How are you all coping with this heatwave? At least we are lucky to be by the seaside and can take advantage of the amazing beaches we have along our coastline.
So this week’s blog is going to be about BEACHES – in particular THE GOWER COASTLINE, where to go, what’s on and how to stay safe!
1. THE BEST BEACHES
Well we know it is very subjective to ask us locals about our favourite beaches, so we looked on TripAdvisor for the Best Beaches in the UK, an unbiased view as voted by their global customers, and we found 2 of our beaches in the Top 10.
At No 3: Rhossili Bay
“Spectacular views across the whole area”
At No. 8: Three Cliffs Bay
“Best part of the UK on a good day”
So if you wish to let us know about your favourite beach and why, with a photo if possible, we will update this blog and post them on our Facebook Page so everyone gets to see the amazing location we live in!
2. WHAT’S ON IN AUGUST?
25th – 29th July Beach Sculpture Festival, various beaches in Swansea Bay
28th July Dungeons and Dragons Day, Oystermouth Castle
28th Jul – 5th Aug Pirate Week, Gower Heritage Centre
1st – 31st Aug Botanics in Bloom, Singleton Park
5th August Mumbles Raft Race
5th August Gower Show
8th August The Living Seas Wales Roadshow, National Waterfront Museum
10th – 24th Aug Swansea Festival of Stitch, various locations
18th – 25th Aug Gower Cycling Festival
23rd – 25th Aug CAMRA Beer Festival
3. BEACH SAFETY
Take some shade with you if it is going to be a hot day, check the temperature before you head off. Hats or caps are perfect and a white t-shirt for fair skinned people plus an umbrella for when you need to rest.
Make sure you have protective suncream and use it before and after swimming.
Know what the flags mean and never take a chance! Even good swimmers can be caught out by dangerous waves and sea conditions.
Be careful of undercurrents, try to be aware of where the lifeguard is and know the signs of someone in danger in the sea, so you can get help if needed.
Be aware that there are jellyfish in our waters, so if you get stung this is how to proceed. No I am not going to quote from the famous ‘Friends’ episode!
1. Get out of the water and remove any tentacles – if you have tweezers use these, if not a bank card edge or something similar should do the trick.
2. Immerse in warm/hot seawater, not fresh water.
3. Take paracetamol or ibruprofen.
4. Report to the lifeguard and seek medical help if the sting persists.
TO FINISH OFF:
For everyone who enjoyed last week’s colouring competition (and I am guessing the adults had as much fun as the children from the pics uploaded on our Facebook Page!!!) here os this week’s colouring-in picture.