Full details of events in the next month or so are listed below, but if you want to see what is planned for the coming year, look at our Event Programme Summary.

Event Guidelines

Friends are reminded that if they take part in any Friends’ Event, they do so at their own risk and that FPCNP cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, damage or injury, howsoever caused. Please read this important information about how our walks are graded and assessed for risk.

Booking is required for some events and numbers attending may be limited, so please book early, and if you then cannot attend, remember to cancel by phoning the relevant event leader.

Non-members are welcome to attend our events, we of course hope they will enjoy making new friendships with like-minded people and become members.

Dogs are not usually allowed on events, unless specifically indicated as dogs welcome.

If you have any questions about a particular event, please contact the appropriate leader for that event. Contact our Event Co-ordinator, Ian Pattinson (via the Contact page) for further general information or suggestions for future events.

Thursday 19 July 2018: Valero Energy Oil Refinery Talk

Details: The Public Affairs Manager for Valero, Stephen Thornton, will give us an insider view of ‘Valero and the Welsh Oil Refining Sector’ and will cover: why Pembrokeshire was chosen; the basic processes used to transform crude oils; and the company’s commitment to the community, the environment and the economy.

Valero Energy Corporation, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels and other petrochemical products. It has nearly 10,000 employees, throughout its 15 petroleum refineries around the world, with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3.1 million barrels per day and 11 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.45 billion gallons per year. The petroleum refineries are located in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Timings and Meeting Point: The talk will take place in the first floor Conference Room of the Mariners Hotel in Haverfordwest (SA61 2DU), commencing at 19:00.

Tea and coffee can be purchased from the bar on the ground floor.
There is ample car parking at the hotel.

Lead Organiser: Ian Pattinson (01239 821631)

Saturday 8 September 2018: Day Visit to The Big Pit and St Fagans

Summary – A full day away, visiting two of Wales’ landmark living museums – The Big Pit National Coal Museum and St Fagans National History Museum. A part subsidised coach for members will leave from Haverfordwest Bus Station at 08:30 and return approximately 19:15.


Details: The Big Pit is one of the few mining museums where visitors can descend in the pit cage and visit the places where generations of coal miners worked while many of the surface exhibitions and displays are housed in the original colliery buildings. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain a better understanding of how the South Pembrokeshire coal miners and their families lived and worked.

St Fagans is one of Europe’s leading open-air museums and the most popular heritage attraction in Wales – standing in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans castle and gardens. And it is home to the Pembrokeshire Trader’s House (pictured) from the old quay in Haverfordwest. By careful planning(!) the visit coincides with the National Veg Society and Food Festival – a firm favourite – helping to bring the museum to life.

08:30 –
Depart Haverfordwest Bus Station by coach
10:45 – Arrive at The Big Pit
13:00 – Depart The Big Pit
14:00 – Arrive St Fagans
17:00 – Depart St Fagans
19:15 (approx) – Arrive Haverfordwest

Costs: Entry to both museums is free and the coach hire will be part subsidised from central funds. The self-funded contribution will be no more that £10 per head and possibly less, depending on whether we can fill a 29-seater coach.

Lead Organiser:- Ian Pattinson (01239 821631)