Last week we made the most of this beautiful weather and went for an after school adventure to Broad Haven Beach, Pembrokeshire. It was after 5 pm so this made it a free day out but it’s well worth the money even when you come earlier and pay parking. Read on to find out all you need to know about visiting Broad Haven Beach and how to save money on all your family days out.
Parking at Broad Haven Beach
There is ample parking at Broad Haven Beach even during busy times. The smaller car park on the sea front fills up quickly. We tend to park in the larger car park next to Broad Haven Youth Hostel (Sat Nav: SA62 3JH). The National Park Authority manage this car park and it costs just £5 for over 3 hours. It is free to park after 5 pm. Both car parks have toilets near by and are a short walk to the beach.
Lion’s Rock Side of Broad Haven Beach
We usually park and stay on Lion’s Rock side of the beach. Danny loves playing in the tunnel that leads the stream to the sea.
On this occasion we spotted a Golden Ringed Dragonfly taking rest on a pebble in the stream.
Broad Haven Beach is an RNLI Lifeguarded Beach
We find the Lion’s Rock (so called because of the shape of the rock) side of the beach best for water activities. Broad Haven beach is an RNLI coast guarded beach. It is patrolled daily between June to September between 10 am – 6 pm. Surf boards, paddle boards, kayaks and wet-suits are available to hire from the water-sports shop near the seafront.
Remember to find the red and yellow flags and always swim or body-board between them when on a life-guarded beach, – this area is patrolled by lifeguards.
The Lion’s Rock side of the beach is also best for rock pooling, beach combing and climbing. There also used to a cave to explore but this is now closed for safety.
Along the Seafront
The ice cream van is usually parked on the Lion’s Rock side of the beach. All along the sea front there are shops, cafes, and pubs. We get our chips from The Beach Cafe which is right at the other side of the beach (near the smaller car park).
Chips on the Beach
As we were planning to have our tea on the beach we sat on the far side (furthest away from Lion’s Rock) so we wouldn’t have too far to carry the chips! People also bring picnics and barbecues to the beach (remember to bring your litter home with you). Others eat inside the cafes and restaurants in Broad Haven.
Playing on Broad Haven Beach
We had great fun playing in the sand and paddling and swimming in the sea. It was lovely to see lots of our friends too. Here are some more photos of the kids playing:
The sun was bright so we ended up taking some silhouette shots. It was a lovely evening, just what we all needed. I love living close to the beach.
Stay in Broad Haven
Many visitors to Pembrokeshire choose to stay in Broad Haven. The Broad Haven Youth Hostel is just across the road from the beach. Broad Haven Caravan Park and Cream Pots Caravan Park are close too. Quality Cottages also have various holiday cottages in and around Broad Haven to choose from.
Have you visited Broad Haven Beach before? Let me know if you visit!
How to Save Money on Your Next Family Day Out
We love a free family day out at Diary of the Evans-Crittens but there are ways to save money even when visiting the paid attractions. To save money on your next day out click the vouchers below:
- Save up to 60% off kids fares and 1/3 off adult rail fares with a Family Rail Card (The Railcard costs just £30. So after three or four trips, the card will have paid for itself. And over a year, an average saving of £179 could be made.)
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- Shop at Tesco and turn your Clubcard points into vouchers to spend on Reward Partner days out.
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