Welsh companies you can buy Christmas gifts from

For many years now, a lot of emphases has been put on buying local and supporting small businesses. With this in mind, I have put together a list of some of my favourite independent Welsh companies you can buy Christmas gifts from.

Beaches 30 minutes from Cardiff

There are so many beaches only 30 minutes from Cardiff. I have taken some artistic licence, your travel time will depend on which side of the city you are travelling from, and of course the time of day you are driving. It may also take longer on public transport. If you are coming from North Cardiff it will be quicker to go west to areas such as Bridgend and Porthcawl. And from East of the city, it will be quicker to get to Penarth, Barry and Llantwit Major.

From the sandy beach at Rest Bay in Porthcawl, you can walk or cycle along the Coastal Path

Have you heard of Warrior Women events?

Warrior Women Events are usually held in venues in Cardiff. During the COVID lockdown, they moved online – meaning you can be anywhere in the world to join in. Regardless of whether they are online or offline, the inspirational events are designed to be thought-provoking, informative and inspiring.

Sat in the garden, with a glass of rose wine, waiting for the first Warrior Women Collective online event to start

Cardiff Series: The interesting history of Roath Park in Cardiff

Cardiff is my hometown, and I feel very passionately about its landmarks, history and culture. If you live or are from Cardiff, you would have driven past or visited Roath Park at some point. It is surrounded by huge Victorian houses and has always been an affluent part of the city, even if there are a few ‘dodgy’ streets nearby. Most people can say they have walked or jogged around the lake, or fed the birds – or in my case, chased by the birds. There have also been wedding proposals. It’s somewhere where you can watch your children or grandchildren play. You can hire a boat and float around the lake. Plus, the lighthouse, a memorial to the ill-fated Captain Scott, is one of the most Instagrammable locations in Cardiff.

Roath Park Lighthouse