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Workshops and guided walks providing a unique and exciting educational experience based on the myths, legends and natural history of Gower.
Gower Unearthed aims to rediscover and recapture Gower's history. We focus on the relationship between people and the natural environment, documenting and delivering what we uncover in a fresh and accessible way. We do this by forging links with local academics and local people of all ages. Sessions run all throughout the year and follow the Celtic calendar, focusing on the seasons and significant events.
Pennard castle: myth and reality.
A magical learning experience that combines myth and history with natural history - unearthing what makes Pennard castle and valley so special. Through story and practical science we will discover that Gower is peculiar, and has its own language and very rare plant life.
This session is unique - using original and ancient story, we look at how folklore and the people of Gower are inextricably linked. We will be concentrating on the symbiotic relationship that Gower's landscape and geological make up has with its mythological past. This session begins at 10am at Gower Heritage Centre in Parkmill. A brief introductory talk will precede a guided walk taking in Pennard castle. At the castle there is a re-telling of the traditional myth and an original eye witness account of the Gower 'verry' or fairy folk. The talk will explore geological and environmental impact of dune and sand changes - also the incorporation of natural phenomena in folktale.
We will also look in detail at the medicinal uses for plants from the start of the walk to its completion; with an illustrated discussion at the castle of the yellow whitlow grass. Lunch is scheduled for half twelve at the centre, bring a snack if you can't last!! After lunch there is an hour long workshop on story and poetry, with the opportunity to re-create in craft or words the days experience. We provide resources and information sheets to take away.