Pendine Education Centre offers a range of outdoor activities for school children to enjoy, all of which are listed below. All activities are managed by fully qualified and trained staff. All equipment is provided for and are regularly checked.
For further information please contact the centre on 01994 453659.
We have a variety of climbing options at Pendine dependant on ability, experience and weather conditions. A climbing tower on site gives the perfect introduction to this great sport which can be developed using our outside bouldering wall. We can continue with performance coaching at our indoor bouldering room and can take the better climbers on to the sea crags. Climbing activities are overseen by a qualified ‘MIA’ holder.
This can also take place on the tower or on the sea crags.
Indoor archery is taught by qualified ‘GNAS’ coaches including County and former Commonwealth games coaches.
HIGH ROPES COURSE
This is a fairly new activity and helps develop confidence within clients of all levels of ability as well as pushing the better athletes to their limits. The clients also get involved in rope work and belaying.
LOW ROPES COURSE
A low level ‘assault course’ which encourages teamwork to complete tasks including carrying items around the course and through a man made tunnel system. This activity shows an individuals true colours!
We offer various water based activities at Pendine. Surf skiing and body boarding are obvious choices being 5 minutes walk from beach. We also offer river and estuary based activities, namely, kayaking, Canadian canoeing and bell boating, all within 10 minutes drive of the centre.
Water based activities are overseen by Level 3 coaches in the relevant disciplines.
This new activity takes place up the stream at a local 70 acre ancient woodland and is proving to be one of our most popular activities with children and adults alike. The native woodland and traditional roundhouses set the perfect backdrop for this exiting pastime. Prepare to get wet and dirty!!
The Preseli hills are the perfect setting for hill walking and navigation exercises, especially for the younger clients and Duke of Edinburgh candidates. We also use the Black mountains and Brecon Beacons for more challenging treks and regularly take groups for weekends up to Snowdonia and even the Lake District with our qualified Mountain Leaders.
The ‘Junior 3 peaks’ is an award being taken up by many local primary schools where young people walk to the highest points in the 3 Welsh National Parks during their final year in primary school; namely Foel Drygan in the Preselis, Pen y Fan in the Brecon beacons and Snowdon itself. This is quite an achievement and the perfect introduction to awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.
This is a new activity which is becoming increasingly popular as we are made increasingly aware of the natural environment and how to help preserve our natural surroundings. The ‘woodland ranger’ activities include carving, plant identification, shelter building and camp craft and can be done as part of a weekend camping package.
Problem solving and team building are aspects of most of our activities. The programmes are constructed with a view to encouraging individuals to work as a team and encourage each other where necessary. These activities and games can be done as part of an organised programme or as time fillers or ‘one off’ games.
DAY OUT OPTIONS
In our continued effort to improve the service we provide, we are giving schools prior notice of the options available for the ‘day out’ along with a brief description of the activity and details of any extra cost.
Groups that stay for 5 days are given a choice of ‘day out’ options prior to arrival along with a brief description of the activity and details of any extra cost.
Visiting groups are advised to contact the centre if they have a preference and although not guaranteed due to transport limitations and other school preferences, the sooner a school responds, the better chance we have of catering for their requirements.
The ‘Challenge rating’ gives an indication of how challenging the walk, from 1 for the easiest to 5 for the most challenging.
This day is split between a guided tour of Pembroke Castle with brass rubbing and a walk around the Lilly Ponds at Bosheston and/or St.Govans Head and Chapel.
£2.50 per child / Adults free Challenge rating – 1/2 (1-2 miles).
Bus journey – 40 mins each way.
Walking the coastal path from Saundersfoot to Tenby takes half the day with lunch overlooking the North beach. We have options for activities in Tenby. We can visit Silent World Aquarium and reptile House, take a cruise around Caldey Island, visit the museum and/or Lifeboat Station or just play on the beach!
Costs – Silent World/Caldey cruise, extra £3.50. Other options free.
Challenge rating – 4/5(5miles) if doing the walk. Bus journey – 30 mins each way.
Combining attractions for a full day in Tenby is also an option at extra cost.
Another beautiful walk takes in the coastal path between Solva and St.Davids with beach stops for games and lunch. A visit to the Cathedral can be incorporated into the day with a shorter walk.
£1.50 Challenge rating – 3/4. Bus journey 1hr 15mins each way.
Woodland Ranger Day
We have recently acquired the use of a native woodland some 15 minutes drive from the Centre. We have set up Orienteering courses and physical challenges for children of various ages to test their problem solving and teamwork ability, as well as ‘bushcraft’ skills. This activity is led by qualified Mountain Leaders.
Please enquire for further details as there are other ‘Outdoor Learning Package’ days available.
Cost on enquiry Challenge rating – 1
Bus journey – 15 mins
A 6 mile trek over the Preseli Hills from the old mining hamlet of Rosebush to the ancient Celtic hill fort at Foel Drygarn near Crymych provides spectacular views North and South from the extinct volcanic ridge. There are stories about King Arthur, Stonehenge and the Celts as well as a chance to ‘get up close’ with nature, maybe even fall asleep in the heather while watching the clouds go by!
Extra cost - £1.50 per child Challenge rating – 3/4 (6 miles)
Bus journey – 40 mins
The walk around Laugharne is always popular and we have decided to offer it as a full day option. This will involve an extended visit to the castle with worksheets (in season), a visit to Dylan Thomas’ writing shed and possibly the Boathouse and a tour around St Martins church, again with worksheets if required. We will also follow the beautiful woodland footpath up the Taf estuary.
Extra cost - £1 per child Challenge rating – 2/3 (2 miles)
Bus journey – 10 mins
If a school has other specific requests to fit in with their work plans, we can certainly consider any requests; we have taken school groups to Carreg Cennin Castle, St Fagans, Dan yr Ogof caves and other attractions.
Please remember to give us as much notice as possible as decisions regarding the Day out options are taken on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Gethin Williams, Outdoor Education Manager.