A 12 acre site of outstanding natural beauty, on the Cleddau estuary in Lawrenny Pembrokeshire.
Our Learning Site
Come rain or shine, we have spaces and places for all occasions across our learning site, Cymbrogi HQ.
Our natural setting is central to our learning philosophy:
to connect to and understand the natural world and the importance of ecosystems;
to play, explore and be inspired by it.
We believe this is the perfect location for a truly inspiring learning experience.
Indoor learning spaces across the village of Lawrenny. These spaces, including the Village Hall and the Millennium Hostel, enable us to deliver our programmes, workshops and talks no mater the weather.
Unique access to abundant thinking and activity spaces in the natural splendour of the woods and shoreline surrounding Cymbrogi HQ.
Our fully accessible Compost Toilet recognises our commitment to sustainable practices & provides on opportunity to learn about the composting process.
Outdoor Learning Classrooms overlooking the estuary (made from trees sustainably felled on site). These spaces enable us to connect with nature, enjoy the inspirational views while remaining warm and dry.
Free Play areas to encourage exploration within the woodland and a cozy Cwtch Corner to enable relaxation and contemplation.
Outdoor & indoor accommodation and catering facilities are available. Accommodation options include camping on and around the site in Bell tents or Geodomes and access to the Lawrenny Millennium Youth Hostel. Countless opportunities for open fires, sun rises and sun sets across the estuary.
History & Location
This former castle site has been inspiration and home to explorers past and present, the most famous of which was Charles Darwin's former cabin mate on the HMS Beagle. John Lort-Stokes went on to captain subsequent Beagle voyages and map large parts of Australasia. We like to think that waking up to this view was what probably inspired him to a life-time of adventure and discovery.
It was in part the adventures of his ancestor that inspired the current owner David Lort-Phillips to co-found the Darwin Centre which today dedicates its work to nurturing future generations of young Darwins. We are delighted that the Centre has since become a Founding Cymbrogi Companion.
One generation on, this legacy and these views went on to inspire the founders of Cymbrogi, Liza and her friend Jamie Burdett - co-conspirators and long-time sustainability advocates.
Situated in the village of Lawrenny, the site overlooks the River Cleddau, an estuary teeming with marine life and rich in ancient woodland, with a working organic dairy farm on its doorstep.