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EDITOR'S LETTER

When I think of springtime, three things jump to mind: sunshine, re-energising and Easter (picture cheeky little lambs). I’d argue it’s my favourite time of year; there’s so much to look forward to. And life’s all about celebrating right? Both the big and small things in life. Here at What’s On, we’re always championing Swansea; we’ve a lot to shout about.

13 • PREPARE TO BE ENTERTAINED Five titans of magic grace our cover for this edition. Hot off a run at London’s West End, Champions of Magic comes to Swansea Grand Theatre featuring some of the world’s finest magicians. Anticipate incredible feats of mind reading and amazing illusions.

30/31 • HAVE A LEGENDARY EASTER As branded by Visit Wales, 2017 welcomes the Year of Legends. And, in keeping with the theme, we’ve highlighted a variety of epic local attractions and activities to ensure your Easter is extra special.

41 • MOVING AND SHAKING As you may or may not know, I’m an enthusiast of dance in all forms. It’s a creative art form and full body workout. What better way to celebrate International Dance Day on 29 April than to try a new dance class - and I’ve a handful which I know you’ll love.

52/53 • MOTHER’S DAY EXPERIENCES We can all buy flowers and chocolates, but that’s so stereotypical. Firstly, extend the day and celebrate over the whole weekend. Making memories is far more important; check out our feature for fun and fabulous ideas on how to truly treat your loved ones.

63 • HOT AND SPICY It’s another hooray for Swansea’s food and drink scene. The atmosphere at the official launch of Jamaican Jills gave a juicy taster of what’s on offer - authentic, Jamaican food, smoking cocktails and an infectious Caribbean vibe. I particularly enjoyed the rendition of Justin Bieber’s Sorry on the steel drums!

87 • LISTINGS Spring is in full swing. The nights are lighter and there’s a calling to embrace the outdoors. Our daily events pages provide plenty of opportunities for you to get out and about. And, if you’d like a regular activity, then the clubs and classes' pages have plenty of options for you to have fun and meet like-minded people.

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OUR ABERTAWE CELEBRATING SWANSEA TOGETHER Sat 4 March, 11am-6.30pm Swansea City Centre, FREE Celebrate Swansea’s cultural and ethnic diversity and enjoy dance, choirs, local bands and workshops, busking, cooking demonstrations and entertainment from Aberdewi including a Twmpath and parade. www.swansea.gov.uk/ourabertawe

LOU LOU’S VINTAGE FAIR Sat 25 March, 11am-5pm Brangwyn Hall, £2.50 entry (under 12s free) Winner of the Best Vintage Fair! Find 40 stalls of vintage fashion, homeware and collectables nestled in this stunning location. Relax in the gorgeous pop-up tearoom with cakes from Lils Parlour, watch a live performance on the stage and even get pampered in the vintage beauty salon! thevintagefair.com

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL Tues 7 - Sat 11 March; 7.15pm nightly, Sat matinee 2.30pm Taliesin Arts Centre Cockett Amateur Operatic Society is proud to present 9 to 5 the Musical featuring music and lyrics from the famous Dolly Parton - a true feel good production. Tickets: 01792 584706 cockettoperatics.com

LEE NELSON SERIOUS JOKER TOUR (16+) Sat 11 March, 7.30pm The Princess Royal Theatre As a stand-up comedian, Lee Nelson is renowned for his quick wit and ad-libbing, but who really knows what his live show will bring? All we know is that he is back where he belongs, live on stage with his brand new, laugh-out-loud, best ever stand-up tour. Tickets: £21.50 available from 01639 763214 www.princessroyaltheatre.com

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TREORCHY MALE CHOIR Sat 25 March, 7pm All Saints Church, Oystermouth Treorchy Male Choir is making a welcomed return to Swansea. They are supporting Swansea’s Mums the Word Choir to raise funds for a local mum who is fighting breast cancer. It is a special year in the history of the Treorchy Male Choir as they celebrate their 70th anniversary since reformation following World War II. Tickets: £12, £5 children available from Dragon Craft Mumbles: 01792 360640 or Ros Evans: 01792 233635 Email Ros: rosevanssop@googlemail.com

HELEN DENNIS EPHEMERAL COAST Preview Fri 7 April, 8pm, exhibition continues until 6 May. Open Wed-Sat, 12noon-5pm, FREE. elysiumgallery Brooklyn-based artist Helen Dennis focuses on places which are continually shaped by their inhabitants, investigating the coastline of Port Talbot, the effects and remnants of its industrial growth and history. Curated by Celina Jeffery (University of Ottawa, Canada) in partnership with Mission Gallery, Ephemeral Coast links the bays of Swansea, Port Talbot and Carmarthen with coastal spaces internationally. www.elysiumgallery.com


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SWANSEA’S BRIGHTEST FUN RUN IS BACK Following the success of last year’s first Rainbow Run in the city, the paint-splattering challenge event returns to Swansea Bay on Sat 29 April.

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aising money for life-limited children and young people and their families at the Tyˆ Hafan children’s hospice in Sully, the Rainbow Run is a 5km colour run (or walk), where along the route participants get showered with different colours of powder paint. The event raises money for children like Poppy Jones, who was referred to the hospice in 2011. Despite having quadriplegic cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease, she was determined not to miss out on Tyˆ Hafan’s Rainbow Run. “As Poppy uses a wheelchair, we thought using a bath with wheels would be a much more fun way to complete the route. It

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was fantastic and Poppy was smiling and laughing the whole time,” said her dad Rob. “The funds raised from the event will make such a difference as there is no alternative for families like ours. Without Tyˆ Hafan we wouldn’t have a caring, supportive service for children with life-limiting conditions.” If you would like to volunteer at the event, please visit volunteering.tyhafan.org For more information, or to sign up for the Rainbow Run, please visit www.rainbowrunwales.co.uk


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ADVERTORIAL

WE’RE BACK AT THE LC SWANSEA! NATURAL LIVING EXPO SAT 1ST & SUN 2ND APRIL 10AM - 5PM Due to popular demand, we are thrilled to announce we’re back in The LC Swansea. This thoroughly enjoyable and interesting Health, Wellbeing & Nutrition Expo now attracts over 60 exhibitors, both local and national.

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s always, there will be many holistic therapists offering taster sessions including reiki; Indian head massage; reflexology; hydrotherm massage; iridology and hopi ear candles. A number of well-known holistic clinics will also be exhibiting, including Rhian Davies Powell and her team of therapists from The Natural Health Service, along with Jaqui Bastock from Celtic Quiet and her beautiful crystals, massage with Ben Stringer, Love Technology with Ian Griffiths and Gower College with their holistic therapy students.

and nutrition at their Old Mill Health Shop stand, as well as the benefits of sprouting. Rachel Jamison with her Cool Beans vegan cookery stand will be offering tasty treats and advice on eating more healthily.

Also on offer will be beautiful jewellery from Moksha; gifts; angel readings; candles; astrology; magnets; Aura Photography; numerology; free spinal and blood pressure checks; essential oils and mist lamps, alongside The Neem People showing the wonderful benefits of their creams and Neem-based products.

By popular demand, the Natural Living Expo has extended their FREE Talks allowing exhibitors to deliver up to 30 talks throughout the weekend on many topics from: dowsing; pain management; sound healing; numerology; meditation for everyday; mediumship with Martin Harrison; colonic hydrotherapy; palmistry with Anna Lee; nutrition and many more. In need of a break? Then grab a seat and enjoy some delicious organic juices and snacks from Govinda’s whilst enjoying the FREE Demonstrations: belly dancers, Pilates, tai chi, yoga, flute and guitar music are all featured; great fun to watch, and you are also welcome to join in.

The Old Mill Foundation with their volunteers will be offering taster sessions in many holistic therapies and also FREE advice on vitamins

With FREE face painting on hand to amuse the children, and plenty of parking at The LC Swansea (free on Sunday), it all adds up

to making the perfect space for such a large exhibition. So what are you waiting for? Get yourselves down to this Health, Wellbeing & Nutrition Expo for a full, informative and great weekend. Entry: £2 adults, 16 years and under FREE. LC members £1. All proceeds go directly to The Old Mill Cancer Foundation based in north Gower. If you would like more information prior to the show, or want to enquire about stand availability, please visit our website, see our Facebook page or give us a call! Jaynie or Sarah: 01792 851551 07810 766366 info@natural-living-expo.co.uk www.natural-living-expo.co.uk

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CHAMPIONS OF MAGIC They’re back! Direct from a hit run in London’s West End, the UK’s leading cast of mindblowing illusionists and magicians bring their trickery to audiences at Swansea Grand Theatre.

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raised with five-star reviews, Champions of Magic, the UK’s largest touring magic show, features five of the world’s finest magicians, including: grand illusionists Young & Strange (ITV’s The Next Great Magician); master mind-reader Alex Mcaleer; award-winning queen of close-up, Fay Presto, and International Stage Magician of the Year, Edward Hilsum. The super-talented magicians will be performing incredible feats of mind reading, stunning close-up and daring large-scale illusions.

Producer Alex Jarrett said: “We’re very excited to be taking the Champions of Magic show around the UK for our longest tour yet. Following a great run in the West End, the cast and crew are excited to get back on the road and present a great night out for the whole family. You really don’t want to miss it!” During this criticallyacclaimed live stage show, you’ll witness the impossible, including disappearances, teleportation and a deathdefying, heart-stopping finale, all presented with lighting and pyrotechnics to rival the biggest arena productions.

If you like your magic big, bold and baffling, this is the show for you. Touring since 2013 and seen by nearly a quarter of a million people, with over 20 million online views between them, this is the champion of all family viewing magic shows.

Champions of Magic performs at Swansea Grand Theatre on Tues 4 April, 7.30pm. Tickets: £23.50 adults, £17.50 child and family ticket for four £70, available from the Box Office: 01792 475715 and online www.swanseagrand.co.uk (All tickets include a 50p Restoration Fund contribution. Online booking fee applies.)

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ARTS WING

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PERFORMANCES 15 - 17 March Fluellen Theatre Company presents Antony and Cleopatra £11.00* Selected concessions available 18 March Perfect Pitch £10.00* Selected concessions available 23 March Marilyn (14+) £12.50* Selected concessions available

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wansea Grand Theatre’s spring season will put colour into your life. Celebrate St David’s Day with one of Wales’ premier entertainers, Mike Doyle on 1 March. Another Welsh rarebit, Max Boyce is on 4 March and Chris Needs and Friends entertain on 11 March. There’s murder and mystery in Dong Ding Murder Me on High! starring Swansea favourite, David Callister, Jeffrey Holland (Hi-de-Hi!), Mark Little (Neighbours), and Oliver Mellor (Coronation Street) from 13 - 15 March. Mayhem and madness ensue in the winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy, Hysteria, is from 19 - 22 April.

24 March Celtic Guitar Trio £13.50* Selected concessions available If you like musical theatre you’ll love Beyond the Barricade on 13 April. Legend pays homage to the reggae guru, Bob Marley, on 15 April, and Real Diamond re-lives the music of Neil Diamond on 24 April. For fans of The Eagles, Talon on 25 April is a must-see. One of R ‘n’ B’s most iconic names, Alexander O’Neal, is on 27 April. Following a run of sell-out shows, Variety Night Live is back with a star-studded line-up, including Only Men Aloud and Stella’s Craig Gallivan, on 17 & 18 March. Fans of Michael Jackson can’t afford to miss the West End spectacular, Thriller Live, from 20 - 25 March.

Great shows to cheer up your children starting with the stage adaptation of David Walliams’ best-selling book, Gangsta Granny, from 29 March to 1 April. Madness and mayhem is guaranteed with Cirque Du Hilarious on 10 April. Paying tribute to one of the best girl bands, The Little Mix Experience, is on 11 April. The classic tale of The Little Mermaid is on 18 April. With seventy-five colourful, loveable puppets, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is on 28 & 29 April.

With intrepid tales, the adventurer Levison Wood is on 6 March. Comedian and ‘it girl’ of mental health, Ruby Wax, leads a forum for discussion in Frazzled; A Guide to Mindfulness (14+) on 7 March. The comedy drag variety show, The Music Hall Tavern, returns on 9 March. David Starkey gives a lecture on Henry VIII on 27 March. The world-class illusionists, Champions of Magic, are back on 4 April. Count Arthur Strong brings his brand new show to the theatre, The Sound of Mucus, on 26 April.

With original artists, The Sensational 60s' Experience returns on 2 March. Re-live the memories of ABBA with ABBAMANIA on 3 March. X-Factor winner, Sam Bailey, performs on 8 March. The Bootleg Beatles are back on 5 April. Think Floyd celebrates Pink Floyd’s first album in a brand new production on 12 April.

Opera and Ballet International presents Ellen Kent’s Opera Festival, starting with Puccini’s La Bohème on 6 April, followed by Verdi’s Nabucco on 7 April and Verdis’ Aida on 8 April.

For bookings and enquiries, please contact the Box Office on 01792 475715, or visit www.swanseagrand.co.uk

6 April Robert Habermann presents His Way; the Frank Sinatra Story £14.50* Selected concessions available

Wed 29 March Comedy Club (16+) £11.00* Sat 25 March Fluellen Theatre Company, in association with Swansea Grand Theatre, presents Lunchtime Theatre Heaven’s Paradise by Derek Webb £6.00, £4.50* concs Sat 1 April Theatre - in - Focus Harold Pinter £6.00, £4.50* concessions Sat 29 April Fluellen Theatre Company, in association with Swansea Grand Theatre, presents Lunchtime Theatre Dr Jackal I Presume £6.00, £4.50* concessions

20 - 22 April Luna Theatre presents Earthquakes in London £10.50*

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21 March - 7 April Photographing Antiquity - The Egypt Centre White Room

Sat 4 March Theatre - in - Focus Anton Chekhov £6.00, £4.50* concs Thurs 9 March Afternoon Dance £4.00*

7 - 17 March The Whole Woman by Ally Jay Phillips Level 1 & White Room

11 - 28 April New Perspectives by Wilf Box Level 1

*All tickets include a 50p Restoration fund contribution. Online booking fee applies.

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Swansea Jazzland

Bobby Shew

Every Wednesday 8.30pm-11pm, doors open 7.30pm. St James Club, St James Crescent, Swansea SA1 6DR. Book tickets online www.swanseajazzland.co.uk (no booking fees) or pay on the door. 07802 912789 / swanseajazzland@gmail.com

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enowned American trumpet maestro Bobby Shew spent three years as the jazz trumpet soloist in the famed NORAD multi-service band. After a stint with Tommy Dorsey, Bobby was asked to play with Woody Herman’s band and later Della Reese and Buddy Rich. Bobby spent time with the groups of Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Horace Silver Quintet and Frank Strazzeri-Sam Most, as well as numerous big bands such as Bill Holman, Louie Bellson, Toshiko, Oliver Nelson, Bill Berry, Nat Pierce-Frank Capp Juggernaut and Bob Florence. Snake Davis Band - the Classic Sax Solos tour sees Snake step into a fivepiece band with Cutting Crew’s Gareth Moulton on guitar and vocals. In the

right hands, sax is so emotional, so passionate; it sings, screams, whispers. An instrumental solo can break hearts, lift spirits, even change lives. Snake performs a myriad of classics, including Baker Street, Careless Whisper, Yakety Yak, and his own solos from Million Love Songs, Moving on Up and Lisa Stansfields’ Change. What’s more, he also tells you some fascinating facts about them. Check out the website for full details of all the bands appearing every week and details of Swansea Jazzland’s membership offering 25% off all events! Swansea International Jazz Festival returns for the fourth year in June www.sijf.co.uk

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ENTERTAINMENT The Ffwrnes, Llanelli is excited to launch its Regional Circus Theatre Centre initiative to support Wales-based artists.

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ircus theatre is a rapidly developing new genre within the performing arts canon and has inspired many creative and enterprising theatre and circus practitioners to create a broad range of mid- and small-scale productions. “Circus theatre offers a perfect blend of the stunning physicality of circus with the emotional and dramatic elements of theatre. Our first season is deliberately priced to enable as many families to attend and enjoy,” explains Manager Carwyn MateraRogers. UK-based multinational multi-skilled circus troupe Lost in Translation presents The Hogwallops on Wed 29 7pm & Thurs 30 March 11am - special £5 Loyalty Card Member price. Join the thrilling spectacular circus skills of the domestic adventures of this family of misfits with clowning, juggling,

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physical comedy and theatrical storytelling. Welsh-based company Omidaze shakes up Shakespeare with its circus and theatre performance of Romeo & Juliet, Wed 12 April, 2pm & 7.30pm. This is for those who loathe Shakespeare, for those who love Shakespeare, and for all those in between. Max Calef Seve comes from Europe on Sat 20 & Sun 21 May, 7pm & 2.30pm Sun matinee, bringing a trampoline performance that pulls us into the intimate world of character which is comic, emotional and very physical. All Circus Theatre shows are part of the Jo Scheme, 20% off ticket prices when booking two or more shows. To book: 0845 226 3510 www.theatrausirgar.co.uk

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Bridgend Big Band Steve Williams Trio Bobby Shew with Dave Cottle Trio Snake Davis Band Jonathan Gee Trio

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Simon Allen Quintet Wild Card Derek Nash with Dave Cottle Trio Hot Club Gallois


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RIGHT MAN,

WRONG AGE Ever wondered how Russell Kane seems to be defying the effects of aging? They say laughter is the best medicine… Could this perhaps be the key to his continuing youthful looks and young-at-heart personality?

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re you 16-years-old, yet feel 21? Are you 40, but tragically faking 25? Or maybe you’re full-on 80 years, with the heart of three oxen and the sex drive of a bonobo chimp. Don’t worry: this is normal. No one is ever the ‘right’ age - it’s the beauty and the curse of being a real person. In this brand new show, Right Man, Wrong Age, Russell Kane unleashes another blisteringlyfunny, awardwinning stand-up performance about growing up and growing down. Multi-award-winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter, Russell Kane is best known as the host of three series of BBC3‘s Live at the Electric, regular appearances on BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, BBC3’s Unzipped, ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Now! Most recently, Russell travelled the world with YouTube stars filming the new survival programme, Stupid Man, Smart

Phone, which is available on BBC iPlayer. Russell was nominated four times for prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Awards before winning Best Show in 2010. He then went on to make history as the first comedian to win both the Edinburgh Award and Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Barry Award in one year. His second DVD, Russell Kane Live, was recorded in the West End at the Vaudeville Theatre and released by Universal Pictures in 2015. Famed for his critically-acclaimed tours, Russell has been performing sell-out shows across the globe and now he is back with this brand new show!

Russell Kane performs Right Man, Wrong Age at The Princess Royal Theatre, Port Talbot on Sat 13 May, 8pm. Tickets: £18.27 available from the Box Office: 01639 763214 and online www.princessroyaltheatre.com

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VOLCANO THEATRE TRANSFORMING SWANSEA'S HIGH STREET Volcano is a theatre company producing exciting, original work in the heart of Swansea and touring it all over the world.

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n 2015, as part of an ongoing partnership with Coastal Housing, they moved into the former Iceland supermarket on Swansea’s High Street, with a view to transforming the long-disused cavernous building into a centre of excellence in theatre production and also a flexible arts facility for the wider community. To date, Volcano has hosted and presented over 600 events including theatre and dance productions, music festivals, art exhibitions, book launches, public meetings, classes and workshops, conferences, poetry readings, gaming conventions, celebrations and fundraisers. The work and play that happens at Volcano places local grassroots activity side-by-side with home-grown innovation, as well as bringing a diverse programme of visiting professional performances into the city centre. Volcano is supported by the Arts Council of Wales to create and present original theatre productions in Wales.

FROM THE STATION TO THE SEA An Ideas People Places Project, supported by the Arts Council of Wales, From the Station to the Sea is a project about Swansea's High Street.

A partnership led by Coastal Housing and Volcano has devised a programme of connected projects, addressing particular perceptions or concerns and focusing on the needs and desires of people who live, work or visit here. An earlier phase of the project transformed a large empty space on High Street into a temporary public space with a mini beach, inflatable play zone and woodland area, which hosted a range of free events and activities from June 2014 to January 2015. The current phase (running until spring 2018) brings artists together with local organisations, schools, residents and traders to make longer-term transformations of buildings, street features and facilities, and of people’s experiences of the High Street. The central event will be the Troublemakers Festival in Swansea's High Street on 13-16 July 2017. Other projects include: Thresholds (an artist working with Crug Glas school to create an accessible public leisure space); Storyopolis (a children’s literacy project with authors and illustrators); Come Rain Come Shine (bringing shop awnings back to the street) and Story Street (residents and traders creating digital stories in various media).

UPCOMING EVENTS THURS 16 & FRI 17 MARCH ˆ YL MAP (Myfyrwyr Arloesi Perfformio) GW Gwˆ yl Theatr Myfyrwyr Cymru TUES 21 MARCH - SAT 1 APRIL THE POPULARS A strange new show by Volcano, for the strange times we live in, with lots of dancing. SAT 1 APRIL TEN MINUTES LONGER + Performances by children and young people who have been working with Volcano. Tickets available to book online.

REGULAR ACTIVITIES DASH Creative movement classes for children aged 4-7, Saturdays 10am CREATIVE CONTEMPORARY Movement classes for children aged 8-12 Saturdays 11am VOLCANO YOUTH COMPANY The new generation of performers Ages 13-22 Enquiries: kay@volcanotheatre.co.uk 01792 464790 Volcano Theatre has a variety of affordable, interesting and flexible spaces available for hire for performances, rehearsals, launches, exhibitions, events, conferences, meetings and festivals.

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ADVERTORIAL

Attic Gallery presents renowned Swansea-based artist Glenys Cour 4 March - 1 April A Yellow Arrow of Light by Glenys Cour

Attic Gallery’s exhibition season begins in spectacular style with a solo show by leading Welsh painter Glenys Cour. 4 March - 1 April If her recent highly-praised retrospective at the Glynn Vivian Gallery whetted your appetite for work by Glenys Cour, then don’t miss her selling exhibition of current work at Swansea’s Attic Gallery.

She has never stood still as an artist, committing herself to investigation and exploration ever since she was taught by the brilliantly experimental Ceri Richards at Cardiff College of Art in the 1940s. She went on to become part of the artistic circle that included her husband, sculptor Ron Cour, the painter Alfred Janes, composer Daniel Jones and the poets Vernon Watkins and Dylan Thomas. Her latest work feels fresh and new, yet unmistakably hers. Vibrant, poetic and suffused with Welsh mythology, these paintings reveal a talent as vigorous and bright as ever. Art critic Peter Wakelin says of her recent work: “Glenys seems more fearless now than ever in her use of colour and bold form… she is one of the major artists of Wales.”

