The Green Pages: Top 10 Things to Do in Carmarthen

So, it looks like you’re looking to explore the historically rich and scenic town of Carmarthen. (Or, if you want to show off and flex your Welsh, Caerfyrddin.) We can certainly understand why you’re so keen to visit. With stunning views from the river Tywi and more historic landmarks that you can shake a stick at, Carmarthen is the perfect place for all the family. 

If you need a bit more of a nudge, we’ve got 5 fun facts all about Carmarthen. You’re sure to be packing up your car and heading out the door, en route to Carmarthen, by the end - we guarantee it!

Footie fan? How about cricket? Carmarthen is the birthplace of both!

Talk about a double whammy. Sports historian (there’s a job title you never knew existed) Martin Johnes theorises that the earlier recorded game of cricket was played in 1783 on Court Henry Down, Dryslwyn. Likewise, the earliest recorded game of football was said to be invented in West Wales and was called cnapan. Both games have evolved from their earliest iterations (which both involved wooden balls - ouch) but their origins remain in Carmarthen.

The trees are magic. Er… Well… Sort of… 

You’ve undoubtedly heard of Merlin the wizard. We don’t mean Colin Morgan from that old BBC show. We’re talking about the real Arthurian legend. Apparently, Merlin was born in a cave just outside of Carmarthen. That’s not all, either. Legend states that there was a tree named ‘Merlin’s Oak’ (pretty original) and if it ever fell, the town would fall too. Ominous stuff! When the tree died, the town dug it up to prevent it from ever falling and pieces of it still remain in the local museum to this day.

The Mayor of Carmarthen killed a king on the battlefield. Take that, England!

The last English king to ever die on a battlefield, Richard III, was killed by Sir Rhys ap Thomas - the future Mayor of Carmarthen! Initially, Sir Thomas had sworn loyalty to Richard III, but switched sides and dealt the final blow during the heat of battle. That was probably a tense day at the office.

Fancy a BrewDog or a Stella? You’ve got Carmarthen to thank for them.

Football. Cricket. And now beer too? All great things come from Carmarthen! Whilst we can’t take the credit for inventing canned beer, we can definitively say that Carmarthen was home to the first canned beer brewed outside of the United States. Two local breweries were the first domestic sites to use beer cans in the 1930s: Felinfoel and Buckley’s brewery. 

Carmarthen is the site of an Amelia Airheart crash. No, not that one.

The other one! Amelia Airheart is best known as the world’s first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic ocean. The fate of that infamous voyage is one of the world’s greatest mysteries. We can safely assume that her plane crash-landed somewhere. But before that crash-landing, she had been a passenger on a plane flying from Nova Scotia in Canada. During their flight, they made a pre-mature arrival to Burry Port - right here in Carmarthen.

Carmarthen Castle

And that’s not even half of it! There are so many reasons to visit Carmarthen. More than we can count! But, to save time, we’ve put together the top 10 best things to do in Carmarthen. 

1. All the castles! (Kidwelly, Laugharne, Carmarthen…)

We heard you like castles. Luckily, we’ve got loads for you to choose from. These roman forts have stood the test of time and towered over Carmarthen for centuries. They’re the perfect place to take the family for a bit of historical appreciation or to see the stunning countryside from an incredible vantage point. 

2. National Botanic Gardens of Wales

You haven’t even comprehended the meaning of the phrase ‘natural beauty’ until you’ve visited the National Botanic Gardens of Wales - not that we’re biased, or anything. There’s a wide array of gardens to visit. Stop by the apothecary garden and discover the fascinating world of healing herbs. Or drop by the Aqualab on the river and learn all about the wonderful, if soggy, world of the river. Every exhibit in these gardens centre around green technology, learning and fun. Sounds like a perfect day out, if you ask us.

3. The British Birds of Prey Centre

If you’re visiting the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, you’ve got to stop by this centre. You won’t find another hands-on education like this. At the British Birds of Prey Centre, you can expect a once-in-a-lifetime experience with majestic birds of prey. From Golden Eagles to Red Kites, Snowy Owls to Peregrine Falcons, you’ll be lucky enough to watch these amazing birds up close as they soar through the sky. Feeling brave? You can even have a go at flying a bird yourself. Just make sure you’ve got your gloves on, first.

4. Llanelli WWT National Wetland Centre

Now, granted, ‘wetland’ doesn’t sound like the most appealing day out, but let us finish! This stretch of protected wildlife is teeming with unique nature and exciting scenery. And, they’ve got (wait for it…) flamingos! That’s right - Flamingos. Pink. Stand on one leg. You know the ones. We can confidently say this is the only place in Wales that you’ll find a ‘mingo wandering about. If you’re after a peaceful trip with beautiful sights, the Llanelli WWT National Wetland Centre is the place for you.

5. The Creative Cafe

Whilst you might need to hop into your car to visit this attraction, we definitely think it’s worth the trip. The Creative Cafe is a quaint little shop that’s full of excitement and creativity. There’s over 100 ceramic creations for you to choose from and an even wider array of paints, so you can let your imagination run wild. This is a pottery studio with a difference, perfect for kids of all ages - from little ones to teens. 

