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Spreading plaster, positivity & goodwill.

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Welcome to the third issue of Swansea Core magazine. Firstly I’d like to thank our advertisers for the enthusiastic support we’ve received so far. We’re here to stay and to create something truly useful for the community of Swansea. A quality product that people will use and keep for their reference. As well as providing information on local service providers, we aim to create a magazine that has interesting articles, games, competitions, reviews and much more. We are looking for contributions from the community, so if you have something you would like to communicate, please get in touch. Also if you have any suggestions on what you would like to see in the magazine please get in touch. We also have a new regular feature from Doorstep Living. In this issue they highlight a few small businesses which produce one off handmade items (page 30). Check out Doorstep Living on facebook to keep track of whats hot! When you advertise with us you will receive an advert and listing online, free of charge. We will also promote you through social media sites. Submit your advert to us for the February issue by the 20th January. Remember, help local business and trades and spend local! Mike


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Bathrooms

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A new dimension has opened up for tiling and bathrooms in Swansea and South West Wales with the unveiling of an impressive, glass-fronted showroom displaying the wow factor, both outside and in! Newly rebranded Tile Rack & Bathrooms Inc at Unit 12, Cwmdu industrial Estate, off Carmarthen Road, Swansea, marks the latest enterprise of husband and wife team Alun and Jackie who just over seven years ago set out to offer something different in the world of tiles. The seeds of the couple’s success were sown with a no-frills, ‘pile ’em high, sell ‘em cheap’ tile warehouse at Ebeneezer Street, near High Street station and a determination to help customers achieve their dreams. Now their own dream has come true with the creation of an ultra modern tile and bathroom showroom that is an architectural mix of space and light, destined to become a landmark for home improvers. The location, building and array of products might all be new, but one thing remains solidly the same. Alun, Jackie and Brian, who has worked with the couple for four years, are determined to continue providing a service that makes them stand out. “From the start in Ebeneezer Street we struck a chord with customers, both trade and retail. Everyone 6 January 2012

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was supportive and liked the service we provided. Business came in by recommendation and this helped us to maintain steady growth,” said company director Alun. “We have been involved in a number of high profile projects including Morgans Hotel in Swansea and Llandeilo, the Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli; Oldwalls Holiday Cottages; Gower caravan parks and a number of luxury housing developments.” “Our growth led to the opening of a second premises at Cwmdu and finally a move into the new state when answering an advert


of the art showroom which has allowed us to consolidate operations under one roof and also expand into the quality bathrooms market.” A visit to the Tile Rack & Bathrooms Inc Showroom is a must for anyone planning a tiling or bathroom project as well as developers and builders. Covering 6,000 square feet it houses almost everything the most demanding customer could wish for. Contemporary displays with complimentary tiling show off stunning designer products alongside more classic, traditional, suites, all from leading manufacturers. There is something to satisfy most budgets, whether the quest is for a bath, shower, wet room or cloakroom. Tile Rack & Bathrooms Inc is a distributor for top German manufacturer Duravit, as well as offering quality Rak and Twyfords products. Other top names that feature among the displays are Hansgrohe, Roman, Miller furniture, Apollo furniture and Aqualisa. Alongside its extensive offering of bathroom ceramics are taps from the minimalist to the practical, together with co-ordinated ranges of mirrors and

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accessories which can give any bathroom extra appeal. There is also a wide range of storage on display ranging from solid oak to high gloss white. The showroom has an extensive selection of tiles in porcelain, glass and limestone in various sizes ranging from the functional to the futuristic. There are tiles for walls and floors, not just for bathrooms, but kitchens too. They include Villeroy & Boch and Original Style Victorian floor tiles for those wishing to make a bolder statement. Alun and Jackie agree that at Tile Rack & Bathrooms Inc their speciality is working with people and bringing their ideas to fruition. It doesn’t matter whether their project is a modest refurbishment or a major new build, their standard of service is the same. “We listen carefully to what people want and are happy to guide them through their project from start to finish. Our’s is a one stop service where people can buy a complete bathroom including tiles and fittings and have it delivered free locally. We can even connect them with reputable installers if they require. ”We are excited that our new showroom which is open six days a week, with easy

