YOUTH Hostel Association (YHA) hostels in Marloes and Broad Haven will be open to the public on Sunday, September 7, as a way to say thank you to the local community.

In Marloes, there will be hosting guided tours of the hostel, and in Broad Haven there will be a range of themed activities such as a bucking bronco, ping pong, garden croquet, face painting, treasure hunts and a bouncy castle.

Food and drinks will also be available alongside musical entertainment throughout the day.

The free fun days are taking place at 61 youth hostels across England and Wales, with all the money raised going towards YHA’s Breaks for Kids fund, which helps pay for financially disadvantaged children to take part in school trips.

The events are a ‘thank you’ to the local communities in which the hostels are based.

Last year volunteers from the local communities gave 120,000 hours of help enabling the charity to run the network efficiently and continue to provide outstanding accommodation, learning experiences and facilities for young people and their families.

YHA (England and Wales) chief executive Caroline White said: "We really appreciate the support we receive from local communities, which is one of the reasons why, this year, we have decided to extend our YHA Day celebrations over an entire weekend.”

Details of all events being held at Youth Hostels throughout England and Wales on YHA Day 2014 can be found at