The Conference Venue: Gregynog Hall

The conference will be held at Gregynog Hall. A coach will take delegates from Cardiff University to the Hall.  Gregynog has existed for 800 years. By the 16th century it was the home of the Blayney family, local gentry who claimed descent from the early Welsh princes and whose courage and benevolence were praised by the court poets. Their coat of arms is the centrepiece of the fine oak carvings in the Blayney Room.

Gregynog Hall might have been demolished had not the wealthy Davies sisters acquired it in 1920 to become the headquarters of their enterprise to bring art, music and creative skills to the people of Wales in the aftermath of the First World War.

For twenty years the house was full of music, fine furniture and ceramics, hand-printed books from the Gregynog Press and, most extraordinary of all, the sisters’ collection of paintings by artists such as Monet, Cezanne and Van Gogh. Leading lights, such as George Bernard Shaw and Gustav Holst visited during these years for musical concerts – or simply to enjoy the beautiful gardens and woodland walks.

At the end of the 1950s, after wartime use as a Red Cross convalescent home, Gregynog was bequeathed to the University of Wales as a conference centre. It welcomed its first students in 1963 and they’ve been coming ever since! But the old Gregynog lives on – the music, the art, the printing press and the gardens. It is still a magical, timeless place where you can walk in the grounds on a quiet evening and listen to the birdsong just as the Davies sisters did many decades ago.

For more of its history click here

Practical info

The ground floor of the Hall is fully accessible. There are 2 rooms in the main house with support for those who need greater accessibilty.

All conference rooms will have AV support via Microsoft laptops. To connect a Mac delegates will need to provide their own lead.

 

Getting to Gregynog Hall

There will be a bus from Cardiff University (Colum Drive) departing at 10am 28th August and returning by 3pm 30th August (book at registration)

Gregynog’s location near the quiet village of Tregynon, 6 miles north of Newtown in Powys, makes it reachable within 3 hours from all parts of Wales, within 2 hours from Birmingham, Manchester, Chester and Liverpool and just 50 minutes from Shrewsbury. Rail links are via the Birmingham – Aberystwyth line, and the nearby A483 leads to the motorway network.

To drive use the postcode SY16 3PL, which will bring you into the Hall grounds via the main Estate entrance. From the Berriew direction, it may also direct you to turn right towards Brooks, which is a steep single track road. Please ignore this and continue onto Bettws Cedewain.

Please Note: Google Maps currently displays addresses and directions in a limited number of languages which does not include Welsh.

From Newtown

Entering Newtown from the South, keep on the A489 until you reach the traffic lights at McDonald’s. Turn left at the traffic lights (keeping McDonalds on your left). Go over the river bridge following signs for the hospital. Take the fifth turning on the right (opposite the Bell Hotel). Carry on up the hill out of Newtown for approx. 6 miles. The entrance to Gregynog is sign-posted on the left just before the village of Tregynon.

From Welshpool

Head towards Newtown on the A483 for approx. 4 miles. Turn right towards Berriew (B4390). In Berriew village take the second turning on the left, sign posted Bettws Cedewain 5 miles. In Bettws follow the road round to the right (keeping the New Inn pub on your right) sign-posted Tregynon 2.5 miles. At the next T junction the entrance to Gregynog is sign posted straight opposite.

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