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Charitable Causes

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ETSETH, is a local project very much on the up,it stands for “Enlarge the spirit, encourage the heart”, and that in itself is something that all of us not only need from time to time, but something we should go out of our way to do for others. The ETSETH project was started by plasterer Jamie Denyer back in January 2009, the reasons behind it were personal heartbreak, emotional stress and financial hardship. As a way of giving back and spreading a little piece of positivity, Jamie offered deserving families the chance to have a room plastered free of charge. Which, in Jamie’s words would bring a new lease of life to a room and create a place where the recipient would feel proud to be in, and where a lot of positive thinking, focusing and assessing could be done. Recipients of the room make overs, have described it as not just a visual or material change, but also benefiting

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them in a spiritual, emotional and psychological way, to which Jamie has said, “That is mission accomplished, and makes it all worthwhile.” When the project started, the plastering of a room was all it was going to be, but after it had been running for 4 months, other trades started to offer their help and the project is now at a point where it has the ability to completely renovate a room(s) for a deserving person or family. Lots of local businesses have helped ETSETH along the way, from building materials to carpets and blinds, all of which Jamie says, “I’m still humbled by”, as all these donations came at a time when the credit crunch started to really take hold. Jamie said “The courage and confidence that was shown by the businesses, was nothing short of phenomenal.” ETSETH has surprised Jamie at how fast it has grown, and how much recognition it has received. Along with numerous newspaper articles in the ‘Evening Post’, it has also had pieces in ‘The wales on Sunday’ and the ‘Weekly when answering an advert


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News’ in Manchester to the delight of all the trades people connected. Along with the articles, Jamie was nominated and won the ‘Good Neighbour’ award at the 2010 ‘Swansea pride awards’ And to cap it off, during January of this year, the ETSETH workforce were filmed by the BBC, for a pilot episode of a programme called ‘Welsh Room Rescue’. So all the projects good work is not going unnoticed, but as Jamie put it, “It’s not the reason why we do it, we were doing this long before the camera’s came, and we’ll be doing it long after they have gone”. (In response to the fact the programme may or may not be made into a full series). In the past, ETSETH has covered a vast array of reasons behind why the projects are deemed deserving. The makeovers that have been done so far, have been for people/ families that have had a child suffering from cancer, young carers, bereaved families, people who had contemplated suicide, victims of domestic violence, victims of physical, mental and sexual abuse, and disabled children, to name but a few. A recent branch off project that Jamie undertook, was to take on 13 long term unemployed youngsters and adults, mentor them in the trades and put it to good use on the projects of deserving people. But Jamie admits that all the above has been both mentally draining, and unbelievably rewarding, which has given him what he calls an, “attitude of gratitude”. This is to be thankful and grateful for what we have got, as opposed to dwelling on what we haven’t got. So the future for the ETSETH project looks rosy, and Jamie says ETSETH’s mission is to, “Change the world one room at a time.” They will carry on, doing what they are doing, no matter what, “As we all possess a talent and a skill, and using it to serve and benefit others is what it’s all about.” He says that anyone can do it, and has even given advice to others on how they can set up similar projects, which is music to his ears. A quote that sums up ETSETH perfectly is one of Sir Winston Churchill’s “We make a living out of what we get, but make a life out of what we give.” Please mention

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Gelish nails

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Having worked in the beauty industry for over ten years, eight of which running a business, it is rare to see a product received onto the market with such excitement and anticipation! With the party season fast approaching I want to take this opportunity to introduce to you the new gel manicure that will change your beauty regime. We have all experienced the frustrations of a manicure with its long drying times and the all too familiar smudging of your nails when you think they are dry. Once you have left the salon it is a common occurrence to see chips and fading after just a day or two caused by everyday chores, which can leave your nail varnish looking dull and tired, and after just a few days it’s time to remove it all and start again. A few months ago I was introduced to the new two week gel manicure. It looks like a nail varnish and goes on like a nail varnish but wears like a gel. The benefits of this is its fast application time of around twenty minutes, it dries instantly once cured under the UV lamp,

