Top 20 things to do in Lockdown
Following a sharp increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the Llanelli area, new restrictions came into force at 6pm on Saturday, September 26 2020 to reduce the spread of the virus and protect public health for people living in the area.
Why not take the opportunity to be a tourist in your own town……
You'd be surprised how much there is to see and how little you probably know about the place you live... Start exploring your own backyard and see how much there is to learn and love about your own town. Learn and understand about the local heritage and culture and find out why visitors love the place we live and call home.
You should continue to keep social distance from people outside your household. From September 14, 2020, it is a legal requirement to wear face coverings in indoor public space. Don’t forget to check in via the NHS COVID 19 app as you enter a venue
So, here are our top 20 reasons why you should explore more of your home town….
1. Follow the Blue Plaque trail
Blue plaques ... they’re all over town, and people walk past them every single day. Each has a story to tell. Learn more about Llanelli’s history by following the Blue Plaque trail, understand the characters of the town from heroes to villains.
2. Reservoir Dogs
Take in the magic of the Swiss Valley Reservoir with your four-legged friends. As the seasons change, so too does the landscape. During the autumn months nothing beats a long walk through Swiss Valley. No area off limit to dogs it’s yours to enjoy, wellingtons crunching through a carpet of scarlet, orange and yellow leaves, with an excited dog scampering by your side.
3. Llanelli Beaches
Explore the sandy shores at Machynys, Pwll and the main Llanelli beach on the Millennium Coastal Park … play on them, picnic on them, walk the dogs on them or simply sit and admire the views of the Gower peninsular.
4. If you go down to the woods today…
Troserch Woods offers a number of walks with a mix of woodland, countryside and river views. Wildlife, birds and insects make the woods their home and can be spotted along the way. Why not explore the picturesque ruins of the old water mill, a number of mines and even a baptism pool as you walk through these very historical woods.
5. Window shopping
Stock up on all things local at Llanelli Market, where you can put together a picnic from delightful cheese stalls, bakeries and more, browse antiques and pick up handmade arts and crafts before browsing the shops in St Elli shopping centre or in the high street. Don’t forget the outdoor market on a Thursday and pick up a book from Llanelli Library the children can play on the computers while you browse.
6. Buzz around Morfa Berwig Local Nature Reserve
A mix of marshland, waterways and brownfield habitats, Morfa Berwig offers visitors a selection of walks from which to see a variety of birds, buzzing insects and even a chance of spotting the elusive and rare water vole.
7. People’s Parks
Llanelli boasts a variety of wonderful children’s parks from the MCP, People’s park to Pwll park, from Seaside, Swiss Valley, Llangennech and Hendy all provide hours of entertainment for the little ones. Some even have basket ball and tennis courts and skate parks. Llanelli’s children’s parks are second to none.
8. Take a stroll
A walk around Sandy Water Park, formerly the site of a steelworks, now a pretty and tranquil part of the Millennium Coastal Park is hard to beat. It is a beautiful section of the All Wales Coastal Path and there are plenty of places to replenish after a long or short ramble from Pwll Pavillion to Fresz, Y Bryngwyn, Humble Coffi, St. Elli's Bay and Sandpiper.
9. Take a ride
Start at Bynea car park, from here you cycle across a bridge and onto the Millennium Coastal Park, follow the route as it passes along the Loughor Estuary to see why Llanelli is arguably best enjoyed on two wheels; the Celtic Trail West (route4) runs through the Millennium Coastal. It is a superb mostly flat, well surfaced traffic free route with spectacular views across the Gower Peninsular. Continue along the coast until you reach Pwll Pavillion where you can fuel up for the return cycle.
10. A walk in the park
Transport yourself back in time to the 19th century when Llanelli grew on the strength of its tinplate production and view the largest collection of Llanelly Pottery in the Mansion house before explore the numerous parks at Park Howard. Hours of entertainment for the little ones.
11. Flamingos spotting
Seeing bright pink flamingos is probably not what you’d expect to see in Llanelli, but this is just one of the unforgettable experiences to be had at the WWT Llanelli Wetlands Centre. Hand feed the rarest goose in the world, spot kingfishers, don’t forget to visit the Viewing Tower for a breath-taking 360˚ panorama view of Carmarthen Bay.
12. A cultural afternoon
Head to 18th century Llanelly House to learn about the influential Stepney family, hearing gossip and scandal from upstairs and downstairs. The café, housed in the Best Parlour and Drawing Room, is the ideal setting for an Instagram-worthy food.
13. Who doesn’t love a Joe’s?
Eastgate also offers a range of eateries from Nando’s, Hungry Horse, Jenkins, to Costa Coffee catering for every taste around every corner but leave without a Joe’s Ice cream .... coffee nut sundae, North Pole or simply a vanilla.
14. Take a view
It's hard to beat the view from Machynys Golf and Country club, enjoy a round on the Nicklaus designed links golf course or simply relax in the bar or brasserie and take in the panoramic views over the Gower Peninsula.
15. Holiday at home
No holidays at the moment… get the Spanish feeling at Marzano’s Cafe Bar which has become a local favourite on Friday nights for its tapas evenings and is just as well-loved at lunchtime, when you can tuck into wonderful food in a casual, friendly setting.
17. Water fun
Have your own coastal adventure in Llanelli. North Dock is fantastic for those keen to try their hand at paddle boarding or kayaking. Or try Llanelli leisure centre with it's 25m pool that is open for lane swimming and family swim.
18. Out to brunch
Have you visited Llanelli’s newest brasserie yet? The former Discovery Centre at North Dock has opened its doors as St Elli’s Bay bistro and brasseries it's an impressive transformation.
19. Tire our the children at Ramps Skate Park
It is a fantastic indoor and outdoor skate park with some of the best ramps in Wales. Suitable for all skill and experience levels whether it's skateboard, scooter or bike.