Summer Holidays are Nearly Here

July is finally here! Which means the school holidays are waiting just around the corner. Have you you figured out how you're going to keep the kids entertained yet? Get a fun-filled summer escape lined up whilst we still have some availability (though you'll have to be quick!), with accommodation at our beautiful new Hilton Garden Inn, or in our comfortable glamping pods. We're open for award-winning inland surf and adventures, with all bookings protected by our Covid guarantee. Book your break online now, or speak to a member of our team by calling 01492 353 123.


Introducing our home - Snowdonia

To paraphrase the poet William Blake, great things happen when men and mountains meet. And we think you’d be hard pushed to find anywhere better to happen upon greatness than in Snowdonia, North Wales.

We consider ourselves extremely lucky to make our home here, at the gateway to the Snowdonia National Park. It’s a straight-up stunning part of the world, which is just one of the reasons why it is consistently voted as one of the top regions in the world to explore.

Follow the Conwy River for around eight miles from its estuary at the medieval town of Conwy, and that’s where you’ll find us. The grassy whaleback hills of the Carneddau mountains and the dense Gwydir forest rise up from the valley floor behind us, and the Snowdonia Massif – home to Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales – lies just a few miles to the south west.

North Wales is the ideal holiday location for anyone who takes pleasure in the beauty, exuberance and boundless potential of the Great Outdoors. Want to get out and explore when you visit us? Check out our outdoor adventures, including gorge walking and mountain biking, here.

We’re just around an hour and a half’s drive from Liverpool or Manchester, or just an hour from Chester. And whilst our location is rural, we’re just 15 minutes’ drive from the main North Wales expressway.  Find out more about how to get here, including arriving by train or ferry, here.

 

 

 


WE'RE HIRING!

Come join the adventure at one of Europe’s flagship destinations! We’re now recruiting for various exciting roles across our site, including surf, adventure, hotel and spa. We can offer you very competitive rates of pay with a great working environment and some unique staff perks. Check out our current vacancies and apply here, or email us on HR@adventureparcsnowdonia.com.

 


Covid safe: we’re doing a few things a bit differently for now

Next time you come to visit, you’ll notice we’ve made some important changes to the way we operate. Please help us to make your visit as healthy and safe as possible by taking a minute to read our checklist below before you travel to see us.

If you are unsure about anything at all, our friendly team is always on hand to help. We look forward to welcoming you safely from Tuesday 18th May 2021.

 FOR EVERYONE

  • You must sign your waiver before you arrive. If you haven’t done so yet, please check your booking confirmation email and do so now. Please make sure everyone in your group has signed their waiver.
  • There will be one-way systems in place throughout the parc, including all surf and adventure areas, at the Hilton Garden Inn and Wave Garden Spa.
  • We will have sanitising stations for you to use at all customer touch points.
  • For now, we are accepting contactless payments only.
  • Our food and beverage outlets will be open, and we will be following the appropriate guidelines for socially distanced dining. More information on dining can be found on our website.
  • We are following Welsh Government guidelines, and we will be reviewing all systems and operations as new guidance is released.

FOR SURFERS

  • There will be pre-surf ‘dry’ changing in the surf academy and post surf ‘wet’ changing in the original changing rooms.
  • For the time being there will no hot water, no showers, and no hair dryers in either changing facilities.
  • Your personal belongings will be secured in a box and kept in the surf academy. We have limited space, so please leave as many belongings as possible at home, or in your car.
  • Unless you are medically exempt, you will be required to wear a face mask during all safety demonstrations and the pre-surf briefing.

 FOR ADRENALINE INDOORS AND OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

  • You may have to wait for your session outside under cover, please ensure you are wearing appropriate clothing to keep you warm.
  • Unless you are medically exempt, you will be required to wear a face mask during all safety demonstrations.
  • Our lockers are not currently in use. Please leave as many belongings as possible at home, or in your car. Check our clothing requirements, and advice on jewellery, on the appropriate activity page before you visit.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us! You can call our customer service team on 01492 353 123 or email us on info@adventuresparcsnowdonia.com


20 things to do within 20 miles

Twenty things to do within twenty miles of Adventure Parc Snowdonia

Here at Adventure Parc Snowdonia you’ll be spoilt for choice for awesome activities, but if you’re looking for a longer stay then there are plenty of other nearby areas to explore. With good access to the Snowdonia National Park and the spectacular North Wales coastline, Adventure Parc Snowdonia is a great base to explore the area. From stunning scenery to historical buildings, exciting attractions to ancient monuments, we’ve compiled a list of twenty things to do within a twenty mile radius of Adventure Park Snowdonia.

