Day Two of the Brecon Beacons Advent Calendar…

5 great beneficial and educational Christmas gift ideas from the Brecon Beacons National Park… 

Advent Calendar Day 2

1 – Learn how to Horse Ride…
Rural Wales is one of the most appealing places to ride a horse.  
So if you want to see your children outside more often, build up their confidence and find them a fun new hobby this is the perfect gift!

How about persuading them to take up horse riding lessons.  It’s a fun learning experience and children can gain so much confidence from it.
Tregoyd Riding Centre are offering a special package: Book a block of 10 half-hour lessons and receive two free! Adults – £190.00 & Children – £150.00.

2 – Teach your dog some new tricks…
Do you have a dog that needs to be controlled a bit better or doesn’t respond so well to your commands? Brecon Beacons Dog Training is a modern dog training service with small classes held in Trallong and Llanfrynach near Brecon.  This is a great opportunity to help someone build their bond with a four-legged pet.

3 – Specialist bike training …

Do you know someone who is an enthusiastic cyclist and spends a lot of their past time on their bicycle?  Drover Cycles who are based in Hay-on-Wye, offer workshops to help people improve their cycling technique.  Vistors can learn to convert every possible watt of power into speed in the last kilometer of a road race, grovelling up a technical mountain-side or simply riding their bike into town for the day.  If a bike doesn’t fit the person right than they are at best not making the most of it and, at worst potentially lining yourself up for an injury.

Preparing a shelter

4 – Learn how to survive in the wild…
It’s every boys dream to build a den and learn how to survive in the wild.  So if your are children spending too much time staring at a screen or addicted to their computer games this is the perfect gift for them. Survival and bushcraft courses vary depending on ages and levels.  A typical day out in the wild learning about wild foods and survival techniques starts at £80 per person.  Two excellent activity providers are Mountain and River Activities  and Outdoors@Hay.

Maen Llia ©

5 – Learn about Geology in Wales and the Brecon Beacons…
Geo World Travel was recently set up by Brecon Beacons based arctic explorer and tour guide James Cresswell.  James is an expert in the geology field and has travelled extensively throughout the World on missions to find some of the most unique traces of rocks around.  With Wales and the Brecon Beacons having some of the most diverse landscapes in the World.  It’s the perfect gift, for someone who take a keen interest in Welsh landscapes and geology.  The Geo World Travel’s tour of Wales takes place on 4th of May 2013.

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