Mind Expanding

Expand Your Mind in Carmarthenshire
Epic Days out in Carmarthenshire this Summer

Mind Expanding

1. Learn Blacksmithing

Bend some iron at the forge, no experience necessary. Teacher Aaron Petersen is a second generation, art trained, blacksmith. The one-day course teaches basic smithing and you’ll even have two items like a hook and a poker to take home. There is a two-day course option for those how want to get more into it and learn about the types of forge, how they work, the tools and what different types of heat are used for. At the end, you’ll have four pieces including a hanging basket bracket or candlestick. To book visit www.ferricfusion.co.uk

2. Learn To Scythe

Looking for an excuse to channel your inner Poldark whilst learning a traditional skill? Vanity aside, scything is a soothing rural skill that combines time spent in nature with learning to mow, preen and sharpen your blade. Beginners can enjoy a full day with lots of hands on teaching in a beautiful rural setting at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust near Llandysul.

3. Painting and Prosecco

With west Wales sunsets, an artist to assist, a beautiful studio setting and Prosecco to help creativity, come and join Helen Elliott and her workshops for painting and prosecco in her Newcastle Emlyn studio. Helen is an acclaimed naïve artist who was selected to appear on Sky’s Landscape Artist of the Year competition 2017 and 2018. Her Paint & Prosecco evenings happen every two weeks on a Tues 6-8pm and she offers weekend masterclasses too. To book visit www.helenelliott.net/workshops

4. Bee Keeping at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

If you have planted lots of bee-friendly flowers but are looking to boost your bee efforts, buzz over to the Botanic Gardens where it’s ‘all hail those pollinators there this summer! Book onto a Beekeeping Taster or Bee Garden Cosmetics day. Don a bee suit, open a hive and watch the busy worker bees while learning more about the importance of bees and the many products of the hive.

5. Willow Workshops

West Wales Willows commercially grow willow but also rove around the county offering full and half day willow basket and willow sculpture making workshops. Catch them at Dinefwr, Mydffai Community Hall and Pwerdy Powerhouse near LLandysul during July, August and September. There is also a Rope Coil Basket Making workshop at their studio in August.

6. Pottery Courses

Fancy ‘throwing a pot at a wheel’? Yes, even the language is worthy of a chuckle…but wait to you have a lump of wet clay spinning around in your hands! Siramik make pottery fun and offer beginners sessions in their beautiful countryside studio where they have six wheels. Join a course or book in the whole family for an exclusive ‘spin’. To book visit www.siramik.co.uk

7. White Water Kayaking

In the far west of the county, the River Teifi has white water stretches for some gentle adrenalin-pumping activity! This is the realm of Llandysul Paddlers, who will guide you for 2-3 hours along the river. Their instructors are fun, friendly and super safety aware so there really is no better way to ride those rapids.