Things for grown-ups to do
Many of the places to visit on the kids’ page are good for adults to do too.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3DE
The Arts Centre has a wide-ranging programme of arts which includes theatre, cinema, music, dance and exhibitions. It’s set in the heart of university’s campus with views over Cardigan Bay. There are also plenty of nice places to eat in Aberystwyth. We’ve been to Medina on Market Street which was lovely.
Beauty Barn Day Spa, Pengallt, Coed-Y-Bryn, SA44 5LZ Tel: 01239 851990 Open Tues to Sat.
A little over 10 minutes away the Beauty Barn is owned by the lovely Sioned. She provides all things beauty, such as nails, make-overs, skin peels, eyebrows and false eyelashes, scrubs, hydro massages and facials. The hot stones massage is an hour and a half long and costs £65 which is a great price.
Caws Cenarth Cheese, Fferm Glyneithinog, Pontseli, Lancych, SA37 0LHTel 01239 710432 https://www.cawscenarth.co.uk/contact-us
25 mins away, near pretty Cenarth (a walk alongside the river past Cenarth Falls is recommended), Caws Cenarth also run tours from their visitor centre. The best time to visit is from 12.30-3pm. You can taste every one of their vegetarian cheeses and learn about the history of making cheese.
The Cliff Hotel & Spa, Gwbert, Cardigan, SA43 1PP Tel: 01239 613241
This is a lovely spa with 4 treatment rooms and absolutely amazing views from the restaurant. Friends and I enjoyed a great get together at The Cliff and had a 2-hour jacuzzi, swim, steam and sauna session followed by lunch in the Carreg Restaurant. Our only negative was the desserts weren’t great. They also have their own 9-hole golf course (Cardigan Golf Club, which has 18 holes, is closeby). Nice place to go and just eat at or enjoy a nice cocktail.
Da Mhile Distillery, Glynhynod Farm, Llandysul, SA44 5JY Tel: 01239 851998
Just 12 minutes away, Da Mhile was Wales’ first craft distillery and makes organic whiskey, gin, orange liqueur, brandy and vodka. They are especially well known for their lovely, local gin which comes in a range of flavours. Tours run from 1st March to 31st October on Wed and Fri from 3pm. The distillery shop and tasting room are open Mon to Fri, 10am to 5pm. £10 per head (children age 14-17 cost £5 and can have a soft drink). Phone to book.
Also run by the same family is Teifi Farmhouse Cheese http://www.teificheese.co.uk/visit-us
Tel: 01239 851528
They are open Mon to Fri 9am – 6pm and provide tours, though you’ll have to be early as they start making their organic cheese at 9am - soon after they receive their 7am milk delivery!
Deli Delights cookery workshops Tel: 01239 810928 / 07825 598507
Workshops and masterclasses right by the sea, in Aberporth, run by the lovely Mandy. She also offers classes for children. Classes include intro to patisserie, chocolate making, truffle making, savoury bakes, Welsh bakes and tapas.
Devil’s Bridge Falls, 1hr 10 away
You can take children (we took our 2 aged 6 & 8) but I would suggest you have a parent per child so they can be well supervised as there are 675 steps on the main walk, with many being pretty precarious and steep.
The falls are absolutely stunning and well worth the small charge (show the 20% discount voucher on the website on your mobile phone to save on the entrance fee). There are lots of seats and viewing places and you end up at the atmospheric Hafod Hotel which serves drinks and food. There’s also a little shop serving ice cream and drinks near the free car park (we also saw a chocolate shop though it was closed by the time we passed it). There are 2 walks, one around 45 mins long and the other just 10 mins. Both are circular.
Doughtastic Baking School, Brongest, Newcastle Emlyn, SA38 9ER Tel: 01489 23 22 21
For bread making, Welsh delights and Italian bread, Doughtastic’s baking school is less than 15 minutes away.
