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BBC’s Keeping Faith Locations in Wales

If you have enjoyed watching BBC’s Keeping Faith drama then you will have seen the gorgeous Welsh scenery that provided the backdrop to this iconic drama.  And if you haven’t seen it yet, check it on iPlayer where it is one of the most downloaded series ever!

We have compiled a list of the filming locations in South Wales which are actually within about an hour or two’s drive so perfect for visiting on a touring holiday with Columbus Campervans! If we’ve missed out anything please leave us a comment.  We’ve tried hard not to include any spoilers in this by the way.  Please click the links to view the locations on Google maps.

Keeping Faith is set in the fictious village of Abercorran.   The real-life location is a village called Laugharne in Carmarthenshire.  It is set on a beautiful estuary with stunning views.  Laugharne is also famous as Dylan Thomas’ home when he lived in the boat-house set on the river.  The boat house is now a museum.  Laugharne is a pretty location and well worth a visit to explore the medieval castle ruins and to enjoy the scenery along the coastal walk.  There are numerous places to enjoy lunch or an evening meal and a large car park on the sea front.

Faith’s exterior house shots were filmed in Laugharne but the interior shots were filmed in a studio.

Many of the beach scenes were filmed at nearby Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire, especially the scenes where the characters drive out on the vast sands.  Pendine is 7 miles of sandy beach and it has been used in the past for car racing challenges.  Malcolm Campbell was the first person to use the beach for his world land speed record attempt.

We’ve also spotted some other beautiful Welsh locations including:-

  • Ogmore by Sea is used for many of Faith’s driving scenes.  The beach car park is also used for other scenes in series 2 with Faith and Cerys.  Ogmore by Sea is a small village with stunning sea views, adjacent sand dunes and castle ruins to explore.  You can also enjoy horse riding along the river and on the beach.
  • We also see Faith driving along the road to Dunraven Bay in Southerdown which is just a few minutes east of Ogmore.  This privately-owned bay is open to the public.  Incidentally Dunraven Bay has also been used as a filming location in Poldark.  You can explore rock pools and look for fossils on it’s pebble and sand beach which is surrounded by cliffs.
  • In series 1 there is a scene between Faith and the Reverend on a dramatic cliff top which we believe is Nash Point in the Vale of Glamorgan which is a short drive drive from Southerndown.  Nash Point has a lighthouse with a visitor centre.
  • The yacht club scenes in series 1 where Tom Howells meets his detective friend DCI Huw Parry was filmed at Barry Yacht Club
  • In series 1 Arthur is on a beach promenade when someone leaves a parcel for him.  This promenade is the Eastern Shelter at Barry Island’s Whitemore Bay
  • Steve Baldini’s caravan was located at Porthkerry Caravan Park near Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan.
  • Faith gets a tip off and she races to Tom’s Carvery – the real life location is the Grand Sultan restaurant in Margam, Port Talbot which is worth a visit for their delicious curries and friendly service.
  • In series 2, Tom Howells moors his boat at Llansteffan’s estuary in Carmarthenshire, not far from Laugharne.
  • In series 2, Faith and Cerys attend a client’s funeral.  The church is St Illtyd’s Church in Oxwich.  Oxwich Bay is beautiful and we think some of the beach scenes were filmed here too.  Well worth a visit!
  • We’ve also spotted Porthcawl in another beach scene in series 2 when Arthur takes the children to the beach. Porthcawl is town located on the coast with a choice of beaches, shops, harbour and funfair to explore.  It’s located just a few miles west of Ogmore by Sea.

And if you want to visit some of the less picturesque locations then the police stations in Pontardawe and Cardiff have both been used for external shots.   Carmarthen’s town hall has been used for court scenes and Dr Alpay’s dental surgery is located in Swansea’s SA1 marina adjacent to the Village Hotel.  We’ve also spotted Port Talbot Docks and Newport Docks.

Did we miss out any locations?  If so let us know!

