5 must-visit outdoor attractions in Swansea this summer

If you’re looking to add something exciting to your calendar this summer, look no further – we have compiled some of the best events happening in the Swansea area this year.

Swansea Open-Air Cinema

This year, Adventure Cinema is back with more outdoor viewings of some amazing movie classics. Whether you enjoy action-packed films such as Top Gun Maverick, or prefer a light-hearted singalong to Mamma Mia, bring along your deck chairs and blankets and for this unique experience that is second to none.

More information about what’s being screened can be found here: https://www.adventurecinema.co.uk/venues/singleton-park

Pretty Muddy 5K

Date: July 29

Run, walk or hop along to the Swansea Pretty Muddy 5K. On July 29, the Swansea Pretty Muddy 5k takes you on a scenic route through the popular Singleton Park. It is a course of mixed terrain, scattered with obstacles, creating an exciting, adrenaline-fuelled and action-packed event with a brilliant atmosphere. Cancer Research created this crazy, mud-filled obstacle course to raise money - so let your inner child run loose for a great cause!

Get involved here: https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/find-an-event/singleton--park-pretty-muddy-5k-2023-07-22-0000

Swansea Fake Festival

For those who fancy something more musical, Swansea Fake Festival has got you! Imagine Glastonbury but showcasing the best British tribute acts singing some of the most well-known rock songs. This event is great for music lovers, performing the best of Queen, Oasis and Stereophonics!

Tickets are on sale now: https://www.fakefestivals.co.uk/events/2023/Swansea.html

Singleton Boating Lake

Dates: 17th July to 24th September

If you are looking for something to do within walking distance of Singleton campus, gather your friends and rent a pedalo for a 30-minute ride and take in the scenery. Available for most of the summer, the Singleton Boating Lake is open every weekend and bank holiday for the 2023 season!

Full details here: https://www.visitswanseabay.com/enjoy/outdoor-attractions/singleton-boating-lake/

Crazy Golf

Dates: 17th July to 24th September

Here’s another activity available throughout the summer. Based in Singleton Park this 18-hole Crazy Golf course even offers student discount! Why not unleash your competitive flare with your housemates for a reduced price.

Take a look here: https://www.visitswanseabay.com/enjoy/outdoor-attractions/singleton-boating-lake/

Beach Rugby Wales

Date: 17th June

Beach Rugby Wales is an annual rugby festival in Swansea Bay, South Wales, now in its 16th year. Originally beginning with 6 teams, the tournament has grown from strength to strength over the years, with 48 teams participating last year. The event sees teams entering from all over the UK and beyond.

More on Beach Rugby Wales here.

Stunning Beaches

One of the highlights of a Swansea summer is the opportunity to enjoy the city's beaches. Swansea is home to several beautiful beaches that are popular amongst locals and visitors alike, each with its own unique features and attractions, including:


  • Swansea Bay

Swansea Bay is the closest beach to the city, stretching for over 5 miles along the Swansea Bay promenade. It's a popular destination for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports.


  • Caswell Bay

5 miles west of Swansea, Caswell Bay is a sheltered, sandy beach that's popular for surfing and kayaking.


  • Langland Bay

The small but picturesque beach of Langland Bay is located about 4 miles west of Swansea and is popular for swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

  • Oxwich Bay

Oxwich Bay located about 10 miles west of Swansea is a large, sandy beach that's popular for swimming and water sports. It's also home to a nature reserve and a medieval castle.

  • Three Cliffs Bay

Three Cliffs Bay is located about 12 miles west of Swansea, and is a stunning, secluded beach surrounded by cliffs and offers breath taking views of the Gower Peninsula coastline.

For more information on what there is to see and do in Swansea, the Visit Wales website has a variety of suggestions and advice here.

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