Music Festival & Free Parking Boosts Footfall. Up 26%

The first Neath Music Festival together with free car parking after 10am in the town centre pay & display car parks boosted footfall over  four days by 26% [week on week comparison].

Both traders and the public alike made very positive comments on the lively & friendly ambience that Neath was  providing to visitors and shoppers.

The music festival took place at three different locations through the town providing over 100 hours of music.

Footfall for the week was 104,578 counted by our Springboard footfall counters recording the highest numbers of people in town since counting began.

Neath Real Ale & Cider Festival 2018

Neath Real Ale & Cider Festival 2018
Friday 20th & Saturday 21st July with FREE Parking after 10am in all town centre Pay & Display Car Parks.
Real ale galore!
If you are not in to real ale and cider, why not just take advantage of the FREE parking and great atmosphere, grab a coffee, or a glass of prosecco, do a bit of shopping, relaxed knowing the parking is free after 10am.

Twelve FREE PARKING Days in Neath


Neath Inspired in partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council have agreed FREE PARKING after 10am in all town centre Pay & Display Car Parks for the Music Festival, the Ale & Cider Festival, the Food & Drink Festival and the Christmas Lights On and Christmas Fayre.
Dates for your Diary:
Music Festival: July 12th, 13th, 14th &15th
Ale & Cider Festival: July 20th & 21st
Food Festival [10th Anniversary] October 5th, 6th & 7th 
Christmas Fayre & Lights On: November 23rd, 24th & 25th
12 Days of FREE Parking in Neath Town Centre

NEW EVENT 100 Hours of Music! Neath Music Festival – July 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th


A new event for Neath is on its way

Neath Music Festival with 100 hours of music on 3 stages through the town 

Wind Street – Orchard Street & Green Street

Neath Inspired in partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council are providing

FREE PARKING after 10am in all the town centre Pay & Display Car Parks

The full programme of events and locations can be viewed below:






Guitar Gig & Free Parking Boosts Footfall

This year’s excellent Great Guitar Gig together with the Neath Inspired Free Parking After 10am in all the pay and display car parks in Neath Town Centre helped to significantly boost footfall in the town centre.

A comment below on Facebook from a lady in Bridgend says it all:

“We have just had a lovely day out in Neath today. Lovely stop at Cafe 46, a walk around the town centre and busy well populated market, a bit of shopping, cheap car parking and the town was bustling, friendly and local entertainment was there to watch. I would never dream of doing this in Bridgend town centre and have lived there all my life. Well done Neath 😊”

Footfall increased by 12% on Saturday and by 19.5% on Sunday compared to the previous week.

The Free Parking initiative by Neath Inspired and Neath Port Talbot Council will be carried through to all other key town centre events giving shoppers and visitors free parking on event days.

The Gig in the town Hall was a great success with world renowned Adrian Legg and Chris Buck and Gary Potter leading a packed line-up of great guitar entertainment.

Neath Inspired would like to thank members of the Neath Town Consortium, Neath Town Council and others for the immense amount of hard work that goes in to putting on a quality and successful event like this.



Free Parking After 10am for Neath’s Great Guitar Gig.

Parking is FREE after 10am in all Neath’s Pay & Display Car Parks on Saturday 26th May and Sunday 27th May, supporting the two days of Neath’s Great Guitar Gig.

Neath Inspired, in partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council, are delivering this initiative to support events in Neath Town Centre and to attract more people to come & visit Neath.


Coming Soon Neath’s Great Guitar Gig

Neath’s Great Guitar Gig 2018

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May

Sponsored by Neath Inspired, Neath Town Council, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, The Music Shop and Blackstar.

Supported by The Wave and Swansea Sound.

Neath Town Hall and various bars in the town centre, so far: The Ambassador, Presidents, The Cross Keys & Ten/21

The Line Up so far




Opening 12.00pm Jango Haze


Jeremy Young Trio


1.30pm-2.30pm Up the Creek  Dewi Griffiths


3.00pm-4.00pm Adrian Legg Master Class Gary Potter Solo


4.30pm-5.30pm Chris Buck Master Class TBC





6.30pm-7.30pm Adrian Legg Gary Potter Band



Rivers Duo


9.30pm Chris Buck   

Glas (James Oliver)


Please note:

  • Artists are subject to change.
  • Times are approximate and subject to change.
  • There is limited capacity in the Town Hall so entry is based on a first come, first served basis.
  • All tickets purchased in advance will guarantee entry.

Entrance fee per day £6 at the Town Hall.

Or, to avoid disappointment, book in advance at the Gwyn Hall Box Office

tickets £6.45 per day (includes 7.5% ticket levy).


Minister gets BIDs off the ground with Neath visit

Funding to help town centre businesses work together to boost their local economy is now open for applications.

Housing and Regeneration Minister Rebecca Evans will announce the £270,000 funding with a visit to meet local traders in Neath to learn about how their Business Improvement District is making a difference to the town.

Business Improvement Districts are an innovative way of bringing local businesses together by pooling their resources to work as a team. Once the BID is agreed via a ballot, each business contributes financially via a levy, which is then used to fund the agreed activities set out in the Business Plan. These could include marketing, promotion and events, car parking, tackling anti-social behaviour, improving access to towns, or work to make the area more attractive.


Rebecca Evans said:

“The momentum for BIDs is growing across the UK and we’re aware of the real impact they create in towns across Wales, but setting them up takes time, effort and support, which is why we provide Welsh Government funding to get them off the ground.

“Neath Inspired, the Business Improvement District, has developed effective partnerships with the town and county council on several projects, including supporting events, providing hanging baskets and Christmas lights. Members can access social media and marketing training, and their website advertises some fantastic local festivals.”

Economy Secretary Ken Skates said:

“Collectively, the eight established Business Improvement Districts which have already received our support will generate over £5m private investment to support activities in their area over the next five years. These projects are supporting economic development and town centre regeneration, making our high streets more attractive and vibrant places to visit.

“We know that a number of towns across Wales are looking at this sustainable funding model, and I hope we see many more potential BIDs come forward as a result of the funding. We are also keen to encourage themed BIDs such as Tourism and Industrial BIDs alongside traditional town centre BIDs”

Andrew Shufflebotham who is the Neath Inspired BID manager, strongly recommends that other towns consider applying for the new funding. He said:

“Towns benefit from establishing a successful BID, especially smaller independent retailers and businesses, where the BID levy is used effectively to increase footfall into the BID area.”


More information on Neath Inspired is available here:

Be Your Own Boss @ Neath Job Centre



The event was aimed at budding entrepreneurs, people with who looking at potentially starting self employment and people who are already in business and looking to expand or who need extra support.

There was much marketing activity in the lead up of the event though partners, TWITTER and Facebook. This resulted in 216 people attending on the day.

In addition to the 13 providers who attended, we had 4 individual representatives from local businesses in Neath who were on hand to act as advocates and mentors, and on the day there were motivational sessions from Carolyn Parry the winner of the PRIME Cymru Business Start Up award in 2016.


Known outcomes recorded in Neath Jobcentre so far have shown 46 new registered businesses following the event, which is excellent news for the individuals and wider economy in Neath.