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Rainy Day Activities

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Plantasia

There’s something for everyone from butterflies to monkeys at this all weather attraction. Assimilating different climates Plantasia is sectioned into different areas of natural wonders. Concessions and seasonal passes are available.

Megabowl Swansea

With its 26 bowling lanes, a big screen TV and an amusement area, Megabowl Swansea is sure to entertain across the ages – yes, there’s even a fully licensed bar!

Skidz Karting – Swansea’s Indoor Karting Track

SKIDZ Karting, Swansea’s only indoor karting track. With karts for all ages and abilities and tracks to challenge all types of drivers – we know you’ll have a great time karting with them!

Odeon 10 Screen Cinema Complex & Vue Swansea 12 Screen Cinema

Need we say more?

Playzone

A short journey away is some physical family fun. Every square inch of Playzone’s monster massive play area is packed with fun. From squeezy rollers to bouncy poles this is the place for every fun loving child of under twelve to bring their parents.

Shopping

City centre shopping including Swansea Market are at the hotel’s doorstep. A short drive can take you to the eclectic shops of Mumbles Village or to one of the nearby shopping complexes at Fforestfach and Morfa. A little further afield is the shopping mall at Mc Arthur Glen Outlet Village near Bridgend.

Swansea Market

Swansea City boasts the largest indoor market in Wales, where you can sample and buy many of our local delicacies such as cockles and laver bread, locally caught fresh fish and of course, freshly baked welsh cakes. Swansea Market is also a great place for local souvenirs.

Swansea Grand Theatre

Since 1897, Swansea’s Grand Theatre has been providing the public with a broad range of cultural, artistic and general entertainment events. In 1999 the Arts Wing opened its doors for the first time providing a contemporary environment to host exhibitions, conferences and smaller scale music and drama performances.

Dynamic Rock

Dynamic Rock is a large, dedicated indoor climbing centre, with lead walls up to 12m high and an extensive bouldering room with 4m high walls and regularly re-set problems. Those wishing to learn to climb are welcome and courses can be tailored to meet the needs of individuals and will offer a safe and accessible introduction to the sport, with interesting climbing and expert tuition.

Tomos Watkin Brewery Tours

The Hurns Brewing Company, producers of the iconic Welsh brand Tomos Watkin Ales offer an opportunity to see the production line in their 22,000 sq ft purpose built brewery here in Swansea.  Tours last for approximately half an hour and include a guided tour of the brewery and bottling plant, a buffet and free bar!  For further information contact us

Outdoor Activities

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Ffos Las Racecourse

Ffos Las has brought top class racing back to West Wales for the first time since 1937. You can find it in the heart of Carmarthenshire between the towns of Llanelli and Carmarthen, only 15 minutes from junction 48 M4, and only an hour’s drive from the Irish Ferry terminals of Pembroke Dock and Fishguard.

The 600 acre racecourse is set in one of the most beautiful parts of Wales, amid fine views of the Gwendraeth Valley and Carmarthen Bay. It is almost impossible to believe that it is the former site of the largest open cast coal mine in Europe.

This year Ffos Las hosts 29 race meetings, with a mixture of Flat and National Hunt racing. And with the welcomed return of the ever-popular Ladies Night, Ladies Day, Caribbean Festival and Family Fun Days, there’s something for everyone.

Why not jump-start your racing experience by purchasing our inclusive package? For only £22 this package has everything you need to help make your day special including your entrance ticket, pint, carvery roll and race day programme. All you have to do is bring your betting money!

Teamforce Paintball & Activity Centre

Brand new purpose built on site facilities make Teamforce one of the most enjoyable paintball sites in the UK. Teamforce can put together an exciting and fun package day to suit your needs whether it’s leisure or business.
Specially designed multiple games zones provide absorbing activity all with great scenarios to play out –
here are the options for you to explore.

  • Jungle Fortress
  • Two Tier Castle
  • Special Forces Base
  • The Bridge
  • Armageddon Speedball
  • Missile Command Zone

Call of the Wild

Adventure Britain specialise in offering a wide range of exhilarating outdoor adventure activities and training courses. Whether you are arranging a corporate event, family gathering, anniversary, birthday, stag or hen party they have something for everyone. Programmes and courses can be tailored to be interactive and provide the opportunity for all age groups and abilities to participate. The emphasis is very much on enjoyment and fun.

