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Ffos Las Racecourse

y. Ffos Las has staged both National Hunt and Flat fixtures. The racing programme is of a very high quality and those who attend are guaranteed a feast of good racing. With excellent facilities for the race-goer, including ample free parking and a large stand housing plenty of bars and betting outlets, Ffos Las offers a great view of high quality racing in picturesque surroundings. You can’t beat the spectacle and colour of seeing racehorses and jockeys close up, the bustling activity that surrounds the betting and the lively excitement of the race itself. As with any sport the more you know about what’s going on, the more fun you’ll get out of your day. The website offers an introductory guide to racing which is designed specifically to increase your enjoyment, so just click on the link below to find out our top tips and essential advice. Ffos Las Racecourse does not operate a strict dress code for general admission, but would ask all customers to wear smart, casual clothing. The dress code policy for hospitality areas is smart casual which excludes jeans, trainers and rugby or football shirts. To enjoy a day’s racing to the full may require a good deal of walking around so give particular thought to your footwear! The closer you get to the time of the first race, the busier the traffic will be so we suggest you aim to arrive about an hour and a half before the first race. This will give you time to get to know the geography of the track and check out the racecourses facilities. The action will commence about half an hour before the advertised time of the first race, when the runners will be taken in the pre-parade ring to be saddled up. There is a large selection of food and drink for sale but if you would like a table at one of the restaurants it is necessary to book in advance. Please note, we do not allow race-goers to bring their own food and drink into Ffos Las. Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) free entry. For a really great day out of excitement, come to Ffos Las!

The Blue Lagoon

play areas including a full size pirate ship and an indoor beach for little ones! There are loungers, patios, observation decks and warm, barmy temperatures. For more information and to book please visit our website.

Dyfed Shire Horse Farm

our working farm, enjoy a horse and cart ride, meet the other traditional farmyard animals such as our Welsh Pigs, Balwen Sheep, donkeys as well as our visitors from South America, the Llamas. Younger children love the indoor soft play area and outdoor adventure area, as well as the Crazy Golf, Croquet, Sand Shed and Skittles. And everyone enjoys the Nature Trail with woodlands and hedgerows to explore and stunning views of the Preseli Mountains. Summer activities include demonstrations of farriery, falconry and working horses. Bring your own lunch to enjoy at one of our picnic spots, each with their own spectacular view. Or join us for a light snack or meal at the ‘Café Celt’. Then treat yourself to an ice cream from the gift shop.

The Creepy Carmarthen Tour

murder weapons, antique photographs and a witch trial. Winner of Carmarthenshire Tourism Association's "Visitors Experience of the Year" the Creepy Carmarthen Tour is a unique introduction to the weird and wonderful history of the oldest town in Wales. From the ancient Romans through to modern times the darker side has left its scars and marks on the town which are all explored in this illustrated ramble around the oldest and spookiest parts. Starting on the steps of the historic Guildhall, during this two-hour long walk around the centre of Carmarthen you will hear unsettling stories from the past and visit the very place where a medieval bishop was burnt to death, stand where crowds watched public executions and sample life in the cells where murderers were held before the death sentence was passed. The Spooky Town Tour includes a visit the building which housed the town's original Victorian Police Station set within the walls of the ancient Castle. The setting for dozens of overnight "ghost watches" the building has its own unique night-time atmosphere which you can share. Suitable for the whole family, and wheel-chair friendly, the public tours run most Wednesday nights from Easter to the end of September. Private tours are available all year round.

Dryad Bushcraft

ange of terrain, is perfect for the study of bushcraft skills. We are committed to youth development and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Our objective is to provide courses in the techniques of sustainable living through the medium of bushcraft and other outdoor activities. The one day introduction to bushcraft course is the perfect first step on your journey into the world of bushcraft. It has been designed to provide an introduction to the tools, techniques and skills of bushcraft. It is also a great course for those who would like to learn new skills but don’t yet feel ready to spend a night out in the open. Learn about: the survival mind and how to think like a survivor; fire lighting using friction and other methods; shelter building; wild food forage and preparing wild foods; wilderness cooking; traps and tracking; signalling and navigation.

Quay Surf

ll in to our shop at Uplands Square, New Quay, we are open between 10-5 daily. Or alternatively visit our website to find out more about us, check the latest surfing weather and browse our NEW online store for our growing range of items, many of which are on SALE! We have surf equipment for hire! So call in on your way down to the beach and get kitted out with the latest fashions and all the safety equipment you need...

