Arete Centre

Arete (/əˈretː/; ἀρετή, in its basic sense, means “excellence of any kind” from the ancient Greek. In its earliest appearance, this notion of excellence was ultimately bound up with the notion of the fulfilment of purpose or function: the act of living up to one’s full potential.


Arete Outdoor Centre is a non profit company. We run the residential activity centre in Llanrug, North Wales. The centre provides high quality outdoor learning courses to schools and groups plus training and qualifications for future outdoor instructors.  Providing catered accommodation for up to 60 pupils in the Main Centre and 30 pupils opposite in Bryn Eryr cottage, we have the facilities, kit and expertise to provide to a diverse range of groups.

History of the Centre

Originally the centre was known as Llanrug Outdoor Education Centre. It operated under this name for over 35 years for Worcestershire Council. In this time it has become known as a leader in outdoor learning providing suitably adventurous activities to all ages of young people plus training the future outdoor instructors. In 2014 there was an opportunity for a staff takeover to acquire the centre and continue the renowned outdoor service it provides.  As the staff are so passionate about outdoor education and aware of the centres importance to the groups that attend, they knew it was a worthwhile venture. From this takeover Arete Outdoor Centre was born. Since then the loyal groups have continued to attend while it has also given the opportunity for expansion bringing in new groups across the UK.