Listed in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017, North Wales is the adventure capital of Wales and perhaps Europe. Unique world class attractions such as Surf Snowdonia, Zip World and Bounce Below which offer amazing adventures and experiences, plus meeting spaces for corporate groups, thanks to an innovative reinvention of former industrial landscapes that has really put North Wales on the map. Alongside sites with UNESCO World Heritage Status including the castles in Conwy, Beaumaris, Harlech and Caernarfon, plus the engineering marvel of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the region offers a vast range of accommodation choices. Options include Portmeirion - home of the televised drama, The Prisoner, five-star country house hotels, and the UK’s only residential library: Gladstone Library. With two Michelin starred restaurants thrown into the mix: Sosban & The Old Butcher's on Anglesey, and Tyddyn Llan in Denbighshire, and with all of it set against the spectacular backdrop of the Snowdonia mountains, North Wales offers a winning combination for business events.
North Wales is more accessible than you might think. Accessible by sea, air, train, coach and car; approximately 2.5 hours by train from the UK cities and airports of London, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool. Less than 2 hours by car from Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham. There are regular ferry crossings linking North Wales and Dublin. With daily flights Monday to Friday which link Cardiff in South Wales to Anglesey in North Wales.
Team building and incentives
Adventure Parc Snowdonia
Mix business with pleasure at Adventure Parc Snowdonia, the world’s first artificial lagoon, where amateurs and professional surfers alike can surf a powerful two metre wave under the watchful eye of Welsh National Surfing Champion, Jo Denison. Surf lessons are available for team building . Surf Snowdonia also has a full AV boardroom and meeting venue, a lagoon-side TiPi event space for 130, on-site accommodation in heated wooden glamping pods and full on-site catering facilities.
With a five-star trip advisor rating, Rib Rides offer a host of rib adventures for groups on the Menai Strait and around Anglesey including coastal exploring, team building , ride and dine and the around Anglesey challenge.
Team building deep underground with exciting adventurous challenges on one of three epic underground adventures. Zip-line through caverns, climb up a vertical shaft, boat across a lake, traverse over an abyss, scale a waterfall or abseil down to the deepest point in the UK.
New: Zip World Visitor Centre and The Gallery conference room
On the flanks of Snowdonia National Park, Zip World boasts 11 different attractions in total including Bounce Below, a colourful underground world of bouncing nets, slides and rope bridges. Zip World Velocity in Bethesda is the world’s fastest zip line with four 152 m high courses that whizzes riders along at over 100mph, while Zip World Titan in Blaenau Ffestiniog offers Europe’s first four person line. The new Zip World visitors’ centre in Bethesda has a café and bar area, kitchen, and meeting room.
The advantageous geography of the region puts it at the forefront of renewable energy initiatives, especially marine. Marine Energy Wales brings together technology developers, the supply chain, academia and the public sector to establish Wales as a global leader in sustainable marine energy generation. With €100.4 million of EU structural funding prioritised for marine energy in Wales over the next five years and numerous projects underway, Wales is well positioned to play a global leading role in marine energy. World leading companies from Sweden, Australia, Singapore, Scotland, Canada and America are all engaged in the region.
The Marine Energy Wales Annual Conference 2017 attracted people from 130 different organisations.
Bangor University and Wrexham Glyndŵr University are both working on cutting-edge research projects with industry in the region. Bangor, with both nuclear decommissioning and new-build projects on its doorstep, is building a world leading capability in nuclear engineering which will be the hub of a global network, and Glyndŵr works with Airbus in developing new wings.
Influential business Airbus has a large presence in the region with its civilian aircraft wing plant. Wockhardt UK: one of the largest generic pharmaceutical companies in the UK.DMM International: manufacturing premium quality climbing equipment.
Indoor and outdoor, purpose built or historic, there is a venue for every imaginable event in North Wales.
The largest purpose-built venue in the region, with more than 20 conference spaces from small meeting rooms for less than 10 people to the new 1,550sq metre arena for up to 5,000 people and a new on-site restaurant providing catering including banquets for more than 1,000 delegates. Venue Cymru hosts over 1000 events every year.
OpTIC Technium , Glyndwr University
The OpTIC Technology Centre, home to Glyndwr Innovations, a leading provider of innovative product development in engineering and technology consulting, has a Board Room, Conference Room for 120, six smaller meeting rooms and The Street: a unique location for exhibitions and networking, stretching the entire length of the building.
Pale Hall Hotel
A four star luxurious Victorian Country House Hotel, set amongst 16 acres of gardens on the edge of Snowdonia National Park with 17 rooms, two meeting rooms, and a restaurant.
Caer Rhun Hall
A 19th Century country hotel at the foothills of the Snowdonia mountains. Nestled within 17 acres of gardens. 23 luxury rooms.
A five star unique Loire Valley style Chateau gazing across the Menai Strait to Snowdonia, the hotel offers 22 elegant bedrooms, two self catering cottages and an award winning restaurant.
The UK's only residential library offers the chance to explore a collection of almost 150,000 printed items - and stay over. The Library has 26 bedrooms, a bistro restaurant for 50 and five meeting rooms, the largest holding 40.
St George Hotel
The four star hotel combines Victorian elegance with luxurious comfort offering 75 rooms and seven function suites for up to 250 delegates.
The Imperial Hotel
Set in the heart of the beautiful Llandudno Seafront Promenade with picturesque views across the bay and the impressive Great Orme and Little Orme headlands, the four-star hotel offers 98 rooms and eight meeting and banqueting suites for up to 150.
The Quay Hotel & Spa
Four star luxury on the idyllic Conwy Estuary, with 74 rooms, an on-site spa, three meeting suites (maximum 240) and an award-winning Grill restaurant and outdoor terrace.
Llandudno Bay Hotel
Extensive renovation work has seen the beautiful Grade II listed building become a stylish 61 bedroom, boutique style hotel, with function space for 150, a 90 cover restaurant and a chic champagne bar and lounge.
Famous as the setting for 1960’s cult TV series The Prisoner, the unique Italianate seaside village and hotel sits on a peninsula surrounded by miles of sandy beaches. An amazing venue for both small, top level meetings and large corporate hospitality events, all or part of the village and its grounds can be taken over for the duration. The main 50 room hotel building has a conference room, maximum 50, while the 17th Century Hercules Hall, 100 yards from the hotel, seats 150 theatre-style and has its own catering facilities.