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Holiday courses

In line with the Government’s announcement, we are delighted our activity courses will be going ahead this summer. Some changes may need to be implemented to ensure the safety of the children and adults taking part, and our staff running the courses, but further information will be sent to attendees in due course. We look forward to welcoming your child (or you) on one of the courses below and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

The aim of our holiday courses is to provide a combination of focus and fun so that your child can enjoy themselves, make new friends, and at the same time improve their individual sporting talents.

Bryanston's 400 acres are an impressive setting for the sports courses and include extensive playing fields bordered by the river Stour. The new sports hall provides excellent facilities. Overall the grounds, combined with the superb indoor and outdoor facilities Bryanston has to offer, provides the perfect environment for participants to focus on developing their skills and enjoy their sport. 

We offer a wide range of courses to keep you or your child occupied throughout both the Easter and Summer holidays. There is something for everyone so don't delay, book your holiday course now. 

We also accept Childcare vouchers from certain providers for our courses. For further information, please contact us using the link.

Important information 

Safety and Supervision
The safety of the children is of paramount importance.  All coaches have professional coaching qualifications.  Coaching will be in groups small enough to ensure individual attention but large enough to enable the children to practise unit skills.  All other physical activities will be supervised by appropriately qualified staff.  When not being coached, the children will be in the care of experienced staff who will look after all aspects of welfare and enjoyment as well as providing a sympathetic ear when required.

Meals and Refreshments

All meals will be provided in the Dining Hall where there is a variety of healthy options, both hot and cold, including a salad bar. Snacks and drinks can be purchased from our Café. There will be refreshments breaks between coaching sessions. All players are asked to bring a water bottle with them.

In addition to the high level of coaching the children are also given the opportunity to participate in other activities.  This not only gives them the chance to experience a range of pursuits but also provides a break from the main sport interest.Activities may include kayaking on the river, climbing on our superb purpose-built climbing tower, squash, swimming and badminton.

Dress Code and Equipment
A full kit list for each sport will be provided prior to the start of the course.  Suitable attire for each course will need to be worn with children bringing their own cricket bat, tennis racket, hockey stick as appropriate.  For the riding course participants need to have their own horse/pony.

If you have any questions, please contact Sam Tonks on 01258 484677.

Summer Equestrian Course (Ages 10-15) SOLD OUT

Monday 19 July 2021 - Thursday 22 July 2021

Sophie and the Equestrian Centre Team are excited to welcome all participants, new friends and old, to Bryanston for our Summer course.

The aims of this course include working on improving your core riding skills and helping you to perfect your bond with your mount. Over the four days we will be enjoying:

  • flat and jump lessons
  • cross-country schooling (ground-permitting)
  • stable management sessions
  • hacks
  • quizzes

Throughout the course, we will have access to three arenas and a grass dressage arena. Riders will also be given a number of show-jumping opportunities on grass as well as a chance to enjoy some time in the pool.

Riders will need to have their own horse/pony, which will be stabled in our beautiful Georgian stable block. Riders should provide their own feed and supplements for their horse/pony. Bedding and hay will be provided. A full kit list will be sent out once you have a place confirmed on the course.

In order for the coaches to construct a plan for the course to suit all children, all parents will be asked to fill out a form shortly after booking. The form will ask details of the ability and experience of the rider as well as some details of the horse/pony itself. 

Please understand that, whilst COVID restrictions are in place the groups will have to adhere to strict bubbles.

Course Aims

Course Details

  • Age Group
  • Arrival Date
    Monday 19 July 2021
  • Departure Date
    Thursday 22 July 2021
  • Times
  • Residential Course Fee
  • Non-residential Course Fee

Course director: Sophie Starr

Sophie is the Head of Riding at Bryanston - she started with us in September 2018.

She is a BHS Stage 5 Performance coach and Stable Manager with experience working with a wide variety of pupils and horses from all equestrian disciplines.

She started life in the world of Horse Trials and went on to spend time in Bermuda, Canada and the USA coaching and learning about American style hunters and equitation.

Sophie has now found a new love in the form of dressage and has thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of training and competing her own horse ‘Samberdivo’. Together they have represented the Dorset and South West regional teams and been placed at the Regionals.