Braeside

Braeside Education

For over 50 year’s Braeside Education Centre has gained an excellent reputation for providing tailor-made outdoor learning experiences, conferences and private hire for individuals, groups, schools, colleges, businesses and the communities.

Our Centre

Braeside Education Centre is centrally located in the heart of rural Wiltshire on the North West side of the market town of Devizes. There is excellent access to the countryside, Kennet and Avon canal and Devizes Town, many places of interest are within an easy walking distance and within a short drive are the World Heritage sites of Stonehenge and historic cities of Bath and Salisbury.

What our customers say

On behalf of all of the children and staff at All Cannings, I would like to say the biggest thank you to everyone at Braeside for a brilliant residential experience. Every single child loved their time with you and we saw so many of them face fears and grow in confidence and resilience. The choice of activities was spot on and the instructors had the balance between friend and teacher just right. The grounds, accommodation and food were faultless - we'd been given bags of food for fussy eaters, but they were returned to parents untouched. I hope that you had a successful Open Day on Saturday, I know that our pupils were keen to show their parents what they'd been up to! Once again many thanks to the whole team for all your hard work. Best wishes, The staff and pupils at All Cannings School

All Cannings Primary School - June 2024

I'd like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for the past 3 years of Heathside coming to Braeside and having such a memorable experience each time. I am reminded about how fantastic Braeside is every year we have returned, and how well run the whole organisation is. From the adventure activities led by the experienced team, to the chefs in the kitchen preparing great meals and everyone else that oversees the facilities, it's such a great outdoors educational centre for young people. I know that our Year 4 residential will remain a staple of the programme for years to come.

Heathside Primary School - May 2024

I just wanted to highlight how awesome and appreciated your patience and management of our children with more complex needs was - especially on top of other behaviour. Every single child came away feeling successful and happy. They were all able to create lasting memories and have experiences they probably would have never had without you. You were all able to cater to their needs and develop a relationship with each child that was unique, fun filled and constructive. Those positive interactions are priceless, so thank you. Our staff were also all so positive about their experience, which again is testament to you all. All instructors were always extremely mindful of the various needs of the children and were explicit and clear in their delivery of all activities. They ensured the children were and felt safe, as well as taking time to develop relationships that were fun-filled and positive. All children were treated as individuals and made to feel like they could accomplish the activities and challenges thrown at them. A consistently amazing team. What is available at Braeside suits our children perfectly. The ability to remain onsite has worked well for recent cohorts to ensure high levels of safety for our children with more complex needs.

Paxcroft Primary School - November 2023

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone at Braeside for our fantastic time with you last week. I have had so many positive comments from the children, parents and staff who attended and wanted to pass this on to you. We were very impressed with the activities, the facilities and the food (which was absolutely delicious!). Every member of staff went out of their way to make the activities fun, safe and thoroughly enjoyable. You created such a wonderful atmosphere and allowed the children to step out of their comfort zone in such a positive way. We are already looking forward to next year's residential as we know it will benefit the children so much in their independence and teamwork skills. Thank you so much for everything! Best wishes

Lethbridge Primary School - October 2023

“Thank you for arranging a fabulous 8th birthday party. The children really enjoyed campfire building and toasting marshmallows. The food was excellent and all staff were extremely helpful. Thank you!”

Parent - Birthday Party October 2023

"We just wanted to say a big thank you to you and the team for everything you did to make last Saturday possible. Everyone loved the facility and the wall climbers loved the activity. It was lovely to have refreshments served to us- please give them our thanks. Please also thank the catering team- the food was fab. I hope we will be back at some point. Thank you for your patience with all my questions!"

Church Conference - September 2023

We would like to say a massive thank you to the team at Braeside for ensuring our “works team building day” was a success. We held a team workshop in the morning and the room was excellent for holding this type of event. Then in the afternoon, we undertook the activities which we had a range of ages and abilities of team members and the Braeside team ensured that the activities were adapted to suit our needs. The instructors were excellent. Got to say Rupert, your team are a credit to you. Every single one of them we spoke to were kind, friendly and nothing was too much bother. We will certainly be back in the future and would highly recommend your centre to other workplaces who are looking at getting together.

