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Dylan Thomas Exhibition nominated for top family-friendly award

SWANSEA Council's award-winning Dylan Thomas Exhibition at the Dylan Thomas Centre has been named one of Britain's best places for a grand family day out.

Dylan Thomas exhibition

The spiritual home of one of the 20th century's finest writers has been shortlisted in the Best Family Venue category of the Fantastic for Families Awards.

It means that the Dylan Thomas Centre now has the chance to be named the overall winner when the awards are announced on St David's Day in Leeds.

Robert Francis Davies, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "The Council's literature service is based at the Dylan Thomas Centre and the Dylan Thomas Exhibition and associated activities are a vital part of our literature programme. The 'Fantastic for Families' nomination proves what we already knew - that the Dylan Thomas service offered at the Dylan Thomas Centre makes it a brilliant attraction for the whole family.

 "It's a place where the stories of Dylan Thomas come alive and where staff go the extra mile to make sure that the service is welcoming and accessible for the whole family, not just grown-ups."

He added: "One of the main reasons why it's so popular with young children is because youngsters have had a hand in ensuring that the exhibits and activities appeal to people like them."

The Dylan Thomas service includes a Children's Trail, peepholes, lenticulars and objects at different heights. The accessible colourful learning space and outdoor area are also packed with family resources and activities, including reading corner, puppets, dressing up and magnetic poetry. 

And the council staff offer a varied learning programme for families and young adults via a fun, free programme of events, including its flagship Young Writers Squads for under 11s and 11-16s. 

The Fantastic for Families Awards is a UK-wide competition for arts and cultural venues, and with over 500 venues in the UK who are accredited with the Family Arts Standards badge.

Fantastic for Families is run by the Family Arts Campaign, a national collaborative programme funded by Arts Council England and led by the visual and performing arts sectors to increase levels of arts engagement by families.


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