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Jacob Buckland, Peter Cronin, Michael Howard Welsh Landscape Paintings This exhibition introduces two relative newcomers to the gallery, Jacob Buckland and Michael Howard alongside Peter Cronin who is a regular contributor.

Jacob Buckland is a landscape painter who lives in Carmarthen. He responds to particular moments in time, inspired by the way landscapes can be transformed by changing weather and seasons.

Michael Howard On retiring as Head of Art at Rugby School, he moved to Wales where he is now painting full-time and exhibiting regularly. His recent preoccupation has been portraying the hills that surround his home near Brecon.

Open: Tues - Fri 10am - 5pm Sat 10am - 4.30pm 01792 653387 l sales@atticgallery.co.uk www.atticgallery.co.uk Pocketts Wharf, Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 3XL Use the Arts Council of Wales ‘Collectorplan’ scheme to buy works of art, interest free.

Peter Cronin became a professional artist in 2003. While he does work in oils, he mostly paints in pure watercolour, a challenging medium, which is ideal for use outdoors to capture quickly changing light.

Follow signs to Dylan Thomas Centre then continue round to Pocketts Wharf.

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DAVID HOCKNEY ORIGINAL PRINTS

an extraordinary range of imagery including portraiture, landscapes, architecture, imaginative compositions and pure inventions.

Until Sat 1 April. Ceri Richards Gallery, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University

The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, print, photography and video spanning his six-decade career, to date. Ceri Richards Gallery’s exhibition will include the Cavafy suite and Grimm’s fairy tales original prints, as well as a selection of original posters, courtesy of Goldmark Gallery, UK.

Etched illustrations for Cavafy’s Poems, 1967 Six Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, 1969

Coinciding with the Tate’s exhibition of work by David Hockney, Ceri Richards Gallery presents a show of original prints by the artist who is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. This exhibition of original prints brings together work from his Grimm’s fairy tales suite of etchings, as well as the Cavafy suite. Hockney began working on etchings for Grimm’s fairy tales in the late sixties. He eventually selected six and created engravings based on them. Hockney’s fairy tale illustrations show

EBBW VALE STEEL WORKS Until Sun 2 April National Waterfront Museum This moving exhibition looks back at the people who worked in one of the giants of the steel industry in Wales. Documentary photographer Joseph Murphy spent six months painstakingly capturing the men working in Ebbw Vale Steelworks just before it closed for the last time in 2002 after 200 years’ service.

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And over the past year or so, Joseph, who trained at the acclaimed documentary photography course in Newport, has revisited his pictures, and tracked down the workers he shot his stills of to hear their stories for the exhibition. His overriding feeling was that even 15 years on, the men still felt very let down by the closure. ‘Gutted’, ‘angry’ and ‘cheated’ are just some of the words the men working the final shifts shared with Joseph when asked how they felt looking back. But there were also words of warmth too as they remembered the comradeship, the way they relied on and looked out for each other and the

The exhibition bears all the characteristic qualities of David Hockney’s art - a strong interest in storytelling and the interaction of human emotions, the fascination of conveying the supernatural and the psychological in visual terms, and the delight in exploring new ranges of technique with which to set down his perceptions. 01792 602060 www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk

pride in their work. And that was something Joseph wanted to capture too - the quiet dignity of a workforce under threat, but refusing to give in. The intimate portraits and pictures of the steelworks are on show at the National Waterfront Museum. But Joseph says there are still around 20 of the 70 or so workers he took pictures of that he hasn’t been able to track down, and he would love to hear from them. Anyone featuring who wants to contact him can get in touch via the Museum on 02920 576000. 02920 573600 museum.wales


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LEISURE

HAVE A LEGENDARY EASTER Wales is a land of legends - almost every lake, rock and hill comes with its own legend attached, so here’s our snapshot of legendary places and activities to enjoy.

Arthur’s Stone

www.stone-circles.org.uk Arthur’s Stone, sometimes called King Arthur’s Stone or Maen Ceti, is a Neolithic burial tomb dating back to 2500 BC and was one of the first sites to be protected under the Ancient Monuments Act of 1882. It has been a famous landmark for centuries. In the 1400s, it was recorded that Henry VII’s troops, having landed at Milford Haven on their way to Bosworth Field, made a 128km detour to visit the stone. The views are spectacular and there’s a rather good pub close by.

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Worm’s Head, Rhossili

www.nationaltrust.org.uk Think serpents, sea caves and shipwrecks. Rhossili Bay has three miles of gorgeous sand and coastline - perfect for walkers, watersports and wonderful views! The rocky promontory jutting out to sea is known locally as Worm’s Head. Historically named ‘Wurm’ meaning ‘dragon’ by Viking invaders, it rises from the sea like a giant serpent and marks the most westerly tip of Gower. You can walk across the causeway at low tide and the National Trust has a selection of coastal walking routes and Easter adventures.

Cognation, Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre

Melincwrt Waterfalls

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Afan Forest Park is home to some worldclass mountain biking trails, from beginner and family trails through to intermediate riders and has over 150km of single track for the hardcore mountain bikers. Each of the trails offers a unique challenge so you can be the ‘stuff of legends’ here. The trails start and finish from Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre and Glyncorrwg Ponds and Mountain Bike Centre. Both venues have a car park, café and in-house facilities catering for all your biking needs.

Melincwrt Waterfalls is an ancient upland oak woodland which ascends steeply from the narrow gorge of the Melincwrt Brook. The spectacular 80-foot high waterfall is formed where the brook plunges over a band of Lower Pennant Sandstone. The falls have been drawing visitors here for at least two centuries - they are certainly known to have inspired J. M. W. Turner to paint them in 1794. The woodland floor is carpeted with bluebells early in the year - it’s a perfect spot to picnic and search for fairies.


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Pennard Castle This ruined castle perches on the edge of Pennard Pill, which leads down to the stunning Three Cliffs Bay. Folklore tells that the castle lord upset the local fairies, who took their revenge by swamping the fortress in sand. You will need to scramble up sandy hills to reach the top but the sweeping views over the sea and the bay views across to Penmaen Burrows are well worth the effort.

RSPB Cwm Clydach Nature Reserve www.rspb.org.uk

Enjoy a stroll through a peaceful woodland setting on a mild April’s day and you might see spotted flycatchers, redstarts and buzzards. Wander the trails through the reserve (one is suitable for pushchairs) and spot dippers along the reaches of the Lower Clydach river. Each season brings a different experience at the nature reserve, and in spring, the air is filled with birdsong as they compete to establish territories and attract a mate.

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01639 700388 / www.adventurebritain.com From their base in the majestic Brecon Beacons National Park, Adventure Britain offers a wide range of activities for all ages and physical abilities, whether it be a single day activity or a full weekend. The top ten most popular activities are canyoning, climbing, caving, gorge walking, canoeing, kayaking, coasteering, quad biking, paintballing and clay pigeon shooting. But there’s plenty more on offer on land, water and wheels! Any of these activities can be combined to make up an Easter weekend of activities.

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A winning combination of cakes, coffee and clay pigeon shooting has made the coffee shop @ Cwm Ivy a popular spot with visitors to Gower, writes Jenny White.

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he charming craft shop and coffee shop @ Cwm Ivy has become a favourite refreshment stop for everyone from walkers, cyclists and twitchers to groups of people who meet here before taking part in the clay pigeon shooting. Set in a stunning corner of Gower in the little hamlet of Cwm Ivy, the coffee shop overlooks the north Gower salt marshes and is an ideal place to break a walk along the coastal path, maybe exploring Whiteford Nature Reserve and Whiteford lighthouse on the way. The coffee shop, located in the grounds of Swallow Barn, is owned and run by Sian and Chris Griffiths and serves up home-made cakes and soups as well as filled panini and jacket potatoes. The interior has a fresh, Scandinavian look with lots of exposed wood, and windows looking out over the marshes. In finer weather,

you can sit out on the decking and really make the most of the breathtaking setting. Next door is the craft shop featuring many unique gifts made by local crafters. It all adds up to a very pleasant way to while away an hour or so - but some visitors stop for longer, to enjoy a spot of clay pigeon shooting.

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“People call in and say they didn’t know we were there - and that it’s an ideal location with beautiful views and very good quality coffee from the Gower Coffee Company. We’ve welcomed people from all over the world here as Gower is becoming ever more popular with tourists. We’re looking forward to another busy year.”

Chris started offering clay pigeon shooting about four years ago, having recognised it as a good way to use a 12-acre patch of land on the beach that cannot be farmed. “We run the shooting on the weekends and it’s become very popular,” he says. “People are often anxious when they arrive, expecting it to be difficult, but we have a couple of really good instructors and once they’ve fired their first shot they relax and find it easier than they expected.” The activity is available for groups of up to 25 and can be booked via the Gower Clay Pigeon Shooting website. The standard and most popular package includes 25 clays for £30. Coffee and panini can be booked in advance for £6.50 per person. Whether you come for shooting, to enjoy the view or to relax after a walk, Cwm Ivy offers relaxing surroundings and a genuinely warm welcome. Not surprisingly, it has gathered plenty of repeat business. “We’ve had an excellent response, especially from walkers on the coastal path,” says Chris.

Gower Clay Pigeon Shooting @ Cwm Ivy Café & Crafts Llanmadoc, Gower Tel: 01792 386415
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any people living in Swansea have never climbed the hill that dominates the city skyline. Kilvey Hill is an incredible natural resource that provides wonderful views over the city and bay. The council worked hard to open up routes onto the hillside, and in March, Swansea Ramblers offers you not one, but two opportunities to explore the area! On 13 March, join Colin on a three-mile walk, starting by Jersey Park at the junction of Harbour View Road and St Illtyd’s Crescent. On 25 March, join Ruth for a fivemile walk starting from the Village Hotel. At Colin’s start, three paths go east. Take the highest path onto the community woodland track. The views open up across the docks and east towards Porthcawl as you ascend past old quarries to the fence

of a field boundary where you turn left and continue to ascend. Follow the path through the trees then turn right following footpath signs as you curve left to the top. Go past the foundation of an old windmill and head towards the TV transmitter. Here, you get the best view over the city. To the north, you can look up the valley to the Brecon Beacons. To descend, at first the path may seem unclear, but footpath signs take you southwest and downhill facing the city centre to join what is the ancient highway of Morris Lane. Turn right after steps down to a drive, then at a junction go left and follow the old track to Headland Road. Turn left and descend the rocky track to Granville Road. Here, turn left and follow the narrow trackway that eventually returns to the start of the walk. But remember, it’ll be more fun to do the walk with Swansea Ramblers! SWANSEA RAMBLERS WALKS Saturday short walks with Swansea Ramblers are a great way to begin walking and socialising. To try out a walk with us, just turn up dressed for the weather with a waterproof coat, good footwear, sandwiches and a drink. Remember, it really is FREE to test us out and discover the great outdoors! After three walks, if you’d then like to walk regularly with

us, become a member and enjoy our countryside walks all year around. Please contact us if you need more information. Full details of our walks are featured in the What’s On Listings. UPCOMING WALKS MARCH

Wed 1 Dare Valley Country Park (10 miles) Sat 4 Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen (6 miles) Sun 5 The Lower Swansea Valley (9 miles) Wed 8 Jersey Marine (7 miles) Sat 11 Aber Valley Heritage Trail (6 miles) Mon 13 Kilvey Hill (3 miles) Wed 15 Southgate to Swansea (11 miles) Sat 18 Penllergare (6 miles) Sun 19 Cwm Gwrelych (11 miles) Tue 21 Penrice Castle & Cefn Bryn (8 miles) Sat 25 Kilvey Hill (5 miles) Wed 29 Kidwelly to Ferryside (5 miles) Easy Moderate Strenuous Visit www.swansearamblers.org.uk for details of April’s walks

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BACKING OUR NATION With the Six Nations campaign drawing to a close, it’s been an exciting few weeks for Swansea RFC as Hannah Willis explains.

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he club has seen seven of its Whites' players wearing the Welsh jersey from SWRFC, Siwan Lillicrap, Adi Taviner, Kerin Lake, Keira Bevan and Amy Evans have all been a part of the Wales Women campaign, whilst Phil Jones and Will Jones have made the progression from Wales U18s last season, to the current under 20s squad. These players add to an illustrious history of All Whites with International caps - 164 having played for Wales whilst at Swansea so far, and 23 becoming ‘Lions’. We look forward to seeing the new crop of men’s and women’s internationals back in the Whites jersey with the experience of Six Nations match performances behind them, ready for a return to premiership action!

March and April sees the women’s team returning to league fixtures, completing their Premier Cup fixtures and playing in the second round of the Super Cup competition. Of the two Premier Cup fixtures in March, SWRFC will play the final round game at home on 26 March vs Pontyclun, with the final table standings up for grabs. League fixtures will then kick off with SWRFC looking to continue their unbeaten streak starting with a home match vs Llandaff North on 16 April; tickets are only £5, so come on down and support the team in their pursuit of

finishing top of the league! Tier two fixtures for the men’s squad got underway at the beginning of February, with the opportunity to play towards making the top four and competing in the play-off to be crowned tier two champions. Match days at St Helen’s are the perfect afternoon out for all, watching the game from the comfort of the bar, or taking in the action right on the sidelines in the Exall and Jones Stand. Tickets are £10 for adults, £8 concessions, and under 16s can attend for free. To enhance your match day experience further, we have some great hospitality packages available, whether that’s a family booking or corporate booking for your staff! All packages include a two-course meal, match tickets, match day programme, and post-match buffet with prices ranging from £12 for members, and £24 for nonmembers. If you’d be interested in booking hospitality for our final home match of the season on 29 April vs Neath, please contact Kevin Lock at kevin@swansearfc.co.uk Keep up to date with all the latest Swansea RFC news on our social media pages: @swansearfc Swansea RFC

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GET YOUR FREAK ON Dance is a wonderful art form of self-expression. A stress release providing an escape from everyday life. It has a range of physical and mental benefits and is the one form of fitness that will guarantee smiles and laughter all round. It’s infectious.

As an enthusiast of dance in all forms and fellow dancer herself, Holly Hughes is particularly delighted about the forthcoming International Dance Day on Sat 29 April. Here she highlights a few classes for you to check out.

TWERK OUT SWANSEA Want a behind like Beyoncé? Twerking beginners’ classes have landed at Gendros Community Centre. The thrusting hip movements and low, squatting stance of this dance technique work your gluts, quads and core. It’s a full body workout to anthems which will transport you to the clubs. The mirrored hall can help you perfect your technique while you burn 100s of calories. There’s also a free car park onsite. 07734 392493 twerkoutswansea@gmail.com Gendros Community Centre, Gendros Avenue East, Gendros, Swansea SA5 8DE

PENNARD DANCE CLUB NIGHT Jules Rees, Swansea Latin dance extraordinaire, is back with his fabulous dance partner Sian to bring you jive and salsa classes at Pennard Dance Club every Tuesday until mid April. Jules’ passion for dance is infectious and is a big part of the reason why his classes are so popular. His priority is to make sure you have fun; he brings the performer out in the shyest of non-dancers. All welcome from total beginners to the more experienced.

Classes: 7pm-8pm Jive Class with Sian & Jules; 8.15pm-9.15pm Salsa Class with Jules & Sian; 9.15pm-10pm Social & Dance Practice. 07816 199631 jules@julesrees.com Pennard Golf Club, 2 Southgate Road, Southgate, Swansea SA3 2BT

URBAN TANGO NIGHTS Passion, fire, drama - the Argentine Tango is a scintillating Latin dance with intricate footwork. Alison and Chris present Urban Tango Nights, an alternative Tango club dancing to Nuevo, Neo and alternative Tango music. Despite preconception, Tango is a social dance, so there’s no need to worry about taking a partner as you’ll alternate partners on the night. Classes are suitable for all levels of experience. You’ll enjoy mastering the technique - some may even say you’ll get hooked (fans of Strictly Come Dancing will pick up on the pun). Classes are held on Mondays, 7.30pm10.30pm (except for the first Monday of the month) at Peppermint, 13-17

Wind Street, Swansea SA1 1DP. There’s also a lunchtime drop-in classes on Wednesdays, 1pm-2pm at 19:20 Bar, Union House, Swansea University SA2 8PP. urbantangonights.wixsite.com/ mysite/classes-events

DANI DEE SCHOOL OF DANCE Established 16 years ago, the awardwinning Dani Dee School of Dance has a plethora of classes held at their state-ofthe-art dance studios with classes also available in Mumbles and Upper Killay. A big name in Swansea, they are regular dancers for The Wave radio. Classes range from three years to adult in a variety of styles. Renowned for specialising in street dance, they also offer: jazz; contemporary; acrobatic; ballet; hip hop; adult legs/bums/ tums fitness, and flexibility classes. If you’re looking to develop a well-rounded dancer, then Dani Dee is the perfect fit. 07921 455988 www.danideeschoolofdance.co.uk Dani Dee Dance Studios, 1194 Neath Road, Plasmarl SA6 8JT

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Today’s readers, tomorrow’s authors

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On Thursday 2nd March, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Book Day. It is this country’s biggest reading for pleasure campaign. Over the 20 years, it has been supported by stellar authors and illustrators, generous publishers, and of course, dedicated booksellers.

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special World Book Day book can be for many young children the catalyst that nurtures them to be a lifetime reader. In the age of computers, mobiles and iPads, thank goodness the physical book is still very much alive and kicking. We will be stocking all 10 World Book Day titles including books by Julia Donaldson, Enid Blyton, Jacqueline Wilson, David Walliams and David Almond. Spring brings some great new children’s books. As we approach Easter, the title THE SHEEP WHO HATCHED AN EGG would make a great alternative to a chocolate Easter egg! Lola the sheep is very proud of her silky wool but it doesn’t last forever. A funny thoughtful ode to friendship and the joys of wild, woolly hair. Wonderfully illustrated by author Gemma Merino (yes, that is her surname!).

on a Bear Hunt. THE GIANT JUMPEREE is a new read aloud classic. FISH BOY is an exciting debut novel for 1013 year olds. Faber Publishers are putting a lot of energy behind this book and it promises to be a good-looking book with evocative black and white illustrations. Billy is obsessed with swimming in the sea. His mother has a mysterious illness and his father works long hours. But a new friend and chance encounter with an unusual fish changes everything. This is a story of loneliness and learning to survive. It is a complex story, beguiling and quirky. And finally, we welcome back to Mumbles two fantastic authors in March.

Kate Hamer returns on Thursday 9th March with her new book, THE DOLL FUNERAL. Kate’s debut novel, The Girl in the Red Coat, was shortlisted for the Costa Awards, and as with her first book, beware to be drawn into her new story. The evening starts at 7pm at United Reform Tabernacle, opposite Cover to Cover, and tickets are £2. And we are delighted that M.R. Hall returns to Mumbles on Thursday 16th March, 7pm to talk about his latest book in the Jenny Cooper series. Check website for details. Our annual Easter egg colouring competition continues - pick up forms from the shop from mid-March!

Staying with our furry friends, the partnership of Helen Peters and Swansea-born illustrator Ellie Snowdon continues to flourish. Their second book, A DUCKLING CALLED BUTTON, will make you laugh and cry. Jasmine wants to rescue duck eggs, after their mother has sadly died. She keeps them in an incubator until they hatch, and soon the adventures begin. This is a Dick King Smith series for a new generation. One highlight will be the first collaboration with Gruffalo creator Julia Donaldson, and celebrated illustrator, Helen Oxenbury, best known for the timeless classic, We’re Going

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30 years young This year, Twice as Nice Dress Agency in Mumbles celebrates 30 years in business. Jenny White went along for a browse.

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hen Paula Gomersall took over Twice as Nice 14 years ago, she already knew the shop well, having shopped there for years. A charming street corner shop, it overflows with gorgeous secondhand clothes, shoes, jewellery and bags. Originally set up 30 years ago by Jessica Thomas, it has a loyal band of customers who love browsing for bargains. When an item is sold, the seller gets 60% of the sale cost, with the shop taking the remaining 40%. With an endless supply of new stock, there is always something to discover, and Paula knows her regular customers well, texting them when an item they might like is brought in. “I try to find something for them every week,” she says. “The thing I love most about running

Twice as Nice is the customers. I’ve met some lovely people and now go on holidays and shopping days with some of them. “When I first took on the shop, I found I had separate people who bought and sold but now most customers do both. I think it’s because of TV personalities like Mary Portas making it popular to buy second hand.” Over the years, the shop’s reputation has spread so that customers come from far and wide, some planning annual trips to Mumbles so they can shop there. Paula takes in clothes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and only selects desirable brands such as Per Una, Wallis, Phase Eight, Monsoon, Principles, Eden Rock, Joseph Ribkoff, Crea, Sarah Pacini and Masai. She generally only takes clothes that are two years old or less, and sells them for about half what they would have cost new - although there are bigger reductions on the more expensive items.

Her stock covers every occasion, from casual clothes and coats to summer dresses, cruise wear and evening wear. If items don’t sell, they can be collected by the customer or donated to charity: this winter, for example, unsold coats have been given to the homeless. Paula enjoys running Twice as Nice so much that three years ago she finished her other job, as a cabin crew member for Thomas Cook, in order to focus fully on the shop. “I love it here,” she says. “The customers say it’s like a little hub: people come in for coffee and a chat, and they get to know each other. It’s a lovely atmosphere.” It looks like there are many more years of blissful browsing ahead. Twice As Nice Dress Agency 2 Cornwall Place, Mumbles SA3 4DP Open Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm 01792 361592 WHAT’S ON PAGE 47


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WHAT TO WEAR Andrew Whitty is a fashion journalist who has relocated back to Swansea after living in London working for the likes of OK! Magazine and fashion designers Versace and Roland Mouret. Here he creates the ideal look for the upcoming Gin Festival where a whole host of botanical-infused concoctions will be on show.

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Florals for spring? Groundbreaking! Well actually, yes! Forget about soft yellows and pastel pinks. For the coming season, designers have taken the familiar elements of fauna and flora associated with spring, and added a dark twist by featuring them alongside a dramatic backdrop of bold black, powerful purple and Gothic green. Even Corrie star Michelle Keegan is getting in on the action with her latest collection for Lipsy London.

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What’s a typical start to your day? I’m a bit of an early riser and breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. If I’m not making it at home, I’ll normally head out to Zinco Lounge and opt for the chorizo hash with a Bloody Mary to wash it down. It’s a great space to park myself for a few hours with my laptop looking at the latest images from the catwalks and getting some writing done. What’s your favourite way to spend your days off? When I moved back from London, my goal was to make the most of what Wales has to offer. I now live on the Gower, and any free time I have away from my computer is spent walking with my dog Daisy and my fiancé Jordan. I absolutely adore Port Eynon bay. It’s quaint with a real rustic feel. I love the rawness of the coastline... and the fish and chips we treat ourselves to at the end of the walk.

