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Painting and drawing * Horseriding * Activities * Challenge Valley

Number Thirteen * March 2002

Welcome…… There is something for everyone in this edition of Advantage Gower. We've news of special April breaks and a report on the upgrading works at Keeper's Cottage which restored a hidden room. Lots of activities for Easter and a tale of how Clyne Farm could be a new POP IDOL!!! 

 

The Pop Factory in Porth - find out why we were there below

Our attractions page has proved highly popular and by the Spring we will have more information from our partner companies to make our  website the information hub for what to do in Swansea and Gower. 

We welcome feedback about Advantage Gower 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

Clyne Farm Shortlisted for Major Tourism Award

The Hidden Room at Keeper's Cottage

April Breaks at Clyne Holiday Cottages

Easter Activities at Clyne Farm Centre

Gwen's Gower - take an armchair walk

Macmillan Cancer Fundraiser

Computers - Recommended Online Company

Dump of the Week

Gong of the Week

Next Edition Jubilee Street Party

View past editions of Advantage Gower in our archives

Clyne Farm Shortlisted for Major Award

Clyne Farm Centre's approach to modern technology has earned it a shorlisting in the prestigious Wales Tourist Board  Tourism Awards 2002 in the Making IT Work for Tourism section. The award ceremony will be in North Wales on 11 April but the initial interviews were at The Pop Factory in Porth - luckily I didn't have to sing so Will and Gareth's Pop Idol crowns are still intact!

Advantage Gower is a major part of our presence on the web so thanks to everyone who has contributed with suggestions about content and how it can be improved. Read all about it here

The Keeper's Cottage - hidden room revealed

We've done a spot of Changing Rooms at Keeper's Cottage with the mystery of the hidden room revealed. Keen House Detectives who have stayed at the 160 year old cottage have found the hidden room beyond the ground floor bathroom. Well, that hidden room - which used to be part of the rear entrance at one time - has been incorporated into a new bathroom with a walk-in shower room off the adjoining bedroom. For people with reduced mobility this means that there is a level area from the front door (see photo above).

There are still a few changes to be completed and then we will be looking at Barn Owl Lodge to make some detailed changes suggested by visitors (some of whom have spotted the hidden room there as well!).

April Bargain Breaks

Come and ride the Great Gower Plains, relax in a session of archery or visit Clyne Gardens for a stupendous floral display - April is the time to do it!

Weekend  Friday 19 April - Monday 22 April and Friday 26 April - Monday 29 April

Byron's Barn (sleeps 4) Usual price £210  Offer £150
The Old Schoolroom (sleeps 8) Usual price £399 Offer £299

Midweek  Monday 15 April - Friday 19 April and Monday 22 April - Friday 26 April

The Dairy  (sleeps 4) Usual price £183  Offer £140
Stables Cottage (sleeps 6)   Usual price £245 Offer £190

Check our website for other late booking bargains.

Holiday Activities at Clyne Farm Centre

FREE TASTER SESSIONS For 2002 all of our week long self catering bookings will be eligible for a FREE activity taster session. This offer also applies to guest of our partner accommodation providers. 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 Usually Monday mornings 9.30am to 12.30pm 

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

There are also special courses in Abseiling and Climbing, the Local Enviroment and Painting and Drawing.

ACTIVITY PROGRAMME for the week beginning Monday 1 April 2002 - why not print out for you or your guests' information?

Monday   

9.30-12.30 

 

On-Site Taster Session Can include archery, indoor climbing, horseriding Ages eight to adult Cost Free to residents and guests of partner organisations  

Challenge Valley in the afternoon. Change of clothes and packed lunch needed Ages eight to adult Cost £10 per person

 Change of clothes a must!      

Tuesday 

     

9.00 - 13.00

13.30 - 16.30

 

 

 

9.00-16.30

The Clyne Challenge A morning which can include raftbuilding, 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, afternoon £10 per person

 Change of clothes a must!

