Rewarding your team, colleagues or clients is a vital part of business. Wales has a wide range of incentives ideas for you to choose from.
From luxury relaxing spa breaks at one of our many luxurious spa resorts, to sampling a true taste of Wales at one of our seven Michelin star restaurants, food centres and master class sessions, whisky and gin distilleries or vineyards.
If it's activities you are looking for then we have it covered. Within our three national parks we have the fastest zip wire in the world, an inland surfing lagoon, canyoning and caving and an abundance of golf courses including a Ryder Cup course each one with a different and spectacular view.
For heritage experiences our national museums and castles are a must, discover an underground Welsh coal mining experience at Blaenavon or discover the medieval walled town of Conwy and its magnificent castle, to understand why these sites have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status.
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Aber Falls Distillery
The first of its kind in North Wales for more than 100 years, Aber Falls Distillery offers a range of award-winning, premium gins and liqueurs. Their single-malt whisky will be available from 2020. Distillery tours for incentive groups are offered and include master classes, lab experiences, and an opportunity to sample and purchase from the range of premium quality spirits. Tours are currently available and there will be a new visitor centre open late this year.
Adventure Parc Snowdonia
One of the UK’s flagship adventure destinations, Adventure Parc Snowdonia is the ideal destination for anyone who wants to make a big impression. A spectacular world-first inland surf lagoon sits at the heart of the parc, with expert instruction for surfers of all abilities delivered by the Surf Snowdonia Academy. There are all sorts of nature-inspired, weatherproof adventures at the brand-new Adrenaline Indoors facility, including climbing walls, bouldering, artificial caving, flight towers and an aerial assault course. And a new adventure concierge service allows guests to explore an exhilarating range of activities off site, including gorge walking, abseiling, coasteering and mountain biking. Designed to reward your team’s hard work and celebrate their achievements, in addition to the existing inland surfing lagoon, this exciting new offer will include:
- Hilton Garden Inn – a 106-bedroom lagoon-side hotel.
- Wellness Spa – with indoor and outdoor treatment and relaxation areas.
- Conference facilities – a versatile corporate space in a superb natural setting.
- Explore Outdoors – fresh-air team building activities including an off-road pump track, mountain bike skills trail and a fun & fitness trail
Adventure Parc Snowdonia is in North Wales, around 7 miles from the medieval fortress town of Conwy. It is around 90 minutes' drive from Liverpool or Manchester.
Angela Gray's Cookery School at Llanerch Vineyard
Angela Gray (a food writer, broadcaster, consultant and former chef to the rich and famous) runs Angela Gray's Cookery School at Llanerch Vineyard. It offers an exciting programme of courses including corporate and bespoke days such as Kitchen Challenge; 'The heat is on!; Demonstration, Dine and Bake; and Culinary Wizards. You can include overnight 5-star accommodation and wine tasting as part of your experience.
Big Pit National Coal Museum
Have a real underground experience in a coal mine which is a fantastic way to be immersed in the industrial heritage of Wales and a living, breathing reminder of the coal industry in Wales. Big Pit is an educational and entertaining facility where you can go 300 feet underground with a real miner and see what life was like for thousands of people who worked at the coal face in Wales. The Museum is set in industrial landscape and is a designated World Heritage Site by UNESCO in recognition of its international importance to the process of industrialisation through iron and coal production.
There are many options available at Cardiff Castle to hold your reception, product launch, meeting, dinner or lunch. The Undercroft is one of the oldest parts of the castle and is also the setting for the castle’s popular Welsh Banquets. It has its own private bar and reception area. The Guest Tower Rooms is an exclusive self contained suite offering a flexible space for business meetings and dinners. The new Interpretation Centre can also be adapted to hold your event with panoramic views of the castle grounds from the roof-top terrace. Why not combine your event with a tour of the castle. The Premium Tour taking up to 45 minutes offers a guided tour led by expert castle guides. Tours can be led in English, Welsh, French and Spanish. The Curator Tours taking up to 2 hours is ideal for groups who wish to learn more about the decoration of the castle, its history and the work of William Burges. Tours must be booked in advance.
