Things to do
The Madagascan fossa and Kenyan bongo are just two of the very rare animals in residence at Folly Farm, an award-winning zoo that participates in worldwide breeding programmes for many of its 50 species. Children can meet exotic insects, reptiles and mammals at the animal-handling sessions run by engaging and knowledgeable staff; the new elevated Giraffe Heights walkway even invites them to go face to face with an African giant. Folly Farm is also a country park, with traditional-breed farm animals, adventure playgrounds, a big wheel overlooking the sea and a charming retro funfair packed with vintage rides (and soundtracks to match).
01834 812731, Adults £9.50, children £8.50, under-threes free. Boomerang ticket offers half-price re-entry within seven days
History doesn’t get more hands-on than the Fighting and Farming workshop at Castell Henllys, a reconstructed iron age hill fort overlooking the Nevern Valley near Newport. Young time travellers grind flour and bake bread on open fires, learn how to throw spears and build houses by flinging handfuls of mud at wattle-and-daub walls. Parents, meanwhile, get 90 peaceful minutes in which to explore the site’s wildflower-rich ancient woodlands and savour the smoky baking smells billowing from thatch-roofed roundhouses, which are built on foundations dating from 300BC. The workshop runs twice-daily on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during school holidays, part of a rich assortment of children’s events that include storytelling, shadow-puppet shows and bushcraft.
01239 891319, Adults £4.75, children £3.50, family ticket £12.75. Fighting and Farming £2.50 per child (5-11 years), booking advised
The waterpark features a lazy river that exits the building to an outdoor bubble pool. There is an outdoor and indoor spa pool ideal for relaxation and fun, two interactive wet play areas – one for under 5 years and one for 6–12 years.
There are loungers, patios, observation decks and timber walkways and the temperatures and humidity within the structure are maintained at constant levels.
Overlooking the whole complex are wet and dry café and bar areas. The Blue Lagoon waterpark is the world’s first waterpark to be heated by biomass. Warmth is provided by the nearby energy centre, which is fuelled by woodchip and Miscanthus × giganteus is a large, perennial grass grown by local farmers. The building is one of the largest waterparks in Wales at 90m long by 40m wide.
Oakwood Theme Park
Is a theme park in Pembrokeshire, Wales which attracts over 400,000 visitors each year.
Oakwood opened in the late 1980s as a very small family park with BMXs, a wooden fort, a 3D-style cinema experience show, go-karts and a water chute ride. The park has in recent years acquired a reputation for innovation and now incorporates five large thrill rides: Megafobia , Vertigo , Bounce , Drenched and Speed.
The 85-foot-tall (26 m) CCI-built wooden roller coaster “Megafobia” has been rated among the best in Europe by enthusiasts.
HERE ARE SOME LINKS MORE THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU’RE IN PEMBROKESHIRE
Mike bikes (Directory website)
The Pembrokeshire Bike Shop (Directory website)