Region: Wales

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Ynys Hywel Activity Centre, Cwmfelinfach, Newport, Caerphilly NP11 7JD

Contact: 01495 201778



Ynys Hywel Activity Centre Wales prides it’s self on providing a fresh approach to outdoor education. We deliver industry leading residential stays and activities for businesses, education and youth establishments as well as various courses and events throughout the year that you can book as an individual. Located 10 minutes from the M4, we combine the convenience of easy access with the tranquility of the Sirhowy country park.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

Outdoor education should be about learning how life works outside a classroom environment. Experiencing all the highs and lows; learning to deal with adversity and challenges, overcoming obstacles but in a safe and supportive environment.

We know that whilst your pupils are focusing on the excitement of adventure, you will be looking at what they will learn and take away from their visit. The activities we provide develop self-esteem, peer support and confidence that pupils will take back to the classroom, their everyday lives and their future.

We provide educationally-rich activity centre breaks for schools and are experts in out-of-the-classroom learning. Our unique and personalised days and residential trips are guaranteed to inspire and motivate children, instilling a lifelong love of adventure.

The centre is surrounded by scenic hills and woodlands and is one of Wales’ finest education and adventure centres and is AALA approved meeting schools’ learning and risk management needs, no matter what activities are provided.

Ynys Hywel operates all year round and offers a wide range of packages. But no matter what, every pupil is guaranteed to have fun, learn essential communication and team building skills whilst also having a go at something new.

Why choose Ynys Hywel for your School?

•             Child friendly centre

•             Tailor made programmes to meet your needs and curriculum

•             A range of onsite and offsite activities available from 9am-9pm

•             Highly experienced and qualified instructors

•             School discounts

•             AALA and local council approved centre

•             Exclusive use of the centre when booking a residential

•             Flexible start times to suit your group

•             Half & full days available

•             All meals prepared with fresh and local produce, promoting healthy eating

•             Safe facilities and environment

•             Ynys Hywel staff management onsite all night

Activities on offer:

We run great quality onsite and offsite activities designed especially for young people and provide the highest standards of safety.


Ynys Hywel is situated within the beautiful Sirhowy Valley Country Park, the perfect location to have an unforgettable outdoor adventure. Our centre boasts excellent facilities meaning that a lot of activities can be based on-site, including:

•             Problem solving

•             Trekking/orienteering

•             Obstacle course

•             Archery

•             Campcraft

•             Abseiling

•             Nightline


Ynys Hywel is surrounded by beautiful mountains, forests and rivers so we take advantage of ‘nature’s playground’ and run activities off-site. Our offsite activities are designed to introduce pupils to new experiences and help them uncover new strengths and improve confidence whilst also having a lot of fun and include: 

•             Climbing

•             Caving

•             Gorge walking

Both on-site and off-site activities can be booked as part of day trip or a residential.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

Ynys Hywel prides it’s self on providing a fresh approach to outdoor education. We welcome a wide range of schools from across the country to use our unique facilities and tailor-made programmes. From half day trips to 5-day all inclusive packages, we can create the perfect programme for you and your pupils that fully support your learning objectives and curriculum.

We have a fully-trained and experienced team that will teach, inspire and look after your pupils to ensure they have an amazing experience at Ynys Hywel.

Located 10 minutes from the M4, we combine the convenience of easy access with the tranquility of the Sirhowy country park. Our centre offers the perfect setting for learning how to live the good life. Set within the beautiful Sirhowy Valley Country Park between Ystrad Mynach and Caerphilly, South Wales, it boasts amazing woodland, Welsh agriculture as well as a rich mining heritage. From the top of Myndd Machen (Machen Mountain) you can enjoy a panoramic view that takes in everything from the Brecon Beacons to the Bristol Channel.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

Yes we hold the AALA license

What does a typical educational visit include?

Visits range from half day activities to week long residential stays. We tailor every visit to the needs of the group. Every visit will benefit from our world class facility that includes stunning accommodation, home grown and reared produce, the highest standard sessions and equipment and most importantly fantastic staff. Whether you want to hit curriculum standards out of the park, want to get a group working together as a team or just want some amazing outdoor fun come and visit to find out what we can do for you.           

What group sizes do you cater for?

We recommend group sizes of 12 for maximum value and enjoyment but can accommodate more on certain sessions. We can accommodate up to 40 people on residential and 60+ for days and events.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

We Deliver the John Muir Award, OPAL (Open Air Laboratories) as well as other NGB awards. We deliver our own Welsh Wider Key Skills Programmes and Are Currently working with SWEET* to deliver BTEC units that hit criteria and develop skills for the new Welsh Baccalaureate.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

Yes, however we cannot accept liability for damage to any recording equipment.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We have comprehensive risk assessments and session plans for all our sessions. These are available to view on visits alongside our insurance schedule. However we do not provi hard copies.

Does your venue have an education officer?

Yes. Please ask for Nick Ilston on when calling the centre.

What is the cost: of the visit?

Please see the pricelist below which should cover everything:

  Group price(2 - 12 participants)

Price PP

Half Day £175 £15
Half Day With Lunch £225 £19
Full Day With Lunch £350 £29

£1100+VAT per day and night
(i.e. 4 night residential starting Monday 11.00 Finish Friday 10.00 = £4400)


Special Offer

Primary School Nature Day

Our tailored programme involves 3-4 groups of 12 pupils, taking part in a variety of educational activities eg. Nature walk, Campcraft, Nightline, Animal interaction & problem solving.

£500+VAT based on 4 groups of 12 pupils
*Additional charge if food is required
Please note all prices exclude VAT.


Is specific clothing required for the trip?

We highly recommend wearing old comfortable clothing and brining a change of clothing with you for mucky sessions. We provide waterproofs and boots as well as any specific equipment you might need.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

All instructing staff are fully qualified First aiders and will carry an appropriate first aid kit. Management will be onsite throughout your residential stay should there be an emergency during the night.

Please list facilities available.

At Ynys Hywel we believe rest is vital after physical and challenging days, which is why we have very relaxing, snug retreat for pupils and teachers to unwind and rest and reminisce about the great day they have just had.

We can sleep up to 30 pupils in our cosy forest themed dormitory-style bedrooms, with gender-separated bathroom and shower facilities.  Sheets, duvets and pillows are provided and all rooms are fully furnished to a high standard.

Our dining area is one of the most popular areas and features a huge wooden table where pupils can all eat together. In the colder months, we also throw some logs on the burner so it gets extra cosy and warm. 

We have a variety of lounge areas on-site that provide chill out zones and games areas for film watching, ping pong and board games.

As well as the cosy interior, pupils can take full advantage of the amazing exterior and the lovely open spaces for star gazing, nightline activities and sitting around the campfire. The area is brimming with wildlife and is also home to many farm animals that live on-site such as pigs, chickens, lambs and goats. 

Teacher facilities

Teachers can enjoy their own personal bedroom which is situated right next to the pupil sleeping area and comes with an en suite bathroom.

What are your disabled facilities?

Our centre is fully accessible with a purpose lift and wide doors. However please contact us to discuss the needs of your disabled participants.

What are your opening days and hours?

Monday - Friday 9-5pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday but during residential stays, the office is open all day.

“Ynys Hywel is a great experience and is very enjoyable. It teaches you about team work and has boosted my confidence which I know will come in handy when it comes to job interviews.”


“An amazing stay, all the children enjoyed all the varied activities. Fantastic experience! ”

Kitchener Primary

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres

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