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Oaker Wood Leisure - 01568 780111 - A wonderful woodland adventure land for kids and adults alike, including: Quad bike Trekking, Paintballing, Teambuilding Challenges, Clay Pigeon Shooting, High Ropes, Zip Wire, Rope Climbing, Rafting, Borneo Breakout, Low Ropes and High Rope Tree Trekking, in 175 acres of Herefordshire woodland. Only 15 minutes away, this is a wonderful day, or half day's entertainment for Team Building, family groups or children’s birthday parties. Children's Multi Activity Days in school holidays. Oaker Wood Leisure can also bring team building activities direct to you at the Colloquy - www.oakerwoodleisure.co.uk
Hot tub hire - www.herefordhottubhire.co.uk
Life Changing Activities - This remarkable outdoor company run by an ex army trainer can offer a variety of activities through other local providers: canyoning, abseiling, potholing, high ropes, gorge walking, corporate training, stag and hen parties, canoeing, raft building, corporate training etc. They can also run a competitive activity right here in the grounds of The Colloquy. For information please call Michael Downey on 01989 566672 or 07854 819142. www.lifechangingactivities.com
Outdoor Viking Games - a fantastic range of viking inspired group activities. Take part in one or all of our six traditional nordic games. Try your hand at Axe Throwing, Archery, Bullrings, Kubb, Molkky or Stige - www.thevikinggames.co.uk
Art Local Gallery Pembridge - The Old Chapel Established in 1989 by Yasmin Strube, Old Chapel Gallery has become recognised as a centre of excellence for the arts, where work by both reputable, local and nationally known artists and makers can be seen alongside innovative work by talented newcomers. www.oldchapelgallery.co.uk Tel: 01544 388842 Open Wednesday - Sunday, 11am - 4pm
Inspire2Adventure offer a variety of outdoor adventure activities included guided open canoe river expeditions on the River Wye, Gorge scrambling experience near Abergavenny, Rock climbing & abseiling at Symonds Yat, guided mountain biking in the Forest of Dean, high level ropes, orienteering, and guided hill walking in South Wales. They cater for families, hen & stag groups, youth groups, corporate team building events and team away days. www.inspire2adventure.com
Really Rural - Country Sports & Skills, Bromyard - 01885 489104 - A mobile activity provider who specialises in delivering archery, bushcraft, clay shooting, air rifle shooting and traditional country skills (hedgelaying, gate hurdle making and stick making) at customers/clients venues. www.reallyrural.co.uk
The Ultimate Activity Company will help you organise any activity including: canoeing, gorge walking, quad biking, go karting, mountain touring, biking and can co-ordinate the whole itinerary to suit your party. Based in Hereford. www.ultimate-activitycompany.co.uk.
Art - Filbert arts experiences exist to create imaginative and artistic solutions to team building, party events and art courses. For an inspirational, creative and imaginative experience with a "great artist" (impersonator) then we would highly recommend this interesting approach to team building, or just for a party. For further information please see www.filbert-arts.com/links.
Canoeing – Wye Valley Canoe Centre, www.wyevalleycanoes.co.uk, Glasbury-on-Wye, Hereford Tel: 01497 847213. A must on a nice day, with beautiful black mountain scenery all around. Costs are variable and depend on how far you go. Many picnic spots along the way.
Flying Lessons – Shobdon Airfield 01568 708369. Approx. 5 miles away - adventure for those who love the skies, with helicopter, glider or aeroplane lessons.
Golf – Kington Golf Club, Kington 01544 231320. This golf course will simply take your breath away. Views of 7 counties from the highest golf club in England; and also some fairly strenuous walking over hilly terrain. Buggies can be hired. Hazards include gorse, bracken and marauding sheep. Green fee approximately £23. Tee times can be booked in advance http://www.kingtongolf.co.uk/
Hiking – Offas Dyke Path 01547 528753. Loads of fabulous walking all around us, including Offas Dyke. www.offas-dyke.co.uk.
Indoor Games – E S Promotions 01536 310520. Deliver games including Scalextric, Casino and giant games. www.es-promotions.com.
Karting – Border Kart Racing, Presteigne 01544 267006. Great fun on the go-karts around a well organised track. www.kinshamraceway.co.uk
Mountain Biking – Clive Powell, Rhayader. 01597-811343 Guiding and rental in seriously steep and beautiful terrain www.clivepowell-mtb.co.uk
Mountain Biking and Bike Hire – Mountain biking: Wheely Wonderful Cycling, Eltham, Near Leintwardine 01568- 770755. More local rental with guidance on routes - friendly folk. www.wheelywonderfulcycling.co.uk
Pottery - Manic Ceramics - brilliant pottery painting - great fun for kids and adults alike. Ann will come to the Colloquy and bring a variety of pots, mugs, plates, egg cups etc and you just paint them with groovy bright colours - they can be returned to you the following afternoon, or you can get them sent across the UK. We recently used them for a mixed 19th birthday party - everyone was amused! www.manic-ceramics.com . Or speak to Ann on 01432 277712.
Pottery - Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter offers hands-on pottery workshops for groups and individuals. Adults, children and family sessions available all year round. Fully mobile, potter’s wheel, ‘we come to you’ or why not visit the studio on the idyllic Eastnor Castle Estate. Prices start at £20 a head and sessions can be arranged by contacting Jon Williams email@example.com Tel: 01531 633886 www.eastnorpottery.co.uk .
Quad Biking – Trace and Vicky Phillips, Hillbrook, Craswall, Longtown, Herefordshire, HR2 0PH 01873 860291. A longish drive but through beautiful countryside and well worth the journey. www.mountainmayhem.com
Rally – Phil Price Rally School, Knighton 01547-550300. Excellent off-road rally training. www.philprice.co.uk
Riding – 01497 847351 www.tregoydriding.co.uk – situated at Glasbury just the other side of Hay-on-Wye, and very close to the canoeing start point if you wanted to try to combine the two activities.
Shooting – Griffin-Lloyd Shooting Ground, Knighton 01547-550634 Clay pigeon ground www.griffinlloyd.co.uk. I have just enjoyed a fantastic introduction to shooting myself, with the brilliant coach Andy Herridge. Wonderful, imaginative stands creating simulated pheasants, pigeons, rabbits, teal, snipe up a beautiful narrow wooded valley. Great fun for the hens, or stags!
Swimming/Gym/Squash – East Radnor Leisure Centre, Broadaxe Lane, Presteigne, Powys, LD8 2AY 01544 260302. Well heated indoor pool – call for timings. They also have a ball park for kids, a gym and further squash courts.
Or The Burton Hotel in Kington, which has an indoor pool, hot-tub, sauna, sunbeds, steam room and a huge gym. £20 for a day's entry. The hotel itself is in need of an uplift, but the brand new leisure centre is very well appointed. www.hotelherefordshire.co.uk/leisurecentre.html
Tennis – Leominster Leisure Centre, Bridge Street, Leominster 01568 612540. Indoor and outdoor tennis courts available. www.herefordshire.gov.uk