Autumn in Swansea is a beautiful time of year; you can’t beat the air getting that little bit colder and the leaves on the trees slowly changing colour.
It really is a great time to discover or re-discover what’s on your doorstep and we have so much for you to explore over the coming months. We’ll be posting lots of information on our social media so make sure you follow to our Facebook and Twitter – we’d hate for you to miss out on our fact-finding walks or cycle route ideas.
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It’s definitely sweater weather, so wrap up warm and discover or rediscover some of our beautiful parks and outdoor spaces that we have on offer. We have so many beautiful parks and outdoor spaces and if you think they look pretty in the summer, they take on a whole new landscape at this time of year and really are breath-taking. While you are out an about, why not discover one of our many walking trails such as Dylan Thomas trails, medieval Swansea , promenading to Mumbles or seeing things through the artists eye with a trail that can start / finish at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and references various works from the gallery’s collection.
Talking of the Glynn Vivian, the Gallery will reopened from Saturday 19th September, with changes in place so that you can enjoy a safe visit in a relaxed atmosphere. A new one way system has been put in place, total new visitor experience with entrance through the Gallery’s garden and reduced opening times.
The Gallery opens with a season of exciting exhibitions in partnership with Swansea Pride.
Come and see the beautiful and immersive, UK premier of The Tyranny of Consciousness (2017) by pioneering filmmaker, Charles Atlas; collaborative work Pansy, by Swansea painter Catrin Webster and Roy Efrat and a series photographs by Welsh emerging artist Dafydd Williams. These exhibitions explore interrelated themes of inclusivity, diversity, gender, language, ideological and political systems and climate change.
The gallery also welcomes British Museum touring exhibition Pushing paper: Contemporary Drawing from 1970 to now. Work includes pieces by David Hockney, Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry.
Discover old favourites and some new ones in our new displays of the Gallery’s permanent collection in one of Swansea’s iconic buildings all for FREE.
You will need to book, the gallery is open Wednesday- Sunday, 11am – 3.30pm with last entry at 2.40pm.
Along with the gallery, lovers of the printed word are getting the chance to return to their local library to check out the shelves and other services on offer.
So far, nine libraries have already opened their doors once again and visitors are now able to browse the shelves, use the computers, print materials and collect recycling bags.
If you’ve not been to your local library in a while, now is the perfect time to rediscover your love for all things literacy, and all completely FREE.
If you’re still not able to get to your nearest library the ‘Phone and Pick Up’ service continues, but will have to be booked in advance and users are able to borrow up to 10 items for three weeks.
In line with the Welsh Government’s Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013, Swansea Council has committed to providing and promoting active travel routes across the City and County of Swansea. This means that more of us can easily and safely commute by foot and bicycle.
So, if you favour two wheels over four, then why not discover different parts of Swansea on a cycle trail. The Clyne Valley cycle trail references lots of history along the way and our Copperopolis cycle trail picks up the industrial heritage of the area bringing in some of the maritime links that facilitated the copper boom.
There are so many benefits such as meeting new people, increasing your physical and mental wellbeing, saving money on parking and petrol all whist enjoying the city and its surroundings, reducing your carbon footprint and safer, quieter and cleaner environment.
If you’re not sure where to start, getting back on your bike is easy! You could choose to cycle the curve of Swansea Bay and take in the fantastic views across to Mumbles Head, ride around some of the quieter roads, follow riverside routes, coastal paths or enjoy a journey of discovery on the North Gower cycle route.
Whether you haven’t cycled in years, have never cycled at all, or usually ride for just leisure, it’s easy to commute with Swansea Bayways, check out their website for more information and routes in your area – What better way to stay active, have fun and get around Swansea easily!
Fancy a romantic weekend on Gower (did someone mention prosecco?), a cosy night away in the heart of Swansea City Centre, or a short seaside break in Mumbles? You can treat your loved one, family (providing it’s only those you live with) and even your pet to a mini break during this local lockdown without leaving the area.
Many of our local accommodation operators are offering special offers specifically for Swansea residents looking for a temporary change of scenery and that perfect ‘Autumn Escape’ – check out the deals here!
And, don’t forget, you can still enjoy fish and ships by the sea, ice cream in Mumbles (it’s never too cold, right?) a hot chocolate and a yummy homemade cake overlooking our award winning beaches or a three course meal in front of a roaring log fire! Choose from a wide range of places to eat and drink here in Swansea Bay; look out for those that have achieved the Good to Go accreditation, the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business have worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment.
All that’s left to do after you’ve booked is pack light and set off! (You’re not going far after all…) Don’t forget to pack your mask, so you can Enjoy Swansea Bay. Responsibly.
Show other local residents what’s on their doorstep by using the hashtag #LoveBeingLocal when you post your pics on social media. Please help to support our local businesses during these difficult times.
Whilst other venues and attractions may still be closed, there are still plenty of online activities that you can do with the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea Museum and West Glamorgan Archives.
Please remember when you are out and about enjoying to still remain responsible, considerate and observe specific safety instructions as we want Swansea to be a safe place for residents and visitors, and under new Welsh government regulations, within all public indoor spaces, it is compulsory for visitors to wear masks.