Plas Tan y Bwlch

Public Courses, Plas Tan y Bwlch

Plas Tan y Bwlch

Courses

Walking

Through The Keyhole (© SNPA)

Through the Keyhole

19 October to 21 October 2018

Who lived there? How old is that house? Why is it here? Just some of the questions that we hope to answer whilst walking and listening to the history and folklore of some of the old houses in the area.

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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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Craft

Textile Basketry (© Pxhere)

Textile Basketry- Woven Forms

19 October to 21 October 2018

This is an opportunity to explore and experiment with the technique of twining, with the aim of creating a range of woven forms from small baskets, to pods and pockets. Working with a range of natural and man-made materials, there will be an opportunity to learn the technique and experiment with colours, patterns and textures. Suitable for anyone with an interest in textiles or basketry, beginners and more experienced and returning students are most welcome.

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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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Wooly Socks (© SNPA)

Sock Knitting For Beginners

9 November to 11 November 2018

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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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

Penrhyn Castle circa 1880

Snowdonia and the Empire

9 November to 11 November 2018

A look at how British imperial expansion shaped the landscape of Snowdonia and brought money to north Wales. Come to examine the dark legacy of British imperial expansion, as it is evident locally.

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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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Wildlife

Autumn in Plas Tan y Bwlch (© SNPA)

Autumn in the Gardens of Snowdonia and North Wales

29 October to 2 November 2018

An opportunity to visit some of the finest gardens in Snowdonia and north Wales. In each garden, you will learn about the history, design and plant collections, as well as experiencing autumn colours at their best. Gardens will include Plas Brondanw, Portmeirion, Bodnant, Penrhyn Castle, Plas Cadnant, Plas Newydd and Plas Tan y Bwlch.

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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

Paint Brushes (© SNPA)

Mountains, Lakes, Rivers and Waterfalls in Watercolour

16 November to 18 November 2018

Using sketches and photographs inspired by the beautiful Snowdonia landcapes, you will learn how to create delicate, atmospheric or dramatic landscape paintings. Learn also about composition, aerial perspective, tone and colour theory and practical paint application. Demonstration and one to one tuition will be ongoing.

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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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Photography

Creative Landscape Photography (© SNPA)

Creative Landscape Photography

19 October to 21 October 2018

Bring your camera and explore the magnificent and varied landscape of North Wales where we will visit rivers, coasts, mountains and gorges. Weather-permitting we will also visit the ruined slate quarries nearby and possibly see a steam train! Suitable for all abilities.

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Woods & Water (© SNPA)

Woods and Water

29 October to 2 November 2018

Late autumn light is well known for its great beauty and luminosity and here is an opportunity to examine how trees and streams interact with that light. We shall examine both artistic and technical principles of photographic practice involved with our subjects. Come and enjoy a few days in a wonderful scenic area with like-minded folk enjoying a wonderful pastime. Suitable for all.

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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

26 October to 28 October 2018

Following three highly successful string orchestra courses, this fourth musical weekend will again be conducted and tutored by Louise Latham from Manchester. String players from all sections are welcome and if you play double bass, especially so!! A list of the works selected for this weekend will be sent to all players a month before the course. For further information and booking forms, please contact the organiser, Dr Julia Johnson.

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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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