Details: In a change to the original programme, this double header consists of a guided tour around Pembroke Castle (10:30 – 11:30), followed by free time to explore and have a picnic lunch in the grounds (there is also a cafe if you prefer). We will then need to make our separate ways to Pembroke Dock for about 12:45 where we will receive a second guided tour, this time by Ted Goddard, a Naval Dockyard expert from the Sunderland Heritage Trust who will show us what remains of the old Naval Dockyard. This second tour will start at 13:15. There is a cafe at the Sunderland Trust and it is good to support the charity, so have yourselves a cup of tea(!)
Costs: The Friends will cover the cost of both guides and half of the entry fee into Pembroke Castle. So individual members will need to pay only £3 (adults) or £2.50 (Seniors) entry on the day. Please bring the right change and pay Ian Pattinson when we meet. Non members will need to pay £6 (adults) or £5.50 (Seniors).
Meeting Point: 10:15 at the entrance to Pembroke Castle, or if you only want to visit Pembroke Dock, meet at the Sunderland Trust Heritage Centre at about 12:45 for a 13:15 start.
Lead Organiser: Ian Pattinson (01239 821631)
Details: Margaret Sandland will take us on a 6 mile stroll from Broad Haven to Druidstone Haven, via Belmont, and then, after lunch, we will return along the coastal path taking in some of the best of our coastline with fine views out to Skomer and Ramsey and an abundance of wild flowers, and enjoy plentiful stories of smugglers, wreckers, pirates and Revenue men along the way.
Bring a picnic.
This walk has been assessed as ‘Easy‘.
Timings and Meeting Point: The walk will start at 10:30 from the main car park at Broad Haven (it’s free, apparently but bring some change just in case!). Note there are two car parks in Broad Haven. Use the one to the North at grid reference SM 8630 1402.
Lead Organiser: Margaret Sandland (01437 731163)
Details: The pump and engine are running again for the benefit of Friends, families and St. Brides guests and the building has also been renovated by the Park recently. Chris Taylor will be on hand to show members around and answer any questions: it’ll be great to see the nearly 100 year old pump in operation. Everyone will have the opportunity to have a ‘hands-on’ role, but this is oily, moving machinery, and so do be careful. Chris would like to set up a small band of members who would be able to assist in the routine maintenance and demonstration of the facility, so talk to him if you are interested.
On completion Delun Gibby, the NPA archaeologist, will give a presentation on prehistoric Pembrokeshire. This promises to be really interesting and will help you to better understand the context in which you should look at our rich number of prehistoric sites.
Timings and Meeting Point: The pump house will be open from 13:30 to 16:00. There is no start time per se, so drop in at any time in that window. The pump house needs to close sharp at 16:00 to give Chris time to close up and make it to the archaeological presentation which starts at 16:30, for an hour, in the conservatory at St Brides Castle. There will be a cup of tea available at the start of the presentation.
There is ample car parking at St Brides Castle (SA62 3AL).
Lead Organiser: Chris Taylor (01646 600225) for the pump house and Ian Pattinson (01239 821631) for the archaeological presentation.