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it does not chip and leaves a high gloss finish which does not dull over time. As my husband says it looks like you’ve had a new manicure everyday and I would have to agree. The two brands that stand out to me are Shellac and Gelish. Both have a large variety of colours with new and exciting colours being added all the time, from traditional reds through to dazzling diamond effects. This product does need to be applied by a professional manicurist or nail technician with prices ranging from £25 - £30. It is also extremely important that you return to your salon to have the gel removed. In my experience false nail users have been easily converted as the effects on their natural nails is a lot kinder with no harsh sanding or scraping which can leave the nails weakened or damaged for months afterwards. If you think it’s too good to be true try it for yourself and I can guarantee you will not be disappointed! by Kerry Jones when answering an advert


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Health & Fitness

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Exercise doesn’t need to be stressful; it can be relaxing but efficient in improving your strength and posture to help prevent back pain. These are just some of the reasons why Pilates has become so popular and why in recent years we have seen such an increase in the opportunities to start Pilates classes. So what’s all the hype about?

What is Pilates? It takes its name from the late Joseph Pilates, who developed exercises that focused on developing Why dobody Physiotherapists the body’s core muscles to improve awareness and posture. These exercises are based on biomechanical principles backed up by medical research. recommend and Mat work Pilates is mainly performed lying on a mat and involves specific controlled strengthening teach Pilates? exercises for the muscles that support your spine from your neck to your pelvis. It uses breathing to coordinate each movement.

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What is Pilates? Why do Physiotherapists recommend and teach Pilates? Pilates has been accepted and researched to get started? by How Physiotherapists because it is seen as an intelligent form of exercise that is safe for all ages and abilities. Pilates exercises are used clinically by Physiotherapists to help rehabilitate patients with recurring low back pain. Research shows that a first episode of a simple low back pain resolves within 6 weeks. The alarming fact is that 80% of those people who have simple back pain will go on to haveWhat a second episode within 3-12 months. is Pilates? One of the problems thought to contribute to this recurrence is ‘instability’ or weak deep Why do Physiotherapists stabilising muscles also known as core muscles. It is wellrecommend documented that the muscles andtrained in Pilates help to stabilise/support the spinal joints teach Pilates? to help prevent recurrence of back pain.

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Did you know…? Joseph H. Pilates designed more than 500 specific exercises using five major pieces of unique apparatus to develop the body uniformly. The Pilates Method can be safely used by pregnant women to learn proper breathing and body alignment, improve concentration, and recover body shape and tone after pregnancy. Because your mind is required to engage with your body to perform the movements correctly, you experience a new awareness of muscle function and control. Pilates can give you flat abs - provided you have a relatively healthy lifestyle Despite some of the rigorous physical manoeuvres/exercises of Pilates, it is not deemed a cardiovascular workout. Most Pilates classes have been adapted to the floor mat and may use equipment such as a ring, band or ball. when answering an advert

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Local Business

We talk to Charlotte from… Recently opened in Mumbles is the small, yet stylish and clean, Mumbles hand & foot studio. The owner Charlotte has a passion for nails after completing a HND in beauty therapy & spa management in Cardiff a few years ago. After working as a beauty educator, visiting various beauty and nail salons, Charlotte wanted to create a nail bar with a difference… We spoke to Charlotte about her new venture and she said, “I wanted to create a place where people could come and enjoy nice surroundings and have their nails done in a really clean salon, without having to spend a fortune. It costs nothing to keep somewhere clean and make sure clients are comfortable, so they shouldn’t have to pay extremely high prices to get that kind of service. The salon is small so people will hopefully get to know me, and wont see a different face every time they come in which is something I believe is important. I use high quality products such as 14 January 2012

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January 2012 15


Real Life

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Our yummy mummy here at Core HQ tells us what its been like to go back to work after having a baby. As well as contributing to our magazine, she works in schools throughout the South Wales area… Having a baby is one of the best experiences you could ever imagine… yes ok, its not entirely a wonderful experience all the time! Especially when you are like a zombie at 3.00 a.m, clutching your newborn, whilst wiping the projectile vomit from your hair. Being a parent is a truly wonderful job, but sometimes mums have to go back to work which, as I found, can be a heartbreaking decision. Previous to my children, I was a secondary school teacher and extremely career focused, I worked every hour I could and totally immersed myself in my job. Then I found out I was pregnant… but hey, that was fine… right? I mean the baby wouldn’t cry, would fit into my schedule, would be in nursery and I could get everything done like I always did. I was in for a massive shock…as soon as that little bundle of joy was born, all thoughts of a career flew out of the window. 16 January 2012

