Antur is part of an exciting partnership project in Caernarfon which aims to maximise the economic benefits of heritage tourism by building on the town’s internationally important natural, cultural and heritage assets.
Established in 2012, the Caernarfon Waterfront Regeneration Programme aims to unlock some of the key areas of decline on Caernarfon’s waterfront. As our supporters will know, Antur’s bike shop, Beics Menai is located on the Slate Quay, and will therefore be at the heart of the changes. The programme is led by a strong partnership which consists of a number of organisations including the Welsh Government, Gwynedd Council, Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway, Caernarfon Harbour Trust, Galeri Cyf, GISDA, Caernarfon Town Council, Arts Council for Wales, as well as Antur Waunfawr. The current programme of activity has also seen a three year £1m Welsh Government investment through the Vibrant and Viable Places Tackling Poverty Grant.
Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism said: “Caernarfon has a rich and remarkable history, and as a result heritage tourism makes a significant contribution to the town’s economy The Caernarfon Waterfront Programme is an excellent example of the Welsh Government and key local and national partners working together to achieve a common objective in terms of improving and enhancing the heritage tourism offer, to maximise the opportunities heritage can offer to strengthen our economy.”
Through such funding the programme aims to safeguard the heritage of the area and return its buildings to productive and sustainable use, whilst engaging local people in apprenticeship, training, learning and volunteering activities, leading to new and sustainable jobs.