PEARTREE LIFE: Experiencing Languages

Are you doing anything exciting for the Easter holidays? Part 2

Carew and Tenby 

Carew Castle is justly celebrated as one of the most magnificent castles of south Wales. Its position is low-lying, but still prominent in the flat land around the tidal reaches of the Carew river. The castle stands at the end of a ridge on a strategically excellent site commanding a crossing point of the then-still navigable river.

The modern entrance to the castle is from the east, following the medieval route through the bailey, within which lie low grassy footings of the later medieval service buildings. These were protected by a gatehouse, a wall and a massive rock-cut ditch. Excavations have shown that this ditch was in fact a recut of a much earlier one, dug as part of a defensive system cutting off the ridge in pre-Norman, or even Iron Age times.

Tenby is a delightful little harbour town and seaside resort, and it would be difficult to find a more picturesque setting. Many of the hotels in Tenby overlook some of Pembrokeshire's most beautiful beaches and the town itself is home to many restaurants, shops, cafes and pubs all linked by cobbled streets. 

Swansea and the Gower Peninsula 

The Gower Peninsula – celebrating 62 years since it became the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - is just a short drive away from Swansea, and more than just a pretty face. It was designated as the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty back in 1956, and we’re glad to say it hasn’t changed much since! Visit the Gower Peninsula for a rich and varied environment which is breathtaking (and we’re not just saying that!) – From wild moors and limestone cliffs to golden, sandy beaches, Gower is a geological goldmine with inspiring landscapes – just look at Dylan Thomas’s work.

True adrenaline junkies can try a spot of coasteering – climbing the cliffs and leaping into the waves below (not for the faint hearted!). Make sure you’re always accompanied by a professional though – there are a number of activity providers who would be delighted to hear from you. 

England: Bristol and the Cotswolds

Welcome to the Cotswolds, a very special, wonderful place. A short break or even an extended holiday in the Cotswolds will leave you wanting more and you’ll be booking your next Cotswolds holiday as soon as you return home! The Cotswolds covers a huge area – almost 800 square miles – and runs through five counties (Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire). One of the delights of visiting the Cotswolds is exploring the different areas, each with its own identity, yet all with those defining Cotswold features: golden stones and rolling hills, the ‘wolds’. 

Welcome to Bristol 

If there ever was a city with a story to tell, it’s Bristol. Enveloped in the hills of South West England, it has its own unmistakable identity, grounded in roots from centuries past and carved out since by passionate locals and spirited fans. A hotbed of artists and activists, walk the streets and become part of a living canvas; cycle from the city to the outskirts and discover our green credentials for yourself. And that’s just a small sample of what makes this city the best. 

Dyffryn Gardens 

The Dyffryn estate has existed in various guises since 1648 with its most exciting period coming nearly 200 years later when the Cory Family took ownership. Plans for grand gardens to the south of the property were completed by eminent Edwardian Landscape Architect, Thomas Mawson in 1906, but the garden as we know it extended beyond the masterplan and became a collaborative celebration of Edwardian exuberance and passionate plantsmanship.
Situated near the picturesque village after which it's named, Dyffrn Gardens is well worth visiting. Even if gardens and gardening aren't your thing, there's little doubt that this beautiful National Trust garden will appeal, thanks to its unique collection of outdoor "garden rooms," a feature that was once quite common in the country estates of wealthy aristocrats. Now fully restored to their former glory, these attractive 100-year-old buildings are a delight to explore and provide an idyllic backdrop to the 55-acre estate's formal gardens and lawns, which were laid out by the famous designer Thomas Mawson in 1906. 

Barry Island 

Barry Island has attracted visitors since the 1870’s and the appeal of its golden beaches, cafes and family amusements is stronger than ever. The recently refurbished seafront now offers a sweeping promenade along the entire length of the award-winning Blue Flag Whitmore Bay beach, against a backdrop of enticing caf├ęs and restaurants, vibrant beach huts and lots to amuse the kids, with a climbing wall, mist feature, adventure golf and beautiful landscaped gardens. For the more adventurous, Barry Island Pleasure Park offers thrilling rides. Do not forget that it was the place where they shot the beloved series Gavin and Stacey.. 

Cosmeston Lakes Country Park & Medieval Village 

Cosmeston has a variety of habitats covering over 100 hectares of land and water, some areas designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest protecting the rare and diverse plant and animal species. The Country park opened to the public in 1978 and gained Local Nature Reserve status in May 2013. Today Cosmeston Lakes Country Park is a haven for local wildlife.
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