Established in 1987, Mendip Activity Centre has grown into the biggest and most reputable outdoor activity provider in the South West. Our unrivalled success is largely due to the reputation and experience of our instructors – who we believe are the best in the business. Mendip has been delivering adventurous outdoor activities to groups for almost four decades and in 2012 we were excited to move to Churchill where we founded Mendip Activity Centre. This is a unique 250-acre site nestled in the heart of the Mendip Hills AONB. We now boast an indoor residential centre, three canvas villages and an alpine-style cafe/bar, the Alpine Lounge. The snow sports slope is 165 metres long, beautifully nestled into the hill and follows the natural lay of the land. We are home to one of the largest disc golf courses in the UK, purpose-built target sports ranges, forest school sites and a tobogganing slope. Onsite is our limestone quarry, Sandford Quarry, an adventure playground. First quarried for over one hundred years ago, it was used by the Home Guard during WWII along with Sandford Levy, our onsite cave. A short drive away is our own private water sports site, Hewish. Wander across our land and you’ll find a thick, ancient woodland full of diverse habitats and rare grasslands, host to beautiful flowers, butterflies, and insects. Throughout the year we host youth and adult groups who are looking to explore, adventure and learn. In 2020, we opened up much of this space to the public for the very first time- Mendip Basecamp, a family adventure campsite, was born.

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What makes your company different from the competition?

Mendip Activity Centre is a year-round multi-activity centre near Bristol. Our 250-acre site boasts a dry ski slope, a private limestone rocksports quarry, an onsite cave, ancient woodland, an 86-bed residential lodge, family and youth campsites, bar/café’s and target sport ranges.

The main benefit of working for a family-owned, independent activity centre is that we value your contribution. You will become part of the Mendip family where talent is recognised and rewarded with opportunity. We also believe in training and will support you with any relevant training plus free recreational skiing/snowboarding, family and friend discounts for our activities, camping and cafe-bar. ​

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How many people do you employ or train each year?

We now employ around 80 people and take on around 12 outdoor instructor apprentices each year.

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Why are you a good company to work for or train with?


We’re situated in the heart of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We have easy access to everything the Mendip Hills has to offer! Set in the beautiful North Somerset village of Churchill, also home to cider producers Thatchers, we are lucky with our location just out of Bristol and a short drive from the M5.

The Mendip Hills are renowned for being a stunning landscape of steep slopes and undulating plateau punctuated by spectacular gorges, rocky outcrops and ancient monuments. From Cheddar Gorge to Chew Valley, the Mendip Hills are a fantastic place to visit and explore for locals and travellers.

In August 2021, we donated £7,500 to the Mendip Hills Fund, thanks to the generosity of our visitors donating when making bookings. Read the press release about this donation, here.