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Try Rock Climbing

A 1.5 hour rock climbing session in Sandford Quarry.

How does it work?

This is an outdoor climbing session on a real rock face! We'll show you how to put on your safety equipment. You'll then learn how to tie into the rope and safely look after your climbing partners through a process called belaying. Then, under the careful supervision of our highly qualified instructors you'll take it in turns to belay and climb. No previous experience is required! The sense of achievement, exhilaration and confidence you'll gain from this experience cannot be beaten. An unforgettable experience to share with your family or friends.

How many climbs will we do?

Every session is different and depends on the weather, the group and your previous experience. Outdoor climbing on a real limestone rock face is slightly different to indoor climbing; we'll ensure you're involved the whole time, belaying, bouldering, and climbing. Our instructors will aim to ensure everyone experiences between two and four epic rock climbs!

Who are these activities for?

These activities are suitable for anyone aged eight or over. You have the option to book individual spaces on this session or, if no spaces have sold, you can book the session exclusively for your group of up to 10 people. If you book the session exclusively we can relax the age restriction to include children aged six or seven. At least one adult must take part and be included in the group if there is anyone taking part under the age of 8.

How do we get to the activity location?

This session takes place in Sandford Quarry, our beautiful disused limestone quarry a few minutes drive from the main centre. This is the perfect venue for outdoor rock climbing, but like most outdoor locations the facilities are basic and there are no toilets. You are welcome to drive into the quarry but the access track is uneven so please drive slowly and take care as you drive into the quarry at your own risk. If you prefer to park on Quarry Road and walk up to the quarry please park courteously and do not block driveways. If you are staying with us in the campsite the walk down into the quarry is stunning and this map shows the route . Our instructor will be waiting for you on the lowest tier of the quarry in the area pinned on google maps here

FAQ's

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Sandford Quarry is our private rocksport quarry which is just a 5 minute drive from our Main Activity Centre. Access is by first turning into Quarry Road in Winscombe, nearest postcode, BS25 5RN. 


Drive up quarry road for about 100m and then, enter the gates on your left. Follow the track into the quarry. You will see our vehicles and instructors. Please drive carefully and slowly, the track is uneven and bumpy in places.

As an outdoor activity centre, we go ahead whatever the weather! The only exception to this rule is lightning directly overhead, which we monitor very closely and rarely stops play for more than a few minutes. Make sure you bring a change of clothes if it's raining, wrap up warm if it's windy, and drink plenty of fluids if it's hot. Make an adventure of it!!!

Yes! We are now able to accept gift vouchers again. You may use your voucher on any instructor led activity that your voucher is valid for. If your voucher was due to expire after 22nd March 2020, we have automatically extended it by 18 months so your codes will still work for an online booking. 

All vouchers can be used for the value paid for them against any of our activities. 

We will need a completed copy of our medical declaration. Where possible please print it out and bring it with you. We will have copies available on site.

Well behaved dogs are welcome to join you onsite however unfortunately, they can't join you on any of our activity sessions other than frisbee golf. 


If you are bringing a dog with you, one of your party will have to not take part in the activity session to stay with the dog or it will have to be left in a vehicle. 


Yes! If you find an activity on a time and date that suits you, you are able to book for an exclusive group which means it will just be your group with the instructor. If you do this, once you have checked out, pop a note in the notes box to let us know its a stag or hen do and we'll make sure we're prepared. 


If your group is larger than our group sizes or if you are looking for a more bespoke package, specific activity or to add multiple activities or a catering option, check out our Stag and Hen webpage here - https://www.mendipactivitycentre.co.uk/stagandhen 

We can certainly arrange this activity for you. If you are booking for an educational/school group, please take a look at our dedicated webpage: https://www.mendipactivitycentre.co.uk/education


If you are booking for an organised youth group, please click here: https://www.mendipactivitycentre.co.uk/youthgroups


Climbing and abseiling sessions take place in Sandford Quarry, our beautiful disused limestone quarry a few minutes drive from the main centre. This is the perfect venue for outdoor rock climbing, but like most outdoor locations the facilities are basic and there are no toilets.

You are welcome to drive into the quarry but the access track is uneven so please drive slowly and take care as you drive into the quarry at your own risk. If you prefer to park on Quarry Road and walk up to the quarry please park courteously and do not block driveways.

If you are staying with us in the campsite the walk down into the quarry is stunning and this map shows the route.

Our instructor will be waiting for you on the lowest tier of the quarry in the area pinned on google maps here.

Climbing and abseiling sessions take place in Sandford Quarry, our beautiful disused limestone quarry. This is the perfect venue for outdoor rock climbing, but like most outdoor locations the facilities are basic and there are no toilets. Mendip Activity Centre is a 5 minute drive away if you need toilets or refreshments but we recommend coming prepared.

