On returning to Talamanca Bay after a 4 hour adventure, I was treated to a sea food feast at one of the bay restaurants which was amazing and consisted of fresh fish caught that day!
At lunch we discussed the best plan of attack for the rest of the day as the wind had picked up slightly, owing to the thermic sea breeze which generally happens between 1pm and 4pm on the island. One of the amazing things about this island is that there is always somewhere to shelter from prevailing conditions, which means you can always paddle. We decided to head further south and paddle from Salinas, which is quite possibly one of the most iconic of all Ibiza beaches.
Las Salinas is a long expanse of soft golden sand surrounded by a nature reserve including sand dunes, pine forests and spectacular salt flats. The sea is particularly salty here, which makes it incredibly easy to stay afloat when swimming, with an old pirate look out point perched on the peninsular guarding the bay. We headed out from the bay following the coastline south, this journey felt a little more remote as the height of the cliffs started to increase, which gave a real sense of remoteness and adventure. Every turn brought breathtaking scenery and as the sun started to set I was treated to more spectacular views.
The last couple of months have seen some very environmentally friendly changes taking place to the landscape at Parc Bryn Bach thanks to a grant from the Postcode Lottery.
Working in partnership with Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Groundwork Wales and Western Power, Aneurin Leisure have embarked on an ambitious tree planting project at Parc Bryn Bach to improve the biodiversity at the park, and provide sustainable habitats for a variety of local wildlife.
So far, the planting teams have braved all manner of weather conditions and worked with children from local schools at Bryn Bach Primary School and St Joseph R.C. Primary School as well as members of the public and a community group organised by Tai Calon.
In total 2000 native trees, consisting of a mixture of Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Hazel, Dog Rose, Holly, Field Maple and Crab Apple will be planted at various sites throughout Parc Bryn Bach’s 340 acres of parkland. This mix was chosen as it will provide valuable shelter and nesting areas for birds and hedgehogs, along with sources of food for the birds and pollinating insects.
The grant from the Postcode Lottery has also enabled staff at Parc Bryn Bach to work with Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council to install two bee hives on one of the island’s at the centre of the lake, as well as a variety of bat and bird boxes, which will all contribute to improving the biodiversity of the country park and aid with local conservation efforts.
Anthony Hughes, Managing Director of Aneurin Leisure said of the project: “We are very grateful to the Postcode Lottery for the generous funding that we have received for this project and to Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and Groundwork Wales for their invaluable support.”
Nadine Morgan, Biodiversity Officer for Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council said: “I am thrilled to be part of the project which is striving to further enhance the biodiversity value of the park through activities such as installing bee hives, planting native trees and installing bird and bat boxes. The project has been fantastic at engaging the local schools in the tree planting, creating a valuable unique learning experience whilst also raising awareness about the importance of the local biodiversity and encouraging them to be more active outside.”
Hywel Tanner-Jones of Groundwork Wales added: "Groundwork Wales is excited to be a part of this partnership which has seen the planting of 2000 native trees at Parc Bryn Bach this winter. Groundwork Wales has received a grant from Western Power to replant native trees in the communities of South Wales where we work, helping to make them Vibrant and Viable Places to live.
It has been great to work with so many young people from schools and the surrounding area who braved some very wet and windy conditions to get the trees planted. Parc Bryn Bach is also an ideal location for a planting project of this scale as we know that the trees will be well maintained in the future."
|Good Friday ||Saturday 15th April ||Easter Sunday ||Easter Monday |
|Abertillery Sports Centre ||Gym |
9am – 4.30pm
1.30pm – 4pm
|Open as normal ||Gym |
8.30am – 4pm
9am – 1pm
|Bedwellty House & Park ||Open as normal ||Open as normal ||Open as normal ||Open as normal |
|Ebbw Vale Sports Centre ||Gym & Sauna |
8.30am – 4pm
10am – 3pm
|Gym & Sauna |
8.30am – 4pm
10am – 3pm
|Gym & Sauna |
8.30am – 4pm
10am – 3pm
|Gym & Sauna |
8.30am – 4pm
10am – 3pm
Learning Action Centres
|Closed ||Closed ||Closed ||Closed |
|Libraries ||Closed ||Closed ||Closed ||Closed |
|Parc Bryn Bach ||Open as normal ||Open as normal ||Open as normal ||Open as normal |
|The Met ||Closed ||Closed ||Closed ||Closed |
|Tredegar Sports Centre ||Closed ||Open as normal ||Open as normal ||Closed |
For more information please contact:
· Abertillery Sports Centre on 01495 357779
· Bedwellty House & Park on 01495 353370
· Ebbw Vale Sports Centre on 01495 357777
· Parc Bryn Bach on 01495 355920
· Tredegar Sports Centre on 01495 353395
The benefits of swimming are endless, and with the Summer holidays on the horizon, now is the perfect time to brush up on your skills.
