The Centre was built towards the end of the 1920's. It was (and still is) for the purpose of providing an amenity and, “in perpetuity for the inhabitants of the Penmaenmawr Urban District Council area and to be used in particular for the benefit of a young men's social club or association and to be known as the Penmaenmawr Young Men's Institute”. (As This Indenture on the 9th day of April 1921)
Snooker was becoming increasingly popular - taking over from the long established game of Billiards. The ground floor room has the four full sized snooker tables. It is doubtful at this time if ladies took advantage of this smoke laden haven for men!
However, the large upper room is where all did their socialising for meetings, concerts and other self entertainment of the day. Public transport was not as it is to-day and Saturday night was the big social occasion for catching up with village gossip, events and, of course, dancing. It was a very popular and well attended venue.
During the war years (1939-45), the social night was often frequented by Italian prisoners of the war from the POW camp in Glan Conwy. It was also attended by G. I's from the Field Gun Artillery Training Unit, based at West Shore, Llandudno; followed by the Polish Freedom Fighters. Suddenly, segments of the world had arrived in this very small corner called Penmaenmawr. If only these walls could talk!
The 70's saw a new floor laid in the form of Canadian Maple wood strips. The floor develops a positive bounce movement when just a few take to the floor and dance in rhythm to say a Reel, Barn Dance - and of course, any bebop of the day: The floor is very easy going on dancer's feet and is probably the best kept dance floor in the County!
In the early years of the new millennia, Pen underwent a major make over - particularly along its main road and down towards the prom under the regeneration programme of Seaside Towns.
The Centre however, despite its distinctive appearance of roofing style and the town's War Memorial built onto its frontage as well as being described as one of the town's principle buildings, it was not to benefit from this programme: Other initiatives such as the Quarry Theatre provided stage lighting and a sound desk. A building adjustment in the 80's provided the lift to the first floor and new metal double glazed window frames.
With its Pagoda style roofing plus the long windows, make for a dominant but complimentary aspect to the immediate area of large Victorian houses.
During the late summer of 2016, the entrance area and main stairwell sees the beginnings of refurbishment programme with a new approach to modern day décor and lighting. The outer stairwell walls are now internally insulated, thanks to funding from a Green Energy Programme - courtesy of the Town Council with secondary glazing added to the large west wall window. The new entrance door is also thermally insulated and is power assisted, complete with touch pad wheelchair door opening facility.
It is our intention that this refurbishment will continue throughout the building. If you would like to support us in our mission, then please contact us at the the Centre:
The Centre is supported by our Town Council: However, the majority of the funding has to come from ourselves. The Centre boasts four full sized snooker tables in tip top condition being situated on the ground floor. The membership fee is very modest. It's a warm and friendly place to be in. Hot and cold drinks available. If you are a good player, why not join one of our successful teams?
The functions room is on the upper floor with a lift access.
Opening Times for Snooker Hall and Office – 01492 622 672**
|Monday||9.30am - 12 noon**||6pm - 9pm**|
|Tuesday||Closed||6pm - 9pm**|
|Wednesday||Closed||6pm - 9pm**|
|Thursday||9.30am - 12 noon**
||6pm - 9pm**|
|Friday||Closed||7pm - 9pm|
|Saturday||9.30am - 11.45am**
Closing times are flexible depending on demand
In the event of the Functions room being used the Snooker Hall will also be open
Membership £5.00 to December 31st
Day Visitor £2.00
Table light fees apply - £1.00 and 20p coins
Hot and cold drinks available – Alcohol not permitted
Terms and Conditions of Entry Apply
Functions Room – First Floor
The floor is wooden and sprung making it ideal for dance and children at play.
Bouncy Castle use is permitted. Hirer must ensure that it is clean and dry before setting up
The Snooker Hall has 4 full sized tables and kept up to spec for match games etc. See opening times
Food and/or Alcohol is not permitted in this room at any time. Terms and Conditions of entry apply
Above the Town Council Office. It has a large oblong meeting table to sit 10 people comfortably. Additional seating area for 10
N.B This room can only be accessed via a stairway and does not have a toilet facility
The room is of a good size and offers a usable area of approximately 11 meters x 11 meters, plus the seating perimeter. Some 40 Seats are placed around the room with more to hand if required. The stage being an additional area.
The room is generally available from 9.30 am to 9.00 pm but the closing time can be extended to 11pm if required. Extra late hour fees apply at 10pm to 10.30pm and 10.30pm to 11pm.
For a comfortable seating arrangement, to 120 persons.
The Centre is closed on Xmas Day and Easter Sunday.
Day Rate -9.30 to 6.30pm (Monday to Saturday (to 11.30am)
Hourly fee is £ 9.50
Half hour fee £ 5.00
Building Closed by 11.00pm
Saturday – 12noon to 5pm – three hours for £33 inclusive* Plus 30 minutes free time to clear away.
Evening – 6pm to 10pm – £11.50 per hour:10.00 pm to 10.30 pm £10: 10.30pm to 11pm £20.00:
Sunday – (*inclusive) three hours £36 Hire Time can be extended @12.50/hr
Bank Holiday (*inclusive) three hours £45 Hire Time can be extended @ £15/hr
U3A activities requires membership:
Morning – Available
Evening – New start up 6pm to 8pm Props Anvil: Theatre Acting School (Colwyn Bay)
email [email protected]
Morning – U3A - Tai Chi. We are informed that there is a long waiting list to join!
Evening – Easy Sequence Dancing from 7.30 to 9.30: Beginners welcome:
Ideal for the getting away from “the box” for an hour or so: Refreshments supplied:
Keeping your mind alert: Keeping mobile!
Room prepared for BINGO: Doors open 12 noon. Eyes down 1.30pm Well attended
Morning – U3A - Folk Dancing 10.00am to 11.30am. Very popular.
Evening – Karate for Juniors 7 to 8pm: Seniors 8pm to 9pm.
The art of self defence and self discipline!
Morning – U3a - Table Tennis 10.30 to Noon::Line Dancing from 12.15pm to1.45pm
Evening – none at present
Popular for 3 hour party time £33. Additional hours available
Evening – The room is available for social events or *Concert hire until 11pm
Popular for 3 hour party time £36. Additional hours available
Evening – Available
* Concert Hire Fees start from £55: Access from 5pm (or earlier)
Special rates for public entertainment such concerts etc.:Terms and Condition of hire apply:
The Hirer carries responsibilities of Duty of Care, Health and Safety - including Door Control.
*Alcohol and or food consumption is not permitted in or around the Centre during such venues.
This does order does not effect private parties/club venues.
Meeting Room -Upper Chamber above Town Council Office
Available from 9.30am to 4pm £10 up to two hours
6.00pm to 9pm £20 up to three hours
No food/ alcohol to be consumed in this room: No toilet facilities available.
Hire charge includes heating as and when required
This is maintained by the Conwy County Borough Council. The Centre pays an annual fee and holds the key to the floodlights We pay for the electric used and keep a watchful eye on repair requirements. The Committee decided the area should be freely available 24/7 so as to allow children and adults to go somewhere for a kick about. Lighting is available on request at the Office. Games Organisers are asked to pay a small fee per session to defray some of the costs imposed on the Centre.
This is an enclosed play area and as such, dogs are not allowed into the enclosure by law.
Bye - Laws also apply to the Park area. Always carry bags to clear up your dog's mess and dispose of responsibly.
Heavy fines can now be imposed for breaches of the laws regarding dog control
Christopher AJ Norton - Chairman
Penmaenmawr Community Centre
01492 622672 (see opening Times)
01492 623402 (message facility & Bookings)