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If it's surfing you have come for then you are at the right place. Llangennith, 5 mins drive, is seen by many as a great place to surf in Wales.
Welsh Surfing Federation Surf School
The Welsh Surfing Federation Surf School is based in Llangennith, Gower, Wales. It is a non-profit organisation that takes the role of fund raising to promote surfing in Wales. The WSF surf school is charged with the education of new surfers to the safe, enjoyable use of the sea and to environmental awareness.
The Surf School operates from April to October, full time during school summer holidays from the end of July to the beginning of September and at weekends outside of these times. Additional courses outside of these dates can also be arranged on request.
The latest cinema to open in Swansea, with around twelve screens, is “Vue Cinema” located in York Street, close to the nice restaurants and bars of Wind St. This is around 5 mins walk to Swansea covered Market or the Swansea Marina.
Swansea's other decent cinema complex is the Swansea Odeon at Parc Tawe, City Centre - 25mins drive (also has ten-pin bowling alley), again walking distance from Wind Street restaurants.
SwanseaUniversity's Taliesin Theatre shows films including many award winning subtitled and alternative interest films and a diverse mix of theatre productions. Combine a visit with a trip to a restaurant, ice-cream or fish’n’chips in Mumbles.
If you want true West End standard Cardiff's 'Wales Millenium Centre' really is worth a visit (1 hr 10 mins drive from Llanmadoc). The WMC is the closest top drawer theatre/concert hall offering genuinely world class cultural events including Opera, West End Musicals, and matching anything London has to offer certainly for facilities and sometimes for content. Several Car Parks nearby. Having visited several venues across England we think you'll agree that WMC matches anything in the UK outside London, and it's setting at CardiffBay with great restaurants overlooking the waterfront makes this worth an evening out of Gower.
Bristol Hippodrome(1 hr 30 mins drive from Llanmadoc), puts on some really great West End Standard shows - we recently saw Starlight Express at Bristol. NCP Multi Storey Car Park behind the theatre.
Another excellent choice and much closer to the cottage obviously is Swansea's premier theatre Swansea Grand Theatre, Singleton Street, Swansea city centre (25-30 mins from Rhossili). Why not eat french cuisine at Bouchon de Rossi, opposite the theatre, or 'eat Italian' at 'Amore' near St Mary's Church, after your show. Park outside the Grand theatre in Oxford Street Car Park. http://www.swansea.gov.uk/grandtheatre (map). This is a cosy and friendly regional standard city theatre and offers some good and very varied entertainment - sometimes really quite excellent. Kid Creole and Coconuts recently performed there, as did Ken Dodd, and some West End tours (Blood Brothers). We recently watched Oliver there and it was great.
The smaller amateur theatre DylanThomasTheatre, and the University based Taliesin Theatre (SwanseaUniversity, on the seafront in Swansea, weblink above) often put on a variety of quality shows. The Dylan Thomas Centre: http://www.dylanthomas.com (map)
For other options then back in Cardiff try Cardiff New Theatre in Cardiff City Centre - NCP car park next door in Greyfriars Road.
Museums and art galleries
The truth is that Swansea is not that well endowed compared to bigger cities like Cardiff. However, worth a visit are the Glyn Vivyan Art Gallery in Orchard Street, Swansea Maritime and INdustrial Museum, Swansea Marina; Gower Heritage Centre, in Parkmill, South Gower; then further afield are Rhondda Heritage Centre in the Rhondda (ex coal mine); Margam Park and Orangery, Margam, Port Talbot; and the obvious ones being the excellent National Museum of Wales, Cardiff;and the celebrated Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans, Cardiff (M4 Jnct 33);
Obvious options are: Shopping in Swansea city centre http://www.swanseacitycentre.com; Swansea Enterprise Park - Llansamlet; Llanelli Town Centre is very homely and friendly; Carmarthen is also very nice and friendly; and of course, Cardiff is the main regional shopping centre. There is a good designer outlet centre at Bridgend, (Macarthur Glen); and finally, we'd recommend Llandeilo for some smaller art and craft shops and a nice day out in a village setting (Lunch at Morgans 'Cawdor' Hotel, and visit Dinefwr Castle a 2 mins drive behind the town).
Football and Rugby,
Liberty Stadium hosts an increasing number of events especially business conferences and some pop concerts and of course League football (Swansea City FC), and European/Magners League/ Heineken Cup top flight Rugby (Neath Swansea Ospreys). Watch the Scarlets RFC at Stradey Park, Llanelli.
