The city of Swansea has experienced dramatic economic growth over the last 20 years and now stands as a gateway to an area of outstanding natural beauty, as well as a business and academic hub.
The seaside city has Viking roots and a long, eventful history, but today is renowned for its vibrant nightlife, large student population and as a regional shopping and commercial hub. The Swansea Waterfront has seen recent regeneration and the Swansea Enterprise Park, comprised of businesses, retail and industry is now well established.
Businesses also benefit from proximity to both Swansea University and Swansea Metropolitan University. The wider area extends to Swansea Bay and the Gower Peninsula, with miles of unspoilt coastal panoramas, awardwinning golden beaches, and lush rolling countryside.
Located in 500 acres of Pembrokeshire countryside around 60 minutes from Swansea city centre, this venue has a range of modern meeting facilities in a rural setting. There are 280 luxury lodges, cottages and studio apartments and the self-contained ‘village’ has its own restaurants, pub and shops. The resort’s largest conference room can cater for up to 160 people for receptions or 140 seated. It is kitted out with wifi, AV facilities, adjustable lighting, air conditioning and a range of rooms for break-outs, catering for between 28 and 78. For a less traditional meeting there are a selection of other venues such as Camp Smokey, where delegates can dine by a camp fire. Team building activities range from laser combat to high ropes and zip wires.
Wales’ newest museum is a £33.5million project telling the story of the country’s industrial heritage. It overlooks the marina and combines slate and glass architecture with a historic quayside warehouse. Flexible meeting spaces include the Weston Hall, which holds up to 250 theatre-style; the Warehouse Gallery, which holds 250 theatre-style; or the Dockside Room and Cityside meeting venues, holding up to 50 delegates lecturestyle or 20 boardroom-style. Facilities for hire include PA systems, laptops, data projectors, televisions, DVD players, flipcharts and wifi access. Locally-sourced food is provided by onsite catering. Day delegate rates include 9am-5pm room hire, use of a screen, projector, laptop flipcharts, snacks and a lunch.
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
Name: LC Leisure complex
Address: Oystermouth Road, Swansea SA1 3ST
Tel: 01792 635208
Opened in 2010, this leisure centre and water park is an interesting venue for meetings, overlooking Swansea Bay. There are several venues: The Function Room, Studio A and Studio B have capacity for between 70 and 90 delegates and can be arranged in theatre, caberet or boardroom-style. For an intimate gathering of 12, The Easyline Room is set up boardroom-style, and at the opposite end of the spectrum, the Sports Hall can accommodate between 800 and 2,000 for large events. Meetings can be combined with a team-building event, utilising some of the LC’s first class facilities, such as the 12metre climbing wall, or the UK’s first standing surfing machine. Buffet catering is available.
City centre, Tara House is the birthplace of poet Dylan Thomas. The ground floor provides a large reception and garden room with seating capacity for 25 delegates in each, plus two additional rooms if required. All have disabled access. The garden is usually available with the hire of the garden room. The first and second floors offer a seminar room with provision for 30 delegates, and a range of break-out rooms for up to 15. The venue can provide AV equipment, flipcharts and whiteboards, wifi access, refreshments and buffet dining, plus various team-building options.
Set on the majestic sweep of Swansea Bay, there are over 130 meeting rooms at Swansea University’s Singleton campus. The largest theatre, the Taliesin Arts Centre, seats 380 delegates theatre-style, 290 classroom-style and 50 as a boardroom. The Centre also offers professional technical support, a bar and catering facilities. There are four tiered lecture theatres with 250- plus seats, and a further 21 with seating for 40-250, plus more than 100 flat-floored meeting rooms catering for anything from 12 delegates to 100-plus. Access is available to IT suites. The University also has a partnership with Sketty Hall, a day meeting centre in a converted Georgian mansion ten minutes from the campus which caters for up to 90.
Self-proclaimed as Swansea’s only boutique hotel, Morgans is a grade-II listed building located in the city’s maritime quarter. It was once home to the port authority, but now has 42 bedrooms, two bars, a restaurant and one meeting room with capacity for up to 40 people theatre-style or up to 24 boardroom-style. Meeting room hire cost includes equipment such as a DVD player and large screen projector.
Getting there: Swansea is easily accessible by rail and car, with a direct main line rail service from London Paddington (with a journey time of around three hours) or from Junection 42 of the M4. Cardiff International Airport can be reached by train, changing at Cardiff Central or Bridgend, with connections across the country.