The Llangernyw Yew

For nature lovers, the ancient Yew Tee located in the St. Digian’s church yard in the rural village of Llangernyw is a must see. Estimated to be dated between 4000 and 5000 years old, the magnificent Yew specimen is worthy of a visit in the beautiful church yard setting.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 13 miles

Conwy Castle & Town Walls

A 13th century fortress built on the order of King Edward I, the medieval Conwy Castle sits on a rocky outcrop overlooking the harbour town and estuary. The castle is open year round, where visitors can explore the grounds and towers. Take a walk along the Town Walls which were built alongside the castle. At 1.3km long, the walk offers fabulous views across the town and surrounding area.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 8 miles

Conwy RSPB Nature Reserve

With views of Conwy across the estuary as well as the nearby Carneddau mountains, Conwy Nature Reserve is a great spot for a relaxing walk, surrounded by nature. A pathway with a circular route around the reserve heads through reed beds and along the estuary wall, with fabulous views over two lagoons. With many bird species to look out for, it’s a fun and educational destination.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 9 miles

The Smallest House in Great Britain

Nestled at the end of a small terrace on Conwy quayside, The Smallest House in Great Britain is popular with visitors to the town. With only one room upstairs, and one downstairs, it’s fascinating to imagine the property being lived in, especially by its last resident – a 6’3” tall fisherman in the late 1800’s.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 8 miles

National Trust Bodnant Garden

Arguably one of the most impressive gardens in the UK, Bodnant Garden is one of area’s most popular attractions. Spread over 80 acres, there are formal gardens, woodland valley dells with impressive redwoods and a stunning acer glade full of fiery autumn colour. A garden for all seasons, spring time is a great to visit to see the world famous Laburnum Arch in full bloom.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 6 miles

Fairy Falls

The village of Trefriw has a number of walking trails to explore, but one of the shortest and most rewarding is the walk to Fairy Falls. A round trip of 1km from the village centre, the trail follows the River Crafnant to arrive at the impressive 25ft falls cascading down the rockface.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 3 miles

Aber Falls Distillery

Located near the coastal village of Abergwyngregyn, Aber Falls Distillery create the finest whiskeys and spirits in North Wales. Using authentic malt barley and fresh Welsh water, the first Aber Falls Whisky will be aged and ready to sample from 2021.  With popular gins and liqueurs also produced on site, Aber Falls offer distillery tours along with a visitor centre and newly opened bistro.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 17 miles

Gwinllan Conwy Vineyard

For award winning Welsh wines, Gwinllan Conwy has really put North Wales on the wine production map. The grape varieties grown at the vineyard located near Llandudno Junction, produce a range of five of the finest wines including two whites, a sparkling, a medium bodied red and a rose. Fantastic guided tours are available followed by a tasting in their bright and airy tasting room.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 10 miles

St. Grwst’s Church

The market town of Llanrwst is home to St. Grwst’s Church, in a scenic setting next to the River Conwy. The church is steeped in history and the Gwydir Chapel section contains the ancient stone coffin of Prince Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, also known as Llywelyn the Great who was the ruler of Gwynedd during the early 1200’s.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 5 miles

Dolwyddelan Castle

Located in the Snowdonia National Park, Dolwyddelan Castle sits on a hilltop surrounded by mountains. Built in the 13th century by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, the castle was taken by King Edward I of England during his conquest of Wales. The picturesque ruin is open to visitors, who can admire the impressive fortress and the surrounding countryside.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 15 miles

