Planning the holiday
We accommodate children from the age of 8. Children of 7 yrs may stay if accompanying older siblings.
Yes! We frequently have children staying for two weeks. If possible they will be moved into another group for the 2nd week so as not to repeat the same activity programme. Additionally if they want to we also organise a fantastic day’s visit to the Roman city of Bath only 50 minutes away at no extra cost.
The total cost is £584, which covers everything except travel to and from the Centre. A variety of discounts are available on our Summer Camp page.
You will receive a letter/e-mail after your booking is made, reminding you that all balances are due 10 weeks before the summer camp start date, sorry we don’t send reminders. If the booking is made after this date we ask you to pay the full amount at the time of booking.
Yes. We have a list of local Bed and Breakfast accommodation click here to view, please contact the proprietors directly to make a booking.
Yes. With at least 1 month’s notice, we can pre-arrange 1 hour lessons with a TEFL qualified teacher who will come up to the Centre at a cost of £23 per lesson. We suggest no more than 4 lessons per week as they take place during activity time and it’s hard for any child to have to miss activities! The Mill on the Brue staff always speak to the children in English, so we do find a natural improvement in the children’s English.
We provide a kit list for you – Download here; please read it carefully and be sure to name absolutely everything. All clothes need to be prepared to get dirty! If your child is staying for more than one week we will wash and dry their clothes for them at the end of their first week (at no extra charge) so there is no need to duplicate.
They will not need money, however, we do have a small tuck shop, which stocks sweets and souvenirs and is very popular. We recommend no more than £35 per child. Pocket money is handed in to Mill on the Brue Staff on arrival, for safekeeping.
From 1:30pm on Sunday afternoon we will be waiting to welcome you.
The children will meet their group instructors who will show them and you (if you would like) to their bedrooms to choose a bed. Once the entire group has arrived, they will be taken on a tour of Mill on the Brue, which is a really invaluable way for everyone to get their bearings. Please try and avoid arriving before this time. If you’re going to arrive later than 2:30pm please let the office know.
Yes! As part of our environmental ethos Mill on the Brue actively encourages travel on public transport. There is a station in Bruton, otherwise our nearest main line Station is Castle Cary on the Paddington to Exeter line.
Yes, from London Paddington. We can arrange for Mill on the Brue staff to be waiting at London Paddington Station at a pre-designated (Entrance to the Underground stairs) meeting point 45 minutes before the train’s departure on the Sunday morning. Please ensure your child has his/her own return ticket to Castle Cary station.
£25 return for the escort. Please note Mill on the Brue cannot buy train tickets.
Please confirm with our office 01749 812307 for 2017 times.
Travelling from overseas
The nearest airport to Mill on the Brue is Bristol (approximately 45 minutes drive). Alternatively, use London Heathrow (approximately 2 hours drive) or London Gatwick (approximately 2 ½ hours from us). If you give us plenty of warning, we can book a taxi for your child to be collected from the airport and at the end of their stay returned (and checked in) by a local taxi company that we’ve been working with for many years.
Bristol airport to Mill on the Brue £359 (return)
Heathrow airport to Mill on the Brue £557 (return)
Gatwick airport to Mill on the Brue £611 (return)
Cardiff airport to Mill on the Brue £601 (return)
We request that you book a flight that arrives at Heathrow or Gatwick before 5.00 pm on the Sunday or 6.30 pm at Bristol. Arrival each Sunday is 1:30 pm. Bristol airport is 45 minutes away, Heathrow is 2 hours from Mill on the Brue and Gatwick is 2 ½ hours from us.
Also please book a flight which leaves on the Saturday no earlier than 11.00am from Bristol or 2.30pm from Heathrow or Gatwick as they have to get to the airport 2 hours in advance of the flight time to check in.
We have a limited number of Centre sleeping bags but would ask you to try to pack a sleeping bag if you own one. It is possible to hire a sleeping bag for a small charge from Mill on the Brue.
I’m afraid not! We have many children coming from many countries and it would be impossible to regulate. However all activities are spoken in English by our instructors and therefore it is best if you child has a moderate / good understanding of English before booking them into our summer camps. We want them to enjoy their time with us which is considerably harder if they are completely unable to communicate.
During Your Childs Stay
If you make a request, we will do our best to make sure this happens. If the children are of different ages, then it is likely that the older child would go into the younger group.
We bake them a special birthday cake, which will be shared out with their group at teatime.
In bedrooms either in the main Victorian house, the Clubhouse (converted barn) or The Garden Cabin. Room sizes vary between 12 and 4 depending on the room. Wherever possible we always try to put similar aged children in the same bedroom. It really helps getting them to bed and making friends.
Please leave all mobile phones at home! In our experience the children are far happier being immersed into their stay and telling you all about their experiences at the end. Alternatively sending them an email (email@example.com) or even a postcard can be a really great way to make contact as we find if a child is going to get homesick it’s when they talk to their parents!
All children coming from abroad are helped to phone home as soon as they arrive. In other cases unless it’s an absolute emergency we would ask you to just wait until the end of your childs stay.
We are always on the look out for signs of homesickness and ready to offer support to those who succumb to it. Keeping busy is often the best prevention and there is plenty of opportunity for that here! In our experience if you have any doubt about homesickness it’s better to avoid speaking directly to your child as this can exacerbate the problem and be traumatic for both of you! Writing a letter or e-mail which we can print off and give to your child is a much more lasting way of showing you care. We will always contact you if we have any concerns regarding your child.
Yes. Over the past years we’ve catered for many diets such as dairy free and coeliac diets. If a child comes to us with a major intolerance then part of health and safety procedure is to take a photo of them, which identifies them to all the kitchen staff.
Yes. We have washing lines and a drying room specifically for this purpose and housekeeping staff will always help out.
1:30 pm prompt so please try and arrive at least 15 minutes earlier. The prize giving takes around 45 minutes and we think it’s a lovely way to finish the week by getting all the children to together.
If we haven’t covered any further points that you would like to know the answer before sending your child please email Matt or Tricia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office 01749 812307 and we’re be happy to have a chat.