Being able to swim can transform your holiday experience; enabling people of all ages to enjoy a variety of fun activities, such as spending time in the pool with friends and family, visiting water parks and even trying more adventurous experiences like scuba diving, surfing, kayaking or stand up paddle boarding, which could provide cherished memories for years to come.
At Aneurin Leisure we provide a range of swimming lessons for people of all ages and abilities. Our Aqua Pathway swim school is a seamless journey from a baby’s first experience in the water with an adult, to children who are competent swimmers, confident and skilled enough to continue with aquatic activities for the rest of their lives.
If you’re an adult looking to learn to swim, improve your skills or build up your confidence to get back in the water, our dedicated team of professional teachers can tailor lessons around you to achieve your specific goal.
Swimming is also an important skill which could someday save your life. On average there are around 400 accidental drowning fatalities every year in the UK, most of which are due to accidental falls into water. According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental deaths to children aged 1 – 14 years in the UK, which is why many national agencies encourage parents to teach their children to swim as early as possible.
In addition to providing parents with peace of mind, swimming is also a requirement of the National Curriculum, which states that by the end of Key Stage 2 all children should be able to swim 25 metres with clothes on, tread water for 30 seconds, demonstrate action for getting help and move into the Heat Escape Lessening Position H.E.L.P.
One parent said; “My son has been attending the swimming lessons at Ebbw Vale for two years now and has progressed really quickly through to Wave 4, he gets great instruction and isn’t far off swimming full widths in a number of strokes, it gives me great confidence before our holiday abroad.”
For more information on our range of swimming lessons and activities call our Customer Advisor Team on 01495 355958.
There’s plenty to do this Easter with Aneurin Leisure; whether you’d like to get creative, discover adventure, enjoy a magical extravaganza or get sporty – we have something for everyone!
If you’re looking to improve your skills this half term, our three Sports Centres are the place to be! All three venues will be hosting Netball Camps and Football Camps, with Ebbw Vale Sports Centre hosting the prestigious Cardiff City Football Camp on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th April, to book online simply visit www.cardiffcityfoundation.org.uk.
The fun doesn’t end there though; each Sports Centre also has a range of fun activities and events to keep your children entertained. Join us at Abertillery Sports Centre for StreetGames, sporting camps and a fabulous Roller Disco on 13th April from 4.30pm – 6pm, for more information call 01495 357779. Try out the daily Junior Gym at Ebbw Vale Sports Centre or make a splash with Inflatable Fun on Tuesday 11th April from 10am – 2pm, for more information call 01495 357777. Tredegar Sports Centre also has lots of fun on offer with Wheelie Wednesday, pool inflatables and an Easter Eggstavaganza party for children up to 12 years. For more information on activities and events at our Sports Centres call 01495 355958 or visit www.bglife.co.uk.
Our six libraries across Blaenau Gwent have lots of fun activities throughout the Easter holidays, from face painting at Ebbw Vale on Friday 21st April to Easter Egg Hunts at Abertillery, Brynmawr, Blaina, Cwm, Ebbw Vale and Tredegar. Ask at your local library for more information.
Join the madcap magical fun for all the family with Simon Sparkles Magical Eggstravaganza at The Met, Abertillery on Tuesday 11th April at 2pm. Tickets are priced at £6.50 per person. To book your tickets call our Box Office on 01495 355800 or book online at https://aneurinleisure.ticketsolve.com/#/shows
For the adventure seekers out there Parc Bryn Bach will be hosting five days of exciting Adventure Activities from 10th – 13th and 18th – 21st April. Activities include canoeing, bush craft, climbing, archery, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, caving, laser tag and gorge walking. The activity days are suitable for ages 8 - 12 years and cost £15 per person and include expert tuition from our qualified instructors, transport to activity sites and all equipment. For more information call 01495 355920 or visit www.parcbrynbach.co.uk
At Bedwellty House & Park we have a fun filled fortnight of activities for children of all ages, ranging from a whole host of Easter themed family fun days, workshops and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 10th – 14th April. If you’re looking for something a bit different this Easter why not come along to our Beauty & the Beast themed Belle’s Princess Pamper Party on 18th April or enjoy our themed Mrs Potts Treat Tea (available until 29th April on selected days). There’ll be lots of messy fun to be had at our Peppa Pig Themed Play Day on 19th April and a great Beat Box Music Workshop for budding rappers on 20th April. For more information call 01495 353370 or visit www.bedwelltyhouseandpark.co.uk