Region: Wales

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, Gwynedd LL52 OLW

Contact: 01766 522811

Website: http://www.tynewydd.wales/

Description

Tŷ Newydd offers residential writing courses for schools and groups, tutored by professional and respected authors, and held in our historic writing centre in a peaceful rural setting. Nestled in a quiet spot between mountain and sea in beautiful Snwodonia, north Wales, we’re the perfect haven to retreat and spend some time being creative. Tŷ Newydd is the National Writing Centre of Wales. Established in 1990, thousands of aspiring and emerging writers have since passed through our iconic teal front door. Our historical house was the last home of former Prime Minister David Lloyd George. The newly refurbished centre becomes a temporary home to all of our guests, and has comfortable bedrooms and large communal areas.

Tŷ Newydd arranges creative writing courses for primary and secondary schools, as well as for universities and other higher education establishments. Every course is unique.
We work with the educational staff to organise bespoke courses that complement the school or university’s curriculum, providing a choice of genres, content and tutors to suit the group’s creative aspirations.

We offer an inspirational environment, and the time, space and confidence for young people to explore their potential as writers. They will receive advice and mentoring from their tutors and enjoy many opportunities to feel, respond and share through writing.
Courses usually include group sessions, one-to-one tutorials, readings and some time for pupils and students to work individually on their own writing.

Our enormous garden and our beautiful location provide opportunities for young people to spend time outdoors walking, and observing wildlife. We’re within walking distance to the seaside, and the nearest picturesque town, Cricieth, famous for its Cadwaladers ice cream parlour.

Do you have a video on YouTube or anywhere else that you would like to link to?
We have a full gallery of photographs available on our website at www.tynewydd.wales/gallery

Are you on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media?
Website: www.tynewydd.wales

Facebook: www.facebook.com/canolfantynewydd

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ty_Newydd?lang=en-gb

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/canolfantynewydd/

What group sizes do you cater for?
We can cater for groups of up to 20 pupils, with 2-3 teachers accompanying who act in loco parentis.

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?
Our rooms are very spacious, and we can accommodate 2-4 pupils in each room. They are all twin bedded, and bathrooms are en suite or in the adjacent room, shared between no more than 4 pupils. Towels and bedding are included. Bedrooms are situated in the main house and the outbuildings.

What is the cost of the accommodation?
We offer competitive rates. Depending on group sizes, teachers stay free of charge. Please get in touch with details about your school or group for up-to-date fee information and to start discussing options.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
All of our fire checks are up to date. A risk assessment for the centre, as well as safety rules and regulations is sent to the school upon booking. Our team provides the staff and pupils with a full security brief upon arrival.

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?
Head of Tŷ Newydd: Leusa Llewelyn or
Venue Manager: Ceri Collins - 01766 522811
tynewydd@literaturewales.org

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
Members of our team are first aid trained and are on-site during office hours, 9.30 am - 5.30 pm, Monday - Friday. Emergency contact numbers are provided for adults acting in loco parentis overnight.

Please list facilities available.
We provide all meals during a stay at the centre. Breakfast is self-serve with many options available: breads, cereals, eggs and plenty of fresh fruit. Lunch is served buffet style, and will always have plenty of choices such as salads, soups and meats. Dinner is prepared daily with the help of a small group of students, under the guidance of our resident chef. Our resident chef is a trained professional, and specializes in vegetarian and vegan food. The pupils usually help with light tasks such as helping to prepare the vegetables, laying the table, and helping to clear up afterwards. Snacks are available throughout the day at no extra costs, as well as endless cups of tea, coffee and juices.

The entire centre, grounds and local area are available for participants to find spaces to write talk or enjoy additional activities. This includes the large main dining room and workshop space, library, literature lounge, and conservatory, as well as our beautiful gardens and trails down to the river and beach nearby. There are also desks in all of the bedrooms to use for personal writing time, and a large residential library collection for reference and enjoyment.

Wi-Fi is provided free of charge throughout the house and gardens, but can be switched off if you prefer time offline. Mobile phone reception can be sporadic, so we have a pay phone for students to contact their families. There is no TV on site, so that pupils can enjoy the creative atmosphere and focus completely on their writing without distraction, an important part of the experience.

