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A TIME FOR
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SWANSEA FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT
Conveniently taking place on Father’s Day, Sun 19 June, the Swansea Festival
of Transport returns for its 23rd year. There’ll be around 500 exhibits in and
around Swansea City Centre with motorcycles, vintage, modified and film cars,
buses, trucks and tractors on display!
JODIE PRENGER
BBC’s I’d Do Anything winner, Jodie Prenger, heads to Swansea to perform the role
of Emma in Tell Me on a Sunday. Kay Smythe chats with the bubbly Jodie to find
out what the audience can expect from the show and to get some insider info into
Jodie’s life off stage.
SCAMPER HOLIDAYS
This is THE ultimate luxury glamping experience. Sleep under the
stars in boutique accommodation located on Gower with to-die-for views.
With the option to stay in everything from tiki cabins to shepherd’s huts, and
timber tents to static camper vans, it’ll be an unforgettable experience.
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SPRING BANK HOLIDAY
If you’re stuck for ideas of how to spend Spring Bank Holiday, Mon 30 May,
then check out our round-up of fun events taking place across the city.
The Gower Good Food Festival at the Gower Heritage Centre is the perfect
choice for those wanting to indulge in local, home-made produce.
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ASIAN FLAVOURS
For a taste sensation, how about going on a foodie tour of
some of our city’s most talked-about restaurants serving up
delicious Asian flavours in abundance. We’ve highlighted some true gems
that offer authentic flavours. From Chinese to Indonesian, we’ve got it all
covered.
LISTINGS
With two bank holidays and half-term occurin’ in May and June, there are plenty of opportunities
to gather the family. Our listings pages are at your service to help plan your outings. And, don’t
forget, it’s always the right time to indulge a hobby; our clubs and classes section could be the key to
embracing your interests.
The transition from spring to summer is an exciting time. We’re taunted with a few corkers
weather-wise and it’s smiles all round. It’s beach time and we’ve plenty to explore. This edition
has oodles of ideas for days of exploration and adventure. Get up, get out and get active.
We’ll be back to hit you up with our summer magazine,
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The Coracle Classic
Vehicle Road Run
Sat 18 June
Now in its second year, this free event is open to all types
of vehicle from scooters to heavy haulage trucks. Around
200 vehicles enter from all parts of the country. The venue
for the start of the event is the Civic Centre car park
and the vehicles start leaving at 10am. The route will
be via Carmarthen Road, Penllergaer, Pontlliw, Tycroes,
Ammanford, Llandeilo and along the A40 until they reach
Carmarthen, the oldest town in Wales, where the vehicles will
be on display in the streets of the town until about 4pm.
The 23rd Swansea
Festival of
Transport
Sun 19 June, 10.30am-4pm
The free to enter and visit event usually
sees around 500 exhibits on display in
Swansea City Centre around Castle Square,
Princess Way, Oxford Street, Wind Street,
Union Street, Portland Street and St Mary’s car
park where the streets become the showground
for the day. Motorcycles, vintage, classic, modified
and film cars fill the streets while classic buses,
trucks and tractors fill the larger areas. Classic buses
also run from various places throughout the day.
Big American cars and trucks will arrive along with military and emergency
vehicles.
For further info on The Coracle Road Run and Festival
of Transport, contact Ashley on 07814 958379 or email
[email protected]
Swansea College of
Art Degree Show Festival
Opens Sat 21 May
Design defines the world around us, giving it
form and material quality. All designers work
hard to contribute to consumer experiences.
At the University of Wales Trinity St David,
Swansea College of Art, this year’s Graduate
Design Exhibition opens up the possibilities
of product evolution, with a dynamic range
of conceptual design solutions for now and
the future. The students have taken on
everyday design challenges and redefined
creative engagement; what you will see is a
culmination of three years of hard work and
enjoyment.
The final year students have had a journey in realising their design
outcomes; they have had to master multiple industrially recognised skills,
from state-of the-art digital tools and 3D printing, to the more traditional
methods of hands-on designing and making.
Swansea College of Art, Alexandra Road SA1 5DU
Info: www.uwtsd.ac.uk
National Garden Scheme
Overton & Port Eynon
Gardens
Open from Sat 26 June, 2pm-5.30pm
Explore Overton and Port Eynon’s three hidden
delightful gardens. Beginning with Westcliffe
House, which is a garden which has been created
despite salt laden winds at its clifftop situation.
There is a Mediterranean atmosphere featuring
two water features and is inspired by the gardener’s
admiration for Italy. Enjoy home-made teas on your
visit.
The Boarlands is a small plantsman’s garden with enchanting views
over Port Eynon Bay. It's only six years old and features many rare and
unusual plants including many from the southern hemisphere. Decking area
overlooking view, small woodland area, many climbers, herbaceous/shrub
borders and scree/rockery.
Box Boat Cottage - a sheltered cottage garden attached to a period
cottage. Island bed, herbaceous borders, shrubs and mature trees.
Combined admission £4.50 per adult, children free. All
proceeds to charity. Info: www.ngs.org.uk
NEW PLAYERS/COACHES WANTED
FOR LADIES' FOOTBALL TEAM
Penclawdd AFC has started a new ladies football team. They
currently train once a week and in September will enter the West
Wales Women’s League. The senior section has two teams in the
Swansea Senior League, with the majority of the players being
under 25.
The junior section continues to grow at a phenomenal pace and
has age groups from under 6 up to 15. They have a strict
philosophy of equal game time for all junior players
regardless of ability, and will never adopt a win-atall-cost mentality.
Teams play on two pitches located in Penclawdd,
Dan Y Graig and Graig Y Coed, under the guidance
of qualified coaches.
For further info, contact Chris Jones (seniors and
ladies) 07814 430796 and Alan Shepherd (juniors) on
07876 878709. www.penclawddafc.co.uk
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NATIONAL CELEBRATION
OF BUDDHA’S TEACHINGS
Fri 6 - Sun 8 May
SEASHORE SAFARIS
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR
BIODIVERSITY
Sat 21 May, meet 11.30am at top of
steps in main car park, Bracelet Bay
WORLD OCEANS DAY, WORM’S HEAD
Sun 5 June, meet 11.30am at the National Trust Shop, Rhossili
Join marine biologist Judith Oakley to discover the amazing hidden shore
life of Mumbles and Gower. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear as
you will get wet feet and the ground is uneven. No nets or dogs. Children
must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 3+. Free event but booking is
essential. Safaris last approx. 2½–3hrs. Parking charges may apply.
07879 837817 / [email protected]
Seashore Safaris
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Dharmavajra Kadampa Buddhist Centre will be hosting
this year’s Welsh Dharma Celebration. This annual celebration is a special
opportunity to gather together with spiritual practitioners and friends from
across Wales and beyond to enjoy teachings and meditations.
Kadam Bridget Heyes presents Buddha’s teachings with exceptional clarity,
skill and wisdom, showing how people can easily integrate the teachings
into their daily lives. During this celebration, she will teach us how to
reduce stress and anxiety, find inner peace and serenity, and get the most
meaning out of life. In particular, she will share the special meditation
practice of Buddha Amitayus, which is a powerful method to heal and
strengthen the mind.
There will be time in between sessions to relax, socialise, and enjoy light
refreshments in the centre’s café, as well as browse the centre’s gift and
Tharpa bookshops.
For full details of the timetable and entry fees (children under 12,
free), visit www.meditationinwales.org or contact 01792 458245.
Booking in advance is essential.
Dharmavajra Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Springfield House, Ffynone
Road, Uplands, Swansea SA1 6DE
EVENTS
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ADVERTORIAL
Natural Living, Health
and Wellbeing Expo
Sat 11 & Sun 12 June, 10am - 5pm
National Botanic Garden of Wales,
Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire SA32 8HN
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xperience the beautiful gardens and explore over 60 stands, many of which will be
offering products to purchase within the Great Glass House, or, weather permitting,
on the lawn!
Natural Living Expo will have a wide range of holistic stands in The Marquee adjacent
to Seasons Restaurant offering taster treatments for visitors to try including local
Bowen therapist Mark Lange and Every Body's Better’s Judith Johnson; Neem
People will also be attending, and of course, The Old Mill Foundation will be offering
reflexology and Indian head massage. Nutrition exhibits include Allergy Testing,
Herbalife, Riverford Organics, and there will even be some yummy raw chocolate.
Gifts on offer range from jewellery by Moksha to crystals with Celtic Quiet, books to
CDs, clothing, and soaps to cosmetics.
There is numerology, psychic art and tarot on offer with FREE talks, workshops and
demonstrations in the Theatr Botanica throughout the weekend.
Please enquire if you would be interested in exhibiting at the event. Standard entry fee to
the National Botanic Garden of Wales applies. Entry to the Natural Living Expo is FREE.
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David Rees Williams Trio
Trio Isimsiz
Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet
Henschel Quartet
Sir Karl Jenkins
Llŷr Williams
INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS TO PERFORM
AT PRESTIGIOUS GOWER FESTIVAL
This year, the Gower Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary. The festival has grown
to become one of the most unique, highly anticipated music festivals in the UK.
W
hile most rural festivals are based
in one, or possibly two venues, the
Gower Festival has the virtue of
moving night after night from church to church,
taking advantage of their charming simplicity
and excellent acoustics.
They range from the largest church in which
our concerts are held, All Saints, Oystermouth
to the medieval church of St Mary’s in Rhossili.
Nearby, in the miniscule church at Llanddewi,
performances are given in what must surely be
the only church in Britain which can only be
reached by going through a farmyard!
There are 16 fantastic concerts this year to
include music for ALL tastes. Both of our
distinguished patrons will be performing -
Sir Karl Jenkins in a very special evening,
celebrating his life and music through interview
and recordings, and the pianist, Llŷr Williams.
at our three workshops, visiting musicians will
meet with local young players to teach and
inspire them.
This year, we have new young artists such
as the Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet,
the percussion group O Duo, Trio Isimsiz,
the First Prizewinner from the Menuhin
International Violin Competition London
2016, the exceptional talents from AFYM, as
well as established favourites like the Henschel
Quartet, pianist Ji Liu and the jazz David Rees
Williams Trio.
Capel y Crwys at Three Crosses has just had
an extensive refurbishment. To celebrate its
restoration and our anniversary, we are holding
a ‘Gymanfa Ganu/Songs of Praise’ conducted
by Alwyn Humphreys and we are delighted to
announce the soloist will be the world-renowned
soprano Rebecca Evans. This will be a nondenominational service to which we invite all
choirs on Gower and beyond to contribute.
In keeping with our objective of supporting
young musicians, we again have a concert
devoted to outstanding players from the
Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians and
After a sold out festival last year, we hope to
replicate that with packed churches again this
time.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Fri 6 May and can be purchased from the Swansea Grand
Theatre Box Office 01792 475715 or online at www.gowerfestival.org
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Gower Festival
Friday 1st - Saturday 16th July 2016
THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY PROGRAMME
Friday 1st July 7.30pm £13
SCHUBERT ENSEMBLE
at All Saints Church, Oystermouth
A programme to feature a performance of the
Schubert ‘Trout Quintet’ for its first performance
at the Gower Festival. A Welsh premiere of a
new piano quintet by Cheryl Frances-Hoad and
Fauré C minor piano quartet.
Saturday 2nd July 7.30pm £13
TRIO ISIMSIZ
at St John's Church, Gowerton
A brilliant young piano trio, which has just
won first prize and audience prize in the 2015
Trondheim International Chamber Music
Competition in Norway.
Sunday 3rd July 6pm £5
GYMANFA GANU/SONGS OF PRAISE
at Three Crosses Chapel
To celebrate the Gower Festival’s 40th
anniversary and the re-opening of Capel y
Crwys at Three Crosses - Rebecca Evans
(soloist), Alwyn Humphreys (conductor) and
Huw Tregelles Williams (organist).
Wednesday 6th July 7.30pm £13
JI LIU
at St Cenydd's Church, Llangennith
A return visit of the brilliant Chinese pianist with
a programme to feature the music of Chopin.
Thursday 7th July 7.30pm £13
WINNER OF THE MENUHIN
INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN
COMPETITION LONDON 2016
at St Cattwg's Church, Port Eynon
Accompanied by our artistic director, Gordon
Back (piano).
Friday 8th July 7.30pm £13
AN EVENING WITH SIR KARL JENKINS
at Bethesda Chapel, Burry Green
His life and music through interview and
recordings listening to his astonishing musical
career.
Saturday 9th July 7.30pm £13
O DUO
at Reynoldston Village Hall
By popular request, a return visit of this brilliant
young percussion duo.
Monday 4th July
TOMOS XERRI (HARP) AND CLAIRE
WICKES (FLUTE)
at St Mary’s Church, Rhossili at 1pm
(£8) and St Teilo’s Church, Bishopston
at 7.30pm (£13)
A wonderful combination of instruments with
a lunchtime concert at Rhossili and evening in
Bishopston Church.
Sunday 10th July 7.30pm £13
SWANSEA BACH CHOIR
at All Saints Oystermouth
'Bach Inspired' featuring choral works by Bach,
Mendelssohn and the premiere of Gareth
Treseder’s Poetry of Wales.
Tuesday 12th July 7.30pm £13
KALEIDOSCOPE SAXOPHONE
QUARTET
at St Hilary's Church, Killay
An exciting new award-winning group from
London with a huge diversity of musical tastes.
Wednesday 13th July 7.30pm £13
HENSCHEL QUARTET AND THOMAS
CARROLL
at St Peter's Church, Newton
Will feature some of the greatest chamber
works, quartets by Mozart and Ginastera and
the Schubert Quintet.
Thursday 14th July 7.30pm £13
HENSCHEL QUARTET
at St Rhidian's & St Illytd's Church,
Llanrhidian
Playing the Schulhoff quartet and two
Beethoven quartets.
Friday 15th July 5pm £5
ABERTAWE FESTIVAL FOR YOUNG
MUSICIANS
at St Peter's Church, Newton
An afternoon concert showcasing exceptionally
talented young local musicians.
Friday 15th July 7.30pm £13
LLŶR WILLIAMS
at St Peter's Church, Newton
‘The great Welsh international artist performing
Schumann's Humoreske and Beethoven's
Diabelli Variations.'
Saturday 16th July 7.30pm £13
THE DAVID REES-WILLIAMS TRIO
at Reynoldston Village Hall
‘The David Rees-Williams Trio are wonderful…
their new recording of jazz forays into the
classical repertoire is just magical.’ The Guardian
Alwyn Humphreys
Rebecca Evans
O Duo
Ji Liu
All tickets available from www.gowerfestival.org
or the Swansea Grand Theatre Box Office 01792 475715
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ENTERTAINMENT
SOUNDS
OF THE
SUMMER
SIN CITY
14-16 Dillwyn Street, Swansea SA1
4AQ. www.sincity.co.uk
Wed 4 May, 7.30pm
Maverick Sabre: Unplugged
Tickets: £15 (£2 booking fee, per ticket)
Fri 20 May, 7pm
Fort Hope
These British rockers have been
busy touring the country and will be
performing at Sin City! If you’re a fan of
Fearless Vampire Killers, you’ll love these
guys!
Tickets: £6 (£1.50 booking fee)
BY LAURA CRACKNELL
Wed 25 May, 7.30pm
Fancy a bit of jazz? Then head over to Sin
City to see The Hot 8 Brass Band.
Tickets: £12 (£1.50 booking fee, per ticket)
Stay tuned to their Facebook page or
check out www.derricksmusic.co.uk for
new gigs tba.
THE GARAGE
THE SCENE
Fri 20 May
Limehouse Lizzy
(Thin Lizzy Tribute)
A must-see for fans of
Thin Lizzy!
Tickets: £14.30
available from
www.ents24.com
Wed 4 May, 7pm
Despite announcing the end of the band via
social media this March, industrial metallers, The
Defiled, are still set to play Swansea as part of
their farewell tour.
Tickets: £10 (£1.75 booking fee, per ticket)
47 Uplands Crescent, Uplands, Swansea SA2
0NP. 01792 475147
The Garage Venue
Keep an eye on their Facebook page for June
events.
THE LEMON FACTORY
37 St Helen’s Road, Swansea SA1 4AY
The Lemon Factory - Swansea
Fri 13 May, 8pm
PURE/DC ft. Tony Currenti
Original 1975 High Voltage AC/DC album
drummer!
Tickets: £10 (booking fee
£1.50) available from
www.derricksmusic.co.uk
Check out their Facebook page
for details of upcoming gigs.
50 Plymouth Street, Swansea SA1 3QQ
The Scene Club Swansea
Tickets for all events are available from
www.derricksmusic.co.uk
Sat 7 May, 7pm
Described as ‘Nerdy
Neo-Rock’, Double
Experience will be
bringing their scienceinfused rock ‘n’ roll to
Swansea.
Tickets: £4 (£1 booking fee)
Tues 10 May, 7.30pm
Ryan McGarvey (USA) + Texas Flood
If you fancy a night of blues/rock, then these guys
may be what you’re looking for.
Tickets: £10 (£1 booking fee)
Fri 13 May, 7pm
If you prefer hip-hop to rock,
then Lazy Habits will be back
in Swansea, performing tracks
from their new album The
Atrocity Exhibition.
Tickets: £8 (£1.50 booking fee)
Sat 14 May, 7pm
Slipknowt (Slipknot tribute)
Tickets: £10 (£2 booking fee)
Wed 25 May, 7pm
Inme
The rockers will be touring only a few dates
during May, which includes Swansea, so grab
yourselves a ticket before they sell out!
Tickets: £15 (£1.50 booking fee)
Thurs 9 June, 7.30pm
The Pretty Things
Tickets: £18 (£2 booking fee, per ticket)
Sat 18 June, 7pm
Inglorious
Tickets: £10 (£2 booking fee, per ticket)
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ENTERTAINMENT
Gower Folk
Festival
Fri 10, Sat 11 & Sun 12 June
The Greyhound Inn, Oldwalls, Gower SA3 1HA
Now in its 23rd year, the
Gower Folk Festival brings
music and dance from worldclass musicians to a stunning
location on the Gower
peninsula, within sight of
Arthur’s Stone.
T
he opening dance evening on Fri 10 June
features Kantref playing for French and
Breton dances followed by headliners Heretique
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Lady Maisery
featuring French and European dances. There’s no
need to know the dances beforehand, as there’s a
workshop early evening. The Festival will also be
presenting their first Swedish dance mid evening
with Josefina Paulson and Jonas Åkerlund.
For the Saturday daytime session, there are
instrument workshops, an open session and music
on the main stage from Plu, Josefina and Jonas,
Ninebarrow, Kirsty Bromley and The Sam
Kelly Trio.
The evening session opens with the legendary
John Spiers followed by Moore Moss Rutter,
a fabulous trio of fiddle, melodeon and guitar.
Headlining is Malinky - a fantastic Scottish band
Elfen
featuring the fabulous voices of Fiona Hunter,
Steve Byrne and Mark Dunlop and multi-awardwinning composer and violinist Mike Vass.
On Sunday, following an open session, there are
sets from Elfen, The Carrivick Sisters and The
Gentle Good - the afternoon ends with The
Dovetail Trio.
Sunday evening has sets from Josefina Paulson
and Jonas Åkerlund, The James Brothers, and
headlining is the fantastic Lady Maisery, three
stunning young ladies who will wind up the
festival with their amazing vocals and virtuoso
playing on piano, accordion, fiddle and harp, plus
banjo and concertina.
Tickets cost from £6 for daytime tickets to £63
for the whole weekend. For details and bookings,
call Joy on 01792 850803 or book tickets on the
website at www.gowerfolkfestival.co.uk
The Gower Folk Festival gratefully acknowledges
the support of the Arts Council of Wales.
Strictly Come Dancing stars
ENTERTAINMENT
come to The Lyric theatre
This May, the beautiful, dazzling and extremely talented dancing duo, Ian Waite and
Natalie Lowe, perform A Touch of Class.
T
hey will deliver a night you will remember
forever. The Strictly Come Dancing
favourites will perform a dance showcase
spectacular designed to dazzle and wow you. Ian
and Natalie have become family favourites, as
they are always pushing the boundaries of dance
to bring the best out of their celebrity couples.
entered. He turned professional in 1997 and
formed a partnership with the former Latin
American world champion, Inga Haas. After five
years of training in the Netherlands, he returned
home and has continued his career dancing on
Strictly but also launching a fitness programme
with Natalie as well as touring.
Natalie Lowe was born in Sydney, Australia
and is a world-class leading ballroom and Latin
American professional dancer. Natalie competed
both nationally and internationally for 25 years in
ballroom, Latin American and new vogue which
combined both English old time with American
Smooth. Gracing the Strictly dance floor for the
first time in 2009, Natalie danced her way to the
final with Hollyoaks star Ricky Whittle and has
continued ever since.
On the night, they will dance a mix of ballroom
and Latin, transporting you away to a place of
wonderful moments with fun-filled entertainment.
Their emotionally charged show will have you
sitting back in your seats tapping your feet,
singing in your chair, and, if you’re up for it, you
may even be asked to get up and perform with
Natalie and Ian too!
Ian Waite started dancing at the age of 10. By
the age of 14, he had completed all his grades
and won almost every competition that he had
A Touch of Class... Audience with Ian Waite
and Natalie Lowe performs at The Lyric,
Carmarthen on Fri 27 May, 8.15pm. Tickets:
0845 226 3510 or theatrausirgar.co.uk
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SWANSEA
Jazzland
Darius Brubeck
ENTERTAINMENT
Pee Wee Ellis
uart
Hamish St
Donna Lewis
Swansea Jazzland continues every Wednesday in the run-up to this year’s Swansea International Jazz Festival.
S
ome great bands are lined up every
Wednesday, 8.30pm-11pm, at the St James
Club (SA1 6DR), and they don’t come much
bigger than Platinum singer-songwriter Donna
Lewis, a British singer/songwriter best known for
the 1996 hit, I Love You Always Forever. Donna
will be singing her jazz-inflected covers with an
all-star British jazz line-up on Wed 15 June as
a lead into this year’s festival.
www.swanseajazzland.co.uk
Swansea International Jazz Festival returns
for the third year this summer over the weekend
17 - 19 June with around 50 events taking place
at 12 venues located in the Swansea Maritime
Quarter. The Dylan Thomas Theatre will host the
ticketed concerts with a diverse programme of
jazz featuring artists from the USA, Europe and
Australia. Plus, you can enjoy jazz workshops,
South Wales Schools Big Band workshop and
concert, and free events all over the Maritime
Quarter.
A strong and diverse programme for 2016 is
headlined with 360 - a very special 10-piece
band featuring Average White Band founder
members Hamish Stuart, Malcolm ‘Molly’ Duncan
and Steve Ferrone. They will be delivering their
fantastic all-new album and a selection of their
old AWB classics.
Amongst other bands performing are the Alan
Barnes Octet, Jeff Hooper Big Band, Pee
Wee Ellis Funk Assembly, National Youth
Jazz Orchestra, Alec Dankworth’s Spanish
Accents, Keith Ball and his Jazzmen and
Darius Brubeck Quartet.
Visit the website for full details or call to
request a programme: www.jazzwales.com
07900 314245
Tickets are on sale from the festival website,
at Swansea Jazzland and Derrick’s Music.
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ENTERTAINMENT
Jodie Prenger
tells it on a Sunday at Swansea’s Grand Theatre!
Writer and journalist
Kay Smythe sits down
with star of stage and
screen Jodie Prenger
to talk about her latest
performance in Andrew
Lloyd-Webber’s Tell Me
on a Sunday.
W
hen I call, Prenger is walking her
dog (who is incessantly eating
grass) on the farm she shares with
fiancé, Simon. Before we get to talking about
her new one-woman show, Prenger talks of
her beautiful home and her dogs, parrots, degu,
chickens, her two rescue tortoises and
crabs. “Yes,” she laughs, “I have
crabs, hermit crabs!” Neither of us
has great phone signal, but that
doesn’t stop Prenger from spilling
the beans on her latest stage show
- Tell Me on a Sunday.
For those of you not quite in-theknow, Prenger shot to fame in
2008 for her performance on the
BBC’s I’d Do Anything, where she
won the West End role of Nancy
in the revival of Oliver!
From there, Prenger has starred
in a variety of hugely successful
performances across the UK. Most
recently, her title-part portray of Calamity Jane
earned her critical claim from The Stage, who
called her ‘a force to be reckoned with’.
So what can we expect from her solo performance
in Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Tell Me on a Sunday;
a story about a young woman’s voyage to the
United States and her romantic misadventures
whilst living in New York City?
“It’s almost like Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Don
Black’s greatest song book. It’s one girl’s journey
in New York in the late 70s and early 80s, going
through real world scenarios, which doesn’t
happen a lot in musicals. It’s a very truthful, reallife musical.”
Tell Me on a Sunday has seen some of the
greatest stage performers in British history portray
its single role of Emma or ‘the girl’ as she was
known in the original incarnations. Prenger’s
peers include Lulu, Denise Van Outten and Sarah
Brightman to name but three.
It’s not just Prenger that appreciates this show
- the tour has sold out across the country, with
its original three-day run also selling out almost
immediately.
“You’re always scared that no one will show up. I
actually cried when I found out that we had sold
out. It was the same situation with Calamity Jane
- and I loved coming to Swansea. The audience
was great, and especially since the
second half of the show is a Q&A. They
were really warm and responsive.”