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EXPERIENCES Forget the chocolates, flowers and fizz, make Mother’s Day a real treat with something she won’t forget… indulge and enjoy… we show you how!

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Beauty at Bobbi Brown cosmetics is simple, authentic and effortless. It begins with luxurious skincare and skin-tone correct make-up for all skin types to luxe eyeshadows and must-have lipsticks, one will never be enough! Learn how to get a healthy glow or achieve the perfect smokey eye with a makeover and lesson with one of Bobbi’s trained make-up artists. You’ll learn simple, easy-to-replicate looks which will make you look and feel your best. The session/gift voucher costs £35 which is redeemable against products on the day.

Parc Spa Rooms at Stradey Park Hotel offer a range of day spa packages as well as the opportunity to book individual spa and beauty treatments. The Girly Time day spa package at £75 per person includes a 25-minute massage, a 25-minute facial, use of the Hydrotherapy Suite, Relaxation Room and Sleep Room, robe and slippers and afternoon tea. A perfect way to unwind and relax.

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Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli, SA15 4HA www.stradeyparkhotel.com Call: 01554 758171

AFTERNOON TEA Spend an indulgent afternoon enjoying sugar and spice and all things nice! Café TwoCann is an award-winning café/restaurant situated in one of the original dock buildings of SA1. Head there for a fabulous Afternoon Tea which includes a selection of finger sandwiches, Catherine’s homebaked cakes, mini fruit scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, a selection of macaroons, Welsh cakes, shots of lemon posset, washed down with a pot with Welsh tea and Americano coffee or spritzed up with a glass of Prosecco. Café TwoCann, 2 J Shed Arcade, Kings Road, Swansea, SA1 8PL 01792 458000 / www.cafetwocann.com


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PAMPERING PHOTOSHOOT AT CHIC STUDIO

GOWER FLIGHT CENTRE See the stunning beaches of Gower Peninsula like never before from the large C42 cockpit windows with a 20-, 30- or 60-minute gift flight. A 20-minute flight is just £59! Fly high over the Gower Peninsula taking in Oxwich Bay and the spectacular Worm’s Head, Rhossili. Sit back and enjoy the views or take the controls as you fly along the dramatic Three Cliffs Bay across to the expansive Loughor Estuary. Call or book online to buy your voucher and enjoy the ultimate airborne experience! It could even be the start of a whole new hobby. Swansea Airport, Fairwood Common, SA2 7JU. 0845 521 3129 www.gowerflightcentre.co.uk

Mon 6 March Be pampered like a celebrity from the moment you arrive and begin your experience where the ultimate aim is to make you look and feel truly amazing. Relax and unwind in studio surroundings as former Vogue photographer Richie Crossley and his team create your perfect look. You choose the style of photos you’d like to capture, and then the magic begins. It really is hair, make-up, camera, action! You’ll enjoy the full works before you step in front of the lens. Have a fabulous two-hour pampering shoot with a professional make-up and hair consultation for only £180. You’ll feel like a celebrity with a glass of bubbly on arrival and a few naughty bites of Belgian chocolate. 214 High Street, Swansea SA1 1PE Studio: 01792 655165 / Richie: 07792 086919 chicstudio.co.uk

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AT SWANSEA GRAND THEATRE Mon 20 - Thurs 23 March, 7.30pm; Fri 24, 5.30pm & 8.30pm; Sat 25, 4pm & 8pm Get your dancing shoes on and get down and boogie to celebrate The Undisputed King of Pop. Direct from London’s West End where it is now in its record-breaking eighth year, THRILLER LIVE is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer. It’s over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco as the cast pay homage to Jackson’s legendary live performances and innovative dance moves; executed with flair, precision and passion, this is a show that you will never forget. And yes, there’s moonwalk. Expect your favourite songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and band, it’s a total blast! Tickets: £13-£32 available from the Box Office: 01792 475715 Online: www.swanseagrand.co.uk

WALK AROUND CLYNE GARDENS It’s the perfect place to take a hamper packed with nibbles and fizz. Clyne Gardens is internationally famous for its superb collections of rhododendrons, pieris and enkianthus. The gardens offer a haven of tranquillity, lush planting and interesting features such as a Japanese bridge, the Admiral’s Tower and the gazebo. It’s a colourful sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The tallest recorded magnolia in Britain ‘Magnolia campbellii var. alba’ can be found here and the gardens are truly spectacular all year round.

MAKE YOUR OWN FASCINATOR AT EMBELLISH, GORSEINON

Sun 26 March, 12noon - 2pm Get crafty with this workshop with a difference and create your own fascinator. You’ll have access to professional hatmaking materials and equipment, including sinamay, feathers and crystals. You will learn the techniques to curl feathers, make sinamay flowers, leaves, bows and curls to create a wonderful headpiece to wear at your next event, all with expert advice and guidance from professional milliner, Yolande. All materials are included in the price of the class so you don’t need to bring a thing - and you will also be treated to a wonderful afternoon tea. Info/Book: 07969 064858

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Easter with a camera Whether you’ve a DSLR, retro analogue or even a camera phone, Easter events and outings provide plenty of family photo opportunities. Mum-of-two, photographer and blogger Rachael Smith shares ideas on how to capture family memories in the making over the school holiday.

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hen I think of Easter, I don’t just think of chocolate eggs, although I love any excuse to eat more chocolate, I always think of springtime too. My camera and I intend to make the most of springtime this Easter. And here are some ways you can too. Head outside as much as you can, spring isn’t just about plants and animals reawakening, but our bodies need a bit of a push back to life too after the inevitable slowing down of winter. In spring, one of my favourite things is to try and go for a walk whenever I can in search of blossom. I am not sure I will ever tire of seeing it reappear after each long winter. You wont have to go far, even a gentle stroll around your neighbourhood will inevitably reveal a few beauties in bloom. If you have a DSLR, set your aperture as wide as you can (F1.8 is my default for blossom) and enjoy the softness it creates. Blossoms are so pretty that even with just a camera phone you can still capture something beautiful.

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Fallen blossoms make a lovely adornment to a child’s hair, a perfect photo opportunity. And a lovely blanket of blossoms on the ground will provide a beautiful scene for photos of your little ones. Springtime is a beautiful time to capture photos of your children. Set your aperture fairly wide (low numbers) and focus on their eyes for stunning portraits. For great family fun this Easter, an egg hunt is a must. There are always places putting them on during the holiday, but it’s not tricky to put on your own, whether it's in your own backyard or in a nearby beach or woods. Capturing your little ones’ joy and excitement each time they find an egg will provide you with precious photos to treasure. Make sure your shutter speed is quite fast (above 1/125) so you can capture those fast moving kids. If you’ve got a phone, on a lot of models you can hold down the button for burst mode which can help ensure you capture your moving target.

There are so many fun activities you can join in with over Easter. Decorating eggs, dressing up as bunnies and chicks, and baking Easter treats and hot cross buns. Our children’s school even puts on an Easter Bonnet Parade each year. All great opportunities to get your camera out and capture the happy memory making this Easter. Try photographing from above to get a different perspective when those little hands are hard at work decorating and making.

Above all, have fun this Easter and I’ve no doubt your photos will reflect that.

For more ideas on getting outside, you can find me at: www.ourbeautifuladventure.co.uk Our Beautiful Adventure Photography @ourbeautiful_adventure


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Located on Cradock Street, Creative Bubble is a hive of activity with pop-up craft fairs, art exhibitions, workshops and talks from local entrepreneurs. It is a joint initiative between University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and Swansea BID and encourages students to manage their own shop-based activities. RETAIL, BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT with Aled Bonnell, Manager of Marks & Spencer’s, Swansea Wed 1 March, 6pm-7.30pm Aled will be talking about his own unusual route into retail management and will also be bringing along some of his team to talk about alternative careers in M&S: marketing, buying, accounting, window dressing etc. They will be offering tips on how to succeed in business, how to deal with conflicts, and rumour is they are bringing some Percy Pig sweets!

HOW TO RUN A BUSINESS AND BE CREATIVE with Liam Reardon, Owner of MJR Marketing Agency

CHALLENGES OF WORKING IN THE MEDIA Jonathan Roberts, Editor of South Wales Evening Post

Wed 8 March, 6pm-7.30pm

Wed 29 March, 6pm-7.30pm

Liam is an established marketer and professional photographer. His areas of expertise are PR, advertising, strategic and operational marketing, social media management, event planning and using CRM to target B2B and B2C markets. Liam will be talking about how he set up his own marketing business whilst running this alongside being a professional photographer.

Jonathan began his career as a trainee on the Llanelli Star in 1997 and has worked on numerous Welsh regional and national titles during a 17-year career. As Editor of Wales’ biggest selling daily newspaper, he will be talking about the challenges of working in the media and how to succeed in a competitive business.

All the talks are FREE but you must book as there are limited places; contact: amanda.hughes@uwtsd.ac.uk Creative Bubble, 13 Cradock Street, Swansea SA1 3EW Creative Bubble

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The home of chic rural living If you’re looking for something special to revamp your home or wardrobe this spring, head to Kindle House in Ystradgynlais, the must-visit store for effortless, relaxed style.

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indle House opened at the end of 2010, and is situated in a surprisingly large Victorian house, nestled amongst a small parade of shops on Commercial Street in Ystradgynlais. Voted as one of the top independent stores to visit in Wales, Kindle House really is a little gem in the upper Swansea Valley.

They are about to launch their new Spring/Summer season with a 15% off event from the 2nd to the 5th of March, so there has never been a better time to visit! A lot of careful consideration goes into the colour and theme of each of the rooms and the recent transformation doesn’t disappoint. Owner Emma Purvis and her team refresh the store with Annie Sloan’s wonderful Chalk Paint™, which they are WHAT’S ON PAGE 56

very proud to stock, along with everything you need to turn your unloved furniture into modern, shabby-chic classics. Having been trained by Annie herself, Emma runs regular Annie Sloan approved workshops. You can also learn how to upholster a footstool or chair by enrolling on one of their Ministry of Upholstery approved workshops. Whatever your next project, the team at Kindle House will be more than happy to chat it through with you and answer any questions you may have. Constantly on the lookout for the next must-have pieces to delight her customers, Emma has added a number of exciting new brands to her collection. A new range of contemporary tableware from Repeat Repeat will totally refresh your breakfast table, or if you’re thinking of investing in a timeless dinner service, look no further

than their selection from Sophie Conran for Portmeirion. Around the rest of the store you’ll find beautiful furniture, home accessories and soft furnishings to brighten your home for spring. In their upstairs boutique, there’s a broad range of carefully chosen ladies fashion and accessories displayed in a relaxed and friendly environment. “We have customers travel from far and wide to view our selections from The Masai Clothing Company and Dutch label Sandwich,” says Emma. “Masai really are the masters of textures, prints and layers; the classic pieces can


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be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.” You’ll find the same exceptional quality in the individually selected ranges of jewellery, bags, accessories and footwear from Fly London and JShoes. Along the landing, you’ll find a selection of the softest cuddly toys imaginable from Jelly Cat, children’s jewellery from Joma London and collectable children’s toys and gifts from Maileg. Pronounced ‘MyLye’, the charming Danish-designed toys offer a timeless world filled with beautiful accessories and settings to be collected, cherished and shared with friends and family for generations.

To take a little peek inside Kindle House, head over to their Facebook page and Instagram. The store is full of many beautiful and useful pieces for your home and wardrobe, so why not step inside the world of Kindle House and let it inspire you this spring.

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Ystradgynlais SA9 1LA • 01639 849159 46 Newton Road, Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BQ • 01792 362282 www.kindlehouse.co.uk www.facebook.com/kindlehouse

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FOOD & DRINK Fine, hand-baked granola made with as little sugar as possible

Freshly baked artisan breads from Little Valley Bakery.

from The Oat-So-Good Company.

Stockists: At the bakery shop, Gower Heritage Centre (check opening times online) www.littlevalleybakery.com

Indulgent, home-made chocolate brownies from Gower Cottage Brownies Stockists: Llanmadog Community Shop, Café Valance, So Cocoa, Joes Ice Cream Parlour www.gowercottagebrownies.co.uk

Stockists: B&M, Home Bargains and Murton Post Office. Mail order: oatsogood21@yahoo.com www.oatsogood.co.uk

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Sample a range of delicious beers, stouts and ales brewed at Mumbles Brewery. The local’s favourite.

MADE IN SWANSEA Holly Hughes takes a look at some of the home-grown, home-farmed and handmade produce made directly on our doorstep. A range of bold, flavourful and decaf blends of coffee from Swansea’s own Gower Coffee Co. Stockists: Kardomah Coffee Shop www.gowercoffeecompany.co.uk

Stockists: www.mumblesbrewery.co.uk

Crispy seaweed snacks make the perfect nutritious pick-me-up. The family-

run business, Selwyn’s of Llanmorlais, offers a variety of tempting flavours - the perfect introduction to the Welsh delicacy. Stockists: www.selwynsseaweed.com

Tickle your tastebuds with Estelle’s Gower Goodies’

range of relishes, chutneys, jams, preserves, marmalades and conserves in a variety of unusual, special flavours. Stockists: www.estellesgower-goodies.co.uk

For a true taste of Welshness, cockles harvested from Penclawdd are a must. The little bursts of saltiness add a fresh taste of the sea. Stockists: Swansea Market www.swanseaindoormarket.co.uk

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is renowned for its distinct flavour - the lambs are fully traceable and are born on the farms where they graze the salt marsh containing a natural abundance of samphire, sorrel, sea lavender and thrift. Stockists: Farm Shop, Weobley Castle. www.gowersaltmarshlamb.co.uk WHAT’S ON PAGE 61


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Swansea is celebrating as the Swansea branch of Jamaican Jills has now opened its doors for jerk chicken, smoking cocktails and Caribbean fun, writes Jenny White.

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hether you want cocktails, proper Jamaican cooking or to move your feet to the sound of live steel drums, a visit to the new branch of Jamaican Jills is a must. Throw in six screens for live sports, cheery, welcoming staff and atmospheric Jamaicanstyle surroundings, and the result is a uniquely flexible, fun venue. Owner Bernie Davies grew up in Jamaica but has lived in Wales for years, having fallen in love with the country while driving through it. She met and married Welshman Mark, and between them they opened Buffalo Bills in Neath, which had a Jamaican-themed back room named Jamaican Jills.

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“The Caribbean theme was such a hit that we decided to make the entire venue Jamaican Jills from May 2014,” says Bernie. It started attracting customers from as far afield as west Wales and Newport, so it seemed a natural progression to open up Jamaican Jills in the heart of Swansea, making it more accessible for those wanting a night out in the city. Jamaican Jills in Neath is still available for party bookings and late night dancing, but the Swansea branch is more of a regular restaurant - albeit one with its own unforgettable character. The walls bear sunsets, patois words (the language of Jamaica) and beach scenes, and there is plenty of live music, including regular steel drums on the weekends. Take a look at the Jamaican Jills' website for more details of live music. The star of the show, however, is the food and drink. From smoking cocktails in test tubes to Guinness punch - a classic Caribbean drink - there is no shortage of interest at the bar.

Another superb Jamaican speciality is Blue Mountain coffee, something you are unlikely to find elsewhere in Wales. “The customers love it,” says Bernie. “They also love our two-for-one deals on regular cocktails - and sometimes they enjoy the live music so much they take their shoes off and dance later into the evening.” With opening times from midday to midnight seven days a week, there is certainly ample opportunity to join in the fun.

Especially popular dishes include curried goat, jerk chicken and salt fish fritters. “These are recipes I learnt growing up in Jamaica but everyone has their own unique way of cooking these dishes: it’s your personal twists that make it nicer,” says Bernie.

Jamaican Jills, Salubrious Place, Wind Street, Swansea SA1 1EE 01792 476222 swansea.jamaicanjills.com

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THE COSY KITCHEN

The Kitchen Table, Mumbles, is a hidden delight; we discovered what its many fans already know when we called in for a cuppa.

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here’s a well-known saying that small is beautiful, and when applied to The Kitchen Table, you would be right. If you read some of the reviews on TripAdvisor of this number one ranked restaurant in Mumbles, you will see comments such as ‘little gem’, ‘cosy café’, and repeatedly, ‘friendly service’. This charming, relaxed café-style restaurant has legions of foodie fans, including a smattering of celebrities too. It’s an independently run, quirky, eclectic space offering wholesome, home-cooked and locally sourced food. They cater for vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and glutenfree diets and do so in style. The Kitchen Table is the only restaurant and café in Swansea listed by Gluten Free Dining which guarantees that there is always a glutenfree choice on the menu. Many dishes offer options for diners - the roast vegetable salad is available with a choice of halloumi, chicken or sesame tofu. But even the most avid meat eaters would be hard pushed to not be impressed by the quality and variety of meat-free meals on the menu. Tuck in to a starter of baked mushroom with Welsh rarebit made with Gower Gold beer served with an apple and walnut salad

topped with Estelle’s Gower Goodies’ Rhossilli Relish, followed by tangy homemade sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry with spiced rice and poppadum. That’s not to say that there isn’t something for everyone too with burgers, grills and fish options and a specials board.

The all day breakfast is a beast - for just £6.95 you get a full, veggie or vegan breakfast with a mug of tea or an Americano coffee. It’s what customers call the ‘breakfast for champions’ and is served from 9.30am to 4pm every day. If you can’t manage the full on foodie breakfast, go for a great natural top-up - a fresh red juice of beetroot, carrot and apple with a hint of ginger, followed by a plate of

bubble and squeak with bacon. Every Friday and Saturday evening is a Fish and Fizz Night and they often have special themed evenings such as a Tapas-inspired menu or curry nights. For an afternoon treat, stop off for a pot of loose-leaf tea, complete with egg timer and a recommendation of how long to brew for a cup of aromatic, organic coffee from eco-roaster Peter James. Combine with a lemon drizzle cake or a gluten-free chocolate brownie, all baked in-house. Open seven days a week, make sure to call to reserve your table for dinner. Bookings now taken for Mother's Day and Easter. 01792 367616. 626 Mumbles Road, Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4EA Email: thekitchentable626@gmail.com thekitchentablemumbles.wordpress. com

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FOOD & DRINK THE BRYN-Y-MOR The pub always has great spirit on match days. Every seat is a good seat here with matches shown on two large screens and small TV screens so you don’t miss any of the action. There’s a good range of wines, draught beers and cask ales to choose from plus classic pub food and Sunday roasts; you can book online and ‘save your spot’ for the match! 01792 466650 • 16 Bryn-y-Mor Road,
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6 OF THE BEST SEATS to watch the Six Nations The Six Nations Championship is one of the world's great rugby tournaments. Fans from all nations gather in pubs and clubs to share in the passion and excitement. If you’ve not got a stadium spot, we’ve got the next best thing - a round-up of the best in-house seats!

Live sport is shown on the big screens in the lounge and bar areas and on TVs throughout the pub. Choose from a great range of cask and continental lagers such as Staropramen and Leffe, as well as craft beers too. Enjoy a Thai lunchtime special or an ‘all you can eat buffet’ on Sundays, a great post-match treat! 01792 652610 • 400 Oystermouth Road, Swansea SA1 3UL

THE PUMP HOUSE Following a major renovation, this historic waterside pub is back to its best serving a range of pub classics and delicious grills. The Pump House is an SA Brains pub with a good range of beers, ales, lagers and ciders on draught and showing matches on three screens. 01792 651080 • Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 1TT

WALKABOUT Walkabout takes its sport seriously! Book a table or book a VIP booth and enjoy your very own sporting lounge! Whether you’re a singleton or with 20 friends, you can have your very own, totally unrestricted view of the match. The snack boards and sharers plates are perfect partners to the bar menu of beers and cocktails. 01792 450850 • 4-6 Castle Bailey Street, Swansea SA1 1DW

THE WESTBOURNE It’s real ale heaven at The Westbourne! The pub has a lovely atmosphere with friendly banter. Get your brews from the new self-serve beer wall and table top taps with seven different lagers and ciders to choose from and catch all the action on the five large screen TVs - get there early to guarantee your seat. 01792 476637 • 1 Bryn-y-Mor Road, Swansea SA1 4JQ

THE PURPLE BADGER You don’t have to be a resident to enjoy this modern, newly refurbished, family-friendly licensed bar and restaurant. Great parking, a big screen for all live sporting events, plus a range of delicious dishes served throughout the day. 01792 391083 • Llanrhidian Holiday Park, Llanrhidian, Gower SA3 1EU

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Modern flavours, traditional quality The new Rake and Riddle Bar and Kitchen is creating quite a stir, so we decided to head over to Penclawdd and see what all the fuss is about.

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ith ten years of success at The Greyhound Inn, Llanrhidian, Chris and Emily Mabbett acquired the old Berthlwyd Inn at the end of 2016 (it also did a stint as the Sea Garden Chinese restaurant) and set about transforming it in to a smart, informal dining venue with a very welcoming lounge bar. Named after traditional cockle gathering tools used for centuries by the people of Penclawdd, The Rake and Riddle combines modern interior design with a warm rustic ambience. Decorated in a chic and fashionable palette of grey and cream, with wood-clad feature walls, coffee and cinnamon striped upholstery and grey slate floors, it is both charming and contemporary. The modern slick bar is large enough for a fair few bar stools, is well stocked and features the pub’s own beers from the

Gower Brewery. The large and roomy dining room has a combination of tables for couples, small groups and booths seating six as well as very comfy benches. The menu features a range of traditional grills and burgers, the tried and tested favourites such as steak and ale pie and beer-battered cod, and includes some flavours of the world, think Indonesian beef redang, tangy home-made curries and spicy fajitas.

For a taste of Penclawdd, pick the cockle pot starter, layers of cockles, laverbread and bacon topped with Welsh cheddar and accompanied with toasted bread. There is a weekly changing specials board showcasing the best, local seasonal produce - a game pie packed to the lid with venison, boar, rabbit and guinea fowl bathed in a rich gravy, and delicate flaky hake with a lemon, parsley and Parmesan crust - just the right amount of topping to enhance the tasty simplicity of the fish.

Sunday lunch is all about a taste of Gower with everything local and fully traceable back to its roots. The lamb is straight off the Penclawdd salt marshes, and the beef and pork come from farms within a few miles. Enjoy one, two or three courses for £9.95, £12.95 or £15.95. The wine list is well balanced with some fruity Italians, beefy French and a smattering of newworld blends, all favourably priced. You’ll need to book in advance to secure your seat at the table as this place is buzzing and set to get bigger, brighter and busier when the second floor family restaurant and beer garden and play area are completed. It’s a welcome addition to the Gower restaurant scene.

