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:
History and Archaeology
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.
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.
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.
7 February to 9 February 2020
Names early please to ensure a place on this highly popular convention run jointly with Cymdeithas Llafar Gwlad.
28 October to 1 November 2019
A fascinating autumn course on the gardens of Snowdonia and North Wales led by gardens expert Tony Russell.
Painting and Illustration
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.
15 September to 20 September 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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