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The newsletter for tourism and leisure providers in Swansea and Gower in association with Clyne Farm Centre  

Painting and drawing * Horseriding * Activities * Challenge Valley

Number Ten * 6 August 2001

Welcome…… It's a few weeks since the last Advantage Gower so there is lots in this edition. We've been celebrating the success of our new Painting and Drawing Days, how surfing has taken off and what Swansea should be doing to remember the life of Harry Secombe.

I hope that you will have received a visit from our leaflet droppers - if not ring me on 01792 403333 and we'll get some out to you.

Just think If your visitors ask you for places to go do you hand them the Pembrokeshire leaflets or those closer to home? Every visitor you send to Folly Farm or Oakwood Park potentially stays next year in or around Tenby. Keep them in Gower and Swansea - there's plenty to do!

Also inside - Learn to Paint and Draw - Special Offer for you and your visitors

Although Foot and Mouth is now a back page issue it's interesting to see that the blood tests for the cattle slaughtered at Skewen have mysteriously disappeared! The slaughter of 6,000 healthy sheep (Logic - if you've had Measles you don't catch it again or pass it on to other people - same with FMD) on the Beacons has signalled the death knell of hill farming and put tourism into a further downward spiral - thank you Butcher Blair and the media!

We are continuing to list open and accessible attractions in the area as well as details of Foot and Mouth (FMD) and the effects on Swansea and Gower on our website

Whatever the weather Advantage Gower will continue to bring useful information to help us all win and maintain visitors throughout the year. We welcome feedback so that we can provide just the right amount of information to encourage visitors to come to the area and stay longer once they have arrived.

IN THIS EDITION

Riding and Adopt a Pony Days

Learn to Paint and Draw

Holiday Activities at Clyne Farm Centre

Dump of the Week

Gong of the Week

Next Edition The Irish market

Riding

By the time this edition is out we should have a couple of new horses at Clyne Farm. Melody who was featured a few weeks ago with stable manager Kevin has proved difficult to get into a horsebox! Did I hear anyone say anything about being a typical woman?? Also due is Olivia - a 16.1hh shire cross with a great temperament 

This is Puzzles who is the smallest pony that we have. She is a lovable Shetland in the Thelwell mould and is ideal for the smaller rider. Check out Puzzles' details on our web site

Full details of our hacks and lessons are on our web site as well as pictures of the horses and staff. 

 

Little Puzzles!

Learn to Paint and Draw

Jean and Rachel have proved to be a great success with their painting and drawing courses both for adults and children. With a wealth of subjects around the farm there is never a shortage of subjects.

Each course, whether for a day or a week, covers the basics of drawing, sketching and watercolour painting of a variety of subjects around Clyne Farm. Depending on the weather this can include buildings, animals, sea and landscapes. Like every course at Clyne Farm it will be conducted in an informal atmosphere.

The normal cost is £40 per day but we're offering it to participant providers and their guests at a special price of £35 per day or £150 for the week. Ring us on 01792 403333 as soon as possible to book places.

Holiday Activities at Clyne Farm Centre

FREE TASTER SESSIONS This is a great way to give your guests something extra for nothing. Our FREE taster sessions are becoming more popular so if you have guests who would like some action make sure they book in advance. The only conditions are:

  • booking in advance on 01792 403333

  • limited to ages eight and upwards (riding lessons are from four year old upwards)

  • limited to guests staying with you for five days or more

Activities Can include archery, indoor climbing, orienteering and horseriding

Times Monday 6 and 13 August 9.30am to 12.30pm 

Our other activity days revolve around our range of outdoor activities including archery, indoor climbing, orienteering, horseriding, climbing and abseiling, surfing, rock hopping, caving, canoeing and Challenge Valley - the muddiest assault course in the world!!!!! 

Weekend special of Abseiling and Climbing on Saturday followed by an on-site day on Sunday

ACTIVITIES for the two weeks beginning Monday 6 August 2001 - why not print out for your guests' information?

