Just two hours from Manchester and Liverpool, with frequent public transport links from both major UK cities and airports, arrive on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park in the north west of Wales and a world away from busy city life.
The north of the country is quite different to the mid and the south of Wales, with a more dramatic and rugged mountain range of the Snowdonia National Park domineering the skyline, two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and an abundance of high adrenaline outdoor activities on offer and all set in the stunning natural landscape. It is easy to see why Lonely Planet named it as one of the best places in the world to travel in 2017.
White water rafting, canyoning, cliff camping, inland surfing, caving, rib riding and zip wiring are just a few activities on offer for team building and corporate away days, whilst the mountains, golf courses, coast line and open green spaces for walking, cycling, hiking are perfect for relaxation and wellbeing.
Arrive at Adventure Parc Snowdonia, an ideal base for the next three days. It is home to the UK’s first inland and man-made surfing lagoon, Surf Snowdonia (main picture). Also on site is 'Adrenaline Indoors', comprising of one of the longest artificial caving courses in the world, ninja assault course, zip wire and the UK’s only kicker flight slide. And last but not least, 'Outdoor Adventures', which includes a zip line across the surf lagoon, climbing wall, pump track, gorge walking and mountain biking.
Check in with two options. For a more outdoor adventure, there are glamping pods that sleep up to four people and can accommodate up to 108 guests in total, with underfloor heating, electric and a decked area outside for seating. Alternatively, for a little bit of luxury on this adventure trip and new for 2021 - an onsite Hilton Garden Inn Hotel with 106 bedrooms, wave garden spa, meeting spaces for up to 230 delegates and an outside events tipi for receptions and evening entertainment. There is also a restaurant on site and café serving snacks throughout the day, to keep energy levels up.
Once settled in, enjoy a welcome breakfast and introduction with one of Adventure Parc Snowdonia's instructors, who will run through the day’s itinerary.
First stop will be the adrenaline indoors course, with the ninja assault and extreme slides challenges, race colleagues and work in teams to get that win. Once at the finish line there’s no time to stop. Move onto the indoor adventure climb to get to that all-important finish line and reign indoor adventure champions.
Lunch is served at the events surf side tipi. It's a time to refuel, relax and watch the surfers ride the waves, whilst picking up tips for an afternoon of adventure.
Learn about safety, body positioning and how to wipe out the waves like a pro from an instructor. It will then be time to hit the waves and challenge colleagues to who can achieve best team surfer whilst having lots of fun.
Prepared by the chef and using only the best Welsh ingredients, dinner will be served in the events tipi and will be a delicious surf style barbeque with beers. Enjoy some free time and relax with colleagues whilst celebrating a first successful day of adventure in Wales.
There are two big adventures to take on today. Following pick up from Adventure Parc Snowdonia by Adventure Tours UK, a 20 minute drive north is the beautiful Island of Anglesey. Learn more about the region along the way.
A morning of coasteering is on the agenda. Surfers in Pembrokeshire, West Wales came up with the concept of coasteering as they scrambled around cliffs in the early 1980s. An all-in-one experience that treats the foreshore as an eco-adventure playground, It’s about rock-hopping, shore-scrambling, swell riding, cave-exploring and yes, cliff-jumping. For team building it’s a great way to develop confidence and work as team to encourage colleagues to take the plunge.
For lunch, stop at The Marram Grass restaurant just a few minutes away. Unlike other restaurants, it is set in a converted potting shed. Using only the best ingredients sourced from around Anglesey, they have created three amazing dining experiences to try. Whilst in the area, visit the longest town name in the UK at Llanfairpwllgwyngyll which will test Welsh language skills by attempting to say its full name. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, or more easily spoken (llan-vire-pooll-guin-gill-go-ger-u-queern-drob-ooll-llandus-ilio-gogo-goch).
Travel back to the main land of Conwy and visit Aber Falls Distillery for an hour’s tasting adventure. With a brand that offers a range of award winning premium gins and liqueurs using only the best of Welsh inspired botanicals and ingredients, Aber Falls have created some amazing flavours, including coffee and chocolate, orange marmalade and rhubarb and ginger. The masterclass experience is an exclusive behind the scenes tour and tasting session, followed by creating a personal flavoured gin. New for 2021 is the launch of Aber Falls very own single malt whisky and the tour will include an exclusive chance to taste it before distribution.
It’s 20 minutes back to Menai Bridge, but on the main land this time looking towards Anglesey, to embark on the last activity of the day. RibRide is an exhilarating experience travelling across the safest areas of the Menai Strait waters, before accelerating at the fastest speed possible from zero to scream on this white knuckle adventure ride.
Back on dry land, it's time to celebrate and relax with an early evening dining experience at Dylan’s Restaurant Menai Bridge, taking in the stunning views. This modern styled boatyard theme restaurant with private dining areas and terrace is a perfect place to unwind and taste some of the local cuisine served here. There is also a selection of the local Aberfalls gin to toast a second successful day in Wales. Travel back with Adventure Tours UK to Adventure Parc Snowdonia where free time can be spent around the spa or just relaxing.
The last day in Wales will be spent at two locations, Mount Snowdon and Zip World. Just, 40 minutes away is the jaw dropping and breathtaking mountain range and the highest mountain in Wales, Mount Snowdon. Standing tall over the village of Llanberis, the Snowdonia mountain range is made up with jagged peaks and far-reaching views to Anglesey, Pembrokeshire and Ireland. For experienced climbers there are six different challenging paths to conquer this 1,085 metre (3,560 feet) giant. There is also a train which ascends to the top, to enjoy the spectacular views. The challenge here within the half day timeslot is to get to the top and back down again, by walking at least up or down the route. There is time to stop at the top for a quick pit stop to have lunch at the Summit Visitor Centre.
The final adventure will be at Bethesda to experience Zip World. This high adrenaline and fun attraction has transformed what was once an industrial slate mining community at Penrhyn Quarry. With the many activities to take part in including Zip World Velocity 2 - the fastest zip wire in the world and the longest in Europe, Quarry Karts - the UK’s only mountain cart track, Quarry Tour and Big Red, there has never been a better time to visit.
Race colleagues 500ft high and 100mph down the zipline to see who can go the fastest, and drive like a pro to the finish line in the quarry kart challenge.
Take the opportunity to toast and celebrate a successful time in Wales on the viewing platform. Spend some time talking to the Zip World team and hear more about how they have developed the region with 14 amazing adventure activities, across three different locations in North Wales and the exciting new developments in place for South Wales, another reason to return to Wales.
Dinner will be served on site at Blondin restaurant. A modern style bistro with terrace and bar. The 150 cover restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating with views across the slate mine and the turquoise waters of the lake.