The summer holidays have arrived and with lighter evenings, venues opening back up and so much to enjoy right on our doorstep, we’ve got plenty to look forward to this summer – and fingers crossed for some sunshine!
Whether it’s a rainy day or the sun is shining, we are lucky to live in an area where there is so much to see, do and enjoy – we ♥ Swansea! Here’s a handy round up of ways to keep the whole family busy this summer…
Swansea’s outdoor attractions are open! So if you’re looking for family fun and fresh air over the holidays, here’s where to head…
Whether you fancy a walk, a cycle, a round of golf, a splash about or a leisurely pedalo ride, you’ll find hours of fun along the spectacular 5 mile stretch of Swansea Prom. Read on for more details!
♥ Crazy Golf
If you fancy testing out your pitch and putt skills, or having a family challenge, the crazy golf courses at Singleton Boating Lake and Southend Gardens, Mumbles are open 11am-5pm on weekends and throughout the school holidays.
♥ Singleton Boating Lake
Hop aboard a pedalo! Singleton Boating Lake is open 11am-5pm on weekends and throughout the school holidays – look out for the colourful, new car pedalos!
♥ Blackpill Lido
Our very own free waterpark is open 9am-5pm every day until the end of August. With its splash pad, water features, children’s play area and picnic facilities, it makes for a great family day out.
There’s certainly no shortage of green spaces to enjoy in Swansea, with 52 areas to complement its coastline. Six of them – Clyne Gardens, Victoria Park, Brynmill Park, Cwmdonkin Park, Parc Llewelyn and the Botanical Gardens at Singleton Park – have Green Flag Awards.
Whether you want to relax and unwind in calming green spaces, admire beautiful flower displays, check out the wildlife, enjoy a sunny picnic or keep the family busy with playgrounds, fitness activities, bug hunts and boat rides, Swansea Parks are a great place to enjoy the fresh air.
Planning a beach day? When the sun is shining, where better to head than to one of our gorgeous beaches. We’ve got plenty to choose from – nice safe sandy ones, interesting rocky ones and beaches with breath-taking views and acres of space.
Wherever you choose, please remember to play safely, be aware of your surroundings and if you’re going in the sea, pick a lifeguarded beach.
We’ve partnered up with our friends at Cycle Solutions to present an easy to enter competition with the chance to win an amazing bike.
Entry open to children 14 years and under. Parental consent required. Visit our website for full details, including participating attractions – you can even enter online!
We all missed our summer of fun last year, but fear not, our very own Sport and Health team have more than made up for it this summer, with a jam packed programme of fun outdoor sessions for children of all ages and abilities!
There are literally hundreds (really!) of different sessions for you to choose from, so whether your little ones are finally ready to go stabiliser free at one of our balance bike sessions or try out our all-inclusive sessions with a bit of Boccia.
Did we mention that these are all FREE? Yes that’s right, these sessions are totally free, just make sure you book onto your preferred session.
Don’t stop reading yet… yes there’s still more to come… for the first time, we are delighted to add ‘watersports’ to our action packed timetable. So if you favour water over dry land, then we’ve got Stand Up Paddle boarding sessions, Canoeing and Water Sports (a small charge of £3.50 + 66p booking fee applies to our water sports activities).
As we know, the sun doesn’t always shine in Swansea – but that won’t put a dampener on our summer holidays, there’s plenty of indoor fun to be had…
Are you ready for a summer of online fun at Swansea Libraries?
Become a Wild World Hero!
Join the Wild World Heroes for the 2021 Summer Reading Challenge and discover how you can make a difference to the environment too. This year’s Summer Reading Challenge will be a celebration of reading, nature and action for the environment and combines free access to books with fun, creative activities during the summer holidays.
Developed in partnership with WWF, the world’s leading independent conservation organisation, Wild World Heroes will inspire children to stand up for the future of our planet. Find out more.
And don’t forget to keep an eye on the Facebook page on Fridays at 10.30am for Rhyme Time with Sue.
Summer holiday activities with the Dylan Thomas Exhibition will be themed to Dylan Thomas’ radio broadcast, ‘Holiday Memory’, which describes holidaying at home and enjoying a sunny Bank Holiday at the beach. Look out for writing prompts, word searches and games, and a tour of Dylan’s Swansea!
And don’t forget that the ‘Love the Words’ Dylan Thomas Exhibition is now open again; Thursday -Sunday, 10am-4pm.
The oldest museum in Wales has reopened its magnificent doors to heritage hunters and curious minds!
Visit the Archaeology Room and you’ll find displays of objects from pre-history through to the medieval period. Across the landing in Oriel Hanes, the cases have been rearranged with more objects from the collection on display, to better tell the story of Swansea’s industrial development, from early Victorian to the modern era.
They say you can tell a lot about people by the clothes they wear, which is why the museum has brought its collection of costumes out from safe storage to display in an exciting new exhibition that sheds light on the social history of Swansea.
Swansea Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday to Sunday, 10am – 3pm. Find out more and book your free visit.
Visit Glynn Vivian Art Gallery this summer and discover a world of art to inspire you!
The Gallery is open, with a season of exciting new exhibitions including ‘On Nature, six women from the collection’ in the Atrium and the amazing work of textile artist Anya Paintsil in Room 7.
Take a wander around the Collection displays and discover the history of the Gallery’s founder, Richard Glynn Vivian, alongside the Gallery’s collection of visual arts, from Swansea China to 20th Century Welsh and contemporary art.
Also currently on display are art works made by local communities over the past year, including ‘Postcards to the Future’ and a ‘Welcome Banner’ made in partnership with Swansea City of Sanctuary to celebrate their 10 year anniversary.
If you’re visiting with children, don’t forget to collect a Family Trail to guide you around the galleries – packed full of creative ideas for you to try. You can also pick up a free art bag to continue your artwork at home.
Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10.30am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm). Find out more and book your free visit.
West Glamorgan Archives is the place to learn all about your local area, brush up on your history knowledge, trace your family history, research for your student dissertation and much more.
Based at the Civic Centre, the Service is open 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm Tuesday – Friday. Advance booking is essential.
Please remember when you are out and about, to be responsible, considerate and observe the following safety instructions, so we can ensure that Swansea is a safe place for everyone to enjoy: