Social Summer 2018

Join us this Summer on a social enterprise tour of the UK! #SocialSummer2018 will be running from 1st June to 31st August and is a road trip showcasing social enterprises and community businesses you can visit over the summer months - from museums, theatres and leisure centres to zoos, skate parks and community owned pubs and cafes.

We’re working with Social Enterprise Northern Ireland, Social Enterprise Scotland, SE UK and Power to Change to shine a spotlight on those businesses which are changing lives and their communities whilst being a whole lot of fun to visit!

Here are the organisations which feature on the Welsh leg of the road trip. You can visit in person, or follow the tour on social media using the hashtag #SocialSummer2018.

Column 1 is Where you can visit column 2 is Description Column 3 is Website Links

  • 01 Fourteen Locks Canal Centre and Café - Cwm Lane, Rogerstone, Newport NP10 9GN

    Description

    A popular family attraction that is positioned on top of the Cefn flight, an engineering wonder of the industrial revolution that is located in the picturesque area of Newport. A family friendly location managed by MBACT, with an abundance of history, activity trails, family events and education days running throughout the year. The canal towpath is part of the national cycle route 47 and the beautiful Sirhowy valley walk.

  • 02 Greenmeadow Community Farm - Greenforge Way, Cwmbran NP44 5AJ

    Description

    Greenmeadow has been a working farm for over 250 years and in the late 1980s was saved by a group of local people who wanted to stop the farm being turned into a development site. Set in over 120 acres, it has a wide range of pedigree and rare breed animals which you can come and meet up close. Daily activities include milking demonstrations and tractor and trailer rides.

  • 03 Market Hall Cinema - Market Square, Brynmawr, Ebbw Vale NP23 4AJ

    Description

    Market Hall Cinema is Wales’ oldest cinema and the only remaining cinema in Blaenau Gwent. In 2013 it was taken over by the local community with a simple business proposition – to sell ‘seats and sweets’. It invests its profit into upgrading the building and community activities such as dance classes, painting courses, music workshops and film making courses.

  • 04 Cyfarthfa Castle and Park - Brecon Rd, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8NN

    Description

    Cyfarthfa Castle is located in the historical town of Merthyr Tydfil, which established itself as the Iron Capital of the World in the 18th Century with its huge Iron-Works complexes. It is situated in 160 acres of parkland with formal gardens, a lake, children’s play area and a model railway. Mention #SocialSummer2018 and you’ll get free entry!

  • 05 The Yard - Ynyswen, Treorchy, CF42 6EP

    Description

    Take a break from heritage sites and take the kids along to the Yard in Treorchy, an exciting new initiative based in the old Burberry Factory. Run by Valleys Kids to offer new opportunities whatever the weather, the centre has a large children’s indoor play space, indoor sports on two state of the art 5 a-side pitches, a fitness studio and Coffi Red café, all under one roof with ample parking.

    Website Links

    The Yard - The Yard

  • 06 Pedal Power - 22 Dogo St, Cardiff CF11 9JJ

    Description

    Pedal Power is a social enterprise that hires and sells bikes suitable for different ages and abilities, including a large number specially adapted for people with disabilities. You can hire bikes by the hour or for a day, and Pedal Power have locations in Cardiff Bay and Pontcanna. At the end of your journey, you can recover at Café Tanglewood, a vegetarian café managed by Pedal Power.

  • 07 Penarth Pier Pavilion - The Esplanade, Penarth CF64 3AU

    Description

    Take a trip to the seaside and visit Penarth Pier Pavilion, a fully restored art deco pier pavilion on the South Wales coast. The Pavilion is a multi-functional building housing a gallery, cinema, cafe and restaurant. It offers an exciting exhibitions programme, films ranging from new releases to classics, a full events schedule including live music, and locally sourced food and drink that can be enjoyed with a sea view.

  • 08 Muni Arts Centre - Municipal Buildings, Gelliwastad Rd, Pontypridd CF37 2DP

    Description

    The New Muni was saved from closure by a consortium of private, public and charitable organisations and reopened in September of 2015. Since then they have grown and been recognised as a hub for events and groups within Pontypridd and the wider south Wales area.

  • 09 Bryngarw House and Park - Brynmenyn, Bridgend CF32 8UU

    Description

    Whether you’re looking to join the cycle track for a ride alongside the River Garw; take part in a bushcraft activity with the Rangers; shoot down one of the slides in the children’s play area or simply take a stroll through the wildflower meadow – Bryngarw Country Park truly does have something for everyone.

  • 10 Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary - Caehopkin, Abercrave SA9 1UD

    Description

    Located in the lovely Brecon Beacons National Park area of South Wales, the sanctuary rescues and provides a home for many types of unwanted animals, especially chimpanzees, baboons and other primates. It undertakes rescues from zoos and laboratories where animals have suffered mistreatment and deprivation or are no longer wanted. Visitors are welcome to see the animals and find out more about the work of the sanctuary.

  • 11 The LC Swansea - Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3ST

    Description

    The LC Swansea is home to Wales’ biggest indoor waterpark, Swansea’s most state-of-the-art gym and now TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice award winner. The LC also features a legendary indoor surf machine, the Boardrider, a four storey interactive play area, and a 30ft indoor climbing wall.

