Plas Tan y Bwlch

Public Courses, Plas Tan y Bwlch

Plas Tan y Bwlch

Courses

Walking

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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Dwyryd Estuary

NEW: Easter Mountain Rambling

22 April to 26 April 2019

During this course, we will take in the splendour of the Snowdonia National park and its surrounding areas.

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Trwyeryn (© SNPA)

Rambling for Welsh Learners

6 September to 8 September 2019

This course is to give participants the opportunity to learn something about the history of the area and some of the folklore while practicing their Welsh.

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Autumn Mountain Walking

28 October to 1 November 2019

Explore the Snowdonia National park from the seaside too the mountains, visiting some of our famous heritage locations and hidden gems.

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New Year Walking (© SNPA)

New Year Walking

10 January to 14 January 2020

What better way to burn off the excesses of the Holidays than to walk in Eryri?

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Craft

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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Embroiderers’ Guild

12 April to 14 April 2019

A weekend of embroidering with: Jane Fairweather - ‘Tea Cup Oak Trees’ / Jane Davies - ‘Silk Road Sensations’ / Linda Paris - ‘Screen Printing’

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NEW! Inkle Loom Weaving

24 May to 26 May 2019

Spend the weekend creating your own Inkle braid. The Inkle Loom is a portable piece of weaving equipment.

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Cross Stitch (© SNPA)

Cross Stitch Workshop

29 July to 2 August 2019

Enjoy this opportunity to see many late summer butterflies on the Great Orme, Llandudno including Wall Brown, Grayling, Brown Argus and a chance of Silver Studded Blue and Dark Green Fritillary.

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Three Dimensional Woven Containers

18 October to 20 October 2019

Using a range of recycled, new and decorated paper; explore how paper can be used to make a number of different containers and baskets.

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NEW! Leather Making

22 November to 24 November 2019

Leather is a wonderful medium to work with and personalisation can be as broad as an individual’s imagination.

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Stained Glass (© Julie Rogers)

Tiffany Stained Glass Making

29 November to 1 December 2019

This course for beginners is an introduction to the art of Tiffany stained glass making.

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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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NEW: Historic Towns

24 May to 26 May 2019

The Snowdonia National Park is a rural, upland area but is ringed by historic towns established in the middle Ages. This weekend course examines two of these - Conwy and Llanrwst - through site-visits and talks.

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NEW! Journey in Samuel Holland's Footsteps

24 May to 26 May 2019

Retracing parts of the journey Samuel Holland (jnr) took upon his Father sending for him at short notice, when he was just eighteen, to look after a new quarry, which he had opened in Rhywbryfdir, on Oakeley land.

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About Welsh

14 June to 16 June 2019

Are you looking for a gateway into the Welsh language, literature and song from earliest times to the present day?

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Gloddfa Ganol, Blaenau Ffestiniog

Practical Industrial Archaeology

23 June to 30 June 2019

There is still much to learn about the all-important slate industry, now nominated for World Heritage status.

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NEW! Lloyd George

26 July to 28 July 2019

Visit the boyhood home of David Lloyd George who as a fiery Welsh radical won us the Old Age Pension and as Prime Minister in WW1 was acclaimed, "the man who won the war!"

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NEW! A glimpse at the slate industry - Social Trauma

1 January to 1 January 2018

The history of the slate industry of Northwest Wales is often seen through the prism of the Penrhyn Quarry strike of 1900 to 1903.

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Ffestiniog Railway

Heritage Railways

11 August to 18 August 2019

A long-established and friendly course, which offers the opportunity to spend a week travelling and exploring the preserved railways of North and Mid Wales.

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NEW! Darwin Geologising in Snowdonia

30 August to 1 September 2019

In 1831, the budding naturalist is assistant to Professor Adam Sedgwick on an expedition to North Wales. Our first-hand experience of where they went will contextualise key events in the life of the most famous scientist in the western world.

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NEW! Signalling the Narrow Gauge

6 September to 8 September 2019

For those interested in how single-line railways are controlled with specific focus on the Ffestiniog Railway.

