Since the lockdown we have been spending more time in our local area and also missing some of the local places that were a little bit further away. Now that the restrictions are being lifted we can’t wait to get back to some of our favourite places in Carmarthenshire. Here is a list of my recommendations of things to do if you are in Carmarthenshire. These places will be free or cheap.
Parc y Bocs farm shop, Kidwelly
Ok this is my favourite place of all hence it being right at the top. The others are in no particular order. If you have followed my blog or Instagram already you will already know I visit frequently. The farm shop is in my hometown Kidwelly so we visit most times when we visit my parents. We love the play area and looking around the garden walk. You can easily spend hours here. There are chickens to feed and the alpacas are a firm favourite too. I am so sad that Coronavirus caused the annual party at Parc Y Bocs to be cancelled. I may have even shed a tear! The farm shop has lovely fresh produce and the restaurant has the best cheesecake! I still haven’t had a proper meal there yet because… well kids. I can’t believe I haven’t been for months but I’m sure we will be able to visit soon.
Burry Port Beach
This is somewhere we have been able to visit as lockdown first eased as it is only a couple of miles away and we could cycle there easily. We love to get out on the bikes and the cycle path is just across the road and it takes you right to this beach. We visit several times every year usually and is close enough for an after school visit in normal times. If we go after school we sometimes get chippy chips and eat them on the beach but an ice cream from the ice cream van is a must. We like to go the side of the lifeboat station. There is a lovely harbour to walk around too and just across the other side of the harbour is a fantastic new playground. There is some free parking available or a pay and display car park next to the lifeboat station.
Another place that is dear to me. I spent time here as a child and remember fondly feeding the ducks at the pond. Now I love taking my own children there. There are beautiful grounds to walk around with big fields to play on or have a picnic. You may even see a squirrel bobbing about. There is a fabulous new playground that hopefully will be reopened next time we visit. There is also a community paddling pool which gets filled in the summer. We have had some lovely days spent there. September we go conker picking. We go each year without fail to collect the conkers from the ground. It’s free to go into the park.
Sandy Water Park
We are so lucky to have this literally across the road. We have spent so much time here. When Isaac was a baby he would only sleep in the pram so I walked miles around the pond getting him to sleep! We like to feed the ducks and swans when we go over too. The pond is just beautiful! There is a small forest you can walk through too. There is a pig sculpture in there which looks a bit random but the children love it. Following the path takes you over to the coastal path which you can access Llanelli beach. I will be honest it’s not my favourite beach but it’s nice enough to walk along and the children don’t care because it’s all sand eh!? You can follow the path along the front until you get to the cafe and ice-cream shop. I haven’t been in the cafe for years to tell you what its like but the ice-cream in the shop is a really good one and the prices are still reasonable. There is also a lovely park across the road. There is a council car park either side (pond side and beach side) which are pay and display.
Llyn Llech Owain Country park
We visit here a good few times a year. They have a lovely walk around the lake which has good access for pushchairs. There is also lots of woods there to explore which we love. Some of the trees are very interesting as the roots are in marshy ground and the trees have grown in off shapes. It’s also a great spot for geocaching, with several geocaches in the area. They have upgraded the park there in recent years and it is fantastic fun for all ages. The on site cafe is also well renowned for amazing food. The cost is just for the council car park.
Pembrey Country Park
A huge forestry area to explore, loads of open spaces for picnics or games and miles and miles of sandy beach. There are tunnels to explore from world war 1 and 2 as the site was used for a munitions factory. The younger and older children love exploring them time and again. If you were able to walk the full stretch of the beach you would also find a number of shipwrecks. There are also 2 huge adventure playground areas there right next to the miniature train station (extra charge). There is also a dry ski slope that you can do tubing on and also a huge toboggan slide (extra charge). I grew up going to this country park and I still love going now as it holds so many good memories and we are making some new ones. The cost is to park only although extra activities in the activity centre do incur a charge.
Those are just a few of the gems I am luck enough to have in my local area. There are many, many more beautiful places to visit in the region and I will write more about them soon.
Hope you are all doing well. Love and peace xxx