August in the Beacons

Activity Days Poster Summer rgbThis August at YHA Danywenallt

At YHA Danywenallt National Park Study Centre we’ve got a busy start to the month ahead which will get the summer holidays going in style! We’re running a week of Bushcraft activities for children from 4th-8th August, followed by a weekend of music and fun for all for the Brecon Fringe Festival. More details below; please ring 01874 676677 or email: if you want to find out more or make a booking.

Bushcraft Activity Week 4th-8th August

All week we’re putting on a series of outdoor activities that will encourage confidence in the outdoors, develop new skills and forge new friendships. As well as the ‘headline’ activity, there will be teambuilding, problem-solving and creative thinking games. Children can come along to explore, discover and get messy -whatever the weather! All that’s needed are old clothes and an adult.

Open to anyone aged 7 – 11. Cost: £5 per session or £20 for 5 sessions. Booking is essential.

Adults are asked to accompany children but are not required to participate. Please stay close at hand in case of emergencies/difficulties.

Monday 4th –Wayfinding (1-4pm)

An afternoon of wayfinding around the Hostel. We’ll look for geocaches, set trails for others to follow and do some team building. Along the way we’ll look for signs of wildlife and find some food for free.

Tuesday 5th –Shelter Building & Pioneering (all day)

10am-12.45pm: A morning of shelter-building at the Hostel. We’ll build shelters from old camping equipment -you’ve got to decide which bits are going to be most useful and then decide where to put it.

1.15-4pm: An afternoon of pioneering (making stuff from sticks and rope). Having built shelters in the morning, in the afternoon we’ll build a useful gadget or two for camp.

If you’re coming for both sessions, don’t forget your lunch! Bookable as separate sessions.

Wednesday 6th –Fire-lighting (1-4pm)

An afternoon of fire-lighting in the Hostel grounds. We’ll learn to build and light a small fire and how to be safe, then cook some classic camp-fire food.

Thursday 7th –Pioneering & Shelter Building (all day)

10am-12.45pm: A morning of building something to propel an egg through the air, using only rope and sticks -can you get it to land safely?

1.15-4pm: An afternoon of shelter-building with natural materials. Come and build a den in our woods!

If you’re coming for both sessions, don’t forget your lunch! Bookable as separate sessions.

Friday 8th –Backwoods Cooking

An end of the week party, prepare and cook campfire food –you’ll be amazed at what you can do! We’ll also have a few games and celebrate a week well-spent, getting to know the great outdoors.

Brecon Fringe 8th-10th August

Music, food and fun in beautiful surroundings for the Festival Fringe. Free entry to all events, charges apply for food & drink. Contact the Hostel for details: 01874 676677 or email:

Friday 8th from 7pm:

Blind River Scare: Tim Manning, a singer/songwriter playing under the name Blind River Scare and producing original Americana, Alt-Country & Folk tinged bitter-sweet songs

Cefn Junction: a four-piece that play a mixture of Irish tunes and songs plus some Scottish and Welsh tunes that will really get your feet tapping.

Sunday 10th 1-5pm:

How to Build your Dragon: an afternoon of dragon building, along with storytelling, music, face paints, balloons, games and a BBQ.

Sunday 10th from 7pm:

Welsh Tapas & Tales -a celebration of all things Welsh, with music and food throughout the night.

Every Monday from 11th August

We’re also running Activity Days every Monday afternoon from 1-4pm until schools go back on a similar basis to the activities listed above. Those afternoons are a little more unplanned, as it’ll depend of weather and who turns up, but we’ll be doing some of the following: fire-lighting, shelter-building, wayfinding, pioneering, geocaching, foraging, bug hunting, team building and problem solving.

Booking is still required for Monday Activities, call 01874 676677

Check my events page for more going on this summer or follow me on Facebook.

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