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Once those little eyes looked up at me I knew my life was all about her, everything else seemed pale in comparison. So I spent five months enjoying our time together, playing games, visiting family and friends, going to the park, baby clinic, play mate dates etc. But all the time in the back of my mind was the nagging thought I had to go back to work. I tried for as long as I could to ignore this fact, but, as the week before my return date crept nearer, I had to focus on what was going to happen. Now unlike a lot of parents I was lucky in the fact that I had family that offered to help with childcare, so in theory leaving my baby should’ve been easier? Getting ready the night before my first day was a highly traumatic experience, I hated every minute of choosing an outfit, which after having a baby, (as you women out there will know) isn’t an easy thing after you have given birth and when answering an advert


had your stomach stretched to its very limits), packing my bags and organising myself so I didn’t wake the baby before I left for work. The thought of leaving her brought tears to my eyes and the evening before my commence date was filled with emotion and turmoil. All types of thoughts ran through my head….will she settle? I mean, she’s a mummies girl so she won’t settle for anyone else, does everyone know how to feed her? Because she will only take the bottle if you play hairdryer sounds from youtube and jiggle it in a certain way! Will she hate me for leaving her? As you can clearly see, all were excuses on why I should really stay at home! But for myself and my family, not going back to work wasn’t an option. As most of you can probably appreciate, income

to a household is vital… especially when you have two children eating you out of house and home and bursting out of their clothes as a result! So on the morning of my first day at work I took a deep breath got ready, kissed the girls goodbye, got in the car and drove to the office. As soon as I stepped through the door and sat at my desk I was bombarded with work, which distracted me from being upset. At a few points through the day I made a sneaky text or phone call to find out how my baby was, I received text message pictures courtesy of my wonderful mother in law (who may I say is highly understanding and growing accustomed to my neurotic tendencies) and saw that she was actually fine without me and enjoying spending time with her family.

Although going back to work has been a difficult experience it does get better and I want my children to see a positive role model, I also look at it this way… I work hard to spoil my girls and my weekends and holidays are spent embracing every minute of my time with them.

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Funeral Director Alan James is forward thinking, keenly aware of the way things are changing, recognising that clients are more price conscious and want to create funerals which focus on the life of the person who has died, and in which mourners can participate. Alan is an Elder at his local Baptist church, and the responsibilities which come with that take up a fair amount of his time. Specific Gravity: Alan will conduct funeral in the traditional costume , or he will wear something less formal if you wish. He has a handsome Omega hearse. If you want a less formal vehicle, he has a Vauxhall Omega estate. What’s important? The team’s focus is to give you a bespoke funeral which exactly matches your wishes, beliefs and values. He will work with people of all beliefs and none, and from any ethnic heritage. For Muslims he offers a cotton shroud which approved by Islamic authorities. He leads funerals for those who do not want a minister, but want “something of God in the service.” For those of no belief he can introduce a good Humanist celebrant.

What’s different? This is not a big, traditional funeral director’s which carries out lots of funerals. It is a small business where you will not be just another client. You will be known to everybody who works here, and for this reason you will receive a very personal service. Services: .Alan is very happy to come and see you at home. You can come in and help dress the person who has died. If you would like to care for the person who has died at home, Alan will act as a consultant for you and do just as much as you want. If you want the person who has died to be looked after by a female, that’s fine.

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Computing

SIMPLE and FREE software to install on your computer if you want a SAFER internet involvement. Remember when you connect to the internet, the internet connects to you and unfortunately almost all computers on the internet are under constant attack. So what’s the good news? Well many companies are trying hard to make the internet a safe place and there is a lot of good free (to home users) software, easily available to make you secure. In the first instance make sure you have installed antivirus software. I recommend Avast (www.avast.com) for this because it has a lot of good features and is very effective. When you download it make sure you don’t accidently download and install Google Chrome, unless of course you want to. One of the nicest features of Avast is that it is easy to scan your computer before it properly starts up, called a boot scan. This can uncover problems that can’t be found by other methods. You could do this say once a week or maybe longer. I also recommend you install a piece of software called Antimalwarebytes (www.antimalwarebytes.org), yes a bit of a mouthful but well worth having. You can use this to scan for all sorts of dodgy software, called malware hence the name. This piece of software can be run once a week to remove the mess a lot of websites leave you with. The final piece of defensive software that I recommend is a firewall. There are many varieties of these, even one 20 January 2012

