Singleton Park is a 250 acre urban park adjoined to Swansea University’s main campus. It’s the largest park in the city with plenty of open space for sports. The whole area has a very communal vibe and is a central hub for many of the university’s clubs and associations. Whether you want to try out a new sport or simply watch the athletes in action, there’s bound to be something that tickles your fancy.
Ultimate frisbee is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Since the emergence of UK Ultimate in 2008 – the official governing body – over 80 universities across the country have taken an active role in promoting the sport by forming clubs and arranging tournaments. Swansea Ultimate Frisbee Club takes training very seriously and hosts three sessions per week, two of which are located in Singleton Park – Wednesdays from 2pm to 4.30pm and Sundays from 2pm to 4pm.
Lacrosse has all you want in a spectator sport: it’s mean, fast-paced and impressive. If you’re a student of Swansea University looking to take up a known, yet unconventional sport east of the Atlantic, get involved. While there are separate men’s and women’s teams for training and tournaments, the Swansea Lacrosse Club is one of the only mixed social sporting clubs Swansea University has to offer, with weekly events at Bambu on Wind Street.
The Singleton Park Botanical Gardens will give the Eden Project a run for its money. Set within a walled enclosure, it contains both a Desert House and Tropical House, where cacti and rainforest plants grow freely. There is even a secluded little Japanese-style Zen garden, complete with a bridge and several water features. Although the gardens are at their most colourful during the spring and summer, different plants flourish in the winter, giving it an entirely different vibe.
Crazy golf is the one sport where everyone is equal. On the Singleton Park Crazy Golf course Tiger Woods has about as much chance of winning as your grandmother. The course is only small, but if you get bored or frustrated, you can opt-out and hire a pedalo from the nearby boating club. Alternatively, you could visit the attached pub and drown your sorrows with a cold pint instead of letting your cocky friends rub their lucky win in your face.
If you’ve ever been a member of a scouting organization, you’ll no doubt have painful memories of dredging through swampy waters and getting lost in the woods, only to discover that you veered off in the wrong direction hours before. Orienteering is a sport that involves navigating varied terrain and reaching control points as fast as possible, armed with only a compass and map. While it sounds like a simple, easy going pastime, it can actually get quite tricky. Swansea Bay Orienteering Club use a number of permanent courses to host their introductory evenings and competitions, including one course in Singleton Park.