Gwrych Castle

Built in 1812, Gwrych Castle is nestled into a wooded hillside overlooking the coastal town of Abergele. The castle ruin was purchased by a preservation trust in 2018 with hopes of restoring the building to its former glory. November 2020 saw the castle catapulted onto our TV screens as the setting for ITV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity’ reality TV show, creating a great deal of interest. The castle and grounds are open for tours, where some of the I’m a Celebrity set pieces still stand.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 18 miles

Zip World Fforest

For an extra dose of outdoor adventure, Zip World Fforest is another great Conwy Valley destination for thrill seekers. Whizz through the woodland at up to 25mph on an alpine coaster, freefall from a 100ft tower on Plummet 2, or bounce around on the Treetop Nets.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 8 miles

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Located on a hillside overlooking the seaside town of Colwyn Bay, the Welsh Mountain Zoo is set in 37 acres of land. With a strong ethos of conservation, the zoo is educational as well as fun to visit. From tigers to chimpanzees, sea lions to brown bears, you can observe over 140 animal species whilst learning about them and their natural habitat.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 11 miles

Betws-y-Coed

It’s easy to see why Betws-y-Coed is one of the most popular destinations in North Wales. The scenic mountain village is picture perfect with riverside walks, waterfalls and narrow winding streets surrounded by steep pine forests. A favourite hub for hikers and walkers, the village has a vibrant feel during the summer season.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 8 miles

Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)

The highest mountain in Wales, Yr Wyddfa’s summit at 1,085 meters draws in the crowds keen to complete the hike to the top. There are six main walking routes with varying degrees of difficulty. Regardless of which route is chosen, the views are spectacular and dramatic, showcasing the best of North Wales and Snowdonia National Park.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 20 miles

Gwydir Forest

With miles of walking and mountain biking trails, Gwydir Forest is the perfect destination for lovers of the outdoors. Explore 28 square miles of wilderness on the edge of Snowdonia including forests and lakes, all surrounded by epic mountain scenery.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 6 miles

Great Orme

A large limestone headland overlooking Llandudno, the Great Orme features a whole host of attractions. The summit can be reached by walking, by use of the historic Great Orme Tramway or for those without a fear of heights, the Cable Cars. Explore the Great Orme Copper Mines, try out your skiing skills at the Llandudno Snowsports Centre or take a stroll and admire views of the bay from Happy Valley.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 13 miles

Llandudno

The jewel in the crown of Welsh seaside resorts, Llandudno is a popular destination thanks to its stunning setting. Stroll along the three mile promenade to the longest Victorian Pier in Wales. The town has strong links to the Alice in Wonderland stories, and walking trail guides are available in the town’s visitor centre. For culture, the Oriel Mostyn contemporary art gallery is a must visit whilst the Venue Cymru theatre provides the best theatre productions, musicals and live music concerts in the area.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 13 miles

Plas Mawr

The imposing gatehouse of Plas Mawr dominates the High Street in Conwy, with its impressive 16th century architectural style and lime rendered walls. Beyond the gatehouse, the Elizabethan townhouse is considered the best preserved townhouse in the UK, of this era. Explore the carefully restored rooms and stunning interiors.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 8 miles

Drew Pritchard Antiques

You might be familiar with the name Drew Pritchard from TV’s Salvage Hunters show. When visiting Conwy, be sure to call into Drew Pritchard Antiques which features a diverse and impressive collection of pieces from the 17th to the 21st century.

Distance from Adventure Parc Snowdonia – 8 miles

 

 

 

 

 


GETTING READY FOR A HEALTHY ADVENTURE

Next time you visit us, you’ll notice we’ve made some important changes to the way we operate, in order to make things as Covid safe as possible.  Please take the time to read our checklist below before you travel to see us, and follow the clear signage and instructions once you're on site. And if you are unsure about anything at all, our friendly team is always on hand to help! We look forward to welcoming you safely from Tuesday 18th May 2021.

 


Water, water, everywhere

It’s arguably the most abundant natural resource in North Wales. And without it, we would have no waves for you to ride.

