Here comes the sun…
The days are longer, the weather is warmer, thoughts are turning to getting outdoors and making the most of it – yes, summer’s here! And what a fantastic calendar of events we have for you here in Swansea Bay. Whether it’s outdoor concerts, parks, beaches, outdoor attractions, history trails or an array of cultural venues we’ve got it all.
Wales Airshow returns to the skies on
1st and 2nd July. Wales’ largest free event includes breathtaking displays in the skies over Swansea Bay, including the world-famous RAF Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and the
highly-anticipated return of the RAF Typhoon Display Team. Along with ground displays for the whole family with live music
and virtual reality experiences, this really is a weekend not
Our iconic outdoor attractions can be found in one stunning 5-mile stretch of Swansea Bay so you could try one or visit as many as you like and make a trail of it.
You could hop on a pedalo at Singleton Park for a leisurely ride
around the boating lake – swan or dragon, the choice is yours!
Why not try some crazy golf while at the park and if you fancy a rematch in a different venue there’s Southend Gardens in Mumbles.
If you fancy a splashing time then there’s Blackpill Lido with paddling pool and water features – best of all it’s free to enjoy!
No trip to this part of Swansea would be complete without a trip on the Swansea Bay Rider Land Train which offers an especially scenic way to take in the sights.
Discover the story of industry and innovation in Wales at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.
Through interactive technology the museum provides many snapshots of the lives of the nation’s workers, often told in their own words. In this way visitors can uncover the origins of some of our most popular and influential organisations and communities, from powerful Trade Unions and the National Health Service to Friendly Societies and the ubiquitous non-conformist chapels.
This museum also explains how Wales has seen many changes in the last fifty years, evolving from a nation where heavy industry and backbreaking work was the norm, to a country of high tech industry and commerce, cutting edge scientific research and multi-faceted tourism. As the world has changed, so has Wales.
Come and explore our interesting exhibitions and join in the fun at our many events. From dance days, vintage and makers markets to the Big GRAFT Summer Party. There’s something for everyone! Open 7 days a week, with FREE entry, come along and see how three centuries of heavy industry transformed the lives of people and communities in Wales and the world.
Swansea Bay is also home to a number of fantastic parks and many beautiful beaches – three of them with blue flag status. Take along a picnic and spend the day!
If history is your thing then a visit to Oystermouth Castle which dates back to the 12th century is a must – there’s a packed calendar of events to enjoy throughout the year and also regular guided tours offered by the Friends of Oystermouth Castle.
So whether it’s crazy golf, history talks, walks, or trips by boat or train, we’ve got a trail for you.
Try our Trails this summer, what are you waiting for?
Jump into summer with Sport and Health. We offer fun sport and physical activities in the local community, encouraging people of all ages and abilities to be active, make new friends and learn new skills.
Whether it’s activity sessions from Pilates or Tai Chi, holiday camps for children and young people, self or instructor led walks we have something for you and your family in the summer holidays.
Swansea is set to host another week of world class sport in summer 2023, with the 2023 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, and we can’t wait to welcome back the thousands of athletes, supporters and spectators!
The Wales Airshow and the top acts planned for Singleton Park this summer including Madness, Tom Grennan and the Ministry of Sound Classical are just some of the world class entertainment we will be delivering for you.
Plus Swansea Arena is set to feature an impressive array of acts including the Hollywood Vampires – consisting of core members and rock legends Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Aerosmith´s Joe Perry, together with guitarist Tommy Henriksen.
Discover our summer events here
Whatever the weather Swansea has plenty to enjoy indoors with an array of child-friendly cultural venues along with our 17 lovely libraries. Many of our cultural venues are within walking distance of each other so can be enjoyed as part of an exciting trail around the city.
Why not start off at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and visit the brand new ‘Animals’ exhibition which showcases works from the galleries’ permanent collection and offers the chance to see how artists have responded to our relationship with animals over centuries?
From there you could head to Swansea Museum and check out their new exhibition called 20th Century Swansea which explores collections of post-war Swansea. It includes costume, photographs, models and even a concrete bin from Dyfatty!
Just around the corner is the National Waterfront Museum which has a range of events planned in the coming months for all ages including a Come to Sing event, a book swap and Refugee Day celebrations.
Pack a picnic and settle into the idyllic setting of the grounds of Oystermouth Castle for two wonderful performances in the outdoor theatre. Which one will you go to? Or will you have double the fun at both performances!
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If live performance is your thing we’ve got everything from Valley Rock Voices and Old Time Sailors-Sea Shanty at the Brangywn Hall to Jurassic Earth and In the Night Garden…Live at Swansea Grand Theatre.
We hope you’ll agree, Swansea’s just the ticket this summer!