Sleep in style at the Manorhaus
Hotel owners Gavin and Chris provide a wonderfully stylish ‘croeso’ (that’s Welsh for welcome - you’ll hear it a lot when you first meet our people) at their boutique 5 star Manorhaus Restaurant with Rooms in Llangollen in North Wales. Features include a roof top hot tub, a smattering of modern art, and well curated menus which offer contemporary cuisine, cocktails, canapes and more.
Visit Cardiff’s oldest gay bar
The Golden Cross is an historic Grade II listed pub in the centre of Cardiff. Something of a Welsh institution; this landmark pub built in 1903 attracts a crowd across the ages. It’s especially popular with old school Cardiff locals who walk up from Cardiff Bay (or Tiger Bay if you’re the real McCoy) to enjoy a pint of real ale (and maybe bash out a tune on the karaoke). If you’re visiting in the summer, be sure to check out the beer garden which is usually full of revellers enjoying the sunshine. Check out the Golden Cross' Facebook page for more info.
See more of Wales with the Gay Outdoor Club
The Gay Outdoor Club is a friendly, national organisation which welcomes LGBT+ people and their friends to enjoy a wide range of outdoor and indoor sports and recreational activities. The Welsh arm of the GOC covers locations such as the Brecon Beacons, Wye Valley, Snowdonia, and more, where you (and any four legged friends) are welcome to join on walks and activities.
Make the most of visiting the ‘land of song’ by watching an inclusive choir
The South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus are an audio pleasure that will make your heart soar. Their harmonies are exquisite, and their wonderful vocals have taken them all across the UK and beyond.
Also based in South Wales are the Songbirds, a choir for LGBT+ people in Wales. And they certainly live up to their name, singing a wide variety of songs, ranging from Adele to the Lion King.
Be proud with Pride Cymru
An annual festival, Pride Cymru takes over the Welsh capital for an entire weekend every year to bring life, love, laughter and a serious amount of diversity to the streets, clubs and bars of Cardiff. 2017 boasted the biggest Pride Cymru event to date and it is widely regarded as one of the UK’s best Pride celebrations.
Top tip: after watching the main stage shows and visiting the wide variety of stalls at the main festival space, head to Churchill Way for the infamous Pride Cymru street party which goes on until the early hours. Prepare for lots of glitter and a ride on a rodeo bull.
Watch a Swansea Vikings rugby match
The Swansea Vikings are a gay and inclusive rugby team based not far from the beautiful Swansea Bay. The Vikings are only the second gay-inclusive rugby team to be founded in Wales (the Cardiff Lions were the first), but they are doing so well they have recently been nominated for a Welsh Diversity Award. Fast paced, and a lot of fun to watch, you can catch the Vikings playing at their home ground at Swansea Uplands Rugby Football Club. You can usually also catch the team on a night out in Swansea; they’re generally pretty easy to spot as they’re always in fancy dress.
Take in the best of LGBT+ film with the Iris Prize Festival
The Iris Prize Festival combines Wales’ vibrant creative atmosphere with that famous warm and inclusive Welsh attitude. The world renowned LGBT+ film festival is held every autumn in Cardiff, showcasing and celebrating the LGBT+ community and film making.
Iris, which launched over a decade ago, is now internationally recognised as the perfect launch-pad for filmmakers wishing to tell LGBT+ stories on the big screen. Follow the Iris Prize Twitter to keep updated with the next festival and the films they’re showing.