6. Carmarthen Market

For over 800 years, Carmarthen Market has been a hub for food-lovers and craft collectors alike. From meat fresh from the butchers to local fruit and veg, you can come and sample the best that Carmarthen has to offer all within the modern hall that houses it all. The friendly vendors are always looking to welcome new foodies to their flock, so get yourselves down to the hustle and bustle of the Carmarthen Market.

7. Llansteffan beach

British beaches tend to be a little disappointing. Grey skies. Pebbles instead of sand. Llansteffan beach is different! This beach in the south of Wales has sandy shores as far as the eye can ‘sea.’ (Sea what we did there? We’re here all week, ladies and gentlemen.)  Whether you’re a sandcastle builder or a sandcastle smasher, you’re bound to have buckets of fun in the sun. 

8. The Escape Game

This one is for the older kids and the kids at heart! Escape rooms have dominated the rainy-day activity scene in recent years - and for good reason. They’re an incredibly engaging way to spend an afternoon that is sure to make you feel like Sherlock Holmes after. You’ll have five different themed rooms to pick from. Did someone say space adventure? Underwater submarine? And different difficulty levels, these escape rooms are great for everyone from escape novices to puzzle experts. 

9. Creepy Carmarthen Tours

There’s nothing like a bit of a fright to keep you on your toes. Creepy Carmarthen Tours are guaranteed to spook and delight with tours that are accurate and entertaining. Discover Carmarthen’s seedy underbelly (okay, maybe we’re being a bit dramatic) and find out about all the horrible histories that happened long ago.

10. Carmarthenshire Museum 

Who doesn’t want to go see some bark from an ancient tree? The Carmarthen museum is housed inside a beautiful historic house that’s chocked full of interesting artifacts that display the rich history of Carmarthen. It’s a must-see for any history lovers... or Carmarthen lovers! 

After your jam-packed visit to Carmarthen, you might need to find somewhere to store all your new goodies like your newly glazed pottery, castle trinkets or seashells from the beach that the kids just had to take with them. If you’re struggling for space, why not get in touch with Beyond Storage?


Four walls, endless possibilities: why everyone could benefit from self-storage in 2021

What if we told you that a self-storage facility is cheaper than a home extension? What about if we called it an office? An art studio? A time capsule?

In this blog post, we explore the benefits of our wonderfully versatile containers. Some are self-explanatory, but others will surprise you:

 

1. Create more space at home

Self-storage freeing up space in the home isn’t news to anyone, but there are so many reasons why less cluttered, more considered spaces are beneficial.

The flow of a space can impact your whole experience of being at home, from where your eye is drawn to, to how easily you’re able to access things, move around the space or from room to room (why is there always so much in the hall?).

If you aren’t blessed with lots of light in your home, making some changes like reconfiguring the room or updating pieces of furniture altogether can have a huge impact on how you feel. With self-storage, stow away your old furniture until you find another use for it or want to sell it on, so nothing goes to waste for guilt-free interior upgrades.

 

 

2. Easy on the pocket

Self-storage really is the sum of its parts: four walls, fully insulated, dust and damp free with electricity, lighting and WiFi. Sounds like a Room 2.0 if you ask us!

But how much extra would it cost you to have a space like this in your home? We can say with absolute certainty that a self-storage facility is considerably cheaper than upsizing, a home extension, renovating, renting an office to work from or hiring a warehouse for your business.

 

3. There’s little to no commitment

The other advantage of self-storage over home extensions, upsizing and renting an office or warehouse is that there’s so much less of a commitment: we only ask for 7 days notice if you no longer need the facility. Up until that point, it’s all yours!

We even offer to refund the outstanding amount if you leave us mid-month, or we can donate it to charity on your behalf.

 

4. A versatile solution

Like we said, until you decide you no longer need your self-storage facility with us, the space is all yours to do with as you please (within reason of course!). Your storage container can constantly be repurposed depending on your circumstances, whether that’s seasonal storage for your Christmas decorations one year, helping you move home the next or creating your very own personal office after that. Self-storage adapts to your requirements.

 

Self-storage facility, versatile

 

5. Preserve the memories

Over the years, we all generate lots of ‘stuff’, especially families, but that’s not to say this ‘stuff’ isn’t important or without value. You may have either your or your children’s old school work and drawings, sentimental belongings that you’ve inherited, mementoes from your wedding, souvenirs from your travels.

These items can take up a lot of space, and because they aren’t generally used or looked upon for long periods of time, many feel they have to part with them in the pursuit of less clutter.

Self-storage offers you the best of both worlds: more space with no memories spared.

 

6. Peace of mind

The other advantage of storing your sentimental treasures in a storage unit instead of the loft or garage? Climate-control technology.

You won’t find any dust, damp, mould or pests in our self-storage containers.

Oh, and no trespassers either! Access to all of our sites is controlled by a fingerprint scanning system. There’s also 24/7 CCTV and a high-end padlock and key for every unit.

 

Secure self-storage facility

 

7. Room to explore your hobbies and interests

We believe a shift in perception of what's possible with a self-storage facility can enrich our lives in ways we’d never considered.

