Fishguard, Goodwick & Fishguard Harbour, Pembrokeshire.
Fishguard Lower Town

Fishguard, Goodwick and Fishguard Harbour, Pembrokeshire

Fishguard and Goodwick are ideal holiday destinations near the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park with Stena Line ferries sailing from Fishguard Harbour to Rosslare in Ireland. Visit the Last InvasionTapestry, which has been compared to the Bayeux Tapestry, at Fishguard Town Hall and enjoy the facilities of the Fishguard Leisure Centre with indoor Swimming Pool.

FISHGUARD and GOODWICK RAILWAY STATION NOW OPEN

The new station at Goodwick (official name Fishguard and Goodwick Station)is now open. Parking is free. The photograph of the old station was taken in 1958. The increased service has already proved successful with many holiday attractions and the popular Fishguard Holiday Park reporting customers travelling by train rather than car.

Fishguard and Goodwick Railway Station 1958

For further information and to book tickets visit the Arriva Trains Wales website.

FISHGUARD TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

Fishguard's Tourist Information Centre is located in the Town Hall in the centre of Fishguard. The staff are very knowledgeable and friendly and will help you get the most out of your visit. To contact the Centre by telephone dial 01437 776636 or Email.

FISHGUARD INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL 19-27 JULY 2013

Join us for a full week of classical, orchestral, chamber, choral and contemporary music for every taste in venues in and around Fishguard and North Pembrokeshire.

The 44th Festival brings a host of noted artists performing a rich and varied programme, to include anniversary celebrations of works by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) and Francois Poulenc (1899-1963). The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Festival President Owain Arwel Hughes, makes a welcome return to St Davids Cathedral; there will be performances from much-acclaimed pianist, Peter Donohoe; 'cellist Richard Jenkinson and pianist Ben Frith play a new work by English composer Ian Venables. Dyfed Choir, the National Youth Brass Band of Wales - and regular favourites, the exceptionally talented Welsh performers on the Young Musicians Platform - all add to the enjoyment, as well as new contributors like the witty and very popular Graffiti Classics a 21st century string quartet with a difference!

FISHGUARD'S LAST INVASION TAPESTRY

Fishguard Tapestry Gallery

The internationally famous tapestry has been viewed by visitors from all over the world. It was commissioned by the Fishguard Arts Society to commemorate the Bicentenary of the Last Invasion of Britain in 1997 and is on display at Fishguard Town Hall in The Last Invasion Tapestry Gallery. Entry is free.

The tapestry is 30.4m long by 53cm deep and took four years to complete by seventy-seven local people. It was designed in a similar format and is the same depth as the Bayeux Tapestry which tells the story of the Norman Invasion of Britain in 1066.

Opening hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9.30-5.00, Thursday 9.30-6.30, Saturdays April - September 9.30-5.00. Saturdays October - March 9.30-1.00. Open on Bank Holidays 10.00-4.00. Open Sundays during August 10.00-4.00. For further information, telephone 01437 776638. For coach/group bookings, telephone 01437 776122.

See Last Invasion for further details.

Fishguard and Goodwick are part of the second best coastal destination in the world

Pembrokeshire is the second best coastal destination in the world according to National Geographic magazine, sharing second place with the Tutukaka coast in New Zealand and beating places like the Seychelles, Bermuda and Costa Rica. The communities of Fishguard and Goodwick are proud to be part of of this coastal destination.

FISHGUARD BUSINESS LISTING

Including selected ACCOMMODATION, ACTIVITIES, GALLERIES, GIFT SHOPS, FOOD and DRINK, PUBS, SHOPS and SERVICES.

FISHGUARD, GOODWICK and NORTH PEMBROKESHIRE GUIDE 2013
Available now

Telephone 01437 765434 for a copy.

Fishguard Holiday Park

Graded as 4 Star Excellent by Visit Wales. Opens March 2013.
For further information or to book, click the name to visit the Fishguard Holiday Park website or telephone (01348) 872462.

The Charterhouse Returns

Charterhouse Lifeboat

The Charterhouse was the first motorised lifeboat in Wales and went on station in Fishguard and Goodwick in 1909. Remarkably the old lifeboat was found, still afloat, at Bangor in North Wales and and was returned to Fishguard Harbour in 2009, exactly 100 years after its initial launching.
One of her most daring rescues was in 1920 under coxswain John Howells, aged 65. A Dutch three-masted motor schooner, the Hermina, had sought shelter at Fishguard from a fierce gale and heavy seas. Durinng the heroic rescue the schooner's third officer was lost.
The Charterhouse was later taken to London by train and displayed outside the Houses of Parliament. John Howells was awarded the RNLI's highest honour, a Gold Medal, with other memebrs of the crew also receiving medals, the presentations being made by the Prince of Wales.
Plans are afoot to renovate the lifeboat and display it at Fishguard Harbour.

FISHGUARD'S THEATR GWAUN 4U

Located in West Street opposite the Post Office and the entrance to West Street car park. Box Office tel no: 01348 873421. For further details and programme of events visit the theatre's website.

FISHGUARD BAY YACHT CLUB

For further details visit the yacht club's website.

Fishguard Harbour Development given Outline Planning Permission

After a long wait the proposed development of Fishguard Harbour in Goodwick is a step closer with the news that the Conygar Investment Company, in conjunction with Stena Line, is submitting a planning application to Pembrokeshire County Council to increase the facilities at the harbour.

The plans include a 450 berth marina and workshops, stores and ancillary facilities; 253 residential apartments and a 19 acre platform for potential expansion by Stena Line. Also included are a promenade and waterfront with visitor parking. The creation of an exciting visitor destination will attract further visitors to the area and the whole development will provide a much needed boost to the local economy.

