social, educational and campaigning group formed in 2002
also on Facebook,
with over 1,750 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
number of Facebook sub groups including:
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 Vegfest's Market Takeover (celebrating World Vegan Month) Saturday 4th November 2017 11am-4pm in Swansea's Indoor Market. Local vegan traders, cooking demos, samples and a Swansea Vegfest info stall. More details here.
Swansea Vegan Christmas Market
Saturday 7th December 2017 10am-4pm at the
National Waterfront Museum, with a great range of stallholders. Over
2,250 people attended last year (the second of these annual markets).
See more details here.
Photo opposite (by Kate Jones) shows some of the stalls and crowd in December 2016.
Below that, Andy Norton and Sara Williams on the Naturally Kind stall
(photo by Carl Perkins).
Lots more photos of all the stalls (by William Young) can be seen here
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. See their Facebook page.
Canteen 18 is Swansea's new "plant-based" (vegan!) cafe, opened July 2017. At 18 Brynmor Road, Swansea SA1 4JH. Home-cooked food to eat in or take away. Breakfast and lunch, hot specials, salad bar. Seven days a week. See their Facebook page or ring 01792 555518.
Swansea City Centre's Vegan Gems Have a look at this blog post
showcasing some of the businesses in Swansea City Centre that cater for
vegans - compiled by the Big Heart of Swansea in May 2017.
This website is being updated, and more information will hopefully be added soon.
Some of the older information below needs to be updated.
Deby & Karen McCloy from the Swansea Vegfest team
were featured in the
July 2015 issue of Vegan Life magazine, see below.
regular meetings. Lunchtime meals at the Waverley
restaurant on the first Saturday of every month - and regular
walks/picnics in the warmer months (usually on Sundays). See their Facebook group.
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 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.
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.