Prenger said of her part of Calamity
Jane that: “I don’t die at the end.
I live and get married, which is
nice.” So was it the same thing that
drew her to Tell Me on a Sunday’s
Emma?
“I don’t die in this one either,
which is really nice! After Nancy,
it’s kinda nice to live at the end,
but then I have been very lucky. The
roles I’ve played so far have always
been strong women, which is a lovely
thing. They are all very different (Lady of
the Lake in Spamalot, Calamity Jane, et al.). With
this show, it’s real - I’m not saying the others
weren’t real, but this is a very real-woman story,
which is phenomenal because I’ve never done
anything like this before.
“I think the draw to the role of Emma is that she
does go out looking for love and adventure, and
what she ends up going through finally teaches
her the life lesson of just keep going.”
Tell Me on a Sunday shows on Wed 25 May
at Swansea Grand Theatre. Tickets: £25.50£30.50 available from the Box Office 01792
475715 and online www.swanseagrand.co.uk
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ENTERTAINMENT
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SWANSEA
GRAND THEATRE
Make sure that your summer is extra special with a trip
to Swansea Grand Theatre throughout May and June.
ENTERTAINMENT
ARTS WING
PERFORMANCES
4 & 5 May
Shoreline Theatre presents
Blue Remembered Hills by
Dennis Potter (12+)
£8.50, £6.50* concessions
10 May
Only Fools and 3 Courses
£41.00* (includes 3-course meal
& coffee)
For menu go to www.
swanseagrand.co.uk
12 May
Fluellen Theatre Company presents
Taffy Shakespeare
Eve £10.00, £8.00* concessions
Mat £8.00, £6.00* concessions
Diverse drama starts with Tonto Evans, a rootn’, tootin’
cowboy comedy, written by and starring Frank Vickery
from 11 - 14 May. The hilarious farce, SWAP, is from 18
- 21 May and stars Swansea favourite David Callister.
Prepare to be petrified with the thriller, A Party to
Murder from 9 - 11 June. Noel Coward’s classic comedy,
Blithe Spirit, starts on 29 June and runs until 2 July.
Menopause the Musical starring Cheryl Fergison, Linda
Nolan and Rebecca Wheatley is on 24 May. Following
her acclaimed performance in Calamity Jane, Jodie
Prenger returns in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s
classic musical, Tell Me on a Sunday on 25 May, and a
trip down memory lane is on 26 May with A Salute to
the 1940s.
Tributes to an array of artists start with Bye Bye Baby,
a musical journey through the career of Frankie Vali
& The Four Seasons on 6 May and The Johnny Cash
Roadshow with Clive John is on 7 May. Dancing in the
Streets on 17 May is a celebration of Motown’s greatest
hits and glamrock greats, disco hits and power ballads
feature in the Solid Gold 70s Show on 27 May.
Peppa Pig is back in a brand new live stage show, Peppa
Pig’s Surprise on 4 & 5 May and Dinosaur Zoo (3+)
with Tyrannosaurus Rex is on 1 & 2 June. A celebration
of music-making with pupils from local primary schools,
Primary Partners is on 16 & 17 June.
Direct from London’s world famous jazz club, The
Ronnie Scott’s All Stars celebrate The Ronnie Scott’s
Story on 31 May. Big O & the Wilburys Tribute Show
pays homage to one of the most famous super groups
of all time on 3 June. Ultimate Bowie is on 4 June
and The Story of Guitar Heroes is on 7 June. Star of
Oscar-winning film Les Misérables, Samantha Barks,
appears on 14 June. The Proclaimers are on 18 June
and celebrating the legacy of one of the world’s greatest
selling bands, The Ultimate Eagles return on 25 June.
Laugh out loud with Adam Hills (14+) on 13 June and
Bill Bailey on 21 & 22 June.
Winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2014, Pasha Kovalev
trips the light fantastic on 28 May and the UK’s top male
strip show, The Dreamboys (18+), is on 23 June.
Experience the power of thundering rhythms with the
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers on 24 June.
For bookings and enquiries, please contact the
Box Office on 01792 475715, or visit
www.swanseagrand.co.uk
18 & 19 May
Gower College Swansea presents
Contemporary Theatre
Showcase
£8.50, £6.50* concessions
21 May
Wiseman Stage School
Open Day
Adult £6.50, Child £5.50*
27 May
An Afternoon with Kev
Johns and Guests
£8.50*
31 May
Groundswell Dance Company
presents
Spring Showcase 2016
£8.00, £6.50* concessions
3 June
Fluellen Theatre Company presents
Leir & Co by Ron Meldon
Eve £10.00, £8.00* concessions
Mat £8.00, £6.00* concessions
8 June
Nelson - The Sailor’s Story
(10+)
£10.00, £8.00* concessions
10 June
Meet the Real Maggie
Thatcher
£10.00, £8.00* concessions
11 June
Gyles Brandreth - Word
Power (16+)
£18.50*
14 June
‘Allo ‘Allo Comedy Dinner
£41.00* (includes 3-course meal
& coffee)
For menu go to www.
swanseagrand.co.uk
REGULARS
25 May & 29 June
Comedy Club (16+)
£11.00*
26 May
Afternoon Dance
£4.00*
28 May & 25 June
Fluellen Theatre Company, in
association with Swansea Grand
Theatre, presents
Lunchtime Theatre
28 May Cefn Golau by Jaye
Swift
25 June Sliding Doors by
Kelsey Jade Richards
£5.50, £4.00* concessions
18 June
Bluestocking Lounge presents
Burlesque (18+)
£15.50*
EXHIBITIONS
3 May - 3 June
University of Wales Trinity
Saint David
Levels 1, 2 & White Room
7 June - 1 July
Gower College
Levels 1, 2 & White Room
*All tickets include a
50p Restoration Fund
contribution. Online
booking fee applies.
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ENTERTAINMENT
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ENTERTAINMENT
VARIATIONS OF POINTE
JSLN Dance Company presents Variations of Pointe, an exciting new triple bill
encompassing all aspects of ballet: grace, elegance and entertainment.
J
SLN Dance Company was founded in 2012
by Sören Niewelt and Jessica Larbig in Berlin
and has gained an international reputation,
performing refreshing neoclassical works around
Germany and Asia.
into dance - guaranteed to have you rolling
around in your seats with laughter.
The first piece in the triple bill is Niewelt’s
adaptation of Fokine’s Petrouchka from the
time of the Imperial Russian Ballet to music by
Stravinsky; the story is set inside a magical puppet
workshop where the marionettes come to life and
is a dramatic tale of love and jealousy between a
beautiful ballerina doll and her admirers.
Finally, the third piece, Transitions of (I)dentity,
follows from JSLN’s success at the Edinburgh
Fringe Festival 2015. The tale of The Soul Searcher
is extended beyond the inner struggle of who
she is, who she wants to be and the constraints
of society upon her. The journey through The Soul
Searcher’s transitions of identity is brought to life
through beautifully pared down, elegant and pure
movements of neo classical ballet to the music of
Vivaldi and promises to be a feast for the senses.
You’ll enjoy the second piece whether you’re a
ballet lover or not! JSLN brings you the antics of
René Artois and his friends working to thwart Herr
Flick and his compatriots in Allo Allo translated
Variations of Pointe performs on Mon 20
& Tues 21 June at Dylan Thomas Theatre,
Gloucester Place, Swansea SA1 1TY.
Box Office: 01792 473238
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ENTERTAINMENT
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ENTERTAINMENT
HIGH-RISE
Mon 23 May, 7.30pm
Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University
WHAT’S
ON SCREEN
ROH FRANKENSTEIN
(BALLET)
Wed 18 May, 7.15pm
Gwyn Hall, Neath
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE
(tbc)
Release date Thurs 19 May
Vue Cinema
Worshipped as a god since ancient
The Royal Opera House presents
times, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) was
this live screening featuring Victor
the very first mutant from the X-Men
Frankenstein who is sent away to
universe, with his ability being to
university, away from his family
amass the powers of other mutants,
and his closest friend Elizabeth. Just leading to his immortality. Now,
before he leaves, his mother dies in
after several millennia, he awakens
childbirth. Distraught, Victor throws in a very different world - one
himself into his studies, learning
that he despises. He immediately
obsessively all that he can from his
sets about recruiting an army of
professor. Fuelled by his experiments powerful mutants, headed up by
and in a desperate hope to find a
the equally disillusioned Magneto
way to bring his mother back, Victor (Michael Fassbender) with the aim
works furiously, and eventually
of destroying the world as we know
succeeds in giving life to non-living
it. As Earth braces itself for what
matter - but, horrified at what he has looks like certain destruction, Raven
done, Victor abandons his creation.
(Jennifer Lawrence) and Professor X
Six years later, Victor returns home.
(James McAvoy) lead the opposing
The Creature follows him and,
mutants into an almighty battle with
watching Victor with his family from Apocalypse in a bid to save mankind.
afar, longs to be accepted and loved Bryan Singer returns to the director’s
as one of them.
chair once again. Support comes from
several rising stars, including Nicholas
Tickets: 0300 365 6677
Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road), Olivia
www.gwynhall.com
Munn (Zoolander 2) and Evan Peters
(American Horror Story).
The unnerving tale of life in a modern tower
block running out of control featuring Tom
Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller.
Within the concealing walls of an elegant
forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants
are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail
parties degenerate into marauding attacks on
‘enemy’ floors and the once-luxurious amenities
become an arena for technological mayhem. In
this classic visionary tale, human society slips into
violent reverse as the inhabitants of the high-rise,
driven by primal urges, recreate a world ruled by
the laws of the jungle.
Tickets: 01792 602060
www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk
LAST VEGAS (12A)
SUFFRAGETTE (12A)
Aging pals Billy (Michael Douglas),
Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie
(Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin
Kline) have been best friends
since childhood. When Billy finally
proposes to his much-younger
girlfriend, all four friends go to Las
Vegas to celebrate the end of Billy’s
long-time bachelorhood and relive
their glory days. However, the four
quickly realise that the intervening
decades have changed Sin City and
tested their friendship in ways they
had not imagined.
Academy Award nominees Carey
Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter,
and three-time Academy Award
winner Meryl Streep, lead the cast
of a powerful historical drama about
the women who were willing to
lose everything in their fight for
equality in early twentieth-century
Britain. The stirring story centres on
Maud (played by Carey Mulligan),
a working wife and mother whose
life is forever changed when she is
secretly recruited to join the UK’s
growing suffragette movement.
Galvanised by the outlaw fugitive
Emmeline Pankhurst. Complimentary
refreshments and cake served at all
afternoon film screenings.
Wed 11 May, 2pm
Pontardawe Arts Centre
Tickets: 01792 863722
www.pontardaweartscentre.com
Tues 7 June, 1.30pm
Stiwdio Stepni, Ffwrnes, Llanelli
Tickets: 0845 226 3510
theatrausirgar.co.uk
Tickets: www.myvue.com
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ART
Painting on a
bicycle-top easel
Gower’s beauty has long
been captured on canvas and
behind the lens. Here, Huw
Pudner chats with local artist
Sue Mann to find out how
living on Gower’s doorstep
influences her artwork.
Tell us about your background?
I grew up near Falmouth, Cornwall. Creating was
what I made time for whenever possible, making
models, drawing, painting, making books, writing
songs, singing, walking the countryside in the
early morning, even making snow shoes and a
ladder! From the age of twelve, I knew I wanted
to be an artist. I studied at Falmouth School of
Art and West Surrey College of Art and Design.
How do Swansea and the wider local area
influence your work as an artist?
I loved working outside from my teens and
am happy to now be in an area of inspiring
landscape. As I always work in response to my
environment, I find rich pickings wherever I set
up.
Choosing a composition can take a long time
and requires preparatory drawings for larger
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works. On the stunning north coast of Gower, I
am always able to find somewhere to paint; the
south coast is busier and more productive in the
morning because it faces the rising sun. There is
often a meeting point between wild and civilised,
with light, tone and hue playing an important
role. I often prefer to be below the treeline and
looking up or down rather than on level ground,
but each composition is unique.
Most of my paintings are created using paint
I have made myself by grinding pigment and
binding oils. Some of my pigments are from the
Clearwell Caves in the Forest of Dean. Some
pigments, such as blues, require more delicate
treatment and combination of oils. I also paint
with egg tempera and lead workshops on both
approaches in local museums and art clubs. On
Sun 22 May, I am leading a workshop at
Swansea Museum.
You are gaining wider recognition as an
artist; what sort of techniques and paints do
you use and who are the artists that inspire
you?
Mainly, I work on sized board in my own studio
using prepared oils for superior pigment and
texture. I also use egg tempera with several
water-based media. Before a larger work,
I prepare by drawing until I am sure about
the choice of composition, returning to paint
sometimes for weeks before it is finished. For
smaller, immediate work to complete in three
to four hours, I work straight onto sized board.
Artists I am inspired by include Cedric Morris,
Sidney Richard Percy, Jacob Buckland, James
Innes, Kyffin Williams, Wilson Richard, John
Turner, Lucien Pissarro and Gilbert Spencer.
Sculptors and land artists include Nils Udo,
Andy Goldsworthy, Peter Randall-Page, David
Backhouse and Tim Shaw.
You have an unusual way of getting about
for your landscape painting. Tell us about it!
I have both invented a bicycle-top easel for
smaller paintings and adapted a bicycle trailer
to carry paintings up to three feet square. This
enables me to reach off-road locations and
wherever I am inspired by.
Where can we see your artwork locally?
I am participating from Sat 30 April-Sun 19
June in a group show, Artists of Berllan Las
at Swansea Museum, and a solo show at
Oriel Bach Gallery, Mumbles from Mon 6-Fri
17 June.
If you could go out painting tomorrow and
it was a fine day, where would you set up
your easel?
I go out painting most days, sometimes even
in the rain. If unsure, I would head out to the
north side of Gower where there is always plenty
of room, dramatic views and plenty of subject
matter.
www.suemannpaintings.org
ART
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ART
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ART
Relics: a photospherical
reflection on wales
Until Sun 22 May
Using the latest technology, artist Matt Wright captures various historical
sites from around Wales. He presents them in a series of amazing 3D
photospheres. Funded by Amgueddfa Cymru, Cadw and the Arts Council
of Wales.
National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road, Swansea SA1
3RD
Dalit Leon - Time Signatures
Preview Fri 6 May, 7pm; exhibition continues until Sat 4 June, Wed-Sat, 12noon-5pm; Dalit
will be talking about her practice and the exhibition on Sat 4 June, 2pm
Born in Israel and based in Wales since 2001, for her latest exhibition, Dalit Leon will be exploring
ideas around sense and cognitive perception, symbolic and material language, attempting to
articulate the notion of a transcendent oneness.
Time Signatures is a new body of work which heralds a change of direction for the artist by
introducing wool and processes of felting and spinning, integrating them into Dalit’s primary
practice of painting. Leading up to and during the exhibition, there will be a series of accompanied
workshops exploring the interchangeability and overlapping of the sensory experience featured in
the condition of synaesthesia. The interactive workshops featuring artists and musicians will work
around the idea of a colour coding system for musical notes.
Elysium Gallery, College Street, Swansea SA1 5BH
The Welsh Group
Fri 13 May - Sat 18 June
New work from The Welsh Group, one of Wales’
most established and respected group of artists.
Initially founded in 1948 as the South Wales
Group, it later grew to include artists from
across Wales. The Welsh Group demonstrates a
wide cross section of conceptual approaches in
contemporary visual arts in a range of media.
With 42 current member painters and sculptors
based across the whole of Wales, the exhibition
will feature a variety of artworks from those
including Robert Macdonald, Sue Roberts, Alan
Salisbury, Thomasin Toohie and Jean Walcot.
Ceri Richards Gallery, Taliesin Arts Centre,
Swansea University SA2 8PZ
Raising the Bar
2015 - 2016
A/AS LEVEL ART & DESIGN STUDENTS
FROM SWANSEA, NEATH PORT TALBOT AND
CARMARTHENSHIRE
Sat 11 June - Sun 3 July
Mission Gallery is engaging in collaborative
and cross county partnerships with Swansea
County Council, Carmarthenshire County Council,
Neath Port Talbot Borough Council and UWTSD,
Swansea with the aim of delivering an exciting
new experience for pupils from schools and
colleges within those areas. The programme
offers masterclasses based on the exhibitions
programme at Mission Gallery and at UWTSD,
using their specialist equipment and facilities. This
year, Mission Gallery is excited to showcase the
results of these masterclasses which demonstrate
the students’ experimentation across these
different disciplines.
Exhibitions at Oriel
Bach Gallery
David Hughes-Jones, paintings, until 7 May; Mike
Doyle, Eiona Roberts, Philip Davies, photography/
paintings, 23 May - 4 June; Sue Mann, paintings,
13th - 18th June; Gay Mitchell; paintings, 20th
June - 2nd July.
4 Dunns Lane, Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4AA
Mission Gallery, Gloucester Place, Swansea
SA1 1TY
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LEISURE
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ADVERTORIAL
EXPERIENCING
GOWER REACHES
NEW HEIGHTS
Kay Smythe, a girl that is terrified of heights, cures her fear by soaring over the Gower
Peninsula with the wonderful Ashley Crocker of Gower Flight Centre.
W
hen one lives at such a close proximity
to the sprawling beauty of the Gower
Peninsula, with beaches loved the
world over at our fingertips, many of which are
rated as the best and most picturesque on the
planet, it is very easy to forget that not everyone
in the British Isles has it as good at us.
A great way to remind yourself about how lucky
you are to live in Gower, Swansea, or indeed
anywhere in south-west Wales, is to take to the
air and see all of it for yourself.
At the Gower Flight Centre on a gloriously sunny
afternoon, I am met by the well experienced
chief flight instructor with thousands of flying
hours, Ashley Crocker. Of course, like everyone
from Swansea, we immediately recount all of the
people we both know. This might not sound like
an important point, but as an individual with a
phobia of heights, knowing that my instructor
and I have common connections puts my mind at
ease to no end.
Unlike commercial flights over the Gower,
Crocker’s aim is to teach aspiring pilots. His
knowledge of flying and the aircraft itself is
extensive (you should quiz him).
The award-winning Ikarus C42’s doors are mostly
window, allowing for near-panoramic views
of Gower and Swansea. The modern aircraft is
virtually brand new and incredibly quiet and fuel
efficient.
We then head south over Rhossili and Worm’s
Head, which looks surprisingly small, almost like
a cardboard cutout, as we glide over the ocean.
So where is Crocker’s favourite place to fly?
“Around here it still has to be Three Cliffs and
Pwll Du. Saying that, I’ve seen all of the British
Isles from the sky and it’s still my favourite.”
From the beauty of Gower, we head over to
Mumbles. For those of you that have ever heard
the song Little Boxes, an almost nursery rhyme
tale of the modern world and how we all live
in little boxes on a hillside that all look just
the same, you would be forgiven for assuming
that Swansea is the same. Prior to boarding, I
admit that I did fear that I would soon discover
Swansea to fit the description, but even from the
sky, the city is a special sort of unique.
With the thundering towers of the steel works
in the background, Mumbles and Swansea are
hauntingly situated on the fringes of the Brecon
Beacons, which are always so much closer than
we realise.
Overall, not only are the team at Gower Flight
Centre the loveliest chaps you could hope to
have as pilots/instructors (one of them was even
in a rather well-known Welsh band!) but having
a trial flight costs you as little as £59 a pop. It
takes a minimum of 25 hours to become a fully
qualified instructor, with at least ten of those
being solo flights.
If this sounds like it is something you would be
interested in doing for yourself, a friend, or family
member, then contact the centre at:
Swansea Airport, Swansea SA2 7JU
0845 521 3129 / 07811 961 639
www.gowerflightcentre.co.uk
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LEISURE
GOWER
ATTRACTIONS
1
2
Carreg Adventure
Outdoor adventure activities for all the
family; pop-up restaurant, afternoon
tea and tours of the eighteenthcentury country mansion house.
4
5
7
8
Rhossili Gallery
Fine jewellers, art and gifts, bespoke
wedding rings, cards and sculpture,
located on the green at Rhossili.
9
Seren Retreat
A holistic retreat centre by the sea:
yoga classes, Ayurvedic Massage, B&B
and glamping accommodation, walks
and relaxation.
Arthur’s Stone,
Reynoldston
Often called ‘Arthur’s Stone’, Maen
Ceti is the remains of a ringcairn with
a burial chamber in the middle, sited at
the top of Cefn Bryn.
Gower Kite Shop
Shop the largest range of kites on
Gower, with a kite to suit everyone;
also, body boards, wetsuits, beach
goods, juggling, puzzles and more.
10
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Gower Flight
Centre
Experience a unique, bird’s
eye view of the Gower
Peninsula with a trip in
a plane or take lessons
and learn to pilot the plane
yourself.
National Trust,
Rhossili
Gift shop selling an extensive range of
seasonal local gifts for all budgets and
pocket-money mementos; first floor
visitor and information centre.
Cwm Ivy Lodge
Bunkhouse
Self-catering accommodation in
a truly unique woodland setting,
secluded among the trees and
dunes of Whiteford Burrows
National Nature Reserve.
Gower Heritage
Centre
History brought to life at a twelfthcentury water-powered corn mill with
events, crafts, workshops, play areas,
café and farm animals.
3
6
Paviland Cave
Also called Goat’s Hole cave, it is one
of the most famous caves in the world
due to its archaeological find during
the 1800s and its burial site of the
‘red lady’.
11
Oxwich
Castle
The magnificent Tudor mansion
created by Sir Rice Mansel and his son
Edward stands on a headland above
the wide sweep of Oxwich Bay.
12 Pennard Castle
A wonderfully situated Norman castle
overlooking Three Cliffs Bay and
Penmaen Burrows, probably built by
Henry de Beaumont.
LEISURE
3
must-visit
BEACHES
Caswell Bay
Three Cliffs Bay
Rhossili Bay
A sought-after spot with surfers
and families alike, the bay has
fantastic views and beachside
amenities. It holds both a Blue
Flag and Seaside award and is
accessible by wheelchair.
A spectacular shoreline of sand
dunes, salt marsh and of course,
the signature three limestone
cliffs, it offers a ‘wilder’ beach
experience.
The supermodel of Gower
beaches, voted Britain’s Best
Beach and ninth in the world by
TripAdvisor, it is three miles of
gorgeous sand and coastline.
Images © Crown copyright (2016) Visit Wales
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LEISURE
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ADVERTORIAL
B O U T I Q U E A C C O M M O D AT I O N
under the stars
The next time you’re in want
of an away-from-it-all break
but don’t want to spend
hours travelling, consider a
spot of glamping on Gower,
writes Jenny White.
S
camper Holidays is a revelation. Who would
have thought that tucked away on Gower
there was such an exceptional and original
boutique glamping experience, with the option to
stay in everything from tiki cabins to shepherd’s
huts, and from timber tents to static camper vans?
Scamper Holidays is popular not just with visitors
but also with locals seeking an easy break or
accommodation for visiting relatives. With the
capacity to accommodate up to 90 people, it’s also
a good option for wedding parties and other big
get-togethers - and there’s the option for people
to bring their own tents and campers to camp
beside the on-site accommodation.
“There’s a lot of goodwill and a real community
spirit here on Gower - Jamie at Three Cliffs
Coffee Shop has given us great support with the
hampers,” says Scamper Holidays co-owner Mark
Bulson, who runs the company with his wife
Kathryn. They originally founded it as a camper
van hire business before
realising that most customers
were more interested in
camping in the vans than
actually travelling around in
them.
They went on to set up several
vans as static campers, with
tents or camping huts next to
them, and also added other
accommodation ranging
from air tents to luxury
shepherd’s huts with their
own bathrooms.
“We wanted to do something that hadn’t been
done before that would add value to the area,”
says Mark.
Camping it may be, but Scamper Holidays provides
a truly luxurious experience: when you arrive at
your accommodation you’ll find freshly laundered
towels, beautiful bed linen and little luxuries
including a presentation box of Myddai toiletries.
You can even order a hamper to await you on
arrival; popular options include the cream tea
hamper and the Champagne hamper. They are
freshly made at Three Cliffs Coffee Shop - one of
many successful collaborations Scamper Holidays
has with local businesses.
Dogs are welcome - Mark and Kathryn’s own West
Highland terrier Woody is a poster boy for the
business.
It’s clear that they have gone above and beyond
what you’d normally expect from a camping
holiday, creating something
that’s reminiscent of a
boutique hotel, but with
fresh air, unspoilt views and
evenings under a sparkling,
starry sky.
“We are always looking to
give people that magic, which
starts from the moment you
contact us,” says Mark.
“Our aim was to create
a company that delivers
far beyond people’s expectations, so when you
come stay with us you really have had a unique
experience.”
Scamperholidays
01792 202325 • www.scamperholidays.co.uk
As soon as you approach the accommodation, it’s
clear how much love and attention to detail have
gone into every aspect of the experience: outside
the pretty pastel-coloured huts are barbeques
and pots of herbs for use in your cooking. Inside,
you’ll find comfy beds and well-equipped cooking
facilities, including a fridge stocked with Welsh
cakes. Other features include DAB radios and
electric, wood-burner style heaters in some
accommodation.
