Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: No

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Active Escape, Watermouth Cove Holiday Park, Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe EX34 9SJ

Contact: 012713 20745



With exclusive access to stunning private coastline around Ilfracombe, Active Escape is North Devon’s watersports activity provider for coasteering, coastal rafting, stand up paddleboarding (SUPs), amphibious assault and so much more.....

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

Active Escape are a dedicated adventure and outdoor activities company operating in North Devon. We supply a range of outdoor activities ideal for school groups, including Rafting, Coasteering, Stand Up Paddleboarding and much more. These activities can easily be tailored to your group with the addition of an educational program.  We are located along a private piece of the North Devon coastline, allowing us easy access to indoor changing facilities and hot showers and cafe. We Pride ourselves on the personal touch and our aim is to provide you with the best experience possible. Our staff are highly qualified with activities being provided by one of the most experienced watersports providers in the UK

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

We are situated on and have exclusive access to an amazing piece of coastline.   We have our own sea caves and cove with facilities that make the experience easy and enjoyable.  Not only is our location unique, so are the activities. 

Having worked in the industry for over 16yrs we have adapted and created activities that you wont find anywhere else.  Our aim is to inspire and encourage and therefore we’ve been keen to stay away from your average Kayak, Archery etc sessions. So have brought in different elements to our activities to truly engage group and individual participation.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

We have an AALA license.  Our number is R2085

What does a typical educational visit include?

Physical Education:  take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group

Science: recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment. Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things

We use the resources of the coast for delivering a variety of curriculum subjects with the added enrichment that this environment acts as a stimuls for teaching eg tides, seasons, natural environments etc

The coastal environment we use also supports other aspects of learning, such as physical health, emotional intelligence, social skills and environmental awareness.  All this is done in a fun and exciting environment.

What group sizes do you cater for?


Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?


What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Risk assessments and insurance docs are sent out on request

Does your venue have an education officer?

We don’t have an educational officer however Ben Kennedy designs all the packages

What is the cost of the visit?

Costs vary depending on numbers attending and on the number of activities chosen.  On average school groups pay £22.50-£25per person per activity and adults/staff go free on a 1:10 ration

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

•             Swim wear

•             Trainers to wear in the sea

•             Towel

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

All our instructors and first aid trained

Please list facilities available.

•             Shop

•             Café

•             There are facilities to eat a packed lunch

What are your disabled facilities?

The water sports center is suitable for disabled children.  However the activities are not

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open all year around.  However as we operate predominantly in an outdoor environment not all activities are available all year around.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

“Our children were grizzly when they arrived back but purely because they were so exhausted - great sign!  Today however I can see that they have all just grown that little bit in maturity which is what experiences out of your comfort zone does for you.” Easton Primary School

Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Paintball & Laser Tag Residential School Trips Sports Team Building Water Sports

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Geography PE Science

Months Open: April May June July August September October November

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