About Us

Following the dissolution of Gwent Agreement in 2019, under which all Gwent-based local authorities accessed outdoor education via a shared agreement, Gwent Outdoor Centres changed its name to MonLife Outdoor Education.

While the name may have changed, our team of highly experienced and certified staff, which is so highly regarded by clients, remains the same.

MonLife Outdoor Education continues to own and operate the sites and equipment at Hilston Park near Monmouth, and Gilwern near Abergavenny. Both sites are dedicated outdoor education centres.

Both sites offer some of the best hillwalking, climbing, caving and canoeing outdoor environments you could wish to find in the UK. The River Wye, the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons are all on the doorstep.

Established in 1970, thousands of children from schools all over the UK have enjoyed outdoor activity courses, field trips and adventures at our centres.

Our sites have educational facilities and camping fields that are regularly used by groups like the Scouts, Guides and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition teams. At Gilwern, there is accommodation for large groups and a hall with indoor bouldering wall and a large outdoor climbing tower. There is flat access to accommodation, a wheel chair accessible abseil ramp and braille orienteering course.

Hilston Park, a beautiful listed building, caters for large groups and is set in beautiful grounds where groups can try archery. Hilston Park also has a self-catering lodge for hire for smaller, independent groups.

Our facilities can also be hired by other groups such as the Scouts, Guides, sports clubs, youth organisations, families and corporate groups.

The instructors at both of our well-established outdoor education centres have decades of experience between them so you’ll be in safe hands.

We are a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award-licensed accredited activity provider and our centres have Green Eco Flag status. We are a Forest Schools provider too. Above all, whether you’re a teacher, parent or adult participant you can rest assured you’ll have an outdoor adventure to remember in one of the most stunning landscapes in Wales!