Parent iNFO

Information for Residential Trips at ARC Adventures

What is the trip?

This is a week for team bonding, resilience, and disconnecting from technology to appreciate what nature has to offer.

Arc Adventures Residential Trips are based at our exclusive centre deep in the Welsh countryside. Our nearest neighbor is a mile away and we back on to 200 acres of woodlands. There have been outdoor residentials running at Tyr Abad for over 50 years and whilst here they will be looked after by one of the best teams outdoor education has to offer. It is remote and has no mobile signal or internet access so if you wish to contact the young person during the week while they are away you will need to use the details at the end of the page.

The young people will stay in bunk beds in dormitory bedrooms and have access to large shared toilets and a shower block in the same corridor as their room. We usually assign young people to rooms ourselves but we often get one or two who ask to switch and we’re not against this. They just have to be brave enough to ask.

They will spend the week taking part in various challenging activities delivered by qualified professionals in stunning and remote locations across Bannau Brycheiniog (the Brecon Beacons). Each week is different and a lot depends on the group and the weather when they get here. So, we provide a sample schedule below so you can get an idea but things may well change.

We operate on a challenge-by-choice philosophy; no one will be forced to do anything they don’t want to. Even if they feel they don’t want to take part in the activities, for some, just staying away from home is a massive adventure in itself.

Staying away from home with no contact can be daunting; for both the young people attending and their parents!

So for the parents; we ensure that we keep our social media updated with what they are up to on each day. If you want to see your people while they are away make sure we have photo consent ticked so you can see them on Instagram here, or Facebook here.

If a young person does want to contact home we will always arrange this for them and have a procedure to do so, but they are not generally encouraged to do so.


sample residential timetable with arc adventures

What to bring

Don’t worry if there are things on the list that you don’t have / can’t get hold of, just let us know in advance and we will try and source some for them.

If you have them



Tyr Abad residential centre before extension in the snow
Students hiking

ARC Adventures
Tyr Abad Residential Centre
Tirabad, Llangammarch Wells

Phone | 01550 740 452
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I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to go on this trip, and nothing feels the same. I feel I’ve grown mentally and physically, and I spend more time with myself now trying to continue building myself, but it’s not the same. My journal from this week has become something super important to me, as well as my medallion. I bring it to school with me now, just in my bag. It’s given me motivation to speak more, and I think it’s going pretty well.

So yeah, I don’t have any criticism really. This was the best thing to happen to me in years.

Aged 15
Dagon Residential

This place is something else, if I could I would trade in my Xbox to be able to stay here every night.

Aged 13
Activity Camp Guest