Attractive Vale

We would like to hear your ideas about piloting new tourism initiatives, or projects that develop the local identity.

 

Your ideas may aim to make use of local heritage assets, increase activity in the extensive natural environment and coastline in the rural Vale, explore new ways of encouraging use of local resources such as food and drink or arts and crafts, or something else!

 

Please get in touch to discuss your ideas!

 

Here are some of the projects we are supporting under this theme:

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Crafts Festival & Studio Trail

The Crafts Network members have come together to develop a new makers festival for the Vale, they will be piloting the appetite for the festival from both makers and visitors, and exploring the value of pop up studios as part of an open studio trail. The festival is likely to take place during the last two weeks of September 2019.

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Coastal Activity Feasibility Study & Showcase Event

This study will explore the feasibility of adventure activity along our coastline taking into consideration the landscape/seascape, envirnment, tides, accessibility, permission and infrastructure along the coast. This will culminate in a showcase event to demonstrate what it possible and attract activity providers and visitors to the coast.

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Film Tourism 

This Autumn we are looking to bring together communities and businesses across the Vale to celebrate film with the launch of a brand new film festival titled  “The Hidden Here”.

 

This festival will celebrate all things related to film in a range of locations across the Vale offering a palette of activities that are not just limited to screenings. We are looking to hold immersive and creative events in a variety of settings and we are also launching a film short competition in early July as part of the planned programme of events.

 

The festival will run from 26th September to the 6th October 2019.

 

Grant funding applications welcomed from individuals, community groups or businesses who are looking to host an event as part of the “Hidden Here”.

 

Click here to see how we can support you.

 

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Cycling in the Vale

This project has researched what type of cyclists we attract and what our cycling offer is. We have found out that we have a strong offer for road cyclists but that our off road and family offer is not very strong. The project is seeking to develop the offer for road cyclists, marketing the Vale as a place to come and explore, whilst perhaps stopping off for lunch along the way. Opportunities to develop the off road cycling offer have also been explored.

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The Twt Beech

The local community are exploring ways to describe and explore the afterlife of one very special tree, a large beech located in Twt Park that is estimated to have been planted in 1770. The project will document and celebrate wood crafts and skills through festivals, workshops and exhibitions. 

 

More details can be viewed on the project website

Crafts Network

Crafts Network

Craft professionals and enthusiasts across the Vale share a desire to develop their crafts, increase their opportunities to exhibit, sell, teach and work, and may benefit from having a Craft Network to explore these opportunities and connect with like-minded people. A short series of Crafts Network meetings will take place to determine the need. 

 

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 5th February 2019, 6-8pm at Old Hall, Cowbridge.

Notes from meeting November 2017

 

Notes from meeting February 2018

 

Notes from meeting June 2018

 

Notes from meeting September 2018

 

Notes from meeting November 2018

 

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PAWs in the Vale

The project sought to explore the pros and cons of developing dog friendly destinations.  For further information about the dog friendly offer in the Vale visit:

 

Visitor Website  Traders Website

 

An evaluation was undertaken to gain feedback from participating businesses and the public on their views on dogs in public places.  For further information refer to:

 

Paws in the Vale Evaluation Overview

 

Paws in the Vale Evaluation Full Report 

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Year of Legends and Sea

Offering inspiring workshops and networking events relating to Visit Wales’ Year of Legends and Sea. These sessions were aimed at anyone involved in the tourism economy from businesses to community groups and ambassadors, or has an interest in developing new events or activities. 

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Event Pop Ups

During the Autumn of 2016 we supported a number of event organisers to trial new pop up events at Dunraven bay on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. The project supported the event organisers to navigate an untried and testing rural location for hosting events. A toolkit for future event organisers, and an evaluation report is now available. 

 

Dunraven Pop Up Events Evaluation Report 

Pop Up Event Toolkit 

 

Marketing Your Event Toolkit

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Vale School Trips

This project aims to work with a number of attractions and organisations to map, research, develop and pilot new Youth Tourism and School Visits packages in the rural Vale of Glamorgan. A new website portal for school trips has been developed along with a number of resources. You can learn more about these in the presentations below, and visit the website.

 

Vale School Trips - Marketing

 

Vale School Trips - Brand and Resources 

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Digital TIPs (Tourism Information Points)

We recognise that people still value printed information, especially maps, walking routes and guides, we also recognise that print is expensive... this pilot will test peoples attitudes to paying or donating for printed resources, and test methods of collecting the income so that it goes back to the right source ready for the next print-run. 

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Glamorgan Heritage Coast Commercial Feasibility Study

This study explores the commercial opportunities along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, and focusses in particular on three main areas, namely: Events at Dunraven Bay, Developments at the Heritage Coast Centre and the Pen y Bont Lifeguards Centre provision at Ogmore-by-Sea.

 

Heritage Coast Feasibility Study

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Celebrating St Illtud

Exploring ways in which others celebrate St Illtud, sharing best practice, developing links and partnerships and putting Llantwit Major on a wider stage of interest.

 

View the project report here