Local Area Information

Freshwater East is a sheltered bay in the south west of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and it is an ideal base from which to explore this stunning county and ensure fun-packed days for the kids, without spending too long in the car.  Activities in the area abound from beautiful beaches and coves to activity parks, boat excursions and historical monuments.  Not to mention 186 miles of Coastal Path to explore!

Beaches close to Chequers

There are too many beaches to list here! Those nearest to Chequers:

Freshwater East: A wide bay of golden sand backed by sand dunes. Our preferred end of the beach is at the eastern end where the sand is softer and there are sheltered little “coves” at low tide. This is where you would come onto the beach by walking from Chequers across the dunes. Children will love the rock pools and caves to explore.

Manorbier: Below Manorbier Castle, this sandy beach is backed by dunes and is a favourite for surfers. This is a nice spot to eat fish and chips whilst watching the surfers!

Broad Haven South: A beautiful, wide sandy bay backed by sand dunes. There are lots of little caves and rockpools to explore at low tide but beware of the strong currents in the sea. 

Barafundle: A stunning bay backed by dunes and pine trees. It can only be accessed by a half mile walk over the cliffs from the nearest car park (Stackpole Quay, National Trust) where you will also find a tea room and toilets. It has been voted many times over as one of the best beaches in the UK and the world. Please make sure you take out what you bring in as there are no facilities, which is part of its charm. Not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs due to the large number of steps from the cliff top.

Tenby Beaches:  Lots to choose from here - South Beach, Castle Beach, Harbour Beach and North Beach!


Folly Farm: An adventure park and zoo near Tenby. With six fun-filled amusement and activity zones, some undercover, you might struggle to tear the children (or even yourselves) away.

Manor House Wildlife Park: A wildlife park with something for everyone. Situated near Tenby within landscaped, wooded grounds and home to animals such as zebras, bison, camels and more. There is also a picnic site and children’s play areas - inside and outside

Heatherton: lots of activities ranging from bumper boats, archery, crazy golf to high ropes adventures and now an Escape Room! You "only pay when you play". About 5 minutes from Tenby.

The Dinosaur Park: Follow the Dinosaur Trail with 29 dinosaurs to look out for. Lots of interactive fun in the dinosaur skeleton building or going fossil hunting. With both indoor and outdoor play areas, it is suitable for all weathers.

Blue Lagoon: one of Wales' largest indoor waterparks. There are rolling rapids, slides, wave, spa and bubble pools.

For the history buffs...

Pembroke Castle:  The birthplace of Henry VII, this largely intact fortress offers fantastic opportunities to explore. Tunnels, passages and stairways abound and there are various medieval exhibits. You can also picnic in the grounds or enjoy the cafe. Free guided tours included in the entry price and offered daily as are numerous activities for children in the school holidays 

Manorbier Castle: Another beautiful castle overlooking Manorbier Beach. It includes a Great Hall, Chapel and Turrets. Beautiful gardens. Tea room and souvenir shop also on site.

Carew Castle:  You will no doubt see this castle on the way to Chequers. With a history spanning 2000 years, this beautiful castle offers an interesting few hours. You can take a walk around the millpond and grounds for free or explore the castle closer up (admission prices apply). The Tidal Mill on the same site is the only restored tidal mill in Wales and is also worth a visit.  Extend your visit by popping into The Carew Inn for a delicious meal or if the weather is nice, there is also a picnic area.

For the more adventurous...

Outer Reef Surf and Stand Up Paddle Boarding CentreA surf school and the official Training Centre for Wales for the British Surfing Association (BSA) offering surfing lessons and equipment hire. Visit the shop next to McColls on the Upper Lamphey road to Pembroke.

Wildlife viewing/Boat Excursions

There are various boat excursions and wildlife viewing opportunities.  Here is a taster...

Caldey Island: South of Tenby.  Home to Cistercian Monks who continue their traditions dating back to celtic times, this island has plenty to occupy you. You can explore the historic Old Priory and the medieval churches of St David and St Illtud or venture into the village and buy perfumes, chocolate and shortbread which are made on the island.  If you want beautiful views, head for the Lighthouse from where you can see the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast, Tenby and Lundy Island.  Or just relax on the sandy beach of Priory Bay. 

Skomer:  Located less than a mile off the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, renowned for its Puffins, as well as Manx Shearwaters, Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises, Atlantic Grey Seal, Razorbills, Gannets, Fulmars and the unique Skomer Vole. 

Stackpole this stunning estate owned and managed by the National Trust with its famous Lily Ponds and walks galore!

There are many more!