Wales knows how to throw a festival, and why should you miss any of the fun? Here are a few festivals going on this summer not too far from the Pembrokeshire coast and tips on fabulous places to stay:
27 June – 5 July – Fish Week – This is a huge festival with over 200 events throughout the week, including a massive kick-off and painting fish on plates instead of eating them. But don’t worry, you still get to eat fish.
Stay at Azalea Lodge, the gatehouse to Picton Castle. With free range of the estate, you can be king (or queen) of the castle after the public has gone home. The lodge is located only five miles from Haverfordwest. Sleeps 4. From £409
20 – 30 July – Fishguard International Music Festival – Come and listen to the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and more during this festival for classical music lovers.
Stay at Pen-y-Parrog cottage situated on a quiet pebble beach beach at Goodwick. Explore the coast or enjoy the day, whatever the weather, from a hot tub built into a cabin. Located 1.5 miles from Fishguard. Sleeps 6. From £545.
25 July – St. Davids Folk Festival – Enjoy music from Folk groups such as Jamie Smith’s Mabon and Fiona Fitzpatrick and the Darling Buds in a night of Folk music, food, and fun taking place in the city of St Davids.
Stay at traditional detached thatch cottage Ty To, located only four miles away from St David’s. This cottage has been lovingly restored from ruin with a visible rope underthatch, lime and new “tin” extensions. Sleeps 6. From £440.
27 – 31 August – Aberjazz Jazz n Blues Festival – The community group Aberjazz works to promote live music in Fishguard and Goodwick, and ultimately came to put on an annual jazz and blues festival to promote local artists. You’re sure to have your share of fun at this year’s festival.
Stay at Beudy Trehilyn & Showmans cottage, converted from a stone dairy and cowshed in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, only 4.5 miles from Fishguard. This project happened to be subject of the popular BBC TV series A Pembrokeshire Farm, making it an ideal place to say for Griff Rhys Jones fans. Sleeps 6. From £440