Our UK City of
Culture 2025 bid.
Wrecsam UK City of Culture Bid 2025
UK City of Culture is a competition run by DCMS, and for the first time in its history, bid has been open to non-cities, allowing towns and regions to apply-so we jumped at the chance!
Entrants must prove that they can put culture at the heart of their plans to drive their local economy forward. This is especially important now as we look to recover from the impacts of the Covid pandemic.
We will explore how culture can reanimate our public spaces and shopping areas, and work on how we can best regenerate upgrade our civic and artistic infrastructure to take full advantage of the opportunities that levelling up provides.
Wrexham is the only Welsh region still in the competition. We expect that the benefits of Wrexham winning, and becoming a City of Culture host would have a positive wider impact across Wales as well as with our immediate neighbours in Denbighshire, Flintshire, Powys, Cheshire and Shropshire and Merseyside
Our vision for UK City of Culture 2025 involves a comprehensive programme of events, based around:
- The centre of trade & events in North Wales
- The UK Capital of Play
- Home of football in Wales
- Leaders in innovation
- Welsh language and heritage
- Evolving cultural diversity
During our year as hosts, we will be developing a long-lasting legacy for our future – using culture as a catalyst for improving health and wellbeing, local knowledge and pride, and improved educational outcomes.
We want everyone to feel engaged and part of the yearlong celebration of culture. Events held county wide will create opportunities to be more involved with you own community, as well as the wider area. We’ll see you there!
Wrexham council submitted the initial bid, but we now need local businesses and voluntary organisations to get involved, help promote the values and benefits of the bid, and build public support and interest.
We are looking for partner businesses from across Wrexham County to become bid ambassadors.
Becoming a bid ambassador won’t involve any financial commitment. You’ll just need to promote the bid to your customers, staff and online followers during the course of the competition.
Get in touch by filling in the contact from below or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll then send you our logo as well as handy guidelines on how to best use it.
Views from the local community
We also need feedback from local communities, including people from all age groups, on the proposed programme of events. These views will help to make sure that the events best reflect the role they have made and still make to the county’s identity. If you would like to give feedback on the proposed programme of events you can let us know by filling in our contact form.
What Happens Next?
There were initially 20 bids submitted to become UK City of Culture in 2025, Wrexham first made it to the longlist of 8, and then announced as making the shortlist of 4 alongside Southampton, Bradford and Durham.
This is great news for us and propels us forward into the final part of the bid.
We’ll now be shouting even louder about what Wrexham has to offer, and continuing to explore how we can level up the area further. But we need your help to do this.
Talk to your friends, talk to your family, talk to your colleagues, share a though on the bid on your social media. It all counts in building the buzz for Wrexham.
Final judging and winner announcement will take place in May.