Gwent Outdoor Centres is the group name for two outdoor education centres owned and run by Monmouthshire Council. The centres are open for bookings by school groups from all over the UK.
Our facilities can also be hired by other groups such as the Scouts, Guides, sports clubs, youth organisations, families and corporate groups.
The centres are Hilston Park near Monmouth and Gilwern near Abergavenny – together they're sited near some of the best hillwalking, climbing, caveing and canoeing outdoor environments you could wish to find in the UK. The River Wye, the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons are all on the doorstep.
Established in 1970, thousands of children from schools all over the UK have enjoyed outdoor activity courses, field trips and adventures at our centres.
Our sites have educational facilities and camping fields that are regularly used by groups like the Scouts, Guides and Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition teams. At Gilwern there is accommodation for large groups and a hall with indoor bouldering wall and a large outdoor climbing tower. There is flat access to accommodation, a wheel chair accessible abseil ramp and braille orienteering course.
Hilston Park, a beautiful listed building, caters for large groups and is set in beautiful grounds where groups can try archery. Hilston Park also has a self-catering lodge for hire for smaller, independent groups.
Our outdoor education centres are also used for Forest Schools, Duke of Edinburgh's Awards groups, by Scouts and Guides, for corporate groups and outdoor education instructor training.
Our reasonably-priced tailor-made courses usually run from Monday to Friday or Friday to Monday but we can be flexible, depending on your requirements and our availability.