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Cardigan Castle To Re-open

Cardigan Castle to re-open

After many years of restoration Cardigan Castle is finally set to open its doors on 15th April.  Having driven past the castle for years, with its contractors signs, cordoned off road lane and restricted access, I’m really looking forward to having a nose around on the inside!  In addition to the restored castle itself there are gardens, an open-air theatre and a restaurant and of course, the best view of the river Tefi in town.

According to a recent the Daily Mail article,

“It has been a multi-million pound rescue mission lasting 12 years, but 900-year-old Cardigan Castle, in Wales, is set open its doors to visitors once more in April. 

Tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to the historic castle, to see the results of the Cadwgan Building Preservation Trust project. 

It is set to be a lavish affair, with 3,000 daffodils and 1,700 rolls of turf planted in celebration of the occasion.”

And they add,

“The new lease of life for the castle includes the recreation of the paths and lawns of the regency gardens, a glass restaurant with panoramic views over the River Teifi, and the restoration of the whalebone arch – a popular feature for early 19th Century gardens.

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Guide to Pembrokeshire

Traveller’s Guide to Pembrokeshire

I’m delighted to see that Newport is highly recommended in the Condé Nast Traveller’s Guide to Pembrokeshire. They have this to say about the town:

“It doesn’t look like much as you drive through, but little Newport – not under any circumstances to be mistaken for its city namesake – is the discreet holiday hideaway of well-heeled Welsh speakers, and English money looking for something less obvious than Cornwall or Sandbanks. There are hardly any visual clues; it’s the absence of things that gives the game away – no tat-shops, football tops, or lagery crowds. Instead, there are superb pubs and restaurants, a first-rate butcher and fishmonger and, tucked half-a-mile down from the main drag, a delightful boat-bobbing estuary. A drink at the boat club, as the sun goes down, begets the satisfying glow of knowing you’re in precisely the right place. “

Whilst I think the “well-healed Welsh speakers, and English money looking for something less obvious than Cornwall or Sandbanks” is a bit caricaturish, the rest rings true.

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Fishguard International Music Festival

The Fishguard International Music Festival runs from 19th-30th July and once again promises to be a 12 day celebration of all that’s great in classical music.  Now in in its 45th year the Festival continues to bring together some of the best musical talent from Wales, the UK and the international community.  This year’s programme includes:

  • Orchestral concerts from BBC National Orchestra of Wales, members of Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Sinfonia Cymru and National Youth Orchestra of Wales
  • A fully-staged production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel
  • Chamber music from Peter Donohoe, Alissa Margulis, Per Nystrom , Maggini Quartet and La Mer Trio
  • Choral music from the John S Davies Singers

A full list of events can be found here: This Year’s Fishguard Music Festival Events Read more

Tenby Blues Festival

Featuring  Marcus Malone and others.
This coming weekend sees the excellent Tenby Blues Festival, three days of Rhythm’n’Blues guaranteed to stir the soul.

“The blues is life! Or so claims Walter Brown ”Brownie” McGhee and a small bunch of blues enthusiasts from Tenby. The dedication of the festival organisers has seen the festival grow from a humble good idea into a festival which had to invest in ‘sold out signs’ in only a few short years. There’s an American guest performing every year alongside local blues bands and performers. Jam sessions and ‘blues education’ fill out the programme of this occasionally stormy blues festival by the sea.”

Details and booking info here Tenby Blues

Celebrating 20 Years on Ramsey Island

Ramsey Island Movie

Ramsey Island is wonderful island nature reserve just of the coast of St David’s, Pembrokeshire.  Well worth a day trip if you are staying in Pembrokeshire and kids will love it.

To celebrate 20 years of conservation management RSPB Cymru has produced this short movie.

Celebrating 20 years On Ramsey Island

Pony on Carn Ffoi

This morning out walking on Carn Ffoi, dodging the squalls, I ran for shelter from the latest downpour, only to find this youngster and mum already in the best spot!  These mountain ponies are incredibly hardy and appear untroubled by wind and rain.

Christmas and New Year in a Pembrokeshire Cottage

Thinking about Christmas and New Year in a Pembrokeshire Cottage?

What could be more delightful than spending Christmas and New Year in a Pembrokeshire Cottage?

If you are thinking of spending Christmas and New year in a Pembrokeshire Holiday Cottage, then Treffynnon may just fit the bill.  With AGA in the kitchen, wood stove in the living room and underfloor heating throughout, you will be snug and cosy, whatever the weather.

Imagine arriving to a luxurious living room with the fire already alight, the Christmas tree already decorated and twinkling with lights and even mince pies in the AGA.

Whilst we can’t guarantee Christmas Day will always look like this we are sure you will have an enjoyable and relaxing season, whatever the weather.