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Innovative
indoor golfing
The new state-of-the-art indoor golf studio at Pennard
Golf Club is open to members and non-members,
offering everything from tuition to party bookings.
Jenny White paid a visit.
Sean Pearson
A
s the head PGA
professional at
Pennard Golf Club,
Sean Pearson gives a lot
of golf lessons - but until
recently, there was always
the possibility he would have
to cancel a lesson due to bad
weather.
All that has changed with the addition of a new,
state-of-the-art indoor golf studio, which is open
to both members and non-members.
“Pennard Golf Studio was needed so that I could
keep teaching through the winter months,” says
Sean. “Everyone wants to keep their golf game
in good shape throughout the year, and this
studio makes that possible.”
Not only does it allow Sean to teach in any
weather, it’s also a great option for everything
from stag parties and team building activities to
individuals seeking to gain a detailed technical
analysis of their game.
The studio, one of very few of its kind in south
Wales, utilises thousands of pounds worth of
the latest technology, including a GC2 launch
monitor, which gives you data on every shot you
hit.
Golfers of any level can book
a series of lessons at Pennard
Golf Studio, and it’s also
available for group or team
coaching. Also highly popular
are the junior coaching sessions.
“The club has a
growing junior section
and the studio has been an
important addition in terms of
what we can offer,” says Sean.
As far as purely recreational
sessions go, it helps that the
studio is open until 9pm every
night, making it ideal for after
work gatherings.
“It’s great for parties and stag nights,
and we’ve had a lot of interest from big
companies looking to hold team-building events
here,” says Sean, who has made hot and cold
drinks available in the studio so that nobody has
to leave to find refreshments.
Another important aspect of what’s on offer in
the studio is custom fitting for golf clubs. Sean
can custom fit for TaylorMade and Titleist golf
clubs, fitting the shaft and club head design, lie
angle and length of the club to suit your golfing
game.
“Another very popular service is the yardage
assessment - it means you can find out how
far you hit all your clubs on average, and this
knowledge can give you more confidence out on
the course,” says Sean, who is also qualified in
disability sport and has made sure the studio is
wheelchair friendly, ensuring its
accessibility for a wide range of
players.
Since opening on 5 March, the
studio has proven very popular,
with lots of enthusiastic
feedback from visitors.
“People can’t believe how
sophisticated it is, and they
like that it’s open to everyone
- members and non-members,”
says Sean. “It’s great to be able to
help people improve their game whatever the
weather, and to be able to offer this on the
doorstep in Swansea so people don’t have to
travel far to use the facilities.”
01792 233131 / www.pennardgolfclub.com
Pennard Golf Club, 2 Southgate Road,
Southgate, Swansea SA3 2BT
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ADVERTORIAL
IT’S TIME TO
PITCH
YOUR TENT
Kay Smythe chats with the family taking charge of the summer.
Forget city breaks, this year is all about getting back in touch with
nature and the great outdoors. 2016 is the year of glamping.
O
f course, this might sound awful to those
of you with an affinity for the creature
comforts of hotels. Fear not, for Pitch
My Tent has the answer to all of your camping
qualms.
“By walking into a fully-equipped luxury tent, we
offer people the chance to experience camping
without any of the hassle. There has been an
increase in demand from people wanting a
change from traditional holidays to ones where
they can experience the great outdoors in
locations that other accommodation can’t beat,”
says owner Charlie Gordon.
The family-run company has strong roots in
camping, with their formation beginning on a
site in France.
“I never really camped as a child and only really
discovered it when I dropped out of university.
I suddenly found myself with time on my hands
and managed to get a job in France working on
a large campsite. I absolutely fell in love with the
freedom camping offered, so much so I spent the
next five summers in France working and living in
a tent. I actually met my wife whilst working on a
campsite and we now have two kids of our own
with camping being our main holiday!”
Unlike most city breaks, which revolve around
site-seeing and adventures that involve very
little communication, Pitch My Tent allows their
clientele to get to know each other again. They
have replaced silent art galleries with views of
the untouched landscape right from your bed.
No more jogging around museums after the little
ones; try building fires on the beach at sunset
after a long day of reading, surfing, hiking, or
relaxing.
“We mainly cater for families and
couples. We often have groups of
families that come away together
as the campsite setting is an ideal
place for their children to play
together and for everyone to
relax.”
However, it is not just a family experience they
offer. Sometimes us grown-ups need a break
from the technologically dominated real world,
and an escape to the countryside is just the
remedy.
For a week-long holiday at Oxwich
Camping Park during high season, it’s just
£440 to rent a luxury glamping tent for
four people. And, if you’re not interested
in cooking, then they also offer a fullystocked hamper (including a bottle of
wine) for £40.
Even if you’re not quite sure what it is you
would like to use the tent for, the Gordon
family always welcomes new ideas. Check
out their website for a full list of prices
and other fun things on offer.
“We also provide tents as wedding
accommodation and often have requests from
people who are having a party at home and need
some extra rooms so guests can stay.
“We have lots of ideas as to how we would like
to develop the business and are always looking
for new opportunities. Our main focus is on
leasing or buying a field so we can start our own
eco-glamping site.”
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Fun
Sunda
y
19 Jun
e
FATHER’S DAY
Activities
For every kind of
dad, there’s a perfect
Father’s Day activity to
enjoy and remember
for a long time
afterwards; we put a
few to the test.
BEER TASTING
The Gravity Station, 8 Strand,
Swansea SA1 2AE
07919 164467
thegravitystation.com
A craft ale bar cum bottle shop, The Gravity
Station is the brainchild of Waen Brewery owner
Sue Hayward. Customers can revel in the luxury of
eight to ten cask ales, 12-14 craft keg beers and a
choice of around 100 bottled beers. There’s also a
good range of draught and bottled cider.
GOLF
Gowerton Golf Club, Victoria
Road, Gowerton, Swansea
SA4 3AB
01792 875188
www.gowertongolfrange.co.uk
Gowerton Golf Range is extremely popular with
those who are new to the game as the 26-bay
driving range is perfectly complemented by a
neat little par three golf course. Open seven days
a week, just purchase a basket of balls and have
a go! Equipment hire and PGA lessons available.
There is also a coarse fishing lake, a diner café,
crazy putting, children’s play area, discount golf
shop and lots more!
SKIDZ
1 Queensway, Fforestfach, Swansea SA5 4DJ. 01792 580927 / www.skidzkarting.co.uk
Skidz Karting is Swansea’s only indoor karting track, with karts for all ages and abilities and
tracks to challenge all types of driver. Everyone is provided with a helmet, overalls, gloves and a
detailed safety briefing. Along with two great tracks, there is also a big games room with driving
simulators, a pool table, air hockey table and a cafe serving light refreshments.
WALES
COAST PATH
www.walescoastpath.gov.uk
The world’s first uninterrupted
route along a national coast
shows off Wales’ finest beaches, estuaries, cliffs,
woodlands and hills. There’s 870 miles of coast
path to explore but just a few hours on the
Wales Coast Path is also enough for a voyage of
discovery.
RIVER CRUISE
Swansea Community Boat
Trust. 07785 347549
scbt.org.uk
Enjoy a historical cruise along
the river Tawe with the Swansea Community
Boat Trust. This trip and accompanying talk
will allow passengers to follow the route many
thousands of seagoing ships would have taken in
bygone centuries to load coal and copper during
the industrial revolution. Meet at the National
Waterfront Museum.
QUAD BIKING
Dulais Valley Quads, Nanty-cafn Farm, Seven Sisters,
Neath SA10 9EU
www.dulaisvalley-quads.co.uk
Dulais Valley Quads provides you with the
adventure and thrill of navigating the latest
Honda 250cc quads through approximately 175
acres of rough terrain, hills, woodlands, streams
- and mud! Combined with beautiful scenery and
views, it really will be a breathtaking adventure.
5-A-SIDE
FOOTBALL
PlayFootball Swansea, rear
of Daniel James Community
School, 926 Llangyfelach Road,
Tirdeunaw, Swansea SA5 7HR
01792 487230 / www.playfootball.net
Join a league, hire a pitch for a kick around or
organise your own event day. The 3G pitches
are the best in play with rebound boards, roof
nets and extended side netting maximising your
game time by keeping the ball in play. Event day
packages include Adidas kiuts, pro-footballer
appearances and specialist catering.
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ADVERTORIAL
A SLICE OF HISTORY
Whether you’re a Clydach local or a visitor keen to learn more about the area, the Clydach Heritage Centre is a fascinating
attraction in a beautiful canal-side location - and it’s a great spot for a cuppa with a home-made Welsh cake, writes Jenny White.
A
common comment from visitors to Clydach
Heritage Centre is, “I didn’t know that.”
The stone-built building, which sits beside
the canal in Coed Gwilym in Clydach, is a mine
of information on (aptly enough) everything
from mining to some of the area’s most colourful
characters, including “death ray” inventor Harry
Grindell Matthews and famous rugby referee
Derek Bevan.
The centre, which has just
welcomed its 10,000th
visitor, opened in October
2011 as part of an initiative
to repurpose the abandoned
building which previously
housed the Swansea Canal
Museum. It’s run by a group
of volunteers, who keep
it open on Saturdays and
Sundays all year round.
it opened, the centre has carried out some
fascinating projects. They include the Memories
of Old Clydach education pack, which features
a DVD, CD and data CD and is used by local
schools. It gives a local angle on World War II,
and provides insights into what it was really like
working as a miner in the 1950s. Interviews with
locals really bring the history to life.
“It was a very interesting
project - we made some real
discoveries, including finding
footage of one of the local
collieries in the 1950s,” says
Gwyn. “We were put in touch
with a local man who had
worked in the colliery, and he
narrated that part of the film
for us.”
“Our volunteers are very loyal many of them have been with us from
the beginning, and it couldn’t exist without
them,” says Sue Evans, who is chairman of
the committee that runs the centre, while her
husband Gwyn is the secretary.
For another project - Clydach
Stories - the volunteers
interviewed former referee Derek
Bevan and local midwife Lilian Smith,
who delivered at least three generations of
babies in Clydach. She, Derek and Harry Grindell
Matthews are immortalised in a trio of statues
on the cycleway immediately outside the centre.
The centre includes colouring activities for
children, a fascinating illustrated timeline
documenting the history of Clydach, plus books
and audio-visual materials. In the years since
Now they can also see a genuine dram, which
was recently reconstructed and filled with
gleaming anthracite coal as a record of the
area’s mining history.
“Other visitors include locals, walkers and
relations of people in the village who live away,”
says Sue. “One lady was watching one of our
DVDs and burst into tears as she’d just see her
father in the film.”
Besides being packed with fascinating
information, the centre is in a beautiful location,
and the resident kingfisher on the canal is
another attraction. There are now plans to work
with the local canal society focused on the
science of the canal - all the more reason to pop
back for repeat visits to catch up on the latest
developments.
Clydach Heritage Centre, Coed Gwilym Park,
Clydach, Swansea SA6 5NS
0844 209 4551
www.clydachheritagecentre.com
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LEISURE
IT’S NOT TOO LATE
TO ENTER THE JCP
SWANSEA HALF
MARATHON 2016!
Have you signed up to #RunSwansea yet? The
JCP Swansea Half Marathon takes place on Sun
26 June and promises to be a day of sporting
greatness, inspirational achievements and lively
crowd support.
Entries will close on Sun 29 May! The
Swansea Half Marathon Corporate
Challenge is also back for 2016 and will see
companies of all sizes battle it out for the
Corporate Challenge Champions title whilst
raising money for charity.
A record field of 8,000 runners is expected
at the third JCP Swansea Half Marathon this
summer and is equally suitable for first-time half
marathon runners as it is for charity runners and
professional athletes.
The JCP Swansea Half Marathon is known for
being a flat and fast 13.1 mile course which
starts in the heart of the City Centre taking
runners on fully closed roads past Swansea
Castle and along the magnificent six-mile stretch
of Swansea Bay towards Mumbles and back.
Swansea-born Welsh singer Ros Evans will be
performing on stage at the start of the race,
while bands wishing to showcase their talent will
be performing at a number of locations along
the course as part of this year’s Bands Across
the Bay.
A brand new charity structure was introduced for
2016 with Cancer Research UK as the Headline
Charity Partner and Alzheimer’s Society, British
Heart Foundation, Help for Heroes and Save
the Children as Gold Charity Partners. Runners
can also raise money for The Swans Community
Trust, the Community Charity Partner of the JCP
Swansea Half Marathon 2016.
Entry to the race includes a fully marshalled
course on closed roads, medal, technical t-shirt,
on route entertainment, post-race massage and
goody bag for all finishers.
If you are not running but would like to be
actively involved, you can sign up to volunteer,
just go to the ‘Race Makers & Volunteers’ page
on the website for further details.
Registration and info:
www.swanseahalfmarathon.co.uk
SWANSEA
CITY CENTRE
TRIATHLON
Sun 5 June
Twelve months in the making and just over
a year build-up may seem a long time to put
together a triathlon. Activity Wales Events has
worked tirelessly with Swansea Council to bring
you Wales’ first City Centre Triathlon.
The course will take place in safe, enclosed open
water for the 750m swim and on fully closed
roads for the 20km bike and 5km run, right in
the heart of the city.
DRAGON RIDE L’ETAPE WALES BY LE
TOUR DE FRANCE
Sun 5 June
approximately 2,060m.
As one of the most iconic sportives in the UK
(returning for its 13th year in 2016), Dragon Ride
has been selected as the perfect representation
of the world’s most famous cycle event, and will
offer the same inspiring Le Tour de France riding
experience to UK cyclists.
The Dragon Devil category will certainly not be
for the faint-hearted. There will be very limited
number of places available for this option, so
those who are keen will need to get in quickly.
The event will once again start from the
picturesque Margam Park, Port Talbot. The
Gran Fondo route will take in approximately
2,905m of climbing, passing through the
beautiful Brecon Beacons and the Medio Fondo
Those lucky enough to get a place will be well
rewarded with an incredibly stunning cycling
route which will take in the Rhigos, Black
Mountain and the Devil’s Elbow. Also, brand new
for 2016 is the Macmillan 100 100km distance!
Registration and info: humanrace.co.uk
What’s more, the race will take place at 4pm to
maximise local involvement, bringing athletes
upfront to the passionate Welsh crowds also
seen at the Long Course Weekend.
The Swansea Triathlon will be a sprint distance
race, with elite, age groupers, first timers and
multiple waves.
Activity Wales Events, who brought Ironman to
Wales and are founders of the largest multi-sport
event in the country - Long Course Weekend
- are looking to deliver a race experience
unparalleled in UK racing.
Registration and info:
www.swanseatriathlon.com
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Llanelli Wetland Centre
Margam Abbey
Llwynhendy, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA14 9SH
& Country Park
Hand feed the rarest goose in the world, see the colourful pink flamingos,
go bug hunting or pond-dipping, enjoy bird watching from the hidden hides
and explore the reserve to see butterflies, dragonflies and more! The Wetland
Centre will give you an unforgettable experience of getting close to nature.
Margam, Port Talbot SA13 2TJ
Founded in 1147, the imposing ruins of Margam
Abbey and its neighbouring castle are an impressive
sight. Wander around Margam Park with its wild
deer and farm animals or take a train around the
grounds. The park boasts an Iron Age Hill Fort, the
twelfth-century Cistercian
Abbey remains, Margam
Abbey Church, a Celtic
Stones Museum and a
beautiful eighteenthcentury orangery.
LIFESTYLE
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
The SUP Hut, Francis Street, Brynmill, Swansea SA1 4NH
Stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP for short, involves standing on a large
board and propelling yourself along with a single bladed paddle. It’s easy
to pick up with instruction and nearly anyone can do it as long as you can
swim. Try it out with SUP Gower, all equipment is provided.
Aberdulais Tin Works
Half-term
Days Out!
Dynamic Rock
and Waterfall
Aberdulais, Neath, Port Talbot SA10 8EU
Set in a steep gorge, Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall
demonstrates the power of water and its impact on industry.
This fascinating industrial site also features a tin worker’s exhibition which
traces its 400-year history from 1584. Today, it has the largest electricitygenerating waterwheel in Europe and the torrent of a waterfall is a beautiful
sight; afterwards, relax in the café and browse the gift shop.
National Botanical Gardens
The Old Public Hall, Hebron
Road, Clydach, Swansea SA6
5EJ
This dedicated indoor climbing centre
caters for climbers and potential climbers from ages 8-80,
and for all abilities, with the range of climbing walls and
routes. The walls feature overhangs, slabs, arêtes and
arches. It’s a great social experience - start with a one and
a half hour taster session with a fully qualified instructor
and you’ll soon be at the top of Everest!
Playzone
Unit 14, Imperial Centre, Lion Way, Swansea SA7 9FY
A fantastic indoor play centre that’s suitable for all ages.
There are huge slides, rope walkways, fireman’s poles, a
web climber, tumble towers, up and over pads and bishbash bags… the list goes on! There’s a dedicated toddler area
which is a mini playzone for under fours with everyone five and older
encouraged to go in the main play area. There’s so much to go under, over, through,
drop down and go around!
of Wales
Middleton Hall, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire SA32 8HN
The first botanic garden in Britain to be crowned a Dark
Sky Discovery Site, it also has the world’s largest single
spanned glasshouse which displays Mediterranean
climate zone plants. Explore the grounds which boast an
amazing collection of over 8,000 different plant varieties
spread across 560 acres of beautiful countryside.
Tenpin Swansea
Parc Tawe, The Strand, Swansea
SA1 2AX
Tenpin offers a great location for some
bowling fun and is full of activities such
as cosmic bowling, arcades, table tennis
and American pool; refuel afterwards in the
Beach Road café. Look out for special offers and unlimited bowling
times. Centrally located in the heart of the city with parking close by.
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BOOK REVIEWS
Adventure into
WITH SARAH REES
nature
Nature writing has never been more popular, and it is evident in the shop that book
buyers love these books. For children too, some great writers and illustrators are turning
to the natural world for their inspiration.
N
o more so than the much
anticipated The Wolves of
Currumpaw. Set in the red
heat of the Mexican desert, it’s
the story of a wolf pack and the
man who is hired to trap their leader. This is the
second book from the creator of Kate Greenaway
medal winner’s Shackleton’s Journey. The Wolves
of Currumpaw by William
Grill will hope to follow in its
footsteps.
A stunning new gift edition
of the lyrical selkie classic
is due out this month - The
Seal Children by local author and friend
of the shop, Jackie Morris. As with all Jackie’s
books, her illustrations are simply
enchanting and not only for children!
We are delighted to be launching
the second book by local children’s
author Gavin Puckett. The new
book, Hendrix the Rocking Horse
is a fun read about a horse who
finds his musical talent playing guitar!
Gavin will be in the shop from 2.30pm on Sat
21st May. We are launching a competition that
day to tie in with the
book! Our website will
have all the details.
planet. Each adventure is full
of facts and activities to make
learning fun.
A new partnership
between Nosy Crow publishers
and the National Trust is producing some great
presents suited to all young nature lovers,
starting with the Complete Bird Spotters Kit.
This pack comes in an adventurer’s backpack
and holds all you need to go bird
spotting in the wild (or at least the
garden!) - binoculars, notebook,
pencil and bird identification book,
all for £12.99!
“With this book no trip outside
will ever be the same again.” The
Nature Explorer’s Scrapbook
aimed at eight years plus will help
them journey through the world
of nature searching for and finding out about
things as diverse as tracks, tadpoles, skulls and
shells. Part album, part manual and part
nature guide, this book will surprise and
delight.
Similarly, 50 Things to Do Before
You’re 11¾ will keep children active and
interested and off their iPads. This is the
perfect activity book to keep them amused
during half-terms and holidays.
And finally, Cover to Cover is delighted to
be the bookshop of choice to support and
supply books for the Dylan Thomas Prize
(run by Swansea University) on Sat 14th May
2016. We wish the shortlist authors the very best
of luck!
For younger siblings, a lovely new
collection of books aimed at little
explorers, the Minibeast Adventure
Series, written by Zoologist Jess
French on CBeebies, wants to inspire
all children to love and protect their
We will be celebrating
Independent Booksellers Week
with lots of events and activities
from Sat 18th - Sat 25th June.
Check our website and Facebook
page for details.
LIFE’S LITTLE PLEASURES UNDER ONE ROOF
Books | Gifts | Classical Music | Our world is an open book!
Monday-Saturday: 9am-5.30pm | 01792 366363
@Covertocoveruk
58 Newton Road, Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BQ
Cover to Cover
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The Naked Truth
Sat 7 May, 7.30pm
Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli is excited to welcome hit
comedy play The Naked Truth to the stage. Now
in its tenth year, the show has had audiences all
over the UK on their feet!
Directed by Lisa Riley and starring the lovely
Vicki Michelle (Allo Allo) and the fabulous Faye
Toze (Steps), this must-see show promises a
laughter-filled yet moving night out. The show,
from successful comedy writer Dave Simpson, is
poignant and uplifting and celebrates strength
through adversity.
The Naked Truth is hilarious, sad and ultimately
uplifting, set in a local village hall where five very
different women struggle hilariously and attempt
to conquer pole dancing in order to raise money
for a breast cancer charity. The show proudly
introduces Louise Michelle, Vicki Michelle’s
daughter in this funny play about sisterhood.
A show for women, about women, that men
absolutely must see!
Tickets: 0845 226 3510 or
theatrausirgar.co.uk
Carmarthen Bay
Film Festival
Mon 9 - Fri 13 May
Now in its fifth year, the festival will once again
be held at the four-star Stradey Park Hotel,
Llanelli and will be screening over 100 indie
films over five days from all over the world.
There will be something for everyone! Horror,
comedy, drama, animation, documentary, foreign
language and Welsh language films.
The festival organisers are very pleased to be
screening two locally made features, which are
Shadow of the Missing made by student filmmakers from the Llanelli area and produced by
Jamie Lee Smith, and By Any Name made by
Swansea-based Tanabi Films.
Also making a welcomed return will be Gary
Slaymaker who will be hosting Son of a Pitch as
seen on Made in Cardiff TV. All screenings and
festival events are free.
Find out more by following the festival:
@cbffwales and
www.carmarthenbayfilmfestival.co.uk
Open-air Garden Theatre Tour
SENSE AND
SENSIBILITY
Chapterhouse has been touring open-air theatre
for 16 years, bringing a range of classic stories
to life on stage, surrounded by some of the most
exquisite backdrops the UK and Ireland have to
offer.
Award-winning writer Laura Turner’s traditional
adaptations of the text go hand-in-hand with an
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Sat 18 June, 7pm
The Gwalia Singers are a Welsh Male Voice Choir
from Swansea. They have a large and varied
repertoire, singing in Welsh and a few other
languages, but mostly in English. Their simple
philosophy is ‘something for everyone’.
Having formed in 1966, 2016 marks their golden
anniversary, and to celebrate, they are holding a
celebration concert in the Brangwyn Hall.
Guest performers include Shân Cothi and Trystan
Llŷr Griffiths. Shân, a Welsh personality, is a
versatile performer in both classical and music
theatre and is an experienced actress, a television
personality and a regular on Radio Cymru.
Trystan Llŷr Griffiths is an up-and-coming Welsh
tenor. He was named the ‘Voice of Wales’ in 2012
by Decca Records and is also one of the first
recipients of a Study Award from the Bryn Terfel
Foundation.
Sun 12 June
This summer, Chapterhouse Theatre Company will
be appearing at Aberglasney Gardens promising
an enchanting and unmissable evening of theatre
under the stars.
Gwalia Singers
50th Anniversary
Concert
English summer evening, where theatregoers are
invited to bring their rugs and picnic baskets for
an unforgettable evening.
Sense and Sensibility is a lively tale following
the sisters as they fall in love, make mistakes
and experience heartbreak for the first time in
their quest to find a balance between sense and
sensibility.
Peter Pan will also be showing at
Aberglasney Gardens on Fri 22 July.
Info: www.chapterhouse.org
The concert will be compéred by Roy Noble
OBE. Roy has had a successful television career
as presenter of many popular series, gaining
him Regional Presenter of the Year in The Royal
Television Society Awards.
Tickets: £18 or £15 available from any choir
member or the choir ticket office 01792
402080; Ticketsource 01792 637300 or
www.ticketsource.co.uk/brangwynhall
Info: gwalia-swansea.co.uk
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Sat
14
May
International
Dylan Thomas Day
Following the success of the inaugural International Dylan Thomas Day in 2015,
Literature Wales and the Welsh Government are pleased to announce details of the
second annual celebration of Wales’ most famous literary son, with events as far
afield as Perth and Patagonia.
T
raise the profile of Thomas’ work in Wales and
abroad through a variety of activities, including
events, educational resources and social media
activity.
‘Dylan Day’ is held each year on 14 May, the date
Under Milk Wood was first read on stage at 92nd
Street Y, The Poetry Center in New York in 1953. It
is part of a three-year package of funding by the
Welsh Government, and aims to celebrate and
This year’s programme sees events taking place
across the world, including all of the key locations
associated with the poet: New Quay, Laugharne,
Swansea, London, New York, and, this year,
Cornwall, where a plaque will be unveiled for
‘Dylan’s Corner’ at the Ship Inn, Penzance.
he first International Dylan Thomas Day took
place in 2015 following requests to establish
a public day after the year-long Dylan
Thomas 100 Festival was met with great public
enthusiasm.
