Founders’ Weekend 2023: Full Schedule Revealed
August 15, 2023

Join us for Rydal Penrhos Founders’ Weekend on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 September 2023

As Rydal Penrhos pupils take a well-deserved break, we are excitedly preparing for this year’s Founders’ Weekend, taking place from Friday 15th September to Saturday 16th September 2023. After the unfortunate postponement of last year’s event due to the passing of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, we are delighted to see the return of this cherished occasion on the Rydal Penrhos calendar.

For more information, please see the schedule for the weekend, available below. While there is no need to pre-register for Friday, if you would like to join us for Saturday’s activities, we would ask that you please register your attendance by clicking here.

If you have any questions regarding Founders’ Weekend, feel free to reach out to us at alumni@rydalpenrhos.com or call 01492 530 155.


(No Registration Required)

  • 14:30: Founders’ Service at St John’s Church – We cordially invite all alumni to join us for this traditional school service, led by the school chaplain, Rev’d Dr Beamish.
  • 17:30: Staff vs Leavers Football Match on the Astro Turf – Witness the Class of 2023 take on a team of Rydal Penrhos staff in the return of this beloved fixture. There may be opportunities for older alumni to play; if you are interested in participating, please let us know. The match will be followed by a barbeque dinner in the Dining Hall (or, weather-permitting, the Sports Hall Lawn).


(Registration via Eventbrite)

  • 09:00: Rydal Penrhos Society Committee Meeting and AGM in the Hovey Room.
  • 10:30: Tea and Coffee in the Dining Room. Refreshments will be available here throughout the morning’s activities.
  • 11:00: Sports Matches on the Astro and in the Sports Hall – Don’t miss the thrilling clash between the Rydal Penrhos Dragons team and the 1st XI Hockey side, as well as an Alumni vs 1st VII Netball contest for the Natalie Kate Moss Trophy.
  • 13:00: Lunch in the Dining Hall – Join fellow alumni, staff, and current pupils for a delightful lunch. We are especially thrilled to welcome our ‘3s’ (Class of 1953, 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003, 2013, and 2023) for their reunion.
  • 14:30 to 15:30: Tour of the Senior Campus – Led by a member of staff, a tour will offer you an insight into the school’s current facilities and developments. Enjoy this unique opportunity to visit historic school locations such as Old House, Costain, the Memorial Hall and the Osborn Hall; the latter of which will feature a display from our wealth of archive materials. We ask that you please pre-book your tour by contacting a member of our Alumni team.
  • 14:30 to 18:00: Eton Fives Tournament – Whether a seasoned player or a newcomer, you are warmly invited to drop in and participate in this much-loved sport, which is unique to the school in Wales. Refreshments will be available.

We sincerely hope that you will join us as we celebrate 140 years of Rydal Penrhos history.