Region: Wales

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer, Pontsticill, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales CF48 2UR

Contact: 01685 848309

Website: http://www.parkwoodoutdoors.co.uk/centre/dolygaer

Description

Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer offers high quality outdoor and adventurous activities with on site accommodation for up to 70 students and support staff. With a team of experienced and passionate staff who have a rich background in education and environmental outdoor activities, we are uniquely positioned to help students gain life skills through the most rewarding outdoor experiences, in a safe and exciting environment.

Our site is self contained and can be used exclusively for your school or group. We provide half or full day, short stay or week long outdoor activities and experiences, which challenge, stimulate and develop your pupils, offering them high quality experiences and accommodation on a unique and beautiful 14 acre site within the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The accommodation is newly refurbished and offers a range of layout and catering options to suit your needs.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
Located in South Wales and easily accessible from the motorway Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer is only 40 minutes from Cardiff, 90 minutes from Bristol and 2 hours from Birmingham. The Centre is positioned in in an idyllic location in the Brecon Beacons National Park, with both the beautiful Pontsticill and Pentywn reservoirs situated right on our doorstep. We can walk straight out from the centre and into the famous central beacons and we are in easy reach of well known natural formations offering climbing, gorge walking and caving.

Our team specialise in offering exceptional outdoor education and a vast range of adventurous activities, including archery, problem solving, canoeing / kayaking, caving, orienteering, river / stream and pond studies and many more. We recognise the important role the outdoors can play in transforming children’s learning experiences into knowledge, skills, attributes and behaviours, which is why we have instructors that are the best in the industry, fully qualified, experienced and very enthusiastic!

We provide bespoke school adventure holiday planning to fit your requirements, giving you the flexibility to choose from over 20 outdoor activities, including favourites such as stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing, climbing, caving, abseiling, gorge walking, raft building and many more.

The Centre has newly refurbished 3 and 4 star on site accommodation with 2 DDA compliant rooms and fully caters for school groups. We understand the importance of delivering delicious tasting, high energy, healthy meals and our menu is carefully created in line with the ‘Healthy Foods School Guidelines’ to ensure meal times are a pleasurable experience. Specific dietary requirements can also be catered for.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
Parkwood Outdoors provides safe and high quality activities and programmes. We are:
● Adventurous Activity Licensing Authority (AALA) certificated
● A Rescue 3 centre, this means we can run instructor courses for White water safety and rescue techniques
● A member of Institute for Outdoor Learning
● A member of the South Wales Activity Provider Group
● And the centre manager is a member of AHOEC.

What does a typical educational visit include?
At Parkwood Outdoors we provide educational activities for various stages of the curriculum, offering developmental experiences which benefit and enhance personal, social and team development skills. We will work with you to design a programme that meets your needs and desired educational outcomes. Our expert staff will work alongside you throughout the planning process, talking through the aims and objectives of your trip and what learning outcomes you are looking to achieve.

Our activities are perfect for delivering the following elements at Key Stage Two and Three:

Environmental Education - Mountain formations, Woodlands, Geology.

Geography - River studies, Mountain formations, Limestone formation, Waterfall formations.

Personal Social Health & Economic Education - Relationship building, Understanding cohesion and the sense of belonging. Developing leadership skills, Residential experiences, Understanding risk, and Developing pupils’ physical and mental comfort zones.

History - Welsh industry and Environmental history (Pontsticill reservoir has hidden history under the shore lines).

Science - Physics - Pull and push force effects, Chemistry - fire triangle, Biology - Human body, how it works.

National Curriculum for outdoor learning at Key Stage 2.

In addition, we have the ability to deliver BTEC course modules, GCSE PE modules and AS Level Outdoor activities.

What group sizes do you cater for?
From 6 to 70 pupils with additional rooms for staff.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
Teacher visit packs are provided to all schools to set expectations and provide insight to their activity week. More advanced packs and curriculum support material can be provided on request.

Work books for GCSE / BTEC and A Level courses will be provided.

Work books for environmental studies can be requested.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
There are no copyright restrictions and we are happy for pupils / visiting to use photos and video to record their memories and share their experiences with family and friends

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
All activities, accommodation packages, transport etc are risk assessed and these can be provided on request. Specific risk assessments will be carried out if schools or groups require them.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Lisa Boore Activities Manager  01685 848309
lisa.boore@parkwoodoutdoors.co.uk

What is the cost of the visit?
We offer a range of group options depending on your needs and are always happy to put together a bespoke package for schools. For every 12 students one supervising adult place is offered free.

To give an example of some of our great pricing options, a five day residential stay including a full package of activities, food and accommodation is available from just £287.50 per person.

There are further group discounts available with off peak season reductions also negotiable.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
No specialist clothing is required. We provide all pupils with new and high quality, specialist clothing and safety equipment. Lists of recommended clothes for the stay are provided in the welcome and pre-stay information.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
There is no need for a group to bring a qualified first aider, all staff are fully first aid qualified.

Please list facilities available.
● The Lodge is a 3 star visit Wales rated bunkhouse style accommodation, which sleeps up to 40 with 10 student rooms (sleeps 4 in each room) and two staff en-suite rooms (Sleeps total of 4).
● There is also a large dinning room, fully equipped kitchen, lounge area with games such as table football and giant connect four, alongside a whiteboard and projector. Vending machines are available in the dining room.
● The Chalet, is a newly refurbished building with two fully accessible DDA compliant rooms. The Chalet sleeps up to 22 students plus one room for up to 4 visiting staff, ll with en-suite rooms (6 rooms in total). The Chalet also has a communal kitchen and lounge area, providing the option for self catering or catering from the main Lodge.
● The Cottage is a newly refurbished building with a 3 star visit Wales rating. It sleeps up to 6 accompanying staff in 3 rooms, with king sized beds that can alternatively be split into twin rooms. There is a sofa bed in the lounge area which sleeps an additional 2 persons. There is a fully equipped kitchen, shower, toilet & drying room. Facilities include a flat screen TV and DVD player and bluetooth speaker.

Additional facilities include:

● The shower block, with both male, female and disabled access showers.
● Learning Centre and Classroom with tables and chairs and toilet facilities. The drying room is located below the Learning Centre
● Reception, Cafe & Stores
● The management and administration block which also hosts a coffee shop serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, snacks, cakes and biscuits

What are your disabled facilities?
The chalet has two fully accessible DDA compliant rooms sleeping 4 - 6 in each room. The main lodge bedroom accommodation is not accessible for disabled children, however the dining room and other ground floor facilities are.

What are your opening days and hours?
The site and facilities are open all year round, although hours vary according to the season. School trips are welcome at all times of year.


Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 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 Picnic Areas Residential School Trips SEN Team Building Walking Tours Water Sports Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Geography Leisure & Tourism PE

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


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