About - Outposts



…a residential centre providing educational outdoor activities for schools & youth, corporate, special interest and family groups. We specialise in learning outside the classroom (or office) delivering a variety of programmes from a school Team building Day or Residential Camp to corporate Apprentice Induction programmes and ILM Leadership & Management Qualifications.

We are based on Lydeard Farm in Somerset on the Quantock Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within easy access of the Mendip Hills for caving, climbing and walking, Exmoor National Park and the Devon coastline for walking, coasteering, sea kayaking and stand up paddling.

On top of what we offer in the UK, we also organise overseas Open Expeditions for under 18s and groups with special educational needs to South Africa, Nepal and Namibia. Our sister company Outposts Travel Africa organise luxury holidays to all over Africa.



Programmes include Residential Camps, Team Building and Adventure Activity Days, Leadership Training, ILM Leadership and Management Qualifications, tailor made Expeditions and Staff Inset Days.


Programmes include Apprentice & Graduate Induction Days or Residentials, Team Building, ILM Leadership and Management Qualifications (level 3 and 4 Awards) and Organisational Development. 


Large group accommodation, catering and outdoor adventurous activities for family or organised groups such as ramblers and mountain bikers. We have capacity on site for up to 80. We also offer dry hire for events.


Destinations include Namibia, Nepal or South Africa. ‘Open’ for anyone under 18 at the time of travel, they last for up to 3 weeks. The itinerary includes mixture of community interaction, conservation work and adventurous activities.

Meet The Team

Founder & Managing Director

Colonel Michael Kingscote

On completion of a full military career, during which he commanded a UK Special Forces Regiment, Michael founded Outposts Ltd in 1988. Since then the company has expanded to provide outdoor training to over 8500 clients annually. It simultaneously mounts overseas expeditions.

Michael’s wide military experience encompasses the conventional and the unorthodox. He has led challenging expeditions in many parts of the world, particularly in the deserts and mountains of the Middle East and Africa. His life has always been an active one and he fully appreciates the need in peoples’ lives to be able to work alone or to benefit from working as a team. His extraordinary military background and expertise in expedition leading make him well qualified for the task.

He is an Accredited Practitioner of The Institute of Outdoor Learning, Honorary Colonel of the RTMC and Lieutenant of The Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeoman of The Guard.

Operations Director

Chloe Harman

Chloe is passionate advocate for the power of outdoor learning for children and adults. She was fortunate enough to grow up in the countryside and was a keen scout; this cemented an early love for the outdoors and sport. She studied Sport Psychology at University and throughout university worked as an instructor at an Outdoor Education Centre and was able to tie in a lot of her university work in a practical setting. Following graduation she worked hard to develop her practical skills and qualifications as well as building up a large repertoire of ‘soft skills’. She has developed and run workshops on reviewing techniques, sustainability in the outdoor industry and leadership theory.
She was promoted through Senior Instructor to Chief Instructor to Operations Manager at Mill on The Brue and is now Operations Director with Outposts Ltd where she can apply all of her experience.

Programme Facilitator

Chris Ray

Chris has had extensive experience in team work training and leadershipdevelopment. He started out in the Marines, recruiting and training commandos. He moved into training consultancy, specialising in leadership and is now owner of Success Creation that works in the education industry, Owner of Vision and Performance specialising in sports coaching, Performance Director of the Young Racing Driver’s Academy and Director of The Business of Sport.

Operations Manager

Kate Dorpman

Katie graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA in Cultural History and International Relations before spending two ski seasons chalet hosting in the French and Swiss Alps.

Katie spent her Gap year travelling through Brazil and India as well as working for a mission charity in Lucknow. She has been Assistant Leader on expeditions to Nepal and South Africa


Customer Service

We pride ourselves on going the extra mile for our clients. Nothing is too much bother. Communication is a powerful tool – we believe in leading by example for all our clients.


Our facilitators have years of experience. They come from a variety of backgrounds but are united in their passion for using their knowledge to develop people and businesses.


As an ILM Approved Centre we can not only deliver ILM Level 3 and 4 Awards in Leadership and Management but create our own content within City & Guilds guidelines.


There is no “one size fits all” in our approach. We work with organisations from global engineering companies to schools and individuals and each experience is completely bespoke.


Our training programmes can take place either in Somerset at our purpose-built site or we can travel to you, be that in the UK or to global locations, enabling you to provide consistent training.


We would say that what we do is excellent value for money but who better to back that up than our customer feedback, many of whom have been working with us for several years.


We believe in the power of experiential learning being interwoven with team and leadership development theory. Remember: I hear, and I will forget, I see, and I remember, I do, and I understand. 


The soft skills we develop during our programmes, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, leadership and communication, are transferable between workplaces, education and life.

“You have transformed the way I empower staff in formulating an exciting vision for the future. The fact you will be returning to hold me to account helps provide real momentum too. Thank you.”

– PRINCE’S MEAD SCHOOL – Staff Training