Bowles was established as a charity for young people in 1964.

Bowles is located near Tunbridge Wells on the site of a natural south facing sandstone outcrop which offers superb rock climbing.

The Outdoor Centre has developed steadily over the past 50 years and now boasts accommodation for 130 plus a wide range of outdoor activity facilities:

• 2 ski slopes • sandstone crag • heated indoor pool • archery • bushcraft • ropes-courses • roundhouse • we run mountain biking and canoeing at nearby rivers, lakes and woodland

We are passionate about the impact of outdoor learning on young people and about supporting young people to achieve their potential.  We also have lots of fun and adventures along the way!

Our average feedback score for achieving clients’ aims throughout 2015 was 95%

Specialising in outdoor learning

Areas where the centre specialises and has a long history include residential outdoor education courses for schools and groups, team and leadership development, and as a snowsports centre.

The Organisation

Our Sectors
We divide our work into 4 main sectors:

Our People: We are proud of our dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

Bowles as a Venue

Bowles is a unique and beautiful place on the Kent/ Sussex border. We have our own majestic sandstone outcrop and some lovely facilities and buildings. Not least of these is our hall, it was inspired by Maria Zum Schnee, the chapel at the base of the Matterhorn

We have two accommodation blocks, the Dorm and the Lodge.  The Dorm sleeps 104  in 6 bedded rooms.  The Lodge sleeps 16 as singles, 24 with 8 doubles and 36 with additional beds. The Lodge accommodation is all ensuite.

We can seat up to 70 people for a meal, we also have a licenced bar on site. Our Lodge has 5 separate meeting rooms, all with wi-fi access and one with a projector. The lecture hall/chapel is a versatile, relaxing space and has a screen and a projector.

Whatever your requirements, we will try our best to help. Some of the events we have hosted in the past include:

Please give us a call and we’ll see if we can help you.


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