The 2016 award ceremony for the prestigious
International Dylan Thomas Prize, in
collaboration with Swansea University,
will also take place on 14 May. The event
opens at 1.30pm at the Great Hall on the
stunning new Swansea University Bay
Campus. The winner of the £30,000 prize
for the best published literary work in the
English language, written by an author
aged 39 or under, will be announced in the
afternoon. As the Prize celebrates its 10year anniversary, the general public will be
able to purchase tickets on this memorable
occasion. Info: www.swansea.ac.uk/
dylan-thomas-prize/abouttheprize
There will be several online
events. Thomas’ granddaughter
Hannah Ellis will be launching
DiscoverDylanThomas.com,
the official website about Dylan
Thomas on behalf of his family
and estate. Another launch will
take place in Swansea, of the
new Return Journey walking
app, developed by Adrian
Metcalfe, and performed
on the day by Lighthouse
Theatre.
In New York, as well as a
reading of the Michael
Sheen-led performance of Under Milk Wood
at 92nd Street Y, acclaimed rap artist Baba
Brinkman will be writing and releasing an
original rap inspired by the Welsh poet. This will be
available online.
On social media, the Under Milk Wood Twitter
Exchange will take place on Fri 13 May, 10am4pm via Dylan Thomas Centre @DTCSwansea
Literature Wales has also announced that Dylan’s
Great Poem will return in 2016. Dylan’s Great
Poem invites everyone aged between 7 and 25
years old, living anywhere in the world, to submit
up to four lines of poetry written in English or
Welsh. Poets Rufus Mufasa and clare e. potter
will create a 100-line bilingual poem from selected
entries. This year, the Great Poem has linked with
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, run by the
Poetry Society. Selected entrants living in Wales,
and within the 11-17 age range, will be invited to
a poetry writing masterclass.
Info: www.developingdylan100.co.uk
For a list of events happening locally,
visit the Literature Wales website
www.literaturewales.org and by following
the hashtags #DylanDay and #DyddDylan on
social media.
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What ’s in bloom
As we head into spring/summer, our gardens and parks burst into a hive of
floral activity. Here, RHS Gold Medal winning garden designer, Victoria Wade
from Swansea, shares some ideas of flowers to plant to inject your garden with
a splash of colour. Here’s to chilled weekends meandering around your local
garden centre.
M
ay and June are my favourite gardening
months of the year - everything is
lush, green and full of life. Plants are
sprouting, flowers are blooming, and the long
(occasionally warm!) evenings are perfect for
BBQs and pottering around in the garden.
It’s also time for the most prestigious date in the
gardening calendar - the RHS Chelsea Flower
Show, 24-28 May 2016 - showcasing the latest
trends in garden design.
In even the most overgrown or unloved gardens,
an injection of colour from some lovely flowers
can give the space a massive lift - and inspire you
to tackle the rest.
Why not start with a few cheerful pots by your
front door to make you smile when you come
home from work - if the flowers are scented, then
that’s even better!
One of the key themes for the 2016 show is the
role that gardens can play in improving health and
well-being. Gardening doesn’t just help to improve
physical health, but can also have a positive effect
on people’s mental health and happiness.
I love designing bold, colourful planting schemes
for my clients, and here are a few of my favourite
summer flowering perennials that work perfectly
together to create a bold and colourful display in
even the smallest of patches. They are all easy to
grow, will attract bees and butterflies and come
back every year.
Several of this year’s Chelsea show gardens
include bold drifts of colourful planting, designed
to lift the mood.
If you’ve got a large space to fill, you could try
sowing a colourful annual flower meadow.
Pictorial Meadows (pictorialmeadows.co.uk) have
lots of stunning mixes in all sorts of crazy colours
to suit every garden.
Echinacea purpurea - big, bold purple flowers
that will be covered in beautiful butterflies
Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ - vibrant violetblue flowering spikes that flower all summer long
Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ - stunning bright
yellow daisy-like flowers
Monarda ‘Squaw’ - bold red blooms, with
gorgeous scented foliage
Geum ‘Mrs Bradshaw’ - cheerful bright orange
flowers
www.victoriawade.co.uk
@WadeLandscapes
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Hidden
SOUTHGATE
Start/finish location: Pennard Cliffs
Distance: 4-5 miles (2-3 hours)
Level: Moderate
Parking: National Trust Car Park
TRANSPORT
Traveline: www.traveline-cymru.info
or 0871 200 22 33
BayTrans: www.baytrans.org.uk
W
alking with Swansea Ramblers enables
you to explore hidden and wonderful areas
of Gower and beyond. This edition’s walk
reveals an old cattle pound, countryside used by
smugglers, a hidden cove and clifftop views. This
summer, I’ll be leading some free evening walks
which will last about two hours. In May, we’ll have
two walks around Clyne, then in June, I’ll visit
Southgate twice and probably take a similar route to
the walk below.
Head east from the car park then go north on Hael
Lane. At a junction, go straight ahead and over a
stile, then turn left to the field corner. Go through
woodland to a stile and continue north through three
fields. A path in the field corner turns left. At the
junction, turn right to the main road.
Turn right on the road for a few minutes, watching
very carefully for traffic. Opposite the first house is
the old cattle pound. Watching for traffic, cross to
view it then carefully cross back again and continue
to Green Lane Farm where we leave the main road.
At the end of the lane, bear right to go around the
house then continue south through three fields. The
last of these, just before Hael Farm, can be muddy.
crossing it, turn right to the field corner and over a
makeshift stile into an overgrown woodland. Straight
ahead brings you to another stile. Bear left to the
field hedgerow and follow this to the far end. Go
through the gate and drop down the metalled lane
past houses.
As the lane begins to ascend, turn right and down
a broad path to emerge in Bishopston Valley by the
stream. Turn right and continue south, (ignoring the
bridge), to Pwlldu Bay. Having enjoyed the view,
double back, then ascend left on the coast path to
the top. Look back for the view then follow the level
track to emerge on the cliffs near Hunt’s Farm. Here,
either follow the road back or take a more scenic
route on the cliff path.
SWANSEA RAMBLERS
WALKS
Saturday short walks are a great way to begin
walking and socialising. It’s FREE to come
along to discover the outdoors and if you’d like
to walk regularly, become a member and enjoy
the countryside all year around!
WITH ANDREW M
ORGAN
UPCOMING
WALKS
MAY
Mon 2
Wed 4 Thur 5 Sat 7
Sun 8
Mon 9
Mon 16
Thu 19
Sat 21
Mon 23
Tue 24
Wed 25
Sat 28
Tue 31
Swansea Parks (5 miles)
Llanmadoc Hill (8 miles)
Clyne Evening Walk (1-3 miles)
Briton Ferry (6 miles)
Dinefwr Bluebells (4 miles)
Gorseinon (4 miles)
Swiss Valley (4 miles)
Clyne Evening Walk (1-4 miles)
Penclawdd (6 miles)
Llanelli Seafront (2.5 miles)
Oxwich (6 miles)
Caswell Evening Walk (3.5 miles)
Caerphilly (6 miles)
Kilvey Hill (8 miles)
JUNE
Thur 9
Sat 11
Tue 14
Wed 15
Sat 18
Mon 20
Wed 22
Sat 25
Tue 28
Southgate Evening Walk (4 miles)
Gnoll Estate (6 miles)
Promenade (6.5 miles)
Pwlldu Evening Walk (4 miles)
Clyne (5 miles)
Llanrhidian (3 miles)
Southgate Evening Walk (4 miles)
Landimore (3 miles)
Cowbridge (8.5 miles)
Easy
Moderate
Strenuous
Turn left at Hael Farm to follow the sometimes muddy
Hael lane. A little way along, turn left over a stile
and straight across to a second bridged stile. A third
bridge/stile can be seen to the north, but just before
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6 FUN THINGS TO DO THIS
Spring Bank Holiday Weekend
MINING JOSEF HERMAN
UPLANDS MARKET
Sat 21 May - Sun 10 July
Swansea Museum
Sat 28 May, 9am-1pm
Gwydr Square, Uplands
This free exhibition displays some of the work
which has resulted from the collaboration
between
the Tate’s
Transforming
Tate Britain:
Archives
and Access project and The Josef Herman Art
Foundation. The Mining Josef Herman project
enabled new audiences to engage with digitised
local and national archives, and created
opportunities for members of the public to
work with artists in making their own creative
responses for publication online.
The Uplands Market is a
monthly street market selling
a huge range of Welsh produce from
beautiful handmade items to delicious fresh food.
01792 653763 / www.swanseamuseum.co.uk
SOLID GOLD 70S SHOW
Fri 27 May, 7.30pm
Swansea Grand Theatre
Glamrock greats, disco hits,
power ballads and party
anthems from Sweet, T Rex,
Queen, Elton John, 10CC,
David Essex, Suzi Quatro,
David Cassidy, ELO, The
Carpenters, Osmonds, Bay City Rollers and more
- its super-cool band has performed with Mike
Oldfield, Asia and Ultravox.
Have fond memories of Pans People and
Eurovision, Luke Skywalker and Saturday Night
Fever, Danny and Sandy… Dastardly and Muttley?
This is the show for you! Come and have the top
of the pops time of your life. Platforms, flares,
catsuits, tank tops, boob tubes and air guitars
welcome. Expect classics including We Are the
Champions, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Mr Blue
Sky, Grease, Gonna Make You a Star, Waterloo,
Daddy Cool, Things We Do For Love, If I Can’t
Have You, Xanadu, Goodbye to Love, Daydreamer,
Puppy Love, Silver Lady and more.
Tickets: £22.50 (selected concessions
available) available from the Box Office:
01792 475715 and online
www.swanseagrand.co.uk
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For a list of stallholders and info on how to
book a stall, visit www.uplandsmarket.com
GOWER GOOD FOOD FESTIVAL
Sun 29 & Mon 30 May, 10am-5.30pm
Gower Heritage Centre
Back by popular
demand, the festival
returns for its fifth
year. The event will
play host to some
of the area’s very
best local producers, giving them the chance to
showcase their delicious home-made produce.
It’s not all just about sampling tasty food, as there
will also be activities to take part in, including
guided tours of the mill and animal feeding
sessions - the latter of which is sure to appeal
to the youngest of visitors. There’s something
for everyone at this family-friendly event, even
blacksmith and glass-blowing demonstrations and
the chance to get crafty in workshops for pottery
and making hand puppets (extra charges apply).
For some retro fun, keep an eye out for Punch and
Judy shows.
Standard entry fee applies. If you are
interested in a stall, please contact Sarah on
01792 371206. For a list of stallholders, visit
www.gowerheritagecentre.co.uk
DOWNY DUCKLING WEEK
Sat 28 May - Sun 5 June, 12noon,
2pm & 3pm
WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre
For one week only, go behind-the-scenes of the
duckling nursery! Visit the tiny baby ducklings
up close in the indoor duckery, see their older
brothers and sisters in the outdoor duckery, and in
the candling session you can even witness baby
ducklings at different
stages of development
still inside their eggs!
As well as the famous
duckery tours, visitors
will also be able to
participate in selfguided den building - head down
to wiggly wood at any point throughout the day
to build a natural den from willow and wood.
There will also be craft workshops, minibeast
hunting and mini pond dipping - a drop-in session
for all those who love catching creepy crawlies.
Normal admission charges apply. Please
book at the information desk on arrival at
the centre. No advance bookings taken.
01554 741087 / wwt.org.uk/llanelli
GUIDED TOUR: DYLAN’S SWANSEA
Sun 29 May, 10.30am-12.30pm
Dylan Thomas Centre
Fluellen Theatre Company’s lively and entertaining
performance-based guided tour of Dylan’s central
Swansea starts from the Dylan Thomas Centre and
includes Dylan Thomas Square, The Three Lamps,
Castle Square, and the site of the Kardomah. The
tour ends at the No Sign Wine Bar.
Full price £10, concessions £7, Swansea PTL
£4. Info and ticket details: 01792 463980
www.dylanthomas.com
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COMPETITION
& DRINK
Win
DINNER FOR TWO AT
CAFÉ TWOCANN
with Swansea Bay Good Food Circle
Could you give Shaun Hill or Stephen Terry a run for their money? Amateur chefs are in with a
chance of winning dinner for two at one of Swansea’s leading restaurants thanks to a competition
just launched by the new Swansea Bay Good Food Circle.
T
he circle, which has been set up by
trade organisation Tourism Swansea
Bay to promote businesses in the
Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot areas which
are championing local produce, is inviting
keen cooks to create a recipe for a new
dessert using produce grown or made
in the region or elsewhere in Wales.
Catherine Lewis, Business Development
Manager for Tourism Swansea Bay, said:
“Setting up Swansea Bay Good Food Circle
wasn’t just about getting people to eat in
the local restaurants which are using local
produce. We are also keen to encourage
people to buy what is grown or produced
locally, or in Wales generally, to use at
home.
“We thought that asking people to create
a new recipe would inspire them to see
what’s on offer in the local produce markets
and stockists. And the opportunity to
have dinner at one of Swansea’s
leading restaurants should be a
big incentive!”
So maybe you’ll be
inspired by Gower-grown
strawberries or raspberries
from Swansea Indoor Market
or some locally made jam from
the Mumbles, Marina or Uplands
monthly markets. Adding some Welsh
beer or a liqueur could tickle your - and
the judges’ - tastebuds. You might want
to give a new take on an existing wellknown dessert or maybe you want to create
something completely new. Hot or cold, the
choice is yours.
Owned and run by Catherine and Dennis
Cann, the award-winning eatery is
a café by day and a restaurant
by night (Wed-Sat) and prides
itself on using local, seasonal
produce.
Dennis Cann said: “We
are very careful to use local
produce where possible; I
think it’s important to celebrate
what we have here and support local
businesses. We are excited to see what
kinds of recipes people come up with and
we might even put the winning entry on the
menu.”
How to enter
Entries should be emailed to [email protected] with FOOD COMPETITION ENTRY in the subject header. Please
include your contact details. The entrant must be aged 18 or over. The closing date is 5pm on Friday 27 May 2016. The
winner will be chosen by Catherine Lewis and Dennis Cann and notified by telephone and email by Friday 3 June. The recipe and
a photo of the winner will feature in a future issue of What’s On.
For further information about Swansea Bay Good Food Circle, take a look at www.swanseabayfoodcircle.co.uk
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a toast
TO DAD
From fine wines to craft gins and real ales: seven of
the best boozy treats for Father’s Day.
Beer garden with
a view
The Britannia Inn
Llanmadoc,
Gower
SA3 1DB
Fun cocktails
The Perch
66 Wind Street, Swansea SA1 1EQ
It’s all about innovation here with original
tapas, infused cocktails and a varied selection of
craft beers to match any occasion. Soak up the
friendly and relaxed atmosphere while creating
exceptional cocktails from a well-stocked bar;
great food with original cocktails to match your
meal.
Pull your own pint
Traditional pub
The Westbourne
1 Bryn-y-mor Road, Swansea SA1 4JQ
Try the new self-serve beer wall and table top
taps with seven different lagers and ciders to
choose from or lounge in style and set up a
tab to order drinks and snacks from your table
using the pub’s table top iPads. The Westbourne
is a comfortable pub with plenty of modern
conveniences.
Real ale
The Greyhound Inn
Oldwalls, Gower, Swansea SA3 1HA
The home of the famous Gower Brewery,
established in 2011, this award-winning brewery
packs its ales full of flavour and natural goodness
brewing beers you will certainly enjoy drinking.
Enjoy a spectacular Sunday lunch with a pint of
Gower Gold or take home your own mini keg.
For gin fans
Step inside a Victorian gin palace with rich
decorative timber, cut-glass mirrors and
traditional stained-glass windows. This large,
modern bar has a selection of snugs for quieter
conversations. With over 100 different gins, gin
cocktails, wines, spirits and cask ales, you will
never be short of choice; look out for seasonal
gin masterclasses.
No Sign Wine Bar
56 Wind Street, Swansea SA1 1EG
With origins in the seventeenth-century and a
museum feel inside, the No Sign is four different
bars in one, each with its own distinct character.
This famous literary watering hole is a Wind
Street favourite and CAMRA pub of the year
2015; good ales, cocktails, live music and great
food!
Live music
Hogarths
2-3 St Mary Street, Swansea SA1 3LH
Boasting awe-inspiring views over the Loughor
Estuary, The Britannia Inn is an eighteenthcentury pub with its original fireplaces, bread
oven and roof beams. The bar menu is excellent
and it’s family friendly. There’s front and rear
beer gardens plus an assortment of rabbits and
a well-stocked aviary with a variety of budgies,
cockatiels, quails and a parrot to keep the
children entertained.
Enjoy a glass of wine
La Prensa
31 Wind Street, Swansea SA1 1DZ
La Prensa offers a wonderful selection of wines
all available for you to enjoy in a rustic bodega
environment. A simple formula of quality and
value made famous by La Braseria next door.
Come here for a special glass of Champagne or a
beautifully aged Cognac.
Americanos Bar
Prince of Wales Dock, Kings Road, Swansea
SA1 8PP
Bar Americanos has a warm, friendly ‘speak
easy’ atmosphere with soft lighting, a jazz
piano, wooden floors and contemporary wall art
creating a sophisticated mood.
It is a hub of feel-good activity, a real must for
music lovers - with live entertainment five nights
a week including jazz, soul or blues.
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AsianFlavours
There is a wide, wide variety of flavours and ingredients in Asian cuisine. We sizzled our
tastebuds across the continent to bring you this local, aromatic selection.
THE FAVOURITE
AUTHENTIC CHINESE
87 Bryn-y-Mor Road, Swansea SA1 4JE
NISHIMURA SUSHI
& NOODLE BAR
83 Bryn-y-Mor Road, Swansea SA1 4JE
The huge country of China has many regional
tastes and delicacies and The Favourite brings
the best in authentic cooking to the table. Their
MSG-free menu features classic Beijing and hot
and spicy Sichuan dishes. The rustic and homely
interior has simple furnishings and soft lighting
with a smattering of Chinese artwork creating a
relaxed atmosphere. Kung Pao chicken, stir-fried
and mixed with vegetables and peanuts comes
served with traditional Beijing noodles, or stop for
a mid-morning tea break with jasmine tea served
from traditional porcelain blue and white Gaiwans
and a light snack.
Nishimura offers mouth-watering sushi and noodle
cuisine. It’s real Japanese food accompanied
by a good selection of Japanese alcohol. Enjoy
vegetable tempura, the intriguingly named ‘spicy
dragon’ and the chef’s special rainbow roll. The
simple decorative style is very suggestive of typical
restaurants in Japan, clean and fresh looking with
long bench seats. The menu is huge and the sushi
as good as you’ll find anywhere, if not better.
STAR BAR &
RESTAURANT
GARUDA INDONESIAN
RESTAURANT
Green Dragon Lane, Swansea SA1 1DG
18 St Helen’s Road, Swansea SA1 4AP
The Star Bar is a fresh take on Chinese cuisine,
hidden away on the aptly named Green Dragon
Lane on a side road off Wind Street. With friendly,
helpful staff it may be worth asking for their
recommendations if you’re dazzled by the breadth
of the menu - baked pork ribs with gingko and
Chinese dates, pan-fried king prawns with three
cups sauce and sautéed-tea-marinated pork ribs
are sure to hit the spot. An undiscovered hidden
gem.
Garuda is a small and unassuming place only
open three evenings per week and is always very
popular, so you need to book ahead. The menu
features a diverse range of meat and fish dishes
as well as a good vegetarian selection. Hot and
sweet chicken sate is followed by Tauco Ayam, a
spicy chicken dish cooked in yellow bean sauce
or Gado Gado, a vegetarian dish with mixed
vegetables including beansprouts, green beans
and spinach, as well as egg and tofu topped off
with spicy peanut sauce. Bring your own booze.
VIETNAM RESTAURANT
36 Uplands Crescent, Swansea SA2 0PG
Explore the authentic flavours of Vietnamese
cuisine served in a buzzing, no-frills diner. The
food here is reasonably priced and served in
large portions by friendly, accommodating staff.
Try the Pho with rare beef and vermicelli with
hot and crisp spring rolls and fish sauce. If you’re
vegetarian then ‘everything is possible’ with lots of
options on the menu and ‘vege’ versions of almost
every dish available.
THE BAY VIEW
400 Oystermouth Road, Swansea SA1 3UL
At The Bay View you can enjoy a beer in the bar
before tucking into a delicious Thai meal in the
restaurant. The 50-dish menu covers all the Thai
bases, from satays and fish cakes to noodles and
rice with stir-fries, curries and some chef’s specials
including ‘weeping tiger’ (grilled sirloin steak
marinated in red wine, chilli and soy). Experiment
at the ‘all you can eat’ Sunday buffet for only
£9.95. There’s generally live music gigs on Fridays
and Sundays too.
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The Purple Badger
Café, Bar and Restaurant
The go-to family-friendly restaurant in Gower
Traditional Sunday Lunch served
from midday until 4pm
EVENTS
Saturday 30 April
Live Music from THE
GENTS
Swansea’s finest jazz band - The
Gents - are bringing their unique
sounds back to The Purple
Badger for the first time in 2016.
If you haven’t already seen these
guys, we’d strongly recommend
it; they’ve blown us away every
time we’ve seen them! Starts
approx 8.30pm. Free entry all
welcome!
Perfect
for
private
parties
MONDAY TO THURSDAY, EVERY WEEK OF APRIL!
BIRTHDAY BONANZA
If it’s your birthday in April, you’re in luck! We’re in the giving
mood, and we want to help you to celebrate your birthday in
style. Come and have your birthday meal at The Purple Badger
and for every six people that order an adult main course, we’ll
throw in a free bottle of Prosecco! Just think of all those bubbles
if you bring all of your friends and family! Call 01792 391083 for Ts
& Cs and to book your table now.
Open from 10.30am, seven days a week
01792 391083
www.purplebadgerrestaurant.co.uk
Llanrhidian Holiday Park, Llanrhidian, Gower SA3 1EU
@BadgerGower
Sunday 1 May
Bank Holiday
Comedy Night
Four comedians, one MC and
a barrel of laughs. Tickets: £10
(entry only) or £15 (includes
curry). Starts 8pm.
Monday 2 May
Bank Holiday
Pop Up Shop
For all things summer fashion
under £30, visit The Dressing
Room’s Pop Up Shop. Starts
11am.
Sunday 29 May
Bank Holiday
Michelle Morgan:
Spiritualist Medium
It’s not often a spiritual medium
is available on your doorstep!
Prepare to be blown away by
Michelle Morgan’s gift. Tickets:
£10. Starts 7.30pm.
The Purple Badger
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A true taste of India
Ever wondered what traditional Indian cuisine tastes like? Vicki Thomson of
Malabar Aaanaa is an independent caterer and retailer specialising in Indian
food and spice blends mainly from the Malabar Coast.
WITH VICKI THOM
SON
Through a variety of products and services including pop-up events, corporate and private catering, Afternoon Chai, a monthly Tiffin Club and home tuition,
Vicki aims to bring the real India to you. Try out her delicious recipe for a taste of Indian street food. But, if you’d rather sample the finished product, check
out the weekly pop-up kitchen at Noah’s Yard.
Kerala Prawns
Serves: 2 • Prep: 10 mins • Cooking: 20 mins
Ingredients
Rice:
1 cup basmati rice
1 inch cinnamon
stick
1 star anise
2 green
cardamom
Salt
1tsp oil
2 cups water
Marinade:
1 inch ginger, finely
grated
1 garlic clove, finely grated
Salt
1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
Upcoming Events
Wed 4 May, 6.45pm-9.45pm
The Pomegranate Kitchen, Noah’s Yard, Uplands
Crescent, Swansea SA2 0PG
Sun 8 May, 10am-3pm
Marina Market, Dylan Thomas Square, Swansea
SA1 1TT
Wed 11 May, 6.45pm-9.45pm
Keralan Kitchen, Noah’s Yard
Sat 14 May, 9am-1pm
Mumbles Local Produce Market, Dairy Car Park,
Oystermouth Square, Mumbles
1 tsp Malabar Aaanaa Kerala garam masala
•
Masala:
1 large red onion, diced
1 inch ginger, finely grated
2 garlic cloves, finely grated
1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 sprig fresh curry leaves
1/4 tsp turmeric
2 fresh tomatoes chopped
100ml coconut milk
200gm shell on prawns,
deveined
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp fresh coriander leaf, finely
chopped
Method
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Mix all the marinade ingredients and prawns
in a bowl, marinade for 10 minutes.
Wash the rice.
Heat the oil for the rice and add the whole
Wed 25 May, 6.45pm-9.45pm
Keralan Kitchen, Noah’s Yard
Sat 28 May, 9am-1pm
Uplands Market, Gwydr Square, Uplands,
Swansea SA2 0HD
Sun 29 & Mon 30 May
Gower Good Food Festival, Gower Heritage
Centre, Parkmill, Gower
Wed 1 June, 6.45pm-9.45pm
The Pomegranate Kitchen, Noah’s Yard
Wed 8 June, 6.45pm-9.45pm
Keralan Kitchen, Noah’s Yard
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spices, fry for 1 minute.
Add the rice to the spices, 2 cups of water
and salt and cook over a medium heat until
the water has disappeared.
While the rice is cooking, start the masala;
heat the coconut oil in a wide pan and
add the mustard seeds; wait for these to
start crackling, then add the curry leaves
and onion, cook over a medium heat until
translucent.