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A fresh new start New owners Linda Clayton-Evans and Mark Evans are putting Tafarn y Deri firmly on the map as a welcoming, atmospheric pub with great food, writes Jenny White.

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afarn y Deri has come a long way since new owners Linda ClaytonEvans and Mark Evans took over in November 2016. Customers are flooding in, drawn by Linda’s warm welcome, Mark’s excellent cooking and the pub’s attractive interior. “We love it when new customers come on someone else’s recommendation,” says Linda. She and husband Mark have a long career in hospitality: they previously ran a hotel, café and catering company before working internationally.

features favourites such as curry or lasagne, while Sunday brings interesting fish and vegetarian options as well as the classic roast.

In March and April, these will include a Welsh St David’s Day menu; a St Patrick’s Day menu; and a family open day and barbeque.

Customers are coming not just from the local area, but from further afield: the pub is just a few minutes’ drive from M4 junction 48, making it accessible in 25 minutes from the centre of Swansea.

Events later in the year will include a village pub roast; a summer ball; and a Snow Ball. From 3 July, the Tafarn’s wonderful afternoon teas, which are currently available via advance booking, will become a regular offering.

“Mark is executive chef and we have an excellent head chef, Dean Parker,” says Linda. “They specialise in classics with a modern twist.”

Reviewers have also been quick to praise the service and the attractive styling of the interior. The bar area is warm and atmospheric, with Chesterfields placed around the fire, while much of the dining space is in a light and airy conservatory. There is also room for private dining or business meetings, while upstairs the pub has six beautifully styled bedrooms.

An evening meal might take in pankobreaded calamari followed by a modern take on duck a l’orange. The lunch menu

Besides the day-to-day charm of Tafarn y Deri, customers have been eagerly booking places at its many special themed events.

Now back in south Wales, they are putting Tafarn y Deri firmly on the map with its welcoming bar, excellent accommodation and classy but unpretentious food.

With so much to offer, Linda and Mark are looking forward to the rest of 2017. “Meeting people is the best part of this job,” says Linda. “I love their reactions when they see inside the pub, and just listening to them laugh and enjoy themselves during their visit.” Tafarn y Deri, Ebenezer Road, Llanedi, Swansea, SA4 0YT 01792 883318 www.tafarnyderi.com

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Beautiful coffee in beautiful surroundings From afternoon teas to browsing for gifts, No6hundred is the perfect place to while away an hour or so with friends and family, writes Jenny White.

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o6hundred only started life just two years ago, but it has already become a local landmark. Customers come not just from the surrounding village but also from much further afield to enjoy coffees, cakes and light meals in a unique, homely, stylish environment. It’s a very short hop off the M4 and a short drive from the centre of Swansea, but also has all the appeal of a country coffee shop, plus a stunning array of gifts, jewellery and clothes to browse during your visit. No6hundred is the realisation of Donna Edwards’ dream of running a gift shop and a coffee shop back in her homeland of Wales. She previously worked in both catering and retail, most recently working in an M&S coffee shop while running a small gift shop from a shed in her garden in Basingstoke. “I enjoyed sourcing the gifts and I loved working for M&S making coffee, so I wanted to combine the two,” she says. Donna and her partner Colin spent most of 2013 looking for suitable premises, before

settling on a closed down convenience store in Ynystawe. They renovated the property while living there, uncovering beautiful original features including a large fireplace and stone walls.

located next to a school, No6hundred is very family friendly, and Donna has plans to offer summer children’s activities in her new conservatory extension, which is currently underway.

Since opening, the coffee shop has expanded to include a sunny lounge with garden views and a delightfully opulent side room that channels Alice in Wonderland quirkiness.

The success of No6hundred has already far outstripped Donna’s expectations - it won the Café Culture award in the Swansea Life awards last year, as well as being a runner-up the year before. But the greatest measure of its success is its repeat business.

“Our afternoon teas are especially popular and customers now often reserve a particular room for their visit,” says Donna. “It’s nice that they have their favourite places to sit.”

“I’ve been delighted with the response from customers, and I love that we’ve become a part of their lives,” says Donna. “I love meeting people every day and I never tire of hearing people’s reactions when they come in and see the interior.”

The afternoon teas are truly luxurious, including stunning treats from local cake experts La Crème Patisserie - including very popular cheesecake shots. If afternoon tea isn’t your thing, there are also panini and sandwiches prepared to order, and a daily choice of snacks. Being

No6hundred, 600 Clydach Road, Ynystawe SA6 5AY 07789 075488 info@no6hundred.com

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6 TRENDY COCKTAIL HANGOUTS Shaken, stirred, blended or infused? What’s On tried some of Swansea’s best bars to bring you our choice of the coolest cocktail creations. Elixir

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Quay Three

This is a new bar specialising in craft beer and ‘molecular’ cocktails, and situated on the junction of Green Dragon Lane. Our choice is the Carbon Atom, a smoking black and gold cocktail which tastes as surprising as it looks! It combines citrus and Tequila with charcoal resulting in a delicious and (according to Chinese tradition) incredibly healthy cocktail.

Stop here for tapas, infused cocktails and craft beers in a bar that changes the mood on Wind Street. With a friendly relaxed atmosphere, this bar loves to create cocktails and has a great menu; add some fizz to the night with the Spiced Elderflower Mojito, a warming blend of Barcardi Oakheart, elderflower, lime wedges, mint, gomme and ginger ale.

Quay Three is a modern restaurant and bar based at the heart of Swansea’s thriving Marina development. The centrepiece long bar shakes up a mean cocktail and our top tipple is the Terry’s Chocolate Orange, mixing milk and cream with chocolate syrup, Absolute Vodka, shaken and then served with grated pieces of chocolate orange and garnished with orange and a chocolate segment. Bliss!

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Brewstone Bar

No.6

Go behind the bookcase to discover this prohibition-themed bar complete with mirrors, chandeliers and candles creating a 1930s' atmosphere of sultry secrecy. Luckily the drinks menu is bang up-to-date! For something different, sip on a Los Fuegos, a cocktail made with red wine, an interesting blend of Tequila, lime, Pinot Noire, grapefruit and soda.

Brewstone is great for the classics. This lively ‘day to night’ venue with an industrial chic interior - reclaimed wooden flooring and exposed brick walls - is sophisticated and welcoming. Brewstone has given the old favourites a modern twist. The Brewstone Martini is made with ‘fine strained’ Sipsmith Gin infused with their own parsley infusion. Enjoy it dry, perfect or wet James Bond would approve!

No.6 is a new bar concept for discerning foodies and coffee connoisseurs blending in to an early evening wine and cocktail bar. It’s a little quirky exposed brick walls with colourful loud patterned couches and a crackling fireplace when it’s cold. There are plenty of cocktails to try but we like their signature tipple, appropriately named The Number Six, shaken with premium vodka, pineapple juice, passion fruit, and finished with a ring of dancing flames.

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THE HEART OF THE SEAFRONT For stunning views, beachside al fresco dining and great food and drink, Café Remos is hard to beat. Jenny White paid a visit.

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irst, there’s the food. “We serve exceptional meals cooked by passionate chefs,” says manager Tony. “Customers always comment on the quality of our food, which is freshly prepared to order. Our chefs draw on a range of influences, and they innovate with specialties such as our Cajun Chicken in Chorizo Sauce, or our increasingly famous Chinese Crispy Beef Wrap.”

Café Remo’s is not just a destination for a full meal. If all you want to do is to sit with friends and enjoy coffee and cake, Remo's is here for you as well. Café Remo’s serves expertly prepared hot drinks, including a wonderful cappuccino and the decadent Hazelnut Praline Hot Chocolate. It also has its own handselected wine list, and Birra Moretti on tap, chilled to perfection and served in a frosted glass.

Their menu caters to all tastes and appetites - a full hearty breakfast; a tender steak or fresh fish with a good bottle of Prosecco; sumptuous handmade burgers; fresh pasta or hand-stretched pizza. For dessert, there are so many tempting delights, from home-made Tiramisu to hot chocolate fudge cake. For the ice cream lover, you can indulge in their real Italian Gelato, which is freshly made onsite seven days a week. Signature flavours include Ferrero Rocher, rainbow sherbet and strawberry Eton mess.

For those keen to kick back, the regular live music nights on the last Saturday of every month are becoming a big attraction (make sure to book a table in advance). Yet beyond the food, drink and atmosphere, Café Remo’s has one other great asset - a spectacular beachfront location, with sweeping views across Swansea Bay to Mumbles. They are

well positioned to make the most of it, with floor to ceiling windows and plenty of al fresco seating. The sunsets at Aberavon Beach can be truly incredible, and Remo’s is the perfect place to enjoy them. Whether you are a dog walker, beach visitor, a couple enjoying a special meal, or parents needing to feed the family, make Remo's part of your day. You can be assured of a buzzy, friendly atmosphere and a warm welcome. “I am so proud of the way Café Remo’s has become part of people’s everyday lives,” says Tony. “We are truly the heart of the seafront.” Café Remo’s Open Mon-Sun 9am-9pm Tel: 01639 882121 Aberavon Beach, The Princess Margaret Way, Port Talbot SA12 6QW www.caferemos.com

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LISTINGS

DAILY EVENTS THROUGHOUT MARCH

Exhibition (Temporary): BoomerZ Intergenerational Project Until 13 Mar. Swansea Civic Centre. Open 9am-5pm. Free. 01792 463980. www.dylanthomas.com Exhibition: Ebbw Vale Steel Works National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 10am-5pm Joe Murphy’s photographs of Ebbw Vale steel works shows an historic episode within what was once a major industry in Wales. Shown through a series of portraits and personal stories of the people who once worked there. www.museum.wales Exhibition: Griffith John Swansea’s Missionary in China, The Legacy Until 25 Jun. Swansea Museum: Gallery One. 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays. Free. 01792 653763. www.swanseamuseum.co.uk Exhibition: Hope in the Great War National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 10am-5pm This new exhibition tells the wartime story of six heroic lifeboat rescues through family-friendly, interactive displays. See the First World War through the eyes of those living on the coast of the UK and Ireland and honour the courage of RNLI rescuers and survivors. www.museum.wales Exhibition: Lindsay Sears Nowhere Less Now7 Until 19 Mar. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexander Rd. Atrium. Set in a ship that moves through past, present and future time, Nowhere Less Now traces the journey of a relative who sailed the seas in the Royal Navy over a hundred years ago. Courtesy of The Artangel Collection Photography, Eva Bartussek, 2016. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com Exhibition: Lizzie East, Morriston Photographer

Until 3 Apr. Swansea Museum: Long Gallery. 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays. Free. 01792 653763. www.swanseamuseum.co.uk Exhibition: Oriel Science Princess Way, Swansea, SA1 5HE (between Castle Square & The Kingsway). 10am-4pm on Saturdays & Sundays. Time travel, DeLorean car and the Large Hadron Collider! Suitable for all ages. In association with the College of Science, Swansea University. Free admission. www.orielscience.co.uk Exhibition: Philip Eglin: The Wakelin Award 2017 Until 9 Apr. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Room 9. The Wakelin Award is given annually to a Welsh artist whose work is purchased for our permanent collection. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com Exhibition: Swansea and the Great War Ongoing. Swansea Museum. 10am5pm. Free. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays. 01792 653763. swanseamuseum.co.uk Exhibition: Waste Not! Want Not! Until 1 May. National Waterfront Museum. 10am-5pm. Recycling Special! Discover the journey your household rubbish takes after kerbside collection and look at fabulous objects from around the world which started life as waste. www.museumwales.ac.uk Follow the Feed (Sundays only) Until 26 Mar. WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre, Penclacwydd, Llwynhendy, Llanelli, SA14 9SH. At 3.30pm every Sunday, a special opportunity to join our grounds warden feeding our wonderful collection of birds. Find out more about how we care for our birds and what their favourite food is. 01554 741087. www.wwt.org.uk/visit/llanelli Oystermouth Country Market (ex W.I. Market) Meets every Thurs at 9.45am11.45am in Victoria Hall, Dunns Lane (opp Mumbles Library). Refreshments available. For further details, contact the Market Chairman on 01792 367646.

WEDNESDAY 1

Black Kettle Collective (1424yrs) Also 15 & 29 Mar. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Room 2. 3.30pm-5pm. This group offers opportunities to respond to the Gallery’s exhibitions, collections and events programme, and works in partnership on exciting national and local projects. Free. No booking required. E-mail Daniel. McCabe@swansea.gov.uk for more information. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com Fairtrade Fortnight Events From 27 Feb until 12 March. Look out for the varied and fun-filled programme of local activities organised by Swansea Fair Trade Forum to mark this annual campaign. Events include coffee mornings, Fairtrade walk and a family fayre. For more details, visit www.fairtradeswansea.org.uk or the Fairtrade Swansea Facebook page. Free Organ Recital with Andrew Goodwin, Organist Emeritus of Bangor Cathedral Brangwyn Hall. 12.45pm1.30pm. Free. For further details, contact Alan Sykes on 01792 201776/07704 209132 or a.m.sykes@btinternet.com St David’s Day Concert All Saints’ Church, Oystermouth. 7pm. £10 (unreserved). Featuring Dunvant Male Choir, Parti Llwchwr and Nia Jenkins. Tickets available from Alan Walters on 01792 401005 or Anne Neumann on 01792 466885/361684. Swansea Ramblers: Dare Valley Country Park Meet: Llansamlet: Go Outdoors. GR: SS 682 974. 9am. 10-mile moderate walk. Free. Registered Assistance Dogs only. 07909 770708. www.swansearamblers.org.uk

THURSDAY 2

Kindle House: Spring/Summer Season Launch Until 5 Mar. The home of chic rural living. 15% off during launch. Shops at 74-76 Commercial St., Ystradgynlais, SA9 1LA on 01639 849159; 46 Newton Rd., Mumbles,

SA3 4BQ on 01792 362282. Ring for further details. www.kindlehouse.co.uk World Book Day Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place. 10am-1pm (schools and nursery group sessions); 1.30pm-3.30pm (family drop-in event). Free. 01792 463980. www.dylanthomas.com

FRIDAY 3

Little Mice Club: Wales and St David’s Day National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 10.30am12noon. Free. Under 5’.s Drop in with your little ones to play, make and sing on a Welsh theme. www.museum.wales RISW: St David’s Day Coffee Morning Swansea Museum, Victoria Rd. 10.30am-12noon. £3 (incl coffee and a Welsh cake). Harp recital, bric-a-brac, book stall, cake stall and raffle. For further details, contact Swansea Museum on 01792 653763 or 01792 232282. www.swanseamuseum.co.uk Swansea Astronomical Society: Star Party Swansea Airport. 7pm-9pm. View the night sky through telescopes with members of Swansea Astronomical Society. At a Star Party, members’ telescopes are made available for visitors to look through. Visitors can have advice on

telescopes and their questions can be answered. There will also be one or more members of the Society giving astronomy talks. 01792 208384. www.swanastro.org.uk Swansea Bay Business Life Awards Brangwyn Hall. 7pm. 01792 545518. The Agora Group Talk: The United States and the First World War 1914-1921 by Dr Michael Simpson Scout Hall, Bryn Rd, Brynmill. 10am12noon. Visitors £3 at the door. All welcome. 01792 774832. www.agoraswansea.org.uk

SATURDAY 4

Christadelphians Bible Presentation: One Bible - Why So Many Churches? Mount Zion Hall, Oystermouth Square, Mumbles. 11am. Free admission. Join us from 10.30am for a cup of coffee and Welsh cakes. For a short, recorded message, ring the Bible Line on 01792 280319. www.mumbles-christadelphians. com Dewch i Ganu: Come to Sing! National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 11am. Free. Join musician Delyth Jenkins to learn Welsh through song. www.museum.wales Exhibition: The Moon and a Smile Until 23 Apr. Glynn Vivian Art

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LISTINGS Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Room 3. This exhibition responds to a period in the 1840s and 1850s, when Swansea was at the centre of early experiments in photography worldwide. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com Exploring the Collection Also 28 Apr. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Library. 3rd @ 3.30pm-4.30pm; 28th @ 2pm3pm. From acquisition to exhibition, explore the work involved in archiving and storing information and images of our collection. Free. Booking essential. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com Our Abertawe City Centre. 11am-6.30pm. Celebrating Swansea together. Music, dancing, food, twmpath and lantern parade. swansea.gov.uk/ourabertawe St David’s Day Party National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 12noon-4pm. Free. Celebrate St David’s with a day of Welsh crafts, live music, a gallery trail and a twmpath. www.museum.wales Saturday Craft Workshop for Adults Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place. 10.30am-1pm. This month we’ll be celebrating with a World Book Day
themed craft project. Free - please book to reserve your place. 01792 463980. www.dylanthomas.com Saturday Family Workshops (4-14yrs) Also 1 Apr. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Room 2. 10am-1pm. Through experimentation with materials, techniques and ideas, we aim to inspire the next generation of artists. Free. Booking essential. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com Sketty Local Produce and Craft Market Bishop Gore School Canteen, De-La-Beche Rd, Sketty. 9.30am12.30pm. 01792 850162. Swansea Bay Orienteering Club: Welsh Championships 2017 Merthyr Mawr Warren, Bridgend. Visit www.SBOC.co.uk for details. Swansea Gospel Male Voice Choir Brangwyn Hall. 6.30pm. Free. 01792 635432. www.brangwyn.co.uk Swansea Ramblers: Gwaun Cae Gurwen Meet: GCG: Tairgwaith Canolfan Maerdy (Community Centre) car park. GR: SN 715 121. 11am. 5- to 6-mile moderate walk. Free. Dogs on short leads. 01792 475521. www.swansearamblers.org.uk The Lure of the Archive: Falmouth University Photography Symposium Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Room 1. 10am-5pm. Through presentations and discussions, the symposium will explore the WHAT’S ON PAGE 88

challenges and strategies of artists, curators and writers in approaching and engaging with historic collections and archives. £15; £10 concs. Tickets include an invitation to the exhibition preview on Friday 3 March at 7pm. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com Weekend Family Fun in March Every weekend until 26 Mar. WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre, Penclacwydd, Llwynhendy, Llanelli, SA14 9SH. Join us for all day fun every weekend with activities like: den building (self-guided all day); 11am-12noon minibeast hunt; 1pm-1.45pm family bird watching (observatory); 2pm Crane talk; 2.30pm-4.30pm Crafts. Included in admission price. 01554 741087. www.wwt.org.uk/visit/llanelli

SUNDAY 5

Kirtan - Healing Mantras of Bhakti Yoga: with Louise Thorndycraft Bishopston Community Centre. 10.30am-12.30pm. £12 advance booking; £15 on the day. With special guest Tabla Tom. For further details and booking, contact 07917 724983 or lou@blueskyoga.co.uk/ www.blueskyoga.co.uk Museum Monthly Movies National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 2.30pm. Enjoy a family-friendly free film. www.museum.wales RSPB West Glamorgan Local Group Blackpill Wildlife Centre. 10am1pm. 01792 229244. Swansea Bay Orienteering Club: Welsh Short Distance Championships and SBOC Winter League 5 Merthyr Mawr Warren, Bridgend. Visit www.SBOC.co.uk for details. Swansea Museum Films China Season: Around China With A Movie Camera (BFI) Swansea Museum. 1pm. Free. 01792 653763. www.swanseamuseum.co.uk Swansea Ramblers: A Walk around the Lower Swansea Valley Meet: between Guildhall and Victoria Park. GR: SS 643 923. 9am. 8.5-mile moderate walk. Free. Dogs on short leads. 07505 974986. www.swansearamblers.org.uk Veggie Patch Kids WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre, Penclacwydd, Llwynhendy, Llanelli, SA14 9SH. Bring your little ones to grow lovely veggies in our patch and learn how to care for plants and what they need to grow! 11am-12noon. Included in admission price. 01554 741087. www.wwt.org.uk/visit/llanelli

MONDAY 6

Monday Munchkins WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre, Penclacwydd, Llwynhendy, Llanelli, SA14 9SH. Every Monday during term time, bring your toddlers along for an hour of wildlife-inspired fun

including different activities each week.11am-12noon. Included in admission price. 01554 741087. www.wwt.org.uk/visit/llanelli

TUESDAY 7

Cockett Amateur Operatic Society: 9 to 5 - The Musical Until 11 Mar. Taliesin Arts Centre. 7.15pm (Sat mat: 2.30pm). Tickets available from Mrs Ann Grinter on 01792 584706. www.cockettoperatics.com Early Years (0-4yrs) Also 21 Mar, 4 & 25 Apr. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Room 1. 10.30am-11.30am. Explore movement, sound, language, textures, shapes and colours with your little one. Free. Booking essential. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com Explore Books Also 14, 21 & 28 Mar. National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. A book club with a difference! No need to read the books in advance just come along for a discussion. The theme for March is: Books with a summer feeling. www.museum.wales Swansea Organ Association Recital with organist Frank Phillips Soar-Maesyrhaf Chapel, Neath, SA11 1PU. 7.30pm. Further details from Assistant Secretary Gareth Williams on 01792 468068. www.swanseaorgan.org.uk

WEDNESDAY 8

Pontarddulais Local Produce Market Institute, 45 St Teilo St., Pontarddulais. 9.30am-12.30pm. 01792 885890. Swansea Floral Arrangement Society Demonstration: ‘Antiques and Flowers’ by Jayne Morris St David’s Priory Church Hall, City Centre. 2pm. Visitors £5. New members welcome. Enquiries 01792 464337 or swanseafloral@aol.co.uk Swansea Organic Gardening Group: An Introduction to Organic Gardening Environment Centre, Pier St., Swansea. 7pm. Free. A short film on the basics of organic gardening followed by tea & cake and a help and advice session. All welcome. For further details, contact 01792 863678. Swansea Ramblers: To Jersey Marine and Back Meet: Swansea Maritime Quarter - Cambrian Place (outside Queen’s Hotel). GR: SS 660 927. 10am. 7-mile moderate walk. Free. Registered Assistance Dogs only. 01792 701984. www.swansearamblers.org.uk

THURSDAY 9

Saints, Songs and Celebrations Brangwyn Hall. 7pm. £6; £4 concs. Over 300 children sing their hearts out at this very special St David’s Day celebration concert. 01792 635432. ticketsource.co.uk/

brangwynhall Swansea Astronomical Society: Society Lecture Fulton House, Singleton Campus, Swansea University. 7pm. Nick Hart of Cardiff Astronomical Society will give a talk. Topic tba. 01792 208384. www.swanastro.org.uk Young Art Force (14-24yrs) Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Room 2. 11.30am-2.30pm. An open art class exploring and responding to the Gallery’s exhibitions and collections. Free. Booking essential. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com

FRIDAY 10

Community Café: David M. Turner, Professor of History, Swansea University: Disability and Blindness in Glynn Vivian’s Britain Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. 12.30pm-1.30pm. Free. Booking essential. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com F1 for Schools National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 11am-3.30pm. Young designers take over the museum with their mini Formula 1 cars. www.museum.wales

SATURDAY 11

BBC National Orchestra of Wales: Scheherazade Brangwyn Hall.7.30pm. £15-£20. Grand Theatre Box Office: 01792 475715. www.brangwyn.co.uk Funky Craft Fayre Ostreme Centre, Newton Rd., Mumbles, SA3 4BA. 10am-4pm. Free entry. Fabulous handmade gifts by local talent: jewellery, glass, art, textiles, candles & more. Perfect Mother’s Day gift shopping! Homemade cakes and drinks on sale. 01792 536912. Lazy Crafternoons: Teapot Sewing Kit National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 1.30pm. Transform a teapot into a sewing kit. £5pp. www.museum.wales Mumbles Local Produce Market The Dairy Car Park, Oystermouth, Mumbles. 9am-1pm. Thirty plus stalls selling award-winning local produce including meats, cheeses, vegetables, cakes, bread, vegetarian food, beer, pâté, sushi, fish, lobsters and much more. For further details, contact Robin Bonham: 01792 405169 of Mumbles Development Trust. Nimble Fingers Craft Fayre Victoria Hall, Dunns Lane, Mumbles. 10am-4pm. Meet and chat to local crafters and see their amazing products, gifts and treats! For further details contact 07790 298913/01792 232644 or chrisjgibbon@btinternet.com Preliminary Round of the 14th Annual Welsh Musical Theatre Young Singer of the Year Competition Gowerton Comprehensive School.

