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Weekend Warriors!

C 14th September 2017

The Summer Holidays are (sadly) over for another year, but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop – it just needs to become more weekend friendly! We’ve put together a list of ideas to help you become weekend warriors to help you conquer your precious free time with family and friends.

Is your family ready for a medieval style crusade or more of a comfy cultural foodie weekend? You can do both these things and more – just pick and mix your favourites from our suggestions below and put together your own legendary Weekend Warrior strategy to achieve your battle plan – the best weekend ever!!

Live the Legend

Home to Swansea Museum (the oldest museum in Wales), the fully interactive National Waterfront Museum, King Arthur’s Stone and majestic Oystermouth Castle with its stunning views across Swansea Bay to name but a few, discover some of Wales’ and Britain’s most enthralling history. #LiveTheLegend.
• Unleash your inner warrior at Perriswood. Get up close to beautiful birds of prey and practise your aim with a spot of archery.
• Brush up on your horse riding skills at Clyne Farm and brave the assault course – legend has it that it’s the muddiest you will find!
• Escape the 21st century for an afternoon and head back in time to explore one of our medieval castles – Oystermouth Castle, Weobley Castle and Oxwich Castle.
• Your little Belles and Gastons will love the Beauty & the Beast Sing-a-long at Swansea Grand Theatre.
• Work as a team and prepare for battle while having fun with a few rounds of Paintball at Teamforce Paintball and Activity Centre.
• Princesses need to be able to climb out of towers and escape from dragons and knights need to stay alert on the battle field – the ropes, ladders and zip wires at Go Ape will ensure you are ready for anything!


Become a Marcher Lord (for the weekend anyway!)

The Norman Lords of Gower put their stamp on the neighbourhood with their Castles and customs. They may have not been very popular, back in the day, but these same castles make great places to visit as you march across the beautiful Gower countryside (you can read all about our legendary places here).

Three Cliffs Bay clifftop walk with Pennard Castle
• Prom Walk with Oystermouth Castle
• Cefn Bryn walk with Arthur’s Stone
Rhossili Downs with Sweyne’s Howes
• Victorian woodland – Penllergare Woodland walk


City of Culture 2021 (hopefully!)

With Swansea’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid well underway, there is no better time to visit. From our diverse array of events and activities to our iconic venues and attractions – quite simply, Swansea Is Culture. Here are some suggestions:

Swansea International Festival
Swansea Big Weekend
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
Swansea Museum and the National Waterfront Museum
• Discover Dylan at the Dylan Thomas Centre and his birthplace at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive.


Foodie Fun – every army (family!) marches on its stomach

Tapas by our waterfront marina, catch of the day fresh from the boat in Mumbles, afternoon tea in the splendour of Gower – there aren’t many locations that can offer as diverse a selection of food and drink than Swansea Bay. Here are some of our favourites that will complement our weekend warrior activities.

• Our beaches are some of the best in Wales and the UK and represent a major part of Swansea’s Culture – so what better than a beachfront meal or drink? Try the Beach House, or The Cliff.
• Experience our coffee culture at the Glynn Vivian’s Coast Café, Three Cliffs Coffee Shop or Verdi’s in Mumbles.
• Treat yourself one of our favourite afternoon teas at Oxwich Bay Hotel, Welcome to Town, and Fairyhill.
• The heart of our food culture is Swansea Market – the largest indoor market in Wales and the only place to sample our famous local produce such as cockles, laverbread, Gower lamb and Welsh Cakes.
• Eat the world in one place – Bistrot Pierre, Rose Indienne, Mumtaz, Railway Thai Table, Bay View, and The Swigg
• Cosy up in a comforting pub – King Arthur, Kings Head, Greyhound Inn, The Ship Inn,  and The Westbourne.


Trick or Treat

Grab your broomsticks, face paint and vampire fangs and enjoy spooktacular fun at one of our frighteningly fun Halloween events.
• Enrol at the School of Spooks as part of Gower Heritage Centre’s week of Halloween Half Term Fun.
• Spend Halloween at one of the most haunted spots in Gower with a spooky disco, dancing and fancy dress competitions, pumpkin carving, a swamp dip and lots more – Halloween Party Nights!
• All aboard the Halloween Ghost Train from Southend Gardens
• Prepared to be scared at Plantasia’s Spooknight
• Swansea will be a hive of paranormal activity during Spooks in the City