Celebrate #SocialSaturday in North Wales
Saturday 13 September 2014 is Social Saturday, a UK-wide campaign run by Social Enterprise UK to encourage people to buy from social enterprises.
Here are my top tips on how you can spend Social Saturday in North Wales. From watching local football teams, to taking in some of the amazing landscapes and scenery North Wales has to offer! There’s something for everyone.
Visit Wales’ current Social Enterprise of the Year to catch the latest film or theatre performance. Or you can grab a bite to eat and drink at the ‘DOC Café Bar’, whilst enjoying the stunning views of Victoria Dock and the Menai Straits.
Porthmadog Football Club (FC)
If you’re a football fan, go and watch Porthmadog FC, who are taking on Fflint, at home, on Saturday 13th September. The match kicks off at 3pm at Y Traeth, Porthmadog.
Pengwern Arms Hotel
Located in Llan Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, the Pengwern Arms Hotel is a community owned venture, which acts as the ‘focal point’ for people in the area. Pengwern say that the ‘pub is the hub’, so if you’re planning on meeting friends or family for a drink or bite to eat, why not pop into Pengwern in the beautiful surroundings of Snowdonia.
If you’re looking for a new piece of home furniture, then why not visit ‘Resource-renew’ in Bangor. They have a range of pre-owned furniture and refurbished white goods available at bargain prices.
You can also donate your old items to them. So if you’ve recently moved house or had a de-clutter, don’t throw anything away, get in touch with Resource-renew, so it can be reused.
If you’re an outdoor activity enthusiast, then a visit to Antur Stiniog is a must. Located in Bro Ffestiniog, in the amazing surroundings of Snowdonia, the landscape lends itself perfectly for walking, kayaking and camping. Any keen mountain bikers should try out one of their four graded downhill trails, on which the British Championships were recently held. Before you hit the hills, visit ‘Y Siop’ to kit yourself out with climbing and bike equipment, bike hire and outdoor clothing.
Antur Stiniog has something for everyone though. If the above activities don’t take your fancy, then you can pop into ‘Antur Café’ for some traditional Welsh food.
Colwyn Bay FC
Cheer on Colwyn Bay FC on Saturday 13th September, in their home clash against North Ferriby United in the Conference North division. Kick off is at 3pm at Llanelian Road, Old Colwyn.
Menter Fachwen – Greenworks Horticulture
Located in the Old Station, Cwm-Y-Glo, Greenworks Horticulture specialises in made to order hanging baskets for the summer and winter. If you’re a keen gardener, then it’s definitely worth paying them a visit.
Tafarn Y Fic
Tafarn y Fic is a Welsh community pub located in Llithfaen, near Pwllheli. If you’re in the area, call into the bar for a warm welcome and local ale. First, you should take in the area’s fantastic scenery by embarking on some of the local walking trails.
Swtan is a fully restored example of a 17th century Welsh cottage with a thatched roof. It is situated on the beautiful north west Wales coast of Anglesey, in the picturesque village of Church Bay (Porth Swtan).
The cottage is owned by the National Trust, and is leased and run by a group of local enthusiasts, Cyfellion Swtan (‘Friends of Swtan’), as a living heritage museum preserving history and culture.
Visitors can experience a fascinating step back in time to rural life in Wales circa 1900.
Holyhead Maritime Museum
The museum is a fascinating experience for the whole family. Step back in time at the oldest lifeboat station in Wales (circa. 1858), which houses a collection of exhibits telling the enthralling maritime history of Holyhead.
Situated alongside the Maritime Museum, in a Second World War Air Raid Shelter, is the very informative permanent exhibition “Holyhead at War”. There is wheelchair access, a well stocked gift and bookshop, very knowledgeable museum guides and a highly recommended cafe/licensed restaurant, the “Harbour Front Bistro”.
Go and support Wrexham FC on 13th September, who are playing Welling at home (the Racecourse Ground), kick off is at 3pm. It’s been a good start to the season for Wrexham, and with Welling not fairing so well at the moment, there’s a good chance of this continuing!
Before you go to cheer on Wrexham FC, visit Saith Seren, a community owned pub in Wrexham, for a pre match meal and drink. While there, you can take in some live entertainment from local performers.
The Social Saturday campaign was started by the Wales Co-operative Centre in Wales in 2013 so it’s really exciting to see it rolled out across the UK. Last year, social enterprises all over Wales took part to showcase the best of what they do.
If you’ve got any other ideas about how to support social enterprises for Social Saturday, let us know via Twitter (@WalesCoopCentre). Whatever you do to celebrate Social Saturday, don’t forget to share your experiences on twitter using the hashtag #socialsaturday.
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