In recent years Swansea has undergone a huge transformation, capitalising on its coastal location to turn the city into a trendy Maritime getaway. With the newly renovated National Waterfront Museum, stretches of golden sandy beaches, and an exotic marina, it’s a far cry from the typical mountainous image often associated with Wales. If you’re in the area in 2016, watch out for the following events.
Manic Street Preachers
The politically charged Manic Street Preachers are one of the biggest musical acts to come out of South Wales. Making their name in the midst of the grunge movement with their 1992 album Generation Terrorists, they released a string of hits throughout the 90s and 00s. In 2016 they will play two concerts at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium on 28th and 29th May. Tickets are priced between £39.50 and £55 and are available at gigantic.com.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk will have a run at Swansea’s Grand Theatre between 11th December and 10th January. Like most pantomimes it will feature a cast of television rejects who are clutching on to whatever “acting” roles they can get. The “young” Jack will be played by the 46-year-old Louis Spence, who made a name for himself in the Sky1 documentary series Pineapple Dance Studios. Kevin Johns, Zoe George and Peter Piper will share the stage in what’s tipped to be a very average panto.
On 5th June, Swansea will host Wales’ first ever city triathlon. The physically demanding course will feature 750 metres of open water swimming, 20 kilometres of cycling and 5 kilometres of running. The race will have several categories, split into age groups and experience levels. If the thought of spending your spring with sore muscles appeals to you, sign up via swanseatriathlon.com.
The Waterfront Winterland is Swansea’s largest Christmas attraction and stays open until Sunday 3rd January. With two ice skating rinks, plenty of traditional rides and a festive funfair, it has all the hallmarks of a top quality winter wonderland. If you have kids suffering from the holiday blues in the wake of Christmas, a late visit to Santa’s Grotto might satisfy their urges until next advent.
Love the Words Exhibition
Thanks to a £935,700 donation from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Dylan Thomas Exhibition has had a much needed expansion, providing a more detailed insight into the inner workings of Swansea’s most famous cultural figure. The exhibition will stay open until 1st April and features readings from his most famous works by Prince Charles and Richard Burton.
Swansea Bay Pride
After suffering from a huge financial loss, Swansea Pride had to cancel their 2015 event. However, under the new name of Swansea Bay Pride, the organising committee have managed to arrange a follow up on April 30th 2016.This one-day festival will take place in Singleton Park and feature an impressive lineup of local entertainers. The event attracts an average turnout of 1,500 people from Swansea and South Wales, all banding together to support the LGBT community.