Cardiff International White Water
CIWW, the Olympic-standard, award-winning white water rafting centre located in the International Sports Village in Cardiff Bay, offers delegates the chance to participate in a range of team-building activities. Delegates can take part in full or half day courses choosing either flat or white water activities or a mixture of both. There are three packages available - Away Day (half or full day), team development (1-5 days and Focus (bespoke package). Activities range from canoeing, kayaking and white water rafting, gorge walking to team building and problem solving. Conference facilities are also available.
Celtic Manor Resort
Wales hosted the prestigious Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort in 2010. The world’s sporting media heralded the country’s golf credentials while the Twenty Ten Course built specifically for the tournament challenged the world’s best golfers. Golf at Celtic Manor Resort offers packages for companies and groups and will tailor a golf day to suit your needs. Other activities include corporate golf tuition, challenging Adventure Golf and a High Ropes experience. It has been voted the UK’s Best Conference Hotel for the ninth year running by Conference & Incentive Travel magazine’s prestigious awards.
Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway
Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways is the longest heritage railway route in Britain. They offer an opportunity to hire a private carriage with catering options – booking is essential well in advance. Delegates will travel through the stunning Snowdonia National Park from Caernarfon to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Fishing and Foraging Wales
Search for shellfish and seaweed or fungi and edible plants with Fishing and Foraging Wales. The treasures that you will find in Pembrokeshire and the Gower paired with local ingredients are then prepared or cooked to a very high standard over open flames during the spring, summer and autumn.
Cardiff Airport offers fantastic flying experience, book for an introductory flying experience, lessons in light aircraft and helicopters. Fly Days give the chance to see the world from above the clouds.
Heli Air Wales
From its base at Haverfordwest airport in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Heli Air Wales offer tailor made flights to suit customer needs, from pleasure flights to corporate charter. Their luxurious Bell Jet Ranger 206 BIII helicopter can carry up to 4 passengers.
Loving Welsh Food
Combine your meeting or event and offer your delegates the chance to have fun learning some Welsh phrases at Nant Gwrtheyrn. The refurbished Victorian village offers conference facilities for up to 350 delegates. Accommodation is also available in the refurbished Victorian quarry cottages. The village can also be hired exclusively.
North Wales’ first five-star hotel, is based in the idyllic Welsh countryside. With a variety of exclusive corporate activities on offer such as clay shooting, archery and white-water rafting, Palé Hall is a unique luxury destination for memorable corporate incentives. The hotel has 18 luxurious guest bedrooms and suites that have been individually designed to have their own unique personality and history, from the Victoria Suite to the Churchill Suite.
At the southern tip of the Brecon Beacons in a village called Penderyn, is the producer of malted barley spirit and is recognised worldwide as one of the finest single malt whiskies. The distillery also has an award winning visitor centre where private tours for between 10- 20 people can be catered. Or maybe a masterclass which is a fully interactive experience that offers an in-depth look at the whisky making process, with a fully guided tour and whisky tasting this tour is a unique experience which is fun and informative
Delegates can have a private tour of the 74,500 seater stadium. See the dressing rooms, hear the roar of the crowd and walk down the players' tunnel.
The Retreats Group includes luxury hotels and holiday castle in St Davids Pembrokeshire; the Twr y Felin Art Hotel, the 12th Century Roch Castle Hotel and the 19th Century Penrhiw Hotel. There is a two Rosette fine dining restaurant and also offered for incentive packages are wellness experiences which include spa treatments and culture experiences which are half day tours covering; archaeology, history, castles, art, nature and foraging.
Welsh National Opera
If you are looking to add value to your event talk to the Welsh National Opera about their entertainment or audience engagement ideas. They offer solutions for conferences or meetings, team away days, official openings, celebrations or awards ceremonies and private recitals.
Welsh Rarebits offer hotels of distinction and their latest brochure is now available with a unique collection of 46 one-off gems. They now offer gift vouchers, a great way to incentivise staff who can take their pick of one of many luxury, boutique and country house hotels in the stunning scenery of Wales.
Zip World offers extraordinary experiences in a unique setting. Based between three stunning locations in North Wales, there are 11 unique experiences including the world's fastest and Europe's longest zip wire and the UK's only alpine coaster. The Gallery also offers an exclusive use space including a terrace and viewing platform which can hold drinks receptions and private meetings.