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Summer has arrived in Swansea Bay and it’s going to another fun packed one! We have a bursting calendar of events for you, full of activities, culture, sport and music! And with longer days, fine weather and school holidays just around the corner, be sure to get out and make the most of our gorgeous parks, beaches and outdoor attractions too.

Read on to find out what’s coming up this July, and download our Enjoy Summer brochure for more listings. It’s going to be A Summer to Enjoy!

Wales Airshow

July starts with the return of Wales Airshow, the largest FREE event in Wales, on July 1 & 2.  Displays include the Red Arrows, supported by DS Automobiles at FRF Swansea, the Typhoon, who will also collaborate with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight in a new formation to commemorate the 80th anniversary year of the Dambusters Raid, Team Raven, and The Tigers Army Parachute Display Team.

The action is not limited to the sky, with an array of interactive ground displays including a replica Typhoon, Spitfire and Flying Flea, a Red Arrows simulator, entertainment stages, funfair, military displays, trade stalls, and so much more.

For more information, including pre-bookable event parking and Park & Ride, visit www.walesairshow.co.uk

A Summer of Sport

Swansea is set to host another week of world class sport this summer, with the World Triathlon Para Series returning on 15 July and IRONMAN 70.3 Swansea on 16 July. We’ll also see the return of the week-long Para Sport Festival from 10 – 16 July.

We hope that you will come along and support the athletes and also, a huge shout- out for those who are taking part! Good Luck!

Working with Swansea Council and other partners, Disability Sport Wales is bringing eight major events to Swansea under the week-long, multi-sport and multi-venue Para Sport Festival.

The festival begins with the Welsh Para Golf Open on Monday 10 July and continues with the insport Series event (11 July), Boccia UK Team Championships (12/13 July), Wales v Scotland Deaf Football international (14 July), British Para Fencing Championships and Welsh Para Target Shooting Open (14/15 July), Wheelchair Rugby Welsh Open (15 July) and World Triathlon Para Series Swansea. To find out where to spectate, how to volunteer and where you can take part, visit parasportfestival.co.uk
On Saturday 15 July, all eyes will be on Swansea’s Prince of Wales Dock and SA1 Waterfront as the city hosts the World Triathlon Para Series. You’ll see over 100 of the world’s best paratriathletes compete for vital qualification points ahead of next year’s Paralympic Games in Paris. As well as world class racing, there will also be live entertainment, food and drink and an event village to keep the family entertained, with entry to the event being free! Find out more here.

IRONMAN 70.3 Swansea – A race that delivers in so many ways; combining outstanding natural beauty and rich history with an exciting course and renowned Welsh support.

A destination featuring sweeping waterfront of Swansea Bay leading to the vibrant seaside village of Mumbles, before cycling onto the beautiful Gower Peninsula Swansea.

You can still get a place in this SOLD OUT race through the Nirvana Enhanced Athlete Experience Packages. Find out more here.

Brangwyn Hall events

The Brangwyn hosts a range of events in July, beginning with the monthly Tea Dance on Wednesday 5 July, hosted by professional dancers Phillip & Gaynor Evans, with cake included…

Join us for one of Wales’ biggest holistic, spiritual and psychic craft shopping experiences with the return of Gypsywishes Magickal Market on Saturday 8 July.
On Saturday 15 July, come and support Wales’ longest running Male Voice Choir, Dunvant Male Choir, as they welcome Shan Cothi and Trystan Llyr Griffiths as their guests for their Annual Patrons Concert, the highlight of the choir’s year.

Are you a fan of vintage clothes? Then the Worth the Weight Vintage Kilo Sale on Saturday 22 July is an event not to miss. With 9 tonnes of stock to rummage through, split into several categories; denim, sports, ladies’ fashion, men’s fashion, outerwear and accessories, the sale is a must for fashionistas.

Oystermouth Castle

Are you ready for a day of adventure and discovery? Join us at Oystermouth Castle on Saturday 22 July for Archaeology Fun Day!

You’ll get to explore the castle’s history, learn about the tools and techniques of archaeology, and even take part in a mock dig. Don’t miss this chance to uncover the secrets of the past and have fun at the same time!

