Real Family Holidays in Somerset, England UK

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

Take a Virtual Tour of the Centre

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. 

Have a look round on our virtual tour

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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

Mon 8 April

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 9 April

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 10 April

Team Game Challenge

Complete the team game challenges in the Centre grounds: 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. 10-11.45am

Thu 11 April

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 12 April

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 22 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. 10-11.45am

Tue 23 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

Wed 24 July

Team Game Challenge

Complete the team game challenges in the Centre grounds: 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. 10-11.45am

Thu 25 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

Fri 26 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

Mon 29 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 31 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. 10-11.45am

Thu 1 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

Fri 2 August

Kingswood Walk

A longer walk in the Brendon Hills (3 miles) heading out from the Centre past Kingswood, taking in views of the Bristol Channel and returning back down the Nettlecombe Valley from Chidgley. 8+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 9.45 – 13.00

Sun 4 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

Mon 5 August

Butterflies and Bees Walk

Help out the Nettlecombe Biodiversity team on a survey walk of Butterflies and Bees. (Weather dependant). 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10.30 – 12.00

Tue 6 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 7 August

Nature Walk

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

Thu 8 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 9 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

Mon 12 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 13 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 14 August

Team Game Challenge

Complete the team game challenges in the Centre grounds: 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. 10-11.45am

Thu 15 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 16 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

Sat 17 August

Butterflies and Bees Walk

Help out the Nettlecombe Biodiversity team on a survey walk of Butterflies and Bees. (Weather dependant). 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10.30 – 12.00

Sun 18 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

Mon 19 August

Kingswood Walk

A longer walk in the Brendon Hills (3 miles) heading out from the Centre past Kingswood, taking in views of the Bristol Channel and returning back down the Nettlecombe Valley from Chidgley. 8+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 9.45 – 13.00

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

Wed 21 August

Butterflies and Bees Walk

Help out the Nettlecombe Biodiversity team on a survey walk of Butterflies and Bees. (Weather dependant). 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10.30 – 12.00

Thu 22 August

Nature Walk

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

Fri 23 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

Fri 30 August

Butterflies and Bees Walk

Help out the Nettlecombe Biodiversity team on a survey walk of Butterflies and Bees. (Weather dependant). 5+ All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 10.30 – 12.00

Extra Activities

Mon 8 April

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

Tue 9 April

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

Wed 10 April

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. 13.30-16.30

Thu 11 April

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

Fri 12 April

Steam Train Transfer - ££10 per family

Planning to use the steam railway? You can hop on or off the centre minibus in Minehead, Watchet and Williton. Daily 10.00 – 11.00 & 15.30 - 16.30

Mon 22 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

Tue 23 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). 13.30 – 16.30

Wed 24 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. 13.30-16.30

Thu 25 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

Fri 26 July

Steam Train Transfer - ££10 per family

Planning to use the steam railway? You can hop on or off the centre minibus in Minehead, Watchet and Williton. Daily 10.00 – 11.00 & 15.30 - 16.30

Mon 29 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 30 July

Steam Train Transfer - ££10 per family

Planning to use the steam railway? You can hop on or off the centre minibus in Minehead, Watchet and Williton. Daily 10.00 – 11.00 & 15.30 - 16.30

Wed 31 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

Thu 1 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

Fri 2 August

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. 13.30-16.30

Sat 3 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

Sun 4 August

Steam Train Transfer - ££10 per family

Planning to use the steam railway? You can hop on or off the centre minibus in Minehead, Watchet and Williton. Daily 10.00 – 11.00 & 15.30 - 16.30

Mon 5 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

Tue 6 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

Wed 7 August

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. 13.30-16.30

Thu 8 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

Fri 9 August

Steam Train Transfer - ££10 per family

Planning to use the steam railway? You can hop on or off the centre minibus in Minehead, Watchet and Williton. Daily 10.00 – 11.00 & 15.30 - 16.30

Mon 12 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 13 August

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. 13.30-16.30

Wed 14 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. 13.30 – 17.00

Thu 15 August

Steam Train Transfer - ££10 per family

Planning to use the steam railway? You can hop on or off the centre minibus in Minehead, Watchet and Williton. Daily 10.00 – 11.00 & 15.30 - 16.30

Fri 16 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

Sat 17 August

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. 13.30-16.30

Sun 18 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

Mon 19 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

Tue 20 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

Wed 21 August

Steam Train Transfer - ££10 per family

Planning to use the steam railway? You can hop on or off the centre minibus in Minehead, Watchet and Williton. Daily 10.00 – 11.00 & 15.30 - 16.30

Thu 22 August

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. 13.30-16.30

Fri 23 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

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