Bushcraft Sessions this Summer

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As you may have seen elsewhere on this site, this summer we have decided to do something slightly different, and are offering bushcraft sessions for family groups. There are details on that page of what you can do, ranging from firelighting to foraging based in the woods at Trewern Outdoor Education Centre. Trewern is in Cusop, near Hay-on-Wye, so this is perfect if you’re looking for family activities if you live in, or are holidaying in Hay, the Golden Valley, the Black Mountains, and parts of the old counties of Brecknock and Radnorshire.

We are taking bookings from families and a few friends: up to 6 people in total, so that we can tailor the day to what you want to do and your previous experience, whilst giving enough space to use tools safely. It also keeps things simple from a Covid-19 perspective -which can’t be bad*! We will build your session around your choice of activities, whether it’s a full- or half-day -just drop us a message on social media or here and we can make arrangements from there. Sessions start at £75 for a half day for up to 6 people; bookings taken up to 24 hours in advance.

*see our full risk assessment here

Bushcraft Activity Week 2016

Summer’s come again, and our attention has turned to the school holidays. We are pleased to announce we’ll be holding our usual week of bushcraft activities at YHA Danywenallt in Talybont, during the first week of August (Monday 1st-Friday 5th) this year. There will be the usual mix of bushcraft sessions, including shelter building, firelighting, pioneering, tracking and exploring, foraging, and backwoods cooking, plus teambuilding games and generally having fun outdoors.

Sessions will run from 2-5pm each day. Entry is £5/session (discounts for multiple bookings), and the target age 7-11. Everyone welcome! It is essential that you phone 01874 676677 to book your child’s place. We always ask that adults either stay on site, or within easy reach please. The activity will go on in most weathers: participants need to be prepared, and be ready to come home potentially smoky, dirty and a little bit worn out! Every day will include some form of foraging for wild food, team building games, and may involve a camp fire.

  • Day 1 will be an exploration of the area around the hostel, with geocaching, foraging, and various challenges as we go.
  • Day 2 is practising bushcraft building, using little more than sticks and string. We’ll make bridges, and build useful gadgets for your campsite.
  • Day 3 will be a firelighting session, learning to light a fire successfully and safely, without matches. We will then cook something simple.
  • Day 4 is a shelter building session, using a combination of found materials and old tent parts.
  • Day 5 is party time! We’ll have a campfire going, cooking something a bit special, playing some games and generally having a good time.

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This Summer at YHA Danywenallt

Later than planned, here is the news…….(cue morse code/printer noise à la Adrian Cronauer in Good Morning Vietnam):

YHA Danywenallt has quite a full 8 weeks (!) of activities planned for this summer (’cause not everybody’s school holidays are the same…). To start with, we have activity days every Tuesday, starting this week (21st July) and finishing on 1st September. Details of each week’s activity will be posted on Facebook but in general, the sessions will run from 2-4pm, and will involve spending time outdoors, playing games, exploring our surroundings, finding out about the natural world, building and creating things, foraging, cooking and eating, and above all, having a good time. Each session costs £5/child, and will be suitable for 7-11 year olds, or thereabouts. We will carry on in most weathers, and so each child needs to come dressed for the conditions, as well as being prepared for activities which could get them smoky, dirty and maybe even a bit wet. Wellies and waterproofs are par for the course! We also ask that a responsible adult is available for emergency purposes, which means either staying on site, or not going too far please.

We’re also running a full week of bushcraft activities from Monday 3rd August. Sessions during the week will be slightly longer, still for 7-11 year olds, at £5/session (possible discounts for booking 5 or more sessions). The programme looks like this:

Monday 3rd August – a Woodland Wander 1-4pm. Come to find out what lives in our woods and on our hills, learn to navigate and explore the area.
Tuesday 4th August – Shelter Building & Pioneering all day (two sessions: 10am-12.45 & 13.15-16.00, can be booked as single sessions, or come for the full day). Spend the morning building a shelter, then use rope and poles to make camp more comfortable and more interesting in the afternoon.
Wednesday 5th August – Firelighting 1-4pm. Come and learn how to build a safe and useful fire, then cook on it without modern utensils.
Thursday 6th August – Pioneering and Shelter Building all day (two sessions: 10am-12.45 & 13.15-16.00, can be booked as single sessions, or come for the full day). We’ll use the morning to build something to launch an egg, then in the afternoon learn how to make a quick shelter.
Friday 7th August – Party 1-4pm! We’ll cook up some food and drink on the fire and play some of our favourite games from the week.

With all sessions it’s essential please to phone the Hostel on 01874 67677 to book your place. For more details, contact: beaconsfieldstudies@yha.org.uk (danywenallt@yha.org.uk will also work).

To complete our summer, we’ve also got a number of Gold DofE Residentials running, please see the post from May for details.

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May Half Term at YHA Danywenallt

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Just a final push for anyone that’s looking for something to do with their children this coming half term. We’ve got two activity afternoons happening at the hostel, the first a bushcraft day on Tuesday 26th, and the second a family fun day (for want of a better term) building dragons on Friday 29th. The bushcraft day is 2-4 and we will be exploring our local woodlands for signs of life, doing some traditional woodland craft and finishing by the fire. Entry is £5. Follow the link for further details, or ring 01874 676677 (also the booking line).

Build a Dragon Day 2 is all about crafts and games on a dragon theme (dragons that are Welsh, from cartoons, film or book characters and anywhere in the imagination). If there’s a way we can make an activity about a dragon we could well be trying it out, so there will be classic games with dragon-y twists! We’ll also be joined by the Fragon team, who use dragon stories to help children with numeracy and literacy, and developed a number of games to fit in the Fragon Universe. We’ll be there from 1-5pm and entry is £2. There will also be a cafe. Again, please follow the above link for details, and ring 01874 676677 to let us know you’re coming.

We look forward to seeing you!

Newsletter: Issue 1

NEWSLETTER

An open letter to any old customers of Ty’r Morwydd Environmental Study Centre (known to some as Mulberry House) in Abergavenny, and indeed anyone interested in our work here in the Brecon Beacons, from Stephen Tyrrell:

A little over two and a half years since the closure of Ty’r Morwydd, I thought it would be good to review how things have gone and spread the word about how things are developing in this neck of the woods. I think you would call me a portfolio worker now, working to a number of contracts, as well as working on a self employed basis. One benefit of working with so many organisations is that now I have more than doubled the number of contacts I had before, and I can now find ‘a man who can’ for most situations, and equipment for almost any activity.

Field studies are, and will always be, the most important part of what I do, but now I’m also branching out a bit. I have a growing following in bushcraft activities in the central Beacons and spreading, plus I’m involved in heritage interpretation with the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre. I’m also getting involved in the outdoor activities side of things a little more now, and I’m working towards the Climbing Wall Award, doing at bit of volunteering to get my experience up, as well as getting to use my walking qualifications more. Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award residentials are also becoming a more important part of my job, and we offer a range of ways that participants can complete their requirements with us.

I’ll explain everything in a bit more detail below. With curriculum changes on their way, I figured now was a good time to get in touch, let you know how things have gone, how they’re progressing, and directions for the future.

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