Adventure Experiences for Groups
If you want to bring a group to the Welsh mountains for a taste of the outdoors, you'll find our blend of knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm produces an experience that's unrivalled in the outdoor world.
Our location, deep in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, and first class facilities make us an ideal choice for a group of friends, local or visiting schools, colleges, youth clubs and voluntary organisations like the Scouts and Guides.
We love introducing beginners to adventure sports, making sure that they enjoy themselves and progress at their own pace. That's why everything is maintained at the highest standard possible from instruction and equipment to facilities and accommodation, all helping to make your visit an enjoyable one.
We offer two different adventure experiences. For local or visiting groups staying in the area we offer adventure days. For visiting groups who want to make use of our excellent self-catered facilities and arrange everything for their trip in one go we offer adventure packages. You can even choose to add meals to both experiences.
Have a read through the information on this page to help you decide what suits your group, then fill in the enquiry form (in the second tab above) and we will get staright back to you to discuss your booking.
If you're a local or visiting group staying in the area and you're looking for adventure then why not join us for an action packed day. We offer two categories of group sessions, one for small groups and one for large groups.
Groups of less than thirty
If there are less than thirty people in your party you can split the day (9.45-5.00) into two or three sessions of any of the activities, or if you'd like more in-depth instruction, you can dedicate the entire day to one activity.
The price listed is an overall cost covering equipment and instruction for a maximum of ten people. For example, ten people can canoe all day at a total cost of £300 - £30 each (2017 total cost of £350 - £35 each) but if there are only five people in your group it will still cost £300 - £60 each (2017 total cost £350 - £70 each), so it's in your interest to fill the places.
Groups of more than thirty
If there are more than thirty people in your party it's easy to figure out how much it will cost. For groups larger than thirty you simply pay £30 per head (2017 £35 per head). For example if thirty-six people enjoy a range of three activities during a day you only pay a total of £1080 (2017 total of £1260).
Provided we know your selection well in advance you can pick any three of the activities listed and you'll receive a two-hour session on each one during the course of a day (9.45-5.00). Or, if you'd rather you can choose two activities or, as in the small groups programme, spend a day on one activity.
|Cost For A Maximum of 10 People|
|Combine two or three activities in a day or dedicate the entire day to one activity. However you structure your adventure day the cost is the same.|
|Adventure Days - Cost (for a maximum of 10 people) - £300 (2017 £350)|
Hot meals in the dining room or packed lunches can be arranged subject to availability.
Adventure Activities you can choose from on our Adventure Days or Adventure Packages
If you haven’t tried any of the increasingly popular ‘adventure sports’ this is the perfect way to have a go. Choose from this range of exciting activities – we’ll provide all the necessary technical equipment and instruction. All you need to bring is enthusiasm.
You can split the day (9.45-5.00) into two or three sessions of any of the activities below, or you can dedicate the day to indepth instruction in one activity.
Our lake provides groups with the perfect environment to learn and develop the skills involved in kayaking or canoeing. Games help with the learning process and add to the fun.
After being taught how to read and follow a map, groups are split into small teams, which compete to find control points located within the boundaries of the centre.
Outdoor Climbing (Two sessions or full day only)
Enjoy the challenge of climbing on real rock at our local crag.This is available when splitting the day into two sessions - or if you choose to spend the whole day climbing.
A challenging activity on our state-of-the-art indoor climbing walls. Groups are taught the basic skills and techniques involved in this exciting sport.
Abseiling (Purpose Built Abseiling Tower)
An exhilarating activity on our very own rock face or abseil tower. Groups are taught the basic skills and techniques to safely descend, providing a real sense of achievement.
Mountain Walk (Full day only)
A guided walk to the summit of Moel Siabod. During the walk groups will have the opportunity to learn how to read a map and individuals or pairs are encouraged to lead the group.
Groups are set the task of imaginatively designing and building a raft from a selection of basic equipment. When the raft is finished the group will use it to cross the river that flows through the grounds.
On our new purpose built course. Groups work together on problem solving tasks and activities designed to promote teamwork. Communication plays a large part as groups discuss each problem in search of a solution.
