Cycle Maintenance Workshops @EnvironmentCentre

The Environment Centre is collaborating with local charity BikeAbility to offer two cycle maintenance workshops to kick off the new year.

Attend one or both sessions:

Saturday 9th February (10am–1pm): Introductory level: includes an introduction to tools, adjusting your bike for comfort, preventative care, fixing a puncture and adjusting brakes.

Saturday 9th March (10am–1pm): Intermediate level: work on your own bike – change brake blocks, learn how to replace cables, gear limits and indexing.

  • limited spaces
  • pre-booking essential
  • £5 per person
  • includes refreshments

To book: 01792 480200 or

BATIK & WILLOW WORKSHOPS – 19th & 26th January 2019

A two-session workshop on Saturday 19th and Saturday 26th January (10am-1pm on both days) with local artist, Sara Holden.  Use leaves and plants to inform and inspire batik creations and make a frame using willow so the artwork is ready to hang at home or to give to someone special.

  • limited spaces
  • pre-booking essential
  • £5 per person
  • includes materials & refreshments

To book: 01792 480200 or email

Green Shop CLOSED until Sat 5th January 2019

The Environment Centre’s green shop will be CLOSED for the seasonal holidays from 2pm on Saturday 22nd December 2018 until 10am on Saturday 5th January 2019.

BIRD BOX MAKING WORKSHOP – Saturday 2nd February 2019

10am-12noon, Saturday 2nd February 2019

The Environment Centre, Pier Street, Swansea

  • build a bird box with expert support
  • learn about helping garden wildlife
  • all materials and tools provided
  • £5 per person
  • limited places
  • pre-booking with payment required
  • children must be 8+ and accompanied
  • refreshments available

For bookings pop into the Environment Centre or call: 01792 480200 – payment can be taken on the phone.

Desire & Despair Exhibition 11th January – 15th February

To start 2019, The Environment Centre will host a display of humanist and environmental artwork created by Swansea artist, Jeff Phillips, including the return of some large pieces of his work that was first displayed at the Centre over twenty years ago. Jeff’s work has been an inspiration to many and a stimulus for educational activities in schools across the Swansea area.

The exhibition, which is officially launched at an evening event on Friday, 11th January, also includes more recent work by Jeff based on Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata. The exhibition continues at the Centre until Friday, 15th February.


Do you have a few hours to spare every week?

The Environment Centre is in need of volunteers…could you help?

Our Charity could not operate without the fantastic team of volunteers who help us out every week, there are a few vacancies in different roles including: serving in the Green Shop and reception, helping with administration and data entry, updating our website and social media accounts, gardening, helping at events and more. We are particularly in need of Saturday volunteers to help out in the Green Shop 10am – 2pm.

We have volunteers from all walks of life and a wide range of ages from students to retired people. We have regular volunteer social meet-ups where we brush up on skills or visit places of interest (usually cake is involved!), and we have a very friendly team of staff who work closely with the volunteers. Volunteers unsually have their own 4 hr slot every week and it helps provide routine for people who may have been out of work for a while. We offer travel expenses so that you wont be out of pocket for helping us out. Volunteering is a great way to gain work and life skills, meet new people, socialise, it can help open doors to employment and it makes you feel good!

If you’d like to know more, contact us on (01792) 480200 or email



You will, no doubt, all be aware of the increasing amount of news items, activities and campaigns around being plastic-free or using less single-use plastic in our everyday lives, due to its impact on the environment and the oceans in particular.

A group to co-ordinate the local effort emerged in Swansea in April 2018 and has recently held its second meeting at the Environment Centre.  There we heard from Plastic Free Pennard and Surfers Against Sewage and also from Geraint Davies MP, who has launched a plastics Bill through parliament.

The group’s volunteers are moving ahead on many fronts but activities are focussed around four aspects. They are ‘Shop’, ‘Inform’, ‘Campaign’ and ‘Get involved’ and more information on these can be seen on the new website. Facebook and twitter accounts have also been set up to help spread the word.  The public meetings are open to anyone who is interested so keep your eyes peeled for information after the summer and feel free to get in touch with any suggestions or ideas

This is just the start of the work in Swansea -so please support us and connect on social media!


Twitter: @plasticfreeswan



Festival Of Stitch, 10th – 24th August 2018

The Swansea Festival Of Stitch are proud to present the best that Wales has to offer from our homegrown textile groups and artists. The festival will run from 10th – 24th August and will take place at several venues in Swansea, including The Environment Centre, Swansea Museum, The National Waterfront Museum, Civic Centre, Grand Theatre, Dragon Hotel, Tapestri, Volcano Theatre and the Beach Hut.

We will be featuring work from the talented Ruth Norbury and Haf Weighton in the Centre’s main hall, available to view 10 am – 4pm Tues – Fri, and 10 – 2 Sat (please note that the Centre will be closed on Mondays in August. Also the room may be booked for meetings so check availability before making a special journey).

The Festival also provides opportunity to experience a variety of creative workshops at Swansea Museum, and a Makers and Traders Market at the Waterfront Museum over the weekend of 18th & 19th August including drop-in stitch sessions.

A booklet about the festival (including a map and workshop times) is available to pick up from the Centre.

For more information visit