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  • private water sports centre

  • high quality instructors

A wild land ready for adventure...!We're excited to have teamed up with Mendip Activity Centre in Somerset, one of the biggest and best outdoor centres in the South West. 

Set in heart of the Mendip Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), this 250 acre centre is just outside of Bristol (5 mins from the M5). The centre features target sports ranges, a snowsports slope, an ancient woodland, private rocksports quarry and an onsite cave. The private watersports site is a short drive away, so there is a great mix of activities on offer, with high quality instructors. 


The Mendip Hills are famous for their huge network of caves and Sandford Levy is on-site, offering a gentle introduction to caving. Sanford Quarry is also on-site and nothing quite beats the buzz of conquering an epic rock face!  


Keen to book? We have some dates available Summer & Autumn term 2023 so get in touch to find out more & get a quote. 

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250 acre activity centre in an aonb!


There's a huge variety of activities on offer here, making the most of the centre's beautiful 250 acres of land, woodland, quarry,  cave & private watersports centre, down the road. 

Mendip Adventure Activities: 


Abseiling- The ultimate personal challenge; step out of your comfort zone to receive a thrilling mix of emotions - and afterwards, an uncontrollable urge to do it all again. 

Air Rifles- The outdoor covered rifle range is nestled in the woods. Develop your skill level through games, challenges and fun targets to help improve your shot accuracy and consistency.

Archery- The floodlit archery range allows for a great introduction to traditional archery. Archery requires patience, concentration and a good sense of humour. 

Archery Active- This is the centre's very own activity, a combination of paintballing, archery and dodgeball. Our brand new floodlit range has an apocalyptic feel; perfect for all groups.

Assault Course- The assault course is based at the centre's private watersports site. A series of assault-course, army style challenges are focused on team building, personal challenges, and good fun in the mud and water!

Axe Throwing- Axe throwing is one of the coolest new sports out there!  It's all about technique over strength and is the perfect activity for having a laugh and letting off a bit of steam.

Bushcraft- With 200 acres of ancient woodland the site has plenty of clearings to learn the ultimate bushcraft and survival skill sessions. Shelters, fires, knifework, flora and fauna, the possibilities are endless. 

Canoeing- The centre's large open canoes can be used by one, two, or three people. Originally used by North Americans, they were designed for exploring and hunting. Nowadays, canoeing is a test of skill, balance, communication and teamwork.

Caving- The Mendip Hills are famous for their huge network of caves. Sandford Levy is a cave right onsite, perfect for a gentle introduction to caving. 

Climbing- The centre has its own limestone quarry, Sandford quarry, which is the perfect epic location to learn the art of climbing. 

Crate Stack- The roped crate stack challenge is set in the heart of the woods. A perfect team activity that requires design, planning and execution. What height can the team achieve?

Evening Activities-  include night lines, night hikes, discos, wide games, team games and camp fires.

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on-site cave- the perfect introduction to caving

Frisbee Golf- A simple, straightforward and competitive sport. Similar to golf but with specially made frisbee discs thrown towards metal baskets designed to catch it. The aim is to throw it in as few throws as possible.

Hiking & Navigation- Using the Mendip Hills as the base, you'll learn how to read a map, use a compass and even plan a mini expedition.

Kayaking- The centre's private section of the River Yeo based at Hewish is a great place to learn to kayak. Kayaks are individual boats and you use a paddle with two blades.

Low Ropes- Nestled in our woodland, our natural low ropes course features a personal challenge course and several team challenges.

Mission Impossible- Work together, communicate, plan, adapt, think and overcome!

Orienteering- The Mendip team will teach your group the fundamentals of orienteering.  They'll start with games and exercises before heading off into the woodland to complete either a linear or star course.

Raft Building- This is a creative activity; use your ingenuity to turn a pile of poles, rope and barrels into a raft to keep you and your crew afloat! Race your raft and complete the challenges before using your raft as a floating platform for jumping off.

Stand up Paddleboarding- Start off with kneeling down and then before you know it you'll be an expert standing, jumping and playing around on your large inflated paddle board. Awesome fun!

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private watersports centre 

sample programme 




Team Challenges


Evening Entertainment 



Target Sports




Evening Activities



Rock Climbing


Abseiling or Caving


Evening Activities





Assault Course


Evening Activities



Archery Active


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Stay in your own tented village

Acorn's known for its tented village ethos and Mendip offers three private camping villages that are laid back, rustic and designed to ensure your students get as close as possible to the great outdoors.

All of the camping villages offer groups exclusive use of the camp, large marquee, campfire circle and toilet & shower cabin, a short walk away. There's access to tea and coffee & catering takes place in a communal marquee with private dining times for each group. 

Basecamp 1

There are 10 bunk-tents each accommodating up to 12 people. 120 people in total. ​

Basecamp 2

There are 10 Nomadic Bell tents and two GlampHouse tents for teachers. The bell tents accommodating up to 10 people. Our GlampHouse tents can accommodate up to 8 people. The camp has capacity for up to 116 people. 

Basecamp 3​​

There are 10 patrol tents each accommodating eight people. The centre can flex this capacity with additional tents to accommodate any size group.

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what makes this trip special? 

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magnificent location

Ideally located in the Mendip Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) this centre is in a fantastic outdoor setting for an adventure. Close to the M5, near Bristol it's also easy to get to. 

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real adventure

With it's onsite cave, quarry, woodland and nearby water sports centre, Mendip Activity Centre is able to offer a great variety of activities in natural environments.

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Huge variety of activities

There's so much on offer at Mendip Activity Centre, with over 21 activities on offer, plus an excellent mix of evening activities. 

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Your own private village

What better way to bring your group together than in your own private camp? With your own outdoor space, tents, campfire area and even toilets & showers, this is a homely setting in the great outdoors.

location, location, location

We're all about the location at Acorn and it's not hard to see why we chose to partner with this fantastic centre. Easily accessible from the M5, near Bristol, the activity centre is located in the Mendip Hills in Somerset.  

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Great Value from £289pp+vat

An Acorn Adventure has always been great value and we work hard to offer the best quality experience for prices you can afford.

Our prices include full board accommodation, activities each day, evening entertainment, free teacher places (1:10 ratio), kit & equipment and instruction. We can organise your coach transport on request, for an additional charge. 

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