10am-4pm. £2 at the door (you are able to come and go at any time). Refreshments available. For further details visit www.dunvantchoir.org Saturday Adult Art Classes: Book binding (16+yrs) Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Room 2. 11am-4pm. Please bring a packed lunch when attending all day workshops. Free. Booking essential. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com Super Science Saturday National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 12noon4pm. Free. A packed afternoon of inspiring demonstrations, hands on activities, jaw-dropping experiments and 3D Science shows! www.museum.wales Swansea Ramblers; Aber Valley Heritage Trail Meet: between Guildhall and Victoria Park. GR: SS 643 923. 9.30am. 6-mile moderate walk. Free. Registered Assistance Dogs only. 07977 144074. www.swansearamblers.org.uk Thrifty Kids: Bottle Top Fish National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 10.30am12.30pm. Free. Create a cool, fishy piece of art using discarded bottle tops. www.museum.wales West Glamorgan Dolls House Exhibition Also 12 Mar. Swansea Museum, Victoria Rd. 10am-5pm. 01792 653763. www.swanseamuseum.co.uk Young Archaeologists Club (9-16yrs) Swansea Museum. 10.30am12.30pm. Range of exciting and archaeologically focused activities. 01792 653763. www.swanseamuseum.co.uk

SUNDAY 12

Fairtrade Fortnight: Fun Fair and Un-Fair National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 12noon-4pm. Free. A fun and informative village hall-style fete to highlight the benefits of Fairtrade versus other trading systems. www.museum.wales International Women’s Day National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 12noon-4pm. Join us for an exciting programme of speakers, debate and workshops. www.museum.wales Introduction to Meditation Urban Zen Yoga Studio, 2 Little Gam St., Swansea. 2pm-4pm. £20. Featuring Conscious Movement - techniques to help access a meditative state through moving the body freely. For further details and booking contact 07917 724983 or lou@blueskyoga.co.uk/ www.blueskyoga.co.uk Marina Market Dylan Thomas Square. 10am-3pm. A wonderful array of stalls to browse on a Sunday. www.museum.wales


LISTINGS Pennard Local Produce and Craft Market Pennard Community Hall. 9.30am12.30pm. Free entry. Refreshments available. Further details and stall hire from 01792 234316. Swansea Bay Orienteering Club: Compass Sport Cup: Round 1 South West and South Wales Area Cwm Lickey, Pontypool. Visit www.SBOC.co.uk for details.

MONDAY 13

Swansea Ramblers: Kilvey Hill from St Thomas Meet: St Thomas - junction of Harbour View Road and St Illtyd’s Crescent. GR: SS 673 935. 10am. 3-mile moderate walk. Free. Dogs on short leads. 01792 701984. www.swansearamblers.org.uk

TUESDAY 14

Swansea Amateur Operatic Society: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - The Musical Until 18 Mar. Dylan Thomas Theatre, Gloucester Place. 7.30pm (Sat mat: 2.30pm). Tues £10; Wed-Sat £14; £10 concs for Sat mat. Credit/Debit card fee £1; online booking £2.

WEDNESDAY 15

Swansea Ramblers; Southgate to Swansea Meet: Swansea: Quadrant Bus Station (outside Greggs). GR: SS 653 928. 9.30 am. 11-mile moderate walk. Free. Registered Assistance Dogs only, 01792 701984. www.swansearamblers.org.uk

THURSDAY 16

Oystermouth Historical Association Illustrated Talk: ‘The Battle of Trafalgar’ by John Hudson Ostreme Hall, Newton Rd., Mumbles. 7.45pm. For further details, contact the Secretary Kate Jones on 01792 361466. Swansea Sports Awards Brangwyn Hall. 7pm. £5.50£7.50. The 2016 winners will be announced in this special ceremony. www.swansea.gov.uk/ sportsawards

FRIDAY 17

Artist Talk: The Moon and a Smile Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Room 1. 12.30pm-1.30pm. Join curator Kate Best for an informal gallery talk focusing on the ways in which the commissioned artists have responded to, and extended, our appreciation of the photographs of Swansea’s Dillwyn Llewelyn circle. Free. Booking essential. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com Clydach Historical Society Talk: Aspects of World War 1 by Debra John Clydach Community Hall. 7pm. For further details, contact 01792 843548. Family Bat Walk

WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre, Penclacwydd, Llwynhendy, Llanelli, SA14 9SH. Join us for an after-dark exploration of the reserve using bat detectors to look and listen for bats. Batty craft making and hot drink included. 6pm-7.30pm. £5 per person. Call 01554 741087 to book. www.wwt.org.uk/visit/llanelli Guinness Festival Brangwyn Hall. 7.30pm. 01792 635253. jo.roberts@jr-events.co.uk RSPB West Glamorgan Local Group Environment Centre, Pier Street, Swansea. 7.30pm. Local Group Quiz/Social Evening. All welcome. Entry £1.50. 07977 258158. The Agora Group: AGM Scout Hall, Bryn Rd, Brynmill. 10am-12noon. 01792 774832. www.agoraswansea.org.uk

SATURDAY 18

Monastic Wales National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 11am. Free. Join Professor Janet Burton as she discusses the Monastic Wales project. Organised by the Historical Association Swansea Branch. www.museum.wales Penclawdd Local Produce and Craft Market Penclawdd Community Centre, SA4 3XN. 9.30am-12.30pm. For more details: e-mail Paula van Haarlem: caswell1@ntlworld.com Swansea Festival of Stitch: Nuno Felting Workshop with Pat Johnson Swansea Museum, Victoria Rd. £25. 01792 653763. www.swanseamuseum.co.uk Swansea Ramblers; Penllergaer Meet: Penllergare Valley Woods car park. GR: SS 623 993. 11am. 6-mile moderate walk. Free. Dogs on short leads. 01792 520181. www.swansearamblers.org.uk Upper Killay Local Produce and Craft Market Upper Killay Community Hall, SA2 7HQ. 10am-1pm. Wide selection of stalls. Refreshments available. For further details and stall rental contact Debbie Dalling at ddall675@hotmail.co.uk Welsh Brass Bands Championships Also 19 Mar. Brangwyn Hall. 10am. kapitol@btconnect.com

SUNDAY 19

Junk Modelling Workshop National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 12noon-4pm. Free. Let your imagination run wild as you delve into our scrappy heap to invent and make something truly original to take home. www.museum.wales Swansea Little Theatre: Bella Berserk’s Leading Ladies Dylan Thomas Theatre, Gloucester Place. 7.30pm. £20; £15 Disabled Seating. Credit/Debit card fee £1; online booking £2. Swansea Museum Films - China Season: Wild China

Swansea Museum. 1pm. Free. 01792 653763. www.swanseamuseum.co.uk Swansea Ramblers: Geopark and a Graveyard Meet: between Guildhall and Victoria Park. GR: SS 643 923. 9am. 10.5-mile moderate walk. Free. Registered Assistance Dogs only. 07748 349264. www.swansearamblers.org.uk The Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians Annual Showcase Taliesin Arts Centre, Singleton Campus, Swansea University. 3pm. £5; £2 child. Pay at the door. For further details visit www.afym. org.uk

MONDAY 20

Exhibition: Glorious Gower by Heather Evans Until 21 April. The National Trust Shop, 3 Coastguard Cottages, Rhossili. Exhibiting watercolour paintings depicting Gower in different ways. For further details, contact 01792 297047.

TUESDAY 21

DACE Lecture Series: The Black Prince of Florence 1531-1537 by Dr Catherine Fletcher The Discovery Room, Swansea Central Library, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Rd., SA1 3SN. 3.45pm5.30pm. Free. The illegitimate son of a Medici duke and a ‘half-Negro’ maidservant, he was propelled to power at the age of only nineteen. Betrothed to the daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor, he faced family rivalry and enormous hostility from Florence’s oligarchs, who called him a womanizer and tyrant. This real-life counterpart to Machiavelli’s Prince kept his grip on power until he was assassinated by his scheming cousin. For some lectures the seating is limited, so telephone to book your place and avoid disappointment. Contact DACE reception: 01792 602211. adult.education@swansea.ac.uk www.swansea.ac.uk/dace Swansea Organ Association Annual Dinner Morriston Golf Club. Further details from Assistant Secretary Gareth Williams on 01792 468068. www.swanseaorgan.org.uk Swansea Ramblers: Penrice Castle and Cefn Bryn Meet: Penmaen: Rose Cottage car park. GR: SS 526 884. 10am. 8-mile moderate walk. Free. Dogs on short leads. 07881 307548. www.swansearamblers.org.uk

WEDNESDAY 22

An Evening with Max Porter National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 7pm. Author’s talk. www.museum.wales Friends of the Egypt Centre Public Lecture: The ‘Mummy Pits’ of Ancient Egypt - The Long-Kept Secret of Early Travellers Fulton House, Room 2, Singleton

Campus, Swansea University. Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start. Free for members; £3 non-members. With Tess Barber of Cardiff University. For further details contact 01792 295960. www.egypt.swan.ac.uk

THURSDAY 23

Class Act Theatre School: Les Misérables School Edition Until 26 Mar. Pontardawe Arts Centre. Thurs & Fri @ 7.15pm; Sat @ 2pm & 7.15pm; Sun @ 1pm & 5.30pm. £12.50; £10.50 concs. Tickets from Box Office on 01792 863722 or www.nptartsandents.com Swansea Astronomical Society: Society Lecture Fulton House, Singleton Campus, Swansea University. 7pm. Professor Paul Roche of Cardiff University will give a lecture entitled ‘Gaia: surveying the Milky Way’. 01792 208384. www.swanastro.org.uk

FRIDAY 24

Artist in Residence Talk: Sharon Morris Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Room 1. 12.30pm-1.30pm. Free. Sharon Morris discusses her practice and Glynn Vivian residency. Booking essential. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com Swansea Classical Guitar Circle Evening featuring John Mills Sketty Park Community Centre. 7.30pm. £10. Tickets from 01792 208240 (until 28 Feb) or 01792 469805 (after 28 Feb).

SATURDAY 25

A Taste of Times Past Also 26 Mar. Gower Heritage Centre, Parkmill, Gower. A celebration of traditional crafts, skills and heritage food and drink from Artisan producers. 01792 371206. www.gowerheritagecentre.co.uk Craft Fair and Table Top Sale St Hillary’s Church, 462, Gower Rd., Killay. 1.30pm-4.30pm. Free entry. Everyone welcome. Plenty of free parking. Variety of gifts, cards, preserves, jewellery, hand-made clothing, therapies and much more. For further details contact Pearl. heenan4@hotmail.co.uk Lou Lou’s Vintage Clothing Fair Brangwyn Hall. 11am-5pm. £2.50; under 12s free. thevintagefair.com Making Soap with Mum: Mother’s Day special Also 26 Mar. National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm. Free. Find out about the history and process of making soap, then try your hand at producing your own luxury bar. www.museum.wales Saturday Adult Art Classes: From image to word (16+yrs) Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Room 2. 11am-4pm. Explore items in the collection through language to create poems and works of short prose. With Artist

in Residence, Sharon Morris. Please bring a packed lunch when attending all day workshops. Free. Booking essential. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com Swansea Ramblers: Kilvey Hill Meet: Swansea - SA1 Village Hotel car park. GR: SS 670 931. 11am. 5-mile moderate walk. Free. Dogs on short leads. 07884 178669. www.swansearamblers.org.uk The Fire in the Wood: Book Launch National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 2pm. Free. Join Swansea poet Peter Thabit Jones for the launch of his book and readings from his drama, The Fire in the Wood. www.museum.wales Treorchy Male Choir Charity Concert: with local guests Mums the Word Choir All Saints’ Church, Oystermouth. 7pm. £12. Tickets from Dragon Crafts, 530 Mumbles Rd on 01792 360640 or Ros Evans on 01792 233635. Uplands Market Gwydr Square, Uplands, SA2 0HD. 9am-1pm. Selling a huge range of Welsh produce from beautiful handmade items to delicious fresh food. www.uplandsmarket.com Writing Crime Fiction with Katherine Stansfield Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place. 2pm-4.30pm. Please book in advance. £10; £7 concs; £4 Swansea PTL. 01792 463980. www.dylanthomas.com

SUNDAY 26

Mum’s go free WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre, Penclacwydd, Llwynhendy, Llanelli, SA14 9SH. Treat your loved ones this Mother’s Day with free entry for mum, mam or mamgu. Enjoy beautiful treats in our café and drop in to our creative workshops. Workshops will be charged separately. 01554 741087. www.wwt.org.uk/visit/llanelli Swansea Museum Films China Season: Inn of The Sixth Happiness Swansea Museum. 1pm. Free. 01792 653763. www.swanseamuseum.co.uk Swansea Ramblers: Irish Ferry Walk 5 - Whitland to Kilgetty (Rail Ramble) Meet: Cross Hands Business Park between Co-op & Leekes. GR: SN 566 129.. 8.45am. 11.6-mile strenuous walk. Free. Registered Assistance Dogs only. 01792 233634. www.swansearamblers.org.uk Ultimate Mother’s Day Lunch Brangwyn Hall. 12noon-6pm. Delicious food and drink and a line-up of great live entertainment. 01792 635253. jo.roberts@jrevents.co.uk Women’s Yoga Workshop Urban Zen Yoga Studio, 2 Little Gam St., Swansea. 1pm-4pm. £30. An afternoon of restorative yoga and WHAT’S ON PAGE 89


LISTINGS yoga nidra to relax and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. For further details and booking, contact 07917 724983 or lou@blueskyoga.co.uk/ www.blueskyoga.co.uk

TUESDAY 28

Swansea UFO Network Meeting: ‘Clockwork Universe’- an illustrated talk by Mark Rayworth The New Lodge, Alexandra Rd., Gorseinon. 8pm. For further details, contact 07954 806402/07399 990985 or swanseaufonet@yahoo. com

WEDNESDAY 29

Science Café National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 7.30pm. Free. Hear from a leading expert in their scientific field. www.museum.wales Swansea Ramblers; Kidwelly to Ferryside (Rail Ramble) Meet: Gowerton public car park. GR: SS 591 964. 10am. Free. Registered Assistance Dogs only. 01792 411952. www.swansearamblers.org.uk Toddler Time Monthly Movies National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 10.30am. A free film especially for pre-school children and their parents or carers. www.museum.wales

FRIDAY 31

BBC National Orchestra of Wales: Beethoven 6 Brangwyn Hall. 7.30pm. £15-£20. Grand Theatre Box Office: 01792 475715.

THROUGHOUT APRIL

Exhibition: Glorious Gower by Heather Evans Until 21 Apr. See details on 4 Mar. Exhibition: Griffith John Swansea’s Missionary in China, The Legacy Until 25 Jun. See details in ‘Throughout Mar’. Exhibition: Hope in the Great War Until 23 Apr. See details in ‘Throughout March’. Exhibition: Lizzie East, Morriston Photographer Until 2 Apr. See details in ‘Throughout Mar’. Exhibition: Oriel Science Ongoing. See details in ‘Throughout Mar’. Exhibition: Philip Eglin: The Wakelin Award 2017 Until 9 Apr. See details in ‘Throughout Mar’. Exhibition: Swansea and the Great War Ongoing. See details in ‘Throughout Mar’. Exhibition: The Moon and a Smile Until 23 Apr. See details on 4 Mar. Exhibition: Waste Not! Want Not! Until 1 May. See details in WHAT’S ON PAGE 90

‘Throughout Mar’. Oystermouth Country Market (ex W.I. Market) See details in ‘Throughout Mar’.

SATURDAY 1

April Weekend Fun Until 1 May. WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre, Penclacwydd, Llwynhendy, Llanelli, SA14 9SH. All day family fun including: den building (selfguided all day); 11am-12noon minibeast hunt and minipond dipping; 1pm-2pm flamingo watch and talk; 2.30pm pond dipping and crafts (times vary). Included in admission price. 01554 741087. www.wwt.org.uk/visit/llanelli Christadelphians Bible Presentation: Creation - The Evidence of God’s Power Mount Zion Hall, Oystermouth Square, Mumbles. 11am. Free admission. Join us from 10.30am for a cup of coffee and Welsh cakes. For a short, recorded message ring the Bible Line on 01792 280319. www.mumbles-christadelphians. com Dewch i Ganu: Come to Sing National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 11am. Free. Learn Welsh through song with musician Delyth Jenkins. www.museum.wales Natural Living Expo Also 2 Apr. The LC, Swansa. 10am-5pm. £2 entry (16yrs and under free). Health, wellbeing and nutrition. Over 60 exhibitors. All proceeds to The Old Mill Cancer Foundation based in North Gower. For further details contact Jaynie or Sarah: 01792 851551/ 07810 766366. www.natural-living-expo.co.uk Photography Exhibition & Guided Tours Oystermouth Castle. 11am-5pm. Normal admission charges apply. swansea.gov.uk/oystermouthcastle Saturday Craft Workshop for Adults Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place. 10.30am-1pm. Free, please book to reserve your place. 01792 463980. www.dylanthomas.com Sketty Local Produce and Craft Market See details on 4 Mar. The Janet Disaster National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 1pm & 3pm. A moving audio play based on the true story of the lifeboat Janet and her heroic crew. www.museum.wales

SUNDAY 2

Swansea Museum Films - China Season: Story of China with Michael Wood Swansea Museum. 1pm. Free. 01792 653763. www.swanseamuseum.co.uk Veggie Patch Kids See details on 5 Mar.

MONDAY 3

Monday Munchkins

WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre, Penclacwydd, Llwynhendy, Llanelli, SA14 9SH. Every Monday during term time, bring your toddlers along for an hour of wildlife inspired fun including different activities each week.11am-12noon (not 10 & 17 April). Included in admission price. 01554 741087. www.wwt.org.uk/visit/llanelli

Walk with a Warden WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre, Penclacwydd, Llwynhendy, Llanelli, SA14 9SH. Join us for a guided walk of our reserve where you will use all your senses to explore wildlife highlights. 11am-12.30pm. Included in admission price. 01554 741087. www.wwt.org.uk/visit/llanelli

TUESDAY 4

April Holiday Workshop (414yrs) Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Room 2. 11am-2pm. Come and explore what the Glynn Vivian has to offer families and children. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Booking essential. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com Balloonatic Show National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 1pm & 3pm. Free. CBeebies and Ha Ha Hairies’ Becky Kitter hosts an interactive high-energy show. With balloons, mime and lots of fun for the whole family. www.museum.wales Book Launch: Elizabeth Vera Bassett by Don Treharne Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Room 1. 2.30pm-3.30pm. Free. Booking essential. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com Book Launch: The Mumbles Lifeboat Station History All Saints’ Church, Oystermouth. 2pm. Everyone welcome. For further details, contact Kate Jones on 01792 361466. Book Swap Also 9 Apr. National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 11am-4pm. Rummage through our tables of books to find yourself a new old gem. www.museum.wales Dungeons & Dragons Day Oystermouth Castle. 11am-4.30pm. Normal admission charges apply. swansea.gov.uk/oystermouthcastle Dusty’s GIANT Easter Duck Hunt Until 23 Apr. WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre, Penclacwydd, Llwynhendy, Llanelli, SA14 9SH. Calling all kids we’ve lost our GIANT yellow ducks and Dusty Duck needs you and your family to help him find them! Track down these cheeky birds and be in with a chance of winning a yummy chocolate treat. Included in admission price. 01554 741087. www.wwt.org.uk/visit/llanelli Dylan Thomas Easter Holiday Events Until 23 Apr. Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place. Free. 01792 463980. www.dylanthomas.com Easter Fun Until 23 April. Gower Heritage Centre, Parkmill, Gower. Egg and spoon races, duck races, meet the Easter Bunny plus much more. 01792 371206. www.gowerheritagecentre.co.uk Exhibition: Lwchwr Art Society Until 7 May. Swansea Museum. 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays. 01792 653763.

Swansea Organ Association Recital: with Organist Peter Carder Caersalem Newydd, Treboeth, SA5 9LH. 7.30pm. Further details from Assistant Secretary Gareth Williams on 01792 468068. www.swanseaorgan.org.uk

WEDNESDAY 5

Friends of the Egypt Centre Public Lecture: with Professor Salima Ikram Fulton House, Room 2, Singleton Campus, Swansea University. Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start. Free for members; £3 non-members. Title and Abstract TBA. For further details contact 01792 295960. www.egypt.swan.ac.uk Solo of Mumbles: An Evening of Food and Fashion Café TwoCann, Unit 2, King’s Rd., Swansea SA1 8PL. 7pm. £25 (incl 2-course meal). Raffle proceeds to WE ARE MACMILLAN. For further details and tickets contact Solo on 01792 366133. Swansea Little Theatre: Son of Man Until 8 April. Dylan Thomas Theatre, Gloucester Place. 7.30pm. £10; £9 concs. Credit/Debit card fee £1; online booking £2.

