Real Family Holidays in Somerset, England UK

Explore this beautiful dramatic landscape and have a spectacular family holiday.

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Nettlecombe Court sits in a secluded magical valley on the eastern edge of Exmoor National Park. The Centre is a striking example of a Tudor and Georgian country mansion. It has a range of spacious dormitory rooms and six single or twin rooms.  It has extensive private grounds suitable for children playing outdoor games and don’t worry if the weather isn’t on your side as we have TV in both the common room and games room which also includes a pool table, arcade games, table football and lots of board games. The centre is easily accessible by road and is a fifteen minutes drive from Taunton station. 

Look around the Nettlecombe Court location: 

Virtual tour of Nettlecombe Court Centre 

Drone footage of the area

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NC Room 1

NC Room 2

Explore the Surrounding Area

Venture out from the centre and you will find yourself surrounded by breathtaking views of hills and woodlands.  Walk or bike around the Exmoor National Park seeking out wildlife and plants or just sit back and enjoy the stunning views.  Visit The Quantocks Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and enjoy horse riding, bird watching and see if you can spot the impressive red deer. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars! Head to Taunton to discover the shops, pubs or just enjoy the old historic county town.  Check out Dunster Castle a perfect day out.  Take a twenty minutes drive down to Minehead's glorious sandy beach and view the picturesque views across to south Wales.

Our staff will be able to advise you of the best places to go in the area and give you directions to any of the places mentioned above.

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Free Activities

Fri 22 May

Orienteering

Explore the Nettlecombe Court grounds and improve your map skills through completing our centre orienteering course. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. From 2:30pm.

Sat 23 May

Discover the Secret World of Minibeasts

Have you ever wondered what incredible things live all around us? This will be a chance to explore the grasslands and woods to find what is in the secret world of minibeasts. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Wellies needed! 10-11.45am

Sun 24 May

Moths and Mammals

Discover what has been out at night in our centre grounds by opening up our small mammal and moth traps. Inspired by our findings you can make your own small mammal or moth to take away. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10-11.45am

Mon 25 May

Environmental Art

Using natural resources make something to remember your holiday with. Designed for aged 5+ but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10-11.45am

Mon 20 July

Orienteering

Explore the Nettlecombe Court grounds and improve your map skills through completing our centre orienteering course. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 14.30-16.00

Tue 21 July

Nature Walk

A short walk around parts of the Nettlecombe Estate discovering delights of our local natural environment. 10-11.45am

Wed 22 July

Environmental Art

Using natural resources make something to remember your holiday with. Designed for aged 5+ but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10-11.45am

Thu 23 July

Survive in the Wild: Shelter Building

Design and build a shelter in the local woods from natural materials – will it stand up to the storm test? Designed for aged 5+ but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10-11.45am

Fri 24 July

Discover the Secret World of Minibeasts

Have you ever wondered what incredible things live all around us? This will be a chance to explore the grasslands and woods to find what is in the secret world of minibeasts. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Wellies needed! 10-11.45am

Sat 25 July

Moths and Mammals

Discover what has been out at night in our centre grounds by opening up our small mammal and moth traps. Inspired by our findings you can make your own small mammal or moth to take away. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10-11.45am

Sun 26 July

Nature Walk

A short walk around parts of the Nettlecombe Estate discovering delights of our local natural environment.

Mon 27 July

Life in the River

Explore the life that lives within the Nettlecombe Streams and Ponds. Designed for aged 5+ but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Wellies needed! 10-11.45am

Tue 28 July

Environmental Art

Using natural resources make something to remember your holiday with. Designed for aged 5+ but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10-11.45am

Wed 29 July

Discover the Secret World of Minibeasts

Have you ever wondered what incredible things live all around us? This will be a chance to explore the grasslands and woods to find what is in the secret world of minibeasts. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Wellies needed! 10-11.45am

Thu 30 July

Crazy Climates

How can the climate differ around us? We will look at the sun, wind, temperature and rain in different places around Nettlecombe Court. Everyone will take part in making mini kites and will try to fly them! We will also make weather trees which you can carry on with at home and become a weather recorder. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Wellies needed! 10-11.45am

Fri 31 July

Moths and Mammals

Discover what has been out at night in our centre grounds by opening up our small mammal and moth traps. Inspired by our findings you can make your own small mammal or moth to take away. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10-11.45am

