social, educational and campaigning group formed in 2002
also on Facebook,
with over 2,000 members and much lively discussion.
vegetarians, or anyone interested in the vegan way of life, are all
at any meetings or events, or in our Facebook
you'd like to go on our EMAIL LIST to receive occasional news of future
please email us at
There are a
number of other Facebook groups/pages in the area. See panel on left for vegans in
Cardiff, Carmarthen, etc (there are others too, but they are mostly very small or no longer active).
And there are various other Facebook groups or pages in or near Swansea:
Swansea Vegfest organises major summer and winter festivals (see section below)
Swansea Vegan Actions campaigns on behalf of animals Anonymous for the Voiceless animal rights group who specialise in street activismSwansea Vegan Social Club somewhere to arrange meet ups and make friends
Swansea Vegan and Vegetarian Families for families living in and around Swansea
Eat Out Vegan Wales where to eat out (also see panel on left for their website
This website will be
updated with more information during March 2018
Absolutely Fabulous Vegan Event
Saturday 14th April (11am-4pm) at St Peter's Civic Hall in Carmarthen. Food, animal rescues, cruelty free skincare. Details here.
Pontypridd 'No Animals Were Harmed' pop up vegan food market. Saturday 19th May 2018. Organised by Eat Out Vegan Wales, details here. (A similar event in Porthcawl is planned for 2nd June, and a vegan beer festival in Cardiff is scheduled for October.)
Bristol Vegfest 26-27 May 2018.
New venue (and "taking vegan events to a new level"), details on their website.
Swansea Vegan Festival Saturday 9th June 2018, at the Brangwyn Hall again (poster opposite). Swansea's largest vegan event! More details here.
Green Hearts Events Vegan Festival
is a new musical festival with the environment and veganism at its
heart. 22-24 June 2018 at Cwm-Twrch Uchaf, (about 15 miles north of
Swansea). See their website.
regular meetings, and we have close and friendly links with them. They have lunchtime meals at the Waverley
restaurant in Carmarthen on the first Saturday of every month - and regular
walks/picnics in the warmer months (usually on Sundays). See their Facebook group.
News & Notices
Vegan Lifestyle Store (Swansea's first 100% vegan store) opened in
January 2017 in Swansea's indoor market (stall 23B). Selling food,
nutritional supplements, vegan sports nutrition, cosmetics, toiletries,
household products and more. Photo opposite shows Charlie at the shop. See their Facebook page.
Canteen 18 is
Swansea's new "plant-based" (vegan!) cafe. It's at 18
Brynymor Road, Swansea SA1 4JH, see bottom photo opposite. Home-cooked food to eat in or take away.
Breakfast, lunch, drinks and coffee. Open 10am-4pm (Sunday 10-3) but closed Mon/Tues. See their Facebook page or ring 01792 555518. And you can see a short Wales Online video about the cafe, made just after it opened in July 2017.
Swansea Vegan Festival
Vegfest organises a variety of local events - a summer Vegan Festival
and a winter Vegan Christmas Market, plus several other smaller events
to promote and celebrate veganism. This short video shows everything the group did in 2017.
Particularly recommended are:
Swansea Vegfest began in May 2014 with a small vegan
festival at the Environment Centre, but has since gone from strength to
strength with the major events attracting a few thousand visitors. It
was founded by sisters Deby & Karen McCloy but is now run by a team
of dedicated volunteers (see here if you're interested in becoming a volunteer).
More info on the group's Facebook page. They can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.
Any enquiries to email@example.com.
Eating out in Swansea
Canteen 18 (see above) is the only all-vegan cafe in
Swansea, although another vegan cafe is due to open soon in Swansea
Marina. Govinda's Vegetarian & Vegan Cafe has been running for
many years, and is always popular with vegans. Crumbs Kitchen in
Uplands is a pescetarian cafe with several vegan options.
There are an increasing number of other local
establishments that cater for vegans, some more than others, and this
is a very frequent topic on our Swansea Vegans Facebook group, with
members reporting on both successes and failures.
+ Bluebell Coffee & Kitchen, with options for all three meals plus cake. Their Sunday lunch is very popular.
+ Mosaic, a tapas restaurant with numerous dishes that can be veganised and/or made gluten free.
+ The Westbourne, a pub with a vegan menu featuring cheesy pizzas and nachos.
+ The Optimist Bar & Kitchen in Uplands, which serves up a breakfast featuring gluten free vegan sausages and tofu scramble.
+ Zinco Lounge in town and Croeso Lounge in Mumbles. There is a separate vegan menu.
+ 1825 Coffee Shop at the Dylan Thomas Centre has been serving vegan options for a while and now offers breakfasts too.
+ The Swigg in the Marina offers small plates and a six course vegan tasting evening on the last Thursday of the month.
Also see Eat
Out Vegan Wales who list
many places for vegans to eat out in the Swansea area and elsewhere in
Wales. Please email them if you can help by updating or adding to any of the
information they give.
Local vegan businesses
+ Brontosaurus Vegan Lifestyle Store (see above) stocks everyday food items and treats that are harder to find - and has a fridge with food you can grab on the go.
+ Root in Fulton House on the Singleton campus usually has a good selection of vegan meals and snacks.
+ Cool Beans Food & Nutrition offer vegan cookery classes which can be booked in advance. Individual nutritional consultations can also be arranged.
+ NaturAlly FED
offers consultations and advice on a range of health and wellbeing
matters, from nutrition to reflexology. They also make kombucha, which
is stocked in Brontosaurus and some other local shops.
+ If you're looking for a vegan celebration cake made to order, these can be purchased from Sophia at Bluebell, or Angela of Vegangela Rose Cakes.
Kind Food is a small vegan business in Swansea supplying delicious
vegan cakes and treats to retail outlets, eg Brontosaurus or the cafe at Waterstones. See their website
or Facebook page or contact Andrew
Norton 01639 699185. Photo shows their Black Forest cheesecake.
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
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
Plant Based News is a top resource for the latest up-to-the-minute plant-based content. News, blogs and reviews from the vegan world.
local vegans are also active in national groups, including the Vegan
Organic Network (growing food the vegan way), and MCL
(Movement for Compassionate Living, based in Ystalyfera and promoting environmental veganism).
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.