Region: Wales

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Govilon Residential and Activity Centre, School Lane, Abergavenny, Wales NP7 9RH

Contact: 01873 831185



Govilon Activity Centre is a non-profit Outdoor Education Centre in South Wales. We have been operating since 1971.

Based on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Centre offers exciting outdoor activities in natural settings, along with homely accommodation in a charming Victorian building.

Every programme is bespoke and nothing is ‘off the shelf’. However, if you would prefer us to make suggestions for you, we are very happy to do so. The range of activities we offer includes: - rock climbing, abseiling, caving, gorge walking/canyoning, canoeing, hill walking, problem solving/ teambuilding, bush craft and archery.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
Ideally-located on the Eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Govilon boasts beautiful views and easy access to some of the most naturally-stunning areas in the UK.

All our programmes utilize natural environments, as opposed to manmade/artificial climbing walls, caves and suchlike.

The Centre offers an extremely relaxed, homely environment and nothing is too much trouble. We treat our visitors as guests and are very passionate about delivery a highly-satisfactory experience.
Given that we are owned by a Charitable Trust, our rates are very often cheaper than your average provider. Additionally, subsidies are sometimes available to help support those from lower-income backgrounds.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
We hold an AALA license and have done for many years.
Our LOtC badge is pending.

What does a typical educational visit include?
Each trip is tailored to match the needs of the group. We don’t offer any ‘off the shelf’ packages. However, we are happy to make suggestions and recommendations based on the information we are provided with. Often, we will have a discussion with the trip organizer to determine the key objectives and/or learning outcomes. We can then collectively decide upon the most suitable programme options. In each instance, the key aim is to link the experience at Govilon back to the classroom/place of work, and to ensure the learning doesn’t stop when the programme ends. There are various ways we can quantify the learning and we can provide action plans at the end of the programme.

What group sizes do you cater for?
6 – 46 (plus up to 6 accompanying staff)

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
Our website has a ‘Useful Info’ section, which contains pre-programme information and any necessary paperwork. Risk Assessments are provided upon request, along with any other information a trip organizer may require.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Generally, policies on photography are governed by the school/organization visiting us. In the interest of privacy and respect, we do not permit video/audio unless pre-agreed and arranged.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
Yes, all risk assessments are available upon request. We also arrange pre-programme visits, whenever requested.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Our Deputy Centre Manager, Jonathan Cholakian, assumes the role of Education Officer. He can be contacted on or by calling 01873 831185.

What is the cost of the visit?
Cost varies, depending on group size and time of year. Typically, the rate is £55 - £60 per child/per night but this could be less, depending on a number of different factors. Being a non-profit organization, we are always willing to discuss the cost and are committed to making our programmes as accessible as possible for children and their families. Accompanying staff are usually free of charge.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
The Centre has an extensive equipment store, so there is no requirement for participants to bring or purchase anything specific. A list of the everyday items of clothing and toiletries needed is available on our website.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
All members of staff are First Aid trained and First Aid kits are carried by all Instructors. There are also several First Aid stations throughout the Centre.

Please list facilities available.
We have a very spacious dining/common room, where meals are usually eaten. We encourage children to sit at the table together and interact with each other over meal times. Mobile phones and television are not permitted during meal times, as this is a civilized time of the day when quiet conversation takes place. Often, it is an opportunity for children and peers to get to know each other better, and to discuss their experiences here at Govilon. This can become a form of self-reflection and evaluation, leading into the end-of-course debrief on the final day of the programme.

What are your disabled facilities?
Govilon is equipped with access and provisions for those with mobility problems and disabilities.

What are your opening days and hours?
We run courses all year round, other than the Christmas period. Our office is open Monday – Friday, from 9am to 5:30pm. However, our dedicated team often pick-up emails during evenings and weekends too.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
Yes, there are several comments on our website which have been left previous schools and organizations. This can be found in the ‘Feedback’ section of our website, here –

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
We are a non-profit, charitable trust; owned and maintained by Kettering Old Grammar School Foundation. More information about the Foundation can be found here -

Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Bushcraft Caves & Caverns Climbing Duke of Edinburgh Award Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Sports Team Building Walking Tours Water Sports

Curriculum Topics Covered: Leisure & Tourism PE

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