Harlech & Ardudwy Hamdden/Leisure is a not for profit, social enterprise which is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of local people from the community and supported by a group of volunteers known as Friends of Harlech Swimming Pool who work hard on fundraising. Our motto :  run for the community by the community.

This all grew out of a campaign to save Harlech Pool in 2008 and it is the culmination of years of hard work by members of the Harlech and Ardudwy Community which has seen the construction of a state of the art climbing wall and new café. The pool continues, and the café and climbing wall bring a new direction and new visitors to the centre.

The new climbing facilities housed in an atrium extension and linked to the swimming pool and its facilities by a new reception and a light and airy 40 seater café with external sun terrace form part of the not-for-profit community led project.

“it is clear that directors and staff of this not for profit company have worked relentlessly to save a local swimming pool and turn it into an exciting all-weather attraction for families and seasoned climbers. It is also very much a project for the community…”

About Harlech & Ardudwy Hamdden/Leisure

2007/08—Gwynedd Council announced that the swimming pool would close, and found that the pool had reached the end of its life and closing it would save them £160,000 a year; without the pool , children from seven local schools would be left with no swimming lessons provision ;
A campaign group was set up to fight the closure of the pool;

2009—Local people submitted a business plan to run the pool with a COMMUNITY TRUST—The friends of Harlech Swimming Pool wanted to invest in a climbing wall and café to attract more paying customers;

2010—£800,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund was secured (£500,000 Capital Funding and £300,00 revenue grant), further £300,00 secured through the Community Facilities and Activities Programme (CFAP);

1st December 2010—the keys for Harlech Swimming Pool was handed over to the Trust;
Building work commenced in early 2011—building a new reception area, State of the Art Climbing Wall and Café along with essential maintenance work to the swimming pool basin and a facelift to the changing rooms;

Delays in building work meant that the centre was delayed but the wall and café eventually opened in November 2011 which meant that a whole summer season was not capitalised on ………The centre was officially opened on the 9 January 2012.

Please Support the centre in any way that you can – and consider becoming a member – Adults £15 and Children £5.00.

If you would like to contact a Board Member, please email or our general email