Winter School 2019 - more information

If you have any other questions, please email Winter School.

How much does it cost?

£500 + VAT. This includes:

  • access to the full Winter School learning programme
  • delegate pack
  • accommodation (Tuesday 5 February to Thursday 7 February 2019)
  • breakfast, evening meal and lunch during the event

You must meet any personal incidental costs, such as, travel to and from the event. Bursary places may be available to third and voluntary sector organisations on request.

Please note: If you are awarded a place and later decide to withdraw from the programme, Academi Wales reserve the right to charge your organisation for the full cost, please see our website for further information.

We offer limited accommodation that provides multiple occupancy. These open plan and spacious rooms are in a newly built accommodation block and fitted to an exceptional standard with tea and coffee making facilities and offered at the reduced rate below. All other rooms are single occupancy.

We are therefore offering limited sharing accommodation at a reduced rate and the following discounts would apply.

Single occupancy£500.00 per delegate
Double occupancy£350.00 per delegate
Triple occupancy£200.00 per delegate

You may wish to consider this as an option when selecting and identifying those who you would like to put forward for a place. Please note that allocation of these rooms will be considered as part of the selection process for Winter School.

Large rooms

Large rooms, comprising of a lower and mezzanine floor, 3 single beds on each floor, a shared bathroom with toilet and separate toilet and washbasin situated on the lower floor.

Twin rooms

Twin rooms, comprising of 2 single beds and a shared bathroom with shower and toilet.

For further details please contact the Winter School mailbox.

If your application is successful, our procurement guidelines are such that we will need to invoice your organisation for the relevant amount following your attendance at Winter School.

For Non-Welsh Government applicants

When you complete your application form we will ask you for the following information:

  • the name of the person who will be responsible for arranging payment for your delegate place
  • the name of the organisation who is paying for you to attend
  • the name and email address of your billing/responsible officer

Once your place has been confirmed, we will contact the responsible person / billing officer to provide us with a purchase order number. If you do not know your billing officer at the time of completing the application form, please insert your own details and we will contact you for these details. To secure your place it is important that you provide the above information.

Invoices will be sent and fees collected following the event.

If you need any further details on the invoicing requirements please contact our Finance Manager.

Create your purchase order

Please use the information noted below if your organisation needs to set up a purchase order to cover these costs:

Welsh Government
Crown Buildings
Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ

Contact: Academi Wales
Telephone: 03000 256 687

For Welsh Government applicants

When you complete your application form we will ask you for the following information:

  • your WG finance manager’s email address

If your application is successful, we will contact your finance manager who will be asked to supply activity and profit centre codes for payment of the fee of £500 per delegate (no VAT applies). Journal transfers will be issued and course fees collected after the event.

  • Anyone named as a billing/responsible officer contact must have been consulted and given approval prior to you providing their details

If you need any further details on the transfer requirements please contact our Finance Manager.

General timetable – opening and closing of event

Tuesday 5 February 2019

  • 11am: registration and accommodation allocation (if you're arriving before 11am please let us know)
  • 12pm: lunch
  • 1pm: programme begins

Friday 8 February

  • 1pm: programme ends

Do I have to stay for the duration of the event?

Yes – delegates must attend the whole programme. It's been purposefully designed and you will not realise the full benefits unless you complete all aspects.

What if I live locally to the venue – can I commute?

Yes – however, we encourage you to take advantage of the residential part of the programme. If you live locally you may commute to and from your home - please let us know as soon as possible if you don't need accommodation. Non-accommodation delegates must still pay the £500 + vat contribution.

Child care / crèche facilities

There are no child care or crèche facilities available. You will be expected to make your own child care arrangements.

Meals and refreshments

Meals and refreshments are included within the programme (however alcohol, bar or café purchases are not covered).

  • Breakfast: between 7.30 and 8.30 am
  • Dinner: 7.30 pm.

There is a cash bar and coffee shop on site. Please note: there is no cash machine at or near the venue. Please withdraw cash in advance if you plan to use these facilities.

Special dietary or other medical/access requirements

Please note on your application form if you have any medical or specific dietary needs. If necessary we will contact you to discuss nearer the event.

Welsh language

Winter School is delivered in English. However, delegate packs and materials are provided bilingually.

Mobile/internet connection

  • Please be aware that because of the remote location, mobile phone and internet signals may be patchy and could be affected by weather conditions. You will be able to access a landline.
  • Internet access is available in some personal accommodation - to access this you will need to bring an Ethernet cable. Please ask at reception when you register to see if your room has this facility.
  • Wi-Fi is available in the main hall.

What should I pack?

  • A torch: Nant Gwrtheyrn is a small site but, because of its location, moving between the function hall and accommodation (especially later at night) can be particularly dark, so you may wish to bring a torch.
  • Toiletries, hairdryers etc
  • Cash (please note: there are no cash points or shops in the close vicinity)
  • General supplies may be useful tea, milk and biscuits, as some of the cottages have kitchen areas (however, all other food and refreshments are provided during the event)

Dress code

  • Classroom sessions - casual dress code.
  • Walk - we recommend that you bring suitable warm, comfortable clothes, outdoor weather gear and sturdy footwear with you. The weather will be unpredictable and can get very cold.

Photography/video recording

We reserve the right to take photographs / video footage during the event which may be used for publicity purposes and for the production of learning information.

Personal preparation

Where applicable, you must complete all pre-work set by the speakers.

Delegate hub

Successful delegates will be invited to enrol onto the Winter School Delegate Hub. This is a secure closed site and can be accessed anytime, anywhere and on any device. The hub will provide the opportunity to share important information leading up to the event, have discussions and network with your fellow delegates.

It is important that you log onto the Hub to receive regular updates and key information about the programme.



Car sharing

Once the delegate list is confirmed, with your approval, we'll share contact details. You can then make your own car sharing arrangements for travel to and from the event.

Winter School Team
03000 256 687

Nant Gwrtheyrn - Venue

Llithfaen, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 6NL
Tel: 01758 750 334

Any other questions

Contact us 03000 256 687 or email

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