Rainwater. Our 300-metre inland surf lagoon is filled entirely by water that has rained, snowed, drizzled and misted its way down into Snowdonia mountain reservoirs. It pours off the Carneddau mountains – the grassy slopes that provide the backdrop to our adventure parc – and is funnelled into a 5km pipeline which carries it - ultimately - to our site.

But before it fills our lagoon though, the water that makes our waves has an important job to do: it passes through the giant turbines of our next-door neighbour - the RWE hydroelectric plant in Dolgarrog - and helps to power around 20,000 households per year.

To maintain its environmental integrity, and to deliver the best possible user experience, keeping our water chemical-free has always been our priority. Rather than pump it full of chlorine or any other chemical nasties, we clean it using an innovative system of UV disinfection, and particle filtration.

Our water retains a natural peaty colour as a reflection of its natural mountain origins. And because we keep it chem-free, we can release it directly into the Conwy Estuary whenever we need to drain. From there it goes back into the water cycle – no doubt making more waves - as it heads out to the Irish Sea.


New adventures to love in 2021

Perhaps more than any time any of us can ever recall, this year, 2021, feels like the year when procrastination might just come to an end. From as soon as we are safely able to do so, we want to get out to experience as many of life’s rich possibilities as we can possibly get our hands on.

We’re thinking you probably feel exactly the same. So, now things are finally starting to feel a little bit more positive, we wanted to introduce you to some of the exciting new adventures we have coming to Adventure Parc Snowdonia later this spring.

First up, our brand-new pump track. In case you haven’t seen one before, a pump track is a circuit of rollers, banked turns and other features designed to be ridden completely by riders “pumping” their bike – creating momentum by up and down body movements. Whilst designed for pump bikes, a pump track can also be used with mountain bikes, BMX or hybrids.

Our pump track will launch with our new season in spring 2021. A 300-metre all-weather beauty, it is packed full of tabletops, rhythm sections and burms. It comes with split track racing too, so you can take on your mates, or ride in your own time.

This is an adventure the whole family can enjoy: the track comes with three distinct zones, including the main pump track, a mini pump track, and a carver skate bowl which is suitable for surf skate trainers and a great for dry-side surf training. We think you’re going to love it.

Other new activities coming for 2021 include daily fresh-water swimming sessions in the surf lagoon, which will be free for all guests staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia.  We will also be offering mountain bike hire – handy for exploring the nearby Gwydir Mawr a Bach (Marin) forest trails.

Anyone who knows Conwy Valley will know that there is plenty of fantastic walking to be done directly from Adventure Parc Snowdonia straight into the Carneddau mountains. As dog-lovers ourselves, we’re delighted to be able to offer dog-friendly glamping and hotel accommodation this year, so if you have a pet in your family, you’ll be able to enjoy some of those fantastic trails with them too.

 


The Power of a Little Adventure

The Power of a Little Adventure

What kind of skills would you most like to cultivate to help your professional – and personal – development in 2020?

As an outdoor adventure hub with a big interest in wellbeing, it’s a question we put regularly to our corporate friends and partners. And there are some common and oft-repeated themes that almost always wing their way back:

  • Better focus
  • Better stress management
  • A better work life balance

We’re willing to bet that our top three resonates with you, too. In this age of constant distraction, the sense of being overstretched, over stressed and overwhelmed is pretty much universal.

Ironically, it is something we probably all claim to be ‘mindful’ of.

 

STRUNG OUT SOULS

For a while now, there has been a growing consensus that meditation and mindfulness is the key to soothing our strung out, stressed out souls.

Forward-thinking global brands like Apple, Google and Nike have invested heavily in mindfulness courses and time out for their employees. Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey are well known advocates of the power of meditation.

You won’t hear anyone at Adventure Parc Snowdonia argue against the power of focusing your thoughts with mindful techniques. The idea that being more present in each moment can have a significant effect on productivity and wellbeing is an obvious no-brainer.

But does mindfulness always have to be done in a quiet, meditative environment? Over here in North Wales, we don’t think so.

We believe it is entirely possible to achieve many of the same great benefits we associate with mindfulness and meditation – like concentration, compassion and self-belief for example – by participating in adventure.

