With its stunning Blue Flag beaches offering a host of water-sports and equipment hire, fishing trips, coastal cruises, an 18 hole golf course in the sand dunes, as well as quaint, winding streets full of cafes, shops, galleries, bars and restaurants; it’s easy to see why Tenby has long been a popular destination for many. The 16th century Plantagenet House serves exceptionally good dishes created from local produce and the fresh, daily catch of fish; while the Dennis Cafe on Castle Sands, with its breathtaking views and relaxed atmosphere, has been rated by The Times as one of the top ten coffee drinking spots in the whole of the UK. Also it’s from here that the brightly coloured, old fishing boats ferry visitors to Caldey Island: Owned and farmed by self-sustaining Cistercian monks for centuries, many find it hard to resist sampling the chocolate, perfume and serene atmosphere created by its very special residents. Credited by The Times as one of the top ten places in the world to spend New Year’s Eve, the restof Tenby’s annual events won’t disappoint either: From poetry in pubs to extravagant fire-works displays at the harbour, events are common-place in this town. Late September’s week long Arts Festival serves up a fantastically diverse programme of events from concerts to world-class sand sculpture competitions there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Late June’s county-wide Fish Week shouldn’t be missed either: Cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs, a whole host of themed events and restaurants from north to south creating special dishes to celebrate all that swims in our waters, it’s a must for any foodie. November’s three day Blues Festival draws music lovers from far and wide, while the Boxing Day Swim off North Beach is an incredulous sight. For 2012 and three years to come, Tenby once again plays host to the international competition of highest endurance: From world-wide, thousands flock to the town by the 16th September to witness the breath-taking spectacle of these super-beings competing for the Iron Man title.
Tenby provides all that’s needed in any family holiday but South Pembrokeshire offers numerous castles, incredible beaches, nature reserves, gardens, zoos, coastal paths, seaside towns and villages offering boat trips, water-sports of every kind, pony-trekking, out-door pursuits and even a vineyard and chocolate factory to visit! The biggest dilemma facing anyone staying in Gable End Lodge will be whether to sit back and relax in the ‘jewel of the crown’ or visit some of the many other delights Pembrokeshire has to offer.