We know that some of you who come to our shows travel from quite a distance to spend the night with us! Why not make the most of your visit? We've compiled a list of our favourite things to do, see and sample in the area for you to make the most of your visit... 

Afternoon at leisure…

Gardens

If you arrive in Swansea early, there's loads of great places to see and do. On a sunny (or at least, dry!) day, there's a few lovely parks scattered around the town. Head down Oystermouth Road and you will find Singleton, Swansea's largest park for a stroll. We also love Clyne Gardens, which has more of an exotic feel, and is over-looked by Clyne Castle. There's also The Woodman pub there, if you need a bit of refreshing!

Seafront

Head down to the beach. It's lovely on a windy day, it's lovely on a sunny day. Your hands will also get licked a lot by dogs. You can walk along the beach to Mumbles if you are feeling adventurous, and there's a few pit-stops along the way for refreshments - like the 360 Cafe on the seafront.

Cliffs

We love the cliff top walk from Bracelet Bay to Rotherslade. Park up at Castelamare restaurant (lovely coffees, salads, pastas and we are pretty fond of their meatballs - let's face it, who doesn't like a big meatball in their lives?) and head out to your left, then just simply follow the cliff top path. There are a few steep bits (with handrails) but the end ice cream at the cafe at Rotherslade is worth it!

Mumbles

Mumbles is loaded with boutiques, delis and nice eateries so a great place to spend the afternoon, plus we love all the cool little pubs. We also like heading to the Victorian Pier for a coffee and a breath of sea air atVerdis. And you must get an ice cream at Joes!

 

Afternoon activity…

Join us for a class at Revue! If there are a few of you (minimum of 10), you can hire our Lilly Laudanum and DeeDee DeLa Rouge to host a 'burlesque taster' session. We also run hen parties, birthday parties and we sometimes have one of our star performers in the studio to host a masterclass, such as 'finding your femininity' with Exotic Luna Rosa and Missy Malone's Fan Dance Workshop.

Eat

Well, everyone knows our favourite eatery is Mosaic! We love their bespoke burgers at lunch and their tantalising tapas in the evening. You will need to book in advance, as Mosaic is a very in-demand place! Clean, cosmopolitan eating areas and a cosy drinking den, too! It's run by Brennan and Andrew, and the lovely Lol is the manager. We've worked together on a couple of dinner shows and the professional service and their sense of fun is why we love Mosaic! www.mosaicswansea.com  We also love… Castellamare - just outside Mumbles at Bracelet Bay, Govindas - our Dawn is a particular fan of their vegan fare and the Istanbul Restaurant on St Helen's Road  for excellent Turkish cuisine!

Drink

There's loads of cool little drinking places tucked away in Swansea… we recommend you head out early to No6 Baron Princess Way to take advantage of their gin bar! Our lovely Lolly Follie helped them source some of their darkly delicious decor from her cache at Lolly Bird Vintage. And we all know you love gin! It's right in the heart of the city, just a stone throw away from us at the grand… Just don't get too carried away in their and lose track of the time and miss any of the acts at our show! (pic taken from No6 Website: http://www.no6bar.com) We also like Noahs in the Uplands - classy but cool drinking establishment, the Flickering Light on Wind Street, a leftfield wine bar, sometimes pop-up kitchen and it also doubles as a club - plus, if you're into vintage vehicles, it has a 50s pick up parked up right there inside it (try saying that after a few gins!) and the Kon Tiki bar (just off Wind Street) for cocktails.

Apres Show:

Feeling peckish? You might like to join us at Panshee - it's just across the road from The Grand and Lilly, Dawn, Nik and the visiting cast love to hit this curry place (we think it does the best curry in Swansea) to wind down after the show. There's quite a few of the audience who join us too, so it's a nice way to get to know some of you and share the highlights of the night…

If you just want to carry on partying, then Bluestocking's Nik runs Mozarts in the Uplands and our friends Gas Station Bop play spin surf and 50s garage classics or perhaps you fancy the 80s night Spandex Ballet (we're quite partial to a bit of Adam and The Ants, Duran and Blondie!).

Sunday Lunch?

Well, it would be rude to head home on an empty stomach! If you have a car, head for the Greyhound Inn at Llanrhidian. They really do have the best sunday roasts around! Plus they are right in the middle of Gower, so perfect for a quick stroll on the beaches of Rhossilli, Llangennith, Port Eynon or Oxwich before you hit the road. There's also the picturesqueKing Arthur at Reynoldston, again ideally located in the middle of Gower. If you are on foot, the No Sign Wine Bar is excellent for a roast!

Sunday Morning - if you are one to get up with the larks, there's usually a good car boot sale on around the area, also the Marina Market is held on selected Sundays. It's just by the Dylan Thomas Theatre and you can get lovely handmade faire including cakes from our lovely friendFancy That Vegan Bakery - if you've celebrated a birthday at one of our shows, you know how good Karen's cakes are!

Where To Stay…

Well, having never stayed in Swansea ourselves, we can only go on what you tell us! So far we've had excellent reports from Patricks With Rooms - highly recommended, but in the Mumbles so a taxi ride from Swansea. If you'd like a B&B featured on our list, get in touch. We might have to cast our approving eye over the place first, but it's always good to know places to stay as we always get asked and would rather recommend a lovely local business rather than a big, impersonal chain!

Other Stuff..

Tattoos: Head to the talented team at Swansea Tattoo Company, in the arcade just off Oxford Street.

Hair: Boosh Salon also in the arcade just off Oxford Street. It's where our lovely DeeDee gets her barnet done before the shows.

Shop: Make sure you head to Hobos - it's like a treasure trove of retro! There's also a whole rail of sparkly, sequin-encrusted stuff for all you magpies. Also make sure you pick up some artwork from Kerry Evans! Lilly's house is basically like an ode to Kerry Evans Artworks! http://kerryevansart.com/

Arts Hub - Swansea High Street: Swansea High Street is fast becoming the arts hub of South Wales with the likes of Volcano Theatre Company, Swansea Music and Dance, the new Galerie Simpson,Elysium Gallery and a new member of the creative collection - Revue Studios! There's always something creative and inspiring going on in this area if you are artistically minded, and some of these places even offer you a cuppa, too!

Good to know: No one has paid us to be on this list, these are all places the Bluestocking team know and love! So you know you are in safe hands!