social, educational and campaigning group formed in 2002
also on Facebook,
with over 1,200 members and much lively discussion. Vegans,
vegetarians, or anyone interested in the vegan way of life, are all
very welcome at any meetings or events, or in our Facebook
you'd like to go on our EMAIL LIST to receive occasional news of future
events please email us at
There are a
couple of Facebook sub groups:
Swansea Vegan and Vegetarian Families
is for vegan and vegetarian families living
in and around Swansea - "a place to make friends with other like-minded
families, seek support
& advice, arrange meet ups and generally chat."
Swansea Vegan Social Club (SVSC) - "somewhere for the vegans of Swansea to arrange meet ups and make friends."
Events, News & Notices
Swansea Vegan Christmas Market
Sunday 18th December 2016, 10am-4pm at the Waterfront Museum. See website and stall list.
The first Vegan Christmas Market (organised
by the Swansea Vegfest team) took place in December 2015 and was a
great success, with around 1,800 people attending - see photos
opposite. The bottom photo
shows Deby McCloy
with Shirley & George Barwick (George founded Swansea Vegans in
Urban Zen vegan cafe (2 Little Gam Street, Swansea) is
very sadly closing on Friday 16th December 2016 after running for a
year - although the yoga centre there is continuing. The reasons for
this are explained on the Urban Zen Facebook page.
However, as one door closes, another opens ...
Brontosaurus Vegan Lifestyle Store
(Swansea's first 100% vegan store) opens on Monday 2nd January 2017 in
Swansea's Indoor Market (stall 23B). Selling food, nutritional
supplements, vegan sports nutrition, cosmetics, toiletries, household
products and more.
See their Facebook page.
Swansea Vegan Festival 2017 will
be on Saturday 15th July, again at the Brangwyn Hall. The first
festival, held last July, was packed out with
over 3,200 people attending! William Young took a load of photos, and see too this article/interview and the festival website.
Vegan Camp 2017
- the annual Vegan Camp, which rotates around various parts of the UK,
is back in our area 29th July - 13th August 2017, at Horton on the
Gower. See details here.
TeenVGN Summer Camp 2017 (for 11-17 year olds) is back at Margam Park, near Swansea, 21st - 26th August.
See details here.
After two successful events in May 2014 and June 2015 Swansea
Vegfest ran a much bigger event in July 2016 at the
Brangwyn Hall, see above. Photo right shows some of the crowd
in 2015 (larger
expected!) at the Environment Centre venue. Below that, the team of
helpers. Deby & Karen McCloy (in the centre of that
were featured in the
July 2015 issue of Vegan Life magazine, see below.
Swansea Vegfest website has more
photos (in the Gallery section) - and there's a Facebook
page too. The Vegfest photos on the right are by Tom
They put on 'Meet & Greet' events with food and entertainment,
currently three times a year.
lunchtime meals at the Waverley
restaurant on the first Saturday of every month - and regular
walks/picnics in the warmer months (usually on Sundays).
Contact 07539 356791 (text only) or see their Facebook group.
is from the Summer 2015 'Meet & Greet' event in July 2015,
which over 40 people attended.
Eating out in Swansea
Out Vegan Wales list
many places for vegans to eat out in the Swansea area and elsewhere in
please email them if you can help by updating or adding to any of the
information they give. They have
also published a free Vegan
guides, as well as a very detailed
guide to organising free vegan food
fayres which is based on their experience over the past ten years. See
also Vegan Café 4 the Day at
the bottom of this page (an event organised by Eat Out Vegan
Wales in Mumbles in 2012).
for Life are
charity whose mission is to help older vegans and
advice and support (and sometimes small grants), whether living in a
care home or in their own home. More details on
Kind Food is a small business in Swansea selling delicious
vegan cakes and treats. See their website
or Facebook page or contact Andrew
Norton 01639 699185. The
photo shows Black Forest cheesecake.
Nice Pie (previously Fruits de la Terre)
have stalls at various markets in Swansea and South Wales,
very popular vegan pies, burgers, etc. See their website.
Events in general
the recent past Swansea Vegans have
put on a variety of events - the usual social meetings with pot luck
meals, occasional discussions/talks,
picnics/walks in the summer, and so on. And now and again we've tagged
along with other existing environmental-type events, or connected
with other local groups. In 2011 we also showed the new Vegan Society
at the Environment Centre, and visited Tony Martin's forest garden in
If anyone has
about future events (or anything else), or would like to organise
something, then please do get in touch.
Check our Facebook group
regularly for occasional small get-togethers or other events/meetings
that may be of interest. For example, some Swansea Vegans Facebook
members met up at Coffee Punks in Swansea in January 2016 (more
meetings are planned), and there have been occasional small meet ups in
Llanelli, while others
arranged a Christmas meal at Govinda's in 2014.
The UK Vegan Society
is the place to go for basic and more detailed information on veganism
- see for example their publications & video page
(which includes a useful catering guide for hospitals should you
find yourself in one, see downloads section).
The Vegan Society's film Making the
Connection can be seen
online at the
Environment Films website. It's 30 minutes long,
and features a variety
vegans talking about their diets and lifestyles (a chef, MP,
dietitian, athlete, young mother, and several others). It's also on
where it's split into eight chapters. If you're interested in
showing the film to a group of people you can get a free DVD from
Environment Films (or from the Vegan Society).
(the first vegan magazine available on the high street) launched in
2014, and is available in WH Smith and some supermarkets. Food and
recipe oriented but with features on other vegan related
local vegans are also active in national groups, including the Vegan
Organic Network (growing food the vegan way), Vegfam
(a charity based near
Llandovery, feeding the hungry
without exploiting animals) and MCL
(Movement for Compassionate Living, based in Ystalyfera and promoting environmental veganism).
Vegans summer picnics
20 people came to our 'potluck' picnics in Clyne Gardens in both 2013
and 2014. Photo (by Robyn Godfrey) is from the 2013 picnic.
the World with your Knife and Fork
About 35 people attended the talk and cookery demonstration
the Environment Centre in Swansea in March 2013.
Tony Wardle from Viva! gave the talk, and Helen Rossiter and Jane
Easton the cookery
demonstration. Photos below by Dave Martin.
The photos below
were taken at the Vegan
Café 4 the Day event in Mumbles in July 2012, organised by Eat
Out Vegan Wales, at which Swansea Vegans had a literature
stall run by George & Shirley
Barwick (photo on right). Around ten volunteers from the Eat Out
Vegan Wales group worked hard all day, serving an estimated 200-300
people (mostly non vegans) with free food and drinks. This was their
fourth Vegan Café 4
the Day event, following on from successful days in
Bangor, Aberystwyth and Llangollen in 2011/12.
is a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude - as far as
is possible and practical - all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty
to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by
extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free
alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment.
In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all
products derived wholly or partly from animals.