Hello and Welcome to the August issue of TheBAY magazine

At the time of going to press, we are experiencing wonderful weather and at the risk of jinxing it all I have my fingers crossed that it holds out until 3 August – the day of the annual Gower show. The past few years have seen torrential downpours on the first Sunday of August and we have been sloshing around in our shorts and wellies Glastonbury-like --- let’s hope we are luckier this year.


Taste Lleol 2

You should have received, along with your magazine this month, a copy of our food and drink guide, Taste Lleol 2.

If your copy is missing, do get in touch and we can direct you to your nearest outlet. It is full of ideas for places to eat and drink, along with deli’s, butchers, wine merchants, cafes and bars from as far afield as Llandeilo in the west to Pen y Cae in the east as well as plenty of entries from Swansea and Gower. You’ll also find some recipes from local chefs who are happy to share their secrets with you.


Transylvanian Twist

Kim Jones has been on a cycle journey to Romania where he got up close to the locals. Some were friendly, others were downright hostile and one in particular could have been dangerous but no mention of any encounters with vampires. Cycling is evidently not a sport for the faint hearted.


Piscine Molitor

Last year, while in Lithuania I met up with a travel writer who was also there at the invitation of the Lithuanian Tourist Board. Simon Fry has written for the BBC, The Independent and Rugby World to name just a few – he can now add TheBAY Magazine to his CV! Simon visited the Piscine Molitor for its reopening earlier this year and you can read his account by clicking the lifestyle & leisure section. Our front cover shows one of the stained glass panels – with a little addition – which we thought rather apt. This Art Deco building was once a public swimming baths but has now been transformed into a spectacular hotel and spa.


Glorious Goodwood

Our motoring correspondent Liam Bird has managed to secure a pair of tickets worth £130 to the Goodwood Revival next month. This is an occasion to dress up in fashions from the first 60 years of the last century and celebrate motoring of an age gone by. Entry details are above.


Transport Competitions

We have two other competitions this month – the first is to win a copy of Bus Pass Britain, a book about travelling around the UK by public transport. One of the book’s entries takes in a journey from Pennard. The second competition is to win a Ferrari. Ok maybe not a Ferrari but a manual for one of the most expensive cars in the world. You could leave it on your coffee table and impress your friends! Details of both these competitions are also above.

That’s all for this month except to say that Chantele Cross-Jones, Vic Potter and The Wine Stig are all noticeable by their absence this month but will be back on board in September.