We are the Colwyn Bay Heritage Group. Our aim is to make the heritage and history of the Colwyn Bay easily accessible and better known amongst those who live here or are interested in understanding more about the town.
We have published a number of booklets encouraging heritage walks around the area and have made use of the latest technology to develop inter generational interest and collected a comprehensive archive of people’s memories of events and activities in the area. We are also about to publish a series of oral history collections in ebook form.
We’ve already produced an activity pack on the town’s heritage for schools and facilitated a range of inter generational heritage discussions.
Our new website (2015) is now responsive which means that it is easier to view across a range of digital devices, e.g. mobile phones and tablets.
We have also added the Colwyn Bay Timeline. If there are articles relating to the timeline already on the site you can visit the links to read more and we are working on adding new articles.
We hope you enjoy the new browsing experience and that it will encourage you to explore more about Colwyn Bay and what the town has to offer, not only in the past but today.
Should you want to contact the Heritage Group to to comment on the website or to add a memory to the oral history archive you can visit our Contact page, or you can contribute to the ongoing discussions on the Group’s Facebook page or our Twitter feed.
We’ve developed a walk around the town centre as well as an informative booklet which will be a guide to the many interesting buildings in Colwyn Bay, including Theatr Colwyn which is the oldest Theatre in the UK.
Working with Tape Community Music and Film and local people of all ages we have also produced an audio accompaniment to the Heritage Walk. This is available to download from this website or at Colwyn Bay Library. The group hope to develop more walks in the future.
The latest walk is based on the churches and chapels of the town.
A Children’s History Activity Pack
We’ve worked with Colwyn Bay’s Ysgol Pendorlan to develop a local history activity pack which links in with the Heritage Walk and the National Curriculum.
A Time Capsule
The time capsule project developed from an idea some young people had after they had worked on the audio trail. We have placed a time capsule containing articles and items from the present day into the recently renovated Theatr Colwyn. The capsule will be opened in 50 years time.
We’re recording the personal stories and history of older members of the community, which will be made available in booklet form and on the Website. If you are interested in becoming a member of the group get in touch via our contact form. We are always happy to welcome more volunteers.