Monthly Archives: June 2015



  1. Wednesday, 22nd July @ Caswell Beach, Gower
  2. Thursday, 23rd July @ Oxwich Beach, Gower
  3. Friday, 24th July @ Port Eynon Beach, Gower
  4. Saturday, 25th July @ Bracelet Bay Beach, Mumbles
  5. Sunday, 26th July @ Blackpill Beach (by Lido), Swansea



TIMES: Between 10.00 am and 4.00p.m. FREE Drop in workshop (all ages and cultures welcome).

CONTACT: Sara Holden, Managing Artist, Tel: 01792 367571 or see for festival updates.

DETAILS: Sculpture by the Sea UK Festival – Environmental Art workshops.  Join a team of professional artists to create a display of temporary sculptures that inspire, inform and educate on Swansea and Gower’s beautiful beaches.   Learn new art skills and techniques.  Please bring buckets and spades, hats and sunscreen.


The Sculpture by the Sea UK Festival (Cerflunio ar lan y Mor DU Gwyl) is now in its eleventh year and was originally set up to educate and inspire children and communities by enhancing and encouraging their creativity by engaging with our beautiful natural environments.  Its Founder, Sara Holden BA (Hons) Fine Art and MA visual Enterprise began the festival with the aim and objective of bringing art out of the gallery and into the heart of the community with a special event that celebrated the art of sculpture.  Collaborating with other like-minded artists, Tina Marie Cunningham and Ami Marsden, she set out to increase the opportunities for all member s of our community to participate in a creative and positive way.  By using natural and found materials, such as sand, shells, pebbles and driftwood for the sculptures/artworks, they aimed to promote awareness about the environment and help the biodiversity campaign.  With a marine animal theme each year, local species are highlighted which helps to protect and preserve them for future generations.

The main features of the festival are a series of artist led workshops with a line-up of talented artists who will be working with the general public to help create an open air display of beautiful, interesting and thought provoking sculptures for everyone to see and enjoy.  The festival allows people to unlock their own natural creativity as a result of feeling more of a part of their environment.

The festival is sponsored by:  Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Nature Conservation Team of City and County of Swansea, Gower Landscape Partnership, Natural Resources Wales,  National Trust, Heritage Lottery,  Mumbles Community Council, Peter Evans Ltd.  Discovery Group, University Trinity St David, Ty Hanes / Mumbles Development Trust, The Junction Café, The Oxwich Bay Hotel and Castellamare.

How To Help Bees: Monday 29th June 2015

Pollen8 Cymru are coming to Swansea on Monday 29th June at 2pm,  to deliver a 40 minute presentation covering the various species of bee, the reasons for their decline, and how we can support them through planting and community projects.

Q and A session with an expert at the end.


FREE Lecture as part of our EC20 celebration – look out for more in the Autumn.

Come along and find out how to create a “buzz” in your garden or outdoor community project.

Due to the short timescale  for publicising this event, it would be great if everyone could he spread the word of this and also the “More Than Honey” screening taking place the next day in Clydach.

Please feel free to print and share. PDF version HERE

Smart Nature Beacons to Bay – Website and Conference

Love nature? Live, work or visit Swansea Valley or Swansea Bay?

Take a look at this brand new interactive website about the natural environment in the Tawe Corridor… and have a say in the way our natural resources are managed in the future.


The SMART NATURE: Beacons to Bay Conference is also taking place at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday 30th June.

The aims of the conference are to inform you about new approaches to managing the natural environment in Wales; to inspire you with positive examples of a more integrated approach; and to involve you by gathering your views and ideas to improve the local environment along the Tawe Corridor and across Swansea Bay.

This event is being organised by Swansea Environmental Forum and Natural Resources Wales as part of the Tawe Trial, which is exploring new approaches to managing our natural resources.

It will be relevant to a wide range of people, particularly those involved in activities related to the environment, planning, regeneration, land management, community development, outdoor recreation, tourism, etc. This includes council officers, politicians, local businesses, community groups and voluntary organisations. The geographic focus for the event spans much of Swansea plus the western edge of Neath Port Talbot and parts of south Powys.

Bookings can be made at The event is free of charge. Only very limited places available now.

Free, public showing – “More Than Honey” on 30th June

Capel y Nant and Swansea Friends of the Earth have teamed up to bring this film to South Wales.

When? Tuesday 30th June at 7pm

Where? Capel y Nant, Clydach, SA6 5HB


This documentary takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee.


“Without any preachiness, this magically beautiful film urges us to take better care of the bees.” New York Post
“A delightful, informative, and suitably contemplative study of the bee world and the bee-population crisis.” Village Voice


Swansea Veg Fest Is Back!

After the success of last years event we are very excited to welcome Swansea Vegfest 2015 back to the Environment Centre! This year it’ll be on Saturday 6th June, 11am – 3pm.


Swansea Veg Fest is a free event celebrating all things vegetarian and vegan, open to anyone who is interested in exploring alternatives to meat and dairy for the good of health, environment and animal welfare. There will be free tasters, information and advice, talks and a wide variety of stalls including-

Fancy That Bakery -100% Vegan
Heavenly Organics Skin Care
Naturally Kind
Health & Herbs Swansea
Pop Cycle
Mr Nice Pie
Friends of Swansea Horses – FOSH
Neals Yard Remedies
Govindas Vegetarian Cafe Swansea
ethical WARES
Simply V

Any enquiries please email-

New date for Swansea’s Party on the Path: 11am Sunday 26th July

Due to the horrible weather conditions forecasted for Saturday 13th June, Sustrans have regretfully taken the decision to postpone Swansea Party on the Path. With there being so many outdoor activities planned, persistent rain and thunderstorms won’t be much fun for anyone. The new date is 26th July 2015.

Swansea Wheelrights are working with Sustrans, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a “Party on the Path”

Everyone is welcome to this free family event at 360 Beach and Watersports. Find out more at

There is also a chance to go on a “Life-cycle of the Bay” – cycle powered time-travel! This performance from Lighthouse Theatre costs just £5 and will take you along the cycle path learning about the area’s history as you go. Performances at 9.30, 10.530 and 11.30am – booking is essential.