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What’s Hot for Hens in 2014?

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Every year sees trends appear in hen parties. Last year there was quad biking, baking master classes and glamping, but what has been popular in 2014 so far?

Life Drawing Sessions

(image: Yinjieart)

A hen party is a bride-to-be’s last night of freedom as a single lady and therefore there is always a saucy element to the event. For those who are not fond of gyrating strippers or willy straws, a classy activity is to go to a life drawing session instead.

You can have your own private class and you don’t have to be a great artist to take part. It’s the effort that counts! Just make sure to specify you want a male model.

Dirty Dancing Class

No, we don’t mean learning how to dance suggestively, it’s the film! Dirty Dancing is a romantic, cult classic that most women dream of, especially dancing with a hunk like Patrick Swayze. These hen classes are ladies only though, so you may have to all chip in and help out with that final lift!

Spend around 2 hours with a group of your best friends and a choreographer, learning to strut your stuff to famous tunes from the iconic film. And remember – “nobody puts Baby in the corner”, so get out there and have the time of your life!

Pole Dancing

(image: The Things We Would Blog)

Pole dancing has long been seen as taboo, but in recent years has been recognised as a great way of keeping fit. A pole dancing class with your hens is a right giggle, and you’re sure to lose all your inhibitions a few minutes in!

Learn how to swing around the pole in a sultry manor and attempt some acrobatic tricks, while listening to the latest pop hits. Advanced choreographers will help you bring out your sexy side and you could even show your new husband the skills you have learnt, while on your honeymoon.

Burlesque Classes

Similarly to pole dancing, burlesque classes are all about learning how to become confident with your body and to move in a way that shows it off to its best ability. You’ll end up leaving, feeling like you are the next Dita von Teese.

An average 2 hour workshop will encompass the basic movements and tantalising tricks, to get the attention of your audience. Expect plenty of props from these classes, like feather boas, fans, as well as plenty of glitter and gloves.

If the hen likes to strike a pose, then this may be the perfect hen activity.

After all these dancing hen do activities, you are bound to be worn out, so book a room at the Dragon Hotel to rest up before a big night out on Wind Street. And the bride-to-be can have a massage too!


How to Enjoy the Definitive Swansea Dylan Thomas Experience

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Dylan Thomas is without doubt one of Swansea’s, and Britain’s, greatest exports. The poet, most famous for his seminal play Under Milk Wood, grew up in our “ugly, lovely” city (his words, not ours!) and wrote most of his work here.

This year in Swansea, there’s plenty going on to celebrate the centenary of Thomas’ birth – we’ve already had Elijah Wood staying with us at The Dragon Hotel filming the 2014 movie Set Fire to the Stars.

Here’s where you need to go, and what you need to see, to get the quintessential Dylan Thomas experience in Swansea:

Visit 5 Cwmdonkin Drive

Dylan Thomas plaque

Where better to start than where Dylan Thomas was born?

Today Thomas’ house has been completely restored to how it appeared back in his day – including the tiny box bedroom where he wrote the bulk of his work.

In the suburb of Uplands, just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Swansea, sits 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, the modest semi-detached house where the poet grew up and lived until he was 23.

You can tour 5 Cwmdonkin Drive today – visit its dedicated website today.

Eat at the Kardomah Café and Restaurant

In the 1930s, when Thomas was growing up in Swansea, the Kardomah was one of the young poet’s favourite haunts. He would join the poets Charles Fisher and Vernon Watkins, as well as the composer Daniel Jones, artist Alfred Janes and other bohemian members of the so-called ‘Kardomah Gang’, to talk politics, art, religion and science deep into the night.

The Kardomah was destroyed during the Blitz of 1941 (Thomas’ play Return Journey to Swansea emotionally describes the café being “razed to the snow” when he visited the site) but a new Kardomah emerged a few years later.

Today, it’s one of Swansea’s best cafes and still retains the arty, bohemian ethos that so endeared it to Thomas and the rest of the influential Kardomah Gang.

Drink at the No Sign Bar

Established in 1690, and with wine cellars that were used in the 15th century, the No Sign Bar is Swansea’s oldest pub.

The Kardomah Gang often strayed from their beloved coffee shop to drink something slightly harder, and became somewhat infamous for their drunken antics after enjoying one too many. The No Sign Bar was also a favourite with Thomas and his journalist friends when he was trying to make a name for himself on the local newspaper.

These days, the No Sign

Learn more at the Dylan Thomas Centre

The dedicated Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea’s Maritime Quarter is a gret place to go if you’re looking to learn more about Wales’ greatest poet, or even just to see some interesting curios from his life.

Here, you can see the writing shed where Thomas wrote Under Milk Wood, read previously-unseen manuscripts and scripts, listen to audio recordings, look at personal images and enjoy a range of literary events.

Dylan Thomas' shed where he wrote Under Milk Wood


There are also experts on hand to answer questions and debunk any myths about the poet.

Looking for the quintessential Dylan Thomas experience in Swansea?

