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New at Kilve for 2019

We have been hard at work looking to improve and develop everything we do. Coming into the 2019 season we have updated and created activities, accommodation and communal areas so that your stay will be the best it can be.

We’ve got two exciting new activities for 2019: Frisbee Golf and Buggy Building. Both of these are great for schools and older groups. If any existing customers would like to add these to a programme, please get in touch. We’ve also got a new Campfire area so groups at Kilve can enjoy this evening activity too.

Keep an eye out for the updates across the whole of the centre. Check out our new refreshed elements on our Low Ropes, High Ropes and  Fantasy Trail courses or our freshly decorated and revamped areas including the dining room, Quantock Hall at the Outdoor Centre and activity stores.

What’s on in 2019 for kids and families at Kilve

 

We’ve got plenty coming up in 2019 in the holidays for kids and families at Kilve.

Our popular family day is on the Saturday 25th May, check out more details here, and you can buy tickets online too here.

We’ve got plenty of school holiday camps and days- our super Laser Tag Genius residential is in April, and we’ve got plenty of residential and day courses in May and August for ages 6-16. We take child care vouchers and have a bursary scheme, and activities count towards Children’s University too. Take a look below or give us a call on 01278 741270 for more information.

Family Day 2019 flyer

2019 School Holiday Camps Leaflet

Kilve Court- A Jewel in the Crown

 

Thanks you to Robbie for his summary of Kilve village, and his kind words about Kilve Court.

A Jewel in the Crown

Nestling on the North Somerset coast in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (the first such area to be declared anywhere in England) many might guess that the village of Kilve, with just 400 inhabitants, was one of those villages which could be found on an ever growing list where village life was in decline. How wrong they would be!

Sitting right in the centre of the village, nestled in its own 40 acres grounds and gardens stands Kilve Court, a beautiful Georgian country house acquired by the Somerset County Council in 1962 as a youth centre and since developed over the years as a residential education centre. Today it attracts thousands of young people every year and you would be forgiven to wonder how such an establishment manages to have such a wonderful relationship within such a small village. The joy of hearing happy young voices as they work their way through the maze (planted to celebrate the millennium and with many of the yew tree plants being donated by the villagers themselves) on a summers evening, or a near daily ritual of young happy faces trudging down Sea Lane to capture the delights and hidden treasures of Kilve’s shoreline (and even happier faces as they return back to Kilve Court having had an exhilarating day out!). Joyous sounds which have become part of daily village life and which the residents relish with a joy of their own.

The village boasts a thriving shop and Post Office. The pub -The Hood Arms – can be traced back to 1726. The Grade 11* listed church possibly dates back to the 10th or 11th century and the parish church of St. Mary the Virgin dates at least to 1265 when a rector was named for the church.

The nearby ruins of the Chantry are a scheduled monument. Its foundation dates back to 1329 when five priests were to say divine service for the then lord of the manor. Amble a hundred yards further on and one reaches Kilve Beach, now designated as a site of special scientific interest. Altogether great ingredients for a popular village. However, add to the mixture the residents of Kilve and one can understand why then village continues to thrive. Everybody has a heart-felt sense of belonging to a community and one only has to pick up a copy of the monthly village news to realise that activities of every perceivable kind are enjoyed.

Where there are children, there have to be adults too and the relationship between ‘those in charge’ and the need to have a close liaison with what goes on in the village could not be more amicable. ‘The Court’ opens its doors to the whole village on so many occasions, not least over the Easter period when the village stages its superb Antiques Fair. One must not forget either the employment opportunities that exist at Kilve Court, many local people taking advantage of good and rewarding employment right on their doorstep.

Some 56 years of such a happy co-existence within such a small village, and one which we all fervently hope will continue for many years to come.

Robbie Rutt

We’re looking for Apprentices

Kilve Court is looking for Outdoor Activity Instructor apprentices to join our team.

