As part of our action packed half term plans we are running a series of Junior Bushcraft courses for our guests at Penhein. The courses are specially aimed at children and are a fun way to learn survival skills and give mums and dads a few hours off! The children will learn about – and have a go at – building different shelters in the wild and lighting fires without matches (multiple different ways) in the woods on our farm. A great way to experience what nature has to offer, the courses are led by ex-army pro's and are one of our most popular children's activities.
Open only to guests at Penhein, we are running these 3 hour courses at 9.30am on Tuesday 22nd October, 2.00pm on the Thursday 24th October and 9.30am on Tuesday 29th October.
Price £25 per head
Another adventure for our guests during half term! Led by Natasha from the wonderful Flying Pig Cookery School this is a fun, hands-on class for children who want to learn more about outdoor cookery, especially over a campfire. During the session each child will prepare and make of 2-3 delicious dishes, and all of the ingredients needed to make these (including some that may be foraged from Penhein) are included, as are recipe cards to take home. The class lasts about 2 hours + and is aimed at children aged 6+, butyounger children can attend if accompanied by an adult. Only open to guests staying at Penhein the course is £25 per head.
Calling all ghoulish ghosts, wicked witches, and thirsty vampires! Get ready for the ultimate Halloween party at Penhein this half term. As well as our annual fancy dress costume competition, we’ll be running a lantern-making workshop for our guests of all ages at 2pm in Petro, our communal tent. Come along and get to know each other whilst creating a paper cut-out design for your very own Halloween lantern. At 5pm we’ll meet again – this time in our spooky guises ready for a procession through the woodland by the light of our lanterns, stopping along the way for a bit of trick or treating glamping style! Then it’s time for the judging panel to decide the winner of the fancy dress competition – with a prize for the most inventive costume. Finally we’ll all gather round the campfire for hot dogs, hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows as we share our spookiest ghost stories.
Details: Thursday 31st October, lantern workshop 2pm, costume procession and trick or treating at 5pm before hot dogs round the camp fire at 6pm. All our guests are welcome. Included in the price of your stay.
For the final weekend of the 2019 season, Penhein is going out with a bang! We’d love our guests to join us as we celebrate Bonfire Weekend, splashing through puddles and crunching leaves by day and getting cosy in our beautiful alachigh tents by night. On Saturday evening we’re hosting a private fireworks display for our guests, and with no-one for miles around we’ve got the skies completely to ourselves. But the fun starts before then with our Guy Fawkes competition. Join us in Petro, our communal tent, at 2pm to make your own Guy for the bonfire – the winner gets top spot on the stack as we set the bonfire alight. We’ll supply all the necessary materials for making your Guy…just don’t get too attached to the poor fellow… At 5.30pm we'll be judging the Guy Fawkes competition before the bonfire is lit at 5.45pm. At 6.15pm light a sparkler and watch an awesome fireworks display lighting up the night sky. Afterwards there'll be a BBQ and we’ll be serving up hot dogs with sausages from the local butcher, hot chocolate and mulled wine for the grown-ups. We can’t think of a better way to make sure your bonfire night goes with a bang!
Details: Saturday 2nd November, 2pm Guy Fawkes making in Petro. Judging at 5.30pm, bonfire lit at 5.45pm, fireworks 6.15pm, BBQ from 6.45pm. Guests of all ages welcome! Included in the price of your stay.
On selected dates during October the National Diving Centre, near Chepstow is offering a family friendly Halloween trail. Pick out your favourite Halloween costumes and join in for a spooky adventure… The trail is set within the FearFest-Evil ‘Tales of the Dark’ zone and includes a woodland maze, a dark escape route within the walls of Claustrophobia, a woodland trail, a graveyard forest, and an abandoned railway line. To depart the trail before the FearFest-Evil Creatures of the Night emerge, you must crawl through the big dark tunnel and enter the spooky cave to collect your children’s Halloween treat.
The trail is open between 11.00am and 2.00pm on Saturday 12th October and then 19th - 31st October.
Please Note: The Chepstow Halloween trail has uneven and muddy ground. Visitors must be able to walk un-aided and have good levels of health and fitness to take part in this spooky event. Sturdy footwear and outdoor clothing appropriate to the time of year and weather conditions must be worn. Children must be aged 3+ and be fully mobile. Unfortunately the Halloween trail is not suitable for pushchairs or prams.
The UK Choir Festival was launched in 2016, to support, train and bring together choirs from all over the UK in beautiful settings where people can learn, develop and thrive.
Created and produced by Russell Scott, the festival is designed for choirs of all abilities, ages and styles. It is now expanding across the UK and are thrilled to have choirs outside of the UK taking part, therefore creating a global community. The UK Choir Festival is unique and is produced to give choirs the opportunity to be taught by some of the best workshop leaders in the UK. It promises to be exciting, informative and collaborative with each day culminating in an opportunity for each choir to perform on stage.