Add the ginger and garlic, cook until the raw
smell has gone, then add the chilli powder,
coriander powder and turmeric, fry for 1
minute.
Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until
the oil separates from the mixture. Once this
happens, place the masala in a bowl.
In the same pan, heat the coconut oil and
add the marinated prawns. Fry the prawns
until nearly pink, then add the masala and
cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
Add the coconut milk and reduce to the
desired consistency and finish with some
chopped coriander leaf.
Serve with the rice.
Sun 12 June, 10am-3pm
Marina Market, Dylan Thomas Square, Swansea
SA1 1TT
Wed 22 June, 6.45pm-9.45pm
Keralan Kitchen, Noah’s Yard
Sat 25 June, 9am-1pm
Uplands Market
Wed 29 June, 6.45pm-9.45pm
Keralan Kitchen, Noah’s Yard
Products are also available to purchase
online www.malabaraaanaa.com
Sat 11 June, 9am-1pm
Mumbles Local Produce Market
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A LUXURY
EXPERIENCE
Hidden away in the beautiful leafy Bishopston Valley, The Gower Hotel has become increasingly popular with
diners looking for excellent food in unique and luxurious surroundings.
W
hether you are after a romantic
meal for two, a family occasion such
as a wedding or
christening, a corporate event or
a business lunch, the boutique
hotel, owned and run by David
and Lyn Waddington and their
daughter Robyn is a must-visit.
is passionate about his dishes and sources
all ingredients locally ensuring only the best
seasonal produce is used.
In addition to the very special offering
at Dylan’s, The Gower Hotel provides
for everyone. If it’s a drop in breakfast,
morning coffee, high tea or a light bar
meal, you have found the right place.
Dylan’s restaurant and bar
boasts an extraordinary
interior that is quirky and
individual with true design flair and serves
delicious, contemporary dishes. The Head Chef
There is sumptuous comfort and
space to relax in the conservatory and
throughout the spring and summer you
can enjoy the sunlit tranquility of the garden and
terraces; there is even a wooden tree house for
little ones to play whilst you’re enjoying a drink
in the quiet wooded valley of Bishopston.
Additionally, the hotel has 12 individually
designed double rooms complemented with large
en suite bathrooms and some of the rooms enjoy
their own large private terraces, some are family
lodges and some are dog friendly.
The Gower Hotel, 11 Church Lane,
Bishopston, Swansea SA3 3JT
01792 234111
www.thegowerhotel.co.uk
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A PASSION
N E W S
FOR PIZZA
Popular Garbo’s expands
to Uplands
56 Walter Road, Swansea SA1 5PZ
The very popular Garbo’s has expanded and
is now open in the Uplands. Garbo’s SA1 will
continue to host Swansea’s fabulous musicians and Garbo’s Uplands will
focus on superb food served in the weekdays and evenings.
Swansea Street Feasts are
the new food residents at
No. 6 Bar
6 Princess Way, Swansea SA1 3LW
Swansea Street Feasts has taken up residency at No.
6 Bar bringing together the best in street food with a selection of Philly
cheese steaks, burritos, hot dogs and more, to takeaway or eat in.
Launch of new bar Li’l
London proves a hit
13 Strand, Swansea SA1 2AE
Li’l London brings a touch of the east London
vibe to Swansea with its Shoreditch-themed bar including drinks served
from a London double-decker bus. It offers the most extensive cocktail
menu in Swansea with 100 handcrafted cocktails.
The SWIGG opens at prime
Marina location
1b National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road,
Swansea SA1 3RD
The Swigg is a cosy café by day and a sophisticated
wine bar by night, serving top quality delicatessen, elegant wines,
refreshing cocktails, smooth coffee and more. It’s open for breakfast and
throughout the day and into the evening, 7am-11pm.
COMING SOON
Who knew a wood-fired oven on wheels could produce
such mouthwatering goodies. Deborah Noyes of the
Dusty Knuckle Pizza Co. shares her story of how she
turned a hobby in to a successful business.
W
e started a couple of years back with a wood-fired oven in our
back garden. We both wanted a change of pace (Deb runs the
business with partner Phill), a change of lifestyle now that we
had a toddler to take care of, and with a love of food, a passion for pizza
and a desire to change our world completely, the Dusty Knuckle Pizza Co.
was born.
Great pizza is simple. Locally produced
ingredients on home-made bread. It’s
affordable and accessible to the masses!
Our principle is to showcase local Welsh produce that is seasonal, and we
like to get a bit more creative than producing the typical pizza. We use
traditional methods whereby all our dough is kneaded by hand and our
pizzas are cooked in our home-made clay ovens. We are the only Welsh
pizzeria who can literally take our oven anywhere… it is wheeled out of our
van and can fit into the smallest of spaces!
We were recently listed in Daniel Young’s Where to Eat Pizza as one of the
world’s best pizzerias and also named by the Sunday Times Magazine as one
of the top 25 pizzerias in the UK.
We can be found more commonly in Swansea at the monthly Uplands and
Marina Markets, but keep checking our social media pages for other pop-up
stuff. We are also able to cater for a wide range of events; nothing is too big
or too small.
Please contact Phill or Deb on 07807 038690 / 07554 011233
@dusty_knuckle
Dusty Knuckle Pizza Company
The Chocolate Kebab House
5 Woodfield Street, Morriston, Swansea SA6 8AQ
Enjoy chocolate slices carved from a giant chunk
on a revolving spit in a pitta, waffle or a crêpe,
topped with cream or marshmallows. Choose
your favourite chocolate bar from the 150 on
offer and have it blended into a milkshake to wash it down!
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MORE THAN BEANS,
PEAS AND PULSES
With the great variety of fabulous food now available, you don’t need to be
vegetarian or vegan to enjoy this nutritious and tasty way of eating.
Mosaic
Mosaic
Govinda’s
8 Cradock Street, Swansea SA1 3EN
Govinda’s vegetarian and vegan café serves a
selection of hearty, tasty meals, snacks, sides and
desserts, to eat in or take away. It is a real oasis
of calm and a retreat from the hectic pace of life;
portions are generous and it is easy on your wallet
too. Govinda’s is a not-for-profit organisation and
also provides outside catering for parties and
events. They aim to provide customers with the
tools for a healthy body, spirit and mind which
include nutritional meals, meditation nights and a
well-stocked shop. Good food and good karma!
Urban Zen Yoga Studio and
Café
2 Little Gam Street, Swansea SA1 3HY
Urban Zen was created to provide a place of
health and positivity in the heart of Swansea. By
combining yoga, wholefoods and holistic therapies
under one roof, it is a one-stop shop for all things
healthy and whole. The café at Urban Zen has a
mission to support health and sustainability for
the community and the planet. The plant-based
menu changes regularly to reflect the seasons,
with locally sourced and organic ingredients
where possible. 11 St Helen’s Road, Swansea SA1 4AB
A hidden little gem in an ally off St Helen’s
Road, at Mosaic, the food is fresh, inventive and
affordable, using local and exotic ingredients
together to construct a truly new tapas menu with
lots of choice for vegetarians. Enjoy a drink in the
bar prior to being seated and unwind after dinner
in the live music venue upstairs. The atmosphere
is fun, informal and focused on food. While it’s not
solely a vegetarian or vegan restaurant, the tapas
menu has plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.
Hanson at the Chelsea
17 St Mary Street, Swansea SA1 3LH
The Kitchen Table
626 Mumbles Road, Mumbles, Swansea
SA3 4EA
The Kitchen Table is a charming, café-style
restaurant which prides itself on offering
wholesome, home-cooked and locally sourced
food. They cater for a wide variety of tastes and
dietary requirements and offer vegan, vegetarian
and gluten-free options where possible. It is fully
licensed serving a handpicked selection of wines
and locally brewed beer, lager and ciders and also
has a BYO policy with no corkage charge. Between
March and October, on the last Sunday of every
month, there is a Tapas Night featuring a mouthwatering range of home-made dishes for sharing.
Crumbs Kitchen
2 Gwydr Square, Uplands, Swansea
SA2 0HD
This café in the popular Uplands area of the city
is well-known for its tasty vegetarian breakfasts
and hearty lunches. Crumbs Kitchen offers famous
healthy salads, jacket potatoes, soups, curries,
quiches and more. Pop in for lunch or a coffee
and a slice of scrumptious vegan/vegetarian
cake. You’ll find something delicious and new
on this menu with a great range of home-made
pies and quiches and the famous ‘mix and make’
vegetarian salad bowls where you design your
lunch from a huge choice of ingredients.
Hanson at the Chelsea Restaurant is conveniently
located near the heart of Swansea City Centre. It is
an award-winning restaurant that uses the finest
local ingredients and produce, serving clean and
natural flavours that reflect the seasons. It caters
for vegetarians and vegans, offering a beautiful
menu using locally sourced fresh vegetables.
The menu is full of big flavours and classic
combinations with a goal to offer overall value in
a fine dining experience. The vegan menu includes
a delicious roast Mediterranean vegetable tart on
tomato and basil sauce.
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10 SUPERB
SUMMER WINES
Welcome to ten super, exciting summer wines that shine brightly!
Antoinette Milne brings you a selection which is bang on trend, available
locally and gives incredible value at each of their price points. Just add sun
and enjoy!
Sparkling
White
GRAHAM BECK CHARDONNAY PINOT NOIR
BRUT SPARKLING
(Robertson/Stellenbosch, South Africa)
N.D. John Wines £10.95
THE STUMP JUMP RIESLING SAUVIGNON
BLANC MARSANNE ROUSSANNE 2013
D’ARENBERG (McLaren Vale, Australia)
N.D. John Wine Merchants £8.95
One of Graham Beck’s bestsellers.
This beautiful sparkling wine has a
rich and creamy texture in the mouth
along with fresh lime fruit and an
exceptionally fine mousse. Made by the
Traditional Method (or the Champagne
Method), known as the Methode Cap
Classique in South Africa.
An exotic mix of fresh citrus, stone
fruits, passion fruit, guava and crushed
pineapple which develops in to a long,
savoury finish. In the mouth, it is rich
and luscious, kept in check by a bracing
streak of bold acidity. An unusual blend
and seriously interesting!
Rosé Sparkling
BELLANTE SPARKLING ROSE (Bronze International Wine Challenge 2015)
(Veneto, Italy)
Marks and Spencer £9
An exciting pink sparkling where the
Prosecco (also known as Glera) grape
variety has been blended with a little
Raboso (a red grape variety). It used
to be called Prosecco Raboso but
has been renamed due to changes
in Italian wine laws. Fruity pear and
raspberry flavours give way to a
mouth-watering dry, crisp finish.
Champagne
CATTIER BRUT CHAMPAGNE
ICONE
(Champagne, France)
Dylans Wine Merchants £21.95
From the producer of the famous
Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades
Champagne comes the Cattier Brut
Champagne Icone. Lively and exotic
with a fullness and richness.
ALLAN SCOTT SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014
(Marlborough, New Zealand)
Dylans Wine Merchants £9.95
Quite intense with ripe passion fruit
along with capsicum and dried herb
flavours. Soft, yet with noticeable
mouth-watering acidity which gives a
refreshing zesty zing to the finish. One
of the best examples of Marlborough
Sauvignon Blanc around.
Rosé
CENTELLEO TEMPRANILLO ROSADO
2014
(La Mancha, Spain)
Cheers Wine Merchants £6.40
This dry rosé is crammed full of juicy,
wild strawberry, raspberry and cranberry
fruit. The name Centelleo is derived from
the word to sparkle, and sparkle it does.
Great value and a real crowd pleaser.
Red
MALBEC NOSTROS RESERVA 2014
(Bio Bio, Chile) Cheers Wine
Merchants £7.96
The grape variety, Malbec, usually
associated with the south of France
or Argentina, has a lovely Chilean
translation in Nostros Malbec. With
a deep and intense ruby colour,
flavours of ripe black cherries, strawberries and
raspberries with hints of oak, it is powerful with
a lingering finish.
BONTERRA ZINFANDEL 2012
(Mendocino County/California, USA)
Mumbles Fine Wines £11.49
The red grape variety, Zinfandel, is
capable of producing quite intense,
concentrated and flavourful wines
and this certainly lives up to that
reputation. Pronounced blueberry,
black stone fruit and black pepper
with toasty oak lead to a long, rich
finish. Described as a tribute to the Italians
who settled Mendocino County. Perfect with
barbecued steak!
ALLAN SCOTT PINOT NOIR 2013
(Marlborough, New Zealand)
Dylans Wine Merchants £15.99
A silky textured Pinot Noir with
delicious strawberry, cassis, hints of
cherry and dried herbs supported by
warming oak flavours.
Sweet Rosé
10.375ML STELLA BELLA PINK
MUSCAT 2014
(Margaret River, Australia)
Cheers Wine Merchants £12.70
Blushing pink with exotic
fragrances of rose petals, sweet
musk and spicy Turkish delight.
Lightly sweet and delicately fizzy.
Bright and full of the fresh fruit
flavours of lychees and summer
berries. One to try if you like
sweet wines.
Wines, prices and vintages accurate at time of print.
Please check out the TLC (Training and Learning Company)
www.tlc-uk.org for Hospitality, Business, Management and Health & Safety
training.
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DAILY EVENTS
THROUGHOUT MAY
Clyne in Bloom Until 31 May.
Clyne Gardens, Blackpill.
Exhibition: Curry, Cappuccino
and Chips
Until 30 May. National Waterfront
Museum. A young people’s project
from the Ethnic Youth Support
Team that looks at the diverse food
culture in Swansea and how it has
been influenced by people from
different ethnic backgrounds that
have settled here. (029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Exhibition: Forget me not:
Postcards from the First World
War
Until 19 June. National Waterfront
Museum. This exhibition shows
a variety of postcards from the
Amgueddfa Cymru collections
that were made, written and sent
throughout that time of unrest.
(029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Exhibition: Relics - A
photospherical reflection on
Wales
19 June. National Waterfront
Museum. Using the latest
technology artist Matt Wright
captures various historical sites
from around Wales. He presents
them in a series of amazing
3D photospheres. Funded by
Amgueddfa Cymru, Cadw and the
Arts Council of Wales.
(029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Exhibition: Swansea and the
Great War
Ongoing. Main Gallery, Swansea
Museum. Free. 10am - 5pm. Closed
Mondays except Bank Holidays.
01792 653763.
swanseamuseum.co.uk
Exhibitions: Swansea Studios @
Swansea Museum
Until 1 May. Swansea Museum
(Gallery One). 10am-5pm. Closed
Mondays except Bank Holidays.
Free. 01792 653763.
www.swanseamuseum.co.uk
Exhibition: Swansea
International Festival Residency
Until 8 May. National Waterfront
Museum. Residency outcomes
by Jonathan Arndell, a Swanseabased architect. A Mission Gallery
exhibition. (029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Exhibition: The Blue Orchard
Group
Until 19 June. The Long Gallery,
Swansea Museum. Free. 10am-5pm.
Closed Mondays except Bank
Holidays. The essence of The Blue
Orchard Group is drawn from
south-west Wales, the seed sown in
Pontardawe. The exhibiting artists
are Hilary Bryanston, Sue Mann,
Phillip Jacobs, Andy Wardrop,
Rhiannon Jones and Tim Grant.
01792 653763.
www.swanseamuseum.co.uk
May Weekends (and early May
bank holiday, 2 May)
WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre,
Penclacwydd, Llanelli, SA14 9SH.
Activities all day with something for
everyone. All day: self-guided den
building; 11am-12noon: minibeast
hunt and mini pond dipping; 1pm:
flamingo talk; 1pm-2pm: flamingo
watch with telescope; 2.30pm:
pond dipping; craft workshops:
times vary (small charge applies to
cover cost of materials). Included
with normal admission.
01554 741087.
www.wwt.org.uk/visit/llanelli
Monday Munchkins (every
Monday during Term Time)
WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre,
Penclacwydd, Llanelli, SA14 9SH.
11am-12 noon. Come along
with your toddlers to take part
in activities especially for them
with a different theme every
week. Activities include pond
dipping, minibeast hunt, arts and
crafts, stories, games and feeding
the birds. Included with normal
admission. 01554 741087.
www.wwt.org.uk/visit/llanelli
Oystermouth Country Market
(ex W.I. Market)
Meets every Thur at 9.45am11.45am in Victoria Hall, Dunns
Lane (opp Mumbles Library).
Refreshments available. For
further details, contact the Market
Chairman on 01792 367646.
SUNDAY 1
Calan Mai
National Waterfront Museum.
1pm-4pm. Enjoy live music with
bands and performers from across
Wales - and have a go at some clog
dancing! Free. (029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Clyne in Bloom
Until 31 May. Clyne Gardens,
Blackpill.
Forget me not Postcards
Also 2 & 8 May. National
Waterfront Museum. 12noon3.30pm. Taking inspiration from the
heartfelt postcards sent to and from
the trenches during the First World
War. Make your own card using
embroidery or colouring techniques.
Free. Hands-on. (029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Make a ‘Star Wars’ Art Sculpture
(ages 9+)
Swansea Museum. 10am-1pm &
2pm-4pm. Free. 01792 653763.
www.swanseamuseum.co.uk
Swansea Ramblers: Five Gower
Churches (Big Welsh Walk
Festival)
Meet @ Penmaen (National Trust
Car Park above Penmaen Church).
11.5-mile moderate walk. GR: SS
531 887. 9.30am. Free. Registered
Assistance Dogs only.
07748 349264.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
MONDAY 2
Book Fair
Brunswick Methodist Church,
St Helen’s Rd. 10am-6pm.
Refreshments available. For
further details, contact [email protected]
btopenworld.com
Flea, Produce and Book Market
Port Eynon Village Hall. 10.30am12.30pm. Admission 30p; children
free. To request a stall, please
contact 01792 391657.
Swansea Ramblers: In Praise of
Parks (Big Welsh Walk Festival)
Meet @ Swansea: Civic Centre
(outside Library). GR: SS 653 923.
5-mile easy walk. 11am. Free. Dogs
on short leads. 01792 843590.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
TUESDAY 3
Explore Books
Also 10, 17 & 24 May. National
Waterfront Museum. 10.30am.
Discuss authors and books old and
new. Theme is historical novels suitable for adults. Free. Booking
required. (029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Swansea Organ Association:
M.R.C. Awards
Bethlehem Chapel, Cadle, Swansea.
7.30pm. For organ students of all
ages. Arranged by Peter Carder.
Further details from Assistant
Secretary, Gareth Williams on
01792 468068.
www.swanseaorgan.org.uk
WEDNESDAY 4
Gower Crafts and Artisans
Event
Oxwich Bay Hotel. 11am-4pm. For
further details, e-mail Paula van
Haarlem: [email protected]
Swansea Ramblers: Llanmadoc
Hill
Meet @ Llanmadoc: Cwm Ivy car
park (honesty box). GR: SS 440 935.
10am. 8-mile moderate walk. Free.
Registered Assistance Dogs only.
01792 894289.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
Toddler Time Monthly Movies
National Waterfront Museum.
10.30am. Enjoy a free movie
screening exclusively for preschool
children and their parents or carers
- plus a half price hot drink from
the cafe. Free. Families.
(029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
THURSDAY 5
Swansea Ramblers: A Summer
Evening Walk - Clyne in Bloom
1/2
Meet @ Blackpill: Woodman
Inn. GR: SS 618 905. 1- or 3-mile
moderate walk. 7pm. Free.
Registered Assistance Dogs only.
07719 409504.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
FRIDAY 6
Bristol Channel Pilot Cutters
Regatta
Until 8 May. View the Olga and
sister ships at Swansea Museum
pontoon in the marina on Friday.
Then watch them race in the bay
on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Free.
Exhibition: Dalit Leon – Time
Signatures
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LISTINGS
Until 4 June. Elysium Gallery,
College St., Swansea. Open WedSat, 12noon-5pm. Preview on 6
May at 7pm; artist talk TBC. Free
admission. Born and raised in Haifa,
Isreal and based in south-west
Wales since 2001, Dalit Leon is a
painter, drawer and printmaker
presenting a new body of work
through the subject of landscape
and space. For further details,
contact Susie Wild on 07774
318428 or www.elysiumgallery.com
Little Mice Club: Plants &
Flowers
National Waterfront Museum.
10.30am-12noon. Drop in with your
little ones to enjoy bilingual play,
song and crafts and meet Morys
the Museum Mouse. Free. Families.
(029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Welsh Dharma Celebration of
Buddha’s Teachings
Until 8 May. Dharmavajra Centre,
Springfield House, Ffynone Rd.,
Uplands, SA1 6DE. This annual
celebration is a special opportunity
to gather together with spiritual
practitioners and friends from
across Wales and beyond to enjoy
teachings and meditations. For full
details and timetable, contact the
centre on 01792 458245 or visit
www.meditationinwales.org
SATURDAY 7
Adult Craft Workshop
Dylan Thomas Centre. 10.30am1pm. Free. Booking essential.
01792 463980.
www.dylanthomas.com
BBC National Orchestra of
Wales: Symphonic Stories
Brangwyn Hall. 7.30pm. £12.50£18. Available from the Grand
Theatre Box Office: 01792 475715
or www.swanseagrand.co.uk /
01792 635432.
www.brangwyn.co.uk
Cheese and Cider Festival
Also 8 May. Gower Heritage Centre,
Parkmill, Gower. Sat:10am till late;
Sun: 10am-6pm. Wide selection of
locally produced, award-winning
cheeses including Snowdonia
Cheese and Carmarthenshire
Cheese plus cider and perry from
Wales. 01792 371206.
www.gowerheritagecentre.co.uk
Christadelphians Bible
Presentation: Understanding
The Holy Spirit
Mount Zion Hall, Oystermouth
Square, Mumbles. 11am. Free
admission. Join us from 10.30am
for a cup of coffee and Welsh cakes.
For a short, recorded message ring
the Bible Line on 01792 280319.
www.christadelphians.wales
Dewch i Ganu: Come to Sing!
National Waterfront Museum.
11am. Join musician Delyth Jenkins
and learn Welsh through song in a
fun and informal way - includes a
free cup of tea. Free.
(029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
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Mumbles Rangers: Alan Martin
Football Tournament
Also 8 May. Underhill Park,
Mumbles. U/10s and 11s teams on
Sat; u/8s and 9s teams on Sun. An
annual and invitation only event
organised by Mumbles Rangers
and Mumbles Community Council
in memory of an ex-player who
devoted so much of his time to
children. For further details, visit
www.mumblesrangers.co.uk
Sketty Local Produce and Craft
Market
Bishop Gore School Canteen,
De-La-Beche Rd, Sketty. 9.30am12.30pm. 01792 850162.
Swansea Ramblers: Wales Coast
Path (Linear Walk)
Meet @ Swansea: Quadrant Bus
Station. GR: SS 653 928. 6-mile
moderate walk. 10.15am. Free.
Registered Assistance Dogs only.
01792 845845.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
Pontarddulais. 9.30am-12.30pm.
01792 885890.
SBOC Orienteering Event:
Singleton, Swansea
Meet @ 6.00pm. Newcomers
welcome. For more details, visit
www.SBOC.org.uk
Swansea Floral Arrangement
Society Demonstration: ‘Ready,
Steady, Arrange!’
St David’s Priory Church Hall,
City Centre. 2.30pm.Visitors £5.
Competition between members
of the society. For further details,
contact 01792 464337 or
[email protected]
Swansea Ramblers: Wentwood
Reservoir and Gray Hill
Meet @ Llansamlet: Go Outdoors
car park. GR: SS 682 974. 9am.
9-mile moderate walk. Free.
Registered Assistance Dogs only.
07710 231630.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
SUNDAY 8
Swansea Astronomical Society
Lecture: Gerry Lacey Memorial
Lecture –‘A Jupiter Odyssey’
Fulton House, Singleton Campus,
Swansea University. 7pm. With
Andrew Lound. Membership
secretary: 01792 208384.
www.swanastro.org.uk
Marina Market
National Waterfront Museum.
Located in Dylan Thomas Square,
just outside the National Waterfront
Museum. 10am-3pm.
(029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Merry May’s Vintage &
Handmade Fair
National Waterfront Museum.
10am-4pm. Browse nostalgic
loveliness and on-trend items from
the 1930s to 80s. Plus handmade
gems from local talented folk. Free
entry. (029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Pennard Local Produce and
Craft Market
Pennard Community Hall, Pennard.
9.30am-12.30pm. 01792 232093.
Swansea Ramblers: Bluebell
Walk in Dinefwr Castle
Meet @ Swansea: between
Guildhall & Victoria Park. GR: SS
643 923. 9.30am. 4-mile easy/
moderate walk. Free. Dogs on short
leads. 01792 429804.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
MONDAY 9
Swansea Ramblers: Gorseinon
Circular
Meet @ Gowerton: public car
park on B4295. GR: SS 591 964.
10.30am. 4-mile easy walk. Easier
walk with friends. Free. Registered
Assistance Dogs only.
07840 542048.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
TUESDAY 10
Swansea Organ Association:
AGM
Bethlehem Chapel, Cadle, SA5
4AN. Further details from Assistant
Secretary, Gareth Williams on
01792 468068.
www.swanseaorgan.org.uk
WEDNESDAY 11
Pontarddulais Local Produce
Market
Institute, 45 St Teilo St.,
THURSDAY 12
FRIDAY 13
Murder at the Museum!
