Half term and Halloween fun in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Greet the ghosts which haunt an Iron Age fort, take a spooky evening tour around a creepy castle or create your own Halloween artwork with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority this half term.

The Authority has laid on a fun-packed week of events and activities at its three Pembrokeshire visitor attractions.

There’s a chance to discover ‘Haunted Henllys’ or carve your own pumpkin at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village, where a programme of fun family activities introduces you to Celtic life 2,000 years ago.

Meanwhile there’s a spooky set-up at Carew Castle, including daytime family Halloween activities and a chance to walk within the walls at night.

And it’ll be a frighteningly great week at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre too, where a host of Halloween craft events are planned.

There is also the chance to get creative at Oriel y Parc or Carew Castle for The Big Draw, the world’s biggest drawing festival.

The full list of events is detailed below and is also available on the National Park Authority’s website www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk/events.

You can also visit the venues’ websites at www.carewcastle.com, www.castellhenllys.com and www.orielyparc.co.uk or find them on Facebook.

Events at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre (www.orielyparc.co.uk 01437 720392)

Get creative at Oriel y Parc this half term.
Get creative at Oriel y Parc this half term.

Mask Making - Tuesday October 28th, 10am-4pm
Join us for ghoulish goings on. Create your own spooky spine-tingling mask in time for a hair-raising Halloween! £3 per person

The Big Draw - Wednesday October 29th, 1pm-2.30pm 
Be part of a national event, and join the National Park Discovery team at Oriel y Parc for an afternoon of enjoyable drawing activities. £2 per child (pay event staff) adults free. Children must be accompanied.

Halloween Face Painting - Friday October 31st, 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm
A ghost, a vampire, a pumpkin or a zombie… Whatever you want to be for Halloween, we will paint your face before it’s time for trick or treating. £2 per person. Meet in the Discovery Room


Events at Carew Castle and Tidal Mill (www.carewcastle.com 01646 651782)


It’s a spooky set-up at Carew Castle and Tidal Mill for family fun this half term

Fireside Tales - October 25th and 26th, 2.30-3.30pm
Settle around the fire in the Lesser Hall and enjoy amazing tales of brave heroes, princesses and knights of old. Ages 4-10. Included in normal admission price.

Pembrokeshire Falconry - October 27th, 11am-4pm
Fancy handling a hawk, an eagle or an owl? Talk to an experienced falconer, admire magnificent birds of prey and have a one-to-one session with a bird for just £1.

Carew Ghost Hunt - October 27th and 28th, 11am-4pm
Enjoy a spooky half term as you explore the Castle’s dark nooks and crannies. Included in normal admission price.

Halloween Extravaganza - October 29th- 31st, 11am-3pm
Where spookier to spend Halloween than in a castle? Loads of ghostly games, activities and a costume parade at 2.30pm. Castle and Mill close at 3pm. £2 for activities plus admission.

Pembroke Dock Raptors - October 29th-31st, 11am-3pm
Get up close and personal with these magnificent birds of prey. Static display included in admission. Ten minute one to one session with bird costs £3.

Halloween Evening Tour - October 29th-31st, 4.30-5.30pm
Join an evening ghost tour of the Castle and meet some of our more spooky residents. Age five and over. Booking essential. Special event price: Adult £4.50, Concession £3.75, Child £3.25.

 

 

Events at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village (www.castellhenllys.com 01239 891319)


Discover Haunted Henllys and celebrate Samhain, the Celtic Halloween, at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village this half term.

Arianrhod’s World - October 27th, 11.30pm-1pm and 2pm-3.30pm
Who lives in a fort like this? Join Arianrhod on a journey around her fort as she shows you the skills needed to survive. Then it’s your turn to help with some of her daily tasks. £2.50 per child plus admission.

The Big Draw - October 27th, 1pm-2.30pm
Be part of a national event, and join the National Park Discovery team at Castell Henllys for an afternoon of enjoyable drawing activities. £2 per child (pay event staff) adults free. Children must be accompanied.

Celtic Adventure - October 28th- 30th, 11.30am-1pm and 2pm-3.30pm
Return to the Iron Age with Merrin and find your inner Celt! Merrin needs strong and willing slaves to help with her chores and to defend the fort! Cook in a Celtic kitchen, help build a new roundhouse, join the ranks of trainee warriors. £2.50 per child plus admission for seven to 11-year-olds. Booking advisable on 01239 891319.

Clever Little Celts - October 28th and 29th, 11.30am-1pm and 2pm-3.30pm
Meet a Celtic character who will keep you busy. Grind grain, make shapes out of dough and willow and have your face painted like a Celtic warrior. £2.50 plus admission for three to five-year-olds. Booking advisable on 01239 891319.

Pumpkin Carving - October 30th, 11am-3pm
Prepare for Halloween by bringing your pumpkin along and joining our pumpkin carving competition. Tools provided. Sessions throughout the day, 11am-3pm, limited to six children at a time. Pumpkins judged at 3pm with a winner’s prize. £1 to enter plus admission.

Haunted Henllys - October 31st, 11am-4pm, ghost walks at 11.30am and 2pm
Before Halloween there was Samhain, the original Celtic festival to the dead. Are you brave enough to meet the ghosts of those who lived at Castell Henllys over 2,000 years ago? Lots of activities to celebrate the first Halloween. Watch the wicker man burn at the end of the day. Activities £1 each.


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