Join us at The Dragon Hotel. We’re celebrating Thomas’ centenary with a very special offer that allows you to explore Dylan’s Swansea. For just £125 per room you can enjoy:

  • 1 night B&B for 2 people
  • Elevenses for 2 at the Kardomah Café and Restaurant
  • A free glass of wine or beer for 2 at The No Sign Wine Bar
  • A Dylan Thomas Trail Booklet

To book, quote the promo code DYLAN when you call our reservations team on 01792 657100.

(Images: Stuart Mudie, John Levin under CC BY-SA 2.0)

Could You Enter the Mumbles Raft Race 2014?

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014


If you’ll be in Swansea this summer, grab your swimsuit and start thinking about fancy dress themes. The RNLI Mumbles Lifeboat Crew Fun Raft Race is back for another year and you can get involved!

What is the Fun Raft Race?

The RNLI Mumbles Lifeboat Crew Fun Raft Race is a great day out for all, whether you take part or just watch from the side lines. Competitors build their own rafts and get dressed up in silly costumes to battle it out and raise money for a good cause.

The race is now in its 29th year, and is organised each summer to raise money for the Mumbles Lifeboat Station that has stood as an essential part of the community since 1863. Competitors must paddle along a one mile stretch between Norton and Knab Rock, and come in first to claim the prize of 2014 champion.

All funds raised will go to the lifeboat station that rescues more people than any other station in Wales. A volunteer led organisation, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) provide 24-hour search and rescue across the UK from their 236 lifeboat stations.

The RNLI also has over 1,000 lifeguards on 180 beaches across the country, making fun at the beach safer for everyone. As a volunteer charity service the RNLI relies on public donations to fund its rescue service, and this is why the raft race is held every year (plus its loads of fun).

The Best of Last Year’s Race

The 28th RNLI Mumbles Lifeboat Crew Fun Raft Race in 2013 was a roaring success after the 2012 event was sadly cancelled due to bad weather. 47 rafts battled it out along the famous course, some made it across the line but many sank.

Here is a round-up of our favourite teams from last year. Could you take inspiration from these teams for this year’s race?


1. Swans Football

These creative fellows got arty with balloons, masks and a giant swan costume for a local football themed raft.


2. Hawaiian Fever

Then there were the Linden Tree girls who went all exotic and dressed up as Hawaiian hula girls.


3. Titanic 2013

Then there was this clever boat building by Alberto Culver’s Titanic team.


4. Watering the Plants

We’re not quite sure what this team was supposed to be but we can see Scooby Doo in there. We wonder if everyone fell off into the water by the end.


When and Where

This year’s raft race will be held on 10th August 2014 and will start at 5:30pm. If you would like to get involved contact Tony Bowen at the boathouse on 01792 361268 or email


(All photos courtesy of RNLI Mumbles Lifeboat Crew Fun Raft Race’s Facebook)

Charity Fundraising Dinner

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

To allow you to focus on the aim of your event – raising money for charity – we have created a package that takes all the aggravation out of organising your next fundraising dinner.

Our award winning Chef and vastly experienced events team have produced a value-added package especially for fundraising events.  The Dragon Hotel will also donate a raffle prize to your cause!

For a minimum of 80 guests, this offer includes:

  • Set Three Course Meal
  • Private use of Funtcion Suite complete with dance floor and bar
  • Entertainment from The Dragon Hotel’s resident DJ
  • Special Accommodation Rates

A dedicated host, experienced in organising events, will help you plan your evening and ensure the smooth running of your event to make it a truly unforgettable night!


Student Event Special

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

One set price, no hidden extras, where the service and attention to detail is second to none. To take the hassle out of organising your next student event, let The Dragon Hotel work with you. Our award winning Chef and events team have produced a value-added package especially for student balls & events.

Both Formal and Informal Prom Packages are available and for a minimum of 80 guests, include:

  • Private use of function suite complete with dance floor and bar
  • Welcome Cocktail (Non Alcoholic)
  • Set 3 Course Meal
  • Entertainment from The Dragon Hotel’s resident DJ
  • Special Accommodation Rates (when available)
  • A dedicated host, experienced in organising events, will help you plan your evening and ensure the smooth running of your event.
A £300 bond is required prior to the event which will be refunded after the event provided that no damage has occurred to the hotel during the event.
Hotel Security must be provided on the ratio of 1:50 students, at £75 per Security Personnel.
Adult School Representatives to the ratio of 1:10 students is necessary in the event.  Adult School Representatives necessary to sign the contract. ID will be necessary for bar service.

Evening Party Packages

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Our inclusive packages are designed to assist you in organising an evening celebration, be it an engagement party, evening wedding party or birthday party. We offer an informal buffet package, to ensure your party meets and exceeds your expectations. Designed for those who would like a relaxed evening, these packages are all about creating a party atmosphere and celebrating in style!

Take a look at our party packages below:

Evening Party Packages

Buffet Menus & Wine List