These are only a selection of the activities we can offer, we also offer offsite activities by special arrangement.
|Adding meals to your Adventure Days or Adventure Packages|
|Breakfast *||Full Cooked Breakfast||£6.67|
(one choice per group)
|Hot Pasta Lunch (served with 2 meat
sauces and 2 vegetarian sauces & a tossed salad)
|Sausage, Chips & beans (vegetarian sausages available)||£5.80|
|Soup & sandwiches (suitable for vegetarians and meat eaters alike)||£5.80|
|Evening Meal *||Three Course Evening Meal *||£13.00|
|* adventure packages only|
Adventure Packages for Groups
To guarantee great value for visiting schools, colleges, youth clubs or voluntary organisations, we've cooked up these tasty self-catering packages.
Our new adventure packages provide unrivalled value for money along with the opportunity to arrange everything you need for your trip in one go. You can create your own tailor-made programme, choosing from a range of adventure activities, even adding the option of meals in our dining room if you wish. And with Plas y Brenin's high standards applied to every detail from the moment of booking right up to minute you leave, it's a guaranteed way to take the headache out of organising an activity break.
Self catering units
We have two dedicated self-catering facilities available for exclusive use by your group which can be booked separately or together if necessary.
Bryn Engan Bunkhouse
Situated away from the main Plas y Brenin site Bryn Engan is a five-minute walk over the footbridge below the centre with easy access for vehicles along a forest track. The accommodation consists of two rooms sleeping two people each and two eight bedded rooms making a total of twentyplaces. The unit contains a well-equipped kitchen, hot showers, drying room and classroom/dining room. For groups who wish to train in camping skills there is an ideal camping area, which is easily supervised from the building.
Moelwyn Bunkhouse is situated on the main Plas y Brenin site. The accommodation consists of one room sleeping ten, one room sleeping four and one two-bedded room making a total of sixteen places. It has shower and toilet facilities and a well-equipped kitchen/dining room.
|Adventure Packages - Cost for one night and one day of activity|
|Bryn Engan Bunkhouse
(for a maximum of 20 people)
|£870 (2017 £970)||£270 per day/night|
(for a maximum of 16 people)
|£690 (2017 £770)||£210 per day/night|
The prices listed above are an overall cost covering a days instruction,equipment, one nights self-catering accommodation.
You can add the option of an additional days instruction at the beginning or end of your stay for as little as £30 per head (2017 £35 per head)
If there are less people in your group it will still cost the same, so it's in your interest to fill the places!
* If cooking your own meals doesn't suit you, we may be able to arrange for your group to eat in our dining room. If this is possible the meal price(s) above should be added per person, per day.
Hot showers and changing facilities
Free WiFi access in our bar and dining room (our mountainous location means WiFi can be erratic)
Make an Enquiry For Your Group
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What Other Groups Thought
Activities Week is a Latymer tradition which has existed for over 40 years. In the last week of June, all pupils (except those doing public exams) participate in a week-long activity. Most are residential, based all over Europe.
Over 32 trips go out, ranging from camping and outward bound trips to Devon, the Brecon Beacons and County Mayo to walking in the Swiss Alps, sailing in the Mediterranean, cycling around Britain or surfing in Cornwall. A group of 40 year 9 and 10 students attended a weeklong trip to the National Mountain centre in Wales. This was a tremendous week of activities. Such as gorge walking, sea level traversing, mountain biking, abseiling, rock climbing and scrambling to mention a few.
The instructors and staff were friendly and very professional. Their amazing rapport with the students and the excitement of the activities made this a memorable trip. Students were inspired by the instructors and returned to school brimming with confidence.
The National Mountain Centre is set in beautiful grounds with excellent facilities. The food is outstanding.
I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Broomwood Hall School
Our school has been to the Brenin every year since 2000 and every year both children and staff leave inspired.
The centre is in a stunning location and whether it's the accommodation, food, instruction or facilities, the quality you receive is superb and has never been equalled on any other school residential trip I have been part of.
Instructor student ratios are very low and instruction is pitched clearly and confidently at the right level for the children, leaving you with no uncertainty that they are in the safest possible hands.
Many of the centre staff are at the top of their sport and internationally respected in their field so your children are not just being taken canoeing or climbing, every session is a master class.
St. Paul's Girls' School
"My week at Plas y Brenin was a completely new experience for me - I was not at all adventurous or particularly fond of the outdoors, and the idea of climbing sea cliffs terrified me. Yet it ended up being one of the highlights of my summer. The mountain centre overlooked a lake nestled in between the gorgeous Snowdonian mountains. The instructors were patient and understanding, and made me feel safe hundreds of metres above the ground on the mountain day. The activities were varied and fun. My favourite was canoeing. We mastered the basic techniques through a series of games and friendly competition.
I really surprised myself by how much I enjoyed the week and I think all who go will too! "