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Olchfa School in the Swim!!
Boys and girls from Olchfa School in Swansea spent
a two day teambuilding break at Clyne Farm. The visit included shelter
building and an overnight camp, barbecues, raft building and Challenge
Valley. This is the story of the rafts that didn't cross the Atlantic!
|We girls from Olchfa School are so confident that our raft will sail
across the mighty Lake Bendovia that we have time to pose for pictures
||Well. girls - we've even had time to practice on dry
land! I'd say they look pretty confident
Neath/Port Talbot College take Clyne
Farm by storm
Here's part of a mighty group of eighty new students about to embark
on courses in Health Care, Aroma Therapy and the like at Neath/Port
What a way to start an induction programme The Wibbly
Wobbly bridge took some by surprise
New horses arrive at Clyne
Do we have a new
activity at the stables?
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for more details
Mayor design boost
The conversion of The Dairy, Stables Cottage and Hayloft were featured
just before Christmas in the Lord Mayor of Swansea Design Awards.
In 1990 the complex won the main award and this time around the
balconies built from green oak from our own woodland got an honourable
This was recognition for all the hard work of Dafydd Davies-Hughes and
his team of craftsmen.
Early Autumn holiday ideas
Why not come:
when Swansea Rugby Club are at home in the Cup or Welsh-Scottish League
to see a play at the Grand Theatre, Taliesin Theatre or Swansea Festival
to visit the National Botanical Gardens or Aberglasney House
to walk the Gower coastal path
Now we have started our land management of the woods we are opening them up to walking and exploring. Eventually there will be rides and a cross country course through areas which have been neglected for the past 150 years.
We also have plans to move the stable block to the area of the new all weather manege and this will be built from timber harvested from the woods
Adopt a Pony continues to be the most popular day for visiting children.
We suspect its even better liked by parents who can have a day away
Valley on TV
Challenge Valley continues to receive television coverage befitting the
world’s muddiest assault course.
The latest place that it has been spotted is on You’ve Been Framed
where it now seems to be a regular feature.
In November a film crew from an internet production company covered many
of our on-site activities. It just happened to be the only day of the
year when it rained!!!!(Honest!)
Both Sarah (opposite pictured at Heathrow Airport) and Suzanne are off on world tours. Sarah who has run the office
for the past eighteen months is following in her brother’s footsteps to Australia and beyond while Suzanne who has instructed at the Centre for three years is taking time out to discover Asia.
Sarah's latest adventure was getting tickets for New Zealand v
Australia rugby match at Dunedin - if you see the reports she's the one
in the Welsh flag!
The Big Weekend is a packaged weekend break which is ideal for a group
of friends, families, stag and hen parties.
You can mix our popular activities like abseiling and Challenge Valley
with good food and nights out which usually is a sample of the pubs on
the famed Mumbles Mile!
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This year we've added surfing instruction to our activity programmes. This givesthe opportunity of
enjoying the delights of Gower from a new angle (usually upside down if
your surfing is anything like mine!).
Taking a power boat trip along the coast is another option
particularly for stunning and unusual views of Worm's Head.
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on Real Radio
Geoff Haden was the guest on Real Radio's Real
Business Show on the last Sunday of April. Geoff (pictured right with
Binda and fellow guest Jane Manuel) discussed the current tourism situation
and management training courses at Clyne Farm Centre on the station
(105-106FM) which covers South Wales.
for Private Eye man?
Ian Hislop the Mumbles born editor of Private Eye who spent one edition of Have I Got News for You protesting that he is not Welsh should be asked to become a Freeman of Mumbles says Clyne Farm’s legendary celeb watcher Harvey
Explained Mr Grimble “As one of the most powerful men in the country Mr Hislop should respect his roots and loosen up a bit!”
We’ll let you know if he replies to our e-mail. OK!
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Clyne Chapel On the edge of the beautiful Clyne Gardens - worth a visit at any time of the year followed by a walk along the seafront.
Clyne Gardens in May are well worth a visit - probably
the best collection of rhododendrons and azaleas in the country.
Rides English Style!
John Stansfield from Seattle, Wa. enjoys a ride on Sparky. The
photograph, taken on the way to Clyne Woods, shows stable assistant Lara
Edwards leading John. The nine year old spent three days on activities
at Clyne Farm and while here stayed with a host family in Killay.
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Clyne Farm's Background
on the Gower Peninsula, Britain's first designated Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty, Clyne Farm Centre is located on one of the seven hills
overlooking the majestic sweep of Swansea Bay with the North Devon Coastline
on its horizon. With Clyne Valley Country Park and Clyne Golf Club framing
its borders, the Centre has easy access to Swansea, the old fishing
village of Mumbles and its pier, together with Gower's spectacular and
offers all the features of a modern city with many wet weather attractions
including a large leisure Centre, museums, ten-pin bowling and cinemas.
Throughout the year there are many festivals and special events including
the Dylan Thomas Festival and the Gower Festival in July and August.
The world renowned Swansea Festival is in October and there are live
productions at the Grand Theatre every week.
Farm Centre was once the Home Farm for the Clyne Castle Estate.
Out-buildings dating back 200 years have been sympathetically restored
and converted with comfortable accommodation with modern conveniences.
The Centre has something to offer every member of the family - from
gentle strolls, nature trails or horse riding, to more adventurous
activities such as indoor climbing, archery and an assault course
believed to be the muddiest in the world!
nature trails and the use of nearby community tennis courts are offered
free of charge to visitors. A morning multi-activity 'taster' programme
is also offered, free of charge, as part of a week long stay at the
Centre. This programme is designed to encourage everyone to participate
in activities they may not have tried before. There is a children's play
area, pool table and table tennis. Cycle, surfboard and
hire is also available.
Real favourites are
'Adopt A Pony' days based at the Centre's stables. These are supervised
activity days in which children (and adults) learn about riding and
horse care. Off site activities available, range from abseiling to
windsurfing with everything else in between! For the adventurous,
popular activities include gorge walking, rock hopping and
while others might like to sample fishing in either the sea, lakes or
rivers, including a small lake on site. The Centre has developed a
collection of walks and rides on the Gower Peninsula which cater for all
standards and interests with everything from a gentle stroll along
tarmac surfaced cliff paths to day long expeditions.
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