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Try Canoe

2-hour Open Canoeing session, perfect for a group of friends or family

What is open canoeing?

Canoeing is a popular water sport that involves paddling a canoe - an open deck lightweight boat with a flat bottom - on lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water. It's a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, exercise, connect with nature and enjoy the simple act of paddling.

How does it work?

You'll meet your instructor at our private water sport site with it slow-flowing water and gentle currents. Here you'll get kitted out in the required equipment including a properly fitted buoyancy aid for safety. Your instructor will show you how to get the most out of your canoe in the open water including proper paddle grip and basic stroke techniques - forward, backward, turning and practice maintaining a straight course.

Where does it take place?

Canoeing takes place a 20 minute drive away from the main Mendip Activity Centre at our private and rural Hewish Activity Site. Located on Wick Road, just off the A370, near J21 of the M5. There is no postcode so coming off the A370, the marked gateway is on your right, just 100 metres past the RCH Brewery and just before the motorway bridge. Drive carefully and slowly on the gravel access track for 400 metres until you reach the Activity Site Car Park. Your Canoeing Instructor will meet you there shortly before your start time.

Who can take part?

Our sessions can be booked in the following way:
  • Individual spaces (Age 8+)
  • Exclusive Private Group - up to 10 people (Ages 6+). If you book this option we can relax the child age restriction to 6+ so long as 1 adult (18+) is participating.

  • Important Information

  • Canoeing is an all-weather outdoor activity. We would always recommend you check the forecast weather, prepare to dress accordingly and bring a drink to stay hydrated.
  • Lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing is ideal. Quick-drying materials are helpful if you get splashed.
  • Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are essential, especially on sunny days.
  • Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome to join you onsite however they cannot join you on your session. If you are bringing a dog, ensure you make arrangements for its care during your session.
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    No - you don't need to be a good swimmer for any of our Watersport Activities. We will always provide you with a buoyancy aid and if you not a confident swimmer just let your instructor know at the start of the session.

    General FAQ's

    Outdoor Activities can be booked as Individual Spaces or as Exclusive Groups, with some age limits. 

    TobogganingAges 4-12 (For Exclusive Half Slope Group Session Age 4+ with no upper age limit)
    SkiingAge 5+, under 8's must book Minis Private Lessons
    Minis Private Lessons
    Ages 5-8
    Try Skiing
    Age 8+
    Private Ski Lesson
    SnowboardingAge 8+, height min 1.2m Shoe Size min adult size 2

    ArcheryAge 8+ (For Exclusive Group Session Age 6+ when Adult 18+ participating)
    Axe Throwing
    Air Rifles
    Archery ActiveAge 6+ with under 8's supervised by participating Adult 18+
    Frisbee Golf
    Any age, under Age 6 play for free

    Abseiling (20m/65ft)Age 8+
    Abseiling (50m/150ft)Age 10+
    Bushcraft & Survival Skills
    Age 8+ (For Exclusive Group Session Age 6+ when Adult 18+ participating)
    Caving & Try Caving
    Low Ropes
    Rock Climbing
    Climbing Tower
    Age 6+ with under 8's supervised by participating Adult 18+
    Frisbee GolfAny age, under 6's play for free
    OrienteeringAge 6+, under Age 6 participate for free. Under 16's must be accompanied by Adult 18+ 

    Assault CourseAge 8+ (For Exclusive Group Session Age 6+ when Adult 18+ participating)
    Paddle Boarding
    Raft Building
    Try Canoe

    When booking, the website will display where your activity takes place. Your booking confirmation email will also show this. 

    Many activities take place at the main Mendip Activity Centre including:

    Snowsports, Tobogganing, Frisbee Golf,  Archery, Air Rifle, Axe Throwing, Bushcraft, Orienteering and Try Caving.

    There are also a number of off-site activity locations including: 

    Hewish Activity Site: Kayaking, Canoeing, Paddle Boarding, Raft Building and Assault Course 

    Sandford Quarry: Climbing and Abseiling 

    Burrington Combe: Caving (3-hour sessions)

    Click here for directions to all our Activity Sites.

    Yes! we have plenty of free onsite parking at all our activity sites.

    We strongly encourage car sharing and sustainable forms of travel. Read more here.


    Tobogganing is a very popular activity and, especially during peak times, we have very little flexibility in being able to push your start time back. Where possible, we will get you onto the toboggan slope as soon as possible once you arrive. We will try to be as accommodating as possible and if there is availability later in the day, we will move your session to a later start time however please be aware that this is not always possible. 

    Frisbee golf or recreational snowsports

    We are likely to be able to change your start time at arrival as long as it is within our opening hours and on the same day.

    Private session
    We will start whenever you arrive but we are unlikely to be able to overrun.

    Individual spaces on a session

    We will do our best to fit you into the session at a point that does not disrupt it too much for other participants. If you are more than 10 minutes late, we're sorry but it is very unlikely we will be able to fit you into the session due to missing the safety and equipment briefing and kit up.

    If you cannot make your session, or to request an amendment: 

    Please contact our friendly team by email or online chat for help.

    To cancel, rearrange or amend your booking please let us know by emailing as soon as possible. 

    To view our Terms & Conditions click here  

    Well-behaved dogs are welcome to join you onsite including in our Café, the Alpine Lounge.

    Dogs may join you on Frisbee Golf and Orienteering Activities only. For all other activities ensure you make arrangements for its care during your activity session.

    Yes! Mendip Activity Centre has a proud history of providing outdoor education and adventure opportunities to schools.

    Our year-round school residentials provide young people with unrivalled opportunities and educational experiences gained through adventure. We work closely with schools to design a residential visit that fits the groups goals, desires and aims.

    For more information or to make an enquiry, visit our SCHOOL RESIDENTIALS website 

    After you book an activity online we immediately email you a Booking Confirmation. If you are unable to locate this in your inbox, first check your spam/junk email folders. If you still cannot locate, it's possible your online booking may not have been fully completed. 

    Check whether the session you were trying to book is still available online. If it is, try to make the booking again. If it's not, please contact our friendly team by email or online chat for help.

    Can't find the answer to your question?.. our friendly team will be happy to help! 

    The quickest way to get in touch is Email or use our Live Chat

    If you would rather, call us on 01934 834877 and follow the instruction to leave us a voicemail.

    Yes! Mendip Activity Centre has a proud history of working with youth groups including Scouts, Guides, Cadets and Sports Teams. We can deliver outdoor education and adventurous activities during the evening, at the weekend or as part of a camp. If your group are looking to achieve a new badge, this is something we can help with.
    For more information or to enquire, visit our YOUTH GROUPS website.