FRIDAY 7

Artist Talk: The Wakelin Award 2017 Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Room 1. 12.30pm-1.30pm. Join Andrew Renton, Keeper of Art at Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales in conversation with the recipient of this year’s Wakelin Award, ceramic artist Philip Eglin. Free. Booking essential. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com Little Mice Club: Recycling National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 10.30am12noon. Free. Drop in with your little ones to enjoy bilingual play, songs and crafts with a recycling theme. www.museum.wales Private View & Curators Talk Mission Gallery, Gloucester Place. 6pm. Situation/Object/Material, an Ephemeral Coast exhibition curated by Celina Jeffery, presents a series of studies that explore the perception and sensibility of coastal materiality. More info: www.missiongallery.co.uk Swansea Bay Community Awards Brangwyn Hall. 7pm. 01792 545518.

SATURDAY 8

www.swanseamuseum.co.uk Funky Craft Fayre Ostreme Centre, Newton Rd., Mumbles, SA3 4BA. 10am-4pm. Free entry. Fabulous handmade gifts by local talent: jewellery, glass, art, textiles, candles & more! Perfect Easter gift shopping! Home-made cakes and drinks on sale. 01792 536912. Mumbles Local Produce Market See details on 11 Mar. My Coast in Clay: Adult Workshop (16yrs+) Also 22 Apr. Mission Gallery, Gloucester Place. 10am-4pm. £50 for 2 days. Direction and support will be provided by artist and UWTSD ceramics technician Daniel Butler. All pieces will be fired and the finished items available for collection from the gallery. No prior experience of clay required. 01792 652016. www.missiongallery.co.uk/events Nimble Fingers Craft Fayre See details on 11 Mar. Swansea Philharmonic Choir: Mozart Brangwyn Hall. 7.30pm. £15; £12; £8 full time students. Tickets from ticket secretary on 01792 894211; Grand Theatre Box Office on 01792 475715; choir members. We’re Going on an Egg Hunt Also daily to 23 Apr. National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 10am-4pm. Free. Eggsplore the nooks and crannies of our galleries to track down the hidden eggs in our Eggcellent Easter trail. www.museum.wales Young Archaeologists Club (9-16yrs) Swansea Museum. 10.30am12.30pm. Range of exciting and archaeologically focused activities. 01792 653763. www.swanseamuseum.co.uk

SUNDAY 9

Big Fix National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 11am-4pm. Don’t despair if you’ve broken something; bring anything from clothing to gadgets along and discover the joy of fixing them! In partnership with The Environment Centre. www.museum.wales Marina Market Dylan Thomas Square. 10am-3pm. A wonderful array of stalls to browse on a Sunday. www.museum.wales Pennard Local Produce and Craft Market See details on 12 Mar. The Mumbles Lifeboat Talk and Book launch National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 2pm. Join Kate Jones for a fascinating talk followed by the launch of her new book about the history of Mumbles Lifeboat Station. www.museum.wales

MONDAY 10

Active Swansea Easter Holiday


LISTINGS Activities Until 21 Apr. Active Swansea Leisure Centres. Various sports and activities to keep the children entertained and active over the holidays. www.activeswansea.com Seed Bombs and Plant Pots Also 11, 12 & 13 Apr. National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 12.30pm-3.30pm. Free. Take part in a guerrilla gardening experience by making your own seed bombs and decorating a plant pot. www.museum.wales

TUESDAY 11

Animal Encounters Until 13 Apr. Plantasia, Parc Tawe. Interactive animal show. 4 shows a day: 10.30am, 12noon, 2pm & 3.15pm. £4.50 child, £5.50 adult. Pre-booking essential. Tickets nonrefundable. 01792 474555. www.plantasia.org Fabric Fish Workshop (7yrs+) Mission Gallery, Gloucester Place. 11am-2pm. £6. Draw a fish template on paper and select fabric to suit your design. Learn how to transform this into a 3D shape using different materials. No sewing required! 01792 652016. www.missiongallery.co.uk/events Urban Chicken Keeping (ages 8+) Also 12 & 13 April. National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 11.30am, 1pm & 3pm.Free. Fancy fresh eggs for breakfast? Games, activities and eggciting science will help you decide if keeping a chicken is right for you. www.museum.wales

WEDNESDAY 12

Crafty Fun for Children Oystermouth Castle. Drop in between 11.30am-3.30pm. 50p per child plus normal admission charges. swansea.gov.uk/ oystermouthcastle DACE Lecture Series: Am I a Global Citizen? by Alyson Jenkins The Discovery Room, Swansea Central Library, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Rd., SA1 3SN. 3.45pm-5.30pm. Free. Political and personal perspectives. Diogenes the Greek philosopher said he was a citizen of the world in 400BC, so this is not a new idea but today in the wake of globalisation and ecological degradation it takes on a new urgency. For some lectures, the seating is limited, so telephone to book your place and avoid disappointment. Contact DACE reception: 01792 602211. adult. education@swansea.ac.uk / www. swansea.ac.uk/dace Free Organ Recital: with James Gough, Organist of St John’s, Loughton Brangwyn Hall. 12.45pm-1.30pm. Free admission. For further details, contact Alan Sykes on 01792 201776/07704 209132 or a.m.sykes@btinternet.com Imaginative Islands: Workshop

(7yrs +) Mission Gallery, Gloucester Place. £6. 11am-2pm. If you could create your own island, what would it look like? Using both digital drawing and craft techniques let your imagination run wild! 01792 652016. www.missiongallery.co.uk/events Pontarddulais Local Produce Market See details on 8 Mar. Swansea Floral Arrangement Society Demonstration: ‘Bamboozled’ by Jennifer Davies St David’s Priory Church Hall, City Centre. 2pm. Visitors £5. New members welcome. Enquiries 01792 464337 or swanseafloral@aol.co.uk Swansea Organic Gardening Group: Going Green in the Garden Environment Centre, Pier St., Swansea. 7pm. Non-members welcome. A talk on how to garden in a more environmentally friendly way. For more details, contact 01792 863678.

THURSDAY 13

April Holiday Workshop: Photography (4-14yrs) Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Room 2. 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm. With artist Sheree Murphy. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Booking essential. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com Swansea Astronomical Society: Society Lecture Fulton House, Singleton Campus, Swansea University. 7pm. Brian Stokes of the Swansea Astronomical Society will give a lecture on ‘Galileo Galilei’. 01792 208384. www.swanastro.org.uk

FRIDAY 14

Easter Eggstravaganza National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 12noon4pm. An eggciting family day out featuring crafts, live music and a quirky gallery trail. www.museum.wales Rainbow Sand Art: Free family Drop-in Workshop Mission Gallery, Gloucester Place. Free. 11am-2pm. We have coloured sand! Come along and play and we may even share our secret recipe. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 01792 652016. www.missiongallery.co.uk/events

SATURDAY 15

Basketry Adult Workshop (16yrs+) Mission Gallery, Gloucester Place. 10am-4pm. £22. Using natural fibres, each participant will handcraft their own basket to take home. Led by artist Louise Tucker. 01792 652016. www.missiongallery.co.uk/events Easter Crafty Fun for Children Oystermouth Castle. Drop in between 11.30am-3.30pm. 50p per child plus normal admission

charges. swansea.gov.uk/ oystermouthcastle Penclawdd Local Produce and Craft Market See details on 18 Mar. Swansea Festival of Stitch: Myths and Legends Workshop with Alison Moger Swansea Museum, Victoria Rd. £25. 01792 653763. www.swanseamuseum.co.uk Upper Killay Local Produce and Craft Market See details on 18 Mar.

SUNDAY 16

Easter Sunday Movie National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 2.30pm. See a film classic for Easter. Free. www.museum.wales Guided Tour: Dylan’s Swansea by Fluellen Theatre Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place. 10.30am-12.30pm. £10; £7 concs; £4 Swansea PTL. 01792 463980. www.dylanthomas.com

MONDAY 17

Exhibition and Sale of Art Also 18 Apr. King Arthur Hotel, Reynoldston. From 10am. Original paintings at affordable prices.

TUESDAY 18

Animal Zone: Beast Creator Until 20 Apr. Plantasia, Parc Tawe. Interactive animal show. 4 shows a day: 10.30am, 12noon, 2pm & 3.15pm. £4.50 child; £5.50 adult. Pre-booking essential. Tickets nonrefundable. 01792 474555. www.plantasia.org Science Conservation Day (4-14yrs) Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Room 2. 11am-1pm & 2pm4pm. Join our team of conservation experts, visit their technical studios and learn how they look after over 10,000 artworks from the Gallery’s collection. Free. Booking essential. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com Tetra Pak crafts National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 12.30pm3.30pm. Use waste wisely by making a stylish wallet or purse (18 April) or a hanging planter (19 April) using old cartons. www.museum.wales

WEDNESDAY 19

Toddler Time Monthly Movies National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 10.30am. A free film especially for preschool children and their parents or carers. www.museum.wales

THURSDAY 20

Guided Tour Brangwyn Hall. 10am. £5.50 adult; £3.50 child. 01792 635428. ticketsource.co.uk/brangwynhall Oystermouth Historical Association Illustrated Talk: ‘Ryan Davies - Wales’ Most Versatile Entertainer?’ by Mike Evans

Ostreme Hall, Newton Rd., Mumbles. 7.45pm. For further details, contact the Secretary Kate Jones on 01792 361466.

FRIDAY 21

Clydach Historical Society Talk: Newspapers Past, Present and Future Clydach Community Hall. 7pm. With Jason Evans (Reporter-South Wales Evening Post). For further details contact 01792 843548., RSPB West Glamorgan Local Group Environment Centre, Pier Street, Swansea. 7.30pm-9.30pm. ‘Wildlife of Penllergare Woods’ - a talk by Mr Nigel Robins. All welcome. Entry £1.50. 07977 258158. Scrappy Sock Puppets Until 23 April. National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm daily. Create a characterful puppet from a sock in this crafty holiday activity. www.museum.wales.

SATURDAY 22

April Holiday Workshop: Family Film Club Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Room 1. 3pm. All ages. Free. Booking essential. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com Fluellen Theatre Company: Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration Dylan Thomas Centre, Somerset Place. 1pm. £5; £1.60 Swansea PTL 01792 463980. www.dylanthomas.com Morriston Ladies Choir 76th Annual Concert Tabernacle Chapel, Morriston. Doors open 6.30pm for 7.30pm start. £10. With guests Pontarddulais Town Band. Tickets available from Concert Secretary on 01792 428440 or at the door. The Final of the 14th Annual Welsh Musical Theatre Young Singer of the Year Competition Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University Singleton Campus. 7pm. With Musical Theatre Concert by Dunvant Male Choir and a performance by last years winner, Michael Lowe. Tickets available from Taliesin Box Office on 01792 602060. The Gallipoli Campaign National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 11am. Free. John White presents a talk on one of World War I’s most punishing campaigns. Organised by Historical Association Swansea Branch. www.museum.wales

SUNDAY 23

Half-Term Movie National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 2pm. Catch a fun family film for free. www.museum.wales

TUESDAY 25

Explore Books National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 10.30am. A

book club with a difference! No need to read the books in advance - just come along for a discussion. The theme for April is: Books set in Cities. www.museum.wales Swansea UFO Network Meeting: Talk by Ellis Taylor The New Lodge, Alexandra Rd., Gorseinon. 8pm. For further details, contact 07954 806402/07399 990985 or swanseaufonet@yahoo. com

WEDNESDAY 26

Science Café National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 7.30pm. Free. Join us each month to hear from a leading expert in their scientific field. www.museum.wales Swansea Bay Orienteering Club: Come & try orienteering Mumbles Hill, Swansea. Contact Dave Mitchell on 01792 519804 or visit www.SBOC.co.uk for details. The Art of Conservation Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Room 1. 11am-12noon. Meet the Glynn Vivian conservation team and go behind the scenes of the new Gallery. Free. Booking essential. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com

THURSDAY 27

Swansea Astronomical Society: Society Lecture Fulton House, Singleton Campus, Swansea University. 7pm. Brian Spinks of the Swansea Astronomical Society will give a talk. Topic tba. 01792 208384. www.swanastro.org.uk

FRIDAY 28

Chapel, Chums and Chips: an evening with John Griffiths Dylan Thomas Theatre, Gloucester Place, Maritime Quarter. 7.30pm. £10; £9 concs. Credit/Debit card fee £1; online booking £2. www.dylanthomastheatre.org.uk Gin Festival Until 30 Apr. Brangwyn Hall. Various times. Passionate about all things gin, Gin Festival is returning again to the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea with more than 100 gins, top craft distillers and a whole world of ginformation. ginfestival.com/ events

SATURDAY 29

Dawn Chorus WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre, Penclacwydd, Llwynhendy, Llanelli, SA14 9SH. Wake up to the wonderful sound of the wetlands on our guided walk around the reserve to listen to the bird world wake up as dawn breaks over the Burry Inlet. Plus enjoy a homemade cooked breakfast. 6am-8am. £15 adult; £10 child. Call 01554 741097 to book. www.wwt.org.uk/ visit/llanelli Mother and Other Tongues: a Performance Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Rd. Garden Room. 12.30pm1.30pm. This performance will WHAT’S ON PAGE 91


LISTINGS include new word and image artworks, poems and short prose by participants in Glynn Vivian poet in residence workshops. Free. 01792 516900. www.glynnvivian.com Record and CD Fair Victoria Hall, Dunns Lane, Mumbles. 10am-4pm. Free admission. For further details, contact 01792 360551. Scrappy Shakers Also 30 Apr & 1 May. National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Road. 12.30pm-3.30pm. Free. Just in time for the Welsh festival of Calan Mai, join us to make a scrappy musical shaker. www.museum.wales Uplands Market See details on 25 Mar.

Stage & Screen GRAND THEATRE Singleton Street, Swansea. 01792 475715. www.swanseagrand.co.uk MAIN AUDITORIUM Mike Doyle: St David’s Day Concert 1 Mar. 7.30pm. £14-£18. The Sensational 60s Experience: The Tour that Never Ends 2 Mar. 7.30pm. £24 & £26. Abbamania 3 Mar. 7.30pm. £18.50 & £20.50*. Max Boyce 4 Mar. 7.30pm. £22.50 & £25.50. An Evening with Levison Wood 6 Mar. 7.30pm. £20.50 adult; £15.50 under 16s. Ruby Wax: Frazzled (14+) 7 Mar. 7.30pm. £20.50*. Sam Bailey: Sing My Heart Out 8 Mar. 7.30pm. £25 & £30; £75.50 Meet & Greet. Music Hall Tavern 9 Mar. 7.30pm. £19 & £21. Chris Needs & Friends 11 Mar. 7.30pm. £14 & £16. Talking Scarlet: Ding Dong Murder Me on High 13 - 15 Mar. 7.30pm (Wed mat: 2pm). £9.50-£16* (opening night offer: 2 for 1 - Ts&Cs apply). Variety Night Live 17 & 18 Mar. 7.30pm. £16-£24.50. Thriller 20 - 25 Mar. Mon-Thurs: 7.30pm; Fri: 5.30pm & 8.30pm; Sat: 4pm & 8pm. £13-£32* (opening night offer: £10 off top 2 prices: Ts&Cs apply). David Walliams: Gangsta Granny 29 Mar - 1 Apr. 7pm (Mats: Wed @ 1.30pm; Thurs & Fri @ 10.30am; Sat @ 2.30pm). £10-£18.50; £60 family (4)*; £8.50 schools. David Starkey: Henry VIII 27 Mar. 7.30pm. £18*. Champions of Magic 4 Apr. 7.30pm. £23.50 adult; £17.50 child; £70 family (4). The ‘Bootleg’ Beatles WHAT’S ON PAGE 92

5 Apr. 7.30pm. £23-£29. Opera & Ballet International: La bohème 6 Apr. 7.30pm. £15-£33*. Opera & Ballet International: Nabucco 7 Apr. 7.30pm. £15-£33*. Opera & Ballet International: Aida 8 Apr. 7.30pm. £15-£33*. Cirque du Hilarious 10 Apr. 2.30pm. £11.50-£17; £48 family (4). The Little Mix Experience 11 Apr. 6pm. £14. Think Floyd 12 Apr. 7.30pm. £22. Beyond the Barricade 13 Apr. 7.30pm £22.50*. The Music of Bob Marley: Legend 15 Apr. 7.30pm. £17.50-£21. The Little Mermaid 18 Apr. 2pm. £12.50 adult; £10.50 child; £42 family (4). London Classic Theatre: Hysteria 19 - 22 Apr. 7.30pm (Sat mat: 2.30pm). £11-£17*. (opening night offer: 2 for 1- T&Cs apply). John Hylton: The Neil Diamond Rocks Tour 24 Apr. 7.30pm. £22*. Talon: The Best of Eagles 25 Apr. 7.30pm. £22.50. Count Arthur Strong: The Sound of Mucus 26 Apr. 8pm. £19 & £20.50. Alexander O’Neal: 30 Years of Hearsay 27 Apr. 7.30pm. £30. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show 28 & 29 Apr. Fri @ 1.30pm & 4pm; Sat @ 10.30am & 1pm. £13.50 adult; £10.50 child; £44 family (4). *Selected concessions are available at some performances. Please enquire at time of booking. Online booking fee applies.

ARTS WING Fluellen Theatre: Theatre-inFocus - Anton Chekhov 4 Mar. 12.30pm. £6; £4.50*. Afternoon Dance 9 Mar. 1.30pm. £4. Anthony and Cleopatra 15 - 17 Mar. 7.15pm (Thurs mat: 1pm). £11*. Perfect Pitch 18 Mar. 7.45pm. £10*. Marilyn (14+) 23 Mar. 7.45pm. £12.50*. Celtic Guitar Trio 24 Mar. 7.45pm. £13.50*. Fluellen Theatre: Grand ‘Lunchtime’ Theatre: Heaven’s Paradise 25 Mar. 12.30pm. £6; £4.50*. Comedy Club (16+) 29 Mar. 8pm. £11. Fluellen Theatre: Theatre-inFocus - Harold Pinter 1 Apr. 12.30pm. £6; £4.50*. Robert Habermann: His Way The Frank Sinatra Story

6 Apr. 7.45pm. £14.50*. Bluestocking Lounge: Burlesque and Cabaret 18+ 15 Apr. 8pm. £15.50. Luna Theatre: Earthquakes in London 20 - 22 Apr. 7.45pm. £10.50. Comedy Club (16+) 26 Apr. 8pm. £11. Fluellen Theatre: Grand ‘Lunchtime’ Theatre: Dr Jackal I Presume 29 Apr. 12.30pm. £6; £4.50*. *Selected concessions are available at some performances. Please enquire at time of booking. Online booking fee applies.

EXHIBITIONS Jay Phillips: The Whole Woman 7 - 17 Mar. Level 1 & White Room. The Egypt Centre Photographing Antiquity 21 Mar - 7 Apr. White Room. Wilf Box - New Perspectives 11 - 28 Apr. Level 1. GRAND THEATRE TOURS Behind the Scenes Tours 25 Mar; 1 & 22 Apr. 10am (approx. 60-90 minutes). Booking is essential. £5.50 adult; £3 child. Please note: All Grand Theatre tickets include a 50p Restoration Fund contribution. Online booking fee applies.

GRAND THEATRE SCHOOL of DRAMA and MUSICAL THEATRE Swansea Grand Theatre. Classes Mondays 5.30pm - 7pm, Tuesdays 5pm - 6.30pm. Drama; Speech/ Voice; Singing; Musical Theatre. Contact Maria King on 07974 345909. GWYN HALL Orchard Street, Neath. 0300 365 6677. www.gwynhall.com LIVE PERFORMANCES Melyncryddan AOS: Legally Blonde 28 Feb - 4 Mar. See website for details. Wilde without the Boy 8 Mar. 7.30pm. Welsh Wrestling 11 Mar. 7pm. Jack the Ripper: The Real Truth 17 Mar. 7.30pm. Leading Ladies: A Night at the Movies & Musicals 25 Mar. 7.30pm. The Hogwallops 2 Apr. 3pm. The People’s Theatre Company: Don’t Dribble on the Dragon 21 Apr. 3pm. The Cavern Beatles 22 Apr. 7.30pm. The Fureys 28 Apr. 7.30pm.

LIVE STREAMS Royal Opera House: Sleeping Beauty 5 Mar. 2pm. NT Live: Hedda Gabler 9 Mar. 7pm. Royal Opera House: Madama Butterfly 30 Mar. 7.15pm. NT Live: Twelfth Night 6 Apr. 7pm. Royal Opera House: Jewels 16 Apr. 2pm. PONTARDAWE ARTS CENTRE Herbert St, Pontardawe. 01792 863722. www.pontardaweartscentre. com Big Country 3 Mar. 7.30pm. £18 in advance; £20 on the day*. Seann Walsh: One for the Road 4 Mar. 7.30pm. £14 in advance; £16 on the day*. The Ensonglopedia of Science 8 Mar. 7.30pm. £10; £8 concs; £5 student*. Mid Wales Opera: The Magic Flute 9 Mar. 7.30pm. £15; £1 child*. Future Blood 13 Mar. 7pm. £3. Poetry with Kathy Miles and Glyn Roberts 14 Mar. 7.30pm. £3. Yfory 16 Mar. 7.30pm. £10; £8 concs; £5 student*. Oysters3 17 Mar. 7.30pm. £15 in advance; £17 on the day*. Script Café with Janine Jones 21 Mar. 7.30pm. £4.50. Class Act Theatre School: Les Misérables (School Edition) 23 - 26 Mar. Thur, Fri & Sat: 7.15pm; Sat mat: 2pm; Sun: 1pm & 5.30pm. £12.50; £10.50 concs*. Vamos: The Best Thing 30 Mar. 7.30pm. £10; £8; £5 student*. Perfect Pitch 31 Mar. 7.30pm. £10; £8 concs; £5 student*. The Manfreds 1 Apr. 7.30pm. £20*. Barcelona Gypsy Klezmer Orchestra 7 Apr. 7.30pm. £12; £10 concs; £5 student; £1 child*. A Strange New Space 19 Apr. 2pm. £5; £3*. Reginald D Hunter Preview Show 20 Apr. 8pm. £15. Karnataka 21 Apr. 7.30pm. £14.50. Space 22 Apr. 7.30pm. £15*. Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman 27 Apr. 7.30pm. £12; £10 concs*. *Please note: Ticket prices are

exclusive of 7.5% levy fee

CLASSES Mon: Pamela Miller School of Ballet, 4pm-8pm; Future Blood Music Development (ages 14-21), 6pm-9pm; First Time Choir, starts 9 Jan, 7.30pm-9pm. Tue: Jamba Jumpers (ages 3-8), 4.15pm-5pm; Movement Improvisation Class with Jessica Learner, 6.30pm8.30pm. Wed: Agility dance for people with diverse capabilities, 12.30pm-1.30pm; Whist Drive, 2pm -4pm; Mode Dance (ages 3+), 4.30pm-8.30pm; Picture makers - photography class, 7pm-9pm. Thur: Solar Dance (ages 4-8), 5pm-6pm; Dressmaking Class, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Fri: Tiny Toes Ballet (18mths-4), 5.45pm7.15pm. Sat: Class Act Theatre School, 9.30am-12.30pm; Life Drawing, last Sat of the month, 10am-12noon. PRINCESS ROYAL THEATRE Civic Centre, Port Talbot. 01639 763214. www.nptartsandents.co.uk Lee Nelson 11 Mar. 7.30pm. £21.50. The Little Mermaid 20 Apr. 11am & 2pm. £12.90 adult; £10.75 child. Please note: All tickets include a 7.5% a levy fee.

