Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Simonsbath House, Exmoor, Somerset TA24 7SH

Contact: 01643 831 382

Website: http://www.shoc.info/

Description

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre specializes in offering fun packed, mixed programs of outdoor and environmental courses aimed at giving pupils a taster of challenging, exciting and interesting activities that will shape their future memories.

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre is situated in the heart of Exmoor National Park being part of the oldest house in Exmoor Forest; the property dates back to 1654 and still retains many of its original features. The main house is set in 4 acres of land where many of the centre activities take place and adjoins Exmoor National Park overlooking the Barle Valley, a unique acidic upland river with SSSI designation and immediate access to acres of beautiful moorland countryside.

As well as providing an excellent location for habitat investigation, the centre offers an exciting range of outdoor activities such as:

Mountain biking, climbing wall, tree climb, assault course, archery, group development through problem solving , mountain boarding, grass sledging, map work, compass and orienteering, stream scramble, circus workshop & slack line, climbing traverse & boulder, up and over team challenge wall, camp craft skills including shelter building, woodland survival games and camouflage and Indian Tracker, using steels , cooking on an open fire, river study, guided walks and environmental activities.

The Centre is within 7 miles of Watersmeet on the East Lyn River and picturesque Lynmouth with the cliff side railway connecting the town to Lynton. Close by we can offer surfing on the wide sandy beaches of Croyde bay, sailing & kayaking at Wimbleball Lake or a high ropes experience.

The centre offers en-suite dormitory accommodation for approx 45 students and ensuite bedrooms for their leaders. All bedding is provided and bedrooms are centrally heated and fully carpeted. The centre offers a range of indoor facilities including a large dining room and common room and a fully equipped classroom. The centre also has a small souvenir shop and washing and drying facilities.

The experienced chef savours his reputation for good food, providing a wide and varied menu cooked on site using local produce catering for both vegetarians and those on special diets.

The safety and welfare of the residents is of paramount importance, to that end the centre has a dedicated Health and Safety Co-ordinator. All activities are run by qualified and experienced staff and the centre holds £5 million public liability insurance. To ensure the safety and security of our residents the dormitory block has locks on all exterior doors and windows and an alarm system. All staff hold a first aid qualification and there is a member of staff qualified to First Aid at Work standard in residence on site at all times. The Centre Health and Safety Policy, Code of Practice and Risk Assessments are available on request and can be view on our web page www.shoc.info. SHOC meets all criteria required by LEA’s to ensure the safety and well being of pupils visiting the centre.

As well as providing an excellent location in central Exmoor for geographical investigations, environmental studies and exciting outdoor adventurous activities the centre offers considerable learning opportunities in all aspects of the curriculum and aims to encompass many areas of Citizenship and PSHE.

Plan a packed programme to include: mountain biking, climbing wall, tree climb, assault course, archery, group development through problem solving , mountain boarding, grass sledging, map work, compass and orienteering, stream scramble, circus workshop & slack line, climbing traverse & boulder, up and over team challenge wall, camp craft skills including shelter building, woodland survival games and camouflage and Indian Tracker, using steels , cooking on an open fire, river study, guided walks and environmental activities.

Evening activities include Morris Dancing, Ukulele or drumming and percussion workshops, up close and personal visit from Exmoor Birds of Prey.

Take a short trip out from the centre to walk the Lyn valley specacular path to Lynmouth or try watersports on Wimbleball lake, surfing at Croyde Bay or High Ropes challenges.

Visit the Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park or Exmoor Zoo

Do you have a video on YouTube or anywhere else that you would like to link to?
Website: http://www.shoc.info/

Are you on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media?
www.facebook.com/SimonsbathOutdoors/

https://twitter.com/SimonsbathOC

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any accreditation such as Tourist Board, or AALA. 
We are members of The Institute of Outdoor Learning and Learning outside the classroom. We hold a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor and a Silver award from Green Tourism

What group sizes do you cater for?
We can cater for upto 45 depending on the gender split

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?
Our dormitory block is split over two floors and has ensuite shower rooms and bunkbeds accommodating between 4 and 8 pupils. There are twin ensuite staff bedrooms on each floor. Staff bedrooms have telephones, t.v’s and there is also a staff lounge with kitchen.

What is the cost of the accommodation?
Accommodation rates depend on the length of stay and the time of year. We offer off peak rates and there are free adults places for every 10 children.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
Staff are welcome to visit the centre by appointment. We provide documentation for visiting groups to include a code of practice, positive behaviour and discipline doc and risk assessments. Fire drills are conducted every week.

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?
Louise Flagg, Centre Manager enquiries@shoc.info  tel: 01643 831382

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

Please list facilities available.
Our package price includes all meals from the evening of arrival to the lunch on the day of departure. Our facilities include a dining room/common room, classroom, yurt for socializing (seasonal) 4 acres of private land with picnic benches.

The common room and internet access

What are your disabled facilities?
We have a disabled access shower room adjacent to one of the downstairs dormitory rooms

What are your opening days and hours?
We are contactable 7 days a week between 8am and 8pm

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
Many of our schools having been coming to Simonsbath House for several years and we are happy to provide contact details of schools within or close to your county to contact for reference.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
Special offer at the moment – we are holding our 2017 prices for booking made by the end of June


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

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres


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