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Covid-19 Statement- Update 18th March

During this challenging time, we are following Somerset County Council guidance, closing, and repurposing our staff and Centres to support Somerset Communities. We will continue to follow Public Health England Guidance and monitor the situation carefully.

We plan to continue to operate our Office, so please contact us via phone or email if you need assistance, want to discuss an existing booking, or are looking at planning a visit in the future. We are acutely aware of the power of outdoor learning and residentials, and aim to be up and running for our schools and young people as quickly as possible.

We are incredibly grateful for all of the support we have had from our customers during the Covid-19 period, and are currently moving our bookings to other times of the year and contacting all our groups coming in the next few weeks to confirm rearrangements.

If you have any further questions or queries, please get in touch.

We have also been informed of the below information which may be of use to you.

The Department of Education (DfE) has launched a new helpline for schools to answer education-related questions about COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

The helpline is open on 0800 046 8687 from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, and is available to staff, parents and young people. Alternatively, you can email:

More guidance can be found here – Health advice for schools and other education settings

Kilve Court Family Day! Saturday 16th May 2020

Our hugely popular Family Day is back on the 16th May 2020!

Whether its bravely attempting the high ropes, whizzing down the grass slopes on a sledge, or any of the other fabulous activities on offer this family day, you will love being part of our favourite day of the year here at Kilve Court!

There is an onsite BBQ and bar but you are welcome to bring picnics and sit on the lawn enjoying the sunshine! More importantly, there is the obligatory, ice cream van to keep your energy levels up for all the fun there is to be had!

10am to 4pm

£5 per adult and £3 per child, or £15 for a family of up to 5.

Under 3’s are free.

Buy your ticket from Ticketsource here

Click on the link here to follow the Family Day Event on Facebook for updates and news about the day so you don’t’ miss a thing!

Is ‘String’ your ‘Thing’??

Activity Weekend for Young String Players: Kilve Court- Updated dates to 25-27th September!

Having lessons on the violin, viola, cello or double bass?

Between Grade 1 and Grade 6?

Aged between 8 and 15?

Then the Somerset Music, Weekend for Young String Players is for you!

As with all our Kilve Court activity week-ends, this is going to be packed with fun, exciting and inspiring things to do! Not only will there be music to suit your ability and ignite your enthusiasm (directed by Hywel Jenkins -violin and Helen Morgan – cello) on the Saturday afternoon you will be able to take part in two of Kilve’s brilliant activities, including archery and climbing!

You’ll arrive on Friday afternoon in time for a delicious supper and leave on Sunday afternoon after a concert showing your parents what musical magnificence you’ve achieved.

Eat your heart out Vanessa Mae and Nigel Kennedy, here come the amazing Kilve Kids Ensemble!

The application form and more details are here , feel free to call Somerset Music on 0300 123 7364.

Apprenticeships at Kilve- apply now

We have two apprenticeships taking applications, give us a call on 01278 741270 and ask for Ian Head if you’d like to go through anything.

Level 2 Property Maintenance (Grounds) apprenticeship: closes 10 September

This apprenticeship focuses on a variety of grounds maintenance and development tasks throughout the year to provide upkeep of 45 acres of grounds comprising grassed areas, decorative borders and woodlands. Bridgwater and Taunton College are the Training Provider.

More details here:

Level 2 Property Maintenance apprenticeship: closes 6 September

This apprenticeship involves undertaking a variety of reactive and planned tasks: Painting & Decorating, Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Building and other premises related maintenance, along with other duties. Petroc College are the Training Provider.

More details here:

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.