Mid Wales is the place to bring your group for space to breathe, think and focus. Two thousand square miles of breath-taking scenery including two National Parks, the Brecon Beacons in the South and Snowdonia in the North, the Elan Valley, a Dark Sky Reserve, the wildlife rich beaches, mudflats and wetlands of the internationally recognised UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere and beautiful Cardigan Bay with award winning beaches and the UK’s largest pod of dolphins. Mid Wales also has charming towns, as found within the ancient Welsh kingdom of Ceredigion founded by the 5th century chieftain Ceredig, and Cardigan, packed with historical architecture and bursting with hip craft shops, home-grown fashion labels and gourmet food shops, and home to restored Cardigan Castle, a hub of Welsh language, culture and performance. And of course, the picturesque small town of Hay-on-Wye, the world's largest second-hand and antiquarian book centre and home to the famous literary festival.
The region is also home to Europe’s foremost eco-centre WISE, The Wales Institute for Sustainable Education. Set in the grounds of the Centre for Alternative Technology, overlooking Southern Snowdonia, the award winning eco building is an ideal venue for any meeting in the sustainable and green industries, with impressive facilities for meetings and events and accommodation of 24 rooms.
We have a great selection of MICE venues in Mid Wales, here is just a sample:
With 300 rooms Aberystwyth University has an impressive coastal location with stunning views overlooking Cardigan Bay. It provides the Medrus Suite of five rooms, and the William Davies Hall which seats 180, and the Stapledon Suite, maximum of 60, at the Gogerddan Campus.
In the historic spa town of Llandrindod Wells, the 4 star Victorian Metropole Hotel provides 120 bedrooms, two restaurants with award winning cuisine and fabulous Spa facilities with holistic therapies. There are 14 separate function rooms available, holding groups between 6– 300 people.
Llangoed Hall is a stunning and luxurious country house hotel, situated on the banks of the River Wye in Mid Wales with views over the Black Mountains. Each of the 23 rooms is individually decorated with antique furniture and the restaurant serves award winning food. Four meeting rooms, max capacity 100, are available and on-site activities including croquet, maze, clay pigeon shooting, falconry, archery and fly fishing, plus helicopter rides with pick-ups from the hotelʼs two helipads.
With just 15 luxurious rooms, Plas Dinam provides meeting and corporate team building facilities for up to 80. The majestic hall, elegant drawing room and huge sitting room can all be used, while outside 12 acres of grounds including lawns and woodlands can accommodate all sorts of team challenges.
The National Library is one of the great libraries of the world. Since 1911 it has enjoyed the right to collect a copy of every printed work published in Britain and Ireland. Conferences here get free admission to exhibitions and beautiful views over Aberystwyth and Cardigan Bay. Rooms include the prestigious Council Chamber, the President’s Room and a multimedia auditorium (98 capacity).
CAT us an eco-centre that researches and supports greener ways of living. Set within seven acres the centre offers a wide variety of examples of environmentally responsible building, beautiful organic gardens and practical workshop spaces. There is a further 17 acres of forested hills surrounding the centre with stunning views of the Dyfi Biosphere from the Quarry Trail walk. CAT is a flagship research project Zero Carbon Britain.
Accommodation in Mid Wales includes amazing castles and elegant mansions, as well as stylish contemporary retreats and bijou boutique properties in Aberystwyth’s Victorian promenade, overlooking Cardigan Bay. Choices for groups include:
The Grade I listed, five star 1738 Georgian mansion, close to Devil's Bridge Falls, offers 14 individually decorated rooms and suites in separate buildings and an airy four bedroom cottage with a full kitchen and a wood-burning stove within 40 acres of woodlands and grounds and offers individually tailored packages for different groups and events.
Bijou five star Gwesty Cymru has eight rooms and an award-winning restaurant and is located at the centre of Aberystwyth’s Victorian promenade, overlooking Cardigan Bay, offering accommodation full of Welsh tradition and culture mixed with contemporary luxuries.
This five star boutique hotel is located in the colourful Georgian town of Aberaeron and has been welcoming visitors since 2001. Former harbour buildings were converted to create accommodation comprising 13 bedrooms and a 2 bedroomed cottage, making it ideal for delegates on a small incentive or meeting. The award winning restaurant overlooks the Harbour and its menu offers the very best local produce - shellfish and fish, Welsh lamb and beef, Ceredigion cheeses, and organic locally sourced vegetables.
There are activities available locally, including boat trips and dolphin watching at New Quay, direct access to the Welsh Coastal Path, bespoke tours the Welsh Wind distillery gin laboratory the Da Mhile Distillary that produces organic whisky and liqueurs, as well as cycle routes, surfing and sailing.
Team building and incentives
Tynrhyd Retreat is a brand new, stylish, contemporary barn complex set in the scenic village of Devil’s Bridge, a fantastic base from which to go out into the Cambrian Mountains for team building or training. Graded five star by Visit Wales, it offers a total of 15 bedrooms and a purpose-built conference room with four break–out rooms, all set in 13 acres of grounds for activities.
The wide open spaces of Mid Wales allows the production of its very own mineral water from Radnor Hills. Filtering naturally through layers of rock to achieve its exceptional taste and purity, this water is one of the natural wonders of Mid Wales.
A rapidly expanding globally recognised clinical services company, PCI Pharma Services display a broad variety of expertise across three facilities in Wales. Speed, ingenuity and great service are vital in the pharmaceutical industry. PCI Pharma Services’ three sites in Wales have an impressive reputation for all three key elements. As a result, the company has been rewarded with international and national honours for innovation and trade.
Wales has a longstanding tradition of innovation in the automotive industry. The Rasa is the latest and arguably most radical: a hydrogen fuel cell car that forms part of Riversimple’s ambition to eliminate the environmental impact of personal transport. Not many car designs set out to change the world. From Powys to the planet, start-up company Riversimple has spent 15 years developing the technology and business strategies that have led to its carbon-fibre Rasa vehicle.