Tenby is one of my favourite beach towns in the world. There isn’t anything super spectacular about this place other than it’s amazing in the summer and holds enormous sentimental value. It doesn’t compare to the stunning exotic places that could be found in Okinawa, Hawaii, Thailand and such but on a nice British warm summer day, who cares. For the best part of my childhood heading to Tenby for a week at the end of August was something to look forward to every year and all year. It beats any holiday, any day out, anything. Me, my best friend and his family would make our yearly pilgrimage to this small town on the coast of the south western part of Wales, part of the UK to indulge in sun, sand, sea and good old fashioned camping. It’s a good two hour’s drive from where we lived so as kids that ride was hell. It either two hours of looking out the window on the motorway counting how many yellow cars there were or doing our very best to wind each other up to the point of literal in-car fights. Good times! We normally stay at a campsite a mile or so just outside of Tenby, a place known as Trevayne. It’s basically a farm with a massive open space for tents, caravans with a few lodges on. It has all the stuff you need for a very comfortable stay. Best to just have a quick search on the net, it’s easy to find. There are also other campsites too that are equally as good, we have stayed at all of them over the years.
Anyway, you’ve set up camp and got the stove going with come coffee or a campers favourite… instant noodles. You can never go wrong, just add water. After you’ve made your way into the town, looked around and have managed to not spend all of your money in a shop called Equinox the sun starts to go down and you’re left sitting under the sky back at the campsite either taking it easy or cracking open a cold one. Trevayne campsite is situated close to a cliff so the view of the sky at night time from the top of the cliff is worth the travel alone. Oh yes! When the sun starts to set and the horizon changes colour, so does the sea, again that is worth traveling there for alone. So when the sky is clear after a roasting hot day you can see more than just a few stars, you can see into the galaxy. I would highly recommend a telescope but you can see star clusters and the galaxy cloud with just the eye. Combine this with the view across the bay of Tenby and you have a great back drop for some serious grill time on the barbeque. In fact you can see everyone else on the campsite doing the same thing. Tape some glowsticks to a frisbie! 😉
This beach town (being British) naturally has fish and chips everywhere you go, it had arcades, ice cream parlours, tons of souvenir stores, art galleries, book shops, camp stores, dedicated beach shops for all your inflatables, spades, buckets, wet suits, surf and life style shops jammed full of goodies, craft beer stores, wood carving store, a very unique rock music shop, you’ll know it when you see it and my personal favourite. Equinox. All items in this store hold zero use and are purely for keeping somewhere in your own place. The amount of ornaments, beach related things, incense, oils, weird stuff around my place from this store is frightening. I have browsed this store for well over an hour and many times my best friend says I need to sign something to say I’ll actually leave the shop! Check it out. I would highly recommend checking out Blueberries cafe just up the road on the right from the church and if you head a few shops up to the sea wall you can find another café on the right, can’t remember the name but it’s there. It has a view across the north side of Tenby. Having breakfast with that view, yeah that’s something good.