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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Holiday Activities at YHA Danywenallt 2015

Now that spring is springing (too early to say sprung I would say!), it’s time to unleash the programme of holiday activities planned for YHA Danywenallt, in the Talybont Valley this year. Those of you in the Beacons who get the CariAds Local Magazine may have seen the recent advert, which is below:

Magazine-AdThe idea is that we’ll have at least one activity running each week throughout the school holidays in 2015, with Bushcraft Days planned for Tuesdays (watch this space for any changes/extra dates). The first day will be March 31st, and we’ll be starting with a fire-lighting session (always a good place to start), which will include natural tinders and flint & steel. Alongside that there’ll be a few games, a bit of cooking (I’m on the look out for new recipes now) and some foraging around the Hostel. The second will be on April 7th, to include more (simple) cooking and some lightweight shelter-building. If they sound interesting, please visit the Facebook page to join the event you’d like to attend and we’ll take it from there, or alternatively phone 01874 676677. Sessions will generally run from 2-4pm at a cost of £5/per child and we’re aiming this at the 7-11 age group (although we are quite flexible). As with all previous Bushcraft Days, a responsible adult will need to be reachable and close by for emergency purposes (even better if they stay and get involved!), and the children need to come prepared for getting dirty, smoky, potentially a bit wet, and ready for whatever the weather has to throw at them (we’ll only call it off for the worst conditions, but be warned, the programme may change at the last minute).

In the Whitsun holidays we’ll do the same (details of the Bushcraft Day to follow), but we’re also holding How to Build Your Dragon Day -2! This year’s event has changed and will be held on the Friday 29th May, to include activities for all ages, with story telling, craft and games for the little-uns (maybe even a bit of magic (TBC)!), and plenty of dragon-related things to make and do for the older ones. We’ll be making dragons of all shapes and sizes using all sorts of materials, and may end up seeing if they’re any good at flying. Watch the Facebook page for further information.

When the summer holidays come around, there’ll be even more going on, including our Bushcraft Week, which this year is from Monday 3rd August until Friday 7th. As in previous years, there’ll be a bit of everything bushcraft-y, allowing more in-depth exploration of the great outdoors. Times, costs and other details to follow soon! Again, get in touch through this site or the Facebook page to find out more.

Bushcraft Activity Week

We’ll be running a week of afternoon activities at YHA Danywenallt National Park Study Centre, Talybont (in the Brecon Beacons) from 5th-9th August. There will be activities running from 1-4pm each day, including Fire-lighting, Shelter-building, Tracking & Journeying, Camp Furniture Making and finally and bit of a Cook-up on the last day. It’s open to children aged 7-11, and will cost £5 per child. Children will need to wear old clothes (we plan to run whatever the weather!) and must be accompanied by an adult. Use the contact page to ask for details. A copy of the poster/flier will be posted here shortly.