Most of our structured school courses allow for free time in the afternoon to concentrate on unfinished tasks or to take a bit of time to explore the local area. We can help you arrange trips to local attractions should you wish to have an afternoon of activities. We are in very close proximity to:
Zip World and Bounce Below
Surf Snowdonia
Llechwedd Slate Caverns
Plas Heli, Welsh National Sailing Academy
Endless mountain ranges including Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales
Portmeirion Village, home of Festival No. 6 and setting for the popular TV series The Prisoner
UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Cricieth Castle, Caernarfon Castle and Harlech Castle.

What are your disabled facilities?
Our specially adapted bedroom is situated in our outbuilding just across the yard from the historic house. It is suitable for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility, with a specially adapted wet room next door fitted with a shower, washbasin and W.C. A level footpath leads all the way to the front door of the conservatory, a distance of approximately 15 meters. From there (the ground floor) access can be gained in a lift to the lower floor and through a door to the Hall where workshops are held and all meals are served.

What are your opening days and hours?
Our office hours are between 9.00 am and 5.30 pm Monday to Friday. The resident chef will stay on site until after serving diner to the group.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
“Tŷ Newydd had proved to be a haven for our students in their learning. Those in charge here have exactly the right values, experience and knowledge: they provide an efficient and friendly learning environment. The tutelage is first rate and the routines of a week take in group teaching, readings and many chances for one-to-one advice. Also, the experiential learning on site (helping with the cooking, chances to walk to Cricieth, or simply lounge around in the back garden and get some thinking done, for example) are embraced in this stunning setting. It is what one would wish any higher education creative writing course to be. Student feedback has been unfailingly positive: Foyle, Ledbury and Tower competition winners have been nurtured by their time here. It is thus in every sense great value.” Peter, teacher at Tonbridge School, Kent.

“In the fall of 2015, The American School in London (ASL), brought a group of students to Tŷ Newydd for the first time. Our time in Wales was magical. Students and teachers alike were enchanted by the beautiful country house and its gorgeous surroundings. The atmosphere at Tŷ Newydd is warm and relaxed. Our tutors, accomplished authors themselves, were friendly, approachable and inspiring, resulting in our churning out lots of wonderful writing.

We took walks in the beautiful Welsh countryside, helped to prepare and ate glorious meals alongside our tutors, shared ghost stories on the beach, and booked our return visit for the following year before we had even left. We will take ASL school groups to Tŷ Newydd every year, if possible, to revel and write in its magical atmosphere.”
Peggy, Teacher at The American School in London

“Our creative writing residential to Tŷ Newydd is a well-established annual trip and a real highlight on the English department calendar. The place itself is quite magical. Our girls love taking over the house, adore the quirky library, appreciate the lovely grounds and always enjoy a walk to the sea. The opportunity to work with two writers in residence, however, is the real draw. The workshops are great fun and very stimulating, enabling all students to develop their own talents, at whatever level. These are bolstered by one to one tutorials with the writers, sessions that ensure all the students get personal feedback. Seeing students blossom over the week is wonderful. It is a real returner trip with some girls having attended 3 or 4 years in a row! At MHSG the teachers also get involved and feel as much a part of the creative process as the students. No doubt we will continue to come to Tŷ Newydd for years to come.” Carla, teacher at Manchester High School for Girls.

“From the front it looked like an ordinary square house...but from the back the chimneys were odd, and the roof was slanted and crooked. It was brilliant, like The Burrow from Harry Potter, the stairs and landings were all wonky. From most of the windows you could see the ocean and the mountains across the bay, which was stunning.

By the end, I could really see the improvement in my writing and it helped inspire me to carry on writing and thinking creatively in my free time. I learnt that you should never have a specific goal in your head when writing but rather start with idea and let the work take a different direction. What was great was that it never felt like hard work, it was nothing like a lesson at school but more of an open creative space to bounce back ideas off others and receive feedback. The whole experience gave us a lot more confidence in our writing.”
Year 8 Pupil, Tonbridge School, Kent

“I loved the writing and the beautiful house which was so welcoming. The food was delicious and the gardens provided excellent places to read and write, plus you can see the sea! Please can we stay a bit longer?”
Pupil at Manchester High School for Girls