Mon 3 August

Orienteering

Explore the Nettlecombe Court grounds and improve your map skills through completing our centre orienteering course. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10-11.45am

Tue 4 August

Life in the River

Explore the life that lives within the Nettlecombe Streams and Ponds. Designed for aged 5+ but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Wellies needed! 10-11.45am

Wed 5 August

Crazy Climates

How can the climate differ around us? We will look at the sun, wind, temperature and rain in different places around Nettlecombe Court. Everyone will take part in making mini kites and will try to fly them! We will also make weather trees which you can carry on with at home and become a weather recorder. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Wellies needed! 10-11.45am

Thu 6 August

Moths and Mammals

Discover what has been out at night in our centre grounds by opening up our small mammal and moth traps. Inspired by our findings you can make your own small mammal or moth to take away. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10-11.45am

Fri 7 August

Nature Walk

A short walk around parts of the Nettlecombe Estate discovering delights of our local natural environment. 10-11.45am

Sat 8 August

Environmental Art

Using natural resources make something to remember your holiday with. Designed for aged 5+ but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10-11.45am

Sun 9 August

Survive in the Wild: Shelter Building

Design and build a shelter in the local woods from natural materials – will it stand up to the storm test? Designed for aged 5+ but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10-11.45am

Mon 10 August

Discover the Secret World of Minibeasts

Have you ever wondered what incredible things live all around us? This will be a chance to explore the grasslands and woods to find what is in the secret world of minibeasts. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Wellies needed! 10-11.45am

Tue 11 August

Crazy Climates

How can the climate differ around us? We will look at the sun, wind, temperature and rain in different places around Nettlecombe Court. Everyone will take part in making mini kites and will try to fly them! We will also make weather trees which you can carry on with at home and become a weather recorder. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Wellies needed! 10-11.45am

Wed 12 August

Life in the River

Explore the life that lives within the Nettlecombe Streams and Ponds. Designed for aged 5+ but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Wellies needed! 10-11.45am

Thu 13 August

Nature Walk

A short walk around parts of the Nettlecombe Estate discovering delights of our local natural environment. 10-11.45am

Fri 14 August

Moths and Mammals

Discover what has been out at night in our centre grounds by opening up our small mammal and moth traps. Inspired by our findings you can make your own small mammal or moth to take away. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10-11.45am

Mon 17 August

Orienteering

Explore the Nettlecombe Court grounds and improve your map skills through completing our centre orienteering course. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.14.30-16.00

Tue 18 August

Environmental Art

Using natural resources make something to remember your holiday with. Designed for aged 5+ but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10-11.45am

Wed 19 August

Survive in the Wild: Shelter Building

Design and build a shelter in the local woods from natural materials – will it stand up to the storm test? Designed for aged 5+ but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10-11.45am

Tue 20 August

Discover the Secret World of Minibeasts

Have you ever wondered what incredible things live all around us? This will be a chance to explore the grasslands and woods to find what is in the secret world of minibeasts. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Wellies needed! 10-11.45am

Fri 21 August

Crazy Climates

How can the climate differ around us? We will look at the sun, wind, temperature and rain in different places around Nettlecombe Court. Everyone will take part in making mini kites and will try to fly them! We will also make weather trees which you can carry on with at home and become a weather recorder. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Wellies needed! 10-11.45am

Sat 22 August

Life in the River

Explore the life that lives within the Nettlecombe Streams and Ponds. Designed for aged 5+ but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Wellies needed! 10-11.45am

Sun 23 August

Nature Walk

A short walk around parts of the Nettlecombe Estate discovering delights of our local natural environment. 10-11.45am

Mon 24 August

Moths and Mammals

Discover what has been out at night in our centre grounds by opening up our small mammal and moth traps. Inspired by our findings you can make your own small mammal or moth to take away. 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10-11.45am

Extra Activities

Fri 22 May

Campfire - £5 per family

Share memories of your holiday, sing songs and toast marshmallows around the campfire. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Evening activity 18:45- 20:00

Sat 23 May

Bushcraft - £5 per family

Learn survival skills such as fire lighting, making nettle ropes, and cooking your own bread on the fire. Designed for aged 5+, but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 14.00 – 16.00

