It doesn’t seem like long ago that the children returned to school after months of lockdown and the summer holidays. With the autumn half term break ahead of us, you may be looking for things to do in Pembrokeshire with the kids. Although we are still unable to run our events and would usually be preparing for our Halloween Trail and a series of half term activities, there are still plenty of reasons to visit us during the break.
1. Grab a bite to eat
If you’re looking for somewhere to eat in Milford Haven, we’ve got a fantastic range of cafés and restaurants on the menu so whether you fancy breakfast, brunch, afternoon tea, dinner, traditional fish and chips, authentic Neapolitan pizza or an ice cream there’s a wide selection of eateries to choose from. Our vibrant café culture continues to grow with one of our newest dog friendly places to eat, Talouies.
With lots of places to eat to choose from, why not make the decision a little easier and create your own culinary adventure on your own little food trail stopping off at the places that you really want to try?! Many of the establishments run ‘Kids Eat Free’ offers during the holidays too leaving you with some extra cash to pick up an ice cream from The Scoop Ice Cream Parlour & Coffee Shop or some sweets from Scott’s Sweet Shop for the way home.
All of the cafés, restaurants and shops have been working hard to ensure that they have measures in place to protect the safety of customers and staff. As well as ensuring that face coverings are worn by everyone over 11 and over in all public indoor spaces, please ensure that you wash your hands regularly, use hand sanitiser, and help to reduce the spread of coronavirus by scanning the QR codes on display if you have the NHS App, or providing details to the cafés and restaurants when asked to assist with track and trace.
2. Enjoy some family fun
If you’re looking for something to do indoors with the whole family, why not head to Phoenix Bowl & Pirate Pete’s Adventure Play to take on each other in a good old-fashioned competitive game of bowling? You can pretty much guarantee that we’ll have some wet and windy weather over the two week break and Phoenix Bowl, Pembrokeshire’s only bowling alley, offers fun for everyone regardless of their age and ability.
3. Bring your four-legged friends
We’re a dog friendly place to visit, and with so many lovely walks connecting to Milford Waterfront, it’s no surprise that dogs and their owners love it here. Many of our shops and eateries provide water bowls to quench doggy thirsts and most have outdoor seating so that both dog and owner can relax a while and watch the world go by. We just ask that dogs are kept on leads at all times and that owners take full responsibility for their canine companions and for cleaning up their mess. There are a number of bins onsite, along with four complimentary dog waste bag dispensers, if you’ve forgotten yours.
4. Get your steps in
The ground here is predominantly flat, even and accessible for wheelchair users, mobility scooters and pushchairs so it’s a great place to get those all-important steps in whilst enjoying magnificent views. At the heart of Milford Waterfront is Milford Marina, which is home to a range of over 300 beautiful yachts, motorboats, fishing vessels and even a converted tug. There’s always something to see and it’s always nice to catch the comings and goings of the boats through the lock gates. You can do a circular walk from here and walk over to Hakin Point right around the dock area which is steeped in history and back over to Milford Waterfront. Pedestrians can cross during most states of the tide. The only time the crossing isn’t available is during ‘freeflow’ which is a period of two hours before each high tide. You can check the lock times on the Milford Marina website.
5. Look out to sea
Do you ever see tankers taking shelter across the Pembrokeshire coast and wonder where they’ve come from? The Port of Milford Haven is a leading UK shipping gateway, the UK’s largest energy port and capable of delivering 30% of the UK gas demand. It serves Valero Pembroke Refinery, Valero Pembrokeshire Oil Terminal, Puma Energy, South Hook LNG and cargoes are received from the North Sea, North and West Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Park up free of charge along Mackerel Quay and you’ll see tankers berthed here and can find out more about where they’ve come from and what they are carrying on the Port of Milford Haven website. The kids will go back to school with an extra bit of knowledge without even realising it!
6. Make a start on the Christmas shopping
The independent retailers here have a fantastic range of products on offer that would make great Christmas gifts.
With just 10 weeks to go until the big day, get a head start on the Christmas shopping with beautifully packaged hampers of Welsh produce from Trwffl, clothing, footwear and accessories from Boobaloo Boutique and Image by Vanessa, locally sourced gifts and personalised printing at St Brides Bay Print & Embroidery, jewellery, homeware, clothing and the most fantastic range of Christmas decorations to add a touch of festive cheer to your home from Pebbles, local artwork from the Waterfront Gallery and Pure Art, stocking fillers galore and gifts that would suits teachers, colleagues, children, Grandma, Grandpa and everyone in between from Scott’s Sweet Shop and all the craft supplies you could possibly need to make homemade Christmas cards, wrapping paper and decorations from In House Crafts.
Plus, you can get all of your essentials just across the way at Havens Head Retail Park from several national chains including Card Factory, Home Bargains, Peacocks and Tesco Superstore.
7. Splash out as much or as little you like
It’s up to you how much you spend when you visit Milford Waterfront, go all out and have a spending spree at the independent retailers and indulge in a meal out, or simply visit and enjoy the scenery, get some fresh air and bring a picnic to enjoy overlooking Milford Marina or the Milford Haven Waterway. You could even just pop down to watch the sunset. Be here for about 18:00 on a fine and sunny day before the clocks change on October 25th and you won’t be disappointed. Parking is free too, so you really can enjoy a few hours out of the house at no cost at all.
8. It’s really easy to get to us
We’re conveniently located with good bus, road and rail links. We’re just a 5 minute walk from Milford Haven Train Station and the bus station located just outside our local Tesco Superstore. If you’re travelling by road on the A4076 from Haverfordwest, continue along Steynton Road and Great North Road on arrival to Milford Haven. Then, follow the road around to the right near St Katharine’s Church and continue downhill along Hamilton Terrace and Victoria Hill and take the first entrance signposted on the left at the bottom of Victoria Road. You’ll notice some demolition work when you first arrive, that’s to make way for our exciting new hotel development which will be ready during spring 2022.
Plus, you could win a £30 voucher to spend at a Milford Waterfront business of your choice if you take any photos during your visit that are of a good quality and that capture the spirit of the area. The Milford Marina Photo of the Month competition is judged entirely by the public who vote on our website for their favourite image. Why not enter today? Simply upload your photo to the website from your computer or mobile device, or directly you’re your Instagram account. Don’t forget if you’re sharing your photos on social media to use the hashtag #visitmilfordhaven – we’d love to see them 😊
In Milford Haven you'll find some of Pembrokeshire's best restaurants, a variety of shops to satisfy your retail needs, beauty salons and a range of health and wellbeing options, art galleries, and lots of things to do including boat trips and bowling. Want to stay longer than a day? We have an assortment of holiday accommodation to suit any requirements, from glamping to luxury apartments.