Go Ape

citing course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set up to 120 feet above the forest floor. Ideal for friends and families... you’ll share around 3 hours of fun and adventure going ape up in the trees. We’re open daily from April to October so come and enjoy the tree-top adventure that everyone’s talking about.

Trail Rides Wales

ence. If you are new to trail riding, the day will include tuition. You will be amazed at your achievements while trail riding! You need to hold a motorcycle license (can be provisional). We don’t mix groups of riders with different levels of trail riding experience. If you have never been trail riding before, the usual meeting place is a few miles inland from Aberystwyth and will include stream crossings and hills which can be challenging, particularly in wet weather. If you think you may prefer a less extreme introduction to trail riding, another route from Machynlleth is available, which has slopes rather than tricky hills and gives you more time with easy trail riding in the morning. Both routes take you to some of the remotest areas in Wales, with absolutely stunning views as long as it isn’t raining! If it is raining (and this is Wales after all!) trail riding can be really good fun as you end up splashing along in little streams and fording deep puddles. Trail Rides Wales also do "adventure riding days" which bridge the gap between road and trail riding.

Adventure Beyond

or a more leisurely day out. Coasteering is one of the best – and most exciting! – ways to see the stunning coastline of West Wales. We have designed trips to suit different groups, even short distance ones with easy optional jumps which are ideal for young children and families. Paddle up the serene and secretive Teifi Gorge to Cilgerran Castle and cruise back downstream through the Grade I-II rapids created by past slate quarrying in the post glacial gorge. Try a sea kayaking trip and amble along at your own pace marvelling at the stunning views of Britain's only coastal national park. Want to try rock climbing? Touch the rock for the first time outdoors and by the end of our starter sessions you’ll probably have caught the bug and want to try out some more climbs. All equipment is supplied and our experienced climbing instructors start you on easy climbs to build your confidence.

The Big Blue Experience

ring, Powerboating and Surfing. From the Extreme to the Serene we have something for everyone. Daily wind and surf reports for Newgale are available through Twitter and a live Webcam of the beach can be found on our website. Individual and group packages are available as well as Yurt hire.

Cardigan Bay Watersports

ing and power boating, from both short, closely supervised sessions to longer courses for the more adventurous and experienced who can enjoy more testing conditions beyond the shelter of the headland. Visitors are often lucky enough to glimpse one of the bay's resident dolphins enjoying their natural habitat.

Dragon Activity Guides

your needs and ensure you have an unforgettable experience. If you are inexperienced in any chosen activity, a session can be tailored to your ability and suitable venues will be selected to suit your level of experience. If you can manage a length in the pool this is adequate for any of the water sports, as buoyancy aids are used for Coasteering and Kayaking, which will keep you afloat. Children must be aged 10 or over to take part in any of the activities. There is no upper age limit so long as you feel suitably fit to take part. All guides are fully qualified with the relevant national governing body’s awards and hold up to date first aid certificates. They have years of experience coaching and guiding in each of the activities. Dragon Activity Guides aim to offer activities to the utmost standard of health and safety, providing clients with high level professionalism. A range of high quality kit has been selected to make your experience as comfortable as possible such as full winter wetsuits, wetsuit socks and gloves so you will be nice and warm, even in the colder months. All specialist and safety equipment is provided but please bring with you items such as swimwear and towel, warm clothing, suitable footwear, food and drink. A really special option on offer, for after your day of activity, is a seafood BBQ, prepared in beautiful surroundings, serving freshly caught fish - an opportunity to relax and savour not only the fantastic scenery but the truly wonderful taste of the sea. From the moment you meet your guides they will do everything they can to ensure you have an unforgettable day, packed with fun and adventure.

West Wales Wind, Surf and Sail

that we are particularly well suited to family holidays. A whole family can come and take part in an activity to suit preference and competence level. Our trained instructors use equipment specially designed for juniors making the learning process easy and fun. Windsurfing teaching takes place in the mile wide bay at Dale on a variety of boards. Or why not try surfing lessons which are a safe, fun introduction to the first steps of learning to surf. Whether you've just mastered the basics or been surfing for years, we're here to take your surfing to the next level. Maybe you would prefer to experience the pleasures of kayaking by exploring the inlets and bays of Dale and surrounding area, paddling either a sit-on-top or conventional kayak. The programme depends on the wind, weather and tides - the activities will be planned to make the best use of these conditions and your personal preferences. This is the ideal chance to enjoy trying all those things you never thought you would and experience a real sense of adventure!