 

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Swansea Airshow 2019

This weekend is the popular Swansea Airshow which will also feature a hot air balloon night glow on Saturday night.

This event is free of charge and takes place on the beautiful Swansea Bay beach.  Ideal for locals and tourists to enjoy a lovely day out at the beach with a spectacular airshow display.

Don’t forget that if you’re planning a holiday with one of our VW campervans then we would be delighted to help you plan your trip and let you know about events and activities in the Swansea and South Wales region.

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James takes Poppy the VW Campervan to Oxwich Bay, Gower

Columbus Campervans owner James recently took Poppy to Oxwich Bay in the Gower, Swansea. Here he explains his passion for VW campervans.

Thanks to Andy and Seimon from Mother Bear Productions for producing this video

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Cider & Cheese Festival 2019


Gower Cider Festival 2019

Date: Saturday 4th – Monday 6th May

Time: 10am ’til late

Location: Gower Heritage Centre

Did someome say Cider?…. In October the apples were harvested, pressed, and the juicy juice put into barrels to ferment :). Now is the time to taste this traditional beverage! And what better way than to pair our local ciders with our amazing welsh cheeses! Mix all this with a day and evening of amazing entertainment, plenty of fun for all the family, Morris dancers, musicians, demonstrations and much more! It’s going to be three days of fun festivities over the bank holiday! Definitely a date for the diary!

The Gower Cheese & Cider Festival offers visitors a wide selection of locally produced, award winning cheese, cider and perry from Wales. There will also be stalls and live music until late.

Visitors will be able to sample and enjoy some of the best cider Wales has to offer. There will also be a great variety of ciders such as our very own Gower produced cider called the Mill House cider along with many more.

There will also be advice on how to make apple juice or cider and there will be a traditional 1890s travelling cider press on site with apple press demonstrations taking place. There will also be a Gower roast and BBQ along with the Mill Tearooms serving a wide range of welsh classics; and not forgetting the popular Welsh Cream Tea, which will be served all day. Bar & BBQ open throughout – Wow this event sounds great, see you there!

For more information go to www.gowerheritagecentre.co.uk


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Street Food Festival 2019

Date: May 4th-6th

Location: In front of Swanseas Waterfront Museum

This sounds scrumptious, Street Food Warehouse return for a third year to Museum Park Swansea for a glorious bank holiday weekend of fantastic fresh food and delicious drinks.

The big event starts from 12 noon through till 10pm daily, an outstanding array of different food will be on offer, from fresh stone-baked pizza to gooey gourmet Mac ’n’ Cheese, and from sugary doughy Churros to crispy Arancini balls. Hungry visitors will be able to enjoy a range of mouth-watering food from all over the world alongside an ice-cold pint of local craft beer or a fresh zesty Mojito, courtesy of the Pop Up Bar Hire Company.

They also catering for vegan, gluten free and vegetarian vendors, there is truly something for everyone. As a completely free and family friendly event this is something you don’t want to miss out on if you love sampling quality food and drink in the sun.

To guarantee entry, book your free ticket here:  www.swanseastreetfoodfestival.co.uk

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15th April – Dark Sky Wales

15th April Sunday – Gower Stargazing and Planetarium

Rhossili Bunk House  17:00 – 23:00

If you’re a fan of the beautiful stars then you’ll be excited about Astronomers from Dark Sky Wales coming to Rhossili for a truly unique Stargazing experience!

Begin your evening in the company of Dark Sky Wales Astronomers as they take you on a journey of discovery within they’re digital mobile planetarium! Our astronomers will guide you around the night sky telling tales of the constellations from both Greek and Celtic perspectives, before venturing deeper into our universe revealing details of the planets, nebula and galaxies.

All you need to do is book your time slot, arrive 10 minutes before your show and then enjoy 45 minutes under the night sky. If the weather allows, Dark Sky Wales astronomers will also have telescopes set up to look at the Sun before waiting for darkness when the magic of the Gower sky comes to life!

