Happy National Picnic Week from Swansea Bay!

C 13th June 2019

Picnic Spots

We’ve put together a quick guide to picnicking in Swansea, Mumbles and Gower. If having a picnic this week is in your plans – please share your tips (and photos) with us @visitswanseabay #SeaSwanseaBay #GoodVibes


Whether you’re having a spur-of-the-moment picnic on the lawn or a well-planned banquet out and about, we hope there’s something here for you to enjoy.


Choosing food for your picnic


Will you opt for sandwiches, fruit, salads, crisps and cake, or will you jazz it up – Swansea Bay style? You could browse Swansea Market for some real local treats, and maybe even add some laverbread and cockles. And don’t forget those fresh Welshcakes!


Remember to make sure you take plenty to drink (we mean water!) and suitable means to keep your food cool, especially if you’re planning to head out when it’s warm.


welsh cakes


Choosing your perfect picnic spot


Luckily enough, you’re reading this post on a website that’s full of fantastic picnic locations! The beautiful thing about a picnic is that it can be shaped and changed to suit just about anyone.


Some would rather chill out on a beach with a blanket and a spread of nibbles, others might opt to pack a hamper and head to the park, you can even pop the tupperware into a rucksack and head for the hills!


three cliffs bay




The Gower Peninsula is home to some of the best beaches in Britain. Trip Advisor users have voted Rhossili Bay into the Top Ten of UK beaches for seven years running…come and see why!


rhossili bay





From sandcastles to real castles. Head to Oystermouth Castle and let the kids play knights and queens, and ta-dah! Entertain the court by making the big reveal – dishing out a fine feast fit for a king when they’ve worked up an appetite.


oystermouth castle




Find a picnic table or, just as good, a big green space. Take a Frisbee, invite your friends and family and chat and play the day away in one of Swansea’s parks and gardens. Have your own party in the park!


Swansea bay parks




Picnics are great as a reward after walking too! Bring out the Tupperware and thermos after you’ve conquered Mynydd y Betws or discovered Penllergare Valley Woods, take a stroll along the prom  and find a bench with a sea view when you’re done.


Penllaegare Woods


Wherever you choose to take your picnic, please remember to take a disposable bag and recycle any waste. We’d like to ask that the only thing you leave behind is a good review!


How to make the most of National Picnic Week


Feel those good vibes by getting outdoors and having a great time with friends and family! If that’s not enough, here are a few things you can get up to – especially with the kids.


If you’ve organised a group picnic, why not suggest some games? You could reward the winner with cake (or bara brith) – or just give it out to everyone for taking part.


Here are some ideas:


  • Egg and spoon race
  • Sack race
  • Hide and seek
  • Sand sculpting competitions (check out the Beach Sculpture Festival for some ideas!)
  • Three legged races

Beach Sculpture



Here’s a really fun challenge (for good swimmers):


Head to one of the safer beaches for swimmers (try Caswell Bay or Port Eynon). Stand in a line about 15 steps from the shore. Get someone to count to three, and then run into the sea – whoever can get the furthest without falling over wins!


Check our Beaches Guide for information on beaches with lifeguards on duty (between September and May).


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