Saturday 22 July, 11am – 4pm, castle open until 5pm. Normal admission charges apply.

Outdoor Theatre

Outdoor theatre returns to Oystermouth Castle this summer, with official sponsor holidaycottages.co.uk.

There will be two performances to choose from, which one will you choose, why not attend both?

Shakespeare classic Twelfth Night takes place on Wednesday 9 August at 7.30pm and you can catch family favourite Peter Rabbit on Thursday 10 August at 2pm. Book your tickets today!

National Waterfront Museum

Join us at the National Waterfront Museum this July for a wide range of fun events and activities!

Enjoy dazzling dance performances at our Dance Days on 8 and 9 July or sing your heart out at our next Come to Sing session on 15 July.
Come down to the Museum on the 19 July and you’re sure for a big surprise… with our wonderful Teddy Bear’s Picnic.

And if there aren’t enough hours in the day for you to enjoy a visit to the museum, we will be extending our opening hours until 7:30pm every Thursday from 20 July for 8 weeks where you can try your hand at hand printing or enjoy a light bite at the café.

Enjoy our Museums, Galleries and libraries!

Check out the Twentieth Century Swansea exhibition at Swansea Museum. It’s a fascinating look at how the city changed and grew in the last hundred years. You’ll see amazing photos, artefacts, and stories from different eras and aspects of Swansea life – there’s something for everyone at this exhibition! Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

If you love Dylan Thomas and his magical words, you won’t want to miss the White Book of Llareggub exhibition at the Dylan Thomas Centre. Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the first performance of Under Milk Wood, Dylan’s famous radio play that brought the fictional town of Llareggub to life, the exhibition illustrates some of the ways the play has been interpreted over the years. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4.30pm.

If you’re a fan of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, you won’t want to miss the World Building in Wales exhibition at Glynn Vivian. Get creative in their regular workshops including Saturday Art Club, Weekend Adults, and Life Drawing. ‘Draw your animal portrait’ and win an art pack. Plus, save the date for Saturday 22 July when ‘Patch Work: A celebration of work from Glynn Vivian community learning groups’ opens alongside workshops and activities. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4.30pm.

If you’re looking for something fun and educational to do this July, why not check out some of the events happening at Swansea Libraries? You can find a variety of activities for all ages and interests, such as knitting and crocheting, local history talks, jewellery workshops, or Lego building sessions, and of course you can just borrow a good book to enjoy! For more information and to book your place, visit www.swansea.gov.uk/libraries or call your local library.

Outdoor Attractions

The sun has got his hat on and the summer holidays are on their way. What better way to spend a sunny day than our fantastic outdoor attractions?

You could hop on a pedalo at Singleton Park’s boating lake – swan or dragon, the choice is yours! Have a game of crazy golf at the park or try a rematch at Southend Gardens. Or why not pay a visit to Blackpill Lido – our fantastic free outdoor water park with paddling pool and water features.

There’s also the Swansea Bay Rider land train which makes for a truly memorable way to take in the sights as you travel along the Prom. Time to make some memories – look forward to seeing you soon!

Get Active with Sport and Health

It’s the perfect time to get active. No matter how much you do, physical activity is good for your body and mind. We have a range of activities taking place over the summer for all ages. To find out what is going on in your area please visit our webpage or follow us for regular updates on our social media pages.
Book here. We look forward to seeing you soon.

In July, Swansea will welcome teams from nine European countries to contest the Euro Hockey U18 championships B division at Swansea Bay Sports Park. Wales compete in both the male and female categories and there will be plenty of local interest with players from Swansea Hockey Club expected to appear in both teams. Tickets and tournament schedule is available here.

Admiral Swansea Bay 10k – Give it a go!

A shiny medal, a t-shirt to wear with pride or the fantastic feeling when you cross the finishing line. These are just some of the reasons why thousands of people enter the Admiral Swansea Bay 10k every year.

With monthly emails providing top-training-tips, and spectator encouragement on the day, you’ll have plenty of support from the time you sign up.

So, whether it’s just having a goal to train for, running for your chosen charity or aiming for a PB, make 2023 the year you give the Admiral Swansea Bay 10k a go. We look forward to cheering you on!