Real Family Holidays in Pembrokeshire, Orielton, Wales UK

Explore the beautiful beaches, golden sand dunes and volcanic headlands of the Pembrokeshire coast.

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The Orielton Centre is set in 48 hectares of its own grounds within Pembrokeshire, Wales. The grounds include beautiful woodlands, meadows, ponds, streams and grasslands. On your holiday you will have the opportunity to see an exciting variety of wildlife on its doorstep including small mammals, badgers and several species of bat.

Bedrooms are mainly small dormitory-style rooms, which may include bunk-beds - fun for young family members!  We have a kitchen area with hot and cold drinks making facilities, drying room, small shop (selling confectionery, soft drinks, postcards, etc). There is a games room to keep young family members entertained if the weather isn’t on your side; you have a choice of a full-sized table tennis table, table football, Wii console and a variety of board games.  We also have a cosy lounge with TV/DVD player and open fire (when necessary). Outdoors, we have a 5-a-side football pitch and volleyball area, lawn with picnic tables and extensive grounds where the kids can let off steam and explore nature at first hand.

Look around the Pembrokeshire Orielton location: 

Virtual tour of Orielton Centre 

Drone footage of the area

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OR Room 2

Explore Pembrokeshire

The Orielton Centre is located on the edge of the Pembrokeshire National Park, the only coastal National Park in Britain. Head up into the Preseli Mountains, on foot or by bike, or discover the cliffs, crags and wildlife along the dramatic Pembrokeshire coastline.

Pembrokeshire is the perfect place for a family holiday with a wide range of attractions close by and some of the best beaches in Wales and the UK. Our staff will be able to advise you of the best places to go in the Pembrokeshire; these are just a selection of the places you could visit during your holiday, many are free:

Bosherston Lily Ponds and Broadhaven Beach The famous Bosherston Lakes were created 200 years ago to provide a backdrop to Stackpole Court. They have evolved into a wildlife habitat famous for otters, water birds and dragonflies. Take a walk with your family around Bosherston's beautiful lily ponds, with options to explore the dunes and pools of the Mere Pool Valley behind the beach. The walk is mostly along even gravel paths with two narrow causeways, with the stunning Broadhaven beach as your destination.

Freshwater West beach This huge expanse of sand has featured in two recent films - Ridley Scott's Robin Hood and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where it was used as the back-drop for Shell Cottage. This was built in the dunes down to the smallest detail, including the seaweed. Although the cottage was taken down after filming you can still walk in the footsteps of Harry, Hermione and Ron. This south westerly facing beach has the best waves in the county for surfing BUT it’s only for the experienced and strong swimming surfer. Strong rip currents occur off this beach. It’s the best place to go to watch the surfing. The beach is wide, sandy and backed by an extensive system of dunes. The dunes are fragile so no camping or barbeques are allowed. There’s a rocky reef at the southern end and some quiet bays at the other.

Oakwood Theme Park Whether it’s an adrenaline-fuelled experience or a magical adventure, Oakwood Theme Park has thrills for all. Based in the heart of Pembrokeshire, Oakwood boasts fun for the whole family – toddler friendly rides, fast thrills and spills (including the UK’s favourite wooden roller coaster – Megafobia), late night riding seasons, food & drink, FREE comfy dog kennels (so every member of the family can come along).

Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo A perfect day out for younger family members. See over 750 animals including lions, rhinos, giraffes or penguins and get up close to furry and feathery farmyard friends in their barn. Choose from 17 different rides in the vintage fairground, or enjoy one of eight adventure play areas. There is 120 acres of fun so there really is something for everyone!

Pembroke Castle Only four miles away - Birthplace of Henry VII and idyllically set on the banks of the river estuary, this mighty fortress is steeped in Welsh history. On-site facilities include a gift shop, café and brass rubbing centre and guided tours are available.

St David’s This is the smallest city in the UK! Granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II because of the presence of the cathedral, St David’s is in reality a small attractive village with two of the best ice-cream shops in Wales. Situated within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, it is surrounded by spectacular coastal scenery renowned for its beauty and abundance of wildlife. Whitesands Beach and trips to Ramsey Island are close by.

Tenby This is probably the most iconic seaside town in Wales. Tenby harbour has a thriving boating and fishing community as well as the departure point for the Caldey island boats and also the many fishing and pleasure tips on offer. The centre of Tenby is a maze of little narrow cobbled streets offering plenty of interesting and quirky shops and an abundance of eateries. Tenby also has three great beaches; North, South and Castle, each with its own character and all facing in different directions so at least one should be sheltered if it happens to be windy.

Haverfordwest - Haverfordwest is the attractive and ancient county town of Pembrokeshire. As well as being the county’s administrative centre, Haverfordwest has a great variety of shops in the town and the outlying retail parks.