Fishing (not really just for adults as many of these companies are also family friendly)
http://www.epicfishingtrips.co.uk/ call 07989 496526 to book
Epic say “There is plenty of help for beginners and novices. We also understand that you don’t want to go home smelling of fish and bait, so we do all the messy bits for you. You just have to haul the fish in! And the best part is you can take your catch home!”
For further fishing links see (Rhydlewis Trout Fishery is just a few minutes away):
The Flower Meadow – gorgeous, seasonal home-grown cottage flowers
Llain Manal, Penrhiwpal, Llandysul, Ceredigion, SA44 5QH Tel: 01239 851576
Flower and Fizz; great day out for those who want to have a fun day out and learn some new skills. This relaxed day includes a tour of the cutting patch, where you can choose your flowers, you will then make a buttonhole and a jam jar posy. All of which you take home with you. Contact Sara to enquire.
Fungi Forays, Tan-Y-Cefn, Nr Rhayader, LD6 5PD
In September and October only, if you’re willing to travel a little further (about an hour and a half) for something a little bit different then a fungi foray with Daniel through a secret Mid-Wales forest sounds like fun. Your search and gather field trip ends with a mushroom based meal and a session about preserving and tasting in Daniel’s 17th century milking parlour before going home with your share of the haul.
Cardigan Bay Golf Club http://www.cardigangolf.com/ has an 18-hole course with panoramic views of Cardigan Bay and the Teifi Estuary.
The Cliff Hotel & Spa https://www.cliffhotel.com/ has a 9-hole course also has stunning views overlooking Poppit Sands and Cardigan Bay.
Just 6 minutes away from Wild Wellingtons Cwm Golf Club has a 9-hole course.
In the Welsh Wind – crafters of premium bespoke gin Tel: 07814 354 786
Join In the Welsh Wind at a gin making or gin tasting experience or get in touch to discover your gin and create your very own bespoke product. As at May 2019 they’re based in Tresaith but due to move even closer to the old Gorgerddan Arms on the A487.
The Black Lion, New Quay – great views from the lovely, big beer garden. Nice food. Has Sky Sports.
Harbourmaster, Aberaeron – right on the harbour with lovely views. Great atmosphere for all ages, with a really nice cocktail menu. Good for a special occasion.
The Hive, Aberaeron – cosy and cute with a bit of character.
The Nag’s Head, Aberycych - great character, real ales, friendly staff and outdoor sitting by the river.
Penlon on the Farm, Panteg Farm, New Quay, SA45 9TL Tel 01545 561492
http://www.penlonbrewery.co.uk/ Not just for adults though
“With spectacular views looking out across Cardigan Bay to the Snowdonia National Park and beyond, the Granary is a truly unique environment to enjoy a pint of Penlon. Want to make a meal of it? Try our delicious wood-fired pizzas which are made using the best ingredients from local producers. As with our handcrafted brews, everything is made from scratch, in house, by our dedicated kitchen team.” Open every Sat from 4pm from Easter.
There’s also Penlon at the Beach situated right across from New Quay harbour. Open Mon to Sat (not Tues) 11am – 8.45pm & Sun 12pm – 8pm. You can book a table on 01545 560252
Pizzas include gluten-free & vegan.
The Pentre, Llangrannog – down to earth pub with decent pub grub and great views right on the beach. Also has a pool table and Sky Sports.
The Ship Inn, Llangrannog – nice to sit outside in summer and listen to the bands or open mic night musicians. Often have Tafell a Tân woodfired pizzas outside on Sunday evenings.
The Ship Inn, Tresaith – sit outside and take in the amazing views of Tresaith beach.
The Sup Shack, New Quay – little balcony looking out at the sea. Nice and roomy inside with friendly staff. We’ve only been here once, so far, and had a good time.
Stiwdio 3, 3 High Street, Cardigan, SA43 1HJ
For all things crafty from carving a silver ring to print making and felt making – this new venue has a lovely café serving homecooked food and a little shop where you can buy products created by local artisans.
Until we complete our historical and gardens page, please see the leaflets in the camp kitchen or have a chat with us. Also ask us about nice towns and markets to visit.