Ten Pin Bowling at Parc Tawe, near Swansea town centre; Golf shown below; See other info below as there are loads of things to do in Gower.
Visit the Tennis Centre at Llansamlet (Nantong Way); Nantong Way, Landore, Swansea,SA1 7DS 01792 650484
Main choices are: Swansea Leisure Centre, Oystermouth Rd., Swansea Marina.
Morriston Leisure Centre Pool Morriston Leisure Centre, Heol Maes Eglwys,Morriston, Swansea, SA6 6NN,01792 797082; Penrheol Leisure Centre Pool (school based) at Gorseinon.
Gower is very well endowed with some top quality and professionally run golf courses. See them for yourself below.
Pennard, Langland, Clyne, Gower, & Fairwood Golf Clubs are all in or at the outskirts of Gower (and Machynys Golf Club is close by at Trostre, near Llanelli). Gowerton houses a driving range. Details below.
See Map of clubs below within Gower. To help you navigate Fairwood (left) and Clyne (right) are the two blue dots below village of Killay in the map. Gowerton Golf Club is the one near Penclawdd, Pennard Golf Club is near Penmaen, and Llangland Bay is just east of Mumbles.
Other Golfing sites of possible interest to Gower visitors
In short - close by you can do the following: some of Wales very best Sea Angling (Bass, Flounder, Mackerel, Tope and Golden Grey Mullet to name a few local species), Surfing, Golf (6 golf courses in Gower), Birdwatching, Paragliding, Jet Skiing, Swimming, mountain biking, rock climbing, yachting, canooing, archery, horseriding/trekking, scuba and snorkelling, League Football and top flight Rugby Union are all available either in Gower or nearby Swansea and Mumbles.
Contact the following:-
Golf (See golf page)
Pennard, Langland, Clyne, Gower, & Fairwood Golf Clubs are all in Gower (and Machynys Golf Club is close by at Trostre, near Llanelli). Gowerton houses a driving range.
Dai Howells is something of a sea angler so you've come to the right place for advice! At Llanmadoc Beach or nearby Blue Pool expect to catch. Bass, Flounder, Whiting [some shore Codling], Smoothhound, summer Mackerel, Gurnard, and garfish, abound. Catch tope (small sharks) at Broughton / Llanmadoc beach 15 mins walk from Middle Cottage. Dai Howells (me!) caught 12 Bass to 4Ib and some 28 flounder on Llanmadoc / Whitford beach during May alone in 2007. His (rookie) brother Rob Howells caught a whopping 3Ib pound Bass on his first ever lifetime cast, on 26th May 2007, using mud-ragworm at Llanmadoc Beach. Ten flounder, eight of good size were taken that same day including a brace (a pair) by Rob. We have photos of this particular sortie.
Port Eynon has several perfect fishing venues - fishing paradise. Try bass spinning off Salt House Mere/point. Beach fishing at Horton. Rock floatfishing off Overton and other marks west or east of Port Eynon Bay for big bass and mackerel, and garfish with some Wrasse and Conger. Fishing tackle and bait can be found (open early on weekends) at Country Angling at Gowerton, or Rogers Tackle at Swansea Marina - also Mainwarings in Sketty Cross, Swansea. The best venues are Mumbles Pier (for kids) and Crabbart, Fall Bay, Port Eynon point, Pennard Cliffs and Whiteford for Sea Bass, Mackerel and Tope. Pick your own crab bait from the local rocks. Use a coathanger as a crab hook and/or a nail removal tool for lifting rocks. Remember to put rocks back and only take legally in-size crabs.
Pick cockles and more especially mussels on Llanmadoc Beach near lighthouse, when in season, i.e. months with no 'Y' in them, especially mid winter. Cook in white wine and serve with lemon juice and chopped shallots.
Contact Perriswood Archery centre, Penmaen/Nicholaston, South Gower.
We are knee deep in wild even some rare birds down here in Gower. A pair of powerful binoculars is left at the cottage for your use if going birdwatching. See the Snipes, Little Egrets, Oystercatchers, Grey Herons, and ringed Plover at Llanrhidian Marshes, Whitford Burrows, Llandimore Pill, or Penclawdd. See Kitiwakes and various gulls at Worms Head.
Everything you might wish to know at a glance is found on this website.