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from Microsoft, but I recommend you install ZoneAlarm (www.zonealarm.com). Once installed it will ask you whether to allow or deny access to the internet every time a program tries to do that. You may be surprised how many times software on your machine accesses the internet without your permission. It is easy to say NO. There is one more piece of software that is useful and desirable, that is Cleanup (www.stephengould.org). This software will remove all the old files you dont need from your machine. It will probably save you a lot of space if you are a click-a-holic. It will possibly save you time too. If you allow friends to plug USB devices into your machine you should be sure they are as responsible as you. In particular make sure they know where their devices have been and that they regularly scan them for viruses. Just plugging in a hacked device could damage your machine. Well good luck with all this, plenty to do. If you have any worries please call me at GiaKonda IT on 01792422616. when answering an advert


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Health & Fitness

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Kangoo Jumps is the latest fitness craze in Wales and is brought to you by Ultimate Fitness Cardiff. With just two instructors in the whole of Wales this is the most recent and unique fitness class you must try. I can assure you that once you have tried Kangoo Jumps you will never look back. Coming soon to Swansea! Kangoo Jumps are a safe, low impact rebound sport shoe, providing many great health benefits, for everyone, any age, anywhere, anytime. Usually exercise is boring and painful, Not with Kangoo Jumps: you’ll enjoy every minute you are on them! They are so much fun you’ll forget you’re even exercising. Kangoo Jumps will help you bounce into shape, never has a sport been so enjoyable, safe and easy to learn. Kangoo Jumps are eye-catching and fun, whether you’re out for a run with the girls after work or before a beer with the lads, you’ll have everyone’s attention and for all the right reasons, having fun, looking good and toning up, what more 22 January 2012

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“A one hour workout burns twice as many calories as you would in a regular gym session!” fitness and you’ll always be feeling the spring in your step. All studies that have been conducted support their many health & fitness benefits. They are safe, comfortable, very stable and easy to use by people of all ages, from 6 to 90+. Kangoo Jumps were originally developed for joggers, to reduce the impact of stress on joints. Whether you are an avid jogger, a serious runner or a casual health-conscious exerciser, you will quickly appreciate the incredible number of benefits that Kangoo Jumps can provide. Joint protection, weight loss, athletic training, endurance and rehabilitation are just a few to mention. Kangoo Jumps reduce impact shock to your ankles, knees, shins, hips, lower back, and spine by up to 80%. They are recommended for sports rehabilitation and can help protect against re-injury of problem areas. Reducing the impact allows these areas to strengthen while your general health improves. But for anyone else looking to jump-start their fitness routine, it’s one way to really burn off Please mention

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It’s a place where people of all ages can get stuck in to growing plants and vegetables, help to look after animals and discover more about our environment

‘Bob’ the Builder – Can he fix it! Swansea Community Farm has appointed ‘Bob’ the builder to help them transform a currently redundant workshop into a useable space for all the community. Can he do it? Yes he can – but not on his own! Bob Mattingly has come on board to not only get the build finished on time, but also to help the Farm’s volunteers gain valuable skills in the building trade. In June 2011 the Farm received £60,000 from The Big Lottery Jubilee People’s Millions to redevelop an existing workshop into a community café, training kitchen and disabled toilets. Part of the funding is to be used to employ a builder/supervisor to help make the Farm’s dreams become reality. Bob has a number of years experience in the building trade and working with volunteers. Not only is he in the process of renovating a 300 year old house in Gower, but he has also worked in the voluntary sector training young volunteers from a range of backgrounds and abilities. “Bob has a fantastic background and has all the qualities that we look for at the Farm” said Farm Director, Phil Budd. “Our staff and volunteers have been looking forward to the redevelopment of the workshop and working alongside Bob. He has some great experience working with volunteers from all backgrounds and abilities and we feel that he will motivate everyone to get the build finished for a Spring launch next year.” “The volunteers are a huge part of the Farm and three of them had the opportunity to sit in on the interviews and give their opinion on who they felt would work best with the volunteers during the building project” he added. One of the volunteers involved in the interviews, 19 year old Emma Lipscombe said: “I was thrilled to be asked to be part of the interview panel. Being part of the process to pick the builder that we as volunteers will be working with on the project was something that I really enjoyed doing. You need someone who can work as part of a team as well as show you how to do the job, and having a say in that made me feel that our opinion as volunteers really counts at the Farm. I’m really looking forward to working with Bob!” The Farm has a fantastic core of volunteers but all this extra work means that the Farm needs more volunteers to 24 January 2012