The Cliff Challenge A day spent on the Gower cliffs at Bracelet including abseiling, climbing, sea cave exploration, rock hopping Full Day £40 per person Ages 8 years to adult, Transport not included

Wednesday

9.00-16.30

 

 

9.00-16.30

Adopt a Pony Spend a day in the stables learning how to groom, tack up, feed and care for your pony before riding out across the Great Gower Plains!

Full Day £25, Half Day £14 6 year old to adult

Waterfall Country A big buzz day of action gorge walking at the top of the Neath Valley Full Day £40 per person Ages 8 years to adult, Transport not included

Thursday

   9.00 - 13.00

13.30 - 16.30

 

 

 

The Clyne Challenge A morning which can include raftbuilding, 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, afternoon £10 per person

 Change of clothes a must!

Friday   

9.00-16.30

Adopt a Pony Spend a day in the stables learning how to groom, tack up, feed and care for your pony before riding out across the Great Gower Plains!

Full Day £25, Half Day £14 6 year old to adult

Saturday  

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, afternoon £10 per person

 Change of clothes a must!

Sunday

09.00 - 16.30

Waterfall Country A big buzz day of action gorge walking at the top of the Neath Valley Full Day £40 per person Ages 8 years to adult, Transport not included

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 £40 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 £40 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 many peak weeks we quickly become fully booked so would welcome passing enquiries on to other self catering operators who have space - please let us know.

Gwen's Gower - take an armchair walk - send cards to your friends

Following the great success of our Valentine's Day cards for horses we've enlisted the aid of Gwen - our border collie pup take us on guided walks around Gower. The first is to Three Cliffs and is set up so that you can e mail your friends with views of the spectacular Gower scenery - worth a look

Computers

Having spent some time on our entry for the Wales Tourist Board Destination Management System (DMS) I'm not now convince that it is the panacea that it has been trumpeted as - time will tell.

What was impressive this week was the website www.jungle.com where I ordered software 30% cheaper than the manufacturer's RRP. Ordering was straightforward and I pressed the GO button 7.00pm Thursday evening and was pleasantly surprised when it arrived 11.00am Saturday morning. 

Dump of the Week

Fact 

We have a European neighbour to our left which is a significant trading partner - Ireland. Many people from the Republic travel through Swansea Docks on the Swansea-Cork Ferry.

Note to City and County of Swansea 

How long is it going to take to get signs in the Docks and on the roads out to direct people to stop in Swansea and Gower before heading straight up the M4? 

Note to Associated British Ports

When are you going to make the ferryport and docks attractive to visitors? Take a look at Cork for what can be done to soften the landscape

Gong of the Week

Just in time for Easter a smart new Welcome to Mumbles sign at Blackpill has been constructed of stone and slate - well done to whoever commissioned this excellent improvement.

Isn't it a pity that the developer of the Oystermouth Bus Station site hasn't been given the same opportunity to improved the heart of the village?

Did you know?  Macmillan Cancer Relief  has had such overwhelming support for its fundraiser on Challenge Valley on 28 April that the area organiser Kathryn Morgan has provisionally booked in 21 April for the overspill so if you want a great day and raise money for a good cause contact Kathryn at kmorgan@macmillan.org.uk and help a great cause.

See how Bishop Gore School raised money for the same charity earlier this month in our Photo Gallery                                          

Why not?  

  • Take a walk in Brynmill Park - across the road from Singleton it is one of the prettiest of Swansea's many public parks. 

  • Book the children in for an activity day - riding or climbing - they'll love it - you'll love the day off!

THE BIG POSTCARD

The BIG Postcard site aims to expand it into a site where you can send pictures by e mail of almost everything in Swansea and Gower. Forgotten to send a card home? Why not send a BIG Postcard NOW!  

NEXT EDITION

  • Mayals Jubilee Street Party

  • Unusual walks

  • Gower Golf Breaks

Touch someone's heart with an e card from Clyne Farm Centre

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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