Dryad Bushcraft and Wilderness Adventure

Experience Bushcraft, the art of learning to live comfortably in a wilderness environment using a combination of traditional skills and modern survival equipment. They offer a range of activity courses and guided walks dedicated to the safe pursuit of Bushcraft and outdoor adventure. Their courses are designed to be an enjoyable experience, with the emphasis on learning new skills in a safe and pleasant outdoor environment. So whether you are looking for a challenge, or just want to get back to nature for a few relaxing days then Dryad Bushcraft have an activity to suit you.

Go Ape!

Go Ape! is an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides… all set high up in the trees.
Providing a fun day out with friends, families or colleagues, you’ll be fitted with a climbing harness and given instruction before trekking from tree to tree high above the forest floor. Split into a number of different sections, the experience takes approximately 2.5-3 hours to complete but may vary depending on how many people are up in the trees.

Museums & Galleries

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Swansea Museum

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To quote Dylan Thomas, this, the oldest museum in Wales (purpose built in 1841), is a ‘museum which belongs in a museum’. Housing displays of local history, art and archaeology, it offers a lively and varied programme of events and exhibitions throughout the year. Museum website.
The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm and admission is free.

National Waterfront Museum

A £30 million attraction which pushes the boundaries of technology in an interactive interpretation of Wales’ industry and innovation. 15 exciting themed display areas include a showcase for new technologies in science, manufacturing and medicine – including ground breaking Welsh inventions. With high impact graphics and interactive opportunities throughout the displays, this is a must-see attraction! This new landmark building is a fusion of Welsh slate, glass and steel with a canopied street of cafes and shops overlooking the marina waterfront. Museum website.

The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

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View the excellent collection of Swansea and Nantgarw porcelain on permanent display. Housed in a building that is in itself a piece of art, the Glynn Vivian offers a varied programme of art and design throughout the year. Glyn Vivian Art Gallery website.

Dylan Thomas Centre

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Opened in 1995 by former US President Jimmy Carter, the Dylan Thomas Centre is situated in the heart of Swansea’s Maritime Quarter and offers a year round programme of literary events. Its award winning exhibition celebrates the life and works of legendary local Dylan Thomas.

Egypt Centre Swansea University

The Egypt Centre, Museum of Egyptian antiquities, was opened in 1998. The museum has two galleries; the House of Death and the House of Life. The collection consists of some 3,000 Egyptian antiquities covering a time span of c4000 BC- AD 500. Artefacts include; a 21st Dynasty wooden coffin, a reserve head of which only about 30 are known, part of the Book of the Dead and beautiful bead collars dated from the time of Tutankhamen.

Southerndown Golf Club

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Unique! – A links-style course set on a limestone heath with stunning panoramic views of South Wales.

No trees or water hazards here – just gorse, bracken and the occasional breath of wind! A challenge for any golfer – that’s why so many of the best amateurs take part every April in the famous 72-hole championship event, the Duncan Putter.

Peter Alliss referred to Southerndown as “One of the finest tests of golf in Wales”. From the first hole, which Henry Cotton famously described as “one of the most difficult opening holes in golf”, to the 18th signature hole with its memorable split-level fairways, Southerndown will provide the serious golfer with an unforgettable experience. Millionaire’s golf!

For more information on Southerndown Golf Club click here

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Royal Porthcawl was described as being one of the twelve finest courses in the world by the late Tom Scott, a leading writer on golf and former editor of Golf Illustrated. Since his day the club has acquired a large practice area and further improvements have been made to the course, developments which keep Royal Porthcawl firmly among the world’s top golf courses. The status of the course is sustained by the many prestigious professional and amateur events held at the club over the years.

Michael Williams of the Daily Telegraph summed it all up with; “Royal Porthcawl epitomises all that is best about the game, as it once was, even down to a creaking clubhouse that is as unchanging as the magnificent links and unrivalled hospitality.”

The course has a magnificent setting sloping down to the seashore. The absence of sand hills usually found on links courses enables the golfer to see the sea from every hole and to enjoy memorable views south to Somerset and Exmoor, and northwest across Swansea Bay to the Gower Peninsula. With holes facing into every point of the compass, the player is always tested by the wind and will probably need every club in the bag.

The status of the course is sustained by the many amateur and professional events held at the club over the years. Among others, the club has hosted the Amateur Championship, the Walker Cup, the Curtis Cup, the European Team Championship, the Home Internationals, the Vagliano Trophy, the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship, the Dunlop Masters, the Penfold, the Ladies European Tour and the Coral Classic.

