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 www.swanseafestivalofstitch.co.uk  

Gower Show, Sun 5th August 2018

The annual Gower Show is a popular annual event held in the beautiful grounds of Penrice Castle Park, ReynoldstonGower Show aims to be a very traditional agricultural show, a chance for local farmers to get together and bring along examples of their best stock, including cattle, sheep, pigs and piglets. The local farmers also enter samples of their crops and and compete to see who produces the best grassland. Above all it is a reminder of how very important farming is to the area.

In the marquees dotted around the castle field you will find the other sections of the show such as Horticulture with artistic flower arranging, or the Cookery & WI tent where the results of home baking are compared.

You will also find environment themed marquee with lots of info and activities including RSPB, Down To Earth, Plastic Free Swansea, Swansea Environmental Forum, Gower AONB and more.

In the Honey & Bee tent you can see a wonderful exhibition in this growing section, and even get fully suited up and get a really close look at a bee hive. Make sure you call in early to book your place.

If you fancy a bit of shopping there are plenty of opportunites to see and buy lots of examples of traditional crafts, and the every popular food tent with plenty of samples to taste!

The show has something for the whole family – it is a day not to be missed!

For more information, go to www.gowershow.co.uk


Best Start Story Book Art Exhibition, July 2018

The Environment Centre is pleased to be hosting a new Story Book Art exhibition in June and July 2018. Positive early years experiences are so important to all children, and in Swansea Best Start are working towards ensuring that all children are given the very best start in life.

If children have the best start in life, they are likely to be healthier, more likely to be better learners and less likely to experience poverty and deprivation as adults. Having the best start in life can lead to a greater likelihood of having a good job and a better standard of living. They are also more likely to be able to look after the environment and contribute to safe and propsperous communities.

Two fantastic children’s story books have been written to support the Best Start Swansea Campaign. These story books focus on some of our key messages for parents. The fist book, ‘An Adventure With Gramps’ focuses on the importance of play, and spending time together, while the second book, ‘Rainbow Soup’ has a special focus on being as healthy as we can be.

Both books have been written by Swansea parents for their children, and for the children in Swansea to promote giving every child the Best Start in life. The parents’ fantastic artwork is up on display in the Main Hall, and FREE copies of the books (Welsh and English) are available to pick up.

Please check opening times before you make a special journey to view the exhibition.

Green Shop CLOSED Sat 2nd June and Sat 9th June 2018

Unfortunately due to staff and volunteers not being available, the shop will be CLOSED on Saturday 2nd June. We will be open as normal 10 – 4 Mon – Fri.

The shop will also be CLOSED Saturday 9th June as we will have a stall at the Swansea Vegan Festival 10.30 – 5pm at the Brangwyn Hall, why not visit us there?

Therefore our next Saturday Shop opening will be Sat 16th June 10 – 2. We apologise for any inconvenience!

#PlasticFreeSwansea Meet 14/06/18

There is a new PlasticFreeSwansea group and their next get together will be at the Environment Centre on Thursday 14th June at  7pm.

It will include:

  • Giving feedback on progress so far
  • Launch our website & social media feeds
  • A rep from PlasticFreePennard group to share ideas and activities so far
  • Small discussion groups on ideas to move it all forward including ideas for a big even

They will also be collecting people’s motivation for getting involved, supporting the initiative, taking action and more for use on social media and web.

Everyone welcome!

For more information you can contact Delyth Higgins at Delyth@environmentcentre.org.uk

Creative Writing 23rd June 2018

A Workshop for adults with Lynne Stretch, teacher and author. The workshop will follow environmental themes. There will be an opportunity to discuss a selection of current news topics and create stories using these environmental themes.

Also learn how to raise public awareness and how to send your finished work to local magazines and utilise social media.

The workshop will be on Saturday 23rd of June, from 10am to 12pm at The Environment Centre. £5 per person, booking is essential as spaces are limited. If you want to book call 01792 480200 or email bookings@environmentcentre.org.uk

New Craft and Artwork for Sale

We are now selling a variety of hand crafted items made by local artists.

Danielle Charles prints photos on recycled wood boards portraying some of the most beautiful landscapes and buildings that Swansea has to offer, such as Worm’s Head, Mumbles Pier and Lighthouse, Black Mountain and many others.

Also we have craft from Bryan Collis from Wild Plant Paper, who makes unique paper from foraged wild plants and then uses it to make paper suitable for crafting, cards and tealight holders. If you are interested in learning how to make paper from wild plants, you can check out the workshop that Bryan is running on Saturday 12th of May at the Centre.

If you are a local crafter with a strong environmental ethic, and you are interested in selling your craft in our shop contact us.

We are open from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday, and 10am to 2pm on Saturday.


Free Eco-Art Classes

Three fun and enjoyable art classes with textile artist Ruth Norbury. Hammered Leaves on Sat 19th of May, Art From Beach Findings on Sat 16th of June and Postcard Craftivistm on Sat 21st of July will allow you to learn about important environmental issues and make powerful statements with your own craft.

The events will lead up to the Festival of Stitch exhibition, running from 10th to 30th of August. It will be themed around the Sea and feature works from Ruth Norbury and Haf Weighton. For more information visit www.swanseafeastivalofstich.co.uk.