Region: Wales

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Plas Menai, National Outdoor Centre, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 1UE

Contact: 0300 3003112 or 01248 670964



It’s action, adventure and laughter all the way on a residential activity trip at Plas Menai, the National Outdoor Centre for Wales. With a huge range of activities on offer there is never a dull moment and pupils will take away memories that will last a lifetime. (Oh and there is a bit of learning along the way – but don’t let on to the pupils!). Learning through outdoor adventure encourages the physical, social and personal development of pupils and we see this with every group that visits as the pupils grow in self-confidence as they tackle new challenges.

The Centre is open all year round and offer land and water-based activities, so regardless of the weather or time of year there is always plenty to do.

Activities available include;

Catamaran Sailing
• Dinghy Sailing
• Keelboat Sailing
• Windsurfing
• Paddleboarding
• Powerboating
• Canoeing
• Kayaking
• Raft building
• Mountain Biking
• Gorge Walking
• Coasteering
• Climbing
• Orienteering
• High Ropes Challenge
• Low Ropes Course
• Team Games
• Den Building
• Indoor Archery
• Frisbee Golf

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Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any accreditation such as Tourist Board or AALA?

We are regulated and inspected by various bodies and hold the following accreditations

LoTC & Adventure Mark
• RYA Training Centre
• BCU Training Centre

What group sizes do you cater for?

We can accommodate up to 140 people. For our activities we work to National Governing Body guidelines which dictate ratios of instructors to pupils, these vary depending upon the activity but on the water this is usually 1:6 or 1:8 and for land-based activities it is usually 1:10

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

The Centre accommodation has undergone complete refurbishment in the past two years and now offers 35 simple, bright and welcoming twin-bedded ensuite rooms. We also have three onsite dormitory-style houses, all of which will be fully refurbished by March 2018. Each house will contain a single bedroom with en-suite, ideal for group leaders.

What is the cost of the accommodation?

Working closely with group leaders and organisers, we tailor each activity programme to meet the individual needs of each group. We operate low and high season pricing and our per day rates include 2 activity sessions, packed lunch, evening meal, evening activity, overnight accommodation and breakfast. Please contact us directly to discuss your needs so we can put together a programme specific to your group

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We are regularly inspected and hold RYA, Canoe Wales, AALS, LOTC, Adventuremark and DofE accreditations. All activities are risked assessed and a copy of our current risk assessment pack is available to download from our website.

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?

Having managed group visits for over 30 years we fully appreciate the time, effort and energy it takes to plan a trip. Our dedicated bookings team are ready to assist and support you in the planning and booking of your visit and to answer any questions or queries you may have.

If you would like to talk to somebody about bringing a group to the Centre please contact our bookings team direct on 0300 300 3113 and we will be happy to discuss your needs and requirements.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

All our instructional staff hold valid first aid certificates.

Please list facilities available:

With a choice of accommodation (centre based ensuite, or dormitory-style houses), an indoor swimming pool, mountain bike track, climbing wall, dining room, lounge, recreation room, classrooms and a large slipway offering direct access onto the Menai Strait, the facilities and the range of activities we can offer is unrivalled.

What are your disabled facilities?

We have disabled access accommodation, changing rooms, a lift to all floors and hoist in the pool. Please contact us directly to discuss your specific requirements so we can tailor-make a programme suitable to your group’s needs.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open all year round. The Centre’s main operating hours are 8.30am-9.00pm however there is a member of staff on duty at all times.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

“All the instructors were amazing. Very good with all of the children. A fantastic visit for 33 7&8 year old children. Thank you very much.” – Hale Prep

“We changed one activity from canoeing to sailing. This was done excellently. All instructors were incredible, positive, good drive and enthusiasm. Harry was excellent as course leader.” The Old Hall School

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

We offer 1 free leader place for every 10 places booked and we are happy to come along to your school and do a presentation to pupils, teachers and parents.

We are happy to visit your school and do a presentation about the Centre to teachers, parents and children.

One more thing...before you bring you pupils why not teach them a little Welsh?
It always goes down well with the team, particularly in the might even get an extra slice of bacon in the mornings!

Welcome            Croeso
Good Morning     Bore Da
Thank You          Diolch

Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 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: Outdoor Residential Centres