/events or alternatively pick up a copy of Coast to Coast.