Plas Tan y Bwlch

Public Courses, Plas Tan y Bwlch

Plas Tan y Bwlch


We are pleased to be able to offer you new and exciting courses this year led by new local experts as well as a wide range of other popular courses led by our regular team of enthusiastic tutors who have a wealth of experience and knowledge on different subjects between them.

Our courses are open to everyone, and no background knowledge is required in most cases only an interest in the subject and a willingness to learn.

Below is a list of links to all of our courses, and are categorised in groups according to subject. They are:

« Walking
« Craft
« History and Archaeology
« Wildlife
« Painting and Illustration
« Photography
« Special Interest


New Year Walking (© SNPA)

New Year Walking

10 January to 14 January 2019

Discover the heritage of the National Park through a series of walks to appreciate the unique qualities of its landscapes and find out more about the natural environment and history of the area.

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Stained Glass (© Julie Rogers)

Tiffany Stained Glass Making

2 November to 4 November 2018

Brush up or learn a new crafting skill just in time for Christmas.

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Machine Embroidery (© Wikipedia)

Machine Embroidery

2 November to 4 November 2018

This course involves machine embroidery on fine fabrics using a soluble stabiliser.

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Spindling Beginners (© SNPA)

Drop Spindle Spinning for Beginners

8 February to 10 February 2019

Learn the art of spindle spinning and different spinning techniques. Suitable for beginners and spinners wanting a more portable form of spinning. Teaching spindles can be provided and purchased. £5 charge for fibres.

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Wooly Socks (© SNPA)

Sock Knitting For Beginners

22 March to 24 March 2019

If you have always wanted to tackle ‘knitting in the round’ then this weekend is for you. From casting on to binding off, I will lead you through the techniques needed for creating your very own handcrafted socks. If you know how to knit and purl, you can knit socks. The mysteries of double pointed needles, ‘turning a heel’ and Kitchener stitch will all be revealed. Yarn and needles will be provided at an extra cost.

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History and Archaeology

Dinas Emrys (© SNPA)

Folklore (through the medium of Welsh)

8 February to 10 February 2019

Names early please to ensure a place on this highly popular convention run jointly with Cymdeithas Llafar Gwlad.

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Snowdonia Slate Quarry

Slate: Yet More Diversity

17 February to 22 February 2019

Together with visits to familiar slate quarries, the course will also call on non-familiar stone quarries and metal mines.

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Cantre'r Gwaelod (© SNPA)

Tales of the Mabinogion

15 March to 17 March 2019

Wales’ Tales of the Mabinogion feature prominently among the most important mythologies of ancient Europe. They are actionpacked stories of Celtic gods and heroes with many of the named locations in some of these tales occurring in and around central and northern Gwynedd. Come to explore the background to the tales and visit the sites.

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Northern Lapwing (© Wikimedia)

Winter Birds

18 February to 22 February 2019

By now, the winter bird population will still be at its maximum. From Plas Tan y Bwlch we have easy access to several good estuaries, other coastal habitats and inland lakes, all set against the impressive backdrop of the mountains of Eryri.

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Painting and Illustration

Spring Painting (© SNPA)

Spring Painting Experience!

15 March to 19 March 2019

Come to relax and enjoy five days exploring a variety of subjects and painting media. Composition, planning your work, drawing and painting skills, tone colour theory are all areas that are covered. This is a great opportunity to develop and practice your skills, experiment and explore new ideas and medium.

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Creative Landscape Photography (© SNPA)

Creative Landscape Photography

15 March to 17 March 2019

Bring your camera, come, and explore the magnificent Snowdonia landscape, with the early greens and clear light of spring. We will be visiting industrial ruins, waterfalls, ancient woodlands, rivers, valleys or seacoast – weather permitting. The course is suitable for all abilities.

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Special Interest

Chamber Music (© Pixabay)

Chamber Music

15 February to 17 February 2019

Enjoy the opportunity for both practice and teaching sessions in the relaxed atmosphere of the Plas. Tuition is given by highly experienced string musicians. For further information and to book, contact organiser Dr Julia Johnson

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Professional Training

Cader Idris from Foel Caerynwch

Access and Public Rights of Way, Law and Management

26 November to 30 November 2018

To gain further knowledge and understanding of Access and Public Rights of Way Law (including the CROW ACT) and the skills required in their effective management.

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We are thankful for the continued support of our customers, new and old over the last few years and hope that we can welcome you on one of the courses included on this site.

Plas Tan y Bwlch Team

Most courses, except those obviously held indoors, involve walking at various levels of strenuousness. Our experienced course leaders can assess the ability of participants and pitch the activity accordingly, taking into account the vagaries of the weather and other conditions. The individual detailed course programme indicates the level of fitness required.

Our Courses

The fee for your course covers accommodation, all meals from dinner on the day of arrival to lunch on the day of departure, tuition and transport on field visits. A few courses may incur additional charges for admissions and extra travel; this will be clearly indicated on the individual course programme.


Bookings can be made online or by completing the official booking form and sending it with a non-returnable deposit of £50 (cheques to be made payable to Snowdonia National Park Authority). You will receive acknowledgement of your booking and a programme for the course. The balance of the course fee becomes due six weeks before the start of the course.

Non Residents

Non Residents are welcome to join any course for whole or part days if it is not full. The day fee is £45 plus optional meals - lunch £15.50, packed lunch £7.15 and dinner £18.50.

Cancellation Conditions

In the event of cancellation the following charges will be applied.

  • Cancelling more than 6 weeks before the course - deposit only
  • Cancelling between 6 and 4 weeks before the course - 60% of the course fees
  • Cancelling less than 4 weeks before the course - 80% of the course fees
  • Non-arrival or curtailment - full fees

We recommend that you take out your own holiday cancellation insurance. If it becomes necessary for us to cancel the course you will be informed in good time and a full refund of fees and deposit will be made. Recreational courses include V.A.T. at the standard rate.


Return visit - this is available on your second and subsequent residential attendance on a public course.

Introducing a friend - to qualify, introduce a friend as a first time attendee to any residential course chosen from this programme. Send your friend’s booking form with your own. To claim either discount tick the appropriate box on your booking form.

The following discounts are available:

  • £20.00 off courses up to 3 days
  • £50.00 off courses of 4 days or more