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Christmas in Swansea: The Big Event

Saturday, December 13th, 2014


Swansea at Christmas time is magical for the whole family; whether you’re enjoying a hearty winter meal, shopping for loved ones, or enjoying the pantomime, you’ll find there are plenty of things to do in Swansea to get everyone into the festive spirit. Here’s our guide to the best Christmas events:


Rhossili to Penmaen: A Walk

Friday, December 12th, 2014


Our hotel is great. But if you want to get out and about and explore the Swansea area, pull on your walking boots a warm coat, and go on a walk. The route from Rhossili Bay to Penmaen is one of the best, and passes through Britain’s first area of outstanding natural beauty. (more…)

Independent Swansea: The Best Boutique Stores

Thursday, December 11th, 2014


We’re going to let you in on a secret that only locals know: Swansea is great for shopping in small and independent stores. Yes there are all the regular high street stores, but if you know where to look, there are some real standout gems.

Here is our pick of our favourites in and around Swansea:


Walking in a Waterfront Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014


Christmas is just a few weeks away, and we’re starting to feel Christmassy, are you? Lots of people are staying in the hotel on festive shopping breaks, and all the families are raving about the Waterfront Wonderland. So exactly what’s happening in this festive part of the city?


Dunvant to Gowerton: A Coastal Walk

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014


(image: Simon Mortimer under CC BY – SA 2.0)

Are you visiting us soon and trying to decide what to do in Swansea? Well, if you’re feeling active, there are plenty of stunning coastal and country walks a short drive away.

Sound like your thing? Then get out those walking boots and prepare to get a little muddy. Here’s one of our favourite routes – Dunvant to Gowerton.


Winter Woollies: Golfing Essentials

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014


(image: Roy Hughes under CC BY-SA 2.0)

Have you signed up for a winter league this year? Or perhaps you’re planning a visit to the golf courses in Swansea for a few days away? Either way, you’ll need to be prepared for all weathers. Don’t catch a chill, keep yourself warm with these winter woollies and golfing essentials.


The Castles of Swansea

Monday, November 24th, 2014


Are you a bit of a history buff? Then you’ll love a visit to South Wales, as there are hundreds of historic landmarks. So if you are looking for things to do in Swansea, why not take a look around one of its seven castles?


The Must-Buy Golf Clubs of 2014

Friday, November 21st, 2014


Are you, and your friends, frequent visitors to Swansea’s best golf courses? Then for your next weekend away why not impress everyone with a brand new set of clubs?

Here is a list of the best golf clubs of 2014:


Mumbles Pub Voted Welsh Pub of the Year!

Monday, November 17th, 2014


The Pilot in the Mumbles has been voted the Welsh pub of the year in the CAMRA awards for 2014. Have you already enjoyed a tipple or two at this award winning public house?


Swansea’s Christmas Parade 2014

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014


(image: Enjoy Swansea)

Are you and your children counting down the number of sleeps until Father Christmas comes? Perhaps they’ve already written and sent their letters. Well, Father Christmas will be returning to Swansea this Sunday 16th November for the annual Christmas parade. Will you be joining him? We bet the kids would love too!

Swansea Christmas Parade 2014

Although the Christmas songs have been playing in shops for weeks already, the festive season will officially kick off this weekend when the lights in the city centre get switched on.

At 5pm on Sunday 16th November 2014, none other than Father Christmas himself, will flick the switch. So wrap up warm and bring the kids down to the city centre for a fun family night out, and for the chance to meet Santa!

Once he turns on the lights, Father Christmas will join all of his festive friends in a Christmas parade through the city centre. The parade will start at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Somerset Place, will travel along Wind Street, College Street, the Kingsway and then eventually down St. Helen’s Road, where it will end at the Guildhall.

Revellers lining the route should expect to see community and theatre floats built by the people of Swansea. As well as a Dylan Thomas themed float to celebrate the centenary of his birth in his hometown, and a Waterfront Winterland float, which Santa will proudly ride along on.

If you want to get into the spirit of things you can always wave or dance along from the side-lines. Make sure to get there early though for the best spot, and uninterrupted views of the parade.

Want to make a night of it? Then there’s always plenty of things to do in Swansea. Why not book into one of the Dragon Hotel’s comfortable four-star rooms and enjoy a delicious meal in the Dragon Brasserie afterwards. It’s a great way to warm up after an evening on the cold streets of Swansea.

Win this Christmas!

To celebrate the opening of the Waterfront Winterland 2014, Swansea are giving your family the chance to win a cracker of a prize. Enter their prize draw to win free ice skating, funfair rides and a visit to see Santa himself in his Swansea waterfront grotto!

You have to be in it, to win it! So enter here, and good luck!


* Swansea’s Christmas parade and light switch on is kindly sponsored by The Wave and Swansea Sound radio stations.