Monday  9.30-12.30 

 

13.30 - 16.30

On-Site Taster Session Can include archery, indoor climbing, horseriding Ages eight to adult Cost Free to residents and guests of partner organisations        Waterfall Country A big buzz day of action gorge walking at the top of the Neath Valley Half Day £18 per person Ages 8 years to adult, Transport not included

    Tuesday      9.30 - 13.30

13.30 - 16.30

 

20.00 Dining Room

Canoeing Swansea Canal or River Tawe. Ages 8 to adult Cost £18 per person Transport not included 

Raft Building and On Site Activities  Ages ten to adult Cost £12 per person 

Conservation Talk If you are interested in the world around you Paul Llewellyn has a thought provoking talk on local and global issues illustrated with colour slides and a few of his little animal friends. Ages eight to adult Cost Free to residents and guests of partner organisations. Others £3

Wednesday     

9.30- 16.30

13.00 - 16.30

The Cliff Challenge Climb and Abseil at Bracelet Bay, rock hopping, sea cave exploration  Ages ten to adult Cost £26 per person Transport not included

Coastal Challenge Rock hopping, sea cave exploration, beach games Ages ten to adult Cost £12 per person or Full Day £22 per person packed lunch required, transport not included

Thursday    

9.00 - 13.00

09.30 - 16.30

 

 

13.30

Surf Challenge Beginners surf morning at Caswell bay Ages eight to adult Cost £15 per person                                   

The Dinas Challenge   A mixed day of caving coupled with climb or gorge walking depending on weather conditions. Half Day £18 per person Full Day £35 per person (packed lunch required) Ages 8 to adult Transport not included

Challenge Valley - the muddiest assault course in the world!!! Achievable but very good fun Ages eight to adult Cost £10 per person. Change of clothes a must!

Friday   

9.00-16.30

The Clyne Challenge A morning which can include horseriding, archery and indoor climbing  and Challenge Valley in the afternoon. Change of clothes and packed lunch needed Ages eight to adult Cost £22 per person Half Day £12 per person
Saturday  

9.00-16.30

Clyne Coastal Challenge Climb and abseil at Bracelet followed by a rock hop. In the afternoon Challenge Valley for the end of an Ultimate Dirty Day Out! Ages 14 to adult Transport not included Cost £35 per person (packed lunch required)
Sunday

09.00 - 16.30

Waterfall Country A big buzz day of action gorge walking at the top of the Neath Valley Full Day £35 per person Ages 8 years to adult, Transport not included

Monday  9.30-12.30 

Week commencing 13 August           09.30 - 16.30

On-Site Taster Session Can include archery, indoor climbing, horseriding Ages eight to adult Cost Free to residents and guests of partner organisations        Waterfall Country A big buzz day of caving at the top of the Neath Valley Half Day £18 per person  Full Day £36 per person Ages 8 years to adult, Transport not included

    Tuesday      9.30 - 13.30

 

13.30 - 16.30

 

 

20.00 Dining Room

Coastal Challenge Rock hopping, sea cave exploration, beach games Ages ten to adult Cost Half Day £15 per person, transport not included

The Cliff Challenge Climb and Abseil at Bracelet Bay, rock hopping, sea cave exploration  Ages ten to adult Cost £26 per person Transport not included

Raft Building and On Site Activities  Ages ten to adult Cost £12 per person Full Day £22

Conservation Talk If you are interested in the world around you Paul Llewellyn has a thought provoking talk on local and global issues illustrated with colour slides and a few of his little animal friends. Ages eight to adult Cost Free to residents and guests of partner organisations. Others £3

Wednesday     

9.30- 16.30

 

13.00 - 16.30

The Dinas Challenge   A day of gorge walking depending on weather conditions. Half Day £18 per person Full Day £35 per person (packed lunch required) Ages 8 to adult Transport not included      

On Site Day Half Day £12 per person Full Day £24 per person

Thursday    9.00 - 13.00

09.30 - 16.30

 

13.30

Surf Challenge Beginners surf morning at Caswell Bay Ages eight to adult Cost £15 per person

Canoeing Swansea Canal or River Tawe. Ages 8 to adult Cost Half Day £18 per person Full Day £35 Packed lunch required. Transport not included

Challenge Valley - the muddiest assault course in the world!!! Achievable but very good fun Ages eight to adult Cost £10 per person. Change of clothes a must!