  • 12 Xcel Bowl - Llansteffan Rd, Johnstown, Carmarthen SA31 3BP

    Description

    Xcel Bowl is a new bowling centre, offering fun for all, whatever your age or ability. With 12 lanes available, and a wide range of packages, special offers and concessionary rates there’s no reason not to play! All profits go towards supporting local people in need through Carmarthen Foodbank, Xcel Community Shop and Xcel Furniture.

    Website Links

    Xcel Bowl - Xcel Bowl

  • 13 The Waterfront Gallery - The Old Sail Loft, Discovery Quay, The Docks, Milford Haven SA73 3AF

    Description

    Housed in the Old Sail Loft at Milford Docks on the Haven Waterway in Pembrokeshire, is the Waterfront Gallery, one of south west Wales leading art galleries. Showing fine art paintings, drawings and print work alongside sculptures, ceramics, textiles, photography and jewellery, the unique 3,000 sq foot gallery space showcases the work of some 50 local artists and craft workers.

  • 14 Cletwr - Tre’r-ddol, Machynlleth, SY20 8PN

    Description

    Cletwr is a community-run shop, cafe and community hub in Tre’r-ddol, Ceredigion. As well as a busy programme of events for all ages and interests, it has a fantastic café serving superb coffee, an range of excellent home-made cakes, as well as soup, sandwiches, breakfasts (meaty and veggie) and other light snacks – using local produce where possible.

    Website Links

    Cletwr - Cletwr

  • 15 Swtan Heritage Centre - Dilwyn, Church Bay, Anglesey, Isle Of Anglesey, LL65 4ET

    Description

    Swtan (pronounced Su-tan) is a fully restored example of a 17th century Welsh cottage with a thatched roof. It is situated on the beautiful north west coast of Anglesey, in the picturesque village of Church Bay (Porth Swtan). As well as the Cottage, there is a well-stocked vegetable plot and a herb garden showcasing the traditional use of herbs for culinary and medicinal purposes.

  • 16 Galeri Caernarfon - Doc Victoria, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Caernarfon LL55 1SQ

    Description

    Galeri Caernarfon Cyf is a not for profit community enterprise which was established in 1992 to improve the image of Caernarfon town centre by purchasing derelict buildings (shops, offices and housing) within the walled town. The Galeri arts centre has a theatre and cinema and its artistic programme includes a range of art-forms.

  • 17 Antur Stiniog - Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3NB

    Description

    Based in the heart of Snowdonia, Antur ‘Stiniog offers seven fantastic downhill mountain bike trails, graded blue to black, and the best mountain bike uplift service in the UK, some even say in the world! You can hire bikes and equipment from its state-of-the-art, fully equipped downhill centre complete with café, shop, showers, bike maintenance and bike wash. When you’ve finished on the trails, it also has an outdoor shop, information centre, coffee house and art gallery in the heart of Blaenau Ffestiniog.

  • 18 Welsh Mountain Zoo - Conwy LL28 5UY

    Description

    The Welsh Mountain Zoo is set high above Colwyn Bay with panoramic views and breath-taking scenery. Roam the wooded pathways, relax on the grassy slopes and spend a lovely day meeting the many rare and endangered species including Snow Leopards, Chimpanzees, Red Pandas and Sumatran Tigers!

  • 19 Porters Coffee Shop - 41-43 Station Road, Colwyn Bay LL29 8BP

    Description

    Porters serves a range of snacks, meals, cakes and drinks, choosing to use local suppliers wherever possible. Offering American pancake breakfasts, toasted tea cakes, paninis, jacket potatoes, afternoon teas and more – it’s sure to have something to whet your appetite! As a social enterprise, Porters provides training and work experience placements for local people seeking employment.

  • 20 Llangollen Railway - 5 Abbey Rd, Llangollen LL20 8SN

    Description

    Take a step back in time to the days of steam trains at one of North Wales’ most popular tourist attractions. Llangollen Railway is the only standard gauge heritage railway in North Wales. Located beside the historic Dee Bridge (built in 1345) in the centre of Llangollen town, the 10 mile trip along the railway takes you through the stunning Dee Valley to the lovely town of Corwen the crossroads of North Wales.

  • 21 Holywell Leisure Centre - Fron Park Rd, Holywell CH8 7UZ

    Description

    With three swimming pools, a gym, café and soft play area, Holywell Leisure Centre is a great place to take the family. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can get involved in scuba diving, aqua fitness classes, or visit the health suite. Previously managed by the local authority, the facility was transferred to community ownership in April 2017 and is now run by a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

  • 22 The Raven Inn - Ffordd Rhiw Ial, Llanarmon-yn-Ial, nr Mold CH7 4QE

    Description

    The Raven Inn is a traditional community-orientated freehouse in the picturesque North Wales village of Llanarmon-yn-Ial, Denbighshire. It is situated under the Clwydian hills in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers locally sourced food, real ales and live music performed by local talent. It has been run by the community since August 2009 and all profits are used to fund village community projects.