Kilvrough 2024

Kilvrough 2024
Monday 18th March 
After a very early start, the children have had a very busy first day. The weather has been beautiful, so the children have been able to enjoy the grounds and take part in lots of team building activities. This evening, we have been on a night walk to the ruins of Pennard Castle where we were able to view the stunning sights of Three Cliffs Bay. 
Tuesday 19th March

After a good night’s sleep (most were asleep by 11pm..ish!), we were all refreshed at breakfast and ready for the day’s activities. One group headed off to the canal to do some canoeing. Many challenges were conquered- steering being the main one! After a while on the water, they were soon guiding their canoes through brambles and tight spaces and learning that the key to going in a straight line was communication! The other two groups got to experience the amazing waterfalls at Bro’r Sgydau. Resilience was key to this activity as it was long, wet and muddy in places. However, the children absolutely smashed it and were able to enjoy the natural beauty surrounding them!

After a quick shower, it was time for the duty groups to set up ready for dinner. On the menu today was spaghetti bolognaise and apple crumble. The children had worked up quite an appetite as there wasn’t much waste! This evening, they headed out onto the grounds of Kilvrough to complete an orienteering challenge. There were lots of great examples of teamwork and encouraging others.

Hot chocolate and biscuit and time for bed!


Wednesday 20th March

This morning we all were fully refreshed after a very good night’s sleep.  All was quiet in the dorms from 10pm and the children even had to be woken up this morning!

Today, two of the groups headed to the beach for some rock climbing. Group A walked through the sand dunes to Pobbles beach where they took part in bottom and top rock climbing and even had time left for some abseiling! Group B also headed to the beach where they too did some rock climbing, scrambling and caving. There were lots of nerves amongst the groups but they tackled them together as a team and put trust in one another when coaxing each other up and down the cliffs.  There was an awful lot of encouragement and cheering and all managed to achieve their personal goals and came back to the centre buzzing with adrenaline! After Group A and B came back raving about the waterfall walk, it was Group C’s turn to take in the sights. The walk was long and hard at times, but the children were determined to defeat the challenge of the 170 (HUGE) steps down to the foot of the waterfall.  They walked right underneath and got well and truly soaked! However, it was an absolutely spectacular view and an experience we will all remember!

After a roast chicken dinner this evening, they headed out onto the grounds of Kilvrough and were challenged to build a den big enough to fit their whole team in and with creative features. It was too hard to judge a winner but they all had great fun and came up with some very innovative designs! Another example of great team effort!

Time for hot chocolate, biscuit and a story before lights out!

Thursday 21st March 

After another good night’s sleep, the day began with a big breakfast of cereal, toast and sausage baps, the groups headed out for their final full day of adventure.

Group A and B took to the canal to continue their aims of confidence and communication. Lots of challenges were overcome and despite showing lots of confidence at times, common sense did prevail and some got wetter than expected! Group C went to the sea cliffs at Foxhole Cove for rock climbing and scrambling. They even got to do a spot of caving!

Everyone enjoyed pizza, salad and wedges for dinner before embarking on the mammoth task of tidying the centre and packing their bags ready to return home.


Tomorrow we will take a walk along the coastal path of Langland for a spot of rock pooling.  

It’s been a fantastic week! All the adults have been so impressed with Mill Lane children. They have shown fantastic teamwork and leadership as well as showing great resilience in tough situations. Each and every one of them has become more independent and have shown they can adapt to any situation.


See you tomorrow! :)