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Bob our builder pictured with volunteer Emma Lipscombe

help complete the build. The project will offer new and existing volunteers the chance to learn new building skills such as brick laying and carpentry, try their hands at lots of different jobs around the Farm, meet new friends and drink lots of tea as well as knowing they are helping to improve their local community. Speaking about the new volunteer opportunities, Kate Gibbs, Volunteer Officer at the Farm said: “This project is going to be lots of fun on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week. If you want to learn something new, have a cup of tea and meet new people, give us a ring and find out how you can help us. There are many new skills that are going to be learnt by everyone involved in the project, including me!” “Being a volunteer at the Farm is an extremely rewarding experience. I volunteered at the Farm for 7 years before I got the post of Volunteer Officer, and I have learnt so many new skills and met some amazing people, some of whom are now very good friends” added Kate.

If you want to find out more visit the Farm’s website www.swanseacommunityfarm.org.uk or telephone 01792 578384 and speak to Kate. when answering an advert


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Let the city of Swansea sweep you and your loved one away with its beautiful sights and sounds. Swansea is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, where couples can indulge in wide array of delightful places to see and things to do. Fall in love all over again in these exquisite and charming destinations in Swansea. All on your own doorstep!

Historical Sites and Castles The landscape of Swansea is dotted with many fine castles and other historical sites. Take a leap back in time as you explore these places and spend some quality time with your significant other.

1 Swansea Castle - The ruins of this once majestic castle lay in sharp contrast to Oystermouth Castle the busy city roads and modern buildings of Swansea. When evening rolls around, spotlights illuminate this dramatic visual, enticing lovers to take a romantic stroll down the castle’s halls and pathways. Swansea Castle is located near the city centre. 2  Oystermouth Castle - Oystermouth Castle is the Gower Peninsula’s most magnificent castle. Well preserved to date, lovers will find plenty to explore together in Oystermouth Castle, including its historic battlements, towers, and dungeons. Oystermouth Castle can be found in the resort town of Mumbles.

Other historical sites of note are the castles at Oxwich, Pennard, and Weobley, all located in the Gower Peninsula.

Culture and the Arts Couples with a keen interest in culture and the arts can immerse themselves in Swansea’s rich heritage, evident in the city’s theatres, concert halls, museums, and art galleries.

1 Swansea Museum - Founded in 1841, the Swansea Museum is the oldest museum in all of Wales. Send a day browsing through the museum’s extensive collection of treasures and artefacts. Swansea Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday and admission is free. 28 January 2012

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2 National Waterfront Museum - The National Waterfront Museum lets you experience the trials and tribulations of the Industrial Revolution through multimedia presentations, interactive displays, and state-of-the devices. One of the newest attractions in Wales, the museum is in Swansea’s Maritime Quarter and is open daily. 3  Dylan Thomas Centre - Swansea is proud to be the birthplace of one of the world’s most influential poets, Dylan Thomas. Examine the life and the poems of Swansea’s celebrated literary son in the Dylan Thomas Centre. The centre is open daily from 10am to 4:30pm.

Dylan Thomas Centre

4 Glynn Vivian Art Gallery - The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery houses select

pieces of Old Masters, artwork from local artists, and a fine collection of Swansea china. Come and admire the amazing works of art Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

5 Brangwyn Hall - This main cultural centre is a favourite venue of concerts, award shows, and special ceremonies. Sir Frank Brangwyn’s murals, also collectively known as the British Empire Panels, can be found here. Brangwyn Hall is situated within the Guildhall. The list doesn’t end there. Other places that art-loving couples can visit are the Ceri Richards Art Gallery, the Attic Gallery, and the Egypt Centre. They can also drop in on one of the famous Welsh Male Voice Choirs’ rehearsals and be serenaded by their beautiful singing.

