24 June 2016

Celebrate the seaside at Pembrokeshire Fish Week

With a beautiful coastline and award winning beaches, it's no wonder that Pembrokeshire has a reputation for first class seafood, nor is it a surprise that the area has an annual celebration of fish.  
17 years ago the first Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival took place, a small event focused around a national Sewin Competition. Now, it's grown into a nine-day festival that celebrates the wonderful waters with over 300 events and activities, which this year runs from Saturday June 25 to Sunday July 3. 

A market stall selling fresh fish
A market stall selling fresh fish by Pembrokeshire County Council

Alongside the events, which include walks, fishing excursions, food demos and photography sessions, visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to seafood. A huge number of the local cafes and restaurants are running special menus and offers to coincide with the event, meaning you can gorge on the freshest expertly-prepared fish, shellfish and local produce while taking in the dramatic setting.  
 
Pembrokeshire Fish Week opens on June 25-26 with Milford Fish Festival, a family focused fish-themed celebration at Milford Fish Docks. Here you can learn the basics in how to prepare and cook fish, chomp your way along a chowder trail and enjoy the sounds of local musicians. 
 
We've fished out five stand-out activities for visitors to the festival to enjoy in-between scoffing.  

Kayaking Tours With Kayak-King
25 June 25 – 3 July  

Fancy taking to the water? Join Kayak-King for an in-boat tour of Pembrokeshire National Park's coastline. You'll sit on a comfy sit-on kayak and paddle around dramatic cliffs, hidden beaches and caves. Along the journey, the tour leader will tell you all about the marine life in the area, and if you're lucky you will see some for yourself! This is a family friendly tour, and the kayaks are ideal for beginners, so there's no need to worry about not being experienced. Book ahead to secure your space

A boy fishes for crabs
A boy fishes for crabs by Pembrokeshire County Council

Castlemartin Range Walk
26 June

Take the chance to explore a spectacular area of land that is usually reserved for officials in the Ministry of Defence. The Castlemartin Range, used for training people in armoured vehicles, is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. This 6.5 mile (10 km) walk, starting at Stack Rocks, takes you past pre-war farm buildings, old ruins, majestic coastal scenery and secret coves. As the area is home to lots of rare wildlife, you'll have a great chance to see uncommon plants, insects and birds too.  

Family Fun Day at the Sea 
2 July 

Fishguard springs to life with an afternoon of family fun at the seaside. See expert cooks demonstrate how to prepare fish then sample the fish barbecue. Little ones can have their faces painted, enter the sandcastle competition or have a dance to local bands performing live. There's also a tug of war competition, stalls lining the streets and an exciting raft race at the end of the afternoon.  Fish cooking on BBQ at Pembrokeshire Fish Week

Fish week BBQ 

 by Pembrokeshire County Council
 

Wild About Pembrokeshire 
3 July

Ever wondered where seaweed comes from? Join fellow foodie adventurers on an exploration of the Pembrokeshire coastline and upper seashore. When the tide is out, the guide will talk you through the sea vegetables that lie on the shore, from dulse and sea spaghetti to the famous Welsh laver. You'll get a chance to try them fresh from the sea and learn how to use the seaweeds in your everyday cooking.  

Try Fishing 

There's no better time to have a go at fishing than at an official Fish Week. Pembrokeshire Federation of Angling Coaches are giving anyone over the age of eight the chance to learn how to fish in the beautiful Llys-y-Fran Reservoir and Country Park. You don't need to bring any equipment or have a special permit as this is all provided.  
For more information on all the events in the festival, visit www.pembrokeshirefishweek.co.uk