MEET DISCOVER DYFI
The idea for Discover Dyfi started after a meal my partner and I had sat under the crowded community notice-board of The Quarry Cafe (now Ty Medi) in the town of Machynlleth a few years ago. You only had to take one look at Quarry’s notice-board to realise just how much the local area had to offer.
It was then, and still is, an exciting time for the area affectionately known by locals as “the Dyfi” which spans some of Mid-North Wales in and around the Dyfi Estuary, River, Forest and Biosphere.
Already home to well-known events such as the Machynlleth Comedy Festival and the Dyfi Enduro and places such as The Centre of Alternative Technology and MOMA, to name a few, the Dyfi was full of life and becoming livelier by the day – there was the promise of a new coffee shop coming to Machynlleth’s high street (Dyfi Roastery) and down the road in the Dyfi Forest, the whispers of the Atherton’s new and yet to be opened Dyfi Bike Park – but, aside from the odd Facebook page, nothing online which seemed to represent the sheer amount of wonderful events, people and places that the area is home to.
Could Discover Dyfi become the digital version of The Quarry Cafe’s community cork pin-board?
As Facebook’s underhanded operations became world news and frustrations with the global platform grew, I thought it was a good time to design and develop a new locally-managed website to celebrate the Dyfi and beyond – advertising to the area’s visitors all there is to do and see as well as where to refuel, rest and roam, and provide an online everyday events calendar for the community and a ‘Dyfi Directory’ of businesses, craftspeople, freelancers, practitioners and tradespeople so that people (both locals and visitors) could find one another.
It was my belief that for the site to really support the area it had to offer free advertising for locals and had to be free for visitors to use, so I started creating the site while on maternity with my son, using the times he napped to put the ideas I’d had for it together, such as ‘A Day in the Dyfi’ which asks local contributors to document the Dyfi through their eyes with an analogue camera and a roll of Ilford B&W 35mm film for our online photo blog, bringing the area to life in personal and unique ways.
It is my hope that Discover Dyfi becomes a loved online magazine which, in creative ways, celebrates the truly eclectic mix of community, events and places in Mid-North Wales and presents it to locals and the general public in a way that inspires adventure and encourages people to discover (and re-discover) the Dyfi area and neighbouring counties.
The site (which launched on 20th June) is growing slowly and steadily; as the word spreads, its content and following grows. One day soon we hope to be able to support the community further by hiring help to create a bigger bi-lingual site which truly celebrates this weird and wonderful place we call home, which so many people love to visit.
Discover Dyfi (Dovey) is a celebration of all the wonderful events, people, places and stories there are to discover in and around the Dyfi (estuary, river, biosphere and forest) and surrounding areas, in one easy-to-use, locally-managed site.
Discover Dyfi aspires to be a creative, informative and up-to-date digital diary and magazine for Mid-Wales, publishing guides on what to do, explore and see and where to refuel, rest and roam.
In addition to these guides we also publish the Dyfi Directory, to connect residents and visitors to local businesses, craftspeople, freelancers, practitioners, and tradespeople.
If you would like to donate to Discover Dyfi please visit our Patreon page - https://www.patreon.com/discoverdyfi