(This blog post will be added to during the month of November)
Football plays a huge part in the identity and culture of Wrexham.
We have the oldest international stadium in the world and the Football Association of Wales (FAW) was formed here back in 1876.
It’s little wonder that we consider Wrexham the spiritual home of Welsh Football.
Plans are ongoing for the development of the Football Museum for Wales to be based here in Wrexham, and the future of football locally and internationally looks bright.
This November we look to celebrate together and follow the current success of our national team through a series of events held here in Wrexham.
We would love to see how you are marking Wales’ first world cup appearance in 64 years. So if you are joining us in one of the fanzones, or watching from home use the #WalGochWrecsam #Tag to share your pics/video and thoughts.
We’ve also teamed up with Expo’r Wal Goch and are inviting football fans to send messages of support from the #WalGochWrecsam (Wrexham Welsh Football Fans) to the Wales team! The messages of support will be delivered to the Wales camp ahead of their departure to Qatar. You can send your message of support HERE
A packed month of events and activities can be seen on the list below:
11-13th November – Expo’r Wal Goch
- 3 day event celebrating football culture held in venues across Wrexham- https://www.footballfansfestival.com/
15th – 20th November- National Theatre Wales – A Proper Ordinary Miracle
- (Not football related but non the less a huge co-created project about Wrexham, and hosted in Wrexham-sandwiched between Expo Wal Goch and the start of the world cup! https://www.nationaltheatrewales.org/ntw_shows/a-proper-ordinary-miracle/
*Under 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult
21st November – Wales v USA (K.O 7pm)
- High St Fan Zone – English commentary (5pm onwards, free entry). Live music from The Columbians, The Big Beat and DJ Tony Bear.
- Tŷ Pawb Fan Zone – Welsh language commentary (5pm onwards, free entry). Live music from Megan Lee, Alpha chino and Rhos Male Voice Choir.
25th November – Wales v Iran (K.O. 10am)
- High St Fan Zone – English commentary (9.30am onwards. Free entry).
- Tŷ Pawb Fan Zone – Welsh language commentary (5pm onwards. Free entry).
29th November – Wales v England (K.O. 7pm)
- High St Fan Zone – English commentary (5pm onwards. Free entry). Live music from The Big Beat, Tom Collins and DJ Tony Bear
- Tŷ Pawb Fan Zone – Welsh language commentary (5pm onwards. Free entry). Live music from 1987tilpresent and Mei Emrys.
Further details on the High St Fanzone:
The outdoor fanzone is located on High St so we can support Wales and our City Centre pubs and bars at the same time.
However the fanzone area itself is subject to licencing conditions and only drinks (alcoholic and soft) purchased from the venues inside the fanzones can be consumed there. Food can be purchased from venues inside the fanzone, or brought in from elsewhere.
The fanzones are free and you do not need tickets to attend – although there is a capacity.
To ensure that this is a family friendly event bag searches and security will be in place, and anyone intoxicated will not be allowed in. Any individuals acting in an anti-social manner will be removed from the fanzone – and as the fanzone is the High Street, please do not climb on any street furniture!
Toilets will be available to use inside the pubs and bars along with portable toilets located on High Street during the evening matches. The Henblas Street toilets will be opening for the morning match.
The events will involve a full road closure from the junction of Hope Street / Church Street down to the junction with Yorke Street (no vehicular access to Charles Street). The one way system on Charles Street will be reversed to allow taxis to come down and exit via Chester Street.
As part of our World Cup celebrations and to show support the Wales team, St Giles Church will be lit up in red, green and yellow for the Wales v USA (21 Nov) and Wales v England (29 Nov) matches.
As a football loving county, the fanzones will be a great way to experience the joy of watching Wales in the World Cup together. Use the #WalGochWrecsam #tag on social media to share your images and video of the celebrations!
Other events and activities:
Saturday November – 5, 12, 19, 26, December – 3, 11am-1pm: World Cup Sticker Swap Shops with football themed craft/LEGO activities
Exhibition: Shirt Stories: A shirt by shirt history of Welsh football
12th November, 10am – Family Art Club: Design your own football scarf! £3
12th November, 10am – FIFA 23 Tournament with House of Retro
Saturday 12, 19, 26, November – 3, 11am – 1pm: World Cup Sticker Swap Shop with The Personal Present People
21st 4pm, 24th 4pm, 29th 4pm – Screen print your own football flag to take home – with printmaker, Rhi Moxon. FREE!
Selected World Cup matches to be shown live throughout the tournament. See website for details:www.typawb.wales
20th November – Charity game Wrexham Police FC (@wrexhampolicefc) Vs (Wrexham Legends (@LegendsWrexham) Game starts at 1.30pm at Penycae Football Club. Raising funds for Nightingale House Hosipce (@NightingaleHH)
Cefn Mawr Library: World Cup Book Sweepstake for children. (Suitable for children under 16)
Rhos Library: Rhos Aelwyd FC football shirt & historical programmes on display
- Free World Cup Themed Craft Pack for younger children to do onsite or take away.
- Find the Footballer Treasure Hunt …just for adults! Free
- Find the Football Treasure Hunt children only. Free
- Design your own World Cup competition. Can you improve on the design of the current World Cup? Come and have a go if you think you can! The competition is open to children under 16. Free
- World Cup Treasure hunt for children. How many clues can you find hidden around Wrexham Library? Free