Enjoy our Outdoor Attractions this Spring!
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There are flowers blooming around us, the air smells so fresh, and yes we’re sure that’s the sun shining in the sky! Can you tell, we’re excited, as Spring is definitely in the air in Swansea Bay! The evenings are finally getting lighter, the weather a little warmer, and there is so much to look forward to from events, activities, our cultural venues, Plantasia and a visit to the city centre, let’s take a look…

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Oystermouth Castle is back open with great events lined up for the season, starting with Gwerin y Gwyr (2nd April). Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in medieval times? Sample recipes, experience weaponry demos and immerse yourself in the castle’s history!

Guided tours will take place on Wednesday 13th and 20th of April, and an Easter Bunny hunt will take place on Sunday 17th April.

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Great news, our outdoor attractions are open and who doesn’t love to pack a picnic and head to Singleton Park, have you seen the new green dragon? Have some fun with crazy golf, did you know we have two? One within the park and the other along the prom at Southend Gardens. Whilst you’re on the prom, taking in the beautiful view why not head to Blackpill and have a splash at the Lido (opens 30 April) or hop aboard our famous Swansea Bay Rider Land Train, you’ll love it, choo choo!

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If you’re feeling a little energetic now that Spring has sprung, our Sport and Health team have some great activities on. Weekly sessions include Pilates, Nordic walking, and Tai Chi, and they’ll be welcoming back BikeAbility Companion Cycling sessions soon. Most take place in green open spaces, and these ParkLives sessions are a wonderful way to make to get outdoors and make new friends, all for FREE!

There will also be a packed timetable of fun activities taking place during the Easter holidays for the children including brand new Triathlon Camps, SUP sessions, Us Girls Camps, hockey, dodgeball, and Nerf fun sessions too. As well as the regular balance bikes, multi-sport camps and mountain biking.

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As much as we love glorious wall to wall sunshine, it’s not guaranteed, but if there is a drizzle (or a downpour!) in the air, there’s still lots to Enjoy! indoors too…

The National Waterfront Museum have some great exhibitions on this spring including ‘Keeping it Local’ where you can discover amazing food delivery vehicles from the past. Find out about some of the people, businesses and projects linked to shopping locally in the past and present.

‘Trawsnewid’ is an Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales project aimed at LGBTQ+ young people aged 16 – 25. Praising the rich culture that the often-forgotten LGBTQ+ communities of Wales have to offer.

There are also some wonderful events taking place, hop over on Easter weekend and turn yourself into a bunny detective for The Big Museum Easter Trail where you will need to hunt high and low, far and wide to find the bunnies that are hiding around the museum, if you crack the Easter code you can claim a tasty treat!

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If you’ve been meaning to head to our cultural venues for some time but have not had chance, well why not make it happen this spring?

Visit the Dylan Thomas Centre and discover their brand-new trail, ‘Dylan’s Favourite Sweets’! Dylan used to love eating sweets in the bath and wrote about some of his favourites in his stories and broadcasts.

He also used to stock up at Mrs Ferguson’s sweet shop before going to see a film at the Uplands Cinema…

Inspired by this, there are hidden mini jars representing the sweets throughout the ‘Love the Words’ Exhibition – can you find them all? It’s fun for families of all ages, and there’s a prize if you discover each jar. There will also be ‘Here in this spring’ family activities available in the centre and online.

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Enjoy a free visit to the oldest museum in Wales. Swansea Museum has a vast collection, which encompasses everything from Hor the Egyptian Mummy to some of the world’s earliest photographs. Young ones can become Spring discoverers by searching upstairs and downstairs for spring objects, or invite a fairy or brownie into your garden or home by making them a door. You can also pick up some free peas at reception and grow your own at home.

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Everyone is welcome at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, discover a wonderful collection of art works and ceramics. The city centre gallery is where you’ll find old favourites and some new ones in the displays of the gallery’s permanent collection. Why not book onto a family workshop and see what you can learn whilst getting creative together. During the holidays the gallery has fun Saturday Art Club and Family Film Club.

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It’s all about the eggs here at Plantasia Tropical Zoo. Join us on our Easter Eggs-pedition trail where you’ll meet our egg-ceptional animals as you egg-splore and search for our giant crocodile eggs!
Can you crack the trail and find the answers to our egg-cellent questions all about our egg-laying animals?

Don’t forget to strike a pose at our Magic Memories booths to transport yourself inside a giant Venus fly trap, or find yourself atop a bridge above the snapping crocodiles.

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If you fancy a trip into the city centre why not try something fresh and tasty at Swansea Market? With over 100 stalls to choose from, a gorgeous new Market Garden also awaits; a beautifully decorated new space and pergola at the heart of the market that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Whether you want to stock up on the freshest of fish, looking to try the latest in vegan delicatessen, or simply soak up the atmosphere,  you’ll find the award-winning market is open and ready to welcome you from Monday to Saturday.

The market is now dog-friendly, take your pooch along while you shop! You might even meet Jack, Swansea Market’s new friendly mascot named in honour of his hero, Swansea Jack. Keep an eye out for him on your next visit!

The recent addition of customer toilets, including a disabled toilet and a fully equipped Changing Place facility for customers with profound disabilities, have made it easier than ever to take your time exploring everything the Market has to offer with the whole family!

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The Quadrant also has a spring in its step with the help of new season lines rippling through the centre.

A new-concept Ernest Jones store brings added sparkle to shopping trips. If your trainers have seen better days and you want to treat your toes to a new pair, Moti is a must-visit. There’s always a huge choice of beauty and skincare products across Boots, The Body Shop and Superdrug.

From pools and outdoor games, to tents and sports equipment, there’s something for the whole family with the help of The Entertainer, The Works and Trespass. Make the transition from winter to spring and find your perfect look at Quiz, Superdry and The Clothing Culture and get well-heeled with the perfect shoe from Schuh or Clarks.

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