Top Five Quirky Winter Activities in the Brecon Beacons

The weather might be a little a colder in winter, but it only takes a few extra layers to get out and about to have a good time. Christmas is all about fun and being with the people you love.  As well as a time for some team bonding with your work colleagues and friends.

Here’s our top five quirky winter activities you can do in the Brecon Beacons during this special month of celebration.

1. Bushcraft.
Want to experience your inner cave man?  Find out how to live without home comforts? Then how about embracing your wild side and learning how your ancient ancestors once lived and survived. Discover how to make a fire from natural resources, build shelters and forage for wild food.  Outdoors@Hay offer some great bushcraft and foraging courses throughout the year.

2. Caving.

Still looking for a Christmas party with something different? Want to learn how to get in and out of some tight situations?
This is a great activity, where you never really have to worry about the weather.  The Brecon Beacons has the National Show Caves of Wales on its doorstep, as well as plenty of other cave sites that are magnificent their own right.  Call of the Wild/ Adventure Britain offer some great caving sessions that take groups into some unique environments.  Anybody can do it as well.

3. Archery and Rope Climbing.
Your chance to be like Robin Hood, Maid Marian and the Merry Men, try something new.  Test your aiming skills in a beautiful spot along the Wye Valley.  Black Mountains Activities have some great facilities on offer and are offering packages that can be mixed with other activities with 30% savings.  Full days now just £49 and half days are £30 per person.  Christmas parties also available.

Call them on 01497 847897 or visit

4. Poor Visibility Techniques and Navigation Courses.
For once, poor weather plays a fairly important role in one of these activities.  The weather in winter months can turn quite quickly in the Brecon Beacons.  The mountain rescue services have been called out numerous times over the years searching for lost and confused hikers.  This is your chance to make sure you can always find your way back.  Kevin Walker from Mountain Activities offers some fun and interesting courses throughout winter.  He has outstanding knowledge and experience working in survival and rescue.  Take your colleagues, family and friends along to something quite different and have a great day out with Kevin.

5.  Photography Tuition Courses
Buying someone a camera for Christmas? Then how about including a photography course as well? Will Lewis has been a professional photographer for over 30 years.  He offers courses that are suitable for newcomers to photography and those wanting to progress from using the camera on the auto-setting.  The tuition will go at your pace under the guidance of a patient, helpful photographer.

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