About us

The Storey Arms is Cardiff’s outdoor education centre. We offer courses and activities to people living in Cardiff and to visitors from the UK and abroad.

The outdoor education centre in the heart of the Brecon Beacons.

The Storey Arms has been operating as part of the City of Cardiff Council’s Education Service since 1971.

We offer residential and day visits for schools, youth groups and families as well as corporate days out, teambuilding and days out with a difference.

We welcome groups from Wales, the rest of the United Kingdom and abroad.

In association with National Governing Bodies of outdoor activities, we also run qualification courses allowing adults to lead groups in hill walking, rock climbing and caving.

So whether you’re more adventurous, fancy getting your hands dirty, want to learn a new skill or just enjoy the great outdoors, there’s an activity for everyone!

  • General Activities
  • Adult Activities
  • Team Activities
  • Youth Activities

Our programmes are aimed at young people from 9 to 18 years old, higher education students and adults.

We also work with teachers and those working in higher education so that they can gain qualifications and develop skills to deliver outdoor activities.

Our outdoor education programmes are designed to develop a variety of skills within a group:

  • Physical – the outdoor activities themselves;
  • Social – learning to live within a small community;
  • Emotional – learning to challenge one’s own limits to increase self-confidence and self-reliance.

Our programmes also address issues of sustainability and understanding our natural environment.

Our Fantastic Team

Andrew Meek

Andrew Meek

Head of Centre

Favourite activities

Rock climbing, mountaineering and mountain biking

Favourite spot in the Brecon Beacons

The mystical Llyn y Fan Fawr, the place of the Welsh myth of the Lady of the Lake


I would have liked to be a Physiotherapist.  Now my therapy to others is introducing them to the wonders of the outdoors and its health benefits.


Ryan Smith

Ryan Stamp

Outdoor Education Tutor

Favourite activity
Don’t really have one……. Love it all!

Favourite spot in the Brecon Beacons
The western area of the park in the Fan Brycheiniog and Black Mountain area.

I came to Storey Arms OEC once in Primary School and twice in Secondary school. After my first secondary school visit I knew what I wanted to do when I ‘Grew up’.

Alastair Smith

Alastair Smith

Deputy Head of Centre

Favourite activity
Hill walking

Favourite spot in the Brecon Beacons
On top of Fan Fawr, looking down on Storey Arms 300 metres below

I wanted to be a clown when I was younger!

Carolyn Cummings

Carolyn Cummings

Centre Secretary

Favourite spot in the Brecon Beacons
Anywhere where the full range of the Central Beacons are visible. They look like enormous waves

I wanted to be a ballet dancer when I was younger!

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