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Early Railways (© SNPA)

Early Railways

11 October to 13 October 2019

This course examines how railways in North Wales built for horse and gravity operation were adapted or replaced by new systems altogether between 1840’s and the 1870’s. Site visits and talks will illustrate how this change took place and why it was needed.

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About Welsh (© SNPA)

About Welsh

8 November to 10 November 2019

Are you looking for a gateway into Welsh language, literature and song from earliest times to the present day?

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NEW! Mountains and Artists

8 October to 10 October 2019

Geology makes landscape and the landscapes of Gwynedd is made extra special through the eyes of artists. We shall explore the response of visiting painters to the rocks and deep history of these Welsh mountains.

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NEW! Hillforts and Welsh Castles Weekend

8 November to 10 November 2019

Walking in the foothills of Snowdonia discovering the hillforts and castles of the Welsh Prince’s.

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NEW! The Discovery of Wales, the Discovery of Britain

22 November to 24 November 2019

This course looks at Wales and Snowdonia in the early 'age of discovery' under the Tudors and the Stuarts, at a time when geographers were studying the first 'British Empire' and sea-explorers were re-envisioning the world known to Europeans.

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Dinas Emrys (© SNPA)

Folklore (course taught through the medium of Welsh)

7 February to 9 February 2020

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: In the Beginning

7 February to 9 February 2020

A look at the earliest slate quarries in the various slate districts of North Wales.

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Cantre'r Gwaelod (© SNPA)

Tales of the Mabinogion

13 March to 15 March 2020

Wales’ Tales of the Mabinogion feature prominently among the most important mythologies of ancient Europe.

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Wildlife

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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Spring in Plas Tan y Bwlch (© SNPA)

Springtime in the Gardens of Snowdonia and North Wales

13 May to 17 May 2019

A fascinating springtime course on the gardens of Snowdonia and North Wales led by gardens expert Tony Russell.

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Butterfly (© British Wildlife)

Butterflies and Moths

7 June to 9 June 2019

Enjoy this opportunity to see many of the special species of Snowdonia and the Great Orme.

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Trees (© SNPA)

A Closer Look at Trees

26 July to 28 July 2019

This is an informative, entertaining and enjoyable introduction into the world of trees. Aimed at non-professionals it will cover native trees, evergreens, deciduous trees, ornamental garden trees and conifers.

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Butterfly (© British Wildlife)

Butterflies and Moths

29 July to 2 August 2019

Enjoy this opportunity to see many late summer butterflies on the Great Orme, Llandudno including Wall Brown, Grayling, Brown Argus and a chance of Silver Studded Blue and Dark Green Fritillary.

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Fly fishing (© Pixabay)

Fly Fishing

18 August to 23 August 2019

Why not join World Fly Casting Champion and TV presenter Hywel Morgan on this wonderful fishing experience in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.

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Autumn in Plas Tan y Bwlch (© SNPA)

Autumn in the Gardens of Snowdonia and North Wales

28 October to 1 November 2019

A fascinating autumn course on the gardens of Snowdonia and North Wales led by gardens expert Tony Russell.

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Northern Lapwing (© Wikimedia)

Winter Birds

17 February to 21 February 2020

By now, the winter bird population will still be at its maximum.

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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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Botanical Art (© SNPA)

The Society of Botanical Artists Residential Course

5 May to 10 May 2019

We are offering this highly successful course in association with the Society of Botanical Artists Distance Learning Diploma Course, now in its fourteenth year and highly acclaimed worldwide.

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Botanical Art in Coloured Pencil: Changing Seasons – Spring into Summer

10 May to 12 May 2019

A chance to capture some of the plants at a time of transition from the bulbs and buds of spring to the floral burst of early summer.

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NEW! Where do I go from here?

27 May to 31 May 2019

This course is suitable for all painters.

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Plas Terrace (© SNPA)

Buildings and Gardens in Pen and Wash

7 June to 9 June 2019

The aim of this painting course is to explore techniques with watercolours and ink.

