Enjoy Wales with the Gay Outdoor Club

The Gay Outdoor Club is a friendly organisation with three busy groups covering North, South and West Wales. LGBT+ people and their friends are welcome to join and enjoy a wide range of outdoor and indoor sports and recreational activities. Experience Wales including the Brecon Beacons, Wye Valley, Snowdonia and more, where you (and any four-legged friends) are welcome to join walks and activities.

You can contact each group coordinator by emailing, northwales@goc.org.uk (Paul Gannon), southwales@goc.org.uk (Alan Dack) and westwales@goc.org.uk (Allyson Evans).

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The Gay Outdoor Club, South Wales

Run with the Foxes

Cardiff's LGBTQ+ Running Group, the Cardiff Foxes, meet every Sunday in Cardiff at 10.15am for a 10.30am start. Guest runners are always welcome. After the run the Foxes can normally be seen enjoying a coffee at The Queer Emporium.

You can contact the group via e-mail Cardifffoxes@gmail.com

Play ball with the Base Liners

If your world revolves around tennis, you can join the Cardiff Base Liners who meet every Saturday between 12-2pm at Heath Park.

You can contact them via email cardiffbaseliners@gmail.com

Watch gay and inclusive rugby

The Cardiff Lions were the first gay-inclusive rugby club in Wales and are now joined by the Swansea Vikings. Both teams encourage people to come and watch them play.

Visit Cardiff’s oldest gay bar

The Golden Cross is an historic Grade II listed pub in the centre of Cardiff. This Welsh institution was built in 1903 and today is popular with the young and young at heart. They have a popular garden; the Cardiff Base Liners call this place home and when they are not playing tennis, they can be heard singing karaoke! If however your thing is BINGO you should head over to Mary’s for their Sunday night extravaganza, but get there early if you want to get a seat.

Lesbian Escape

A fresh, new and vibrant space for bi and lesbian women. Escape Events organise monthly events bringing women from South Wales and the Borders together for an array of exciting experiences. Past events have included Clay Pigeon Shooting in Brecon, canoeing down the Wye River and eating out in the latest restaurant.

The Queer Emporium

The Queer Emporium is a social enterprise and non-profit that acts as a community hub and sells goods from local LGBTQ+ businesses and makers. It is the first of its kind in the world and even has an events programme that operates year-round. Regular events include The Welsh Ballroom Community, Draglings (a new drag act night), stand-up comedy and more! One of their flagship events is the annual Queer Fringe Festival, which takes place across Cardiff in June.

Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival

Make new friends in the dark during Cardiff’s international LGBT+ film festival each October. Film makers from all over the word introduce their work and enjoy meeting the audience at daily happy hours, special events and parties including the annual karaoke competition with Canada defending their crown. The festival hands out many awards including the world’s largest short film prize at £30,000 – will you spot the winner?

LGBT+ History Month – February

You can see award winning films from the Iris Prize festival in Pontio in Bangor, Taliesyn in Swansea and Aberystwyth Arts Centre. The Best of Iris is just one part of a month-long celebration of events that takes place across Wales in arts centres, museums, and Universities to mark LGBT+ History Month.

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