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