Fishguard Marine Walk View

The Crown Estate, owners of the sea bed and foreshore, and Pembrokeshire County Council who own much of the land welcome the proposals as do the Fishguard and Goodwick Town Council and the Fishguard and Goodwick Chamber of Trade. The 100 million pound development is seen as the biggest investment in the area since Fishguard Harbour was built.

Planning permission for a marina was originally granted to the Anglesey Boat Company in 2003, however ownership of the sea bed and foreshore was disputed for several years but finally settled in favour of the The Crown Estate in 2008. It was acquired by the The Conygar Investment Company in 2008.

Fishguard Marine Walk

Work is now complete on improving and upgrading Fishguard's Marine Walk at a cost of 200,000. One of the jewels in Fishguard's crown this popular walk, with its outstanding vistas of the harbour and open sea, is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

Fishguard Harbour

Fishguard Harbour was opened in 1906 with daily ferry services between Fishguard and Rosslare and with further services added in due course to Waterford and Cork.

Cunard liner Mauritania

In August 1909 the famous Cunard liner 'Mauritania' inaugurated a transatlantic service and up until the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 various liners of the Cunard fleet called regularly at the port. During the war sailings were disrupted when the 'Saint' vessels served as troop carriers and hospital ship.

The same applied during the Second World War when the St David and the St Andrew were used at Dunkirque. The St David, a hospital ship, was later bombed and sunk in 1944 during the Anzio landings with a loss of life and survivors were picked up by the St Andrew. On Friday 13 June 1941 the St Patrick crossing from Ireland was bombed and sunk 14 miles off Fishguard with a loss of 30 lives.

Today the port is a thriving enterprise run by Stena Line with the super-ferry Stena Europe making two crossings a day to Rosslare.

Fishguard and Goodwick Chamber of Trade

Meetings of the Chamber are usually held on the last Monday of the month at 7.30pm at the Fishguard Bay Hotel. New members are always welcome.

Fishguard & Goodwick Regular Events

Fishguard Farmers' Market

Every Thursday (8am-3pm) the weekly Fishguard Town Market is held at the Market Hall.

Every Saturday the Fishguard Farmers' Market is held at the Market Hall from 9am-1pm until Christmas. [See picture]

Every Friday morning, the Friendship Circle meets at the Market Hall.

See the Fishguard newspaper, County Echo, and the Pembrokeshire newspaper, Western Telegraph, for more local information.

Fishguard Lower Town Sculpture

Fishguard Community Learning - Day & Evening Classes

Learning Pembrokeshire offers a wide range of courses, both certificated and non-certificated, catering for students of all ages (16+) and ability. Why not try something new or improve on your current skills?

Further details are on the Learning Pembrokeshire website.

The Fishguard Community Learning Centre is at Ysgol Bro Gwaun campus and you can call in for a copy of the latest brochure or further details can be obtained by telephoning 01348 872488 or by Email.

Jemima Nicholas

"Jemima Nicholas did exist"

Proof that the Last Invasion of Britain's local heroine Jemima Nicholas did exist appears to have been found at the Records Office in Haverfordwest by a local college lecturer seeking his family's history.

The records of Mathry Parish Registry show that a Jemima Nicholas had been baptised in the village on 2nd March 1755 making her 41 years of age at the time of the Invasion in February 1797. Contemporary accounts of her age at the time recorded that she was 47.

The baptism record gives her parents as William and Elinor Nicholas from Llanrhian; they also had a son, Isaac, who was baptised two years later at Llanrhian.

A cobbler, or shoemaker, by trade she lived in Main Street, Fishguard and was buried at St Mary's Church near her home 16th July 1832. A memorial gravestone was erected in the churchyard in 1897 to commemorate the centenary of the Invasion. See Last Invasion for further details of the Invasion and Jemima's part in routing the French invaders.

Fishguard Bay Hotel's 1 million spend

Fishguard Bay Hotel

Upgrading and refurbishment of North Pembrokeshire's premier hotel is now complete after a 1 million spend. Enjoying one of the best locations in Pembrokeshire overlooking Fishguard Harbour, the hotel includes new facilities for conferences with state of the art facilities and a major refurbishment of the public rooms and bedrooms.

Fishguard's Town and Market Halls catch up with the 21st century

At a cost of 1.3 million, work on transforming the Town and Market Halls on Fishguard Square is now complete. Located in the Market Hall are are the Country Market Tuesdays, Town Market Thursdays and Farmers' Market Saturdays. Also located in the Town Hall are the Library, Tourist Information Centre, Last Invasion Tapestry Gallery, Council Customer Service Centre, Registrar's Office and the Town Council Clerk's Office.
The Market Hall is also used extensively by community groups. A lift reaches the 1st floor for the Library and Tapestry Gallery. Public toilets are available at the far end of the Market Hall.

Planning your Holiday

With more BLUE FLAG beach awards than the rest of Wales put together Pembrokeshire has to be on your shortlist for a family holiday. Here are brief details of two beaches in Fishguard and Goodwick; a list of all the beaches in Pembrokeshire can be found here.

Fishguard Lower Town

SLADE. The tiny beach at the bottom of the Slade was a bygone favourite, now mainly forgotten, but deserves to be included for its location at the edge of Lower Town, Fishguard - in Welsh 'Y Cwm' - surely one of the most beautiful harbours in Wales. Parking and toilets at Lower Town.

GOODWICK SANDS. The sand and shingle beach overlooks Fishguard Harbour and is sheltered by the breakwater and backed by a grassy bank. Safe bathing and popular with families. Ocean Lab features 'Ollie the octopus', cyber cafe, ocean quest, coffee shop, soft play area for under fives and tourist information centre. Plenty of parking space and toilets. Shops, pubs and Post Office close by in Goodwick.

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