Friday   

9.00-16.30

 

09.30 - 16.30

The Clyne Challenge A morning which can include horseriding, archery and indoor climbing  and Challenge Valley in the afternoon. Change of clothes and packed lunch needed Ages eight to adult Cost £22 per person Half Day £12 per person

The Dinas Challenge   A day of gorge walking depending on weather conditions. Half Day £18 per person Full Day £35 per person (packed lunch required) Ages 8 to adult Transport not included   

Saturday  

9.00-16.30

Clyne Coastal Challenge Climb and abseil at Bracelet followed by a rock hop. In the afternoon Challenge Valley for the end of an Ultimate Dirty Day Out! Ages 14 to adult Transport not included Cost £35 per person (packed lunch required)
Sunday

09.00 - 16.30

Waterfall Country A big buzz day of action gorge walking at the top of the Neath Valley Full Day £35 per person Ages 8 years to adult, Transport not included

All programmes are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control

On Site Days which can include a mix of archery, indoor climbing riding and Challenge Valley - the muddiest assault course in the world are available every day - cost £22 per person

You can find further details of our full or half day activities (Details) or our very popular self catering cottages. Details on our website. For the peak season we are fully booked and would welcome passing people on to other self catering operators who have space - please let us know.

Dump of the Week

This week it's the whole of Swansea - not just for it's sloppy attitude to presenting the City to visitors but the people - you and me - who should be ashamed about what we have not done in remembering and paying tribute to Harry Secombe. 

So far the city council have held a brainstorming session to decide what to do. That is not leadership but abdication. What could have happened - but it's too late now - is a summer Cymantha Ganu in St Helen's Ground. Pack it with 10,000 people and do what Harry enjoyed - sing and enjoy. 

And then..... promote tours of the city to see places of interest to fans of Secombe, Zeta Jones and Tyler. It would fill buses with the odd place over for those few Dylan Thomas buffs who visit the city.

Gong of the Week

Alex Frith for her get up and go in organising a tribute to Harry Secombe. Alex's shows at the Grand Theatre are all well worth the effort of attending as they are full of young people who enjoy entertaining.

Did you know? Challenge Valley has a world wide reputation and is the most used location for the tv programme You've Been Framed (which means lots of £250 cheques for our visitors with video cameras). It's used by over 15,000 people a year ranging from management training groups, school and youth parties, birthday parties. 

This youngster from Dunraven School in London takes an early bath on the Commando Pole. Sixty pupils and staff visited us in July and stayed at Swansea Institute's Townhill Campus - one of our partner organisations 

Why not? Take a walk through Clyne Gardens and continue up to Clyne Farm Centre for the best view in Swansea. 

Try Clyne Farm's coffee shop - the first turn after the gardens is Westport Avenue. Follow Westport Avenue to its highest point and you will see the sign for Clyne Farm Centre on your right. Follow the sign through the houses and the Centre is ahead of you. The Office and Coffee Shop are on the left of the farmhouse. We have a new cook called Lisa ready to welcome you with good coffee and food.

WALK OF THE WEEK

Everyone does Rhossili but I really think that Three Cliffs has the most stunning scenery. The easiest walk is from Southgate along the tarmac path where you can drop down into Pobbles. If the tide is out there is a short walk along the beach before you go under the arch to return up Pennard Valley. The walk up to Pennard Castle is a bit of a slog (heavy storms in the 17th century created the dunes and covered the medieval church just inland from the castle) but worth it for the bird's eye view of the meandering river.

The return route can follow footpaths along over the golf course or back to East Cliff. Toilets and good coffee at Pennard Stores are a reward for a breathtaking afternoon.

NEXT EDITION

  • How to get Irish visitors to Swansea

  • Best Gower walks

  • The real fishing village of Mumbles

Thank you for reading! Please let us know if there is any event or attraction that you would like us to feature.

Clyne Farm Centre - making a difference to a stay in Swansea and Gower. Horseriding, activities and Challenge Valley - 70,000 people and You've Been Framed can't be wrong - click here to check out Challenge Valley - the muddiest assault course in the world!!!

Geoff Haden
Clyne Farm Centre
Westport Avenue
Mayals
Swansea SA3 5AR
www.clynefarm.com tel 01792 403333 fax 01792 403339
geoff.haden@clynefarm.com 
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