Our exciting natural children’s playground is one of our most popular adventures for our youger guests. They particularly love the balance bars, tunnel and bridge. It has been rigorously tested by our in-house design team (aka Bastie and Archie) and has been deemed ‘brilliant’. Nestled in the glampsite itself, this is the perfect way for children to while away some happy hours while you enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee.
Create your own unique magical memory of your stay at Penhein. Design and create a momento from the inspirational setting of the farm, woodland and amazing views. A view of the river on a tea towel? One of the buzzards on a notebook? Or a postcard of your tent and campfire? Under the expert tutelage of Rachel Cadman, an inspirational local artist and tutor, whether you’re a complete beginner or experienced in printmaking, you’ll come away from this session with newfound skills and a special souvenir of Penhein.Find out more »
In the most delightful and civilised foraging experience imaginable, our forager Adele Nozedar will take you into the heavenly wilds of Penhein for a short forage to find ingredients which might go nicely into a gin. You will then return to base where you’ll find out a great deal of weird and wonderful info about this elegant drink, whilst enjoying a free cocktail (or maybe two). Adele will show you how to make your own unique blend of botanicals gin (or vodka) using foliage, petals, berries and bark from Penhein, supplemented by her own considerable collection of herbs and spices from all over the world. Finally, blend all your ingredients into a 300 ml jar to take home!
Join forager Adele Nozedar in a fascinating exploration of the sense of smell, culminating in you making your own unique signature perfume (or aftershave, or beard oil!).
Plant-lover Adele, who also runs the Botanical Gin and Forest and Feast workshops here, is passionate about getting people out into nature to experience the sensual delights of the outdoors. Having realised that our best-loved commercial perfumes use plant fragrances as a key ingredient, she invented the ‘sensory forage’, designed to make you really start to use your sense of smell.
Enjoy a tour around the grounds of Penhein, followed by a lesson in how to make perfume – and then enjoy playing with over 30 different oils to make your own!
Each participant will take home a 10ml bottle of his or her own fragrance, including the recipe for how to make it again.
Find the stacks of wood and coils of rope within the glampsite which are all you need to start building your Penhein den.
Ever wanted to go wild and learn to live off the land? Fed up with hearing about Bear Grylls? Then our bushcraft course is for you! Our ex-military instructors will help you make shelters, build fires (without matches!), forage and prep your wild food on our land. Just remember that the sheep aren’t on the menu!
For those who are extra adventurous, why not test your mettle in our Bush Tucker trials? Anyone want to be crowned king or queen of the woodland? £10 per person, additional 30 mins to your bushcraft adventure.
Our Junior Bushcraft course is specially aimed at the children – a fun way to learn survival skills and give mums and dads a few hours off! They will learn about – and have a go at – building different shelters and lighting fires without matches (multiple different ways) in the woods on our farm. A great way to experience what nature has to offer.
For those who are extra adventurous, have a go at our Bush Tucker trials? Want to be crowned prince or princess of the woodland? £7.50 per child, additional 30 mins to their bushcraft adventure.
Given the age range we aim to work with two separate groups based on age where possible. If there are less than two children interested we will check with other guests to see if anyone else would like to join in.
Clay pigeon shooting is a wonderful way to have a great time at Penhein. Starting with a safety talk, you will then have tuition with practise clays. The group will then either be divided into teams or (if a smaller group) individuals for an exciting competition to see who can shoot the most clays. The shooting is run by Nigel and Stuart Hart of Hart Events. Their team are experienced clay shooters and are members of the Welsh Clay Target Shooting Association so you are in safe hands!
*If less than 4 in your party are interested, contact us and we will see if other guests are interested in joining in.
See if you can find the 18th Century lime kilns on the farm.
We’ve got 450 acres for you to explore from the top of Gray Hill to the Castroggi Stream 300 feet below with woodlands and meadows galore in between. For the spring we have a trail featuring the very best of the garlic and bluebells which will be at their best in April and May. Please leave the gates as you find them, open if open, closed if closed.
Let the children go off exploring around the site, with this great Young Explorers Activity pack to help with the fun. Filled with lots of things to do, see and collect there’s plenty to keep them occupied and interested. The pack includes a Scavenger hunt, Word search, Dot-to-dot, an Eye Spy chart and a Woodland Letter Search (spot the letters dotted around the glampsite and make the word). It is all based on nature, and it comes in a practical plastic folder with a set of crayons that they can use as their creative juices start to flow!
Set off to explore the wild wonders of Penhein, looking at the woods, meadows, watersides and more. Immerse yourself in nature by making friends with the plants that many of us see on an everyday basis but don’t really think about. Find out the tales these plants have to tell! Take a break by a babbling brook and enjoy a cup of wild tea and maybe a slice of even wilder cake….
Back at base, your wild harvest will be used in your lunch or supper, cooked over a fire using additional ingredients, and washed down with wild cordials pre-prepared by well known forager, author and educator Adele Nozedar. Children always welcome.
