Wales Coastline and Border Celebration

March 7th - Project Update 5 has been uploaded. Good to see the numbers of contacts increasing with links to 23 U3As across Wales. Some very good quality contributions to the Facebook Group page, which also has a growing list of group members. There may now be scope to put people in touch with others who are working on ideas or events where there may be an overlap with others.

February 9th - Project Update 4 has been uploaded. Thanks for all material submitted during January. It has been very interesting and one lasting impression is how much of the material, in whatever form it is submitted, reveals the atmosphere of the places and events and the moods of the people who are involved. If you have any suggestions or comments about the logo options (set out in the Update) please contact us at

January 9th - For progress with the project please click on the link to the latest Project Update.

Project Background and Approach.

Wales is the only country which people can walk round, and what a source of inspiration it is. Coastal Wales was named the ‘best region on earth’ by the Lonely Planet Travel Guide and Offa’s Dyke is Britain’s longest ancient monument. Together they provide trails for over 1000 miles.

The working assumption is that U3A members, every year and in every part of Wales, will be enjoying and learning through activities which reference the coast and border lands. Through walking of course, but also through art and photography, tours and visits, history, the natural world and science. There is the architecture of cities, the landscape of estuaries, and the friendships formed and strengthened through shared experiences.

There is a Welsh proverb “Benthyg dros amser byr yw popeth a geir yn y byd hwn” which can be translated as “Everything you have in this world is just borrowed for a short time”. The U3A in Wales now wants people to share and pass on the coast and border experiences that they have.


Plans for a U3A celebration of the fantastic coastline and border country of Wales are now taking shape.

We want U3As, particular interest or activity groups, and individual members to submit material that is inspired by the coast or border, and the wildlife or communities to be found there now or in the past.

We want to see if we can record visits and activity along every section of the coastline and border throughout the coming year, including activities and events already in your group programmes, and any additional ones planned specifically as a contribution to this project.

We will form a Facebook Group and try to set this up so that a full record of what has been achieved might be capable of being turned into a publication at some point.

Early progress will be reported on at the Wales Conference in May 2018. Contributions will be welcome from everyone. We would also like to celebrate those places which are the most accessible for people wanting to enjoy aspects of the coastline and border.

It is hoped that material can be collected throughout 2018 and that this will then lead to a major conference and exhibition in early 2019 as a celebratory event.

Contact for further information and the submission of any material or ideas: or

Number of U3As expressing an interest to date: 15

Potential contributions and ideas to date

From early soundings the range of ideas includes:

  • Mapping the sections walked
  • Thematic proposals: harbours; historic pubs; bench inscriptions; links to Welsh legends; marine archaeology; flora and fauna; public artworks; the story of energy.
  • Photographic records
  • Creative Writing projects
  • Good Places for people with particular access requirements to visit
  • Places to stay, or just to rest a while
  • City, town and country
  • Heritage sites: industrial, social, military
  • Whole estuary approach supported by different group contributions
  • Links to Wales Coast Path and Offas Dyke Path, Peoples Collection Wales, work of Older Peoples Commissioner, Tourist Board