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Legendary half term fun in the National Park

Get ready to enjoy a legendary experience for all the family in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park this Whitsun half term, beginning Saturday 27 May.

Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, Castell Henllys Iron Age Village and Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre are holding family-friendly events to capture your imagination and inspire you to find out more about the National Park’s legendary landscape and many mysterious myths.

Among the action-packed programme of events, there’s an art and craft workshop exploring the legends of King Arthur, a day all about dragons and the chance to dig for finds like legendary archaeologist Indiana Jones.

Try your hand at archery during Carew Castle’s half term Medieval Mayhem.​
Try your hand at archery during Carew Castle’s half term Medieval Mayhem.​

Carew Castle Manager Daisy Hughes said: “This is the Year of Legends in Wales, so we invite you to bring the family to discover the history, myths and legends of Pembrokeshire through the fun and fascinating events at all our attractions.

“Whether you want to explore Pembrokeshire on foot, create something unique or delve deeper into the past there’s something to keep everyone entertained.”

At Carew Castle you can try your luck throughout half term in the ‘Legends of Carew’ Treasure Hunt. Or from Sunday 28 May to Tuesday 30, join Bowlore for Medieval Mayhem at the castle encampment, with sword fighting and Have-a-go Archery from 11am-4pm. Normal admission plus a small charge for archery.

Prepare for Battle on Wednesday 31 May and Friday 2 June at Carew as you make your lance, shield, helmet or crown in craft workshops before trying out your new weaponry. This is a drop-in session costing £2.50 per child plus normal admission, from 2.30pm-4.30pm. Or you could dig for finds like a real archaeologist in The Big Dig, on Thursday 1 June, 2.30pm-4pm. This event costs £3 per child, for ages five and over (booking is advisable on 01646 651782), plus normal admission.

In St Davids at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre, you can Get Arty with King Arthur’s Adventure on Tuesday 30 May, 2pm-4pm, for papercraft and collage activities themed around the Welsh legends of the Mabinogion (booking is essential on 01437 720392). £3 per child (children must be accompanied by an adult).

Get Arty with King Arthur’s Adventure at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre during half term.​
Get Arty
with King Arthur’s Adventure at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre during half term.​

Or explore St Davids city on a one-mile walk on Thursday 1 June, 2pm-4pm, where you’ll discover the hidden and not-so-hidden history of Britain’s smallest city. The guided walk costs £3. Children must be accompanied by an adult and booking is essential on 01437 720392. There’s also a free guided city walk starting from Oriel y Parc on Sunday 4 June, 1.30pm-3pm: A Ranger’s View of the National Park, giving an insight from Ranger Ian into the National Park’s role in St Davids.

While at Oriel y Parc why not call in to the free exhibition Enchanted Landscape: Pembrokeshire in Myth and Legend? Artwork from the collections of Amgueddfa Cymru–National Museum Wales introduces some of the extraordinary tales of the Pembrokeshire landscape.

Release the warrior within you at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village on Roman Day, Thursday 1 June, with activity sessions from 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Be a Roman centurion or a wild painted warrior and find out what the native Celts thought of the Romans arriving in Britain.

Castell Henllys: Find your inner warrior at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village this half term.
Find your inner warrior at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village this half term.

Or you could immerse yourself in myth and magnificence at Here Be Dragons! Help decorate a dragon for a parade up to the fort, make a mask or clay dragon and take part in a story on Tuesday 30 May, 11am-4pm (parade at 3.30pm).

If it’s something slightly gentler you’re seeking, visit the Castell Henllys Wellbeing Weekend on 3 and 4 June, from 11am-5pm. Try reflexology and massage, yoga or mindfulness, plus stalls and demonstrations and take the chance to discover the tranquillity of the local landscape on a guided woodland walk.

To help you explore the Pembrokeshire Coast on foot, you can search more than 200 mapped out routes on the Authority’s website. Find your legendary route walk by visiting www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/walking.

For full details of all the activities and events run by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority during Year of Legends 2017 visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/events.

Published 17 May 2017


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