Hello & Welcome

to the August edition of TheBAY

As I write this summer has returned to Swansea and I hope it will hang around at least until the kids go back to school. We are so lucky to have some of the world’s finest beaches just a short walk, drive or bus ride away.

Dan Rouse has been rock-pool dipping and in our Home section you’ll find her guide to what sort of creatures you are likely to find, here on Gower. Don’t forget to put all your catches back where they came from!

Would you like to have your hair professionally washed and blow-dried twice a week for 4 weeks? We have a fabulous competition for you this month from It’s Science hair salon in Walter Road. This is a hairdresser with a difference – you don’t sit in front of a mirror, but relax, and let Gemma and her staff take care of you. Everyone at It’s Science is so friendly and professional that you will leave feeling well and truly pampered. For details of how to enter please go to Health and Wellbeing

Mark Rees tells us about an upcoming Dylan Thomas Walk on Sunday 25 August conducted by the Fluellen Theatre Company. As you would expect, it finishes with a visit to one of the bard’s favourite watering holes. It is very much a stroll that takes in many of the places that Dylan would have known well. More information on this and other cultural events going on in Swansea can be found in our Lifestyle section.

Nick Smith has been on his travels again, this time to Dubai. Personally, I prefer my beaches to be natural and not man-made, but each to his own. As usual, Nick discovers the more unusual aspects of this ‘Marmite’ city and what the United Arab Emirates has to offer.

Liz Barry too has been hitting the beach, this time in Croatia where she went island hopping. In this issue she concentrates on her time in Dubrovnik and the surrounding area.

We welcome Antoinette Milne to the Bay team this month. Antoinette joins us as our wine buff who will be recommending the best buys and seasonal drinks over the coming months. In this issue she looks at her ‘Sexy Summer Sippers’.

Our recipe for August is a creamy seafood chowder that is perfect for a summer’s evening. The recipe is courtesy of Discover Delicious Wales, a brand that champions the very best of Welsh independent producers and retailers.

Charles Wilson Watkins has been digging into the past of our wonderful Swansea Market. You can learn some of its history and the story of one of its oldest stalls. I visited one of Swansea’s oldest pubs last month, just how old it is remains a mystery but, I can highly recommend dropping in next time you are in Llangyfelach. It makes a very convenient stopping off point if you have to visit

Morriston Hospital as I have had to on many occasions in the past month or so. Sadly Sarla Langdon, who has been our editorial consultant since we started the magazine in 2009, has had to retire due to ill health. Simon and I will miss her contributions and our monthly meetings which were filled with fun and laughter.

Enjoy all that Swansea and Gower have to offer this month and we’ll be back again in September.