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Case Study: Preseli Venture, Pembrokeshire

Date Posted: 15/03/2013

School: St Edward’s Prep School, Reading, Berkshire
Number of pupils: 12
KS: 3

Surfing, kayaking, a jet boat ride and coasteering (a mixture of swimming, climbing and traversing the coastline) were among the adrenaline-fuelled sea adventures that provided a thrilling team-building outdoor experience for Year 8 pupils from St Edward’s Prep School.  

The students - accompanied by two teachers - stayed at Preseli Venture, based in the spectacular surroundings of Britain’s only coastal National Park. Combining daily challenges with comfort and sustainability, Preseli Venture is reportedly Pembrokeshire’s only VisitWales’ graded five-star activity centre. Visiting educational groups stay in eco-lodge accommodation that can house up to 40 pupils and teachers.

Outdoor adventure programmes are typically five days, but can be tailored for individual school groups and St Edward’s opted for a four-day stay. The excitement began straight away with a surfing session and beach games on the first day, followed by a packed programme of team-building exercises, beach walks and coast-based activities. On the final evening the pupils relaxed around a bonfire toasting marshmallows before a film night in the lodge.

Kirstin Silcock, head of pre-prep, said: “The staff were amazing. They were helpful, knowledgeable and attentive, spoke well to the children and encouraged them to participate and cooperate. The children and adults enjoyed the experience, the activities and the location were perfect and the children learnt a lot.”

And with outdoor activities and fresh air renowned for building up an appetite, good food is central to the enjoyment of residential stays. “It was delicious and plentiful,” adds Kirstin. “I have never eaten so much in all my life!”

Preseli Venture has been operating for 25 years and offers curriculum-based programmes for KS3 upwards. A new activity for 2013 is archery and any teachers planning a stay at the centre are welcome to sample the lodge and activities free of charge. 

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