The park

Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer: A tour around the newly refurbished outdoor centre.

Blogging about the outdoors has opened me up to so many fantastic opportunities to collaborate with brands and businesses. An invitation to experience a weekend of outdoor adventure at Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer has been the best opportunity so far!

Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer is located in the heart of the beautiful Brecon Beacons in Wales. The centre sits on the bank of the Pentwyn Reservoir with fantastic voiews across to Pen y fan.

The newly refurbished outdoor education centre opened to the public and schools last year after being closed for 5 years and falling into disrepair. Once a leading council-owned education centre with a strong reputation, the centre closed due to lack of funding.

Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer reception.
Wetsuits neatly hung in the equipment room.
Someone must be a tad OCD; look at the colour/size grouping!

Parkwood Leisure, who operates a total of 87 facilities, bought the dilapidated centre at auction in the spring of 2015. Mike Smith, a local outdoor activities leader with many years’ experience managing outdoor centres was appointed as Centre Manager and lead the £300k refurbishment of which £30k was spent on new equipment.

Mike, the Centre Manager, briefing our group on arrival.
A rainbow shining behind the kayaks.

Mike and the team from Parkwood Outdoors invited a bunch of bloggers to the centre at Dolygaer to experience some of the activities they have to offer as part of their publicity and marketing campaign. Of course, I obliged when I received the invite to spend two days and a night at the centre!

How cool does the branded Defender look?

We arrived just after noon on the Friday and were greeted by Mike, the Centre Manager, Owen, the Activities Manager, Tony the Activities Leader and the group of bloggers and their guests. We were shown to our room in the chalet which was newly decorated and benefited from a large double bed, which could be separated into singles, and two pull-out bunk beds and an en suite. Along the corridor was a well-furnished and tastefully decorated kitchen.

The chalet
The chalet with several family rooms.
Making a sandwich in the chalet kitchen.
Dave eating sandwich
Rik, Chelsea and Dave relaxing in the kitchen.
On the bed
Testing out the huge bed.

The centre has a lodge for visiting school groups and a private cottage ideal for families visiting for an action-packed holiday.

After the tour of the facilities we prepared for our first activity.

Here’s a shot of our little group that arrived on the Friday.

The group
Cerys and Paul from Mascara and Mud , Chelsea and Rik from Loving Life In Wellies and Dave and I.

I’ll be posting about our awesome adventure over the next few days.

By Jenni Tulip

I'm a bright-haired, hill walking, magpie whispering, skull collecting, tree hugging, money saving, bird watching, happy campervanning, ferret fanatic, woodland dweller sharing my stories and passion for the outdoors to inspire you to immerse yourself in nature.

  • Chelsea Louise Haden

    Awww we all look so happy!

    I’ve just finished my last post – boooo – good job I got next weekend with you all for more fun!!

    Look forward to reading more.


  • Why didn’t i think of jumping on the bed?! Great post – look forward to reading the others. x

  • I love that shot of you jumping on the bed, I would’ve done the same! So glad this place was bought and set up again as it’s always a shame when these kinds of places lose funding and have to close down. Can’t wait to hear about the rest of your adventures there! – Tasha