Gwent Outdoor Centres

Other activities we offer

We are open for bookings from any school or young person's group such as Duke of Edinburgh Awards groups, Scouts, Guides, corporate groups, even school governors who want National Governing Body Awards training.

In recent years our centres we have designed courses for groups of young unemployed people as well as corporate groups with a sense of adventure.

We also offer teaching for outdoor instructors who want to learn new skills or get the next level of certificate.

Here are examples of the type of activities Gwent Outdoor Centres can cater for:


Canoeing, climbing, caving, mountain walking, camping and expeditioning.


Courses may be focused on a syllabus or linked to an area of study or current theme.


A collection of 'hands-on' activities which investigate the rich environment surrounding our centres.


Forest School activities are becoming increasingly popular and we have a number of woodland sites available for visiting groups to use. These activities are co-ordinated by our FEI Level 3 tutor who can provide guidance for visiting groups.


The centres provide a magnificent setting, a stimulating local environment and spacious accommodation for those wishing to organise their own courses.


We are able to provide training and assessment courses for those wishing to gain NGB Awards. These include Mountain Leader, Walking Group Leader, Single Pitch award, Welsh Canoe Association canoe and kayak awards, National Navigation Award Scheme, Orienteering and Caving.

Adult training courses

Large companies, particularly in industry, find structured activities in an outdoors environment help people to learn and develop their professional skills. Set tasks, which involve a range of outdoor pursuits, provide situations where problems, decisions and experiences are 'for real' and where participants are directly and immediately affected by the consequences of their actions. Exercises are designed to encourage participants to realise potential, acquire confidence and increase their self-awareness. Aims may include team-building, developing communication skills and encouraging leadership. The emphasis is on reviewing and analysing what happens in these activities and translating these lessons to the workplace.


Hilston Park and Gilwern OEC both provide ideal venues for workshops and conferences. At Hilston Park, a fully equipped conference room, accommodating up to 25 clients, is available for hire on a daily basis.

Alternatively, groups may wish to book the whole centre, which includes the use of the classroom (40 seats), library (20 seats) and the conference room. Catering is provided.

Centre staff are available to assist you in the organisation and running of your programme.

Our safety standards

What activities?

Safety first for all

At Gwent Outdoor Centres our experienced staff always put safety first. We are licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA), which is overseen by the Health and Safety Executive. The AALA was set up to ensure outdoor activity providers follow good safety management practices. These should allow young people to experience exciting and stimulating activities outdoors – without being exposed to avoidable risks.

We continually monitor and update our procedures to ensure the safety of the young people in our care.

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Important info

We had a fabulous week. Centre staff made it flow and all achieved. Individual needs and all pupils were well catered for and staff were friendly, approachable and considerate. Exceeded expectations. Many thanks.
– Jo, group leader
Greenmeadow Primary School