The Dylan Thomas Experience

The Dylan Thomas Experience

“To begin at the beginning……………

……..Poet and playwright, broadcaster and prose writer, scriptwriter and storyteller, in his short life Dylan Thomas was all of these, and much, much more.

Dylan Marlais Thomas was born in Swansea, on 27 October 1914, and died in New York City on 09 November 1953. A short life, but a full life, at the time of his death he was, arguably, the best known poet in the English speaking world and, after Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas is the most quoted writer in the English language. Now, 60 years after his death, his reputation as an artist of genius stands unshaken.

Our story begins in Swansea, on the doorstep of the beautiful Gower Peninsula, the first area of Britain to be designated “an area of outstanding natural beauty”.

Dylan’s Swansea sprawled up from the beaches and the dockland to the close hills, where the Welsh working man drank at his local pub and enjoyed the company of his co-workers. The creative group of artists and writers, to which Dylan belonged, might have seemed incongruous to some, as they sat drinking their beer whilst debating events of the day.

As a member of this small group, Dylan Thomas wrote short stories and poems, plays, scripts for radio and film, and even articles for the local paper, the Evening Post, where, for a short period, Dylan worked as a young reporter.

Although his parents were Welsh speakers, Dylan was not, but his soft Welsh lilt can be heard on recordings, as he performed in his own plays and gave public readings both here and in the USA.

And so the Dylan Thomas Experience offers a range of trips and tours to suit each groups, or individuals, own particular requirements. From the Dylan Thomas scholars and students to those who simply want to learn more about the great man whilst experiencing something of this wonderful part of the world.

Through the actual streets he walked and the haunts which so greatly influenced Dylan’s thought and being, we hope to show those that join us on the Dylan Thomas Experience, something of the world that inspired his immortal words.

At the same time we would be privileged to have the opportunity to show our visitors something of Dylan’s Wales and, of course, no visit to Dylan Thomas country would be complete without a trip to the Boat House and cemetery at Laugharne.

We also feel this is an opportunity to introduce this beautiful country to people who otherwise might not experience, at least something of what Wales has to offer.

Visit the house on Cwmdonkin Drive, where the great man was born and grew up. The house has been lovingly restored by the present owners and one can almost feel Dylan’s presence. Stroll through the park across the road where he spent so much time as a boy.

Spend some time at the pubs and cafes of Mumbles, Uplands and Swansea where Dylan drank and debated. The places that so influenced his writing.

Perhaps enjoy a coffee at The Kardomah and a stroll around the famous Swansea market. The Dylan Thomas centre in Swansea Marina is a great place to while away an hour at the Dylan Thomas exhibition with its wealth of fact and memorabilia about the man and the fiction he created.

Of course, although not necessarily associated with Dylan, no visit to Wales would be complete without a traditional Welsh evening of cawl and Welsh cakes, singers and dancers, choirs and musicians, actors and poets.

Listen to readings by local actors – poetry by local poets and song from “The Land of Song”. What more could anyone want – a drink or two, perhaps?

……and so to Laugharne and West Wales - Experience the excitement of visiting the solitary boathouse and the small sparse green shed where he worked tirelessly on the words that are still quoted today. Then, on perhaps a more sombre note, visit Dylan and Caitlin’s grave in the village cemetery. A stroll through the village – perhaps visit the castle and, if open, you might choose to visit Browns Hotel or take lunch at Seaview where Dylan briefly lived?

Our third tour option will take you through beautiful Welsh countryside, to Ceredigion, to the towns of Lampeter and New Quay, and to Gelli and Majoda, the homes where Dylan and Caitlin spent the war years and where Dylan wrote a body of work.

Each tour will be accompanied by our specialist guides, including artists, poets and historians and, wherever possible, our tours are structured to suit each groups own particular requirements.

Our specialist tour department has 20 years’ experience so you will be in good hands.

Whether by executive coach or by luxury car we can look after parties of all sizes and requirements.

We can also cater for schools or groups who may prefer a one day “experience”.

Please tell us what you require and we’ll do our utmost to structure your trip accordingly.

Why not contact us to learn more about our tours and perhaps enjoy your own “Dylan Thomas Experience”?

We look forward to hearing from you soon and to meeting you in due course. If you require any further information or advice please do not hesitate to contact us.

“We are not wholly bad or good,
Who live our lives under Milk Wood’
And Thou I know wilt be the first

To see our best side, not our worst.”

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