THE OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR
The Ocean Film Festival returns to Porthcawl on Wednesday 11 September bringing with it a night of captivating ocean films.
From wild Arctic waters to Mexico’s spectacular sink-holes, this collection of brand-new ocean-themed films will take audiences on a mesmerising journey to some of the least-explored depths of the planet! Come nose to nose with incredible marine life and meet the intriguing characters who have dedicated their lives to the big blue – all from the comfort of a cinema seat!
See www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk for more.
THE ORCHID STUDY GROUP WELSH ORCHID FESTIVAL
The Orchid Study Group Welsh Orchid Festival will be held at Aberglasney Gardens Llangathen, Carma-rthenshire SA32 8QH on 31 Aug & 1 Sept 2019
There will be two exciting days of orchids at the new venue, Aberglasney Gardens. The weekend will be an opportunity for all orchid lovers to enjoy the very best of the UK’s orchid nurseries. There will be rare species and popular hybrids for sale, as well as some fine and spectacular blooms. If you are looking for something different, there will be carnivorous plants, orchid seedlings, epiphyte logs, Tillandsias, Bromeliads, other companion plants for orchids, botanical paintings and other works of art.
Festival opening hours: Saturday: 10.00 – 17.00. Sunday: 10.00 – 16.00. Normal admission fees to the gardens apply. Entry into the Orchid Festival, talks and demonstrations is free.
THE TYCOCH THURSDAY CLUB DIARY DATES
The Tycoch Thursday Club is starting again in September in the hall of Tycoch/Sketty Community Church in Carnglas Road, Tycoch at 19.30 every Thursday.
19 September – The chapel in the Swansea coal mine. With Paul Richards.
26 September – WW1, The war at sea. With Ray Savage.
Tea and coffee will be served afterwards, all welcome to come along for a couple of hours of entertainment.
Summer is the time of year when our glorious seaside city comes alive with floral blooms of all kinds. The whole area becomes an oasis of colour. Even the roadside verges are worthy of praise and comment these days. Much of this is the result of efforts by the city council. However, much of the spectacle in gardens stretching from one corner of the city to another, is down to the efforts of its army of green-fingered gardeners. Seen here are some of the judges, visitors and exhibitors to one of the successful flower shows held at Townhill and Mayhill Community Centre during the 1950s. This memory jerker is one of more than 300 nostalgic images in Swansea the time of our lives, the latest book by David Roberts. It captures many fantastic glimpses of Swansea in the past as well as offering candid shots of the social side of all our lives. For details on how to obtain a copy or share pictures for a follow up book this year, visit www.bryngoldbooks.com or phone 01639 643961.
LOCAL TALENT YOUNG AUTHOR
Anne is a panda who lives in Hong Kong, she has many emotions; happy, excited, tender, scared, angry and sad. Anne has a cheerful and exciting birthday at the seaside where she finds a glamorous necklace; since then she has been having very unusual dreams.
Maria Abid was just 11 years old when she wrote Panda’s Rule. She was born in Aberystwyth in 2007 and moved to Gower when she was just 7 months old. Maria likes swimming, hockey and cricket and hopes to become a successful author.
Panda’s Rule will be presented at the Beijing International Book Fair this month and at the Frankfurt International Book Fair in October.
Panda’s Rule is available to purchase from Cover to Cover or Gowerton Primary School priced at £10.
There will be an evening of entertainment on Thursday 5 September at 19.15 when the Fluellen Theatre Company perform Tales of a Welsh Rarebit at the Grand Theatre Arts Wing. Adapted from the book ‘An Expert in My Field’ by Marianne Pettifor, CEO of The Pettifor Trust it follows the funny happenings with animals as the family run a small hotel on Gower.
Tickets are available from the box office on 01792 475715 or visit the Grand Theatre website.
NATIONAL TRUST ABERTAWE CENTRE
The NT Abertawe Centre meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 19.30 in the Sketty Parish Hall. All are welcome to attend these talks. Tea and coffee will be served.
Here is the programme for October 2019 to April 2020:
23 October – Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire – A talk by Mr Colin Cross.
27 November – The role of women in mediaeval Wales with Rhian Rees.
22 January – Dinefwr with Meg Anthony.
26 February – A.G.M.
25 March – Tracing the past, conserving the future: The British & Irish Botanical Expedition to Tasmania with Piers Hunt.
22 April – 18th Century Parklands in Wales with Ken Murphy of the Dyfed Archaeological Trust.
BOTANICS IN BLOOM SINGLETON PARK
Enjoy the Botanical Gardens as they come into their most stunning season. During August there will be FREE open-air concerts every Sunday afternoon from 15.00 to 17.00 weather permitting.
4 August – U3A Ukulele Band
11 August – Loughor Town Band
18 August – Constellation Big Band
25 August – Morriston Big Band
MINIBEASTS WORKSHOP NATIONAL WATERFRONT MUSEUM
10 August 2019 12.00 and 14.00. Learn more about the wonderful mini world of the crawly and slithery variety including cock-roaches, snails, tortoises, geckos and snakes.
Tickets £3.50 per child booked through Eventbrite. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults do not need to purchase a ticket.
FULL STEAM AHEAD NATIONAL WATERFRONT MUSEUM
7 August 2019 11.00 – 15.00 there will be a rare opportunity to see the amazing Penydarren Steam Locomotive replica on the move as she is fired up and driven down the track.
The original locomotive made the first recorded journey by steam on rails and initiated the revolution in transport in the 19th century.
SECRET LIFE OF PETS CASTLE SQUARE
There will be a free screening of The Secret Life of Pets (U) on Thursday 8 August from 12.00 to 16.00 in Castle Square. Films will start at 12.00 and 14.30. Deckchairs will be available on a first come first served basis.
For lots more fun events taking place throughout August please visit www.enjoyswanseabay.com