When you meet a friend in the street and say hello what is it you talk about after asking after their health? Yes, the weather, the great British obsession. Why are we so obsessed about the weather? Could it be because it is so variable, so unreliable with no two days alike? Well until now that may have been the case. This summer, however, has seen almost unbroken sunshine with the warmth steadily building from May through to July, absolutely glorious weather to be in Tenby. If this continues records will be broken. However far too often the British summer is a few days’ hot and sunny weather followed by thunder and lightning combined with torrential rain. And yes that is what late July has just delivered! Fingers crossed that the hot weather will return for August so we can enjoy more fun in the sun!
The latest statistics show that Wales is heading for its driest summer since records began in 1910. Drier even than the legendary summer of 1976. If August and September are hot and sunny then records will tumble.
On a hot summer’s day where better to be than on the beach in Tenby. With four to chose from, North, South, Castle and Harbour, you are spoilt for choice. All are a short stroll from the town centre so if the heat gets too much then pay a visit to an ice-cream parlour to cool down and then enjoy some culture by visiting Tenby Museum & Art Gallery with its renowned collection of works by Tenby born artist Augustus John and his sister Gwen. Follow that with a visit to the oldest house in Tenby, the National Trust’s Tudor Merchant’s house. If Art is your thing you are spoiled for commercial galleries with award winning artist Naomi Tydeman having a gallery in Cob Lane and Guy Manning having a gallery in Upper Frog Street. Alternatively, just browse the eclectic range of shops in Tenby’s traffic free town centre and enjoy the laidback café culture. In the evening enjoy a ghostly guided walk with a blue badge guide before checking out what is on at the town’s premier entertainment venue, the DeValence Pavilion. Concerts, wrestling and films are staples of the DeValence throughout the year.
If you’re in Tenby on a Sunday in August, don’t forget to check out what is happening down at the harbour. Summer spectaculars are staged by local organizations to entertain both visitors and locals, while at the same time raising money for charity. These feature live bands and discos and usually end with a spectacular fireworks display at 10pm.
Finally, have a look at the ‘VisitTenby’ website to see what else is happening. To make this easier, free wi-fi is available throughout the town centre.
As I write this, the clouds are clearing and the sun is trying to come out. Fun in the Sun is about to be resumed. Long may it last.