Maria McLean: Facilities Focus
August 18, 2021

Commercial Manager Maria McLean provides an in-depth look at the fantastic facilities at Rydal Penrhos in her first monthly feature since securing the role.

Located in the heart of Colwyn Bay, our buildings, grounds and sporting facilities are available to hire for both residential and non-residential events during the evening, at weekends and during school holidays at Rydal Penrhos.

We welcome community groups and teams, local theatre and drama groups, local schools and of course those looking to create a perfect wedding or party. Local companies enjoy using our facilities for training, corporate events and team building. National and international sporting teams use our facilities as training camps and our pitches for fixtures.

We offer group accommodation across three beautiful houses, previously our boarding accommodation where you’ll find comfortable bedrooms, shared bathrooms, living rooms and kitchens. Ideal for groups wanting to stay and explore all that North Wales has to offer.

And when it comes to food, our chefs and kitchen team from Holroyd Howe are on-site throughout the year and will create bespoke menus for your event or group.

Sporting Facilities

We are delighted to host local clubs and teams who train with us every week as well as Welsh Youth Rugby, Cricket, Netball and Hockey squads who hold residential training camps with us.

Our sporting facilities are available for evening and weekend hire and during all school holidays. Rydal Penrhos also boasts an RYA accredited Sailing and Water-Sports Centre as part of our campus.

Our Sports Facilities for hire include:

  • 1 Indoor and 7 outdoor Netball Courts
  • 1 full-size Hockey All Weather Pitch
  • 4 Cricket Pitches, 4 bays of indoor and 4 bays of outdoor cricket nets
  • 5 rugby pitches and 1 fully floodlit training area
  • Performance Centre Gym
  • 25m Indoor Swimming Pool
  • 7 outdoor tennis courts

Weddings & Parties and Corporate Events: Our listed buildings are set in beautifully landscaped gardens and are the perfect venue for your wedding or event. Founded in 1885 our school buildings sit amidst landscaped gardens and we can host weddings and events for up to 250 guests inside or larger events outside in marquees.

The Dining Hall:  With its vaulted ceiling, stained glass and parquet flooring, this room is steeped in history and has previously been the school chapel and library. Now converted into a wonderful event space, here you can host larger events for up to 250 guests. The room opens onto the quad and gardens, perfect for pre-dinner drinks.

The Memorial Hall: Look up and enjoy the beautiful painted ceiling in another room that echoes the history of the school. The hall can host up to 150 guests.

The Pavilion: Host events for up to 40 guests in a relaxed and less formal setting. Opening on to our cricket field this is a great setting for a smaller wedding breakfast and a larger evening event hosted in a marquee or stretch tent.

The Ferguson Centre: For smaller events in a more contemporary setting then choose the Ferguson Centre. With views out over the campus and direct street access, this is a great option for a family celebration. This is the place for more informal gatherings, buffet lunches, children’s parties or an afternoon tea party.

Meeting Rooms: We also have a selection of smaller meeting and boardrooms for up to 25 guests.

St Johns Church: Also on campus is our school church St John’s where you can choose to be married, host a family ceremony or a memorial service.  Our school chaplain will be pleased to discuss your service with you.

Our team of dedicated event planners are available to help you plan and enjoy your perfect day or evening. Working with handpicked local wedding and event suppliers, everything is on hand to create the wedding or event of your dreams.

Our school campus hosts exceptional theatre and performance spaces and we welcome many local drama and performance groups to the school throughout the year. All of our performance areas boast state of the art lighting and sound systems and offer the perfect background for a theatrical or musical performance.

So whatever you’re looking for, we can provide it at Rydal Penrhos and I look forward to putting the school further on the map as a leading venue and community asset.


Anyone wishing to enquire about Rydal Penrhos School’s facilities can do so by calling 01492 530155, email events@rydalpenrhos.com or register your interest online here: https://rydalpenrhos.com/hire-facilities/.