Click  here for more information and to apply.
Call Carly for more information, on 01278 741270

Within your first few weeks you will receive a run through of how we operate day to day including welcome/arrival tasks with customers, discussions about our session structures and our daily routines. We will go through a number of our activities with you both observations and instructing for example, low ropes, grass sledging and team building. This will move you towards being signed off on the activities and enhance your skills to deliver fun and engaging sessions to meet the desired learning outcomes to give our customers the best experience possible. You will experience activity sessions at our centres to build your confidence to deliver the sessions to our customers at the beginning of the season. You will receive the appropriate training including first aid and safeguarding, and health and safety discussions regarding risk assessments for our activities.

 

Late Autumn Deals for Primary Schools

We’ve got curriculum focussed deals to set up your academic year, from November to February.  We are offering:

Year 2, 3 and 4 – 1st residential £40* per student. 
This introduces children to the thrills and challenges of an overnight experience with lots of outdoor learning opportunities.

Year 5 and 6 – setting up the for academic year £89* per student.
This two-night residential is designed to inspire young people, introducing new learning environments and support students to be better and more resilient learners. These are explicit numeracy, literacy and science links throughout.

For more information and example programmes Kilve late Autumn specials deals

Family Day at Kilve – 1 month to go

 

We’ve got some extras for our popular family day, taking place this year on Sunday 20 May:

  • We’re delighted that Secret World will be bringing their birds of prey.
  • Somerset Wildlife Trust will be chatting about nearby nature reserves you can visit

We’re getting prepared for the fun activity sessions, enrichment taster courses, and the ice cream van is booked!

You can book tickets in advance from: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/Kilve-court

Click here to join our event on Facebook too for the most recent updates

Family Day 2018 flyer

 

 

Naturally Healthy Month May 2018

 

Naturally Healthy Month will be taking place across the whole of Somerset in May, and we are joining in. The programme of events is being co-ordinated by Somerset Wildlife Trust with the support of Somerset County Council, Public Health.

At present there are over 100 events taking place involving over thirty different organisations and covering all five districts of Somerset.

Naturally Healthy Month is about inspiring us all to get outside and enjoy Somerset’s amazing, and incredibly, diverse natural environment. Our aim is to increase people’s confidence and the opportunities they have to be active in the natural environment in order to improve their health and wellbeing. With something for everyone this is the perfect opportunity to Let Nature Nurture.

Join us at our Family Day on Sunday, 20th May to try your hand at some of our outdoor activities and enrichment course taster sessions!

A full list of the events can found by visiting www.slnp.org.uk and clicking on the Naturally Healthy Month tab or follow on Twitter @SWTwellbeing

#LetNatureNurture  #stepoutside

Family Day at Kilve 20 May 2018

Family Day 2018

Sunday 20 May 10am- 4pm

Come along to Kilve Court for family fun, including our climbing wall, archery, grass sledging, circus skills, enrichment course taster sessions and more.

Prices are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children (ages 3-16), with under 3s FREE. A family ticket costs £15 for up to 5 people.Tickets include all activities, and refreshments and ice cream will be available for purchase.

Follow the event on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/842777955907360/

Kilve Court (TA5 1EA) is situated on the A39 approximately 12 miles from Bridgwater and 14 miles from Minehead, opposite the Kilve Post Office. Get in contact on 01278 741270 or kilvecourt@somerset.gov.uk

Casual staff required for Charterhouse Centre

Casual staff required for Charterhouse Centre, Cheddar, BS40 7XR

Charterhouse Centre near Bristol on the Mendip Hills are looking for staff that we can use for occasional /short notice sessions during the season.

We are looking for enthusiastic staff, that would like to lead lower level sessions such as Pond Dipping, Shelter Building, Team Building, Archery and Orienteering.

Training can be given which will include First Aid.

Sessions are usually 2 ½ hours long and times are generally 10-12.30 and 1.30-4pm. We pay £37.50 per session.

You will need to have an interest in the outdoors and enjoy working with primary aged children.

An enhanced DBS will be needed.

Please call the centre if you would like more information on 01761 462267 or email tdarlington@somerset.gov.uk