The Waterside, Felindre
We’re excited about what happens when you give people who care about what they do the space to think, reflect and be creative. The results are amazing.
People, teams, groups and organisations come here for a variety of reasons, but with one thing in common: they know that more of the same is not enough and they want to achieve extraordinary things and enjoy what they do in the process.
The origins of this beautiful, green valley as an early Victorian reservoir hidden in the hills north of Swansea are still visible as a daily inspiration of what the vision, innovation and courage of a few people can do to enable many to thrive.
And now the valley and distinctive, informal lakeside facilities are once again the source of fresh perspective, new ideas, inspiration and a sense of well-being, helped by our expertise in hosting creative events and delicious local food. With the alpacas watching at a distance…
We came here in 2006 when Sue, who has an unusually diverse background, was CEO of the Swansea Local Health Board. She now runs Collective Headspace and writes as SueWaterside. Steve then got involved in local development work and became an alpaca shepherd amongst other things…
Over time our sense of why we are here – apart from it being an absolutely amazing place to live and work – has grown and become more connected to the origins of the valley, with a calling to steward the valley and practice hospitality.
In 2015 we started to develop The Waterside specifically as a place for people to come to do the fresh thinking and have the conversations they needed to have. We don’t neatly fit into a box – and guess you don’t either – and we hope we offer you so much more than a venue, lovely as it is!
Our Partners and Friends
Our commitment to collaboration and working in community is grounded in everything we do:
- Collective Headspace is our sister company, which Sue established after leaving the NHS in 2009 (it has gone through various iterations so you may also know it as Waterside Consulting or Good Insight)
- StillWalks is run by the visual artist Alastair Duncan, with a passion for making natural connections. “StillWalks is about developing your resilience at work and at home. It achieves this through tapping into resources that almost all of us possess – the senses of sight and hearing.”
- Intergreen is pushing the boundary of green energy in construction
- Our local food producers include: Coaltown Coffee; Caws Cenarth; Little Valley Bakery and more, plus produce from our own kitchen garden
- We also have an amazing bunch of people who support us here and know that they are always welcome, many of whom also share our Christian faith
More about The Waterside
In case you wanted to know…
- This was the site of the original Blaenant Ddu Reservoir, built between 1874-78 with amazing examples of engineering innovation and craftsmanship still in evidence. Swansea owes a debt of gratitude to those who had the public health foresight and entrepreneurial grit to get it built.
- We now have 40 acres of private land and nature reserve with rich and varied habitats and biodiversity including 3.25 acre lake, complete with native brown trout; woodlands; brooks, ponds and water steps; tunnels and green paths; and our own herd of alpacas. Part of the valley is a working farm and there are hazards with the lake and remnants of the reservoir so this is not suitable for children. We only have one client or event at a time so you have complete privacy
- Year-round facilities for inside/outside working: our quirky lakeside timber building provides flexible space for groups and teams up to about 25 (though ideal for more intense work with smaller groups), with capacity for larger groups up to 40 in the summer. The Long Room has panoramic views and both soft seating and working areas, which can be completely adjusted to meet your needs (it’s big enough for a barn dance!) and heated by a roaring log burning stove. There are outside decking and seating, and a large car park
- Accessible but not on call as we are only 3 miles north of junction 46 on the M4 – about 10 minutes drive through country lanes – and we do have wi-fi in the buildings and SMART visual technology in the Long Room, but no mobile phone signal (to the relief of many)
- Simple, fresh and local artisan food either produced on site or locally sourced. Our suppliers include award-winning Coaltown Coffee, Charcutier Ltd, Caws Cennarth cheese, Glengetti Tea and the Little Valley Bakery
- A non-corporate environment which is why people come! It is so different that it shifts expectations and behaviours which can liberate team working and more honest exchange
- Experienced and skilled support ie we bring the experience of working with a very wide range of clients and groups, including business, academic, public and third sector leaders and organisations. Sue is also a qualified professional coach, creative facilitator and Fellow of the RSA
But we also know from those who have visited: that only being here really gives you a sense of what it is like… so do come and see us.