Visit the farmyard animals, watch the gently turning wheel of the working 12th-century water wheel or try your hand at clay modelling when you visit the excellent Gower Heritage Centre. Stay into the evening to a film in the smallest cinema in Wales.
The replica woollen mill is an excellent place to kick off your day at the centre. Launched in 2007 this project brings to life an industry that once provided hundreds of jobs around Wales. You can see an old eight-shaft hand loom in action and even have a go at the carding and spinning.
Continue on past the sound of trickling water from the mill to the open crafts area. Here you can look on as skilled artists and sculptors create unique pieces from local materials. Many of the carved wooden bowls and intricate textile works produced can be purchased from the centre’s shop. Visit during the weekend or over the school holidays to attend a workshop in crafts such as pottery, bag printing or mask making.
Step out back into the country air and spend some time getting to know the centre’s resident animals. You won’t miss the chickens and geese that roam freely around the paths, and be sure to visit the pens towards the back of the centre where you can handle and feed guinea-pigs, goats and miniature horses.
Almost certainly the most peculiar attraction here is La Charrette. This tiny cinema was constructed inside a disused railway carriage by a young Welsh film fanatic. Slowly falling victim to rot and decay, the cinema was transported in six separate pieces to the Gower Heritage Centre where it was rebuilt and restored. Pop your head in to admire the charming interior decoration or hire the carriage for your own private movie night.
The Gower Heritage Centre is about eight miles west of Swansea in the sleepy hamlet of Parkmill. Entry is £6.75 for adults and £5.75 for children over the age of two. The centre is open every day between 10am and 5:30pm. There is a small café on site that serves soft drinks and delicious cream teas.