National Waterfront Museum.
6.30pm-10pm. Join Amgueddfa
Cymru’s Department of Natural
Sciences as they present a ‘Murder
Mystery’ event on Friday 13. A rare
chance to work with scientists in
our atmospheric galleries to find
the clues, test the evidence and
interrogate the suspects. Suitable
for adults. Tickets £25pp includes
a welcome drink and finger food.
Contact (029) 2057 3600 to book.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Under Milk Wood Twitter
Exchange #5
Dylan Thomas Centre. 1pm-4pm.
Free. 01792 463980.
www.dylanthomas.com
SATURDAY 14
Bespoke Furniture Sale and
Handmade Children’s Clothes
Ostreme Centre, Newton Rd.,
Mumbles. 10am-3.30pm. Free
admission. For further details
contact 07821 118914 or www.
christarlasattic.moonfruit.com
BiFest Wales
YMCA, Swansea. 12noon-11.45pm.
Bi-themed workshops, social
sessions, crafts, and refreshments.
Evening live alternative music gig &
DJs. Admission £2 day; £4 evening;
£5 both. www.bicymru.org.uk
[email protected]
Dylan Day
Dylan Thomas Centre. 10am12.30pm. Free. 01792 463980.
www.dylanthomas.com
Family drop-in session
Dylan Thomas Centre. 1pm-4pm.
Free. 01792 463980.
www.dylanthomas.com
Funky Craft Fair
Ostreme Hall, Newton Rd.,
Mumbles. 10am-4pm. Free
admission. Quality hand made
crafts including jewellery, textiles,
cards, glass and fairy stall.
Refreshments available.
01792 536912.
Mumbles Local Produce Market
The Dairy Car Park, Oystermouth,
Mumbles. 9am-1pm. Thirty plus
stalls selling award-winning local
produce including meats, cheeses,
vegetables, cakes, bread, vegetarian
food, beer, pâté, sushi, fish, lobsters
and much more. For further details,
contact Robin Bonham on 01792
405169 of Mumbles Development
Trust.
Nimble Fingers Craft Fayre
Victoria Hall, Dunns Lane, Mumbles.
10am-4pm. Free entry. Come
and meet the talented crafters
who produce beautiful goods.
Further details from [email protected]
btinternet.com or 07790 298913.
Penydarren Steam Loco
National Waterfront Museum.
12noon-3.30pm. See our working
replica of the world’s first steam
locomotive as we fire her up and
drive her down the track. Weather
dependent. Free. Families.
(029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Swansea Organ Association:
Annual Outing to Shrewsbury
Further details from Assistant
Secretary, Gareth Williams on
01792 468068.
www.swanseaorgan.org.uk
Wales on Wheels
National Waterfront Museum.
11am-4pm. Vehicles of all kinds
gather together from
motorcycles, buses and trucks,
to the Museum’s replica steam
locomotive. (029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
SUNDAY 15
RSPB West Glamorgan Local
Group Walk: Craig-y-Nos
Meet 9.30am at Country Park car
park. 07977 258158.
Swansea Ramblers: Fan
Gyhirych
Meet @ Swansea: between
Guildhall & Victoria Park. GR: SS
653 923. 9am. 10-mile strenuous
walk. Free. Dogs on short leads.
07557 478789.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
MONDAY 16
Swansea Ramblers: Swiss Valley
Reservoirs
Meet @ Llanelli: Felinfoel Church
on A476. GR: SN 519 022. 10.30am.
4-mile easy walk. Easier walk with
friends. Free. Dogs on short leads.
07582 196472.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
WEDNESDAY 18
SBOC Orienteering Event: Clyne
Valley
Meet @ 6.00pm. Newcomers
welcome. For more details, visit
www.SBOC.org.uk
Swansea Ramblers: DryslwynLlangathen-Gelli Aur
Meet @ Cross Hands: Co-op car
park. GR: SN 565 130. 9.30am.
9-mile moderate walk. Free.
Registered Assistance Dogs only.
01792 411952.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
THURSDAY 19
Oystermouth Historical
Association Illustrated Talk:
‘Schooldays in Old Newton’ by
John Powell
Ostreme Hall, Newton Rd.,
Mumbles. 7.45pm. For further
details, contact the Secretary, Kate
Jones on 01792 361466.
Swansea Ramblers: A Summer
Evening Walk - Clyne in Bloom
2/2
Meet @ Blackpill: Woodman Inn.
GR: SS 618 905. 7pm. 1- or 3
to 4-mile moderate walk. Free.
Registered Assistance Dogs only.
07719 409504.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
FRIDAY 20
Exhibition: Swansea College of
Art UWTSD Student Summer
Show
Until 3 June. At Dynevor Campus,
Alex Road Campus, Grand Theatre
and Volcano Theatre. For further
details phone 01792 481285 or
visit www.uwtsd.ac.uk/art-design/
summershows
SATURDAY 21
Exhibition: Mining Josef Herman
Until 10 July. Gallery One, Swansea
Museum. Free. 10am-5pm. Closed
Mondays except Bank Holidays. This
exhibition displays the outcomes
of Mining Joseph Herman, a twoyear partnership project between
Tate and the Josef Herman Art
Foundation, based in Ystradgynlais
and supported by the Heritage
Lottery Fund. 01792 653763.
www.swanseamuseum.co.uk
Gower Crafts and Artisans
Event
Penclawdd Farmers’ Market.
9.30am-12.30pm. For further
details, e-mail Paula van Haarlem:
[email protected]
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
National Waterfront Museum.
11am. A talk by Stephen Jones
about one of the nineteenthcentury’s giants of the Industrial
Revolution. Suitable for adults.
Free. (029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Skate, Street and Sports
Festival
Castle Square. 10.30am-4.30pm.
www.enjoyswanseabay.com
Swansea Ramblers: Penclawdd
and the Morlais Valley
Meet @ Penclawdd: Public car park
on seafront. GR: SS 545 959. 11am.
6-mile moderate walk. Free. Dogs
on short leads. 07855 257109.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
LISTINGS
SUNDAY 22
Sue Mann: Make art from
history!
Swansea Museum. 10am-1pm &
2pm-4pm. Free. 01792 653763.
www.swanseamuseum.co.uk
Swansea Ramblers: Ridges
above Llanthony
Meet @ Swansea: between
Guildhall and Victoria Park. GR:
SS 643 923. 8.30am. 13-mile
strenuous walk. Free. Registered
Assistance Dogs only.
01685 878476.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
MONDAY 23
Swansea Ramblers: North Dock
Llanelli to Sandy Water Park
Meet @Llanelli: North Dock
car park (charge). GR: SS 497
994.10.30am. 2.5-mile easy walk.
Easier walk with friends. Free. Dogs
on short leads. 01792 879524.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
TUESDAY 24
Swansea Ramblers: Oxwich
Circular
Meet @ Oxwich: car park (charge).
GR: SS 502 865. 10.30am. 6-mile
moderate walk. Free. Registered
Assistance Dogs only.
01685 878476.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
WEDNESDAY 25
Clyne Valley Community Project
Wildlife Activity: Kick Sampling
in the River Clyne.
Meet at Ynys Newydd car park,
Derwyn Fawr, Sketty. 10am.
Come and join members of Clyne
Valley Community Project looking
for watery wildlife in the Clyne
River. Children and parents/carers
particularly welcome on this
half-term activity that will last for
approximately 2 hours. Please wear
suitable clothing and wellingtons!
For further details, contact Enid
Owen on 07968 269114.
SBOC Orienteering Event: Kilvey
Hill (North), Swansea
Meet @ 6.00pm. Newcomers
welcome. For more details, visit
www.SBOC.org.uk
Swansea Ramblers: A Summer
Evening Walk - Around Caswell
Meet @ Newton: Highpool Lane.
GR: SS 601 884. 7pm. 3.5 mile
easy walk. Free. Dogs on short
leads. 07977 144074.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
THURSDAY 26
Swansea Astronomical Society
Lecture: AGM
Fulton House, Singleton Campus,
Swansea University. 7pm.
Membership Secretary: 01792
208384. www.swanastro.org.uk
SATURDAY 28
Duckery Tours
Until 5 June. WWT Llanelli Wetland
Centre, Penclacwydd, Llanelli, SA14
9SH. Exclusive behind-the-scenes
tours of the duckling nursery! Visit
our tiny baby ducklings up close in
the indoor duckery, see their older
brothers and sisters in the outdoor
duckery, and in our candling
session you can even witness baby
ducklings at different stages of
development still inside their eggs!
Please book at the information
desk on arrival at the centre. Sorry,
no advance bookings taken. Tours
leave at 12noon, 2pm and 3pm.
Included with normal admission.
01554 741087. www.wwt.org.uk/
visit/llanelli
Exhibition: Student Exhibitions
Until 19 June. National Waterfront
Museum. The annual exhibition of
the best work from students on
University of Wales Trinity Saint
David’s Product Design, Automotive
Design and School of Glass degree
courses. (029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Llanelli Ramblers Festival of
Walks
Also 29 & 30 May. Varied
programme of 5 walks a day
suitable for all the family. £6
per walk; £15 for 3 walks. Price
includes transport. Meet at Llanelli
Leisure Centre. Times vary.
01554 741306.
www.llanelliramblers.org.uk
Morse Code Beady Bracelets
Until 31 May. National Waterfront
Museum. 12.30pm-3.30pm. Create
a secret code message hidden in a
cool bead bracelet. Free. Families.
(029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Record and CD Fair
Victoria Hall, Dunns Lane, Mumbles.
10am-4pm. Free admission. For
further details, contact
01792 360551.
Swansea Ramblers: Aber Valley
Heritage Trail
Meet @ Swansea: between
Guildhall and Victoria Park. GR: SS
643 923. 8.30am. 6-mile moderate
walk. Free. Registered Assistance
Dogs only. 07977 144074.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
The Collection Painting: with
artist Hilary Bryanston
Swansea Museum. 10am-1pm &
2pm-4pm. Free. Suitable for all
ages. 01792 653763.
www.swanseamuseum.co.uk
Uplands Market
Gwydr Square, Uplands, SA2 0HD.
9am-1pm. www.uplandsmarket.
com
SUNDAY 29
Fluellen Theatre Company’s
Guided Tour: Dylan’s Swansea
Dylan Thomas Centre. 10.30am12.30pm. £10; £7 concs; £4
Swansea PTL. Fluellen Theatre
Company’s lively and entertaining
performance-based guided tour of
Dylan’s central Swansea. Tickets:
www.ticketsource.co.uk. 01792
463980. www.dylanthomas.com
Free Learning Space Drop-in
Dylan Thomas Centre. 10am-4pm.
Free. 01792 463980.
www.dylanthomas.com Free
Gower Good Food Festival
Also 30 May. Gower Heritage
Centre, Parkmill, Gower. 10am-5pm.
This popular event will be host to
some of the best local producers in
the area who will be showcasing
their delicious home-made produce.
01792 371206.
www.gowerheritagecentre.co.uk
Swansea Ramblers:
Pontrhydyfen
Meet @ Swansea: between
Guildhall and Victoria Park. GR: SS
643 923. 9am. 10-mile moderate
walk. Free. Registered Assistance
Dogs only. 01792 371248.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
MONDAY 30
Drop-in Family Workshop
Dylan Thomas Centre. 1pm-4pm.
Free. 01792 463980. www.
dylanthomas.com
Vintage Tea Rooms, Flea and
Produce Market and Book Stall
Port Eynon Village Hall. 10am-5pm.
Free admission.
TUESDAY 31
Animal Antics: Africa
Until 2 June. Plantasia. 10.30am,
12noon, 2pm & 3.15pm. £5.50
adults;; £4.50 children. Pre-booking
essential. Tickets are nonrefundable. 01792 474555.
www.plantasia.org /
www.ticketsource.co.uk/plantasia
Creative Writing Workshop for
Young People (ages 10-16)
Dylan Thomas Centre. 10am12noon. Free. 01792 463980.
www.dylanthomas.com
Swansea Ramblers: Kilvey Hill
(yet another way)
Meet @ Enterprise Park: Fendrod
Lake car park. GR: SS 677 970.
10am. 8-mile moderate walk. Free.
Registered Assistance Dogs only.
01792 701984.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
XLWales Holiday Club
Until 3 June. Oystermouth Primary
School, Mumbles. 8.30am-5.30pm.
£22 per day; £95 for the week.
Booking essential. For further
details, phone 01792 324060 or
e-mail [email protected]
THROUGHOUT JUNE
Exhibition: Forget me not:
Postcards from the First World
War
Until 19 June. National Waterfront
Museum. This exhibition shows
a variety of postcards from the
Amgueddfa Cymru collections,
that were made, written and sent
throughout that time of unrest.
(029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Exhibition: Mining Josef Herman
Until 10 July. See details at 21 May.
Exhibition: Relics - A
photospherical reflection on
Wales
See details in ‘Throughout May’.
Exhibition: Student Exhibitions
See details in ‘Throughout May’.
Exhibition: Swansea and the
Great War
See details in ‘Throughout May’.
Exhibition: The Blue Orchard
Group
Until 19 June. See details in
‘Throughout May’.
June Weekends: Fun for All
11-26 June (Sat & Sun only).
WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre,
Penclacwydd, Llanelli, SA14 9SH.
11am-12noon: minibeast hunt and
mini pond dipping; 1pm: flamingo
talk; 1pm-2pm: flamingo watch
with telescope; 2.30pm: pond
dipping; craft workshops - times
vary, please check. (Small charge
applies to cover cost of materials).
Included with normal admission.
01554 741087. www.wwt.org.uk/
visit/llanelli
Oystermouth Country Market
(ex W.I. Market)
See details in ‘Throughout May’.
WEDNESDAY 1
Children’s Pottery Sessions
Also 2 June. Dragon Arts &
Learning, The Factory, Church St.,
Pontardawe. 12.30pm-2.30pm
& 3pm-5pm. £5 per session.
Booking advisable. 01792 863641
or Facebook: Dragon Arts and
Learning.
Crafty Fun for Children
Workshop (ages 3-11yrs)
Oystermouth Castle. 11.30am3.30pm. Drop in anytime. 50p child
plus normal admission charges
apply. www.swansea.gov.uk/
oystermouthcastle
Free Learning Space Drop-in
Dylan Thomas Centre. 10am-4pm.
Free. 01792 463980.
www.dylanthomas.com
SBOC Orienteering Event: Cefn
Bryn East
Meet @ 6.00pm. Newcomers
welcome. For more details, visit
www.SBOC.org.uk
Three Cool Things to Make with
a Penny
Until 5 June. National Waterfront
Museum. 12.30pm-3.30pm. Join
us as we raid the Museum’s piggy
bank and use real pennies to make
three cool crafts. Free. Families.
(029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Toddler Time Monthly Movies
National Waterfront Museum.
10.30am. Enjoy a free movie
screening exclusively for preschool
children and their parents or carers
– plus a half price hot drink from
the cafe. Free. Families.
(029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
THURSDAY 2
Free Learning Space Drop-in
Dylan Thomas Centre. 10am-4pm.
Free. 01792 463980.
www.dylanthomas.com
FRIDAY 3
Drop-in Family Workshop
Dylan Thomas Centre. 1pm-4pm.
Free. 01792 463980. www.
dylanthomas.com
Little Mice Club: Transport
National Waterfront Museum.
10.30am-12noon. Drop in with your
little ones to enjoy bilingual play,
song and crafts and meet Morys
the Museum Mouse. Free. Families.
(029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
SATURDAY 4
Christadelphians Bible
Presentation: Why The Land of
Israel is Special to Christians
Mount Zion Hall, Oystermouth
Square, Mumbles. 11am. Free
admission. Join us from 10.30am
for a cup of coffee and Welsh cakes.
For a short, recorded message ring
the Bible Line on 01792 280319.
www.christadelphians.wales
Dewch i Ganu: Come to Sing!
National Waterfront Museum.
11am. Join musician Delyth Jenkins
and learn Welsh through song in
a fun and informal way - includes
a free cup of tea. Free. (029) 2057
3600. www.museumwales.ac.uk
Last Night of the Proms
The Ffwrnes, Park St., Llanelli. 7pm.
£20. With Dunvant Male Choir,
Hywel Girls’ Choir, Hywel Boy
Singers, Angelicus Chorale, Llanelli
Choral Society, soprano Gwawr
Edwards, organist Huw Tregelles
Williams, pianists Jane Jewell and
Rhoda Pickens and the British
Sinfonietta Orchestra. Conducted
by John Hywel Williams. For tickets
contact the theatre on 08452
263510 or visit
www.theatrausirgar.co.uk
Rhian Edwards reads from Her
Work
Dylan Thomas Centre. 6.30pm. £5;
£3.50 concs; £1.60 Swansea PTL.
Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk /
01792 463980.
www.dylanthomas.com
Sketty Local Produce and Craft
Market
See details at 7 May.
SUNDAY 5
Swansea Ramblers: Cwm Garw
Meet @ Swansea: between
Guildhall & Victoria Park. GR: SS
643 923. 9am. 11-mile strenuous
walk. Free. Registered Assistance
Dogs only. 01792 232815.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
Swansea Ramblers: Nevern
Meet @ Pembrokeshire: Newport,
Pont Clydach lay-by. GR: SN 071
390. 10.30am. 9-mile moderate
walk. Free. Registered Assistance
Dogs only. 07582 196472.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
MONDAY 6
Criw CelfWest, Raising the Bar
Until 26 June. National Waterfront
Museum. An exhibition of the
work produced during this year’s
master classes. A Mission Gallery
exhibition. (029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Guide in the Boardwalk Hide
– A Special Wales Biodiversity
Week Activity
Until 10 June. WWT Llanelli Wetland
WHAT’S ON PAGE 91
LISTINGS
Centre, Penclacwydd, Llanelli, SA14
9SH. 2pm-3pm. Join our guide in
the Boardwalk Hide, from Monday
to Friday, to get a great view of
the hundreds of black-headed gulls
who nest on our lagoon islands.
Normal admission charges apply.
01554 741087.
www.wwt.org.uk/visit/llanelli
TUESDAY 7
Explore Books
Also 14, 21 & 28 June. National
Waterfront Museum. 10.30am.
Discuss authors and books old and
new. This is different from a regular
book club as you do not need to
have read the book in advance.
Theme is historical novels. Suitable
for adults. Free. Booking required.
(029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Swansea Organ Association
Recital
The Sacred Heart Centre, Morriston.
7.30pm. Organist Peter Carder.
3-manual organ by Peter Conacher
1927. Further details from Assistant
Secretary, Gareth Williams on
01792 468068.
www.swanseaorgan.org.uk
WEDNESDAY 8
Clyne Valley Community Project
Wildlife Activity: Balsam Bash
on the Clyne
Meet at Ynys Newydd car park,
Derwyn Fawr, Sketty. 10am-12noon.
Join Clyne Valley Community
Project members to help remove
the invasive Himalayan Balsam
plant from the banks of the
River Clyne. Please wear suitable
clothing. For further details, contact
Enid Owen on 07968 269114.
Pontarddulais Local Produce
Market
See details at 11 May.
Swansea Floral Arrangement
Society Demonstration:
‘Wouldn’t It Be Lovely’ by Ruth
Milton Jones
St David’s Priory Church Hall, City
Centre. 2.30pm.Visitors £5. For
further details, contact 01792
464337 or [email protected]
Swansea Ramblers: Llyn Brianne
and Doethie Valley
Meet @ Cross Hands: Co-op car
park. GR: SN 565 130. 9am. 10-mile
strenuous walk. Free. Registered
Assistance Dogs only.
07710 231630.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
THURSDAY 9
Swansea Ramblers: A Summer
Evening Walk - Southgate 1/2
Meet @ Pennard: School car park.
GR: SS 554 883. 7pm. 3 to 4 mile
moderate walk. Free. Registered
Assistance Dogs only.
07719 409504.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
FRIDAY 10
Late Evening Bat Walk
WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre,
Penclacwydd, Llanelli, SA14 9SH.
9pm. Join us for a guided walk on
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the reserve and grounds as our
bat population emerges for their
nightly feed. See them swoop and
hear their intricate echolocation
calls with the use of our bat
detectors. These detectors allow
us to identify these fascinating
nocturnal creatures from their clicks
and call frequencies. Price: £5pp:
includes a hot drink (tea, coffee, hot
chocolate) and biscuits. Booking
before the night is essential.
01554 741087.
www.wwt.org.uk/visit/llanelli
Wine Tasting Talk
National Waterfront Museum. 7pm.
Enjoy the long summer evenings
with a selection of different wines
for summer drinking. Suitable for
adults. £15; £12.50. Contact
(029) 2057 3600 to book.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
SATURDAY 11
Adult Craft Workshop
Dylan Thomas Centre. 10.30am1pm. Free. 01792 463980.
www.dylanthomas.com
Antony Penrose: ‘Picasso, Man
Ray and Max Ernst through the
eyes of Lee Miller and Roland
Penrose’
Dylan Thomas Centre. 1pm. £5;
£3.50 concs; £1.60 Swansea PTL.
Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk /
01792 463980.
www.dylanthomas.com
Funky Craft Fair
See details at 14 May.
Mumbles Local Produce Market
See details at 14 May.
Natural Living: Health &
Wellbeing Expo
Also 12 June. National Botanic
Garden of Wales. 10am-5pm. For
more info and stand availability:
01792 851551/07810 766366.
www.natural-living-expo.co.uk
Nimble Fingers Craft Fayre
See details at 14 May.
Swansea Ramblers: Gnoll Estate
& Tonna
Meet @ Swansea: between
Guildhall & Victoria Park. GR: SS
643 923. 10.10am. 6-mile moderate
walk. Free. Dogs on short leads.
01792 520181.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
The Gower Chorale Concert:
Haydn & Mozart
All Saints Church, Oystermouth.
7.30pm. £15; children under
15 free. Tickets from 01792
404391/207950.
www.gower-chorale.co.uk
SUNDAY 12
Marina Market
National Waterfront Museum.
Located in Dylan Thomas Square,
just outside the National Waterfront
Museum. 10am-3pm.
(029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Pennard Local Produce and
Craft Market
See details at 8 May.
Swansea Ramblers: North
Gower and its Ancient Past
Meet @ Llangennith: Tankeylake
Moor. GR: SS 435 916. 9.30 am.
11-mile moderate walk. Free.
Registered Assistance Dogs only.
01792 547439.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
TUESDAY 14
Swansea Ramblers: First Half of
the Swansea Half
Meet @ Swansea: Blackpill - car
park opposite Mumbai Indian
Restaurant. GR: SS 618 907. 10am.
6.5-mile easy walk. Free. Registered
Assistance Dogs only.
01792 701984.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
WEDNESDAY 15
SBOC Orienteering Event:
Penmaen, Gower
Meet @ 6.00pm. Newcomers
welcome. For more details, visit
www.SBOC.org.uk
Swansea Ramblers: A Summer
Evening Walk - Pwll Du
Meet @ Bishopston: Pyle Corner.
GR: SS 580 882. 7pm. 4-mile easy/
moderate walk. Free. Dogs on short
leads. 01792 423871.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
THURSDAY 16
BBC National Orchestra of
Wales: Mahler & Szymanowski
Brangwyn Hall. 7.30pm. £12.50£18. Available from the Grand
Theatre Box Office: 01792 475715
or www.swanseagrand.co.uk /
01792 635432.
www.brangwyn.co.uk
Gower Crafts and Artisans
Event
Oxwich Bay Hotel. 11am-4pm. For
further details, e-mail Paula van
Haarlem: [email protected]
RISW: Strawberry Afternoon Tea
Swansea Museum. 2pm.
Refreshments, raffle, and musicians
from Bishopston Comprehensive
School. Tickets £5 from Swansea
Museum or phone: 01792 232282.
FRIDAY 17
Swansea International Jazz
Festival 2016
Until 19 June. Swansea Maritime
Quarter. The Dylan Thomas Theatre
will be the venue for the ticketed
concerts, including international
& UK-based jazz artists & bands
covering a diverse and versatile
programme. Full Fringe Festival at
venues across Swansea Marina.
For tickets and full information visit
www.sijf.co.uk
SATURDAY 18
Gower Crafts and Artisans
Event
Penclawdd Farmers’ Market.
9.30am-12.30pm. For further
details, e-mail Paula van Haarlem:
[email protected]
Gwalia Singers 50th
Anniversary Concert
Brangwyn Hall. 7pm. Compèred by
Roy Noble. With guests Shân Cothi
and Trystan Llyr Griffiths. For further
details and tickets visit
www.gwalia-swansea.co.uk/
concerts.htm
Historical Association Talk
National Waterfront Museum.
11am. Free. Visit www.haswansea.
org.uk for full details and
programme updates.
(029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Lazy Crafternoons: Beautiful
Book Folding
National Waterfront Museum.
1.30pm. Choosing from a variety of
different book folding templates,
create a beautiful but simple paper
sculpture masterpiece. Suitable for
adults. £5pp.
Contact (029) 2057 3600 to book.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Swansea Ramblers: Clyne
Circular
Meet @ Blackpill: car park near top
of Mill Lane opposite Clyne Castle.
GR: SS 614 907. 11am. 5-mile easy
walk. Free. Dogs on short leads.
