Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Trendle Farm Bruton Somerset, , BA10 0BA

Contact: 01749 813 302



The award winning Centre was established in 1982 and is based on a farm house and buildings in 25 acres of beautiful woods, fields and river valley. The only outdoor centre in the world we believe to have it’s own vineyard! It is a family run Centre and we aim to give every visitor the best outdoor experience they have ever had. There are many exciting, fun and challenging outdoor pursuits with a strong emphasis on team work and the environment.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

The school groups can do all the activities onsite which means they have a very full and varied programme with at least five activities in a day taken by experienced and qualified instructors who stay with the same group for the whole visit. This we believe builds a bond between instructor and their group. The meals are delicious, with much of the fruit and vegetables grown organically in the gardens, and the bedrooms are comfy and warm. The welcome and help they receive from all our staff is much appreciated. We have had schools returning for over 25 years. Because we are not a large Centre many teachers say that it is like coming home and they are delighted to see familiar faces every year.

Our return rate is over 90%.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

We write individual programmes for each group in conversation with the party leader, asking what their aim is and what they would like included. There are various categories including team building, communication, decision making, leadership, a history and river project, and environmental topics including a sustainability tour.

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This venue has the following accreditation:

We hold a current AALA license, also the Lotc quality badge and are founder members and inspected by the British Activity Providers Association. We are also long term members of the Institute of Outdoor Learning.

What size groups do they cater for?

We hold a current AALA license, also the Lotc quality badge and are founder members and inspected by the British Activity Providers Association. We are also long term members of the Institute of Outdoor Learning.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

We provide teachers packs.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Yes, no restrictions.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

We provide risk assessments for the teachers.

What does it cost?

The cost of the visit varies depending on length of stay and time of the year.

Low season midweek residential: Mon-Friday. £252 pp.

Low season weekend Friday – Sunday £133 pp

Mid season midweek £278 pp

Mid season weekend £153 pp

High Season midweek £342 pp

High season weekend £183

Camping midweek: £290 pp

Camping weekend: £162

Discounts: residential – if over 50 in a group 3 free student places

Every 10 – 12 children one free adult place. Other adults with the group Just pay bed and board.

These costs include all the activities (at least five a day) from 9am until 6.30 pm and two evenings, instruction, all specialist equipment including buoyancy aids, helmets, climbing harnesses, waterproofs, full bed and board. There are no hidden extras!

Group Day visits five hours: £43 pp

Half day visits 2.5 hours £25

Is specific clothing required?

Old clothes, water proofs and wellingtons or walking boots.

Do you have first aid on site?

All our staff our first aid qualified and a duty instructor on site 24 hours.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

Dining Room, two sitting rooms, cellar room used for reviewing, two barns, two drying rooms, environmental centre the Applestore, tuck shop. There are facilities to eat packed lunches. Children don’t really need to bring any pocket money unless they want to spend some in the shop on postcards, souvenirs or sweets.

Are there disabled facilities?

Ramp to dining room, disabled toilet.

The venue is not suitable for wheel chairs because of the hilly nature but perfectly suitable for other disabilities.

What are your opening days and hours?

Open all year except Christmas fortnight. Hours vary depending on the agreed length of the visit.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

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Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

We feel we are very different from most centres in our holistic approach both to our visitors and the environment. We try to keep the gardens as attractive as possible, growing all our plants organically. We have planted 10,000 native trees throughout the estate, reinstated hedgerows, and have rare breed sheep, pigs, a Shetland pony, a donkey, chickens and bee hives. We have a strong environmental ethos and have held the Gold Green Business Award for six years.

We have a wide range of  over 40 activities and outdoor pursuits to suit students from seven years upwards. These range from canoeing, high ropes, climbing wall, two 240 metre zip wires over the river, assault course, archery range, air rifle range, low ropes, fire lighting, tree climbing,  grass toboggans, raft building and racing, tunnelling, animal feeding, cooking in a clay oven, crafts, history, sustainability and river projects,  problem solving games and tasks. As a Centre which was founded over thirty years ago we are very experienced and knowledgeable in what teachers are looking for in a trip, and constantly have extremely positive feedback at the end of their stay – this inevitably results in repeat bookings for the following year.

Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years

Type of Visit: Bushcraft Climbing Environment Centres Green Awareness High Ropes Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Personal Development-Mentoring Residential School Trips SEN Team Building Water Sports Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship English Environmental Studies Food & Nutrition Geography History Mathematics PE PSHE Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November