Sealyham Activity Centre

groups to guarantee full personal attention. Imagine scrambling on the rocks, playing in the waves, being washed around by the sea, jumping from cliffs into clear water, exploring caves and adventure swimming - well that's coasteering! - all done as safely as possible. How about surfing? The first time you catch that wave and stand up the sensation will never leave you and you’ll be hooked for life! Maybe you’d like to try kayaking? You can choose from your first paddle in a kayak on a peaceful sheltered lake to paddling down the Western Cleddau, or around the fantastic Pembrokeshire Park coastline. If you fancy rope climbing, our purpose built high ropes course is set high in the trees with some great challenging obstacles. You will feel like you’re walking on air via wobbly bridges and vines. If you want a really exhilarating climbing experience then try hanging onto the rocks by your fingertips, looking down through your legs to the sea below! that's climbing at its best. Maybe you would prefer an activity without such an adrenaline rush? Pembrokeshire has some great wild hills to wander over and we offer guided walks on the Preseli Hills or along the beautiful coastline. If you are undecided about which activity to try then why not experience one of our ‘taster’ multi-activity courses. Lasting between one and five days, there is a varied programme to choose from.

Interactivities

we have been able to provide a personal and exhilarating experience for thousands of visitors. Our safety record is excellent and we ensure our instructors receive up to the minute instruction and maintain our equipment in perfect condition. We offer a huge range of activities from canoeing and kayaking to caving and potholing, from archery to gorge adventure, from abseiling to coasteering - offering some of the finest outdoor activity, not only here in the Brecon Beacons and South Wales, but also in the UK. There is something here to suit everyone. Explore the underground passages and caverns with their amazing rock formations, including stalagmites and stalactites or maybe enjoy a gentler activity like exploring some of the most beautiful waterways in Wales on the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal. Whatever your choice of activity, you will enjoy a memorable experience.

SUP Gower

a little more extreme we are also a BKSA approved kite surfing school offering lessons for those who are after some wind thrills. (visit http://www.gowerkiteriders.com) Safe & Enjoyable FUN : At http://www.gowake.co.uk we want to help everyone enjoy the thrill and excitement of wakeboarding in a safe and relaxed environment. If you’re a first time boarder we have a beginner’s package that will suit you. For riders with more experience you are free to turn up and just GoRide. Whatever your skill level our friendly and professional staff are always on hand to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyayable session with us.

Hawk Adventures

s, Swansea, Carmarthenshire and the Brecon Beacons National Park. All activities are provided by highly experienced and qualified Instructors, including rock climbing, abseiling, caving, canoeing and coasteering. Visit our website to see the full list.

Newsurf

get time off!) and we have top flight instructors on hand to add expertise. The shop is open all year and seven days a week, Monday - Thursday 8-6 pm; Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 8-8pm. If you are in the area please drop in, we'd be delighted to see you! Newgale provides the ideal location for water sports. There is always plenty of space on the long, two mile stretch of flat sand and whilst the Atlantic Ocean rollers ensure some exciting surf, it is a safe beach for the young and not so expert. The beach has been awarded a European Blue Flag, guaranteeing the cleanliness of the water. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards during the school holidays. It is easy to find, lying midway between Haverfordwest and St. Davids on the main A487 road. We have ample free parking and also a small picnic area

Walkin on Water

nd current local weather conditions. Walking on Water teaches surfing skills (beginner, intermediate or advanced) to groups between 4 -10 in number. Individuals are welcome and can join in with group lessons. A typical lesson/session lasts 2 hours but short ‘taster’ sessions can be arranged. One-to-one private lessons are also available by arrangement. All the necessary equipment is provided such as top-quality wetsuits along with VISION HD CORE SESSION surf boards with BULLDOG leash-lines. These specialist boards (available in a variety of lengths to suit each individual) are both manageable and safe for beginners, whilst being responsive for more advanced techniques. For an exhilarating experience on holiday here in beautiful West Wales come and learn to surf from one of our glorious beaches.

The Climbing Company

Brecon Beacons or Pembrokeshire. My names Stu McInnes and I am a Rock Climbing and Mountaineering Instructor based in Pembrokeshire. As a full member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors you can be assured the best possible Instruction on any day with us, and will leave with a whole host of new skills and a thirst for adventure! Browse through our available courses or get in touch to create your own bespoke course!
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