Climbing and Abseiling sessions: Our instructors will never force you to do something you are not comfortable with. However, our instructors are the best in the industry and know how to make help you overcome your fears. They will give you the confidence and support to step just outside your comfort zone and try. You'll be surprised what you can achieve with the right coaching!

General FAQ's

This ranges depending on the activity...


Tobogganing is available for ages 4+

Skiing is available for ages 5+

Snowboarding is for ages 8+ (but must also have at least a size 2 feet and be 1.2m tall)

Frisbee Golf does not have an age restriction and under 6's play for free


Our outdoor activity sessions can be run in two ways, with different minimum ages:


If you are booking individual spaces on an activity session, the minimum age is 8. 


You are also able to book a session privately just for your group. If you book the session exclusively we can relax the age restriction to include children aged 6 or 7. At least one adult must take part and be included in the group if there is anyone taking part under the age of 8.  

As an outdoor activity centre we go ahead whatever the weather! The only exception to this rule is lightning directly over the centre, which we monitor very closely. Make sure you bring a change of clothes if it's raining, wrap up warm if it's windy, and drink plenty of fluids if it's hot. Make an adventure of it!!!

All of our activity sites have plenty of parking onsite. Parking is free of charge.

We are very fortunate to be situated in such a stunning location set in the Mendip hills. Unfortunately, this does come with its limitations. We currently only have stair access to our slopes and cafe, and the paths leading to our onsite activities can be fairly muddy and uneven.

Pushchairs/wheelchairs/mobility scooters may struggle depending on what part of the centre they are trying to access. 


Please view our full accessibility statement here: https://www.mendipactivitycentre.co.uk/accessibility

You will receive a confirmation email from us once your booking has been made. Sometimes this email can end up in your junk folder, so please check there first if you can't find it. 


If you can't find a confirmation email, your online booking may not have been fully completed - please check whether the session you were trying to book is still available online. If it is, please try to make the booking again. If it's not, please contact us so that we can check what's happened.

If you've searched through our list of FAQs to see and still can't find the answer, there are a few ways you can get in touch.


Firstly you could either:

Click here to "Create a new support ticket" or send an email to hello@mendip.me


Finally, if you would rather speak with one of our friendly team, you can arrange a phone call by clicking here.

The Alpine Lounge is open: 


Monday - Friday, 2.30pm - 8pm 


Saturday - Sunday, 9.30am - 6pm.


Food service stops 1 hour before close. 


During school holidays. we are open all day. 


We do no accept bookings for the cafe, it is walk in only. 


Click here to see the menu. 

Mendip Activity Centre, Mendip Lodge and Mendip Basecamp are all cashless. 


We accept all major credit and debit cards (excluding American express).

Yes! We have a bunkhouse right on site that is available year round and, during the Summer months, we have 2 canvas villages onsite also. 


For full information, pricing and options please see our Education webpage here - https://www.mendipactivitycentre.co.uk/education

Yes! Whatever your size, scale or budget, we offer bespoke team away days. 

Take a look here for more info -https://www.mendipactivitycentre.co.uk/corporate 

We have 2 options for our party room.

1-.Pizza party @ £6.75 per person, minimum of 8 children, 40 minutes in the party room.


2- Non catering @ £50 for 50 minutes in the party room.


Your activity cost is not included in the above cost and should be booked to end on the hour so you can progress straight to party room when you have finished.


Pizza party includes 1 x 9 inch pizza  with a choice of toppings(Cheese, Pepperoni or Ham & Pineapple) and unlimited squash per child.

Our public opening times are kept up to date here: 

https://www.mendipactivitycentre.co.uk/about-mendip


If in doubt, all activities can be booked in advance at www.mendip.me/book 


We are open to private education groups, corporate groups, youth groups outside of this time. 

Education enquiries here: www.mendip.me/education

Corporate enquiries here: www.mendip.me/corporate

Youth group enquiries here: www.mendip.me/youthgroups






Tobogganing
Christmas and Twilight tobogganing is sold out so we are unable to rearrange your session outside of your booked times.


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.


Let us know you cannot make your session, or request an amendment: 

Please email hello@mendip.me



These terms are for activity bookings and may vary for large group bookings or accommodation bookings. Please check your confirmation email.


In case of a cancellation or amendment of bookings the following rules apply:

- Mendip reserves the right to cancel or alter any activity or event due to circumstances beyond our control. In the event of cancellation, an alternative date will be arranged.

- If you need to cancel or rearrange your booking with more than 48 hours notice then we will create a gift voucher to the value of the booking (less a £5 administration charge) which will be valid for 12 months for any of our activities.

- If you have to cancel within 48 hours of your booking regrettably we can not offer any credit or rearrange your booking.

- For any cancellation made with less than 48 hours until your booking, due to medical reasons supported by official documentation, a credit will be applied to your account for you to rebook another time.

- N.B. the term 'booking' shall be taken to mean any session, course or event arranged by Mendip.