Tirabad Residential Educational Trust (Tirabad R.E.T.) is ideally set in an isolated and attractive part of South Wales. It is situated on the edge of the Crychan Forest, 5 miles south of Llanwyrtyd Wells and 11 miles north of Llandovery overlooking the moorland of Mynydd Eppynt, beyond which lies the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Tirabad R.E.T is administered by a charitable trust consisting of the head teachers of three Berkshire schools who established the centre in 1971, Charters, Emmbrook and Maiden Erlegh Schools.
The centre offers bespoke activity and field study courses to largely school groups, usually over 7 days. The bulk of the schools visiting us are based in the south east of England.
The main centre accommodates 36 with up to 4 staff, but up to 48 can be taken using Ernies’ Cottage for extra bed space. Ernies’ Cottage is our self-catering bunkhouse which sleeps up to 16 and has disabled access and facilities.
Tirabad R.E.T. is licensed by the Adventurous Activity Licensing Service and the teaching staff hold a range of outdoor and teaching qualifications. We employ 3 Trainee Instructors each year to provide them with experience of the industry.
Courses can include:
Rock Climbing and Abseiling – on local crags and cliffs, or indoor walls;
Canoeing and Kayaking – on local rivers, canals and lakes;
Caving – in any of the 700+ south Welsh caves;
Mountain Walking – in the glaciated terrain of the Brecon Beacons National Park;
Gorge Scrambling – in one of a variety of gorges to suit conditions and ability
Bushcraft – based in nearby forests;
Orienteering – on our own courses in the forest;
Problem Solving Challenges – based in the centre grounds,
Mountain Biking – on local forest trails;
Field Studies – linked into any of the above.
Other activities include – Archery, Vertical Challenges, and the Mountain Rescue Challenge.T