Sun 24 May

Seaweed, Crabs and Fossils - £10 per family

A visit to Helwell bay rocky shore exploring its rock pools followed by Fossil hunting on Helweel Beach and a quick stop in Watchet. Designed for aged 5+, but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 14.00 – 16.30

Mon 20 July

Campfire - £5 per family

Share memories of your holiday, sing songs and toast marshmallows around the campfire. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Evening activity 18:45- 20:00

Tue 21 July

Seaweed, Crabs and Fossils - £10 per family

A visit to Helwell bay rocky shore exploring its rock pools followed by Fossil hunting on Helweel Beach and a quick stop in Watchet. Designed for aged 5+, but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 14.00 – 16.30

Wed 22 July

Bushcraft - £5 per family

Learn survival skills such as fire lighting, making nettle ropes, and cooking your own bread on the fire. Designed for aged 5+, but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 14.00 – 16.00

Thu 23 July

Torre Cider Farm - £10 per family

Visit the local cider farm where there is a small play park and opportunities to walk through the orchards. Includes a guided tour. 14.00 – 16.30

Fri 24 July

Seaweed, Crabs and Fossils - £10 per family

A visit to Helwell bay rocky shore exploring its rock pools followed by Fossil hunting on Helweel Beach and a quick stop in Watchet. Designed for aged 5+, but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 14.00 – 16.30

Sat 25 July

Explore the Quantock Hills - £10 per family

A guided walk along a ridge section of the Quantock Hills taking in views across to the Mendips in the East, Wales in the North, The Blackdowns in the South and Exmoor in the West. 13.30 – 17.00

Sun 26 July

Bushcraft - £5 per family

Learn survival skills such as fire lighting, making nettle ropes, and cooking your own bread on the fire. Designed for aged 5+, but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 14.00 – 16.00

Mon 27 July

Dunkery Beacon Walk - £10 per family

A guided walk, although short in distance, it’s all up to the highest point on Exmoor (30 minute drive). 14.00– 17.00

Tue 28 July

Dunster Village and Castle Grounds - £10 per family

Explore the Medieval village and castle grounds with one of our tutors or self-guided tours. Designed for aged 5+ but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. 14.00-17.00

Wed 29 July

Bushcraft - £5 per family

Learn survival skills such as fire lighting, making nettle ropes, and cooking your own bread on the fire. Designed for aged 5+, but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 14.00 – 16.00

Thu 30 July

Campfire - £5 per family

Share memories of your holiday, sing songs and toast marshmallows around the campfire. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Evening activity 18:45- 20:00

Tue 4 August

Campfire - £5 per family

Share memories of your holiday, sing songs and toast marshmallows around the campfire. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Evening activity 18:45- 20:00

Wed 5 August

Torre Cider Farm - £10 per family

Visit the local cider farm where there is a small play park and opportunities to walk through the orchards. Includes a guided tour. 14.00 – 16.30

Thu 6 August

Explore the Quantock Hills - £10 per family

A guided walk along a ridge section of the Quantock Hills taking in views across to the Mendips in the East, Wales in the North, The Blackdowns in the South and Exmoor in the West. 14.00-17.00

Fri 7 August

Bushcraft - £5 per family

Learn survival skills such as fire lighting, making nettle ropes, and cooking your own bread on the fire. Designed for aged 5+, but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 14.00 – 16.00

Thu 8 August

Seaweed, Crabs and Fossils - £10 per family

A visit to Helwell bay rocky shore exploring its rock pools followed by Fossil hunting on Helweel Beach and a quick stop in Watchet. Designed for aged 5+, but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 14.00 – 16.30

Sun 9 August

Bushcraft - £5 per family

Learn survival skills such as fire lighting, making nettle ropes, and cooking your own bread on the fire. Designed for aged 5+, but younger members of the family are welcome to come along. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 14.00 – 16.00

Mon 10 August

Dunkery Beacon Walk - £10 per family

A guided walk, although short in distance, it’s all up to the highest point on Exmoor (30 minute drive). 13.30 – 16.30

Tue 11 August

Torre Cider Farm - £10 per family

Visit the local cider farm where there is a small play park and opportunities to walk through the orchards. Includes a guided tour. 14.00 – 16.30

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