Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning Simonsbath, Somerset, TA24 7LL

Contact: 01643 831437

Website: http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/learning/pinkery-centre

Description

Pinkery is Exmoor National Park’s centre for Outdoor Learning. Built as an upland farmhouse, the original building has been expanded to create a unique moorland residential centre, over 400 metres above sea level set in its own wild combe situated in the heart of Exmoor National Park. It sleeps up to 44 in 9 bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. There is a communal kitchen, dining room, common room and classroom and heaps of outside space to explore. When you book a stay with us you will have sole occupancy of the building and we love to help you get adventurous with your choice of activities and learning programmes.

By providing an experience where everyone can grow, there is the opportunity to explore, develop and create new memories that have a lifelong impact. Through qualified teachers we are able to link our programmes to the National Curriculum and provide an extraordinary experience. Activities are either based at Pinkery, making the most of the incredible environment we are in, or at selected venues across Exmoor.

Pinkery is about exploring the natural environment and enjoying the adventure. We pride ourselves on our bespoke packages, we will create your individual programme based on your specific needs, requirements and budget to make the absolute best of your stay.

What Can We Do at Pinkery?
We can put together a programme that suits you. With a focus on activities, outdoor education or a mix of both.
Outdoor learning

Pinkery is ideally located for you to explore and learn in the unique environment of Exmoor National Park. Whether investigating the Bronze Age, studying our varied habitats, wildlife and conservation projects or data collection and analysis all the way up to Geography or Science GCSE or A Level, our Education team can ensure that you get the most out of a visit and meet your learning objectives.

Adventure Activities
We can offer activities on site including our low ropes course, mountain biking and archery, or within a short drive you can participate in rock climbing and coasteering on the dramatic Exmoor Coast, horse riding on the moors or water sports at the well-equipped Wimbleball Lake. We are Europe’s first official Dark Skies reserve, with opportunities for an evening of breath taking star gazing.
John Muir Award
This is an environmental award scheme that encourages people to connect with, enjoy, and care for wild places like Exmoor. It’s non-competitive, inclusive and accessible. You can use this award as the framework for your weeks visit as you discover, explore and conserve the National Park. Students gain a real sense of achievement from working with us to achieve their certificate.
Study Retreat
Pinkery is great as a place to bring groups to study and interact away from the distractions of the normal school environment. This could be to develop self-confidence and teamwork, or for revision sessions to drive results improvement in key subjects.

A Sample Programme;

 

09:30-10:45

11:15-12:30

13:15-14:30

14:30-15:45

16:00-17:15

19:30-21:00

Monday

In school/In Transit

Arrive at Pinkery 14:00

Pinkery Pond Walk

Team Building

Tuesday

Bushcraft

Mountain Biking

Archery

Low Ropes Course

Free Time

Campfire

Wednesday

Coasteering with seashore safari and Packed Lunch

Mountain Boarding

Stream Dipping

Shelter Building

Thursday

Climbing at Castle Rock and Cliff Railway

Conservation Activity

Talent Evening

Friday

Depart for Wimbleball Lake

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Raft Building

Return to School

 

Do you have a video on YouTube or anywhere else that you would like to link to?
We are working on this. Keep an eye on our website www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/learning/pinkery-centre for when this appears.

Are you on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media?
We are on Twitter - https://twitter.com/PinkeryENPA
We are on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/PinkeryENPA/

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any accreditation such as Tourist Board, or AALA?
Yes we have an AALA Licence – number R0093. We are also members of The Institute of Outdoor Learning.

What group sizes do you cater for?
We sleep 44 so typically cater for groups of up to 36 pupils plus staff in exclusive accommodation but we are always adaptable to fit in larger groups or adjust prices to reflect numbers.

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?
We have 9 bedrooms with either 4 or 6 bed bunk beds, all ensuite with its own shower, toilet and wash basin.
We have a large dining room, common room and a classroom as well as loads of outside space to explore and enjoy.

What is the cost of the accommodation?
Prices will vary depending on the time of year, special offers and late availability. Typically, accommodation will be £15-20 per pupil per night with catering and activities as extra costs. This means a 2 night residential all-inclusive of catering and activities can be found from as little as £75.00 per pupil or a 4 night from £150.00 per pupil. Staff go free.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
We are an endorsed centre with the local authority and as such are insured and licensed for the activities we undertake. We are happy to provide Risk Assessments and any detail needed by the visiting group. Pre-visits are recommended and encouraged

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?
Dave Huxtable, Centre Manager on email: Dhuxtable@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk or tel: 01643 831437

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
All sessions will be run by a qualified first aider. It is also possible for there to be a qualified first aider on site at all times if needed with prior arrangement.

Please list facilities available.
We try to offer you as much freedom as possible with how you want your residential to look. We have great facilities with 3 large common rooms and ensuite bathrooms and loads of outside space. We can provide activities and catering if needed and programmes to match your needs.

What are your disabled facilities?
Inclusion is very important to us so we have a disabled bedroom and shower facilities and accessible kitchen and common rooms.

What are your opening days and hours?
We are usually available Monday to Friday 9am -4pm all year round.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
We are working on this. Keep an eye on our website www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/learning/pinkery-centre for when this appears. We have schools who have been coming to us year after year for 40 years so our reputation is very important to us!

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
As a centre that has been open since 1969 we have a long history of providing high quality educational experiences. Added to this is a fantastic moorland environment that is a ‘must’ to explore and enjoy.

 

 


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 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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