TALIESIN ARTS CENTRE including THE GREAT HALL Singleton Campus, Swansea University. 01792 602060; Bay Campus, Fabian Way. 01792 604900/604999 www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk CINEMA Allied (15) 1 Mar. A United Kingdom (12A) 13 & 24 Mar. 4.30pm & 7.30pm. Silence (15) 14 Mar. Francofonia (12A) 15 Mar. Sully (12A) 20 Mar. 5pm & 7.30pm Paterson (15) 21 Mar. Fences (12A) 22 Mar. T2: Trainspotting (18) 27 & 28 Mar. WOW Wales One World Film Festival 3-5 Apr. For full cinema listings for Mar & Apr please visit the website. All screenings are at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated.


LISTINGS LIVE PERFORMANCES Martin Carthy & John Kirkpatrick 3 Mar. Soweto Kinch 4 Mar. Follow Me 15 March 1pm Dewch Gyda Fi 15 March 4.30pm Pink Mist 17 & 18 Mar. Q&A after Friday performance Gerardo Nuñez Quartet & Carmen Cortés 23 Mar. AmserJazzTime presents Tim Garland 25 Mar. Foyer performance from 6.30pm. SU Dance Society Showcase 31 Mar & 1 Apr. Swansea City Opera – Lakmé 7 Apr. Rising Stars Theatre Co: ‘We are not Amused’ 9 Apr. George Dillon in The Gospel of Matthew 13 Apr. The Amazing Bubble Man 19 Apr. 4.30pm. County Youth Dance Company 21 Apr. Dunvant Male Voice Choir presents Young Musical Theatre Singer Final 2017 22 Apr. CAITLIN 27 Apr. Romans in Britain 28 Apr at 7.30pm; 29 Apr at 3pm & 7.30pm. LIVE STREAMS National Theatre Live: Hedda Gabler 12 Mar. 7pm. Royal Opera House: Madama Butterfly 2 Apr. 7pm. National Theatre Live: Twelfth Night 6 Apr. 7pm. RSC Live: Julius Caesar 26 Apr. 7pm. All live performances/live streams are at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. *Certificates subject to change on live streamed events.

EXHIBITIONS David Hockney: Original prints 24 Feb -1 Apr. Dorian Spencer Davies Coastal Spirit 7 Apr-20 May. Noah Loo’s Art Moment Exhibition 21 Apr – 31 May. EXHIBITIONS in the BAR/ FOYER Photographing Antiquity 4 Feb - 10 Mar. Roxanne Walchester: Through the Park to the Beach

17 Mar-21 Apr.

THE EGYPT CENTRE Tues - Sat: 10am-4pm. An exciting collection of ancient Egyptian objects and hands-on activities that will fascinate and entertain visitors of all ages. 01792 295960. www.egypt.swansea. ac.uk THE GREAT HALL Welsh Sinfonia and Swansea University Orchestra 10 Mar. 6.30pm. £15; £12 concs; £5 SU student. The Endellion String Quartet 18 Mar. 7.30pm. £15; £12 concs; £5 SU student. Centenary Lecture Series Heather Brooke – Testing for truth in a world of fake news 23 Mar. 7.30pm. £12; £5 students/ schools. Swansea University Student Showcase 25 Mar. 7.30pm. £10; £8 concs; £5 SU student. Nidum Ensemble 1 Apr. 7.30pm. £15; £12 concs; £5 SU student.

THE DYLAN THOMAS THEATRE Gloucester Place, Maritime Quarter, Swansea. 01792 473238. www.dylanthomastheatre. org.uk Swansea Amateur Operatic Society: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - The Musical 14 - 18 March. 7.30pm (Sat mat: 2.30pm). Tues £10; Wed-Sat £14; £10 concs for Sat mat. Credit/Debit card fee £1; online booking £2. Swansea Little Theatre: Bella Berserk’s Leading Ladies 19 March. 7.30pm. £20; £15 Disabled Seating. Credit/Debit card fee £1; online booking £2. Swansea Little Theatre: Son of Man 5 - 8 April. 7.30pm. £10; £9 concs. Credit/Debit card fee £1; online booking £2. Chapel, Chums and Chips: an evening with John Griffiths 28 Apr. 7.30pm. £10; £9 concs. Credit/Debit card fee £1; online booking £2.

THE FFWRNES Park Street, Llanelli SA15 3YE. 08452 263510. www. theatrausirgar.co.uk MAIN AUDITORIUM SA15 Stage School: The Wizard of Oz 2 - 10 Mar. Thurs & Fri @ 7.30pm; Sat @ 2.30pm & 7.30pm; Sun @ 2.30pm; Tues - Fri @ 7.30pm. £12. Spoken Word Saturday

11 Mar. 3pm. £3. Theatrau Sir Gâr with Loud Applause Productions: St David’s Celebration Concert 11 Mar. 7pm. £16; £14; £45 family. The Everly Brothers & Friends Tribute Show 16 Mar. 7.30pm. £16; £14 concs. Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour (12A) 17 Mar. Tbc. 7.30pm. £13; £11.50 concs; £11.50 Groups of 6+. Ballet Theatre UK: Giselle 18 Mar. 7.30pm. £18; £12 concs. Tea Dance 21 Mar. 2.30pm. £5 (incl. refreshments). Chamber Philharmonic Europe Powerful Emotions Tour 2017 / Kammerphilharmonie Europa 22 Mar. 7.30pm. £15; £12 concs; £10 students; schools: POA. It’s an Act Ltd: Perfect Pitch 25 Mar. 7.30pm. £12; £10 concs. Elli Tangent: Bridget Jones Baby (15) 27 Mar. 7.30pm. £7 (including a glass of wine or soft drink). Lost in Translation Circus: The Hogwallops 29 & 30 Mar. Wed at 7pm; Thurs at 11am. £10; £8 concs; £6 schools; £0 teachers; £5 loyalty card members. David Coleman: Flanders & Swann - Drop Another Hat 30 Mar. 7.30pm. £15; £12 concs. Interactive Theatre International: Faulty Towers The Dining Experience 7 & 8 Apr. Doors open at 7pm; performance commences at 7.30pm. £42.50 - all tickets include a 3-course meal and 2-hour interactive show. Spoken Word Saturday 8 Apr. 3pm. £3 Omnidaze: Romeo & Juliette 12 Apr. 2pm & 7.30pm. £10; £8 concs; £6 schools: £0 teachers. Easter Bunny’s Eggs-Ellent Adventure 14 Apr. 1.30pm. £8.50 adult; £10 child. Tea Dance 18 Apr. 2.30pm. £5 (incl. refreshments). The People’s Theatre Company: Don’t Dribble on the Dragon 19 Apr. 2.30pm. £9.50; £8.50 concs; £34 family; £13.50 lapseats. Light, Ladd and Emberton: Caitlin 21 Apr. 6pm (Welsh); 8pm (English). £10. Ffranki’s Fun Films: Beauty and the Beast (U) 22 Apr. Meet & Greet: £7. Clare Hammond: Piano Recital 29 Apr. 2.30pm. £13; £11 concs; £10 drama club members.

STIWDIO STEPNI Fifth Word and Nottingham Playhouse: All the Little Lights 28 Feb - 1 Mar. Tues @ 7pm & Wed @ 1.30pm. £10; £8 concs; £6 schools; £0 teachers.

Films@Ffwrnes: Cabaret Coch Cymru Comedy Club 3 Mar. 8pm. £12 (Early Bird: £10). Director Euros Lyn: Y Llyfrgell / The Library Suicides (15) 10 Mar. 1pm & 7.30pm. £5. Q & A 2.45pm Feel Good Ffilm@Ffwrnes: Youth (15) 15 Mar. 1.30pm. £5 (incl. refreshments). An Evening with the Funny Poet 16 Mar. 7.30pm. £6.50; £5 concs. Bara Caws: Yfori 17 Mawrth. 7.15yh. F£10 C: £8 SCH: £7 Age 14. Boom Productions: Hamlet 22 - 25 Mar. 7.30pm. £10 (Sat mat: 2.30pm - £5). Taking Flight Theatre: You’ve Got Dragons 31 Mar. 1pm & 3.30pm. £9; £7.50; £28 family. Ffilm@Ffwrnes: An Inspector Calls (12) 3 Apr. Schools : 1pm & 7.30pm public. £5. Feel Good Ffilm@Ffwrnes: Hail, Caesar (12A) 5 Apr. 1.30pm. £5 (incl. refreshments). An Evening with the Funny Poet 6 Apr. 7.30pm. £6.50; £5 concs; £5 loyalty, Cabaret Coch Cymru: Comedy Club 7 Apr. 8pm. £12 (Early Bird: £10). Hijinx Theatre in association with Blind Summit: Meet Fred 8 Apr. 7.30pm. £10; £8 concs; £5 loyalty. LMP: Once on this Island Jr 12 - 15 Apr. Wed & Thurs @ 7.30pm; Fri & Sat @ 2.30pm & 7.30pm. £12. Little Theatre: The Ghost Train 26 - 29 Apr. 7.30pm. £10.

T.Rextasy - The 40th Commemorative Anniversary Tour 23 Mar. 7.30pm. £21. Denmark Street Band 24 Mar. 7.30pm. £20; £18 concs.

WEEKLY CLASSES Mark Jermin Stage School Wed. Junior (4-7yrs) 5pm-6pm; Intermediate (7-11yrs) 6pm7.30pm; Senior (11-18yrs) 7.30pm9pm. For further information, ring 01792 458855 or visit www. markjermin.co.uk

CINEMA T2 Trainspotting (18) 3, 4 & 6 Mar. Fri & Sat @ 7pm; Mon @ 2pm. Jackie (15) 8 & 9 Mar. Wed @ 7pm; Thurs @ 2pm.

THE LYRIC THEATRE King Street, Carmarthen SA31 1BD. 08452 263510. www.theatrausirgar.co.uk MAIN AUDITORIUM Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin yng nghwmni Huw Chiswell 4 Mawrth. 7.30yh. £10; £8 concs. Robert Pratt for Chimes International: Patsy Cline - The Concert She Never Gave 17 Mar. 7.30pm. £21; Groups of 5+ £19. Avalon: Comedy Club 21 Mar. 8pm, £12 (Early Bird: £10). Sweeny Entertainments:

LYRIC STUDIO Carmarthen Film Club: Ghostbusters (1984: 12A) 1 Mar. 7.30pm. £5; £4.50 concs; £2.50 members. Carmarthen Film Club: Miller’s Crossing (1981: 15) 5 Apr. 7.30pm. £5; £4.50 concs; £2.50 members. WEEKLY CLASSES The Performance Factory Stage School Fridays: Tiny Tots (3-6yrs) 5pm6pm; Junior Company (7yrs+) 6pm-8pm. For further information, ring 01792 701570 or visit www. tpfwales.com

THE MINERS’ THEATRE Wind Street, Ammanford SA18 3DN. 08452 263510. www.theatrausirgar.co.uk Don’t Go into the Cellar: Tea with Oscar Wilde 9 Mar. 7.30pm. £10; £8; £6 Arts Club members. Tea Dance 15 Mar. 2.30pm. £5 (incl. refreshments). Rhodri Miles One Man Show: Burton 6 Apr. 7.30pm. £10; £8 concs; £6 Arts Club members

THE WELFARE HALL Brecon Road, Ystradgynlais. 01639 843163. www.thewelfare.co.uk. Facebook

For future films and ticket prices, call the Box Office or visit the website. Box Office opening hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm.

LIVE PERFORMANCES Follow Me 16 Mar. 10am (Welsh); 1.15pm (English). £5; teachers free. Superstars of Welsh Wrestling 31 Mar. 7.30pm. £10; £8 child. Jason and the Argonauts 19 Apr. 2pm. £5; teachers free. LIVE STREAM The Royal Opera House: Sleeping Beauty 5 Mar. 2pm. £12; £10. National Theatre Live: Hedda Gabler WHAT’S ON PAGE 93


LISTINGS 9 Mar. 7pm. £11; £9. The Royal Opera House: Madama Butterfly 20 Mar. 7.15pm. £12; £10. National Theatre Live: Twelfth Night 12 Apr. 7pm. £11; £9.

Leisure Centres ACTIVE SWANSEA www.activeswansea.com Swimming pools, gyms and a wide choice of fitness classes for adults and children. For more information on all courses and classes, visit the website or contact your local centre: Bishopston Sports Centre: 01792 235040 Cefn Hengoed Leisure Centre: 01792 798484 Morriston Leisure Centre: 01792 797082 Penlan Leisure Centre: 01792 588079 Pentrehafod Sports Centre: 01792 588079 Penyrheol Leisure Centre: 01792 897039.

LC Oystermouth Road, Swansea. 01792 466500. www.thelcswansea.com Waterpark, play area, climbing wall, boardrider, health and fitness centre - all under one roof!

360 Beach and Watersports Mumbles Road, Swansea. 01792 655844 www.360swansea.co.uk Providing beach sports, water sports, health walks, well-being clubs and much more. Visit the website for full events timetable.

Library Events For full details of activities and events in your local Library, please telephone the Libraries below or visit www.swansea. gov.uk/libraries Central: 01792 636464 Brynhyfryd: 01792 650953 Clydach: 01792 843300 Fforestfach: 01792 586978 Gorseinon: 01792 516780 Gowerton: 01792 873572 Killay: 01792 516820 Llansamlet: 01792 771652 Morriston: 01792 516770 Oystermouth: 01792 368380 Penlan: 01792 584674 Pennard: 01792 233277 Pontarddulais: 01792 882822 Sketty: 01792 202024 WHAT’S ON PAGE 94

St Thomas: 01792 655570 Townhill: 01792 512370

CLUBS & CLASSES 4D Choir Every Wed at 7pm-9pm in Townhill Theatre, University of Wales Trinity St David, SA2 0UT. £80 per term. For further details e-mail Kate Davies: kate@naturalvoice.net 10 o’clock Club Every Tues at 10am-12noon in the Deer’s Leap, Cwmrhydyceirw, SA6 6SG. A friendly coffee morning for adults of all ages. Come along, have some fun and meet new friends. For further details contact June on 01792 414552/07922 124107 or Marianne on 01792 771017/07877 479300. A Stitch in Time Every Thur at 2pm-4pm in Hazel Court, Sketty Park. £4.50. Learn patchwork, quilting, knitting, crochet and bag making. Beginners welcome. Contact Suzanne Harris for programme and other details on 01792 202986 Agora Group Fortnightly on Fridays (3 & 17 Mar) at the Scout Hall, Bryn Rd, Brynmill. 10am-12noon. Visitors £3. Talks and discussions on a wide range of subjects. 01792 774832. www.agoraswansea.org.uk Alexander Technique Learn to move with ease, improve posture, enhance performance, reduce pain. Individual lessons and introductory group classes. Philippa Castell M.S.T.A.T. 01792 473415. www.movementsense.com All Sewn Up: Sewing Workshops Day & evening sessions available. For details and prices: 07867 915993. www.allsewnupwales.co.uk Argentinian Tango Every Wed at Holy Trinity Church, Parkway, Sketty Park SA2 8JQ. Lessons 7pm-8.30pm; dancing 8.30pm-10pm. No partner needed. £6 lesson and practica (£4 unwaged); £4 practica only. 07771 362512 or 01792 473415. www.tangoessence.co.uk Argentine Tango with Urban Tango Nights. 
 Every Mon (except 1st Mon) at Peppermint, Wind St., Swansea. Lesson 7.30pm-9pm; freestyle 9pm-10.30pm. No partner needed. Free (donations or buy a drink). urbantangonights.wix.com/mysite Art Class Enjoy drawing and painting with a friendly Art Group at Ostreme Centre, Mumbles. For further information contact Diane Thomas on 01792 360240. Art Tuition with Sue Mann For beginners up, individuals and groups. Make your own paint, oils/ egg tempera! For further details contact 01792 203514/07974

391251. Art Tuition – Private & Professional For adults and teenagers working in a variety of media. Qualified for GCSE and A Level as well as personal interest. With experienced artist and teacher. Contact Juli on 07581 170400/ 01792 904742 Asclepius Education and Therapy Centre Offering 10-week courses in philosophy, history, culture, self awareness, mindfulness and meditation. Available for all groups. No previous knowledge required. For further details contact 07592 330467/01792 480245 or squabs@ hotmail.co.uk. www.asclepiustherapy.co.uk Baby & Toddler Swimming Weekdays and weekends with Swimkidz. Lessons in Gower, Swansea, Neath and Llanelli. For babies from birth to 4 yrs. amanda@swimkidz.co.uk www.swimkidz.co.uk Facebook: SwimkidzSwanseaWestWales Baby Ballet Award-winning Tiny Toes ballet classes held all over Swansea on weekdays and weekends offering ballet, tap, nursery visits and holiday workshops. For girls and boys 6mths-7yrs. With Emma Morgan BA (Hons) PGCE RAD RTS. 07864 857920. www.tinytoesballet.co.uk Baby Massage – with Music and Nursery Rhymes Every Tues at 360 Café, Mumbles Rd. Five week course. For ages 8wks-5mths. For further details and space availability contact Mary on 01792 391301. BackCare Association, Swansea Branch For information about meetings please contact Mrs. Gloria Morgan on 01792 208290 or e-mail gloriamorgan@talktalk.net Bipolar UK Swansea Support Group Every 1st Mon (except bank holidays) at 6pm-8pm in the Mind Centre, 66 St Helen’s Rd, SA1 4BE. For more details: 0333 323 3885 or e-mail swansea@bipolarukgroups. org.uk Bishopston Harmony Every Thur at 10am-11.30am in St Teilo’s Church Hall, The Glebe, Bishopston. £6 per session or £50 per term. For further details e-mail Kate Davies: kate@naturalvoice.net Brynmill Buddies Social Club Every Tues at 9am-12noon (except school summer holidays) in Brynmill Community Centre, St Alban’s Rd., SA2 0BP. £1.50 (incl refreshments). For adults of all ages. Friendship, fitness and fun. Activities: Library, Wi-fi, table tennis, games, chess, and good company. Contact: 07791 130066 (day time only). CBT/Counselling: Adults & Children

For further details contact Jo Ashburner on 07951 783553 or joashburner@gmail.com Cambridge Weight Plan Every Wed at 6pm-7.30pm in Christwell Church, Manselton. For more details contact Allison on 07583 577491 or iccmorganjones@ hotmail.com Chess Club Every Thur at 7.30pm in The Poppy Lounge, De-la-Beche Memorial Park, De-la-Beche Rd., Sketty (behind Bishop Gore School). Players of all standards welcome. For further details contact the Secretary on 01792 205007 or arosser2005@yahoo.co.uk Christwell Slimmers Club Every Wed at 5.30pm-7.30pm in Christwell Hall, Manselton Rd, SA5 8PW. 1-2-1 consultation. For more details contact Viv on 07710 507055 or vivsamuel@btinternet. com Circle Dance Group Every 2nd Thur at 7pm-9pm in West Cross Community Centre. All welcome. No partner needed. Tuition given. £3 (incl drinks). For further details contact Gareth on 07718 265474. City of Swansea Probus Club Meets fortnightly on Tues at 10am in Sketty Hall, Swansea. Plus other social events. Promoting fellowship amongst retired professional and business people. The club invites new members. 01792 206119. www.probus.org.uk Classical Ballet Academy Swansea Grand Theatre. Russian ballet training classes for children and adults. 07884 424916. irenierogers@gmail.com Clydach Historical Society Every 3rd Fri (Sept-May); 2nd Fri (Dec only) at 7pm in Clydach Community Hall. For further details contact the Chairman, Philip Hale on 01792 843548/ hale122@ btinternet.com Coffee, Cake & Company Every 1st Fri at 10am-12noon in St David’s Church Crypt, Morriston. Free refreshments. All welcome. Sponsored by Glantawe (Swansea Valley) Lions Club. 01792 844205/07986 580259. Coffee Morning for Over 65s Every Tues at 11am in the Footlights Bar, Swansea Grand Theatre, Singleton St. For further details contact 01792 477936. Creative Coffee Club Every Thur at 11am-1pm in Llys Elba, Gowerton, SA4 3EQ. Bring your own project, share your skills, pass on ideas or just come along for the company and meet new friends over a cuppa! All welcome. For further details contact Judith on 01792 894484 or Sallyanne on 01792 873956. Cylch Meithrin Mwmbwls: Welsh Pre-School Every Mon & Thur (term time only) at 8.45am-10.40am in The Vivian

Hall, Blackpill. Please contact Clare on 07943 418575 for space availability. Cylch Meithrin Parc-y-werin, Gorseinon Welsh preschool (term time only). Fully qualified staff, CSSIW registered. Contact Sara for further details on 07922 156678. Dance Academy Wales Classes held in Sketty and Gowerton offering Royal Academy of Dance ballet examination and award classes. For ages 6yrs-adult. With Emma Morgan BA (Hons) PGCE RAD RTS. 07864 857920. www.danceacademywales.co.uk Didgeridoo Circle Swansea 2-hour group class for beginners and beyond. Every Thur at 7.30pm; every Sat at 1pm. SA1 6JW. £8.00 (inc Fairtrade tea/coffee). All techniques taught including circular breathing. BYO didge or borrow mine. For further details contact 07926 159856 or manoahsmiley@ yahoo.co.uk Dragon Arts & Learning The Factory, Church St., Pontardawe, SA8 4JB. Wide range of classes/lessons in: pyrography (burning into wood/leather); creative textiles; guitar and drum lessons; pottery; upcycling and upholstering furniture; stained glass; fused glass; still life drawing; model making; dressmaking; crochet and knitting; dark room photography and pottery sessions for children. Also running Learn Direct Courses. Free access to computers. Rooms for hire including a music studio. For further information contact 01792 863641/ Facebook and Twitter. Dunvant Horticultural Society Every 2nd Tuesday at 7.30pm in Dunvant Community Centre. See details at dunvanthorticulturalsociety.co.uk or e-mail dunvant.hort.soc@gmail.com. Dunvant Male Choir Every Mon & Wed at Olchfa School (Main Hall), Sketty. SA2 7AB. 7pm9pm. Warm welcome to visitors and prospective choristers. 01792 522144. www.dunvantchoir.org Egyptian and Tribal Bellydance Classes Every Mon at 5.45pm-7pm & 7.15pm-8.15pm in the YMCA, 1 The Kingsway, Swansea; every Wed at 7pm-8.15pm in Coelbren Welfare Hall, upper Swansea Valley. 01639 700519. Elements Sports Therapy At Gower College Swansea Sports Centre, Tycoch Rd, Sketty, SA2 9EB. Providing sports massage and injury rehabilitation. For further details and prices contact Rebecca Phillips (Sports Therapy Association Member) on 07869 494087. www.elementssportstherapy.com Elisvet Art – Creative and LifeDrawing Classes


