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31st Charity Garden Crawl – Sunday 30th June 2019

Ferryside is the coastal village which recently featured on the BBC programme ‘Sam and Shauna’s Big Cookout’, in which Sam and Shauna from Hang Fire restaurant in Barry spent a week discovering the delights of Ferryside.

Their visit coincided with last year's Garden Crawl, and after a fantastic day of wandering around the village exploring the gardens, culminated in a cookout on the beach, when the volunteers, gardeners and villagers were able to sample some of the delicious food cooked by Sam and Shauna, with a bit of help from some of the crew.

Sam and Shauna get ready for a trip on the lifeboat

This year's Garden Crawl will be on Sunday 30thJune beginning at 1pm, with twenty-eight gardens open to explore.

Wandering around the village you can enjoy a variety of refreshments available in many of the venues, whilst listening to live music in some of the gardens. As well as enjoying the villages horticultural endeavours, there will be strange characters popping up all around the village - as the annual scarecrow competition continues!

The ferry will be running so you could also enjoy a trip across the estuary.

The Lifeboat station will be open and crew will be there to show visitors around the lifeboat and explain how the lifeboat operates.

Ferryside Inshore Lifeboat is one of more than seventy inshore lifeboats stationed around the British Isles that operate independently of the RNLI. It remains though a 'declared facility' as part of HM Coastguards Search and Rescue organisation and is launched in response to 999 calls under the control of HM Coastguard. The inshore lifeboat at Ferryside is now a Marine Division of St. John Cymru.

The lifeboat is needed to provide support for anyone who gets into difficulties along this stretch of coastline, this year the lifeboat has already been called out eleven times.

Anyone for mussels and lobster? The lifeboat crew help Sam & Shauna cook a meal for the village

The gardens are open each year to support Ferryside Lifeboat which is totally dependent on charitable fund-raising events such as this. Your support is truly important to the crew and is essential to maintaining this service.

Programmes and maps will be available from Ferryside Village Hall, The Cabin, The White Lion, Pryd O Fwyd, Ferryside Stores and all venues on the day.

Ferryside Lifeboat Autumn Show 2013

Yes it’s that time of year again. This year we wanted to go back to having a real ‘show’ for everybody to enjoy so we are pleased to announce that we have Rod Stevens – The UK’s premier comedy stage hypnotist performing this year.

As usual the ticket price includes free food courtesy of the Three Rivers Hotel and Spa.

In addition to Rod Stevens we have DJ Gar and MC Tony Bean.

Tickets only £5 – an absolute steal considering the entertainment and food included. Doors open at 7pm.

Saturday November 2nd.

Tickets available from Lifeboat Crew, on the door (if not sold out) or we hope to have them in the Ferry Cabin, Steve’s Shop and Post Office soon…

Autumn Show 2013
Autumn Show 2013

Spring News

The good weather finally seems to have come to this part of West Wales and the Ferryside Lifeboat crew are pleased to announce that we have not yet been called out this year. Despite this we please ask you to check the weather and tide tables before you venture out on the sea or for a walk along the sands. they can both be checked form this website at any time.

As the Summer approaches we will be arranging more fundraising opportunities that offer a chance for everyone to get involved and have a fun day out. The Strongman competition is coming up next this weekend. We also have some particularly notable events with the 25th Annual Garden Crawl this year. As it’s a special occasion there will be extra attractions on display so watch this space. We are also pleased to announce that we are hosting the Welsh Open Water Estuary Challenge, the only one of its kind in Wales, possibly the UK. We will keep updating the website as other events are arranged.

Next up we hope to give you the details for this year’s GlastonFferi event.

Welsh Open Water Estuary Swim

We are pleased to announce that we will be running our annual ‘Big Swim’ again in 2013. The swim, started three years ago by Coxswain James Littlejohns, has grown from strength to strength. So much so that next year we are renaming it the Welsh Open Water Estuary Swim.

Please click on the ‘Welsh Open Water Estuary Swim’ link in the sidebar on the left for more details. Application packs will be available to download from that page soon.

Welsh Open Water Estuary Swim

Big Swim 2012

After the success of the 2011 Big Swim we will be hosting our annual Big Swim again in 2012. The swim, on 11 August 2012, is a 2km event from Ferryside to Llanstephan and back, across the Tywi Estuary.

Big Swim 2011
Big Swim 2011

This year we have raised the number of swimmers to 100. We would be delighted to hear from anyone who wishes to join us. We do however request that swimmers be over the age of 16.

Big Swim 2011
The 2011 swimmers

On the day there will also be various beach activities for the public including a BBQ, live music and a raffle — all under the stunning backdrop of Llanstephan Castle.

Big Swim course
Big Swim course

The Big Swim starts at 1pm from the foreshore at Ferryside. For an application and info pack, or if you would like to make a donation to Ferryside lifeboat, please contact James on 07929 037938 or email us.

For more news on open water swimming you can visit www.h2openmagazine.com

 

Big Swim 2011

Ferryside lifeboat St. Johns Ambulance (Marine Division) are proud to announce that due to the success of last year’s swim our next annual ‘Big Swim’ will be held on the 6th August 2011. The 3Km swim is from Ferryside to Llansteffan and back and will start at 11.00am from the foreshore.

This year we have raised the number of swimmers to 40. So far we have 25 people who have expressed interest and are looking for a further 15 swimmers and would be delighted to hear from anyone who wishes to join us. We do however request that swimmers be over the age of 16.

On ‘Big Swim’ day there will also be various activities for the public including a BBQ, raffle and live music which will be held at the River Towy Yacht Club (Ferryside).

Ferryside Lifeboat Big Swim 2010
Ferryside Lifeboat Big Swim 2010

For a swimmers application and information pack, or if you would simply like to make a donation to Ferryside Lifeboat then please contact James on 07929 037938 or email [email protected]

Here’s a link to the article in the local news…

Carmarthen Journal