“It feels like coming home!”  Pupil at Tonbridge School, Kent.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
North Wales has been named among the top places in the world to visit in 2017 according to Lonely Planet’s annual Best in Travel list. Placed fourth on the list of regions to visit, north Wales is the only UK destination to be featured in the rankings, which are compiled by a panel of the travel publisher’s writers and experts. Situated in the heart of rural north Wales, we offer a warm Welsh welcome. Within driving distance to schools across the UK, our unique cultural experiences will offer your pupils something different, and they will return home with fond memories and a few Welsh words and phrases under their belts. All though nestled in the quiet countryside amongst the trees and a stone’s throw away from the beach, we are also within close proximity to some of the best adrenalin enhancing attractions in the world. Tŷ Newydd offers the exciting balance of peace and tranquility but also endless adrenaline fueled adventures if desired.

 

Do you have a video on YouTube or anywhere else that you would like to link to? We have a full gallery of photographs available on our website at www.tynewydd.wales/gallery    Are you on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media and what are the links? Website: www.tynewydd.wales  Facebook: www.facebook.com/canolfantynewydd  Twitter: @Ty_Newydd Instagram: @canolfantynewydd   What group sizes do you cater for? We can cater for groups of up to 20 pupils, with 2-3 teachers accompanying who act in loco parentis.   Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities? Our rooms are very spacious, and we can accommodate 2-4 pupils in each room. They are all twin bedded, and bathrooms are en suite or in the adjacent room, shared between no more than 4 pupils. Towels and bedding are included. Bedrooms are situated in the main house and the outbuildings.    What is the cost of the accommodation? We offer competitive rates. Depending on group sizes, teachers stay free of charge. Please get in touch with details about your school or group for up-to-date fee information and to start discussing options.   What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?  All of our fire checks are up to date. A risk assessment for the centre, as well as safety rules and regulations is sent to the school upon booking. Our team provides the staff and pupils with a full security brief upon arrival. Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?  Head of Tŷ Newydd: Leusa Llewelyn or Venue Manager: Ceri Collins tynewydd@literaturewales.org 01766 522811   Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider? Members of our team are first aid trained and are on-site during office hours, 9.30 am - 5.30 pm, Monday - Friday. Emergency contact numbers are provided for adults acting in loco parentis overnight.   Please list facilities available.  We provide all meals during a stay at the centre. Breakfast is self-serve with many options available: breads, cereals, eggs and plenty of fresh fruit. Lunch is served buffet style, and will always have plenty of choices such as salads, soups and meats. Dinner is prepared daily with the help of a small group of students, under the guidance of our resident chef. Our resident chef is a trained professional, and specializes in vegetarian and vegan food. The pupils usually help with light tasks such as helping to prepare the vegetables, laying the table, and helping to clear up afterwards. Snacks are available throughout the day at no extra costs, as well as endless cups of tea, coffee and juices. The entire centre, grounds and local area are available for participants to find spaces to write talk or enjoy additional activities. This includes the large main dining room and workshop space, library, literature lounge, and conservatory, as well as our beautiful gardens and trails down to the river and beach nearby. There are also desks in all of the bedrooms to use for personal writing time, and a large residential library collection for reference and enjoyment. Wi-Fi is provided free of charge throughout the house and gardens, but can be switched off if you prefer time offline. Mobile phone reception can be sporadic, so we have a pay phone for students to contact their families. There is no TV on site, so that pupils can enjoy the creative atmosphere and focus completely on their writing without distraction, an important part of the experience. Most of our structured school courses allow for free time in the afternoon to concentrate on unfinished tasks or to take a bit of time to explore the local area. We can help you arrange trips to local attractions should you wish to have an afternoon of activities. We are in very close proximity to: Zip World and Bounce Below Surf Snowdonia  Llechwedd Slate Caverns Plas Heli, Welsh National Sailing Academy  Endless mountain ranges including Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales Portmeirion Village, home of Festival No. 6 and setting for the popular TV series The Prisoner UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Cricieth Castle, Caernarfon Castle and Harlech Castle.   What are your disabled facilities?  Our specially adapted bedroom is situated in our outbuilding just across the yard from the historic house. It is suitable for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility, with a specially adapted wet room next door fitted with a shower, washbasin and W.C. A level footpath leads all the way to the front door of the conservatory, a distance of approximately 15 meters. From there (the ground floor) access can be gained in a lift to the lower floor and through a door to the Hall where workshops are held and all meals are served.   