Govilon Activity Centre

Govilon Activity Centre is a not-for-profit, providing exciting outdoor activities in the wild and homely accommodation in a charming Victorian building.

Our aim is to provide everyone who visits us with a safe, educational and enjoyable experience. We use a variety of traditional Outdoor Education methods and couple these with the residential experience of living and working together, to define our exciting programmes. We approach our programmes in a non-confrontational, friendly and supportive way. Participants are never pushed into any situation

Operating as usual

Govilon Old School House - Guest houses for Rent in Govilon, Wales, United Kingdom 05/05/2021

Govilon Old School House - Guest houses for Rent in Govilon, Wales, United Kingdom

Hi everyone! It's been a while but we're back! Govilon is pleased and excited to be opening our doors again for families, friends and small groups looking for a staycation in the Brecon Beacons.

Please visit our Airbnb page to check availability or make a booking. Link below. If you would prefer to book directly, or to discuss activity days, email [email protected] or call 01873 831185.

We can't wait to welcome you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Govilon Old School House - Guest houses for Rent in Govilon, Wales, United Kingdom Entire home/flat in Govilon, United Kingdom. Located near the historic market town of Abergavenny, Govilon Old School House offers sole-occupancy accommodation for up to 60 guests. The propert...


๐Ÿ“ข More new things to showcase! ๐Ÿ“ข

Hi everyone! Over the Autumn we've been busy once again, adding some more refurbishments to the ever-expanding list at Govilon. Ordinarily, of course, we would be running back-to-back schools programmes at this time of year. All these sparkly additions and centre makeovers mean that we'll be raring to go again when the time is right, though!

Our regular/more frequent visitors will notice that the drying room no longer looks like an air raid shelter (which it once was.) And male staff bedroom residents will no longer be required to carry out ablutions under a 14ft ceiling!

Here's hoping everyone is doing OK throughout these continued times of difficulty. We can't wait to see you next year. Onwards and upwards!


Further to the announcement from the Welsh Government earlier this week, we will be closed from Friday, 23rd October until Monday, 09th November.

You can still reach us by email, using [email protected]

We look forward to seeing people again very soon!


A few photos from a recent family experience at Govilon! Much fun was had by all on these adventures in the Brecon Beacons.

We are still able to offer activity days and staycations to same/extended household family groups from non-lockdown areas. As always, we continue to operate in-line with all the latest Government coronavirus guidelines and restrictions.

#outdoor #activity #staycation #getaway #adventure #outdoors #breconbeacons #govilon #monmouthshire #wales


We're excited to announce that weโ€™re now OPEN again, for small self-catering parties from single households and extended family! In addition, weโ€™re delivering day activities to small, organised groups. For now, weโ€™re offering rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, bush craft and guided mountain walks, the perfect escape into nature for families and couples. We hope to add caving and archery to the list soon!

We've undertaken a risk analysis of our whole operation, and have a robust Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 policy in place. Weโ€™ve also achieved Government โ€œWeโ€™re Good to GOโ€ status and the Kaddi โ€œStaying COVID-19 Secureโ€ award.

Recent research shows the majority of the UK population have exercised more often during lockdown, and it's clear that people are benefiting from the effects of being outdoors ๐ŸŒณ. Please email us on [email protected] if you'd like to know more. We look forward to welcoming people back to Govilon, with thanks for your ongoing support! ๐Ÿ™‚


As well as having someone in to fit our new windows recently, our very own Dai (instructor aficionado and groundsman/maintenance extraordinaire) has been busy, too! Although, our (also new) CCTV did reveal an abnormal amount of tea drinking ๐Ÿ˜. Still, he's done a great job, hasn't he? Thanks Dai. Tidy!

Slowly but surely, and strictly in-line with Government guidelines, we're preparing to re-open bookings for family staycations and weekend getaways. Please stay posted for more information, and thank you for your ongoing support.

From all of us here at Govilon. ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ


Govilon Activity Centre's cover photo


Hi everyone! ๐Ÿ‘‹

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we remain closed until further notice. We will post updates as they become available, but please get in touch if you wish to discuss anything.

In the meantime, the Centre is basking in the glorious Welsh sunshine! We remain high-spirited and we look forward to reopening when the time is right.

Those of you who know the Centre well, can you spot anything new? ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜€ 03/04/2020

COVID-19 Update | Outdoor Centre | Govilon Learning & Activity Centre | South Wales

A brief update from us regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We wish our customers, visitors, alumni and friends all the very best throughout this unprecedented predicament. The Govilon staff are high in spirits and you can still reach us by email or phone.

Take care and stay safe. From all of us at Govilon.


