Mid Wales

Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth
The centre is open exclusively for groups and can offer bespoke workshops and tours around the themes of sustainability, wellbeing, nature, gardening and more. Catering options from their vegetarian
café can be provided with many of the ingredients sourced locally and from their gardens. Free coach parking and entry for coach drivers and tour guides. FITs can book on to their short courses programme. Accommodation on-site includes 4-star 24 twin or double rooms with bed and breakfast, and two eco cabins for up to 18 clients with bunk-beds and a communal area. For more information, contact education@cat.org.uk.

A stone hut with a vegetable garden outside.

Centre for Alternative Technology

Corris Craft Centre, Machynlleth
There are nine individual workshops at Corris Craft Centre, with some offering hands-on fun experiences for groups. These include pottery painting (max 20), chocolate making (max 12), candle making, and furniture building. The Dyfi Distillery offer private visits and tutored tastings of its award-winning artisan gin (max 20). King Arthur's Labyrinth, Corris Mine Explorers, the Welsh Legends Maze, the Corris Café and the Welsh Deli can also be found on the site. For more information contact:

Chocolate making workshops - Lisa Duffy
Pottery painting workshops -  Lahn Hinchliffe
Gin tastings and tutored talks - Danny Cameron
Furniture building - John Skilleter 

A range of candles in lots of shapes and sizes.

Corris Craft Centre

Cwm Weeg, Newtown
A 15th century farmhouse surrounded by three acres of landscaped gardens, and over 20 acres of woodland and wild flower meadows. Private group bookings available outside the limited public opening times by prior arrangement. Private talks of up to 1hr on a variety of subjects, a tour of the house, and homemade tea and cake can also be included on request (min 10 - max 100). Coach parking available. Contact Dr Wolfgang Schaefer for more information.

Archery Lawn

Elan Valley, near Rhayader
Famous for its six dams and Victorian architecture, Elan Valley covers an area of 72 sqm with a visitor centre and gift shop. Pen-y-Garreg Dam tours are only available to the public on selected open days throughout the year, but your clients can arrange a private, fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ tour. It's the only Victorian dam in the UK where visitors can go inside. The impressive architectural 123 foot high, 528 feet long dam was built in 1903 by Engineer Eustace Tickell. The tunnel accessed by steps is lit by apertures in the downstream side of the dam, and leads to the central tower. Spectacular views of the dam wall and the valley below can be seen once on the central platform. Private ranger tours of the estate are also offered where a ranger joins the passengers on their coach/minibus and talks about the Elan Valley Estate whilst visiting the six dams. For more information contact:

Coach ranger tours/dam tours - elanbookings@dwrcymru.com
Private dam tours only - rangers.elan@dwrcymru.com

Group of people smiling at the camera by a dam with water cascading.
The start of a tunnel inside a dam.
Looking outside from inside a dam.

Inside Pen y Garreg dam

Llanerchaeron, Nr Aberaeron
A behind the scenes tour of the Georgian villa can be requested for  groups of up to 20, along with a guided tour of the garden. There is also a lake, farmyard, bookshop and café for clients to enjoy. Contact llanerchaeron@nationaltrust.org.uk for more information.

Welsh Lavender Limited, Builth Wells
The first lavender farm in Wales is located high in the rolling hills north of Bannau Brycheiniog, near Builth Wells. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a day in the Welsh countryside, overlooking beautiful gardens, a swimming pond and fields of blue lavender. The farm has now grown to include beautiful gardens, a distillery, shop, café and accommodation. Open all year round, your clients can take a tour of the fields (booking required), gardens and distillery before enjoying tea and cake overlooking the spectacular countryside. There are plenty of places to sit for a picnic. The lavender is in bloom during July & August. The farm is open all year to wander, shop or swim. Private group bookings by prior arrangement for a maximum of 25 people. Not suitable for coaches - max 16 seater due to access. For more information contact, farmers@welshlavender.com.

A row of lavender on a hill, with views of the countryside beyond.
Rows of lavender in full bloom on a farm.

Welsh Lavender Farm

North Wales

Anglesey Bees, Llanddaniel, Anglesey
A range of bespoke, private beekeeping training courses and experiences are offered ranging from 1hr 30mins to 3hrs. Available between April and August, experiences include 'meet the bees', 'taste the honey' 'bee curious' and 'beekeeper for a day'.  Available for groups from 4 to 20 depending on experience, which can be rotated around a full or half day. Presentations and candle making can also be included to the package. Contact Dafydd Jones for more information.


A rack of honey covered in working bees being taken from a hive.

Anglesey Bees

Dylan's Restaurants, various locations
Bread Baking classes are offered at the Llangefni bakery. From the Llandudno preparation kitchen, clients can choose from Welshcakes, Bara Brith, cupcakes, and macaron classes, or even a Chocolate Workshop. There are seasonal events too. At Christmas they offer festive baking classes where your clients can make savoury pies and mince pies. At Easter they host an Easter Egg workshop, a sourdough bread and hot cross buns baking class. Class size is from 2 to 10. Bespoke workshops can be offered to meet your clients needs on request. They also have an artist in residence who can come to the restaurant and run a fish printing class and they work with fishermen that can run fishing trips. They can offer bespoke evenings for your clients with a menu using local produce and the opportunity to meet local suppliers – all with a story to tell. For more information, contact Gemma Redfern.

Exterior shot of a restaurant.

Dylan's Restaurant, Llandudno

Rhigar Tours, Llanfairfechan
High end private, bespoke and immersive tours are offered with Rhigar Tours (max 30). They range from a sheepdog demonstration to a unique buggy ride which will take clients up the Carneddau Mountains to see the rare Carneddau Mountain Ponies. Your clients will learn about the time-honoured farming traditions and the area's heritage and culture. Contact Rhian Jones for more information.

Seawake, Beaumaris pier
Specialising in boat tours on ribs (max 12), Seawake offer a private chartered tour for 1hr. A two day powerboat training course is also offered, where your clients can drive a rib under an instructor’s tuition to gain a level 2 certificate. For more information, contact Bedwyr Roberts.

St George's Hotel, Llandudno
A Sustainable Lobster Safari trip with Sea Fishing Trips is offered from the hotel between April and October for 2-6 people. Transportation can be arranged to the marina and return. On the 2hr evening trip, clients will learn about the mysterious world of the lobster with skipper Carl Davies, a qualified Marine Biologist with over twenty years experience in commercial fishing. They will find out what happens behind the scenes on a lobster potting boat as well as the life and conservation of lobsters. The trip takes in the cliffs of the Great Orme where your clients may see seals, seabirds and the famous wild Kashmiri goats (who are also the mascot for the Royal Welsh Fusiliers). There is an opportunity to buy fresh lobster and crab where the chef at St George's Hotel will cook it for your clients. Contact Carl Davies for more information.

Pan Wales

Dark Sky Wales, Pan Wales
Bespoke stargazing experiences can be offered to your clients which can be found on the Dark Sky Wales website. The star gazing packages range from 2 to 40 guests but they can can also provide experiences to suit your client's needs. Larger parties can be accommodated for with other types of activities. For more information, please contact Allan Trow.

Group of people standing by a telescope looking at the night sky.
A castle and lake surrounded by the stars in the night sky.

Dark Skies, Cambrian Mountains

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