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Swansea Vegans 
on Facebook

Eat Out Vegan Wales 
Listings of places to eat out in Swansea and elsewhere

History of Swansea Vegans 
by George Barwick 
(the group's founder)

Environment Centre
Local events list

Other vegan groups in South Wales (Facebook groups)

Cardiff Vegans
Carmarthen Vegans
Vegans of Bridgend
Pembrokeshire Vegans
Newport Vegans
Vegans of Aberystwyth

National groups (UK)

Vegan Society
Vegan Life Magazine

Local vegans are active in the groups below
Vegan Organic Network
MCL Movement for Compassionate Living


A social, educational and campaigning group formed in 2002

We're also on Facebook, with over 2,000 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 group. 
If 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 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Cardiff, Carmarthen, etc (there are others too, but they are mostly very small or no longer active).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 activism
Swansea 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.

'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.

Carmarthen Vegans hold 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

Brontosaurus 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 2018
Swansea Vegan Festival

Xmas Market
Canteen 18
Canteen 18

Swansea Vegfest
Swansea 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.
    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 hello@swanseavegfest.co.uk.

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.
Particularly recommended are:
+ 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.


Naturally 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.

Vegetarian for Life are a UK-based charity whose mission is to help older vegans and vegetarians with advice and support (and sometimes small grants), whether living in a care home or in their own home. More details on their website.


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 ever 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 of vegans talking about their diets and lifestyles (a chef, MP, dietitian, athlete, young mother, and several others). It's also on YouTube, 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).

Vegan Life Magazine (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 topics too.

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.

Some 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).  

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.