Our Somerset Centres

Offering high quality Outdoor Education, Holiday Activity Courses and Courses for Gifted and Talented children for over 50 years.

You can come and take part in activities for the day, a weekend or a week – or we can offer a specialist tutor to come to your school, or give a talk to your special interest group.

Courses are aimed at both Young People and Adults. We have students coming from all parts of the country and even from elsewhere in Europe!

We have something for EVERYONE. Young people with special needs are welcome and we also offer bursaries to give a helping hand if money is tight.


Kilve Court

Kids Love Kilve!   Kilve Loves Kids!

Kilve Court is a grand old house with modern extensions set in glorious countryside between the Quantock Hills and the sea.

Most of our courses take place on site. We’ve got first-rate activity facilities including an archery garden, a high ropes course and a grass sledging hill, as well as wonderful woods and streams to explore. Click here to see more.

Our academic courses thrive in light and airy classrooms, as well as making use of the local area, rich in history, wildlife and beauty.

We also offer field trips to expand the students’ horizons. There’s sailing at Durleigh, visits to historic houses and walks through the wonderful AONB countryside.

The Outdoor Centre

Cool Camping

If you love the outdoor life, but find tents a bit chilly, we’ve got a brilliant Outdoor Centre in the grounds of Kilve Court.

You can run wild in two acres of streams and woodland. You can make camps, explore the fantasy trail, have a go on Kilve’s climbing wall, high ropes and mountain bikes and lots, lots more! Best of all, you can end the day around a real campfire.

Whether you’re learning survival and bush-craft, or using the Centre as a base for your own conference, trail running or youth groups, you’ll have an amazing time and get all the support you need.

We have sixteen wooden cabins with a modern loo and shower block, built around a light, airy hall that can be used for meals, sports and talks.


Great Wood

The Great Wood Centre

Go Wild, Get Wet!

The Great Wood Camp is a fantastic venue, with modern log cabins that are warm and practical. Hidden in its own forest, it’s the perfect place to study ecology and wildlife.

Visitors can watch Boris, our own resident badger. and his family; you’ll also see buzzards, roe deer, glow bugs and lots more. You can also try low ropes, den-building and stream exploration, or maybe have a go at fossil hunting on Kilve’s amazing Jurassic coastline. Click here to see all the exciting activities we can offer.

You can also go on trips to all sorts of places, including Tropiquaria, Kilve Court, Kilve Beach and the YMCA. We can also arrange sailing and kayaking adventures. When you’ve finished exploring the Quantocks, you can swim in the outdoor pool and end the day around a crackling campfire. We also have our own Great Wood chaplain. Talk to us so we can create a tailor-made adventure for you to treasure forever.

The Charterhouse Centre

On Top of the World!

Set high on the Mendip Hills, about 30 minutes from Bristol, and not far from spectacular Cheddar Gorge, the Charterhouse Centre is an old school with an eco-friendly extension.

Our highly qualified staff specialize in walking, caving, rock climbing and orienteering, but we also offer sailing and kayaking.  Click here to see what activities we offer.  With the Blackmoor Nature Reserve nearby, Charterhouse is a great place for field trips at every academic level, whether you’re exploring wildlife, or you’d like to learn about the Romans and industrial archaeology – it’s all here.

We’re also very proud of our fully working observatory, with bookable astronomy courses and events. Our great facilities can welcome up to 63 staff and students and we have three classrooms (one small & two large).  But if you are a group who just want to do your own thing, then give us a call. We’ve held writing and art courses here – we’ve even hosted a Christmas party. Talk to us and see what’s possible.

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