07968 269114.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
Swansea University
Undergraduate Open Day
For full details, visit www.swansea.
ac.uk/makingwaves
Thrifty Kids: Cool Book
Creations
National Waterfront Museum.
10.30am-12.30pm. Create cool
sculptures including a hedgehog or
snail by folding pages of old books
in different patterns. Free. Families.
(029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
SUNDAY 19
Make a Superhero Mask
National Waterfront Museum.
12.30pm-3.30pm. Make a
superhero mask in celebration
of dads all over the land. Free.
Families. (029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Science Show: Who wants to be
a Superhero? (ages 8+)
National Waterfront Museum. 1pm
& 3pm. This show will look at how
scientists have gone from zero to
hero and are doing awesome feats
in areas such as gravity, forces,
energy, light and space. Free,
Families. (029) 2057 3600.
www.museumwales.ac.uk
Swansea Ramblers: Llandeilo
Talybont
Meet @ Gowerton: public car park
on B4295. GR: SS 591 964. 9.30am.
10.5-mile moderate walk. Free.
Dogs on short leads. 07840 542048.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
MONDAY 20
JSLN Dance Company:
Variations of Pointe Tour
Also 21 June. Dylan Thomas
Theatre. An exciting new triple
bill encompassing all aspects of
ballet with something for everyone.
For further details, visit www.
jslndancecompany.com or phone
the theatre on 01792 473238.
Swansea Ramblers: Llanrhidian
to Weobley Castle
Meet @ Killay: Railway Inn car
park. GR: SS 598 924. 10am. 3-mile
moderate walk. Free. Registered
Assistance Dogs only.
07748 349264.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
TUESDAY 21
Swansea Ramblers: Pen Y Fan
Meet @ Llansamlet: Go Outdoors
car park. GR: SS 682 974. 9.30am.
9-mile strenuous walk. Free.
Registered Assistance Dogs only.
07881 307548.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
WEDNESDAY 22
SBOC Orienteering Event: Cefn
Bryn, Gower
Meet @ 6.00pm. Newcomers
welcome. For more details, visit
www.SBOC.org.uk
Swansea Ramblers: A Summer
Evening Walk - Southgate 2/2
Meet @ Southgate: Pennard Cliffs
(NT car park). GR: SS 554 874. 7pm.
3 to 4-mile easy/moderate walk.
Free. Registered Assistance Dogs
only. 07719 409504.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
THURSDAY 23
Bugs and Buggies: Special
National Insect Week Activity
WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre,
Penclacwydd, Llanelli, SA14 9SH.
1pm-2pm. Insect-themed activities
for toddlers. Included with normal
admission. 01554 741087.
www.wwt.org.uk/visit/llanelli
FRIDAY 24
Terry Hetherington Young
Writers Award
Dylan Thomas Centre. 7pm. Free.
01792 463980.
www.dylanthomas.com
SATURDAY 25
Dragonfly ID Workshop and
Walk: Special National Insect
Week Activity
WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre,
Penclacwydd, Llanelli, SA14 9SH.
1pm-4pm. Perfect for beginners,
this workshop will introduce you
to our common native species of
dragonflies and damselflies. Prices:
£10 per adult; £5per child. Please
book and pay in advance. 01554
741087. www.wwt.org.uk/visit/
llanelli
Swansea Ramblers: Landimore,
Cheriton & Ryer’s Down
Meet @ Landimore: parking area
at end of the road through hamlet.
GR: SS 464 935. 11am. 3-mile
moderate walk. Free. Dogs on short
leads. 07885 257109.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
Ukulele Festival of Wales
Also 26 June. Gower Heritage
Centre, Parkmill, Gower. With
headline bands, supporting acts,
stalls, workshops, jamming area
and open mic sessions. For tickets,
ring the centre. 01792 371206.
www.gowerheritagecentre.co.uk
and www.ukulelefestivalofwales.
co.uk
Uplands Market
See details at 28 May.
LISTINGS
SUNDAY 26
Swansea Ramblers: Above,
below, behind and in front of
15 waterfalls
Meet @ Pontneddfechan: B4242.
GR SN 900 076. 10am. 10-mile
moderate walk. Free. Registered
Assistance Dogs only.
01792 368609.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
TUESDAY 28
Swansea Ramblers: Cowbridge
& St Hilary
Meet Llansamlet: Go Outdoors
car park. GR: SS 682 974. 9.30am.
8.5-mile moderate walk. Free.
Registered Assistance Dogs only.
07881 307548.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
Stage & Screen
GRAND THEATRE
Singleton Street, Swansea.
01792 475715.
www.swanseagrand.co.uk
MAIN AUDITORIUM
Peppa Pig’s Surprise
4 & 5 May. Wed @ 1pm & 4pm;
Thurs @ 10am & 1pm. Adult: £10
- £16.50; child: £8 - £14.50; family
(4): £58.*
Bye Bye Baby
6 May. 7.30pm. £20.*
The Johnny Cash Roadshow
7 May. 7.30pm. £18.50 & £20.50.*
Frank Vickery: Tonto Evans
11 - 14 May. 7.30pm (Sat mat:
2pm). £10 - £15.* (Opening night
offer: 2 for 1; T&Cs apply).
Dancing in the Streets
17 May. 7.30pm. £25 & £27.*
Swap!
18 - 21 May. 7.30pm (Sat mat:
2pm). £9.50 - £16.* (Opening night
offer: 2 for 1; T&Cs apply).
Menopause: The Musical
24 May. 7.30pm. £19 - £23.50.*
Tell Me on a Sunday: starring
Jodie Prenger
25 May. 7.30pm. £25.50 - £30.50.*
A Salute to the 1940s: The
Dads’ Army Variety Show
Special
26 May. 2.15pm. £15.50.*
Solid Gold 70s
27 May. 7.30pm. £22.50.*
Pasha: It’s All about You
28 May. 7.30pm. £18.50 - £24.50.*
Ronnie Scott’s All Stars: The
Ronnie Scott’s Story
31 May. 7.30pm. £16.50 - £21.50.*
Dinosaur Zoo (3+)
1 & 2 June. Wed @ 2pm & 4.30pm;
Thurs @ 11am & 2pm. £13 &
£15.50.*
Big O & The Wilburys Tribute
Show
3 June. 7.30pm. £18.50 & £20.50.*
Ultimate Bowie
4 June. 7.30pm. £18.*
The Story of Guitar Heroes
7 June. 7.30pm. £20.*
A Party to Murder
9 - 11 June. 7.30pm (Sat mat: 2pm).
£9.50 - £16.* (Opening night offer:
2 for 1; T&Cs apply).
Adam Hills: Clown Heart (14+)
13 June. 8pm. £21.50.*
Samantha Barks
14 June. 7.30pm. £22 & £25.*
Primary Partners
16 & 17 June. 6.30pm. £5.*
The Proclaimers
18 June. 7.30pm. £29.*
Bill Bailey: Limboland
21 & 22 June. 8pm. £25.50.*
The Dreamboys (18+)
23 June. 7.30pm. £17.50 - £27.50.*
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers
24 June. 7.30pm. £14 - £21.50.*
Ultimate Eagles
25 June. 7.30pm. £20.50 &
£22.50.*
Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit
29 June - 2 July. 7.30pm (Sat mat:
2pm). £9.50 - £16.* (Opening night
offer: 2 for 1; T&Cs apply).
Bluestocking Lounge: Burlesque
(18+)
18 June. 8pm. £15.50.*
Grand Theatre Lunchtime
Theatre: Sliding Doors
25 June. 12.30pm. £6; £4.50.*
Comedy Club (16+)
29 June. 8pm. £11.*
Only Fools and 3 Courses
26 May. 7.30pm. £49.95.
Flossie and Boo’s Curiosity Shop
3 June. 7.30pm. £5; £3.
Selected concessions are available
at some performances. Please
enquire at time of booking. Online
booking fee applies.
*Please note: Ticket prices exclusive
of 7.5% levy fee.
Selected concessions are available
at some performances. Please
enquire at time of booking. Online
booking fee applies.
GRAND THEATRE TOURS
Behind the Scenes Tours
14 & 21 May; 11 June. 10am
(approx. 60-90 minutes). Booking is
essential. £5 adult; £3 child.
ARTS WING
Shoreline Theatre: Blue
Remembered Hills (12+)
4 & 5 May. 7.15pm. £8.50; £6.50.*
Only Fools and Three Courses
10 May. 7.30pm. £41 (inc. 3-course
meal & coffee).*
Fluellen Theatre Company: Taffy
Shakespeare
12 May. 1pm & 7.15pm. Afternoon:
£8; £6.* Evening: £10; £8.*
Gower College: Contemporary
Theatre Showcase
18 & 19 May. 7.15pm. £8.50;
£6.50.*
Wiseman Stage School Open
Day
21 May. 11am - 4.30pm. Adult:
£6.50; child £5.50.* For further
details: telephone: 07769 990997
or e-mail: [email protected]
Comedy Club (16+)
25 May. 8pm. £11.*
Afternoon Dance
26 May. 1.30pm. £4.*
An Afternoon at Kev Johns
and Guests
27 May. 2pm. £8.50.*
Grand Theatre Lunchtime
Theatre: Cefn Golau
28 May. 12.30pm. £6; £4.50.*
Groundswell Dance Company:
Spring Showcase 2016
31 May. 7pm. £8; £6.50.*
Fluellen Theatre Company: Leir
& Co
3 June. 1pm & 7.15pm. Afternoon:
£8; £6.* Evening: £10; £8.*
Nelson: The Sailor’s Story (10+)
8 June. 7.45pm. £10; £8.* (includes
post-show discussion).
Meet the real Maggie Thatcher
10 June. 8pm. £10; £8.*
Gyles Brandreth: Word Power
(16+)
11 June. 7.45pm. £18.50.*
‘Allo, ‘Allo Comedy Dinner
14 June. 7.30pm. £41 (inc. 3-course
meal & coffee).*
EXHIBITIONS
University of Wales Trinity St
David
3 May - 3 June. Levels 1, 2 & White
Room.
Gower College
7 June - 1 July. Levels 1, 2 & White
Room.
*Please note: All Grand Theatre
tickets include a 50p Restoration
Fund contribution. Online booking
fee applies.
GRAND THEATRE SCHOOL
of DRAMA and MUSICAL
THEATRE
Swansea Grand Theatre. Class
times - Mon-Fri: 4.30pm-9.30pm.
3yrs - adult. Drama; Speech/Voice;
Singing; Musical Theatre. Contact
Maria King on 07974 345909.
GWYN HALL
Orchard Street, Neath. 0300
365 6677. www.gwynhall.com
Dynamite & Poetry
7 May. 7.30pm/
Showaddywaddy
14th May. 7.30pm.
ROH: Frankenstein (on screen)
18 May. 7.30pm.
Stage 8 Theatre School: Wizard
of Oz
15 - 18 June. 7pm (Sat mat: 2pm).
Ballet Theatre UK: Pinocchio
19 June. 3pm.
Stars Musical Theatre Group:
Oklahoma
28 June - 2 July. 7pm (Sat mat:
2pm).
PONTARDAWE ARTS
CENTRE
Herbert St, Pontardawe.
01792 863722.
www.nptartsandents.co.uk
Harriet Earis Trio
13 May. 7.30pm. £8 in advance;
£10 on the day.
Siren Sisters
13th May. 2pm. £7.
Martin Carthy and Eliza Carthy
20 May. 7.30pm. £16 in advance;
£18 on the day.
STUDIO ROOM
Family Theatre: King of the Sky
20 May. 7pm. £5; £3.
WEEKLY CLASSES
Mon: *Pamela Miller School of
Ballet (01792 774561) : *Future
Blood Music Development (ages
14+), 6pm-9pm : *First Time Choir
7.30pm-9pm (Lisa 07967 716656).
Tue: *Jamba Jumpers with Michelle
McTernan (ages, 4-8), 4pm-5pm
(07782378927) : *Movement
Improvisation Class with Jessica
Lerner ([email protected]).
Wed: *Hip Hop and Jazz with
MODE dance (ages 3+), (Sarah
01792 204885) : Photography
Course with Sheree Murphy, 7pm9pm ([email protected]
com) : *Whist Drive, 2pm-4pm with
Joyce Thomas, £3. Thu: *Gaming
Development Course - introductory
and intermediary from 5.15pm
(contact Pontardawe Arts Centre)
: *Dressmaking for beginners and
advanced sewers, 6pm-8.30pm
(Barbara Jenkins - Barbara.
[email protected]) : Fri: Tiny
Toes Ballet (ages 18months-4
yrs), 5.45pm-6.30pm, ([email protected]
tinytoesballet.co.uk) : Sat: *Class
Act Theatre School (Jill Williams 07967 133463).
PRINCESS ROYAL
THEATRE
Civic Centre, Port Talbot.
01639 763214.
www.nptartsandents.co.uk
Roy Chubby Brown
11 May. 7.30pm. £21.50.
90 Glorious Years with Neil Sands
12 May. 2pm. £10.75.
Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe
26 May. 8.15pm. Tickets from
£22.58 - £26.88.
Bobby Davro
5 June. 7.30pm. £23.11.
*All tickets include a levy fee
TALIESIN ARTS CENTRE
Swansea University.
01792 602060.
www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk
CINEMA
Hail, Caesar! (12A)
3 & 4 May.
Warriors (12A)
9 May.
Truth (15)
10 May.
Hitchcock/Truffaut (12A)
11 May.
London Has Fallen (15)
16 May.
The Divide (tbc)
17 May.
Marguerite (15)
18 May.
High-Rise (15)
23 May.
Son of Saul/Saul fia (15)
24 May.
Miles Ahead (15)
25 May.
Le Mépris/Contempt (15)
31 May.
The Brand New Testament (15)
6 June.
Eye in the Sky (15)
7 June.
The Daughter (15)
27 June.
Florence Foster Jenkins (PG)
28 June.
Mustang (15)
29 June.
All screenings are at 7.30pm unless
otherwise stated.
LIVE PERFORMANCES
Swansea City Opera: La bohème
6 May. 7.30pm. £20; £18 concs.
Re-Live: Belonging/Perthyn
12 & 13 May. 10am & 7.30pm. £10;
£8 concs; £6 (schools).
Cedar Hill
14 May. 7.30pm. £12; £10 concs.
Spike Milligan’s Puckoon
19 May. 7.30pm. £12; £10 concs.
Juan Martin Flamenco Dance
Trio
20 May. 7.30pm. £16; £15 concs.
Ensemble MidtVest
21 May. 7.30pm. £15.
NPTC Group of Colleges: Lift
Dance Company
26 May. 7.30pm. £7; £5 concs.
The King of the Sky (6+)
27 May. 1pm & 7pm. £8.50; £31
family; £7 schools.
Miramar
2 June. 7.30pm. £12; £10 concs.
This play is bilingual (Welsh/
English)
Vento em Madeira Quintet
3 June. 7.30pm. £12; £10 concs.
Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales
(ages 3+)
16 June. 4.30pm. £8.50; £31 family.
Taliesin’s Primary Dance Project
23 & 24 June. 1pm & 7pm. £2.
LIVE STREAMS
RSC live: Hamlet (12A*)
8 June. 7pm. £13; £11 concs.
All live performances/live streams
are at 7.30pm unless otherwise
stated. *Certificates subject to
change on live streamed events.
CERI RICHARDS GALLERY
EXHIBITIONS
Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat
10am-1pm & 1.30pm-4pm. Also
open on performance evenings
until 15 mins after evening
performance begins.
The Sacred Yew
1 Apr - 7 May. Paintings: Janis
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LISTINGS
Fry; Ceramics: Valerie James;
Photography: Paul Greenwood
The Welsh Group: Mixed Matter
13 May - 18 June. New work from
the Welsh Group.
THE EGYPT CENTRE
Tues - Sat: 10am-4pm. An exciting
collection of ancient Egyptian
objects and hands-on activities that
will fascinate and entertain visitors
of all ages. 01792 295960. www.
egypt.swansea.ac.uk
THE DYLAN THOMAS
THEATRE
Gloucester Place, Maritime
Quarter, Swansea.
01792 473238. www.
dylanthomastheatre.org.uk
Swansea Little Theatre:
Steaming by Nell Dunn
8 - 11 June. 7.30pm. £10; £9. Card
fee £1. Online booking fee £2.
THE FFWRNES
Park Street, Llanelli SA15
3YE. 08452 263510. www.
theatrausirgar.co.uk
MAIN AUDITORIUM
Tea Dance
4 May. 2.30pm. £5.
World on Stage Ltd: The Naked
Truth
7 May. 7.30pm. £22; £20 groups
10+.
An Audience with Mal Pope
9 May. 7.30pm. £10.
[email protected]: The Lady in the
Van (12A)
10 May. 1.30pm. £5 (inc.
refreshments).
Showaddywaddy
13 May. 7.30pm. £21; £19.50
concs.
Spoken Word Saturday
14 May. 3pm. £3.
Côr Curiad with special guest
Callabro
14 May. 7.30pm. Sold Out.
Llanelli Musical Players: The
Producers
18 - 21 May. 7.30pm. £15.
University of Wales Trinity
St David: Ignite - Dance
Performance Showcase
27 May. 7.30pm. BA Dance
students. £10; £6 concs.
Ballet Cymru: Romeo a Juliet
1 June. 7.30pm. £15; £13 concs.
The Chris & Pui Show
3 June. 11am & 2pm. £12; £10
concs; £40 family.
Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy
Singers: Last Night of the Proms
4 June. 7pm. £20.
Small World Theatre: Lightning
Path
6 & 7 June. Mon @ 6.30pm; Tues @
10am & 1.30pm. £8; £6 concs; £22
family; £5 loyalty members.
Sinfonia Cymru: Mercury Project
10 June. 7.30pm. £16; £12 concs.
£5 under 27s; £38 family.
Spoken Word Saturday
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11 June. 3pm. £3.
Carmarthenshire Music Service:
Junior Proms
15, 16, 20 & 21 June. 7pm. £8; £6
concs.
And Finally…Phil Collins
17 June. 7.30pm. £19.50; £18.50
concs.
Dreamstate
18 June. 7.30pm. £8; £6 (early bird).
Ysgol Bryn Teg: A Summer
Musical Extravaganza
29 & 30 June. 6pm. £5tbc.
STIWDIO STEPNI
Comedy Club: Vikki Stone, Nick
Revell & Tiernan Douieb
6 May. 8pm. £12; £10 (early bird).
Spoken Word Stepni: Melody by
Jemima Foxtrot
7 May. 8pm. £10; £8 concs.
3 Crate Productions: Blavatsky’s
Tower
10 May. 7.30pm. £10; £8 concs; £5
loyalty members.
Theatr Bara Caws: Allan o Diwn
14 Mai. 7.30yh. £10; £8 gost.
Keith James: Solid Air Concert
20 May. 7.30pm. The music of John
Martyn and Nick Drake. £12; £10
concs.
Ava Hunt Theatre: Acting Alone
21 May. 7.30pm. £10; £8 concs; £5
loyalty members.
Llanelli Little Theatre: One
o’clock from the House
25 - 28 May. 7.30pm. £10.
The Rumblestrutters
1 June. 8pm. £10; £8 (early bird).
Alison Neil: Truly Yours C.B The Story of Charlotte Brontë
2 June. 7.30pm. £10; £8 concs.
Comedy Club: Noel James,
Adam Vincent & Ignacio Lopez
3 June. 8pm. £12; £10 (early bird).
[email protected]: Suffragette
(12A)
7 June. 1.30pm. £5 (inc.
refreshments).
[email protected]: MacBeth (15)
23 June. 1.30pm. £5 (inc.
refreshments).
Dave Cottle Trio
28 June. 7.30pm. £10; £8 (early
bird £8).
WEEKLY CLASSES
Mark Jermin Stage School
Wed. Junior (4-7yrs) 5pm-6pm;
Intermediate (7-11yrs) 6pm7.30pm; Senior (11-18yrs) 7.30pm9pm. For further information,
ring 01792 458855 or visit www.
markjermin.co.uk
THE LYRIC THEATRE
King Street, Carmarthen SA31
1BD. 08452 263510.
www.theatrausirgar.co.uk
MAIN AUDITORIUM
The Performance Factory:
Disney’s Camp Rock - The
Musical
7 May. 7.30pm. £10; £8 concs.
Re-Live present: Belonging/
Perthyn
17 May. 2.30pm & 7.30pm. £10; £8
concs. £5 loyalty card members.
Abba Mania
21 May. 7.30pm. £18.50; £17.50
concs. £16.50 group 10+.
A Touch of Class…An Audience
with Ian Waite & Natalie Lowe
27 May. 8.15pm. £22-£25; £21-£24
concs.
Theatr Iolo: Boxy & Sticky
1 June. 2.30pm. £6; £5 loyalty
members.
Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular
4 June. 7.30pm. £22.
Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch:
Diwrnod Hyfryd Sali Mali
21 Mehefin. 10yb & 1yp. £10; £8
concs.
LYRIC STUDIO
Carmarthen Film Club: Django
Unchained (18)
4 May. 7.30pm. £5; £4.50 concs;
£2.50 members.
Carmarthen Film Club: Cat on a
Hot Tin Roof (12A)
1 June. 7.30pm. £5; £4.50 concs;
£2.50 members
WEEKLY CLASSES
The Performance Factory Stage
School
Fridays: Tiny Tots (3-6yrs) 5pm-6pm;
Junior Company (7yrs+) 6pm-8pm.
For further information, ring 01792
701570 or visit www.tpfwales.com
THE MINERS’ THEATRE
Wind Street, Ammanford SA18
3DN. 08452 263510.
www.theatrausirgar.co.uk
Beyond Eternity Promotions:
Meet Tommy Atkins
5 May. 7.30pm. £10; £8 concs.
Sinfonia Cymru: Public Concert
17 May. 3pm. Free.
Live Superstars of Wrestling
2 June. 7.30pm. £12; £9 concs; £35
family.
Cyngor Tref Rhydaman:
Eisteddfod Rhydaman
18 June. 1pm & 7pm. £4; 50p
under 19s.
Theatr Iolo: Bosci & Ffoni
22 Mehefin. 1.30pm. £6.
THE WELFARE HALL
Brecon Road, Ystradgynlais.
01639 843163.
www.thewelfare.co.uk.
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CINEMA
For future films and ticket prices, call
the Box Office or visit the website.
Box Office opening hours: Mon-Fri,
10am-3pm.
LIVE PERFORMANCES
Calan
6 May. 8pm. £12; £10.
Owiny Sigoma Band: Nyanza
29 May. 8pm (doors open 7pm).
£10; £8.
Theatr Iolo: Boxy & Sticky
16 June. 10am; 1.30pm (Welsh
language performance). £7; £5.
Miramar
22 June. 7.30pm. £8; £6. Bilingual
performance (Welsh/English).
LIVE STREAM
RSC: Hamlet
8 June. 7pm. £12; £10.
Leisure Centres
ACTIVE SWANSEA
www.activeswansea.com
Swimming pools, gyms and a wide
choice of fitness classes for adults
and children. For more information
on all courses and classes, visit
the website or contact your local
centre:
Bishopston Sports
Centre: 01792 235040
Cefn Hengoed Leisure
Centre: 01792 798484
Morriston Leisure
Centre: 01792 797082
Penlan Leisure
Centre: 01792 588079
Pentrehafod Sports
Centre: 01792 588079
Penyrheol Leisure Centre: 01792
897039.
LC
Oystermouth Road, Swansea.
01792 466500.
www.thelcswansea.com
Waterpark, Play Area, Climbing
Wall, Boardrider, Health and
Fitness Centre - all under one
roof!
LC Upgrade
Upgrade your Waterpark visit every
day of the week to include the
Boardrider, Play Area, Climbing Wall
or Spa for just £3 extra.
Family Friday All in
Every Friday 4pm-8pm (during term
time). You can climb, play, swim
and surf for just £6.50pp.
360 Beach and
Watersports
Mumbles Road, Swansea.
01792 655844
www.360swansea.co.uk
Providing beach sports, water
sports, health walks, well-being
clubs and much more. Visit the
website for full events timetable.
Library Events
For full details of activities and
events in your local Library,
please telephone
the Libraries below or visit
www.swansea.gov.uk/libraries
Central: 01792 636464
Brynhyfryd: 01792 650953
Clydach: 01792 843300
Fforestfach: 01792 586978
Gorseinon: 01792 516780
Gowerton: 01792 873572
Killay: 01792 516820
Llansamlet: 01792 771652
Morriston: 01792 516770
Oystermouth: 01792 368380
Penlan: 01792 584674
Pennard: 01792 233277
Pontarddulais: 01792 882822
Sketty: 01792 202024
St Thomas: 01792 655570
Townhill: 01792 512370
CLUBS &
CLASSES
4D Choir
Every Wed at 7pm-9pm in Townhill
Theatre, University of Wales Trinity
St David, SA2 0UT. £80 per term. For
further details e-mail Kate Davies:
[email protected]
A Stitch in Time
Every Thur at 2pm-4pm in Hazel
Court, Sketty Park. £4.50. Learn
patchwork, quilting, knitting,
crochet and bag making. Beginners
welcome. Contact Suzanne Harris
for programme and other details on
01792 202986
Agora Group
Fortnightly on Fridays (from 13 May)
at the Scout Hall, Bryn Rd, Brynmill.
