Situated in the Snowdonia National Park, Bala is surrounded by rolling mountains, vast valleys, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. As a small market town, it provides all the essential services for those who live there and those who visit, from quaint shops selling local produce through to supermarkets, cafes and restaurants. One thing’s for sure - away from the hustle and bustle of city life, you’ll never be caught up in traffic on your way home from work on a Friday evening!
Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) plays host to a range of outdoor activities and water sports. With people kayaking, swimming and paddle boarding in its waters, it’s not just beautiful to look at. Since the 1920s, reports have emerged of a creature lurking in the depths of Llyn Tegid, with some describing the figure as a small dinosaur, whilst others claim it to resemble a crocodile. So, whatever you do, don’t go swimming too deep in the lake!
There’s an abundance of other activities within Bala and its surrounding areas – you’ll never be short of somewhere to go for a nice walk on the weekend to refresh after a long week in work. Steeped in rich history, there’s also some unique attractions to visit including King Arthur’s Labyrinth in Corris, where you’ll sail through an underground waterfall to uncover a world of dragons, giants and King Arthur as Welsh legends unfold. And with the Bala Lake Railway Steam Engine, motorsports and fishing, you’ll never be short of anything to do with your spare time.
There’s a real sense of community in Bala, and a community which is proud of the local culture that Bala boasts. Not only does the area remain a stronghold for the Welsh language, it’s also home to one of Urdd Gobaith Cymru (the Welsh Youth Movement’s) main residential camps, Glan Llyn, which welcomes thousands of visitors each year, providing a real boost to the local area. The local culture is also reflected in the many agricultural, horticultural, concerts, shows and folk festivals that are held throughout the year.
Even though you may feel you are in the middle of nowhere, Bala is well connected, with good road links to the rest of North Wales and Mid Wales to enable you’re exploring to continue. With the historic city of Chester just an hour’s drive away and public transport links available between Bala, Chester, Wrexham, Dolgellau and Barmouth, you may feel like you’re in a secluded paradise but actually, it’s easily accessible to live in Bala and even commute to work in one of the surrounding areas.
Jobs in Bala
Bala is home to a vast array of different companies, from a wide variety of industries. On the Bala Industrial Estate, you’ll find organisations from industries including manufacturing, construction and automotive, whilst the high street – with its supermarkets, local butchers, restaurants and cafes – offers up plenty of opportunities within retail and customer service. The town is also home to one of the UK’s leading designers of chocolate products!
One of the biggest employers within the region is The Cake Crew, the UK’s largest independent manufacturer of private label cupcakes, supplying a variety of bakery products into major supermarkets, independent retailers and wholesalers. The award-winning business has been rapidly expanding due to customer demand and has a workforce in excess of 250 personnel.
So, if Bala sounds like the perfect place for you to relocate to and develop your career, what are you waiting for? Click here to search for jobs in the North Wales region, and why not read our other in-depth articles on what it’s like to live and work in other North Wales cities and towns such as Llandudno, Abergele, St Asaph and Colwyn Bay.
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