Today marks the final step in our #bagsofhelp initiate with Tesco. We took delivery of these beautiful hand crafted mindfulness inspired benches, made from 160 year old oak and sequoia wood. They feature poetic plaques and are the perfect place to wonder at the natural beauty of the Park.
The friends want to encourage visitors to relax and unwind in the wonderful green space at Margam Country Park. How better to do this than sitting on an inviting bench positioned in a quiet, peaceful part of the Park. Thank you to our member Dennis Short for these photographs.
Would you like to be part of a friendly, welcoming walking group and help to improve your health and fitness? Join trained walk leaders on a gentle walk around the park. Nonmembers welcome!
Meet us at our Courtyard room in the Visitor Center
10.15am every Wednesday
Walks will be for no more than 1 hour and on flat surfaces - so it's suitable for all.
Please wear suitable footwear and clothing (we walk rain or shine!)
Whilst this is a free activity, car parking fees apply (why not purchase car park season ticket?
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Arr me mateys, It's pirate day at the park. Set sail for Captain Jimmy's pirate show and competitions throughout the day. Be careful you don't bump into the ‘Cut-throat’ pirate. The 9ft tall barber who will try and entice you for a haircut as he juggles knives.
Shows in the Castle at 12.00pm and 2.30pm
The friends will be giving away lots of special pirate gifts from our courtyard room. Come along and see what we have to offer. Donations welcome.
Have A Go Archery with the Margam Archers between 11.00am and 4.00pm. 3 arrows £1. Meet at BBQ area to the back of the castle.
We are moving our Facebook 'group' and setting up a new Friends of Margam Park Facebook page. So be sure to like our new page to stay up to date with the latest news and events.
Why are we moving?
We believe that as a group there are many benefits In moving our social media presence from the current format.
Firstly, this will give us an increase in our online presence by allowing us to engage with other groups and pages by tagging and sharing in their posts. Our page will also be featured on search engines such as Google and Bing for the first time. This will help in gathering more leads, which in turn will bring new members into the group.
We want to show the public what we do and by having greater control over the content, marketing and settings it will allow us to keep you up to date with all the latest news and events in the Park.
We will be able to target an audience with particular interests, whether you enjoy children's activities or health walks, the content you see will be catered to your individual needs.
The group will have access to Facebook Insights such as engagement on the page and post performance. This will give every member a better and more professional user experience.
On that note a page offers greater privacy settings for our members, meaning that your personal information will NOT be shared with us.
We will also be able to assign roles of various levels to other members that will help us in creating and moderating content. Which is a setting in which we can not do with the current format.
We can be mobile ready with lots of new features. With our new Facebook page, you can now contact us directly from your phone. See our opening hours and review your experience.
We have outgrown the current group and with some exciting news coming soon we strive to give a better experience to all of our members, guests, and to the general public who have come to love and cherish Margam as much as we do.
It is therefore why we ask you to spread the word about our fantastic new page and get liking!
Please be aware that this current page will go offline on 13/08/2017
After a successful week of Half Term activities our chairman had the following to say.
"As the chairman of the Friends I would like to take this opportunity in thanking all our members who turned up today in organizing and running the craft day which we held in the castle. The 2 days over which this event was run(Monday+Friday) proved to be a massive success, so much so that the visitors I spoke to can't wait for the next time, I must be honest, that although I didn't help much due to the meetings i needed to attend, i was astounded to find,when i looked in our signing in register that we had 25 volunteers on site who were helping with the crafts as well as running our courtyard room, this is proof, if it was ever needed, of how dedicated our volunteers are in making the visitor experience all the more enjoyable and to that everyone can be hold their heads high, its you that make this group tick, its you that to whom i owe so much,and by working together its evident that the Friends have so much to look forward to in the future.....please keep up the good work, not that i need to ask."
100 years ago today Miss Talbot gave £80,000 to the war effort. Today, depending on what you use to measure inflation, it equates to between £6m and £34m. It has long been said she was an exceptional person who was a significant part in the development of the local area. What a remarkable woman!
Thank you to the team at Penllergare Valley Woods for hosting an such an interesting day, filled with information, guided tours and presentations. Members of the 'Friends' were welcomed by Ray who was responsible for 16 years for the management of Margam Park, before becoming Head of Operations at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. With a wealth of knowledge, particularity in the development of the Friends of Penllergare membership scheme, we took the opportunity to share 'good practice' with each other. We hope to build on existing friendships and our own experience with more of these type of visits in the future. These visits are ultimately to give the public and our members a better visitor experience, building on what we already do.
On behalf of all the members who visited today, we thank you for such an enjoyable day out!
The 'Friends of Margam Park' archive room is available for members to visit. The archive room which is located on the first floor within Margam Castle is kept locked when not in use. There is generally a working presence in the archive room every Wednesday so if you decide to visit the archive room on a Wednesday please either make inquiries in our courtyard room or contact us in advance by telephone.
For visits on other days please let us know in advance by telephoning either:
Dave Lang (07875283316)
Julian James (7951273858)
Jeff Lewis-Jones(07575 348348.
Please be aware that access to the archive room is via two flights of stairs and may not be easily accessible for everyone.
A huge thank you to Clare from Lets Walk for delivery an exciting training day. 15 of our members took the opportunity to become walk leaders. Yet another reason to come along on one of our walks. Members who are dedicated to giving you a better experience.
Join us for an exciting Family Fun February Half Term at Margam Country Park! From Spring craft to Guided Walks we have something to suit all ages.