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Pen & Wash (© SNPA)

Drawing and Painting in Pen, Ink and Watercolour

7 June to 9 June 2019

A lovely combination of black outlining and transparent colour washes, pen work gives added strength to a picture and sharpens detail and textures. A steel nib can be loaded with watercolour as well as ink. Pen and watercolour is an excellent combination.

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Selwyn Jones

Painting in Snowdonia

8 July to 12 July 2019

A course of painting and drawing out of doors in the varied Snowdonia landscape, with the accent on its weather – from sunny calm to cloud-filled drama. A chance for you to find an artistic response to nature’s changing moods in the hills, on the coast, along the estuary and river banks. Outdoor studies will serve as inspiration for studio compositions and experiments.

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NEW! Painting Flora and Fauna – Plants and Pollinators

21 July to 26 July 2019

If you are interested in combining botanical art and natural history/wildlife painting together then this is the course for you.

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NEW! Transforming the Artist – ‘Outside the Box’

4 August to 9 August 2019

This workshop is a creative approach for students who feel their painting needs. The vitality and verve demonstrated in contemporary art including abstraction.

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Botanical Art in Coloured Pencil: Changing Seasons – Summer into Autumn

6 September to 8 September 2019

A chance to capture some of the plants at a time of transition where summer begins to fade into autumn with changing leaves, the colourful burst of fruits, nuts, seeds and vegetables plus the final fling of flowers.

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Botanical Art (© SNPA)

The Society of Botanical Artists Residential Course

1 January to 1 January 2018

We are offering this highly successful course in association with the Society of Botanical Artists Distance Learning Diploma Course, now in its 14th year and highly acclaimed worldwide.

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Creating Quick Powerful Paintings and Drawings with Rollers and other Non – Art Implements

11 October to 14 October 2019

Make wonderful drawings and paintings using small rollers and scrapers and discover an ideal way to express ideas quickly and loosely. The work produced will have immediacy and freshness and demands little in terms of skill.

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Mixed Media (© SNPA)

Drawing and Painting in Mixed Media

18 October to 20 October 2019

The emphasis will be the colourful Autumn scene. With woodlands, lakes and gardens all around us, there is much to entice the artist inside us.

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Mixed Media (© SNPA)

Exploring with Mixed Media and Collage

22 November to 25 November 2019

This exciting course is for painters who are willing to explore new ideas and experiment with a variety of media.

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Spring Painting (© SNPA)

Spring Painting Experience!

13 March to 17 March 2020

A painting course/workshop, which will enable you to relax and enjoy a few days exploring a variety of subjects and painting media.

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Photography

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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Wildlife (© SNPA)

Wildlife Photography Weekend

10 May to 12 May 2019

A beginner’s course in wildlife photography.

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Nikon D3s

With a Camera in Snowdonia

8 April to 12 April 2019

This spring course aims to the many facets of Snowdonia with a camera. Mountains, coasts, forests and rivers are all exciting visual elements of this beautiful National Park. Come and improve your photography and get a little closer to the beauty of Eryri.

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Landscape Photography (© Philip Evans)

Landscape Photography

21 October to 25 October 2019

Autumn colours are everywhere giving an extra glow to this beautiful landscape. Come and explore the fascinating craft of recording a landscape with a camera in hand. Learn how this process can open your eyes to so many different new vistas.

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Creative Landscape Photography (© SNPA)

Creative Landscape Photography

13 March to 15 March 2020

Bring your camera, come, and explore the magnificent Snowdonia landscape, with the early greens and clear light of spring.

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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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Chamber Music

26 April to 28 April 2019

Enjoy the opportunity for both practice and teaching sessions in the relaxed atmosphere of the Plas.

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Lounge (© Kristina Banholzer)

Friends Weekend

4 October to 6 October 2019

Over the weekend, there will be a choice of activities: a chance to relax, entertainment and an opportunity to catch up with old Friends, as well as the AGM.

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Chamber Music

25 October to 27 October 2019

Following three highly successful string orchestra courses, this fourth musical weekend will again be conducted and tutored by Louise Latham from Manchester.

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NEW! Drum for Fun!

21 February to 23 February 2020

Drumming is great fun, very focusing, and a powerful way of making music with other people.

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