Ten things to do in Swansea this summer

Ten things to do in Swansea this summer

▌ Wondering what to do this summer holiday? We’ve put together our top 10 family friendly activities for you to get stuck into around Swansea…

1. Visit the National Waterfront Museum and discover the human story of Welsh industry and innovation now, and over the past 300 years via cutting-edge, interactive technology. The Museum puts you in charge of the experience, allowing you to delve as deeply into the displays as you want. Explore audio visual exhibits, including state of the art interactive displays. There are also some very large historic objects from across the country, including a replica of the world’s first steam locomotive, a brick press and one of the very few surviving coal wagons.

2. Take a trip to Swansea Market, the largest indoor market in Wales, for a shopping experience you won’t forget. Wonderful local foodstuffs have always been integral to the popularity of the Market and traders still arrive from dawn each day with the freshest of produce. Sample cockles, laverbread and fine Welsh cheeses and, of course, no visit would be complete without a bag of hot Welsh cakes, served fresh from the griddle. Have a wander around, enjoy the vibrancy of a traditional market and discover what’s on offer.

3. How about one for the sport fans?! Head to Liberty Stadium to watch Swansea City FC take on the mighty Manchester United in a fixture not to be missed. This is a huge event in the city so make sure you get your tickets early to ensure you don’t miss out!

4. Park life! A day out in one of the numerous parks and gardens is always great fun. Six of Swansea’s parks have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag award which recognises the UK’s best parks and green spaces. These include Clyne Gardens, Singleton Botanical Gardens, Victoria Park, Cwmdonkin Park, Parc Llewelyn and Brynmill Park. Look out for great park events throughout the summer including Botanics in Bloom (1st – 31st August).

5. For the culture vultures, the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery (founded in 1911) has developed a significant collection covering a broad spectrum of the visual arts from old masters to contemporary artists, with an international collection of porcelain and Swansea china. The dynamic exhibitions programme provides a platform for artists based in Wales to present their work in a local national and international context. The Gallery also hosts national and international touring exhibitions of major contemporary artists and art historical shows.

6. The Dylan Thomas Centre is a definitive starting point for fans and enthusiasts wanting to discover more about the life and times of Dylan Thomas. Hear some of the world’s most well-known voices reading lines from famous Dylan Thomas works; the voices of Prince Charles and Richard Burton are among those featured. Visitors can also experience new interactive touch-screen displays that focus on Dylan’s technique, explore the notebooks he wrote in Swansea between the ages of 15 and 19, and cast a light on the circumstances surrounding his death in New York City in 1953.

7. For the perfect family day out, head to Mumbles Pier, first built in 1898 and now one of Swansea Bays most defining features. If it’s sunny, why not grab a Mr Whippy from the Ice Cream Parlour, pick up a bucket and spade from the gift shop and spend the day on Pier Beach. An enclosed beach with golden sands, plenty of rock pools and fantastic view of Mumbles Lighthouse, it’s the perfect place to set up camp and enjoy the day! There’s also Blackpill Lido for hours of outdoor fun and not forgetting the Swansea Bay Rider, a 72 seater land train which runs along Swansea promenade, from Blackpill Lido to Mumbles, and gives passengers a spectacular view of the beautiful Swansea Bay.

8. Take a stroll around Swansea Marina, situated in the award winning Maritime Quarter area of Swansea, bordered on one side by the sandy beach of Swansea Bay and the vibrant city centre, with all of the amenities you could ever need, on the other.

9. Enjoy the magnificent Oystermouth Castle, sitting majestically on the hill in Mumbles, with stunning views overlooking Swansea Bay. Over recent years the castle has undergone conservation work to ensure the castle structure is safe and sustainable for the foreseeable future. Now the public can explore parts of the castle that have been hidden away for centuries and learn about the castle’s exciting history. Features include ancient graffiti art from the 14th century, plus people can come and explore the medieval maze of deep vaults and secret staircases and enjoy the magnificent views over Swansea Bay from the 30 foot high glass bridge.

10. Visit one of our developments and discover that all Waterstone Homes really are built for life!

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