Other exciting places to visit nearby are:
Narberth, Saundersfoot, Angle, Manorbier

Or for days out within 20-30 minute drive away:
Heatherton Activity Sports & Theme Park
The Dinosaur Park
Manor Wildlife Park
Pembrokeshire Wake Park
Outer Reef Surf & Sup School

Click here for more information on visit Pembrokeshire: http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/

Orielton, Pembrokeshire: Orielton Field Centre, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire SA71 5EZ

If Real Family Holidays at Orielton, Pembrokeshire don’t fit your holiday dates then check out Real Family Holidays at Dale Fort, Pembrokeshire.

Free Activities are bookable during your stay

Children should be accompanied by a guardian on all FSC-led activities. We will try to stick to this timetable but all activities are subject to change, due to booking patterns and weather conditions at the time.

Free Activities

Mon 27 July

Wild Art

Be inspired by the grounds that surround our centre by making whatever you forage into works of art. 7-8pm.

Tue 28 July

Map Skills

Learn some new techniques and test your skills by finding the treasure hidden in our grounds. 9-10am.

Wed 29 July

Camp Fire

Join us around the campfire for sunset, games and roasting marshmallows. 8-9.30pm.

Thu 30 July

Pond Dipping

An underwater micro-safari waiting to be discovered; we’ll see the animals living in our on-site ponds and look at them up-close under a microscope. 9-10am.

Fri 31 July

Nature Night Walk

An evening stroll around the grounds looking for signs of nocturnal wildlife. At Orielton, we’re lucky enough to have nine species of bat recorded on site, and big resident colonies, so this is an ideal place to see them close at hand and hear them using the bat detector. We will also set moth and mammal traps, ready to check the following morning. 8-9.30pm.

Sat 1 August

Minibeasts, mammals and moths

Learn more about the fascinating variety of animals living in our woodland and grassland by joining us for a minibeast hunt, as well as checking the moth and mammal traps that were set the previous evening. 9-10am.

Sun 2 August

Bushcraft

Spend some time in our beautiful grounds learning some essential bushcraft skills. 9-10am.

Mon 3 August

Camp Fire

Join us around the campfire for sunset, games and roasting marshmallows. 8-9.30pm.

Tue 4 August

Wild Art

Be inspired by the grounds that surround our centre by making whatever you forage into works of art. 9-10am.

Wed 5 August

Shelter building

Test your survival skills by creating a shelter in the woods to keep you warm and dry. 9-10.30am.

Thu 6 August

Map Skills

Learn some new techniques and test your skills by finding the treasure hidden in our grounds. 9-10am.

Fri 7 August

Pond Dipping

An underwater micro-safari waiting to be discovered; we’ll see the animals living in our on-site ponds and look at them up-close under a microscope. 9-10am.

Wed 19 August

Camp Fire

Join us around the campfire for sunset, games and roasting marshmallows. 8-9.30pm.

Thu 20 August

Bushcraft

Spend some time in our beautiful grounds learning some essential bushcraft skills. 9-10am.

Fri 21 August

Nature Night Walk

An evening stroll around the grounds looking for signs of nocturnal wildlife. At Orielton, we’re lucky enough to have nine species of bat recorded on site, and big resident colonies, so this is an ideal place to see them close at hand and hear them using the bat detector. We will also set moth and mammal traps, ready to check the following morning. 8-9.30pm.

Sat 22 August

Minibeasts, mammals and moths

Learn more about the fascinating variety of animals living in our woodland and grassland by joining us for a minibeast hunt, as well as checking the moth and mammal traps that were set the previous evening. 9-10am.

Sun 23 August

Shelter building

Test your survival skills by creating a shelter in the woods to keep you warm and dry. 9-10.30am.

Mon 24 August

Pond Dipping

An underwater micro-safari waiting to be discovered; we’ll see the animals living in our on-site ponds and look at them up-close under a microscope. 9-10am.

Extra Activities

Tue 28 July

Tenby Day - £15 per person

Join us for a day trip to explore the famous seaside resort of Tenby. Take part in our Tenby Scavenger Hunt and Sand sculpture competition before enjoying free time as a family. There’s so much to do: discover Tenby’s four beaches, visit the lifeboat station, traditional sweet shops, many restaurants or walk the town walls. We will provide transport to and from the centre and facilitate the scavenger hunt and sand sculpture competition. 10am-5pm. Transport included. Also takes place on Tuesday 4th August and Sunday 23rd August.

Sat 1 August

Make your own pizza - £5 per child

Become a chef for the morning! Create your own chef’s hat, make your personal pizza and explore a working kitchen. Discover where your food has come from while our chefs cook your pizza for you to enjoy at lunchtime. 11-12:30pm. Also takes place on Saturday 8th August and Saturday 22nd August.

Thu 30 July

Coastal walk - £15 per person

Take on a section of the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastal path led by our team. Take in award winning beaches, a fossil hunt, dramatic limestone scenery and look out for nesting seabirds. Our knowledgeable staff will teach you about the formation and history of this landscape and point out local wildlife along the way. 10am- 4pm. Transport included. Also takes place on Thursday 6th August and Thursday 20th August.

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