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Coastal Communities Fund: Year of the sea

Visit Wales has named 2018 Year of the Sea, and in case you need any more reason to visit our incredible coastline you can choose from a number of fantastic projects below which have been funded through the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) programme. 

Halen Môn

Go for a tour around Tŷ Halen, the Halen Môn Saltcote and Visitor Centre on Anglesey which received £191,817 from the fund, and hear the secret of how they use the wild waters around Wales to create the best salt in the world. And in season you can also try the tasty home-made mussels from the area and call into the shop to take the taste back home to your own kitchen.

Colwyn Bay Watersports

If you’re looking for adventure rather than culinary pursuits, you can head for Colwyn Bay and develop a hobby that will be yours for life. Since receiving £100,000 from CCF to expand the business this community company has gone from strength to strength and now offers everything from sailing to wind surfing for people of all ages and abilities.

Chapel Bay Fort & Museum

The history of Wales’ coastline echoes across the ages and there is no better testament to this than Chapel Bay Fort & Museum in Angle, Pembrokeshire. With grant support of £270,626 from CCF and a team of faithful volunteers, the museum educates the whole community on the area’s military heritage over more than two centuries.

Wales Coastal Path

Epic cliffs. Fierce and tranquil seas. Leisurely beaches. There is so much to see on Wales’ coastlines and there is no better way to see it all than by following the coastal path. By using the Wales Coast app, developed with a grant of £275,000 to the Keep Wales Tidy charity, you can find the best that the 870 mile walk has to offer.

Cwrw Llŷn Brewery

What better way of celebrating everything the Welsh coast has to offer than with a pint of beer at the shore? Cwrw Llŷn Brewery is located within a stone’s throw of the beach at Nefyn and is very proud of this, having named a number of pints, such as Seithenyn and Y Mimosa after our maritime history, and Cwrw Cochyn, which recalls the pirates and smugglers of the olden days. With tours of the brewery available, you too can learn this fantastic trade.

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