The National Botanic Gardens of Wales,Llanarthne,Carmarthenshire, Tel 01558 668768 www.gardenofwales.org.uk
The National Botanic Garden of Wales opened in May 2000 – making it the first national botanic garden to be created in the new millennium.
In such a short time they have become the most visited garden in Wales,they have been voted the number 1 ‘Wonder of Wales’, ’Most Romantic Garden’, ‘Best Children’s Garden’ & ‘Best Afternoon Tea’ by the Western Mail,they also have been voted ‘No 1 Garden to Visit in Wales’ by BBC Gardeners’ World 2010 poll,In addition to this they also have been voted ‘Visitors Favourite’ by Carmarthenshire Tourism Association.
At the National Botanic garden,there is an amazing collection of over 8000 different plant varieties, spread across 560 acres of beautiful countryside.There is a stunning range of themed gardens that appeal to a wide range of visitors, from those who just love the sight and smells of flowers to those who want to know about medicinal plants or the latest DNA research into plant evolution.
There’re always plenty of activities for families to do in school and bank holidays, and there is a year round diverse programme of events that appeal to a wide range of visitors.
It is 15 miles from Ffermyfelin and takes only about 30 minutes to drive.
Aberglasney house and Gardens in Wales , Aberglasney , Tel 01558 668998 www.aberglasney.org
Spectacularly set in the beautiful Tywi valley of Carmarthenshire, Aberglasney House features one of the finest gardens in Wales. Aberglasney Gardens have been an inspiration to poets since 1477. The story of Aberglasney spans many centuries, but, the house’s origins are still shrouded in obscurity.
Aberglasney is one of the finest gardens in Wales , It contains a magnificent and diverse plant collection with many rare and unusual species. In the ruinous central courtyard of the mansion there is an amazing indoor garden. Some of the garden structures date back to the Elizabethan period and are unique in the UK. The garden, shop and cafe are open 365 days a year.
It is 17 miles from Ffermyfelin and takes about 30 minutes to drive.
The Dylan Thomas Boat house,Laugharne, Tel: 01994 427420 www.dylanthomasboathouse.com
Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea in 1914 and died in New York in 1953. He was one of the most significant writers of the twentieth century, and his work continues to resonate in the popular imagination: fans today include Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Pierce Brosnan, Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, and Mick Jagger, whose Jagged Films is currently working on a feature film of the writer’s life. Best known for his poetry and for the ‘play for voices’.
Thomas first moved to Laugharne in 1937, living in a fisherman’s cottage before moving to ‘Sea View’, and finally returning to live in ‘The Boat House’ at Laugharne in 1949. He lived there with his wife, Caitlin, and children, Colm, Aeronwy and Llewelyn until the time of his death.
Laugharne was the home of Dylan Thomas and the Boat House (where he wrote Under Milk Wood) is now a Heritage Centre of world repute. He and his wife Caitlin are buried in the local churchyard.
It is about 20 miles from Ffermyfelin and takes 35 minutes to drive.
The Pemberton Welsh Chocolate farm, Llanboidy, Carmarthenshire, SA34 0EX, Tel: 01994 448800
At the Welsh Chocolate farm of Pemberton, immerse yourself in a world of chocolate. Smell, taste, drink, see, listen to, touch and absorb the full flavours of fine chocolate at their award winning chocolate farm located in the heart of the Welsh countryside!
On our Chocolate Tour you are shown how a variety of chocolates are made. You can experience the chocolate in its simplest forms, from the raw ingredients through to the techniques they use to decorate their chocolates. All ages are invited to have a go and experience chocolate on a whole new level!
At the farm, you not only learn about the ingredients of chocolate, but you get a hands on experience of touching and smelling too! And of course you get to taste a range of their chocolates as a part of tour, so it really is worth a visit! Additionally they also show you how they mould, decorate, pipe, trickle, set and generally work with all their different chocolates and products!
It is about 20 miles from Ffermyfelin and takes around 40 minutes to drive.
Folly Farm Adventure park and Zoo, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire ,SA68 0XA, Tel: 01834 812731
Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, is the top paid-for visitor attraction in Wales and has been the winner of the Best Family Day Out in Pembrokeshire. It is located near Tenby in the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, Folly Farm offers affordable fun days out for the whole family.
With six fun-filled amusement and activity zones, some of which are undercover, there is something for everyone to enjoy. So, when you are looking for fun things to do for all the family, whatever the weather, then it is a place worth visiting.
At Folly farm you can see their Jolly Farm animals or ride on the fairground rides in the indoor Funfair. You can enjoy the outdoor Adventure Parks and Carousel Woods indoor Adventure Playground. When you visit Follywood Country Park and their very own Zoo, you can see the only giraffes in Wales.
A family day out at Folly Farm is fantastic value for money.
It is 29 miles from Ffermyfelin and takes about 47 minutes to drive.