Corinna, St helens is a town about 16 km east of liverpool, home of the Beatles, and 2 decent football teams. Unfortunately it is a bit too far north for the upcoming September meet up to take in.
Snowdonia is about a 90 minute drive for me from St helens. We stayed near Betws y Coed, which was a good place to stay for being central to all of the Sonwdonia National Park.
The weather isn't always this good, we were blessed with superb weather during our stay.
I'm glad to hear that you had nice weather while you stayed ... and if I said I'll come over from GERMANY to the meet-up, will you then still consider yourself too far north to come to the meet-up? You know longer can, eh? C'mon, make up your mind and start planning!