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Meeting of IOL North Cymru/Wales Committee
at St David’s College, Llandudno on March 13th 2017. An excellent and interesting venue for our meeting
Members are welcome to download the brief report from this meeting from the Members documents webpage.

We are arranging some more events in North Wales
Below is a prelimary programme that is proposed - keep an eye on this IOL Cymru web page for more details on when and where.
  • June 2017 - Woodland bushcraft (day)
  • June 2017 - A bike ride and environemntal impact discussion (evening)
  • July 2017 - How climbing can be made accessible to people with special needs (evening)
  • September 2017 - Coasteering with a marine biologist and forager (evening)
A date for your diary

October 7th 2017 - IOL Cymru Conference on ‘Fostering a Connection’

Iolo williams

We are delighted to announce that Iolo Williams will be the key note speaker.

More details when we have them.....

Policy Forum for Wales Keynote Seminar: Sports policy in Wales - priorities for funding, facilities and improving participation

- some notes by IOL Wales rep at the forum, Nick Winder

Llanberis Adventure and Mountain Film Festival (LLAMFF) on 3-5 March 2017

IOL Wales had a presence at the Adventure and Mountain Film Festival. Lun Roberts reports....

The Institute for Outdoor Learning had a presence at this long standing film festival for the first time this weekend and although we had no nice banners to explain our work we made up for it with homemade displays and lots of enthusiasm.  The festival was well attended with a wealth of films and talks on myriad aspects of mountains and the adventures to be had on them.  David Phillips and Lun Roberts engaged with a steady trickle of people through the sponsors’ room and cultivated interest further afield when they distributed free copies of ‘Horizons’ magazines in the café area.  Amongst the many climbing celebrities who took advantage of the opportunity to discover more about the institute were Paul Pritchard, Alan Hinkes and George Smith.  Other sponsors (including DMM and AMI) showed an interest in our work too and we hope that some of them will have stands at the IOL (Cymru) Conference on October 7th which is to be held at Bangor University.  The theme of the conference is ‘Fostering a connection to the planet’ and Iolo Williams will be the guest speaker.  Keep an eye out for more information on this event which will be displayed on this page very soon.  

The website address is:

High Quality Outdoor Education in Wales

took place at Kent Mountain Centre, Llanberis, 9th December 2016
The Outdoor Education Advisers Panel in Wales are seeking funding to translate ‘High Quality Outdoor Education’ into Welsh. Before they commission translators they want to consult with providers to ensure that the new document is fit for purpose in Wales (that it matches the new Welsh Curriculum for instance). This event was an opportunity for you to contribute to the process.
Arwel Elias (OEAP) outlined his inspiring vision for bringing together providers from the length and breadth of Wales (all singing from the same hymn sheet) into an effective lobby for Outdoor Learning at Welsh Parliament. During his talk, Arwel explained how the new Welsh Curriculum seems tailor made to be supported by Outdoor Learning in all its diversity and through its myriad providers in Wales.

Arwel then led us in an interesting exploration the ways in which the new curriculum could be supported by the ‘High Quality Outdoor Learning’ document which, as you would expect, are numerous.

Finally he offered us an action plan.

Eluned (Lun) Roberts (IOL Cymru Coordinator)

Download Lun's full report from the meeting.




  • HOW TO BOOK A PLACE at IOL EVENTS: Book (if there is a date available yet for the ones you want) events online HERE (not all are listed until we have confirmed venues) or email Fiona or call the IOL office on 01228 564580. 

News : Newyddion

  • Brecon Beacons National Park wins dark sky status. BBC News report HERE.
  • Natural Resource Body for Wales - Consultation. Here is a LINK to the story we have done following Wednesdays very positive meeting with the minister. The new organisations Chief exec has been named as Dr. Emyr Roberts.

IOL Cymru/Wales Committee Meeting

  • 7th October - Committee meeting Rhayader Centre ( please contact Lun Roberts to book to attend)

Cymru/Wales Diary Dates

watch this space

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