Wicked Cinema, Rhyl. Picture by Rhiannon Wyn Hughes

Rhyl: community cinema group to expand in 2020

BIG plans are underway for the Little Theatre’s community cinema in 2020. Following a successful 2019, the Wicked Cinema group is set to expand again in its third year. This year, the Wicked group grew from two cinemas to five to include the Wicked Family and Cult cinemas, as well as a Sing-a-Long cinema for people with dementia and the Stand Against Violence Initiative – working alongside West Rhyl Young People’s Project, Brighter Futures Rhyl and North Wales Police – and Hashtag cinema. Rhiannon Wyn Hughes, who helps run the…

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The historic Tower Colliery site

Adventure leisure to ‘zip’ new life into disused Welsh collieries

Private equity-backed adventure activity company Zip World has shared details on its planned South Wales expansion. Since 2013, Zip World has opened three sites in the Snowdonia Mountain range, creating jobs and contributing millions to the North Wales economy in its first five years. The business has now confirmed it is set to launch at the historic old Tower Colliery site in the coal mining town of Hirwaun, set in the Rhigos mountain range.   The location was home to the oldest continuously working deep coal mine in the UK,…

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Howell's department store, Cardiff (Wikimedia)

Historic Cardiff department store to become leisure-led ‘hub’

The historic Howells building on St Mary Street is set to become a state-of-the-art leisure and entertainment destination and commercial hub for the benefit of residents and visitors in Cardiff. The 1.7-acre commercial hub in the centre of Cardiff is to be transformed into a new mixed-use development, plans have revealed. Project managing the programme from inception through to final delivery is international construction and property consultancy, Gleeds who will also cost manage the scheme. The prominent site is being developed by Naissance Capital Real Estate, who acquired it in…

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