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! 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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History and Archaeology

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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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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Slate: In the Beginning

16 February to 21 February 2020

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

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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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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 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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Cader Idris

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

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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Professional Training

Access and Public Rights of Way, Law and Management

2 March to 6 March 2020

This course is presented through the medium of English

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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