For more information on Royal Porthcawl Golf Club click here

Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club

Friday, February 19th, 2010

This traditional links and down land course has a growing reputation as one of the best challenges in Wales. Affectionately known as “P & K” the course was originally designed by Harry S Colt, then further extended by P Mackenzie Ross, who described the dunes land as a “golfers dream”.

The course has recently hosted the Amateur Championship qualifying rounds, the 2003 Girls Home Internationals and the 2006 Men’s Home International matches as well as many other professional and amateur tournaments.

The course is two loops of nine holes returning to the Clubhouse and the second nine are regarded as the tougher of the two, with the final three holes viewed as the hardest.

Glorious views and historic associations adorn this fine course with its natural hazards of hillocks, valleys and towering dunes that ensure the visit will be a memorable one.

For more information on  Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club click here

Pennard Golf Club

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Located 8 miles west of Swansea in the Gower Peninsula, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Golf has been played here since 1896, although the course owes most of its appeal today first to James Braid and then to C.K. Cotton.

The holes are routed over classically undulating and tumbling linksland, full of hummocks, hillocks and hollows and pocked with dunes large and small; in sum, exactly what we might hope to find beside the shore.
Yet this exceptional terrain is not beside the shore – It is two hundred feet above it.

No wonder Pennard has been called “the links in the sky.”

On www.top100golfcourses.co.uk, Pennard Golf Club has been voted in the top 100 courses in the British Isles for the past 3 years and is currently rated as the fourth best course in Wales.

World famous golf course architect Tim Doak once visited Pennard and commented “Pennard is one of my all time favourites – the site is one of the most spectacular I’ve ever seen.”

For more information on Pennard Golf Club click here

Machynys Peninsula Golf & Country Club

Friday, February 19th, 2010

A modern links championship golf course, Machynys Peninsula has been designed to challenge the best players in championship conditions – and yet still be enjoyable for the higher handicapper, by utilizing up to five tees per hole.

The shaping of the £3.5m course layout has included the creation of 25 acres of new lakes – salt and fresh water – 12 miles of irrigation pipes and six miles of drainage pipes, to ensure the course is in top condition all year round.

Gary Nicklaus – who has been overseeing the project design on behalf of his father, the legendary Jack Nicklaus – has identified some of his favourite and most challenging holes as the 4th, 5th, 16th, and 18th. Naming the fourth, “the most unique, a short-ish par 4 but a very challenging and a difficult one nonetheless.”
He goes on to say: “The 16th, a par 4 that is played across the lake from right behind the clubhouse is probably one of the most beautiful holes on the course. The view from the green of the whole bay is spectacular, whether the tide is in or out.

For more information on Machynys Peninsula Golf & Country Club click here

Langland Golf Club

Friday, February 19th, 2010

High above the golden Gower sand is a cliff top clearly designed by nature with only one purpose in mind– breathtaking golf.

The elevation brings 360 degree views, across the ever-changing drama of the Bristol Channel in one direction, and the serenity of the Brecon Beacons in the other, the views are never the same twice, and are always spectacular. This is Langland Bay, where every drive has an astonishing backdrop and every club has a part to play. South Wales has rapidly established itself as having some of the UK’s nest golf courses around.

Langland Bay, named ‘The Gower Peninsula’s hidden gem’ is great example of this and also a favourite of all who visit the area. Formed in 1904, it is located over lush meadowland across sprawling cliff- tops of The Gower Peninsula, the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The outlooks from the course take in two of its best bays, Langland and Caswell.

For more information on Langland Bay Golf Club click here

Fairwood Park Golf Club

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Standing at 6,700 yards, Fairwood Park is both the longest and the flattest golf course on the beautiful Gower Peninsula. The bewildering array of trees lining each fairway makes Fairwood the first class parkland course that it is and it’s these very trees that lie in wait, ready to punish the wayward tee shot. Add into the equation several lakes as well as an intense programme of aeration and redevelopment on the greens and you start to see why so many visitors keep coming back to Fairwood Park.

The Welsh PGA was one group that decided to return, as Fairwood Park was twice chosen to host the Welsh Professional Golf Championships during the 1990s, and today the golf course remains the only one in the Swansea area to have ever hosted a PGA event.

Such an accolade is little more than the club deserves given the remarkable amount of investment that has taken place on the course since 1985, including the planting of 12,000 new trees, the creation of 6 man-made lakes, and the total redesign of 6 greens. All of which makes Fairwood Park an essential destination for the modern-day golfer.

For more information on Fairwood Park Golf Club click here