Forest Bathing – or, to give it its ‘proper’ name, Shinrun yoku – is a Japanese practice of some antiquity, although it has only recently been given a name in response to humanity’s increasing feeling of separation from the natural world. Put simply, Forest Bathing is a mindful activity in which the beauty, tranquility and energising properties of wooded areas is acknowledged. Although we all know that being amongst trees makes you feel good, Forest Bathing also explains the science of the practise, explaining in clear terms exactly what it it about trees that makes us feel so peaceful and alert at the same time. Think of it as a cool drink of water for the soul as you realise that humans are a part of nature too.. Join author forager and all-round outdoorsy person Adele Nozedar in an exploration of the woods at Penhein; you’ll feel relaxed, energised and happy – and you really will be able to see the woods for the trees! This course is available from May.
Our farm adjoins Wentwood Forest (which is over 1,000 acres, and the oldest forest in Wales) so you won’t even need to get in the car to enjoy this beautiful area for Geocaching or just walking.
Wentwood Forest comprises of some areas of ancient woodland (at least 400 years old) as well as some conifer plantations. It was once a hunting preserve of Chepstow Castle and stretched from the River Wye to the River Usk. It has a long recorded history and a number of heritage sites that give clues to the past uses of the forest, so while you’re looking for the caches there’s lots to see.
Have you ever noticed how calm and peaceful you feel when you walk through woodland or sit quietly next to a lake or river? Humans have a deep bond with nature – something we neglect with our busy modern lives, yet science shows that nature has the power to prevent and even cure illness and promote wellness. Discover the fascinating hidden world of nature and tap into the extraordinary healing power of the natural environment. Join biologist and writer Dr Ruth Searle for a mix of talks and practical sessions in the beautiful Penhein countryside. This fun, family friendly course will help you discover your deeply-rooted connection to nature and show you how to tap into its extraordinary healing power. This course is available from June onwards.
Head down to the stream at the bottom of the valley for paddling, poo sticks and dam building.
We have two versions of this, both best suited for groups, one suitable for groups with children and the other just for adults.
Both are a classic blend of general knowledge clues and creative tasks and are designed to get you thinking out of the box and off the wall…the keyword here is fun! This is a true test of teamwork, creativity and problem solving skills, making it one of our most entertaining events for adventurous and determined teams. The adventure begins the moment the teams open their sealed envelopes and fire up their team’s collective brain power!
This is for a maximum of four teams, each team with a maximum of six team mates, and you get to explore the best of the Penhein estate.
We’ll start you off and be there at the end to judge who is the best team and present the prize!
*Don’t worry if you are just one team, you can have just as much fun working all the clues out amongst yourselves.
Just below our woodland glampsite is the 8 acre wildflower hay meadow that you can play around in, enjoy a picnic or simply lie back, watch and listen as nature goes by.
Grey Hill adjoins our farm and is a lovely walk, finishing up with magnificent panoramic views across South Wales from the summit.
Renowned willow weaver Amanda Rayner is bringing her wonderful willow weaving sessions to Penhein. Amanda has been creating natural products for homes and gardens for over 20 years and her passion is to share the skill of this ancient through a series of outstanding workshops which she runs all over the UK. We are delighted that Amanda has agreed to offer her courses here at Penhein and she has personally selected six different willow weaving classes to choose from. If you are interested, let us know and we will check Amanda’s availability for you.
Weaving Workshop Options – all half a day except Frame Basket Weaving
*The minimum age is 10, but we do suggest that at this age they are joined by a parent/adult to help.
We are thrilled to have Tom Innes of Fingal-Rock Wine Merchants as our advisor/supplier/teacher and all round wine guru. Tom is something of a legend in the world of wine – as well known in London as he is here in his home county of Monmouthshire. He offers an outstanding selection of first class wines, handpicked using his own inimitable personal style and in depth knowledge; as an article in The Daily Telegraph (January 2020) pointed out if ‘(Tom) doesn’t like a wine, he won’t sell it’.
As well as ensuring our Pantry is stocked with glorious wines, Tom also runs wine tasting courses at Penhein. Tom’s wine tastings are all about discovering new wines to tickle your taste buds. Typically you will taste between 6 – 8 different wines during the session, and he can put together a bespoke choice for you on request (e.g. all Red, all Sparkling, all French etc). Tom knows the vineyards and producers of all his wines so the session will be packed full of interesting information. There will also be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and buy some of the wine you are trying. If you want to check out Fingal-Rock just go to www.pinotnoir.co.uk. Don’t be fooled by the website, the wines are spectacular!
We are delighted that the wonderful Miranda Shaw is joining the Penhein team to offer yoga classes to our glamping guests.
Having trained as a classical hatha yoga teacher Miranda’s personal style has evolved, in particular influenced by her time in America practising vinyasa flow with several renowned yoga teachers, including Shiva Rea and Janet Stone. Miranda is also trained to teach pre and postnatal yoga.
Our intention will always be to run the classes outdoors in our beautiful Wildflower Meadow. However, if the weather doesn’t allow this, Miranda will use Petro for groups of up to six (if a larger group have booked and the weather is inclement, Miranda will run consecutive sessions for groups of 6 in Petro and each group will be able to choose Gentle or Dynamic according to experience).
The cost is £20 per person, with a minimum spend of £120. Mats are included but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
If there are individuals who would like to book a session but want to share the cost, let us know and we are happy to then contact other guests to see if they would like to join in. All classes are subject to availability – booking in advance is essential.
To find out more about Miranda please click here to see her website.
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