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There is no charge for this. It is about showing how to work together to keep the high street vibrant & with very low budgets for performing arts etc, any publicity is a help. We quite often will theme the display to start a conversation, & for it to have historical relevance or local interest. It is part of our business that has led to lots of laughs coming up with the ideas, but also the most interesting when working in partnership with others. It has become a huge feature of our shop, & we know that at we have at least one head teacher check out what the latest window is, & go away to do an assembly on it!



During our first year we worked with Football Association of Wales to promote the Welsh team at Euro 2016. Other themes that year were the Olympics: Brazil, 1970’s, & Mary Poppins which was on at Wales Millennium Centre (our first promotion for performing arts).


Windows were themed on The Oscars, cats & dogs, Japanese cherry blossom, summer deckchairs & picnics, boats & travel.

We worked alongside Welsh National Opera for a special window promoting Der Rosenkavalier.

Then we promoted Penarth history Month with vintage petrol pumps that were originally based 3 shops down from us 100 years prior.

We ended the year with a Christmas window which saw our first big fund raising project for Ty Hafan, the local Childrens’ Hospice based in Sully. We had a snow puppy disguised as Rudolf during their Snowdog Sculpture walks around Cardiff & the Vale. We held puppy painting classes alongside selling the the paint your own snowdogs, & a special raffle where Terry Setch, world famous artist painted a dog for us. We raised a substantial amount of money & it was the beginning of regularly fund raising for worthwhile causes.


We didn’t know it, but this year saw us work alongside lots of people from different walks of life. Themed windows included graffitti on skateboards, all things heart related, promotion for Snowcat Cinema, our local independent cinema based on the Pier Pavillion.

We worked with a final year student from Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, who designed an impressive set of origami carp jumping out of a goldfish bowl as part of her final exam on set design. We worked with Welsh National Opera again promoting their upcoming musical based on the Suffragettes.

We then promoted the campaign for the boat called ‘Turn The Tide on Plastic’ at the Volvo Ocean Race as it called through Cardiff. We ran special workshops for family & crew from all the boats, & it saw a number of Penarth businesses go for plastic free status (& we were awarded a certificate in plastic reduction).

We had a very special NHS 70th anniversary window with National Theatre for Wales, & followed this with a Penarth History Month window all based on the local coastline with the help of the National Museum Wales who lent us some fossils & a picture of the local dinosaur remains!

The 100 years commemeration of end of WW1 saw the ‘32’ poppy project window for Royal British Legion. We finished the year with a Christmas window for RNLI, (we are coastal based) with Santa & elves in a yellow welly workshop. We raised funds selling penguins for them!


Overall, it has seen us promote more local businesses.

We started the year with Chinese new year of the pig working alongside a young local artist. We promoted Penarth Operatic Society with their production of Sweeny Todd.

We promoted the Penarth Open Studio Trail. We celebrated 50 years since the historic Moon walk of 69’ alongside David Baker (local business who also opened that year). We then did the Summer of 69’ alongside Pencerrd Music Shop (another local shop in Station Approach that specialises in musical instruments).

We then had a collaboration with Penarth View, that was all about people from Penarth, & interesting historical facts about Penarth.The Christmas window had to be Gavin & Stacy, & was a great way to promote a locally filmed TV show & ‘Barry’s Island’ of course! We had great fun updating the window with taps etc once show had been aired.


We started off with such a great plan for the windows for 2020.  We went straight in with a vibrant "Raining Cats & Dogs" for the New Year.  We were due to celebrate Euro 2020, The Brecon Jazz Festival and the wonderfully inspiring Para Olympics.

However, Covid-19 struck and suddenly the world was not as we all knew it!  We knew how important it would be for our windows to shine so they would cheer people up on their daily walk.  We created a beautiful display to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of our Penarth Pier Structure.  After this we changed for a window inspired on cycling and exercise. 

We are now looking forward to creating a window to support Charity Horatio's Garden as our next major installation.



Where to find us...

Glass By Design

1 Station Approach


CF64 3EE

Telephone: 02920 705 317

Angelina: 07892 851 121

Cathy: 07815 442 739


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Tuesday - 11am to 5pm

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Thursday - 11am to 5pm

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