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Audio tours lift lid on Swansea Market

Audio tours are usually something people do when they're on holidays in major world cities like New York, Paris or Rome.

Swansea Market

Now you can take an audio tour a little closer to home thanks to a new venture at Swansea's historic indoor market.

The audio tours being held on Saturday September 27 at 11am, noon and 1pm will talk visitors through the market's rich history, its development over the years and its current make-up.

Creative Bubble, a project supported by Swansea Council and run by University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) in partnership with Swansea BID (Business Improvement District), are running the audio tours.

Participants will be given headsets and taken on a 20-minute narrated tour led by an expert guide starting from the cockle stalls in the middle of the market.

The audio tours will cover the history of the market, from its beginnings in the shadows of Swansea Castle about a thousand years ago to the construction of the current market building in 1961 after the devastation of the World War Two bombings.

Interviews with some of the traders also feature in the tours. They include Mark Adams from Billy Upton Butchers, Elaine Leahy from Health World, and Keith Howard from Thai Taste.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Regeneration, said: "Swansea Market is one of our city's best-known features but many people may often wander around the attraction without knowing about its history, how it's changed over the years and how its rich mix of characters and traders make such a giant contribution to its reputation for vibrancy and individuality.

"These audio tours are a fantastic idea because they'll give people an alternative perspective of a market that they may have visited many times over the years without noticing certain things. This is an example of the innovative things we're working on alongside our partners in organisations like Swansea BID to raise the city centre's profile and attract more shoppers there."

The audio tours form part of the Welsh Government's 'Support Your High Street' campaign ongoing until Saturday. Swansea Council has also given scores of traders free promotional pitches on Oxford Street, Union Street, High Street and Princess Way as part of the campaign. Each day has a different theme - Friday's is fashion and Saturday's is food and drink. Traders are providing free tasters, activities and demonstrations.

The aim of the national campaign is to encourage people to visit their local high streets and experience the range of services available, from coffee shops and vintage boutiques to bakeries and libraries.


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