There is a new love in my life. It has charm, beauty, colour and all of the things that I need. Satisfying, refreshing, exhilarating are just a few of the words I would use to describe it. Tenby.
Nestled on the coast of West Wales, it is a town that has been on my list of places to visit for many years. We make regular visits to South Wales visiting family and we have been within touching distance of Tenby when we have visited family favourites Folly Farm and Oakwood Park. People always talk fondly of the town and this year I was determined to finally set foot there myself.
Camping was the plan. We have never camped outside the garden as a family, so a camping trip to Tenby would kill two birds with one stone.
As it always is with our family, it was all a bit last minute but the weather looked good, so it seemed like the perfect end to the summer holiday. I managed to book a couple of nights in a campsite just outside Tenby, we packed as much stuff in the car as we possibly could and off we went.
By the time we had arrived and put the tent up, it was late afternoon but as soon as we drove into Tenby we were all excited. I hadn’t even knowingly seen a picture of Tenby and so it was all completely unexpected, the medieval walled town, the three stunning beaches, the harbour, the islands just off the coast, the glorious coastal walks, the colourful architecture. It is a town steeped in history but in three days, we only touched the surface.
Highlights were the soft sandy beaches which were ideal for playing, paddling and chilling out although the children spent most of their time playing cricket or rugby.
You can take boat trips to explore the islands that are visible from Tenby. There are a few to choose from and the children were keen to do the Seal Safari. This trip takes you at high speed across the water first to St Margaret’s Island, a small uninhabited island which is a conservation site. With caves and rugged rockfaces, it was fascinating to see.
On to Caldey Island, an island which is known as one of the Holy Islands and is still inhabited by Cistercian Monks. Other inhabitants include a range of seabirds and a colony of seals. It wasn’t long before we discovered the seals. As it was high tide, they were relaxing on the surface of the water with their heads bobbing out of the water. The kids were so delighted to see these animals in their natural environment.
There are endless places to eat out with everything from traditional Greek to fish and chips and the fish and chips tasted good. The kids were fascinated by the sweet and rock shops, particularly one which sold rock in unexpected flavours such as garlic bread, chicken tikka, pizza and chilli flavours. R tried the garlic bread one and said it really did taste like garlic bread. I passed on that, preferring to enjoy the views.
We were lucky that the weather was on our side and the sun shone pretty much the whole time we were there. We made the absolute most of every minute but there is still so much to explore and do and we have already decided to return next year.