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Mendip Basecamp, based at Mendip Activity Centre in Sandford, North Somerset, will reopen on 24th May 2024 for its fifth summer of operation. Last autumn, Basecamp won Gold at the 2023-2024 Bristol Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards.

Reflecting on this accolade David Eddins, Managing Director of Mendip Activity Centre, said, “Receiving this award was overwhelming. We won Silver last year and so to go one higher and win Gold this year is incredible- we keep thinking it must be some kind of mistake! Helping others make time to enjoy the outdoors and experience adventure is our primary goal and so we can’t thank our guests enough for their continual support.”

Mendip Basecamp has gained a reputation for delivering top family adventure holidays throughout the summer and its offering includes

  • Off grid camping with luxury necessities such as hot showers and flushing toilets
  • Flexible approach- pitch where you like  and check out when it suits you
  • Glamping upgrades available and dogs welcome
  • Fire pits encouraged
  • Over 20 outdoor activities
  • Free entertainment and live music

New in 2024 is a larger range of free activities, a nature walk and the option to hire bat transceivers.

ITV News West Country’s Ben McGrail presented Mendip Basecamp with their award, saying, “It was a real honour to be part of such a celebration of the amazing tourism industry in Bristol, Bath and Somerset. We have so much to offer across the region and the night really showed off just how hard people work to make that possible. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!”

Camping starts from £8 per person. Bell Tents (6 people) start from £90 per night. Book online at

About Mendip Activity Centre and Mendip Basecamp: Mendip Activity Centre is the south-west’s largest outdoor education and activity centre based on a stunning 250-acre site in the Mendip Hills National Landscape in Somerset, near Bristol. With over 20-adventurous outdoor activities, Mendip is a favourite amongst families, schools and individuals. Their award-winning campsite, Mendip Basecamp, opens every summer and Mendip are industry-renowned for their instructor training.