1. A ribbiting day out for all the family
Welsh theatre company, Familia De La Noche are hopping into summer with the tour of their latest show, Frogs in Bogs/Brogs y Bogs. The team of superhero frog plumbers kicked off the froggy fun fest in Bangor for their debut performance, securing coverage with The Bangor Aye, Wales 247 and the South Wales Guardian. The perfect activity for kids over the summer break, performances are accessible, bilingual and Welsh-only, and guaranteed to make you croak out load. Showing across Wales from May – August 2023, you don’t want to miss out … pull up a lily-pad and join the frogs on their mission against clogging crimes and pollution problems.
2. Kicking off the summer in Ireland’s Ancient East
Glorious non-stop sunshine and epic scenery is what travel influencer, Walking With Lauren, got to experience last weekend on a trip to Wicklow, Waterford and Wexford that we organised for her on behalf of our client, Celtic Routes, and their new Celtic Experience Collection. The collection, featuring more than 80 bookable and immersive experiences for a truly Celtic adventure, took Lauren hiking in the Coumshigaun Horseshoe in Waterford, biking around Wicklow’s famous Bray Head, and exploring the world’s oldest operational lighthouse in Wexford. Start planning your next trip and check out Lauren’s content here.
3. Sharing sweet business success alongside Big Ideas Wales
Dairy-free praline filled cookie sandwiches. Non-gluten sweet-sprinkled cupcakes. Vegan triple chocolate fudge brownies. We left journalists with severe sweet cravings this week after introducing them to Meg Hitchen, a 19-year-old baking prodigy that has hit the sweet spot in Penarth with her dietary-inclusive, completely customisable dessert brand – Meggobakes.
Packaging miniature treats into her popular party boxes from the comfort of her purpose-built kitchen, Meg talked us through what has made Meggobakes a hit – from baking with her grandmother as a child, to her multiple Future Chef accolades and the endless support of her friend and mentor, top chef Tommy Heaney. Having already tasted success, Meg now hopes to open a café of her own in Penarth.
4. Debating the future of Wales at the Hay Festival
Kickstarting a ‘summer of engagement’, the Independent Commission for the Constitutional Future of Wales held an event at a packed-out hall at the Hay Festival. Commissioner Dr Rowan Williams, Professor Laura McAllister and Miguela Gonzalez hosted a discussion on the constitutional options for Wales’ future with the people of Wales. Find out where they’ll be visiting next this summer on socials via @comisiwn, have your own say on the future of Wales at the new engagement platform here, or catch coverage of the Hay event here.
5. Making change for tomorrow, today with Llais
We hope you have seen or heard about Llais – the new body for health and social care in Wales – or even become involved since its launch in April. We’ve helped with developing advertising content for bus backs, billboards and pharmacy bags and generated coverage online, in print, on TV and radio. We’ve been spreading the word far and wide and this week launched a second cross-platform social media campaign on Facebook and Instagram to engage with people across Wales of all ages and from all locations and backgrounds. We’re encouraging them to volunteer, or share their views on their experiences with health and social care in Wales, to help make a change to improve these services for everyone. Keep an eye out on social media for ways to get involved and visit www.llaiswales.org or www.llaiscymru.org to learn more.