Monday, 31 May 2010

Llynon Mill, Holyhead

Llynon Mill, Holyhead, Anglesey is the only working windmill in Wales. Visit this agricultural museum to see the milling process and the reconstructed bakery. Enjoy freshly baked cakes and bread made with the mill's own flour and buy organic stoneground flour to take home. (particularly good for diabetics due to the low glycaemic index). There is a wide range of gifts and crafts to browse in the Llynnon shop. 

Pontcysyllite Aqueduct, Llangollen

Enjoy a horse drawn or motorised canal trip from the wharf at Llangollen across the spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct built by Thomas Telford. On your return browse the gift shop and have a tea and cakes in the tearoom.

Friday, 28 May 2010

A Feast Night at Druidstone Hotel perched on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

How to describe Druidstone Hotel in Pembrokeshire that is the question? Perched on the cliff in 22 acres of wild coastal gardens above the beautiful beach that gave it its name with stunning views of Cardigan Bay. Shabby chic goes part of the way, throw in quirky, rambling, homely, relaxing, exciting, intriguing and then add a few happy children, family pets, a couple of artists and the odd musician and you're nearly there.

Together with family and friends we recently enjoyed a Turkish Feast at Druidstone - a delicious running buffet of Turkish dishes hot & cold, meaty and veggie, fish too. The children dipped in and out sampling morsels then being drawn back to the rambling gardens still bathed in evening sun. Three musicians played a few tunes in the bar just for the fun of it.

The staff are friendly, welcoming and helpful. Don't expect a butler here but they do have their own fisherman so if there is bass or mackeral on the menu you can be sure it is fresh.

If you have not already been to the Druidstone Hotel do go and have a drink or a feast. It might be your first visit but it won't be your last.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Pembroke Potato Festival June 5th 2010

Pembroke Potato Festival makes an exciting day out for the whole family. The festival celebrates the potato crop and aims to increase its profile at a time when growers have to compete with cheaper imported potatoes grown in warmer climates or in polytunnels.

The day will be filled with events, displays and activities such as pick your own , tasting, potato cookery demonstrations, ready steady cook competition, make a potato head mask, potato juggling, music, trade stands and more.

Last year Jo Knight  of Lovespoon Gelato, Capel Iwan, Newcastle Emlyn launched her new sweet spiced potato icecream Jo said
"It's definately different and decidedly moreish with a subtle earthy potato flavour mingled with hints of pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg & clove."

Friday, 21 May 2010

Bosherston Lily Ponds Pembrokeshire

Go to the ponds in the cold weather, armed with digestive biscuits and the robins will find you and almost sit on your hands - yes, they are hungry but thy are also so very tame. Just wonderful !

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Penrallt Garden Centre & Nursery, Cardigan

Not just a garden centre and nursery with a comprehensive collection of plants but also the Pavilion Cafe, trout lake, picnic area and coastal walks. In fact there is something for everyone. Why not take a trip to Molygrove, Cardigan drop in and see for yourselves.

Carew Cheriton Control Tower, Pembrokeshire

A local group of enthusiasts have restored a World War II airfield control tower at the Carew Airfield Pembrokeshire. Having done that they turned their attention to an Avro Anson plane, with many more projects in the pipe line. The control tower is used regularly by educational groups and  will be opened by arrangement for any enthusiastic group.

During World War II the airfield was a base for maritime patrols and then as a training base for air crew wireless operators. In 1941 the base was a hive of acivity with planes regularly flying in and out including Oxfords, Ansons, and occasionaly Spitfires which were based in Angle.

The aim is to create a small museum at the site with a hangar in which to house planes.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

The Haven's Festival Week, Little Haven & Broad Haven Pembrokeshire

Enjoy lots of family events at the Haven's Festival Week in the neighbouring seaside villages of Little Haven and Broad Haven Pembrokeshire from 27th May - 6th June. Try a craft, art exhibition, rock pooling, mini beast safari and lots more. A 'Blessing of the Boats Service' will be held on Sunday in Little Haven. There will be lots of other events throughout the week.
The villages have a vast expanse of golden sands between them. It is possible to walk from one village to the other over the beach on a low tide.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Blue Flag Beaches & Marinas Awards 2010 - A Welsh Record

A record 45 beaches and 5 marinas have achieved prestigious Blue Flag Awards in 2010.
Minister for Environment, Susutainability & Housing Jane Davidson said:

"I am delighted that beaches & marinas in Wales have this year collectively accrued an impressive 45 Blue Flags. This is an achievement we can all be proud of and is a demonstration of the excellent natural quality of Welsh beaches".

Beaches are judged against 30 criteria including water quality, litter management, dog control, visitor safety & sustainable environmental ethics.

Marinas have 16 land based criteria including waste facilities, life saving equipment & safeguards for the environment.

Pembrokeshire topped the list with 13 awards, Gwynedd 8, Anglesey 7, Ceredigion 5, Swansea 5, Conwy 4, Carmarthenshire 2, Bridgend 2, Vale of Glamorgan 2 and 1 each for Denbighshire & North Port Talbot.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Robin Hood - Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire

The new movie Robin Hood, the battle scene of which was filmed on Freshwater West beach Pembrokeshire is showing at the Torch Cinema Milford Haven from May 12th to 27th 2010.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Hazelbeach Regatta, Pembrokeshire Sat 5th June 2010

A date for your diary - the annual Hazelbeach Regatta will be held on 5th June 2010. A wonderful community event ideal for families with lots going on most of the day. As well as cruiser and dinghy races, a feast for the eye, there will be inshore activities including swimming races, crabbing, build & race a raft competition, craft activities for little ones - last year a wonderful assortment of pirates hats was created, and lots more. Delicious traditional teas will be served on the lawn of the Mill House and of course the Ferry Inn will be open as usual serving real ales and good food with panoramic views of the festivities from the lawns or the conservatory.