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Outdoor Learning in the South & Channel Islands

The Southern Region includes the beautiful coast, lakes, rivers, downs, open countryside, city centres and two National parks spread across the counties of Hampshire, West and East Sussex, Kent, Surrey, London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire along with the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands. We have a great array of environments used by our members, from rural open spaces, dramatic coastlines, to open country and city centre provision. The region has a strong outdoor learning community with many centres and freelancers operating in the very diverse and active region.

The voluntary committee represents IOL in your region, get in touch with us. We wish to represent your views.

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IOL Cymru Conference 2019
/ Categories: IOL Wales, IOL Cymru

IOL Cymru Conference 2019

The theme of the conference is ‘Discovery’

It will be held at Atlantic College, St Donat’s Castle, St Donat’s, Llantwit Major, CF61 1WF on November 16th 2019.

The theme of the conference is ‘Discovery’ and we have two speakers booked: Caradog Jones and Rob Penn.

Caradog has a string of first ascents to his name including Hunza Peak in Pakistan, but is probably best known for being the first Welshman to summit Everest.

Rob Penn is an author, journalist, TV presenter and cyclist. You may have read his books – ‘The Man who made Things out of Trees’ and ‘It’s All About the Bike: the Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels’ – or seen him on TV cycling part of the Trans-Amazonian Highway with Freddie Flintoff.

In addition, there some interesting peripheral events going on including the BGM (biennial general meeting) of IOL Cymru.

There will be a wide choice of workshops, talks and updates including:

  • Building Resilience
  • Passing Inspections        
  • The New Welsh Curriculum
  • Bushcraft: Mindful Shelters
  • Bushcraft tools: their safety and use
  • Diversity in the Outdoors
  • Journalling in the outdoors
  • A taster for ‘Fostering a Connection’


Cost of tickets is £30 for both individual and organisational members of IOL and £94 for non-members.
IOL members can buy up to 4 tickets at this price for family members and friends. Some discounted tickets (£30) will be available for members of the Urdd, the Outdoor Partnership and the NRW Outdoor Learning groups.

Bookings include teas, coffees and a buffet lunch.

A range of accommodation is available at the venue and locally and we hope to arrange transport for people attending from more distant parts of Wales (neither included in the price).
Download info on local accommodation here.


Download the full brochure - English

Download the full brochure - Welsh


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South Committee

Chair  -  James Dyer - Email James

Secretary - Martin Robinson

Treasurer -  TBC

Committee: Sam Kendall, Mike King, Gary Palmer, Chris Rinaldi, Denea Wright


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