Electric Mountain Visitor Centre is open seven days per week. From the Easter holidays onwards tours will be running daily until the end of October. From October to the end of December tours will be running on select days only.
As tours have limited availability, please use our online booking system or contact us directly to reserve your places before you travel to avoid disappointment.
If you are visiting us, please remember you need to arrive 15-minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. Please also note you need sensible footwear. Open toe shoes, flip flops, sandals or similar types of footwear are unsuitable and are not permitted.
Please ensure you book online or contact us from 09.30am each day to check availability before you travel - 01286 873030.
Snowdown Colliery Welfare Male Voice Choir - Performing at Electric Mountain, Llanberis on Sunday afternoon 18th June 2017
Snowdown Colliery Welfare MVC was founded in 1929 by mineworkers coming to Kent from Wales and elsewhere. As the sole survivor of the Kent colliery choirs, our history recognises the dedication and expertise of members over decades. The colliery closed in 1987 but the Choir flourishes still, with members now coming from varied backgrounds and a wide area.We are proud of our Welsh tradition. Last year we participated in a 1000 Voices Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, the latest in a series of events organised by the Welsh Association of MVCs in which we have been proud to feature on several occasions; we are currently rehearsing for the next event in May 2018.
We also retain strong links to mining.In 2012, we partnered with the local Snowdown and Betteshanger Colliery Brass Bands to stage a major concert to mark the centenary of coal being mined in Kent, while the following year we sang at the Folkestone screening of the film The Miners Hymns.Also, as one of our more unusual commissions, we accepted in 2010 a commission for "The Sounds Beneath", an audiovisual work set in a disused colliery under direction of the internationally-recognised Mikhail Karikis.For this work, which 6 years on is still being screened all over the world (in 2014 it was shown in Paris, Warsaw and Melbourne), the Choir recreated with voice the subterranean sounds of a mine.
Most concerts are local but we also regularly tour in the UK; our 2014 "Heart of England" tour included singing at Woburn Abbey and also concerts with choirs from Huntingdon and Luton (the "re-matches" took place locally in 2016!).In addition, we have frequently sung in France (including Bruay-les-Mines, Reims, Moutiers, Eurodisney and most recently Air Sur La Lys in December 2016) and the Netherlands (with Winterswijk, Deja Vue and Baarns Mannenkoor Choirs).We also participate in many special events, which in recent years have included a massed concert in Croydon to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of H.M. Queen Elizabeth 2nd, performing in a special concert in Reims to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Reims-Canterbury Twinning Association, participating in Songs Of Praise from Canterbury Cathedral and - last but not least - singing in front of nearly 20,000 people to support the Olympic Torch relay through Dover before the 2012 Olympic Games!In 2015, we very much enjoyed the Royal Albert Hall, as well as participation in the Cornwall International MVC Festival, (the largest MVC event in Europe).We also appeared at a Gala Concert at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, as Special Guests of the Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir, one of the most respected MVC's in the world.This year, 2017, is also action-packed, as may be seen from our website Snowdown Choir, including a tour to North Wales – under the banner "Snowdown in Snowdonia" !
Overall, we present approximately 20 concerts a year and also volunteer monthly in a Silver Song Club to promote social inclusion.Finally, we run schools workshops aimed at sharing with children how a choir works, helping to maintain an awareness of MVC tradition and - who knows - "growing" new members!Very gratifyingly, the relationships established in these events led to our invitation last year to participate with two Deal schools in a highly successful "Voices Unite" concert at St George's Church.
Art Exhibitions 2017
13th May to 13th July - Caernarfon Art Group
A beautiful exhibition by local artists
18th July to 16th October - Amanda Ward, Naomi Lee & Bet Huws
Amanda Ward - "My Habitat, My Love, My Saviour"
I have always felt at one and complete when out on the hills surrounding the village where I grew up and still live - Llanberis. From my early teens I have spent every minute possible walking the paths above Llanberis, surrounded by its raw nature; from the haunting cry of the buzzard to the playful, happy tune of the skylarks and the wild roar of the Ceunant Mawr waterfall. The melancholic charm of the ruined cottages of Cwm Brwynog and the valley itself captivated my imagination. I longed to capture the magic of these inspirational surroundings so at a young age decided to take up photography as a hobby. Another place I feel passionate about is Italy. After being introduced to this beautifully evocative country a few years ago by my younger brother, I now visit there every year. I have added to this exhibition a few photographs from my travels.
