The thermal spring at Taff's Well
People of all ages are welcome to Taff’s Well Park on Saturday, June 28th, 2014 for a Family Fun Day – and the official unveiling of the new audio-visual feature at the park’s famous thermal spring.
The family event organised by the Friends of Taff's Well Park runs from 10am until 4pm and will include a tennis tournament, rugby, a football penalty shoot-out, a climbing wall, crafts for younger children, a dog show and more.
At 10.30am, the new audio visual feature inside the well building will be officially unveiled by Cllr Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Sport.
The village of Taff’s Well gets its name from the only thermal spring in Wales, whose warm waters flow into the well after a 5,000 year underground journey.
The spring is located on the banks of the River Taff and the area surrounding it is now the local park. During the 1700s when ‘taking the waters’ became fashionable, the well started to attract attention as visitors came to find cures for ailments such as arthritis, rheumatism and ‘general consumption’.
The well eventually fell out of use but was given a new lease of life when in the 1930s it was reopened complete with an outdoor swimming pool.
Cllr Crimmings said: “Taff’s Well thermal spring is a unique visitor attraction within Wales. I am looking forward to officially unveiling the new audio visual feature which will allow visitors to discover for themselves more about its history.
“Apart from developments at the well itself, there has been significant investment over the last year or so in the park, including refurbishment of the tennis courts, and it has also attained Green Flag status.
“These improvements have caught the imagination of large parts of the community who are keen to see the park and the well preserved for future generations to enjoy.
“So I hope many local people will come along and enjoy the day, including the unveiling of the new feature.”
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, along with partners including British Geological Survey and Capital Region Tourism, have carried out a number of developments at the well over the past few years, including establishing the Lower Taff Destination Partnership. This is a group consisting of individuals with an interest in bringing more visitors to the area.
This partnership enabled match-funding to be secured for the development of interpretation panels in the park and the audio-visual project – completed by digital media company Heritage Interactive.
Developments in Taff's Well Park over the past two years have included:
A programme of major improvements to the well building, including securing the stability of the structure, improving access and the building’s appearance.
Refurbished tennis courts
A promotional leaflet to raise awareness of the thermal spring and to encourage support for its future development.
The well was featured in the renowned ‘Open Doors’ event in 2012 and 2013 with over 400 visitors welcomed over two days. It is set to feature in ‘Open Doors’ again during September 2014.
A Blue Plaque was purchased by the Community Council to celebrate the historic value of the well, subsequently listed on the RCT Heritage website.
Funding was secured to develop a series of interpretation panels within the Park to tell the fascinating story of the thermal spring.
If you would like to contribute to the partnership, please contact Rhondda Cynon Taf Tourism team on 01443 424009. For further information on places to visit in Rhondda Cynon Taf, please go to our Tourism pages