What are your opening days and hours? Our office hours are between 9.00 am and 5.30 pm Monday to Friday. The resident chef will stay on site until after serving diner to the group.   Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include? “Tŷ Newydd had proved to be a haven for our students in their learning. Those in charge here have exactly the right values, experience and knowledge: they provide an efficient and friendly learning environment. The tutelage is first rate and the routines of a week take in group teaching, readings and many chances for one-to-one advice. Also, the experiential learning on site (helping with the cooking, chances to walk to Cricieth, or simply lounge around in the back garden and get some thinking done, for example) are embraced in this stunning setting. It is what one would wish any higher education creative writing course to be. Student feedback has been unfailingly positive: Foyle, Ledbury and Tower competition winners have been nurtured by their time here. It is thus in every sense great value.”  Peter, teacher at Tonbridge School, Kent.   “In the fall of 2015, The American School in London (ASL), brought a group of students to Tŷ Newydd for the first time. Our time in Wales was magical. Students and teachers alike were enchanted by the beautiful country house and its gorgeous surroundings. The atmosphere at Tŷ Newydd is warm and relaxed. Our tutors, accomplished authors themselves, were friendly, approachable and inspiring, resulting in our churning out lots of wonderful writing.    We took walks in the beautiful Welsh countryside, helped to prepare and ate glorious meals alongside our tutors, shared ghost stories on the beach, and booked our return visit for the following year before we had even left. We will take ASL school groups to Tŷ Newydd every year, if possible, to revel and write in its magical atmosphere.”  Peggy, Teacher at The American School in London   “Our creative writing residential to Tŷ Newydd is a well-established annual trip and a real highlight on the English department calendar. The place itself is quite magical. Our girls love taking over the house, adore the quirky library, appreciate the lovely grounds and always enjoy a walk to the sea. The opportunity to work with two writers in residence, however, is the real draw. The workshops are great fun and very stimulating, enabling all students to develop their own talents, at whatever level. These are bolstered by one to one tutorials with the writers, sessions that ensure all the students get personal feedback. Seeing students blossom over the week is wonderful. It is a real returner trip with some girls having attended 3 or 4 years in a row! At MHSG the teachers also get involved and feel as much a part of the creative process as the students. No doubt we will continue to come to Tŷ Newydd for years to come.”  Carla, teacher at Manchester High School for Girls.   “From the front it looked like an ordinary square house…but from the back the chimneys were odd, and the roof was slanted and crooked. It was brilliant, like The Burrow from Harry Potter, the stairs and landings were all wonky. From most of the windows you could see the ocean and the mountains across the bay, which was stunning.   By the end, I could really see the improvement in my writing and it helped inspire me to carry on writing and thinking creatively in my free time. I learnt that you should never have a specific goal in your head when writing but rather start with idea and let the work take a different direction. What was great was that it never felt like hard work, it was nothing like a lesson at school but more of an open creative space to bounce back ideas off others and receive feedback. The whole experience gave us a lot more confidence in our writing.” Year 8 Pupil, Tonbridge School, Kent   “I loved the writing and the beautiful house which was so welcoming. The food was delicious and the gardens provided excellent places to read and write, plus you can see the sea! Please can we stay a bit longer?” Pupil at Manchester High School for Girls   “It feels like coming home!” Pupil at Tonbridge School, Kent.    Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?  North Wales has been named among the top places in the world to visit in 2017 according to Lonely Planet’s annual Best in Travel list. Placed fourth on the list of regions to visit, north Wales is the only UK destination to be featured in the rankings, which are compiled by a panel of the travel publisher’s writers and experts. Situated in the heart of rural north Wales, we offer a warm Welsh welcome. Within driving distance to schools across the UK, our unique cultural experiences will offer your pupils something different, and they will return home with fond memories and a few Welsh words and phrases under their belts. All though nestled in the quiet countryside amongst the trees and a stone’s throw away from the beach, we are also within close proximity to some of the best adrenalin enhancing attractions in the world. Tŷ Newydd offers the exciting balance of peace and tranquility but also endless adrenaline fueled adventures if desired.   


Age of Children / Pupils: 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Residential Writing Courses


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