As you can imagine we’re all excited!

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5th – 6th May 2018 – Cheese and Cider Festival

Love cheese? Love cider? Then the Cheese & Cider weekend is the food festival for you!

Gower Heritage Centre

If you every  fancy visiting the Swansea then the Gower Heritage Centre is a place not to miss, there is always something going on with lost of attractions and history for the family to discover.

Having been to this Cheese & Cider festival last year which we really enjoyed, i’m sure you wouldn’t want to miss out.

From Saturday 5th May to Sunday 6th May 2018, the Welsh Cheese and Cider Festival will be taking over Gower Heritage Centre, offering visitors a wide selection of locally produced, award-winning cheeses, ciders and perries from Wales. Back for the seventh year, this tasty festival is set to be bigger and better than ever. As well as being able to sample and enjoy some of the best cheese and cider that Wales has to offer, visitors will be able to browse through stalls of local produce.

There will be a variety of ciders to sample, including Gower’s own Mill House cider, as well as a traditional 1890s travelling cider press – keep an eye out for the apple press demonstrations. Throughout the weekend you can look forward to various stalls . The Mill Tearooms will be serving a wide range of Welsh classics such as the ever-popular Welsh cream tea, available all day. A bar and barbecue will also be available, so whatever you fancy, you’re sure to find something superb to indulge in. There’ll be live music and open mic sessions over the weekend, as well as plenty of demonstrations including those from blacksmiths and glass blowers.

Visitors old and young are sure to enjoy the Punch & Judy puppet shows and animal feeding sessions. If you’re feeling really creative, why not take part in a craft workshop? Throw a pot on a pottery wheel or make a hand puppet to take home with you.

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17th – 25th Feb 2018 – “Pirate Week!”

Avast ye, how exciting its Pirate Week at the Gower Heritage Centre!

Come aboard for a swashbuckling event 

Join us for a fun-filled week of pirate themed events including sword fighting, treasure hunts, interactive story adventures, gold panning, adventure bouncy castle, pirate crafts, swashbuckling movies in Wales’ smallest cinema La Charrette plus lots more!

You can also cross swords with Captain Blackbeard! Take to the seas of your imagination in our inter-active stories, but beware Davy Jones locker. train to be a Pirate. Or maybe ye can find yourself a spot of treasure in our treasure hunts. With gold panning, bouncy castle, craft activities and swashbuckling movies held in Wales’ smallest cinema, La Charrette and of course the opportunity to cross swords with infamous Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Charlotte Duberry! This is one only to miss if ye have been swallowed by a Whale!

I don’t know about you but we cant wait to visit Captain Jack Sparrow!

Saturday 17th Feb 2018 – Sunday 25th Feb 2018    Gower Heritage Centre

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1st – 2nd July – Wales National Airshow 2017

Wales National Airshow 2017

Sat 1st Jul 2017 – Sun 2nd Jul 2017

Loaction: Swansea Bay

The Wales National Air Show will return on July 1st & 2nd 2017. Breathtaking aerobatic displays, state-of-the-art aircraft and vintage planes from the past will again be thrilling hundreds of thousands of visitors in the skies above Swansea this summer.

More information available soon.  Please visit the WNAS official website for updates.

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15th-18th June SWANSEA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

SWANSEA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL


Date:  – 15/06/2017 – 18/06/2017

Various Venues, Swansea

Swansea International Jazz Festival returns for the 4th year this summer with over 50 events taking place at 15 venues in the Maritime Quarter.

The Dylan Thomas Theatre and the Dylan Thomas Centre will host the ticketed concerts with a diverse programme of jazz along with workshops, South Wales Schools Big Band workshop and concert and free events all around the Maritime Quarter.

Last year’s events created the biggest jazz festival in Wales with record crowds attending and it is anticipated this year’s event will be the biggest yet.

View the official programme for the full line up here.

Please check the official website for further details and to purchase tickets http://sijf.co.uk

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