Looking for a quiet family day out or action packed adventures?
- Spectator Sports
- Activity Providers
- Leisure Facilities
- Walking & Running
- Cycling & Mountain Biking
- Water and Beach sports
Swansea’s fabulous sporting arena, the 20,300 seater Liberty Stadium opened in 2005. Home to Premiership football team, Swansea City Football Club and the Ospreys regional rugby side, the Liberty Stadium has also played host to music legends such as The Who and Elton John, Pink and Rod Stewart.
Regional Rugby side The Scarlets’ brand new state of the art stadium, Parc y Scarlets, opened in November 2008. The £23million stadium replaced Stradey Park, the home of Llanelli rugby for almost 130 years.
The £20m Ffos Las Racecourse, located on an old 600-acre opencast mine site to the northwest of Llanelli, is the UK’s first new National Hunt racecourse development in 80 years. The racecourse is situated in an area of striking character and natural beauty with breath-taking views down the Gwendraeth Valley and across Carmarthen Bay.
There are so many ways to enjoy this fantastic environment – including outdoor pursuits centres with experts who can help equip and teach you! So much to choose from… Rock climbing, Canyoning and Quad-biking to name a few. Slightly less competitive but no less fun is taking shape in the form of ‘Go Ape’ at Margam Park the high wire forest adventure is made up of rope bridges, trapezes and zip slides through the tree canopy.
Visit the LC, Wales’ largest indoor waterpark. the LC features a network of pools, rides and slides including the Master Blaster and the BoardRider – Britain’s first indoor standing surf machine.
Also in Swansea is the 50m Olympic sized Wales National Pool. The Pool is used by the public and professionals alike.
Regional leisure centres in Swansea, Carmarthen & Neath and Port Talbot offer a variety of other swimming pools, plus tennis, badminton and squash courts, football pitches, rugby fields, athletics facilities, gymnasiums and boxing rings, and a range of fitness and training programmes.
The Swansea and Gower area is ideal for coarse and sea fishing. Salmon and Sea Trout, or Sewin as it is known in Wales, enter Carmarthen Bay on their return to their spawning grounds in the River Tywi and its tributaries. The waters in Neath Port Talbot offer coarse, game and sea fishing, providing excellent sport for both pleasure and serious anglers.
Swansea is surrounded by beautiful countryside in which to ride – there are also fantastic beach and pub rides available from some stables. See Carmarthenshire on horse-back. The Countryside of Neath and Port Talbot offers over 85km of bridleways, offering views from high up in the forests, and very little road riding.
Swansea Bay area boasts some of the most scenic golf courses in Wales – in fact the spectacular sea views could be a good excuse for missing that shot!
Fancy testing your swing over an 18 hole course? With parkland, moorland, championship, and classic links courses, (one 200 hundred feet above the sea below it!)
There are also numerous nine hole courses as well as golf ranges, pitch and putt and even crazy golf. With over 25 golf courses and many more, less than an hour’s drive away.
Walking & Running
Swansea Bay’s diverse landscape is truly a walkers’ and runners paradise. Whether it’s for a gentle stroll or an invigorating yomp, the natural delights of the Gower Peninsula, (Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Carmarthenshire, the ‘Garden of Wales’, Afan Valley known as ‘Little Switzerland’ and the Vale of Neath dubbed ‘Waterfall Country’ are all on your doorstep. The Black Mountain with its glacial lake is sure to make you pause for a moment, as are the magnificent waterfalls to be found in the Vale of Neath – particularly after heavy rainfall! And you’ll never know when you might stumble across one of Swansea Bay’s many castles or heritage sites. Plus in under an hour’s drive, you can take in the breath-taking beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
You can even head underground, at Dan yr Ogof, The National Showcave centre for Wales. Situated half way between Swansea and Brecon Dan yr Ogof was recently voted “Britain’s finest natural wonder”.
Cycling & Mountain Biking
Swansea Bay is a cyclist’s dream come true – whether you want quiet, peaceful country lanes, the stunning 22km traffic-freeMillennium Coastal Park cycleway, or to feel the burn on one of the four world class mountain biking trails at Afan Forest Park.
Afan Forest Park has two visitor centres and stretches over 64 square kilometres with 30,000 hectares of forest. As well as being a very popular destination for walking, cycling, orienteering, and camping, it’s the ideal place to feel the adrenaline rush – it was the only UK destination to feature in What Mountain Bike Magazine’s ‘ten places to ride before you die’ list.
The trails are varied to suit all abilities but there’s also a designated family cycleway for the less adventurous. There are several bike hire companies operating in the Park, who will deliver bikes to you and also integrate with public transport should this be required. Such is the appeal of the combined thrill and beauty of the Afan trails, that mountain bikers come from all over Europe to experience all the Forest Park has to offer for them.
Another top mountain biking destination is Brechfa Forest in Carmarthenshire. With three trails of varying difficulty it’s a perfect place for those who like to take it easy as well as for those who want more!
Water and Beach sports
With the second greatest tidal range in the world and some of the finest surfing beaches in the UK, watersports are a speciality in Swansea Bay.
Surfing is particularly good around Gower, and there are several accredited surf schools to choose from. You can catch good waves at Langland and Caswell Bays, just a few minutes drive from Mumbles, further east is Aberavon beach, whilst Llangennith, Gower is frequently noted as one of the Top UK Surf beaches receiving accolades from both The Guardian and The Observer for the quality of the waves there.
Swansea Bay also offers, Kitesurfing, Windsurfing, Sailing, Rowing, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Kite Boarding and recently stand up Paddleboarding are all accessible.