Snowdrops and daffodils! The first real signs of Spring here in Govilon :) #govilon #wales #countryside #beauty #adventure


Happy New Year to all our friends, visitors and followers! Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2020. From everyone here at Govilon :D


KES Bath 2019

Sometimes, we take people on adventures in the mountains. Sometimes, we organise events like this! King Edward's School, Bath Mertens Photography #teambuilding #gettingtoknowyou

This is "KES Bath 2019" by Mertens Photography on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.


Thought for the month...

"If you think you can, or think you can't, you're probably right!"
- Henry Ford


Govilon Activity Centre's cover photo


Last week, we had the pleasure of working with 20th Kettering Scout Group, complete with a never-ending supply of homemade flapjack and brownie. (They're welcome back anytime..!)

After their trip, this is what they had to say. Thank you, Nathan, see you next year! ๐Ÿ˜€

["A huge Thank You to you and your team for such an amazing week last week. The feedback from the kids and parents over the weekend has been brilliant!
So many personal challenges overcome for the young people and lots of proud parents. We were made to feel so welcome and the attitude of your staff made for the relaxed but supportive and motivating environment many of our youngsters need. The adults had a great time as well, especially Mark!!

Speak to you soon and thanks again!"

Nathan Ingram, 20th Kettering Scouts]


Thought for the month...

"Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person."
- Unknown


A sunny (ish) Sunday climbing and abseiling. The students really enjoyed their day, although they did feel it was a bit up and down... ๐Ÿ˜


Some comments left by school children after their Govilon experience earlier this month. โ€œIt made me face my fears and learn to be brave.โ€ Thatโ€™s what we like to hear. โ€œBest trip ever.โ€ Weโ€™ll take it! ๐Ÿ™‚. Eventually, we had to wipe the board, but the memories attached to the comments will long-last. #outdoorlearning #experientialeducation #challenge #adventure #govilon


Fearless on the rock ๐Ÿ’ช. Children from Uplands LEAD Academy stepped up to the challenge today. They basked in the sun, and in the glory of their successes ๐Ÿ˜Œ


Thursday game face! How many of our friends and followers have also been 'posted' here before? ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


Southfield School

The GCSE PE climbing group have safely arrived at the Govilon Activity Centre

Here they are at Dinas Rock.

#ASouthfieldGirlCan #RockClimbing


Thought for the month...

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
- African Proverb


Can't cook, won't cook? This group of students from Southfield School were an inspiration last month. As part of their programme at the Centre, they planned, shopped and prepared a three-course dinner for each-other. Blasus! ๐Ÿด


Given today's dreary weather, here's a flashback to last week to cheer us all up. A stroll along the headland with Southfield School. Top secret location, The Gower, Swansea โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž


Spring well and truly arrived in Govilon yesterday โ˜€๏ธ. Unfortunately, today itโ€™s gone again... ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ


Thought for the month time!

"From a little spark may burst a flame."
- Dante Alighieri


Thought for the month...

"If everything seems under control, you probably aren't going fast enough."
-Mario Andretti


Peace and tranquillity. Canoeing (with dinner) last month on the mountain... :D

[05/14/18]   Very pleased to receive the following feedback, from a recent new guest at Govilon :)

"Govilon Activity Centre is an incredible location that no doubt can cater to a wide variety of guests and requirements. I've never stayed somewhere so large, clean and well-prepared. The Centre was able to comfortably host 18, including a selection of rooms and a selection of bed options, as well as a very large kitchen with every appliance under the sun available. The [hosts] took wonderful care of us and were professionally communicative throughout the process. I can't urge people enough to give Govilon Activity Centre a go - it's a whimsical, quaint, impressive accommodation for large groups looking to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, with an additional bonus of fantastic value for money."


Thought for the month...

"Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may still hit a star."
-W.Clement Stone


Govilon Activity Centre's cover photo


In light of Easter weekend, our thought for the month is this...

"Every story has an end, but every end is a new beginning."

Happy Easter! ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿซ


This time last week, the calm after the storm. Snow was melting, but the canal in Govilon was still frozen. Picture-perfect, really!


Back by popular demand, our 'Thought for the week' series, only we're relaunching it as our 'Thought for the month', so we don't run out of thoughts! Here's what we think for February...

"Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and brilliant at the end." 03/01/2018

Join Our Team | Outdoor Centre | Govilon Education & Activity Centre | South Wales

New year, new opportunities! We're growing our team of dedicated staff and are looking for an additional Domestic Assistant. If this could interest you or someone you know, please follow the link to our blog for more information... Govilon Activity Centre is searching excitedly for a new member of staff. In anticipation of a busy year ahead, we are actively seeking a Domestic Assistant to complement our team. Key responsibilities include cleaning, food preparation and service. Various additional duties may also be required, as...

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Tea on tap. Coffee on command. The new Govilon water heater! #govilonimprovements #caffienefix #awatchedkettleneverboils





School Lane, Govilon

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
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