29th November 2019
The health benefits of the outdoors and an active lifestyle have never been more important, and especially for children. Our outdoor adventure activities are naturally suited to groups of young people and we offer a range of packages and itineraries to suit all ages.
Many of the youth groups who book with us want at least a full day of adventure and often combine two popular activities to complete one in the morning, stop for lunch and then do another in the afternoon. The most popular combination is guided canoeing with gorge scrambling – fun, challenging, rewarding and carried out in stunning natural locations.
Why the Forest of Dean, Wye Valley and Brecon Beacons
This beautiful area offers the chance to get out into the real outdoors and enjoy exploring the rivers, cliffs, gorges and forests. There are a huge variety of choices all within a short distance offering scope for any group to custom make an itinerary to suit. There are also some lovely places to stay including those especially designed for youth groups making this the perfect area to bring groups of kids looking for an exhilarating outdoor adventure experience.
This is also a great area to enjoy for other reasons, with many things for youth groups to do. There are even a range of free activities, offering learning and fun to complement the adventure activities. Walking, mountain climbing, navigation, wildlife watching, bushcraft, outdoors skills, cycling and swimming are all available. The Big Pit National Coal Museum is the most popular attraction nearby and it is completely free! Within the Blaenavon World Heritage Site, there is also a heritage railway and other attractions. There are many castles, ruins and historical sites to visit as well, including Chepstow, Raglan, Goodrich and Usk Castles, Tintern Abbey, Trellech and Caerleon with its Roman baths, amphitheatre and museum.
Where to Stay for a Youth Group Away Trip
There are plenty of places for youth groups to stay in the area, including campsites, hostels, self-catering accommodation and bunk rooms. Campsites are the most popular and some of the local campsites that cater for larger youth groups which we highly recommend are Biblins along the River Wye near Symonds Yat and Bracelands, a Camping in the Forest site in the Forest of Dean. For smaller groups there is the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Camping site at St. Briavels. There are many other accommodation options in the area though and you can find out more about them here.
What Children Can Achieve From an Adventure Weekend
Youth groups want fun but they also want to encourage the development of character skills like resilience, initiative and tenacity; employability skills such as leadership, teamwork and problem solving; and practical skills like cooking and first aid. A weekend camping and taking part in outdoor adventure activities is the perfect combination of all of these, allowing the children to develop a wide range of skills and experience as well as special memories.
Because of our many years of running Inspire2Adventure we take the hassle out of organising youth group trips and can create a package to suit the needs of any group.
We hold public liability insurance and are registered with the AALS (Adventure Activities Licensing Authority) as licensed to provide the activities specified. Our leaders are experienced and qualified, providing a safe environment with full training for all participants as well as being enthusiastic and supportive.
We offer discounted youth group pricing so get in contact for more information and see what we can provide for your youth group.