Naomi Lee Williams - "Niamo"
I come from Dinorwig, a small village in Snowdonia, whose constantly changing nature: the landscape and derelict slate houses, has been a source of inspiration throughout my life. Other sources of inspiration for my work come from pain, kindness, anguish, passion, anger and ambition, and although I'm from such a tiny place, I love exploring and going away to cities and meeting people who also inspire me. I like to work quickly and have a constant stream of new ideas running through my head. I like to work under pressure to get things done and being able to work in a healthy environment. I am currently studying at Glyndwr University in Parc Menai, Bangor, following an Art and Design Foundation Degree Course, and plan to continue studying Fashion Design in either London or Paris. My work is both contemporary and futuristic, and relates to the inspirations already mentioned. I work mainly in stitch, text, embroidery, and inks, but also like working with collage and copper. I also like to experiment with photography and film making. Designer of the 'Urdd Eisteddfod Learner of the Year 2017' trophy.
Since I can remember, I've felt the thrill of creating. The miracle that turns an idea into an object has been a constant companion throughout my life and has manifested itself in many ways. I love immersing myself in the creative process and having something to share at the end of it, like footsteps in the snow. This is a collection of different periods and styles which reflect the pleasure of experimenting with new techniques. As a costume designer for over two decades I focused on textiles as a medium but recently I've come back to drawing and painting. I wish to present this exhibition as a thank you to my parents: to my mother for her inspiration, and to both of them for their unyielding support.
19th October to 29th December - John Disley
CBE - A Celebration of his life
John Ivor Disley was born in Corris, Snowdonia, on November 20th 1928, the only child of Herbert and Marie Disley. The Disley family originated in Berriew, near Welshpool. His great grandfather, John moved to Aberllefenni just north of Corris where he was described as the Quarry Clerk in the censuses from 1881 to 1911. They lived in Rock Cottage and had seven children of whom only three were still alive in 1911, one being Henry Derbert, John's grandfather. Henry Herbert Disley was part of a syndicate which worked in the quarry. He later became a salesman and a justice of the peace. The family then moved to Corris which was a traditional community based around slate quarrying and mining. In 1964 he went to Loughborough college to read Geography, on the advice of his PE teacher. His time there was interrupted by National Service (1948-50). He and his friends joined a Scottish regiment because some of them were Welsh and some were English, but none of them has a drop of Scottish blood! He returned to Loughborough in 1951. In 1948 when John was 19 he cycled from Loughborough to Cardiff to run the mile at the Welsh Championships. He spent the night sleeping in a hedge then put in a great performance before cycling to Aberavon. John went on to win his first of four Welsh mile titles at the 1949 championships at Artillery Park, finally setting a personal best time of 4:05:4 in 1958. But it was in the steeplechase that he excelled. John was part of that famous generation who revived British athletics after the war, including Roger Bannister, Chris Chataway and others. He met Chris Brasher in 1949 in Helyg, the climbers club cottage in the Ogwen Valley. They were both steeplechasers and had a joint love of open spaces and climbing. This was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. John continued to compete and set five British records in steeplechase and four at two miles. His personal best at the steeplechase was 8:44:2, which he ran in 1955. He earned 19 British vests between 1950 and 1957. Altogether he set 19 Welsh records at a variety of distances from 1500m through to 5,000m. In 1955 he received the ccolade of BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year. John was tipped for gold in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics however he had been suffering from viral pneumonia beforehand and "bluffed" his way on to the team plane by claiming to have made a recovery. John lived his early years in Gwynedd and had continued great affection for the area and it's sporting opportunities. In 1955 John became the first Chief Mountaineering Instructor and Acting Warden at the new National Recreation Centre in Plas y Brenin, Capel Curig where he stayed until 1957. John loved Snowdonia and his favourite mountain was Moel Siabod as it was so accessible for him during his time at the centre. He used to say that he only had to open one of the back doors at the centre to access the Siabod path.
John Ivor Disley, CBE 20 November 1928 to 8 February 2016