Of course, we’re always going to need this space during those big life events, but these four walls can be so much more than that.

Would you love to work on a classic car but don’t have the garage space? Perhaps you love to paint, but you’re unable to explore those larger artworks you dream of creating? What about those collectables tucked away in boxes, with no room to expand on your collection?

We offer up to 4 different container sizes to house your passion projects.

 

8. A base for your business

While starting a small business often begins in the home, operations very quickly outgrow it. Increased stock levels, materials and equipment to keep up with demand can leave your at-home business hub feeling cramped and chaotic.

Employing a self-storage container doesn't just give your business space to expand; it can also improve your work/life balance as you’re able to switch off, if only for a while, when you’re at home.

As we touched on in point 2, self-storage also comes at a fraction of the cost of warehouse storage or renting somewhere.

 

Outdoor activities with self-storage

 

9. An excuse to get some fresh air

Is this point a bit of a cop-out? Maybe. Is it true though? Oh yes.

If the last year has taught us anything, it’s the value of being able to get out of the house (safely!). Having a space to call your own separate from your home might serve a practical purpose, but the benefit of being able to get out of the house and stretch your legs can’t be denied. Since March 2020, we’ve installed hand sanitising stations at all our sites for peace of mind when you visit.

And hey, when we’re able to, what not make a day of it? There’s lots to do in the locations surrounding our storage sites.

 

10. Community and support

From our Beyond Lounges to the supportive local community and friendly site staff, Beyond Storage camaraderie has continued to thrive in spite of the changes we’ve all had to make during COVID-19. A simple smile and a wave, even socially distanced, can make such a difference to your day.

 

 

Have you learnt anything new about self-storage as you’ve read this blog post?

If you have any questions regarding our site facilities, or want to discuss with our friendly team how our storage containers might add value to your life, get in touch today.

 


The Great Escape to the Countryside: How Self-Storage Can Get You There & Make the Most of Country Living

Thinking of ditching the city and moving to the countryside?

With the exciting pace of life and competitive career opportunities, cities draw many from their hometowns and villages in search of their slice of the cosmopolitan pie.

But as lockdown stilled the buzz in cities and people found themselves trapped in four walls, working from home and cursing their absent garden, it seems they got to thinking.

In the first week of May, the number of searches for homes in rural locations on Zoopla was up 68% compared with the first week of March, not to mention a recent survey found 32% of Brummies are looking to move out of the city.

 

Can you relate?

Now that more people work remotely, calmer environments, better access to outdoor spaces and a bit of peace and quiet are closer than you think. Unless you're fortunate to have friends and family close by however, you're going to need all the help you can get on your mission to live a little slower.

City dwellers, meet self-storage: our sites in particular are conveniently located in areas with great access to countryside towns and villages surrounding cities in the Midlands and South Wales.

Not only is self-storage great at making the moving process a little easier, increasingly they're being used in more creative ways, such as personal gyms, an office, or general extensions of the home.

So whether you’re looking for temporary storage while you plan your great escape to the countryside or want to keep it up after deciding you definitely need a space devoted to your new-found love of mountain biking or painting landscapes, Beyond Storage can get you there.

 

Moving to the countryside - moving home.

 

Here’s a summary of what you can expect with Beyond Storage:

  • Different unit sizes to suit your needs.
  • Beautifully kept outdoor sites, so you can drive straight up to your unit for easy loading and unloading.
  • A secure fingerprint scanning system for site access and 24/7 CCTV surveillance.
  • A high-end padlock on the unit itself.
  • Insulation and a dehumidifier for a climate-controlled environment - no damp or dust in sight!
  • Beyond Lounges on-site with free tea and coffee, biscuits, somewhere to take a breather and toilets.
  • Helpful and friendly staff always available.
  • Opening hours from 6am-9pm to fit around your schedule.
  • Only a week’s notice required.
  • Competitive rates and great value for money - yay!

 

Now that the logistics are out of the way, on to the fun stuff! We actively encourage people to get creative with how they use our storage containers and make it their own, so here’s how a self-storage facility can help make the most of your new life in the countryside:

  • Space for hobbies galore! And with long opening hours, you’re free to come and go when it suits you.
  • Downsizing? No problem! Consider your storage unit an extension of your home.
  • Our sites are surrounded by gorgeous countryside, so save yourself some cupboard space and keep your chunky raincoats, walking boots, wellies and any other walking gear you need in your unit for a quick grab-and-go solution for spontaneous walks in the country.
  • New to the area? There’s a great sense of community both in the locations of our sites and at the sites themselves, and with so many of our brilliant customers doing interesting things with their units, you’re sure to strike up a conversation and start building a network of great people.
  • Did we mention we do free tea and coffee in our cosy and stylish lounges? I think we did, but we’re so proud of it that we’ll mention it again!

 

Moving to the countryside - making the most of the outdoors with self-storage.

 

So if lockdown got you re-evaluating your current living situation, we’re here to facilitate your your transformation from city-slicker to country-bumpkin!

Get in touch with our friendly team to learn more about how we can find the perfect storage solution - or container home extension - for you.