IMPROVING FOCUS THOUGH ADVENTURE

The pay-off to taking part in any activity that pushes your boundaries is the enormous sense of wellbeing that it immediately serves up as your reward.

It’s not just about releasing a rush of endorphins – though that’s a nice side effect – it’s way more profound than that. It’s about the sense of freedom, the self-belief, the intense connection to your immediate environment.

Take surfing, for example.

When you’re out there on your board, your focus and attention is completely taken up with being in the moment.

All of your consciousness and effort is put into managing the best outcome possible: catching this wave, making this pop up, standing on your board and staying upright for more than half a second.

By sticking at it and incrementally taking on bigger challenges – catching more waves, making more pop ups, standing up on your board for longer and longer each time – you gradually expand your sense of what you’re capable of, what you can overcome, what you can achieve if your only put your mind to it. That’s a powerful lesson to apply to everyday life. And to take into the office or boardroom.

If our corporate guests, friends, and colleagues are right, it seems we’re all looking for the gift of better focus, less stress and a better work life balance.

Maybe having a new adventure is just where we might find it.

BOOK YOUR NEXT TRIP

Fancy booking in for your own adventure? Let’s do it! Book online or call us on 01492 353 123. If you’re interested in coming with a group of colleagues, please take a look at our corporate packages here


OUR BRAND NEW HILTON GARDEN INN HOTEL IS TAKING SHAPE

Our new Hilton Garden Inn Hotel is taking shape

It’s set to be one of the largest hotels in North Wales, and it is rapidly taking shape on the edge of our world-first inland surf lagoon in the magnificent Conwy Valley.

The envelope of our flagship 106-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn is now complete, with work starting this week on internal walls, along with the mechanical and electrical fit out.

Single storey steel works will be complete in the coming week, and the first of 250 floor-to-ceiling windows also now being fitted.

Our construction project has been underway since July 2019. To ensure minimal environmental impact throughout construction and operation, we’re building it to BEEAM ‘very good’ standards.

The BREEAM rating measures design impact and carbon emissions, design durability and resilience, adaption to climate change, and ecological value and biodiversity protection.

Key measures being taken to reduce the environmental impact of the Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia include an innovative waste-water management system, FSC-approved timber and photovoltaic roof panels.

We’re proud to have brought a one-of-a-kind adventure parc to North Wales, and we reckon our Hilton Garden Inn is going to seriously enhance our visitor experience.

Our landmark hotel will have its own adventure concierge service

This is the first time that the Hilton Garden Inn brand – which also operates at a number of the UK’s leading sporting venues including Doncaster Racecourse and the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground – has been brought to Wales.

It will welcome its first guests in winter 2020 and promises unparalleled views across our world-first inland surf lagoon and the Conwy Valley’s mountains-and-forests landscapes beyond.

The hotel will be complemented by high quality hospitality facilities, including an indoor / outdoor wellbeing spa, corporate conference and meeting facilities for up to 230 delegates, and a destination dining restaurant overlooking the surf lagoon.

The Hilton Garden Inn will also launch with our new Adventure Concierge service, which will help our guests to explore a variety of instructor-led activities in the natural playground of North Wales.

Our concierge service will create bespoke itineraries which showcase the best of the region’s adventures, landscapes, food, heritage and culture.

The Hilton Garden Inn will create more than 90 new full-time hospitality roles, bringing the parc’s peak-season workforce to over 200, and now it’s taking shape, we’re able to see just how impressive the guest experience is going to be.

Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia in numbers

  • 250 – floor-to-ceiling windows

  • 230 – delegate capacity at adjoining conference facility

  • 106 – bedrooms with long reaching views over surf lagoon and Conwy Valley landscapes

  • 90 – new full-time hospitality jobs

  • £18 million – total investment

  • 10 – secure mountain bike lock ups

  • 8 – electric car charging points

  • 5 – motorbike lock ups

  • 1 – dog wash facility

  • 1 – gym / fitness suite

Sign up to our newsletter to get all our latest updates, and come and check it out as the build continues throughout 2020. We will be recruiting later in 2020. For all vacancies, please check our jobs page here.