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Focus on: North Wales

By December 12, 2017Features

Thanks in no small part to the region’s blossoming adventure industry, North Wales is a haven for adventurous delegates and thrill-seeking business tourists.

From its vast coastline, spectacular mountain ranges, and picture-perfect castles, it’s easy to see why North Wales has always had a strong pull for tourists – but across the region a range of innovative and influential businesses and venues are attracting the business traveller to discover why Wales is different.

Conference venues in North Wales are anything but ordinary. The ever-changing landscape of rural countryside to bustling coastal towns with historical buildings, innovative business centres and attractions – all make Wales an inspirational place for business events.

How about a tour around one of the many castles in Wales? Four of which make up one of the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Play a championship links golf course with spectacular coastal views? Or just relax at one of the many 4 four-star luxury accommodations with spa facilities.

If its adrenaline you’re after, try your hand at one of our many high adrenaline adventure experiences, including an inland surfing lagoon, the longest zip wire in Europe, RIBride on the Menai Straits, or take a trip to the top of Mount Snowdon (or the train ride top the top is a great way to enjoy these magnificent views of the national park).

Then spend the end of your day dining on locally sourced produce at one of the three North Wales restaurants with a Michelin star: The Tyddyn Llan in Corwen, Sosban and The Old Butchers Restaurant on Anglesey.

Did you know?
North Wales was listed as one of the top 10 regions in the world to visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet, and was the only UK destination to be featured in the rankings!

Unusual Away Days

There are a range of conference and event venues in North Wales to choose from.

A new event space in North Wales will have delegates screaming with delight as they zip, bounce and coast through the Welsh mountains. Zip World has opened The Gallery: an adventure inspired conference and event space within its new £3.3 million Adventure Terminal in Bethesda. The conference and event space can accommodate up to 60 delegates. Just metres above the third floor Gallery terrace is the fastest zip wire in the world – Velocity.

For an alternative and peaceful conference venue, Ty Newydd was the last home of former prime minister David Lloyd George, situated just outside the village of Llanystumdwy overlooking Cardigan Bay. The house has been refurbished and offers a fantastic space for meetings, work sessions, photoshoots and more.

Perhaps the most impressive venue in terms of atmospheric location, Portmeirion, is a hotel, a panoramic theatre backdrop, a music and concert venue and a film set best known for The Prisoner TV series. This is a truly unique Italianate vision on the north-west coast.

Wrexham’s Glyndwr University can be reached easily from Cheshire. With three venues across the north east of Wales in Wrexham, St Asaph and Northop. The OpTIC Technology Centre in St Asaph is home to Glyndwr Innovations. A hub for high-level opto-electronics technology and scientific innovation, the OpTIC Business Centre site comprises research and design, business incubation units and conferencing.

Boasting spectacular views out to sea, Venue Cymru is one of the finest locations for professionally managed conferences. Comprising more than 7,000 sqm of exhibition and conference space, as well as banqueting for up to 1,000 people, Venue Cymru’s extensive facilities and versatility mean it can meet any organiser’s needs.

Overlooking the Menai Strait, with the Snowdonia range as a backdrop, you won’t be short of inspiration at Château Rhianfa. Discover a splendid collection of function rooms fit for a variety of productive purposes inside, and arrive for a meeting in the morning, bond with your team up Mount Snowdon in the afternoon, and finish in the award-winning restaurant for the evening.

Team Building
If you’re looking for something different when it comes to team building activities – then look no further than North Wales. Head to Surf Snowdonia, where you can ride huge inland waves in the open air, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Conwy Valley. You must try ‘The Blob’ too – the most fun way to ever be catapulted into water.

For the ultimate in team building, the Bear Grylls Survival Academy at Dragon Raiders Activity Park is all about experiential learning, personal development and effective team work in real life challenging situations. You’ll learn skills which might even save your life one day!

Enjoy the vintage splendour of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland railways and hire an exclusive carriage to take you through the glorious Snowdonia National Park. You’ll experience the magnificent scenery in the comfort of a first class Pullman carriage.

Take a team tour aboard Anglesey’s RibRide, the adventure boat which can carry up to 11 passengers at once. Decide where you want to have your adventure, a one-hour tour of the Menai Strait or go around Anglesey in a day, and enjoy an unforgettable team adventure.

Words: Orchard PR