Adventure weekends in Wales
If you’re the kind of person who loves adventures and new experiences, and immersing yourself in the places you visit, you’ll love Preseli Venture.
We know that spending a semester abroad is an exciting time – and we’re sure that you’ll want to make the most of your unique opportunity to explore the UK and take weekend breaks in Europe. Our Wales adventure weekend has been designed with this in mind – you’ll stay at our 5 star Preseli Venture eco lodge, enjoy unique adventure experiences safe in the hands of our trusted guides, meet lovely new people, explore the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in Wales – an awesome country with friendly folk and incredible landscapes and one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines.
If you want to do something totally different, totally fun and exciting with new challenges and new adventures, look no further! Preseli Venture has the perfect combination of excitement and relaxation with the space to party and chill-out in beautiful ocean scenery. Relax and escape from the hassles of the city and the usual tourist trail.
Jump on into this exhilarating adventure as you climb, swim and jump along the coastline, absolute fun guaranteed!
Surf the Atlantic swells with top class friendly guides on beautiful wild Wales beaches.
Explore beneath towering sea cliffs, kayak through beautiful rock gardens and see sea birds and seals, awesome!
Voted consistently as one of the best coastal walks on the planet. Find out why for yourself.
Take a short walk right from the eco lodge through ancient woodland, down to the unspoilt Welsh beach.
St David’s cathedral
Visit St David’s, the UK’s smallest city and its 12th century cathedral, the patron saint of Wales.
Fall seal spotting
Fall is the perfect time to take a coastal walk and spot seals and their pups on our nearby beaches.
Campfire under the stars
Stary night sky and smores around a campfire, make the most of being out of the city.
What’s included in the Wales adventure weekend?
This totally Wales adventure weekend is the perfect way to experience the incredible coastal scenery and wildlife up close and natural. Swim with Atlantic grey seals, visit St David’s the best loved cathedral in Wales and the UK’s smallest city, hike the famous coastal trail and throw yourself off sea cliffs!The weekend programme
This programme starts on Friday evening, finishing after lunch on Sunday, with 2 nights accomodation including all meals, and your choice of three half days from awesome adventures, coastal hiking, and a cultural visit.
Costs for the weekend
The Wales adventure weekend costs £219 / person for 3 half-days
Good to know
If you would like to arrive Thursday evening the extra cost at the eco lodge is £49 including Thursday evening meal and Friday breakfast. Spend Friday doing your own exploring, (for no extra charge), along the coastal trail to the 17th century Tregwynt woollen mill, and discover beautiful wild beaches, or take a bus to visit St David’s. Add an extra half-day guided adventure for £49.
Wild Wales adventure weekend programme
Friday: arrival for evening meal, relax around the wood burning stove in our lounge, or enjoy our pool table and Welsh drinks in the lodge bar.Saturday morning: adventure – choose from coasteering, an awesome coastal adventure, sea kayaking, where you explore beneath spectacular high cliffs, and kayak into echoing sea caves, OR surfing on a beautiful unspoilt beach.
Return to the eco lodge for delicious lunch of Welsh ‘cawl a caws’, chunky soup with Welsh cheddar cheese and warm bread, followed by Welsh cakes, yum!
Saturday afternoon: coastal hike along the famous Pembrokeshire coastal trail. Your choice of a 3 hour hike or 2 hour hike or just walk through the woods to the beach. You have the option to take a walk to a 17th century woollen mill just along the coast.
Sunday morning: another adventure (choose from coasteering, sea kayaking or surfing) OR visit to St David’s, the UK’s smallest city and 12th century cathedral. Explore the quaint shops and stop by the beautiful sandy expanse of Whitesands beach. Take a walk to carreg samson ancient ‘cromlech’ or burial chamber as you drive the scenic coastal route.
In the Fall we can offer to take you seal spotting – walk along the coastal trail and see seals and their pups on the rocky coves. This can be combined with the visit to St David’s to male a cultural morning combined with seal spotting.
What is Coasteering? It’s the most amazing coastal exploration adventure involving climbing, swimming and jumping your way along the rocky coastline. No experience required for any of our activities, and as you will wear a flotation jacket, you don’t even need to be able to swim!The adventures are run right from the lodge, with professional friendly guides, all equipment provided including toasty warm wet suits to keep you warm all year round. We provide all the transport during the trip in our own minibuses, so everything is taken care of. All you need to do is enjoy yourself and soak up the freedom of the Welsh coast and countryside.
What is Coasteering?
It’s the most amazing coastal exploration adventure involving scrambling, swimming, climbing and jumping your way along the rocky Welsh coastline. No experience is required, everyone can do it, and as you’ll be wearing a flotation jacket, you don’t even need to be able to swim. You’ll be amazed at what you can do, and its so much fun!
The weekend was jam-packed with super-fun activities!
Reviewed 27 March 2017 ★★★★★
I am an Florida State University student and my school did a trip over to Preseli for the weekend. The whole weekend was jam packed with super fun and adventurous activities. My personal favorite was the coasteering. The food was to die for. Great location about a 20 minute walk to a beautiful beach. Overall an amazing weekend and highly recommended for an adventurous weekend.
Savannah / FSU, USA
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From time to time students make lovely videos of their weekend trip and share them with us.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do the weekend trips start?
The programmes start on Friday evening. Typically students arrive into our local train station at 18.45, but later trains are available. You are welcome to arrive on Thursday evening which is an additional cost of £49 including delicious evening meal plus breakfast Friday morning. There are loads of lovely experiences and exploring to do on Friday, from local walks to discover hidden beaches to opting into extra adventures £49, or extra excursions £45.
How to I get to Wales?
Your travel to Wales is not included in the weekend cost. We recommend taking the train, and ticket discounts are available if there are 3 people or more. We offer a free train station transfer at 18.45 from our local station of ‘Fishguard and Goodwick’. From Paddington station in London this train departs at 13.45. Don’t worry if you need to leave later as there are other trains, with the last one leaving London at 20.15, and for later trains you may need to pay for a taxi. If you are travelling from Ireland, the Fishguard – Rosslare ferry is just 5 miles away. On Sunday we take you back to ‘Fishguard and Goodwick’ for the train at 14.23. To purchase tickets use The Ticket Hut on 01554 830188 (before 2.00pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How does the rooming work at the eco lodge?
We have 11 different bedrooms of different sizes from rooms for 2 people, double rooms for couples, up to larger rooms sleeping 6 or 8. We allocate separate male/female rooms taking onto account friendship groups, so please do request a specific room when you book.
Do I need to be able to swim? Is this suitable for beginners?
All our adventures are open to everyone, you don’t need any previous experience, you don’t need to be active or outdoorsy, just a “go for it attitude” is more than sufficient! You don’t even have to be able to swim as the flotation jackets are super floaty. For the water adventures, you do need to be able to pull on a wetsuit and we have a huge range of sizes. Any queries regarding physical ability please do contact us.
Are all the meals included? Do you cater for vegetarians and special diets?
Yes, all the delicious home cooked meals and Welsh dishes are included and we are very happy to provide food for special diets including vegetarians, and those with allergies and food intolerances. Make sure you let us know your requirements when you book.
Can we book for a longer mid-semester break?
Yes, we have 4 night/5 days longer student programmes for your mid-semester break. Why not continue your travels over the Irish sea to explore Ireland – there is a cheap ferry from Fishguard, just 5 miles away, over to Rosslare in southern Ireland.
Is this trip open to friends who want to join me?
Yes, of course, friends and family are all very welcome! If they are travelling with you, they can also pay the student rate.
WALES. TASTE THE FREEDOM!