LISTINGS Every Wed at 5.30pm-7.30pm. 2nd Floor, 36 Orchard Street (behind Volcano Theatre), Swansea. Further details from videnova_elena@ hotmail.com Embroiderers’ Guild Every Fri (during term time) at 2pm4pm in Bryn House, Uplands. 01792 207677. Epilepsy Meetings Affected by epilepsy or just want to know more? Come along to our coffee and chat group every 1st Sat. For more information please contact Hannah on 07791 709162. Families Anonymous Every Wed at 7.30pm in Cefn Coed Hospital. Support group/fellowship, offering help to those who have a family member or loved one who suffers with an addiction. For more details contact 07502 765482. Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement Classes Learn to release pain and tension, move with ease. For further information contact 01792 473415. www.movementsense.com Fighting Fit Every Tues and Thur at 7pm-8pm in Bishop Gore School Gym, De-laBeche Rd., Sketty. £4 per session. All abilities welcome for ages 16+. For further details contact Andrew Trollope on 07968 770807 or a_trollope@sky.com Find the right partner for you Explore who you are, who you want to be, who you want to be with and how. Workshops on self-discovery and healthy communication. Men only and women only groups. violeta@macrovioletics.co.uk First Steps Forward Every Tues & Wed at 10am-2pm in Penlan Methodist Church Hall, Penlan (opp Leisure Centre). Social activities group for the disabled. Club telephone number: 07597 033877. FitSteps Swansea West Every Mon and Fri at 9.30am in Ostreme Centre, Newton Rd., Mumbles. £4. Futher details from Caroline on 07988 156104. Food Coaching Step into wholefood living with the support of macrobiotics and find balance in your life. For more information contact: violeta@ macrovioletics.co.uk Forest School Seedlings Weekly 2-hour sessions for parents and pre-schoolers in woodland settings. Mud pies, popcorn on the fire, stories and puppets. Booking essential. £48 for 6 sessions. 01792 367118. info@forestschoolsnpt. org.uk Free Holistic Therapies for Carers Every 1st Monday (am). Venues in Wind St., Sketty and West Cross. Free to carers aged 16+ living in Swansea. To book call Swansea Carers Centre on 01792 653344 or email ali@swanseacarerscentre. org.uk

Free Self Yoga Every Sat at 10.30am-11.30am in Ty’r Blodau, Singleton Park Botanical Gardens French Clubs for Children With Le Club Francais. After school during term-time and summer holidays. For ages 4-11yrs. For further details contact Joyce Lloyd on 01792 402079. FRIENDS-R-US Every Wed at 7.30pm in Heathfield Social Club, Mount Pleasant. An over 55s social group. For further details contact 01792 475411/01792 588209. Gay Outdoor Club: West Wales Group Usually every first Sun. Walks, cycle rides & weekends away. www.goc. org.uk/groups/events/westwales Glamorgan Family History Society Every 2nd Mon at 7pm in County Hall, Oystermouth Rd., Swansea SA1 3SN. Further details from the secretary on 01443 434547. www.glamfhs.org.uk Gower Chorale Choir Every Tue at Victoria Hall, Oystermouth. 7pm. 01792 207950. www.gower-chorale.co.uk Gower Stand Up Paddle Boarding Club Every Wed & Sat at 8pm in Penlan Leisure Centre. £16 per session. www.supgower.com Group Sound/Gong Healing Meditation Sessions Every 1st and 3rd Thur at 7pm8.30pm in The Sound Medicine Lodge, Walters Row, Dunvant, SA2 7TB. £12. Booking essential as places limited. 01792 290458. www.soundhealingtherapies.co.uk Humbrella Community Choir Every Mon (starting 26 Sept) at 7.30pm-9.30pm in Llangyfelach Church Hall, SA5 7JA. £70 per term. Warm welcome. No auditions. No written music. Try us out for free. 01792 530136. www.webjam.com/humbrella Isaac Clarke Academy of Dance Classes in Mumbles, Newton and Norton. Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teacher. Royal Academy Dance Class Awards and Examinations. For ages 2½yrs +. 07765 255013. www.icadance.com Iyengar Yoga with Qualified Instructor Every Thur at 11am in West Cross Community Centre, Linden Ave, SA3 5LE. All welcome. £5; £3 concs. 01792 204967. john.lever@btinternet.com JKS Karate Swansea Friendly Shotokan Karate club based in Sketty. Beginners classes on Mon and Wed at 5pm-6pm. Ages 6yrs to adult. For further details contact 07966 470088 or jksswansea@gmail.com Junior Ninja Martial Arts Every Mon at Gower College Sports Centre, Swansea SA2 9EB. 6pm-7pm. £4 per class. First class

free. Minimum age 10yrs. 01792 464561. www.swansea.ninja Karate Classes For ages 5yrs to adult. Classes in Sketty, Upper Killay and Tycoch. All levels welcome. yoshitaka.karate@ gmail.com Kirtan Yoga Fortnightly on Fridays at 7.30pm in Urban Zen Yoga Studio, 2 Little Gam St., Swansea SA1 3HY. For further information contact Louise Thorndycraft on 07917 724983 or lou@blueskyoga.co.uk Lets Wiggle - Music Classes for Children Every Tues at 360 Café, Mumbles Rd.; every Fri at Victoria Hall, Dunns Lane, Mumbles. For ages 3mths3yrs. Fun and educational. For further details and space availability contact Mags on 01792 391657. Llwynderw Christian Fellowship Every 1st Sat at West Cross Community Centre, Linden Ave. 2.30pm. All disabilities welcome. 01792 406323. Macrobiotic Cooking Classes Balancing yin and yang, as well as using the appropriate nutritional combinations, this diet can be adapted for vegans, gluten-free, low-fibre, sugar-free, allergies and illnesses. ‘Thyme’ pop-up café workshops and home tuition available. For more information contact violeta@macrovioletics. co.uk Meditation and Mindfulness Every Thur at 9.30am-11am in Dharmavajra Buddist Centre, Springfield House, Ffynone Rd., Uplands, SA1 6DE. New class for beginners. £5; £3 unwaged. For more details visit www.meditationinwales.org Mellin Theatre Arts Classes in Swansea Grand Theatre. Offering RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern, ISTD Tap, Commercial Jazz, Hip Hop, Stretch and Limbering, Body Conditioning and Adult Classes. 07531 254675. Merlin’s Moonlighters: Shares/ Investment Club Every 3rd Tues in the Gower area. Potential new members, beginners or the experienced are invited. For further details contact Peter on 07759 162482. Mess About Every Fri (during term time) from 9.30am in All Souls Church Hall, Tycoch, SA2 9LP. Messy play and mucky fun for ages 6mths-3yrs. Further details from contact@ messabout.org MODE - Makers of Dance Energy Wide range of dance classes, lessons and workshops in Jazz, Hip Hop and Street. For ages 3yrs to adult. At various Swansea venues. 01792 204885 or 07711 638355. www.mode-dance.co.uk Morriston Hear to Meet Every 3rd Wed at 2pm-4pm in Morriston Library, Treharne Rd. Free, friendly and fun social group

for people with hearing loss. New guests welcomed. For further details contact Martin Griffiths on 02920 333034/07777 890267 or martin.griffiths@hearingloss.org.uk. www.hearingloss.org.uk/wales Morriston Ladies Choir: Rehearsals Every Wed at 7pm-9pm in Tabernacle Chapel Vestry, Woodfield St., Morriston. 01792 428440. www.morristonladieschoir.co.uk Morriston Orpheus Choir: Rehearsals Every Wed & Sun in Morriston. 7pm-9pm. For further details contact the General Secretary on 01639 766795. www.morristonorpheus.com Morriston RFC Male Voice Choir: Rehearsals Every Wed and Fri at 7pm-9pm in Seion Newydd Chapel, Tir Penry St., Morriston. Secretary: 01639 637932. www.morristonrfcmalechoir.org Morriston Rotary Club Every Tues at 5.45pm (meal at 6pm) in Treetops Country Club. Pengwern Rd., Clase, SA6 7LW. Rotarians enjoy fellowship, and work together to support local, regional and international projects supporting people and organisations in need. For further details contact 01792 771477 or www.morriston. rotary1150.org Murton Community Choir Fortnightly on Saturdays at 10.30am-1pm in Bishopston Community Hall, Murton Green. £7 per session. For further details e-mail Kate Davies: kate@ naturalvoice.net Ninjutsu Martial Arts Adult Class Every Tues at St Phillips Community Centre, Swansea SA1 3QT. 8pm-9.30pm. £4 per class/ first class free. Minimum age 16yrs. 07855 479099. www.ninjutsuacademy.com Nordic Walking Outdoor exercise class with benefits from being in a natural environment. Sessions to suit all levels of fitness from beginner to advanced. For more details contact 07519 694118 or bfit@ baynordicwalking.co.uk Overeaters Anonymous Every Mon at 7pm in St David’s Priory, St David’s Place, Swansea SA1 3NG. For further details visit www.oagb.org.uk Parkmill Women’s Institute Every 1st Tues at 7.30pm in Pennard Community Centre (next to Pennard Primary School). For further details contact Diana Morgan on 01792 449577. Pilates with Mandy Every Mon at 9.30am in Dunvant Social Centre. 07747 885475. Plasmarl Baby and Toddler Playgroup Every Mon & Wed at 9.30am11.30am in Plasmarl Community

Centre, Birmingham Mount (opp the car garages). £1.50 per family per session. Fruit, toast and crafts provided. For further details contact Selene O’Sullivan on 07966 967606. Pole Dance Classes Pole Pride at Circadian Fitness Dance Studio, Union St., Swansea centre. Classes run Mon-Fri all year. Absolute beginners through to advanced. 07504 124 533. www.polepride.co.uk Psychoanalyst /Psychotherapist For more details contact Tamara Dellutri at www.tamaradellutri.co.uk Samba Tawe: Drumming and Dance Group Every Thur in St Phillips Community Centre, 11 Clarence Terrace, SA1 3QT (opp Tesco, Swansea). Free drop-in Taster Sessions. For further details contact 07854 023591/07792 37917. www.sambatawe.org.uk Scottish Country Dancing Every Wed from 7.30pm at Rhyddings Scout Hut, Bryn Rd., Brynmill. 01792 299443. Sew Swansea Saturday workshops and evening courses for beginners and intermediate sewers in dressmaking, home wares and crochet. Contact Tasha at sewswansea@gmail.com or facebook: www.facebook.com/ sewswansea Shiatsu For relaxation and well-being with 3rd year student. Gentle massage using pressure points to relax and soothe. Concessions available. For more information contact violeta@macrovioletics.co.uk Simply Full – Weight Loss Workshops Every Mon & Tues at 7pm-8.15pm in Morriston and central Swansea. One to One Consultations also available. For further details contact Sofia on 07530 531655 or Sofia2227@gmail.com Singing Break: Swansea Carers’ Choir Every Thur (term time only) at 12.30pm-2.30pm in Unitarian Hall, High Street (next to Argos), Swansea. Free. Lottery funded. Carers only. Singing can give you confidence and bring you out of yourself. Lots of fun, no auditions and no written music. 075399 57157. Find us on Facebook. Singing for Fun Every Fri at 10.30am-12noon in Hazel Court, Sketty. £6 per session or £50 per term. For further details e-mail Kate Davies: kate@ naturalvoice.net Sketty Park Community Centre Providing various classes, groups and parties. Heather Cres., Parkway, Sketty. For general enquiries contact the secretary on 01792 208620. For booking enquiries contact the letting secretary on 01792 429160. WHAT’S ON PAGE 95


LISTINGS South Wales Scribes We are a group interested in calligraphy and the lettering arts. Members are welcome from across South Wales from professionals to enthusiastic amateurs. Local workshops held six times a year with external tutors. For further details contact 01792 401336 or swscribes1@gmail.com Spanish Clubs for Children With El Club Espanol. After school during term-time and summer holidays. For ages 4-11yrs. For further details contact Joyce Lloyd on 01792 402079. Spanish Tutor Childrens and adult classes. Experienced tutor and native speaker. All levels and abilities. For further details contact Tamara on 07904 469186. Sport Massage with Brian John Smith Advanced massage therapy for sports injuries, chronic pain relief & stress management. A professional and friendly service. Clinics in Swansea and Neath. 07794 856008. www.brianjohnsmith.co.uk Street Dance Lessons Village Hotel, Fabian Way, SA1. For full details contact Rachel Harris on 07547 450787. Facebook: rbsdanceschool@facebook.com Sugar Flowers Every Mon at 10am-1pm in Ty’r Blodau, Swansea Botanical Gardens, Singleton Park. Learn the beautiful and relaxing craft of sugar flower making. All welcome. For further information contact Andrea on 01792 406161 or houseofsugarflowers@gmail.com and find us on Facebook. Swansea and District Writers’ Circle Every first Wed (except Aug) at 7pm in Swansea Civic Centre, Oystermouth Rd. Ask at reception desk for where to find us. Visitors and new members welcome. www.swanseawriters.co.uk/ and on facebook. Swansea Bach Choir Every 3rd Sat at Oakleigh House School, Uplands. 10.30am-1.30pm. 01656 773755. Swansea Bay Orienteering Club Every Wed plus some weekends at various venues. 01792 371450. www.sboc.org.uk Swansea Bay Singleton Singers Every Tues from 7.30pm-9pm in Singleton Hospital Chapel. The choir sings for pleasure and to raise money for Singleton Hospital and other local charities. For further information about concerts, joining the choir or booking them for an event or wedding, visit www.singletonsingers.co.uk Swansea Classical Guitar Circle Meets every Wednesday at 7pm in Sketty Park Community Centre. We play solo, duets and ensemble music (not always classical). Enquiries to Sylvia on 01792 WHAT’S ON PAGE 96

469805 or just turn up - everyone welcome. Swansea Coeliac Support Group Hold regular meetings and events. For more information contact the Chairman, Graham Phillips on 01792 816701 or swansea@ coeliac.org.uk Swansea Community Orchestra Meets most term-time Mondays at The Brangwyn Hall. 7pm-9pm. New members playing any orchestral instrument are welcome. No auditions. www.swanseaorchestra.org.uk Swansea Floral Arrangement Society Every 2nd Wed (except Aug) at St David’s Priory Church Hall, City Centre. 2pm. Visitors £5. New members welcome. Enquiries to 01792 464337 or swanseafloral@ aol.com Swansea Grand Theatre School of Drama and Musical Theatre Every Mon: 5.30pm-7pm; every Tues: 5pm-6.30pm. Offering Drama (LAMDA), singing and musical theatre. Contact Maria King on 07974 345909. Swansea Jazzland Every Wed at St James’ Social Club, Uplands. 01792 466535. Swansea Male Choir Every Mon and Fri at 7pm-8.30pm in the Choir Hall, St. Johns Rd., Manselton, SA5 8PP. Established 1946. 07972 098736. Swansea Organic Gardening Group Every 2nd Wed at 7pm in the Environment Centre, Pier St., Swansea. For further details contact 01792 863678. Swansea Outdoor Group (YHA affiliated, established 1990) A friendly group for walking, cycling and other sociable activities. We welcome new members. For our latest programme and contact details, visit www. swanseaoutdoorgroup.org.uk Swansea Philharmonic Choir Every Thur at The Gorse Mission Hall, Cwmbwrla. 7pm. 01792 894211. www.swansea-phil-choir.ik.com Swansea Ramblers Organised walks in Swansea and Gower. Membership: 01792 360495. www.swansearamblers. org.uk Swansea Rotary Club Alternate Tuesdays from 13 Sept in Sketty Hall. All visiting Rotarians and potential members are cordially invited for fellowship and lunch, 12.45pm for 1pm. For further details contact: peterjackson2010@ hotmail.co.uk Swansea Spirit - Healing and Psychic Educational Centre At 1-2 Pleasant St., Swansea SA1 5DS. Offering developmental classes, courses, healing, meditation, and medium-ship evenings. For further details contact 01792 646545 or

www.swanseaspirit.co.uk Swansea Stamp Club Fortnightly on Mondays (except June, July & Aug) at 7.30pm in Swansea Bridge Club, 22 St. James Gardens, Uplands. For further details contact Geoff Cooper on 01792 581106. Swansea UFO Network Every last Tues at 8pm in The New Lodge, Alexandra Rd., Gorseinon, SA4 4PE. 07954 806402/07399 990985 swanseaufonet@yahoo.com Tai Chi Classes in Cwmbwrla, Sketty Park, Port Tennant, Murton and Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre. A wide variety of days and times to suit you. For further details contact Mike on 07901 870499 or mike@ swanseataichi.co.uk; also visit www.swanseataichi.co.uk Tai Chi Classes Every Mon 1pm-2pm at Victoria Hall, Mumbles, SA2 8AZ; every Wed 1pm-2pm at Dunvant Social Centre, SA2 7TA; every Fri 11.15am12.15pm at Pennard Community Hall, SA3 2AD. £5 per lesson for four-week blocks. Beginners welcome. 01792 523766. www. wix.com/zac652/taichiclasses Tai Chi - Lee Family Style Every Tues at 7.15pm-8.45pm in West Cross Community Centre. For further details: 01792 361823. Taiko Japanese Drumming Practice sessions every Mon at 7pm-9pm in Bishop Gore School, De-la-Beche Rd., Sketty. Everybody welcome. For details contact 07748 077743/aber.taiko@gmail.com and www.facebook.com/abertaiko Tenovus Cancer Care Choir Affected by cancer? Join us every Tues at 6.30pm-8pm in LifePoint Church, Uplands, SA1 6BT. No experience needed. Free. All ages & abilities welcome. Contact 0808 808 1010 or sing@ tenovuscancercare.org.uk The Baywood Belles Concert Party Every Wed and Sun evenings in the Baywood Community Centre, Kenilworth Rd., West Cross. Seeking new members interested in tap-dancing, singing and music. We entertain in nursing homes, OAP clubs and WI functions. For further details contact 01792 422631. The Monday Club (informal women’s group) Every Mon at 2pm-4.30pm in Brynmill Community Centre. Various activities. For further details contact 01792 523669. Three Cliffs in Harmony Choir Every Thur at Mount Pisgah Chapel, Parkmill. 7pm-9pm. New members welcome. 01792 371531. Ti a Fi Mwmbwls: Welsh Playgroup Every Wed (term time only) at 9am11am in The Vivian Hall, Blackpill. All welcome. For further details

contact Clare on 07943 418575. Ti a Fi Parc-y-werin: Welsh Play Group Every Fri at 9.30am-11am in The Bowling Pavilion, Parc-y-werin, Gorseinon (term time only). All welcome. For further details contact Claire on 01792 891707. T.O.P.I.C. House (The Older People’s Information Centre) Every Mon: Poppy Club (for those with Alzheimer’s) 10am-12.30pm; crochet and knitting 2pm-4pm. Every Tues: coffee morning and bingo 10.30am-12.30pm; jewellery making 2pm-4pm. Every Wed: Blubell Club (for those with dementia – includes hot lunch) 10am-2.30pm. Every Thur: coffee morning and bingo 10.30pm12.30pm; arts and crafts 2pm-4pm. Every Fri: Lunch Club (3-course hot meal) 12noon-2.30pm; short mat bowls 6pm-8pm. Held at 56-58 Teilo Cres., Mayhill, SA1 6SX. Open to all, some transport available. 01792 642237. topichouse@ hotmail.co.uk Torch Trust (for the blind and visually impaired)Every 2nd Sat (except June & Aug) at Pantygwydr Church Hall, Ernald Place, Uplands. Short lively meeting followed by refreshments. Transport can be provided. For further details contact Ray Bromham on 01792 521772 or ray.bromham@ntlworld.com Traditional and Folk Dancing Classes Every Sun at Alltwen Community Centre, Dyffryn Rd., Pontardawe SA8 3BY. 7pm-9pm. No partner needed. £4. For further details contact Tony Craven on 01792 865114. U3A University of the Third Age Every Wed (during University term time) at Faraday Hall, Swansea University. 2.30pm. Talks on a variety of topics. U3A is a self-help organisation for people no longer in full- time employment providing educational, creative and leisure opportunities. u3aswansea@ me.com Violin/Viola Tuition Every Mon, Wed and Thur evenings at Oakleigh House School, Uplands, SA2 0RL. For all ages and abilities. Fully qualified, experienced teacher. Up to date CRB checks and safeguarding training completed. Lessons are one to one. 07903 803280. Welsh Classes for Women Individual and group tuition available. Enhance career prospects, confidence and social skills. For further details contact Miss Rogers on 07783 071375. Yin Yoga Fortnightly on Fridays at 6pm in Urban Zen Yoga Studio, 2 Little Gam St., Swansea SA1 3HY. For further information contact Louise Thorndycraft on 07917 724983 or lou@blueskyoga.co.uk Yoga Class

Every Mon at 3pm-4pm in 360 Beach and Watersports Café, Mumbles Rd. For further details contact Helen on 01792 523766. Yoga is for Everyone With Beci Aspland BWY, offering day classes in Mumbles and evening classes in Uplands. For further details contact Beci on 07758 817337 or beci.aspland@ gmail.com Yoga Therapy: Individual yoga lessons Personalised yoga practice designed for your needs. Reduce stiffness and pain, improve your well-being. With qualified yoga therapist Beth Cox. 07747 880731. www.yogapractice.co.uk Yoga with Louise Thorndycraft Individual and small group yoga sessions in West Cross. Hatha yoga every Thur at 6pm in Bishopston Primary School. Kirtan (mantra chanting) monthly on Fridays at 7.30pm in Urban Zen Yoga Studio, Little Gam St., SA1 3HY. 07917 724983. www.blueskyoga.co.uk Yoga and Chanting with Ruth Harlow Every Wed in Providence Hall, Bishopston. Meditative style yoga (suitable for beginners) at 6pm7.15pm; chanting (Kirtan Mantrasyoga of the heart and voice) at 7.30pm-9pm. For further details contact 07432 019338. www.awakenyoursoulyoga.com Zumba with Mandy Every Mon at 10.30am & 7pm; every Thurs at 7pm. Dunvant Social Centre. 07747 885475.

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