10am-12noon. Visitors £3. Talks
and discussions on a wide range
of subjects. 01792 774832. www.
agoraswansea.org.uk
Alexander Technique
Learn to move with ease, improve
posture, enhance performance,
reduce pain. Individual lessons and
introductory group classes. Philippa
Castell M.S.T.A.T. 01792 473415.
www.movementsense.com
All Sewn Up: Sewing Workshops
Day & evening sessions available. For
details and prices: 07867 915 993.
www.allsewnupwales.co.uk
Argentinian Tango
Every Wed at Holy Trinity Church,
Parkway, Sketty Park SA2 8JQ.
Lessons 7pm-8.30pm; dancing
8.30pm-10pm. No partner needed.
£6 lesson and practica (£4
unwaged); £4 practica only.
07771 362 512 or 01792 473415.
www.tangoessence.co.uk
Argentine Tango with Urban
Tango Nights Every Fri at Ice Bar, 64 Wind Street.
Lesson 8pm-9pm; dancing 9pm11pm. No partner needed. Class and
dancing £5/£4 unwaged; dancing
£3/£2 unwaged. [email protected]
gmail.com
Art Class
Enjoy drawing and painting with a
friendly Art Group at Ostreme Centre,
Mumbles. For further information
contact Diane Thomas on 01792
360240.
Art Tuition – Private &
Professional
For adults and teenagers working
LISTINGS
in a variety of media. Qualified for
GCSE and A Level as well as personal
interest. With experienced artist and
teacher. Contact Juli on
07581 170 400/ 01792 904742
Baby & Toddler Swimming
Weekdays and weekends with
Swimkidz. Lessons in Gower,
Swansea, Neath and Llanelli. For
babies from birth to 4 yrs.
[email protected]
www.swimkidz.co.uk
facebook/SwimkidzSwansea
WestWales
Baby Ballet
Award-winning Tiny Toes ballet
classes held all over Swansea on
weekdays and weekends offering
ballet, tap, nursery visits and holiday
workshops. For girls and boys 6mths7yrs. With Emma Morgan BA (Hons)
PGCE RAD RTS.
07864 857920. www.tinytoesballet.
co.uk
Baby Massage – with Music and
Nursery Rhymes
Every Tues at 360 Café, Mumbles Rd.
Five week course. For ages 8wks5mths. For further details and space
availability contact Mary on 01792
391301.
BackCare Association, Swansea
Branch
For information about meetings
please contact Mrs. Gloria Morgan
on 01792 208290 or e-mail
[email protected]
Ballroom and Latin for Beginners
Every Wed at 7.45pm in Murton
Methodist Hall. Have fun and get
fitter. No need to come with a
partner. 07553 459 369. loosely.
[email protected]
Bipolar UK Swansea Support
Group
Every 1st Mon (except bank
holidays) at 6pm-8pm in the Mind
Centre, 66 St Helen’s Rd, SA1 4BE.
For more details: 0333 323 3885 or
e-mail [email protected]
org.uk
Bishopston Harmony
Every Thur at 10am-11.30am in
St Teilo’s Church Hall, The Glebe,
Bishopston. £6 per session or £50
per term. For further details e-mail
Kate Davies: [email protected]
Brynmill Buddies Social Club
Every Tues at 9am-12noon (except
school summer holidays) in Brynmill
Community Centre, St Alban’s Rd.,
SA2 0BP. £1.50 (incl refreshments).
For adults of all ages. Friendship,
fitness and fun. Activities: Library,
Wi-fi, table tennis, games, chess, and
good company. Contact: 07791 130
066 (day time only).
Chess Club
Every Thur at 7.30pm in The Poppy
Lounge, De-la-Beche Memorial Park,
De-la- Beche Rd., Sketty (behind
Bishop Gore School). Players of
all standards welcome. For further
details contact the Secretary on
01792 205007 or [email protected]
yahoo.co.uk
Circle Dancing
Starting at the Ostreme Centre,
Newton Rd., Mumbles. Free taster
session on Fri 20th May at 7pm-9pm.
For further details contact 01792
366601.
City of Swansea Probus Club
Meets fortnightly at 10am in
Sketty Hall, Swansea plus other
social events. Promoting fellowship
to retired professional and
businessmen. The club invites new
members. 01792 206119. www.
probus.org.uk
Classical Ballet Academy
Swansea Grand Theatre. Russian
ballet training classes for children
and adults. 07884 424 916.
[email protected]
Coffee, Cake & Company
Every 1st Fri at 10am-12noon in St
David’s Church Crypt, Morriston.
Free refreshments. All welcome.
Sponsored by Glantawe (Swansea
Valley) Lions Club.
01792 844205/07986 580 259.
Comedy Club
Every 4th Wed (except July & Aug) in
the Arts Wing, Grand Theatre. 8pm.
For ages 16+. 01792 475715.
Cylch Meithrin Mwmbwls: Welsh
Pre-School
Every Mon & Thur (term time only) at
8.45am-10.40am in The Vivian Hall,
Blackpill. Please contact Clare on
07943 418 575 for space availability.
Cylch Meithrin Parc-y-werin,
Gorseinon
Welsh preschool (term time
only). Fully qualified staff, CSSIW
registered. Contact Sara for further
details on 07922 156 678.
Dance Academy Wales
Classes held in Sketty and Gowerton
offering Royal Academy of Dance
ballet examination and award
classes. For ages 6yrs-adult. With
Emma Morgan BA (Hons) PGCE
RAD RTS. 07864 857920. www.
danceacademywales.co.uk
Dragon Arts & Learning
The Factory, Church St., Pontardawe.
Wide range of classes in: Pyrography
(burning into wood/leather);
glass making; guitar; sewing and
needlework; pottery; up-cycling
furniture; choral singing; textile
art class for the festival of stitch;
stained glass and still life drawing.
Free access to computers. For further
information, times and prices contact
01792 863641 or Facebook: Dragon
Arts and Learning
Drawing and Watercolour Art
Classes
Classes in Ostreme Centre, Mumbles
and Swansea Grand Theatre. All
levels welcome. For further details
contact Zoe on 01792 642164 or
visit
www.zoejameswilliams.com
Dunvant Horticultural Society
Every 2nd Tuesday at 7.30pm in
Dunvant Community Centre.
See details at
dunvanthorticulturalsociety.co.uk
or e-mail
[email protected]
Dunvant Male Choir
Every Mon & Wed at Olchfa School
(Main Hall), Sketty. SA2 7AB. 7pm9pm. 01792 522144. Warm welcome
to visitors and prospective choristers.
www.dunvantchoir.org
Egyptian and Tribal Bellydance
Classes
Every Mon at 5.45pm-7pm &
7.15pm-8.15pm in the YMCA, 1 The
Kingsway, Swansea. Every Wed at
7pm-8.15pm in Coelbren Welfare
Hall, upper Swansea Valley. 01639
700519.
Elements Sports Therapy
At Gower College Swansea Sports
Centre, Tycoch Rd, Sketty, SA2 9EB.
Providing sports massage and injury
rehabilitation. For further details
and prices contact Rebecca Phillips
(Sports Therapy Association Member)
on 07869 494 087.
www.elementssportstherapy.com
Embroiderers’ Guild
Every Fri (during term time) at 2pm4pm in Bryn House, Uplands.
01792 207677.
Feldenkrais Awareness through
Movement Classes
Learn to release pain and tension,
move with ease. For further
information contact 01792 473415.
www.movementsense.com
Fighting Fit
Every Tues and Thur at 7pm-8pm
in Bishop Gore School Gym, De-laBeche Rd., Sketty. £4 per session.
All abilities welcome for ages 16+.
For further details contact Andrew
Trollope on 07968 770 807 or
[email protected]
First Steps Forward
Every Tues & Wed at 10am-2pm
in Penlan Methodist Church Hall,
Penlan (opp Leisure Centre). Social
activities group for the disabled. Club
telephone number: 07597 033 877.
FitSteps Swansea West
Every Mon at 9.30am in Ostreme
Centre, Mumbles and at 6pm in
Bethal United Reform Church,
Sketty. Every Tues at 6pm in West
Cross Community Centre. Every
Fri at 11.30am in Ostreme Centre,
Mumbles. £4 (£3 another class in
same week). Futher details from
Caroline on 07988 156 104.
Free Holistic Therapies for Carers
Every 1st Monday (am). Venues in
Wind St., Sketty and West Cross.
Free to carers aged 16+ living in
Swansea. To book call Swansea
Carers Centre on 01792 653344
or email [email protected]
org.uk
French Clubs for Children
With Le Club Francais. After school
during term-time and summer
holidays. For ages 4-11yrs. For further
details contact Joyce Lloyd on 01792
402079.
FRIENDS-R-US
Every Wed at 7.30pm in Heathfield
Social Club, Mount Pleasant.
An over 55s social group. For further
details contact 01792 475411/01792
588209.
Gay Outdoor Club: West Wales
Group
Usually every first Sun. Walks, cycle
rides & weekends away. www.goc.
org.uk/groups/events/westwales
Glamorgan Family History
Society
Every 2nd Mon at 7pm in County
Hall, Oystermouth Rd., Swansea
SA1 3SN. Further details from the
secretary on 01443 434547.
www.glamfhs.org.uk
Gower Chorale Choir
Every Tue at Victoria Hall,
Oystermouth. 7pm. 01792 207950.
www.gower-chorale.co.uk
Gower Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Club
Every Wed & Sat at 8pm in Penlan
Leisure Centre. £16 per session.
www.supgower.com
Group Sound/Gong Healing
Meditation Sessions
Every Thur at The Sound Medicine
Lodge, Walters Row, Dunvant, SA2
7TB. 2pm-3.30pm. Booking essential
as places limited. 01792 290458.
www.soundhealingtherapies.co.uk
Isaac Clarke Academy of Dance
Classes in Mumbles, Newton
and Norton. Royal Academy of
Dance Registered Teacher. Royal
Academy Dance Class Awards and
Examinations. For ages 2½yrs +.
07765 255013. www.icadance.com
Iyengar Yoga with Qualified
Instructor
Every Thur at 11am in West Cross
Community Centre, Linden Ave,
SA3 5LE. All welcome. £5; £3
concs. 01792 204967. [email protected]
btinternet.com
JKS Karate Swansea
New Shotokan karate club based
in Sketty. Suitable for ages 6yrs to
adult. Complete beginners welcome.
Visit jksswansea.jimdo.com or email
[email protected] for details.
Junior Ninja Martial Arts
Every Mon at Gower College Sports
Centre, Swansea SA2 9EB.
6pm-7pm. £4 per class. First class
free. Minimum age 10yrs.
01792 464561. www.swansea.ninja
Karate Classes
For ages 5yrs to adult. Classes in
Sketty, Upper Killay and Tycoch.
All levels welcome.
[email protected]
Kirtan Yoga
Fortnightly on Fridays at 7.30pm
in Urban Zen Yoga Studio, 2 Little
Gam St., Swansea SA1 3HY. For
further information contact Louise
Thorndycraft on 07917 724983 or
[email protected]
Lets Wiggle - Music Classes for
Children
Every Tues at 360 Café, Mumbles Rd.;
every Fri at Victoria Hall, Dunns Lane,
Mumbles. For ages 3mths-3yrs. Fun
and educational. For further details
and space availability contact Mags
on 01792 391657.
Llwynderw Christian Fellowship
Every 1st Sat at West Cross
Community Centre, Linden Ave.
2.30pm. All disabilities welcome.
01792 406323.
Macrobiotic Diet Advice
Book a class and discover which
foods are suitable for you and your
lifestyle. For further information
contact Violeta at [email protected]
macrovioletics.co.uk
www.macrovioletics.co.uk
Mellin Theatre Arts
Classes in Swansea Grand Theatre.
Offering RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern,
ISTD Tap, Commercial Jazz, Hip
Hop, Stretch and Limbering, Body
Conditioning and Adult Classes.
07531 254 675.
Mess About
Every Fri (during term time) from
9.30am in All Souls Church Hall,
Tycoch, SA2 9LP. Messy play and
mucky fun for ages 6mths-3yrs.
For further details e-mail [email protected]
messabout.org or visit
www.messabout.org
MODE - Makers of Dance Energy
Wide range of dance classes, lessons
and workshops in Jazz, Hip Hop
and Street. For ages 3yrs to adult.
At various Swansea venues. 01792
204885 or 07711 638 355. www.
mode-dance.co.uk
Morriston Hear to Meet
Every 3rd Wed at 2pm-4pm in
Morriston Library, Treharne Rd.
Free, friendly and fun social group
for people with hearing loss. New
guests welcomed. For further details
contact Martin Griffiths on 02920
333034/07777 890267 or martin.
[email protected]
www.hearingloss.org.uk/wales
Morriston Ladies Choir:
Rehearsals
Every Wed at 7pm-9pm in Tabernacle
Chapel Vestry, Woodfield St.,
Morriston. 01792 428440.
www.morristonladieschoir.co.uk
Morriston Orpheus Choir:
Rehearsals
Every Wed & Sun in Morriston. 7pm9pm. For further details contact the
General Secretary on 01639 766795.
www.morristonorpheus.com
Morriston RFC Male Voice Choir:
Rehearsals
Every Wed and Fri at 7pm-9pm in
Seion Newydd Chapel, Tir Penry St.,
Morriston. Secretary: 01639 637932.
www.morristonrfcmalechoir.org
Morriston Rotary Club
Every Tues at 5.45pm (meal at
6pm) in Sherwoods, Morfydd
St., Morriston. Rotarians enjoy
fellowship, and work together
to support local, regional and
international projects supporting
people and organisations in need.
Telephone 01792 771477 for details.
Murton Community Choir
Fortnightly on Saturdays at 10.30am1pm in Bishopston Community Hall,
Murton Green. £7 per session. For
further details e-mail Kate Davies:
[email protected]
Night Train Funk & Soul Dance
Club
Every 1st Fri at The Scene Club, 50
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Plymouth St., SA1 3QQ (opp Grand
Theatre). Open from 7pm-12.30am.
£4 on the door. Playing the best
in classic and rare tunes from the
1950s to the present day.
www.swanseascootersociety.co.uk
Ninjutsu Martial Arts Adult Class
Every Tues at St Phillips Community
Centre, Swansea SA1 3QT.
8pm-9.30pm. £4 per class/first class
free. Minimum age 16yrs.
07855 479 099.
www.ninjutsuacademy.com
Over Fifties Coffee Morning
Every Tues at 11am in The Footlights
Bar, Grand Theatre, Singleton St.
For more details contact David
Whatley on 01792 477936 or e-mail:
[email protected]
Parkmill Women’s Institute
Every 1st Tues at 7.30pm in Pennard
Community Centre (next to Pennard
Primary School). For further details
contact Diana Morgan on 01792
449577.
Pilates with Mandy
Every Mon at 9.30am in Dunvant
Social Centre. 07747 885475.
Pole Dance Classes
Pole Pride at Circadian Fitness Dance
Studio, Union St., Swansea centre.
Classes run Mon-Fri all year. Absolute
beginners through to advanced.
07504 124 533.
www.polepride.co.uk
‘Qué Guay!’ Spanish Club for
Children
Every Sat at 10.15am-11am at KC’s
Café, 24 Nelson St., City Centre. Ages
4yrs+. For further details contact
Lara on 07990 674 373.
Scottish Country Dancing
Every Wed from 7.30pm at
Rhyddings Scout Hut, Bryn Rd.,
Brynmill. 01792 299443.
Sew Swansea
Saturday workshops and evening
courses for beginners and
intermediate sewers in dressmaking,
home wares and crochet. Contact
Tasha at [email protected]
or facebook: www.facebook.com/
sewswansea
Simply Full – Weight Loss
Workshops
Every Mon & Tues at 7pm-8.15pm in
Morriston and central Swansea. One
to One Consultations also available.
For further details contact Sofia
on 07530 531 655 or [email protected]
gmail.com
Singing for Fun
Every Fri at 10.30am-12noon in
Hazel Court, Sketty. £6 per session
or £50 per term. For further details
e-mail Kate Davies:
[email protected]
Singleton Singers Ladies’ Choir
Every Tues at 7.30pm-9pm in
Singleton Hospital Chapel. New
members contact Bernice Thomas on
01792 642641.
Sketty Park Community Centre
Providing various classes, groups
and parties. Heather Cres., Parkway,
Sketty. For general enquiries contact
the secretary on 01792 208620. For
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booking enquiries contact the letting
secretary on 01792 429160.
South Wales Scribes
We are a group interested in
calligraphy and the lettering arts.
Members are welcome from across
South Wales from professionals
to enthusiastic amateurs. Local
workshops held six times a year with
external tutors. For further details:
01792 401336 or [email protected]
gmail.com
Spanish Clubs for Children
With El Club Espanol. After school
during term-time and summer
holidays. For ages 4-11yrs. For further
details contact Joyce Lloyd on 01792
402079.
Sport Massage with Brian John
Smith
Advanced massage therapy for
sports injuries, chronic pain relief &
stress management. A professional
and friendly service. Clinics in
Swansea and Neath. 07794 856008.
www.brianjohnsmith.co
Street Dance Lessons
Village Hotel, Fabian Way, SA1. For
full details contact Rachel Harris on
07547 450 787. Facebook:
[email protected]
Sugar Flowers
Every Mon at 10am-1pm in
Ty’r Blodau, Swansea Botanical
Gardens, Singleton Park. Learn
the beautiful and relaxing craft of
sugar flower making. All welcome.
For further information contact
Andrea on 01792 406161 or
[email protected]
and find us on Facebook.
Swansea Bach Choir
Every 3rd Sat at Oakleigh House
School, Uplands. 10.30am-1.30pm.
01656 773755.
Swansea Bay Orienteering Club
Every Wed plus some weekends
at various venues. 01792 371450.
www.sboc.org.uk
Swansea Carers Community
Choir
Every Mon at 7.30pm-9.30pm in
Llangyfelach Church Hall. Exciting
new community choir for carers and
non-carer friends and supporters.
Discover the fun of harmony singing.
All welcome. No need to read music.
Contact Stuart Jones on 01792
530136 or [email protected]
com
Swansea Classical Guitar Circle
Meets every Wednesday at 7pm in
Sketty Park Community Centre. We
play solo, duets and ensemble music
(not always classical). Enquiries to
Sylvia on 01792 469805 or just turn
up - everyone welcome.
Swansea Community Orchestra
Meets most term-time Mondays at
The Brangwyn Hall. 7pm-9pm.
New members playing any orchestral
instrument are welcome–no
auditions.
www.swanseaorchestra.org.uk
Swansea Floral
Arrangement Society
Every 2nd Wed (except Aug) at
St David’s Priory Church Hall, City
Centre. 2.30pm. Visitors £5. New
members welcome. 01792 464337.
[email protected]
Swansea Grand Theatre School
of Drama and Musical Theatre
Classes held Mon-Fri, 4pm-9pm.
Offering Drama (LAMDA), singing
and musical theatre. Contact Maria
King on 07974 345909.
Swansea Jazzland
Every Wed at St James’ Social Club,
Uplands. 01792 466535.
Swansea Male Choir
Every Mon and Fri at 7pm-8.30pm
in the Choir Hall, St. Johns Rd.,
Manselton, SA5 8PP. Established
1946. 07972 098 736.
Swansea Outdoor Group (YHA
affiliated, established 1990)
A friendly group for walking,
cycling and other sociable activities.
We welcome new members.
For our latest programme and
contact details, please visit www.
swanseaoutdoorgroup.org.uk
Swansea Philharmonic Choir
Every Thur at The Gorse Mission Hall,
Cwmbwrla. 7pm.
01792 894211.
www.swansea-phil-choir.ik.com
Swansea Ramblers
Organised walks in Swansea
and Gower. Membership:
01792 360495.
www.swansearamblers.org.uk
Swansea Spirit - Healing and
Psychic Educational Centre
At 1-2 Pleasant St., Swansea SA1
5DS. Offering developmental classes,
courses, healing, meditation, and
medium-ship evenings. For further
details contact 01792 646545 or
www.swanseaspirit.co.uk
Swansea Stamp Club
Fortnightly on Mondays (except June,
July & Aug) at 7.30pm in Swansea
Bridge Club, 22 St. James Gardens,
Uplands. For further details contact
Geoff Cooper on 01792 581106.
Swansea UFO Network
Every last Tues at 8pm in the
Welcome Inn, Llangyfelach.
07954 806 402. [email protected]
yahoo.com
Tai Chi Classes
Every Mon 1pm-2pm at Victoria Hall,
Mumbles, SA2 8AZ. Every Wed 1pm2pm at Dunvant Social Centre, SA2
7TA. Every Fri 11.15am-12.15pm at
Pennard Community Hall, SA3 2AD.
£5 per lesson for four-week blocks.
Beginners welcome. 01792 523766.
www.wix.com/zac652/taichiclasses
Tai Chi - Lee Family Style
Every Tues at 7.15pm-8.45pm in
West Cross Community Centre.
For further details: 01792 361823
Taiko Japanese Drumming
Practice sessions every Mon at
7pm-9pm in Bishop Gore School,
De-la-Beche Rd., Sketty. Everybody
welcome. For details contact 07748
077 743 or [email protected],
www.facebook.com/abertaiko
The Baywood Belles Concert
Party
Every Wed and Sun evenings in
the Baywood Community Centre,
Kenilworth Rd., West Cross. Seeking
new members interested in tapdancing, singing and music.We
entertain in nursing homes, OAP
clubs and WI functions. For further
details contact 01792 422631.
The Monday Club (informal
women’s group)
Every Mon at 2pm-4.30pm in
Brynmill Community Centre for
various activities. For further details
contact 01792 523669.
The Swansea Lindy Hop Scene
Classes in Lindy Hop, Charleston,
Free Jazz and The Blues Drag.
Every Tues at Swansea Dockers Club,
Delhi St., SA1 8BT. 7pm-11pm.
Large sprung dance floor; secure car
park; full bar facilities.
www.theswansealindyhopscene.org
Tenovus Cancer Care Choir
Affected by cancer? Join us every
Tues at 6.30pm-8pm in LifePoint
Church, Uplands, SA1 6BT. No
experience needed. Free. All ages &
abilities welcome. Contact 0808 808
1010 or [email protected]
org.uk
Three Cliffs in Harmony Choir
Every Thur at Mount Pisgah Chapel,
Parkmill. 7pm-9pm. New members
welcome. 01792 371531.
Ti a Fi Mwmbwls: Welsh
Playgroup
Every Wed (term time only) at 9am11am in The Vivian Hall, Blackpill. All
welcome. For further details contact
Clare on 07943 418 575.
Ti a Fi Parc-y-werin: Welsh Play
Group
Every Fri at 9.30am-11am in The
Bowling Pavilion, Parc-y-werin,
Gorseinon (term time only). All
welcome. For further details contact
Claire on 01792 891707.
Torch Trust (for the blind and
visually impaired)
Christian fellowship meets every
2nd Sat (except June & Aug) at
Pantygwydr Church Hall, Ernald
Place, Uplands. 01792 521772.
Traditional and Folk Dancing
Classes
Every Sun at Alltwen Community
Centre, Dyffryn Rd., Pontardawe SA8
3BY. 7pm-9pm. No partner needed.
£4. For further details contact Tony
Craven on 01792 865114.
U3A University of the Third Age
Every Wed (during University term
time) at Faraday Hall, Swansea
University. 2.30pm. Talks on a
variety of topics. U3A is a self-help
organisation for people no longer
in full time employment providing
educational, creative and leisure
opportunities. [email protected]
Welsh for Women Welsh Classes
Individual and group tuition
available. Enhance career prospects,
confidence and social skills. For
further details contact Miss Rogers
on 07783 071 375.
Yin Yoga
Fortnightly on Fridays at 6pm in
Urban Zen Yoga Studio, 2 Little
Gam St., Swansea SA1 3HY. For
further information contact Louise
Thorndycraft on 07917 724983 or
[email protected]
Yoga Class
Every Mon at 3pm-4pm in 360 Beach
and Watersports Café, Mumbles Rd.
For further details contact Helen on
01792 523766.
Yoga is for Everyone
With Beci Aspland BWY, offering
day classes in Mumbles and evening
classes in Uplands. Contact Beci
on 07758 817 337 or email beci.
[email protected]
Yoga Therapy: Individual yoga
lessons
Personalised yoga practice designed
for your needs. Reduce stiffness and
pain, improve your well-being. With
qualified yoga therapist Beth Cox.
07747 880 731. www.yogapractice.
co.uk
Yoga with Louise Thorndycraft
Individual yoga and voice work
sessions available in Limeslade.
Hatha yoga every Thur at 6pm in
Bishopston Primary School.
Kirtan (mantra chanting) fortnightly
on Fridays at 7pm in Bishopston
Community Centre. 07917 724 983.
www.blueskyoga.co.uk
Yoga and Chanting with Ruth
Harlow
Every Wed in Providence Hall,
Bishopston. Meditative style yoga
(suitable for beginners) at 6pm7.15pm; chanting (Kirtan Mantras)
– yoga of the heart and voice at
7.30pm-9pm. For further details
contact 074320 19338.
www.awakenyoursoulyoga.com
Zumba with Mandy
Every Mon at 10.30am & 7pm; every
Thurs at 7pm. Dunvant Social Centre.
07747 885475.
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