Parks and Gardens Lovers will delight in each other’s company as they walk hand in hand at Swansea’s beautiful parks and gardens. Swansea boasts of some of the best in the UK.

1 Singleton Park - Famous for its botanical gardens, Singleton Park is also host to many other attractions such as a boating lake, a Swiss cottage, and the Swansea University. Singleton Park is in Gower Road and is open every day.

Clyne Gardens

2 Clyne Gardens - Clyne Gardens features a fine selection of exotic flowers and lush plants but it is most famous for its internationally renowned collections of Rhododendrons, Pieris and Enkianthus. Lovers will truly enjoy the serenity of this garden sanctuary. Clyne Gardens is open year round. The best time to visit is in May during the Clyne in Bloom Festival.

3 Plantasia - Plantasia houses thousands of species of plants and flowers, but it is not just about plants. Plantasia is also the place called home by of some of Swansea’s most unusual and exotic animals. This 3-climate hothouse lets couples take pleasure in all that Plantasia has to offer year round, 7 days a week. Other parks and gardens to visit in Swansea are the Cwmdonkin Park, Brynmill Park, and Victoria Park.

Beaches and Leisure Centres With 34 miles of gorgeous coastline, Swansea also has something to offer couples who seek thrills - or a place to spend some time alone together.

1 Oxwich Bay - This is Swansea’s award-winning beach and its golden sands and clear blue waters can attest to that. Both The Guardian and Travel Magazine have given accolades to Oxwich Bay, naming it one of Britain’s Top 10 Sandy Beaches and the Most Beautiful Beach in the UK respectively.

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2 LC - Slated to open in early 2008 in Swansea, this multi-million leisure centre is a water park, a spa, a surfing site, a wall climbing venue, and a gym rolled into one. Sure to become a major tourist attraction, couples will have many activities to fill their day in LC. For those who want more, other award-winning Swansea beaches are Rhossili Bay, Llangennith Beach, and Three Cliffs Bay. Some of 2007’s Blue Flag Beaches include Bracelet Bay, Caswell Bay, and Langland Bay, all of which are located in Swansea. Additional outdoor leisure venues to visit in Swansea are the Chocolate Factory and Mumbles Pier. by Susan Ashby

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We are told daily that it is all economic doom and gloom out there, but here at Doorstep Living Swansea we have noticed a sector that is currently bucking the trend. People from all walks of life are trying out new crafts, everything from jewellery and decorations to unique gifts for the home. What’s even better is that far from just adorning their own homes with loveliness, this new breed of modern artisans are starting to turn a profit. It seems that homemade is most definitely where it’s at right now with programs like C4’s ‘Kirstie’s Homemade Home’ regularly attracting audiences of over 1.6million people. We are shunning the shop bought for the unique qualities that hand-made products have. On the run up to Christmas intricately decorated felt hearts, charming bracelets, and wall hangings with endearing messages are flying out of these cottage industries and into homes across the UK. This phenomenon, that perhaps started

with the desire to give heartfelt gifts or even to make a little money from home, has grown quickly and in no small part thanks to the internet. The use of Facebook, twitter and eBay has allowed crafters to sell internationally and to create a platform to build a following of like minded people easily. Some companies inspired by a popular vintage look recycle old for new but there are plenty out there who are designing items with a modern twist and using personalisation to make products extra special. We have selected a few of our favourite and recommended local crafters so you can see just how good they are for yourselves. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/dslswansea where you can find out all about local craft and produce markets taking place locally too.

Contact Lyndele on 07908 707199 www.dudeyboodesigns.co.uk facebook.com/DudeybooDesigns

Contact Emma on: tel: 07557229403 email: chic-unique@hotmail.co.uk www.facebook.com/chicuniquegifts

Nicola Jones • 07584496764 nicola-ann-jones@hotmail.co.uk www.handmadejewellerybynicola.co.uk

Currently based on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, Doorstep Living has over 4500 local friends and followers to whom we regularly promote local news events and businesses.

We are working on our own exciting website which will include local features on; events, businesses, tourist information, days out, job vacancies and car and home sales to name but a few. There will also be the opportunity to pick up some special offers from local businesses too.

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