Reconstruct Team Building Day - September 2023

"Thank you for this and thank you again so much for all the amazing work you and your colleagues have been doing over the summer to let these courses run, I know that my son and his friends who also attended them have HUGELY benefited from them. Especially as the work from school that was sent home during lockdown was generally aimed very much at the year group average level so he didn't find much of it hugely challenging, so it's been a real blessing to us that he's been able to come on these Braeside courses, he's always come home buzzing! We're really grateful for all the additional work that it must have taken to make them possible, not to mention all the additional admin of rejigging all the dates and diary management!"

AGT&E Parent - August 2020

"My daughter had a wonderful time. Thanks to everyone involved for making it such a positive experience in these uncertain times. After spending so much of the year at home, it was something of a treat for her to spend time with other children in a learning environment! Thanks again and she is looking forward to her next visit."

AGT&E Parent - August 2020

"My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her time spent with you yesterday, she couldn’t stop talking about her experience thank you all so much .... she is already asking to come back."

AGT&E Parent - August 2020

“We had the most amazing time yesterday! From booking through to leaving it was perfect, everyone was so friendly, so well organised and lots of time with Father Christmas and his elf. Thank you so much for making Christmas a little normal and giving the kids and us such a magical experience.”

Christmas Trail Customer - December 2020

“The staff were so welcoming – what a wonderful event! Thank you, we hope to be back again. Lovely to know that Braeside is still in safe hands. Santa was AMAZING – best ever!!!”

Christmas Trail Customer - December 2020

“My husband, two children and I honestly thought it was the BEST Santa event we’ve ever done. Beautifully organised and decorated and all your staff were so kind, thoughtful, and helpful. Thank you so much for having us!”

Christmas Trail Customer - December 2020

Josh, and all the Team at Braeside, Just a quick note to say thank-you for all your help with our Prefect Training Day yesterday. The Centre looks great, the team were all helpful, safe, and friendly and our pupils had a great time, and more importantly, learnt from their experiences. Looking forward to working with you in the future.

Dauntseys School - May 2021

Dear the Braeside Team John and I find it hard to put into words exactly how much we felt that Braeside added to our special day. Your whole team from the servers at the feasts to the bar staff were superb. You were all welcoming, but unobtrusive, hands on, but discreet. You left nothing to chance, and it all went like clockwork. We were, of course, blessed with unexpected fabulous weather – perhaps you even ordered that too! Our little suite of rooms set aside for the bride and groom’s party with intercommunicating doors was perfect and the wonderful view and balcony to chill out on and take pictures. The rooms were beautifully dressed for the occasion with lots of little touches to make us all welcome. For example, tea and coffee was served by a lovely real live person and a pretty greeting card with very welcome gift of quality tea mugs with our initials was so thoughtful. We are using them straightaway. We enjoyed having the whole ground floor of your lovely Art Nouveau building to ourselves and it was great having the comfey lounge for guests to take a breather and chill out in between dancing at the disco in the Library or chatting at the intimate little bar which the non dancers really said made it for them, as they could watch the dancing as well. The lighting was spot on with discreet digital enhancement which really made it. The entrance hall was a picture with the drapes and decorations on the main staircase. I was staggered how much you had eliminated the look of everyday, and the fact that during the week it is, after all, an education centre. It was totally transformed to a beautiful house for the wedding. The newly decorated Rose Room so light and airy with its pretty delicate sage green wall colour, creamy accessories was also a delight with sun streaming in and the white chairs and it all was perfect for the actual ceremony with everyone facing the beautiful windows looking onto the garden. You have done a great job in there. Later when you changed its personality for the piano cabaret we all enjoyed, was a lovely intimate setting for that too. Your staff were always on hand if needed with a smile and instant help. Please thank them from John and I. I don’t know how you managed it but the dining room was such a transformation from its daytime use. Our afternoon tea was superb and everyone enjoyed it. A special mention must be made for our chef in the evening. His passion for his cooking came across and even though we thought we were stuffed from all the afternoon tea goodies, when it came to it, the gorgeous aromas of the hot street food gave us all renewed appetite, and I for one could not resist seconds! I will certainly spread the word that Devizes has a superb venue for weddings now, and in fact, for any celebration. Well done to you all and again thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Yours sincerely Di & John

D & J - Wedding Guests March 2022