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Connecting Communities in Wales

At Arriva, we want to combat loneliness and social isolation by bringing communities closer together.

By highlighting some of the fantastic organisations, charities and centres across our regions, the Connecting Communities campaign aims to make it just that bit simpler for people who may not know where to turn to in their local community.

Helping to bring together individuals and communities in Wales, we’ve compiled a selection of great community groups and activities in the region that are accessible via the Arriva bus network. To make it easier for our customers in Wales to find these groups and try new things, we’ve detailed the Arriva bus routes to take.

The projects we showcase are much-loved and respected within local communities, and often provide a comprehensive programme of events, workshops, and activities for all members of society. So, no matter what your age or interests, there’s bound to be something for you to enjoy and get involved in.

Read on for our list of suggested groups and activities in Wales.


Rhyl Botanical Gardens

Rhyl Botanical Gardens

Run by a co-operative between Rhyl Town Council and the non-profit Supporters of Rhyl Botanical Gardens, these beautiful gardens feature a range of floral displays and some great community events to keep you busy all year round.

Supporters of Rhyl Botanical Gardens was established in 2003 to petition against the destruction of the Community Café in the heart of the town’s much-loved botanical gardens. Since then, this non-profit organisation, which comprises of volunteers from the local community in Rhyl, has worked alongside Rhyl Town Council to maintain the gardens for future generations to enjoy.

As well as maintaining the gardens’ beautiful landscaped grounds, the team at Supporters of Rhyl Botanical Gardens have been instrumental in re-establishing the community programme at the garden café. Now, there is a daily programme of popular events in place to serve the local community, from Social Computer Club to Ancestry Club, giving people the opportunity to come together and get involved in new events amid the splendour of these fantastic community gardens.



Find out more: Rhyl Botanical Gardens

Catch the bus: 84a Rhyl Circular


gladstones library

Gladstone’s Library – Hawarden

Founded by William Gladstone, the great Victorian statesman, Gladstone’s Library is a historic community library in the heart of Hawarden village. Billed as the UK’s finest residential library, Gladstone’s is a centre of learning and meeting place where likeminded people can get together, debate, study and research in a charming setting free from the distractions of modern life.

Like so many libraries, Gladstone’s is a place for individual reflection and social interaction. As well as quiet study areas and reading rooms, the library operates an evolving programme of courses, workshops and events which are designed to maintain Gladstone’s legacy of social engagement.

It’s popular with writers, researchers, scholars and students, as well as people from the local community who want to catch up with their neighbours or join in with community events.

Gladstone’s Library is a much-loved community institute in the Mold and Chester region, and offers reading rooms, activities and an on-site café.

It’s the perfect place to meet new friends or join in with programmed workshops and events.



Find out more: Gladstone Library

Catch the bus: 4/4s Chester to Mold


u3a groups wales


U3A (The University of the Third Age)

The U3A (The University of the Third Age) operates a number of activity groups throughout Wales, designed for people of retirement age. The groups are perfect if you want to learn a new skill or enhance your knowledge of a particular subject. They’re also a great place to meet like-minded people and make new friends*.


university of the third age




Arriva Bus Route


Wrexham U3A

12A Wrexham to Brymbo; 21 Wrexham to Summerhill

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The Llandudno Area U3A

26 Llandudno Circular

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Prestatyn Rhyl & District U3A

11M Rhyl to Holywell

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Penmaenmawr & District U3A

5/X5 Bangor to Llandudno

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Anglesey/Ynys Mon U3A

4/4R Bangor to Holyhead

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*Although every effort has been made to ensure the information above is correct, we’d recommend visiting the website of the group you’d like to attend, for accurate and up-to-date information on attendance requirements and location.

We’re always looking to feature new centres and groups in our Connecting Communities collection, so if you know of any projects, groups or activity centres that you feel enrich the lives of local people, we’d love to hear from you on [email protected].

If your preferred Wales group or activity centre isn’t listed here, you can still discover how Arriva can help get you there using our timetable search tool on our homepage. Or to find out more about loneliness and social isolation, head back to our main feature page, here.