Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Appledore, Bideford, North Devon EX39 1NG

Contact: 01237 475 992

Website: http://www.skernlodge.co.uk

Description

Whether it’s an educational experience outside of the classroom or a geography field studies course that you are looking for Skern Lodge Outdoor Activity and Field Studies Centre is one of the leading independent providers of outdoor educational activities in the country, let us know your aims and we will work with you in designing a varied and fulfilling programme.  Courses are suitable for children aged from 4 to 18 years of age.

Schools:

Outdoor activities are fantastic tools for personal development, promoting confidence, team working, understanding others, communication, understanding risk, making personal assessments, reducing environmental impact and many more.

Geography Field Studies Key Stage 2 - A/AS Level

Fieldwork sites are in our local area and can include investigating the diversity of sand dune ecosystems at Braunton Burrows to studying Exmoor National Park fluvial processes. Classrooms and a wide range of field equipment are available as well as a computer suite with data handling software.

Colleges:

‘Learning through experience’ allow young people the chance to explore aspects of personal and team development. This is followed up with reviews resulting in individuals gaining a raised awareness of themselves, confidence and the motivation to continue learning back in the real world.

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

We hold the LOtC Quality badge AAIAC Adventure mark and are accredited by AALA, we are also a BCU & RYA  approved training centre.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

Our location, our activity sites the quality of the food, but mostly the staff.  When you consider everything else, what your visit really comes down to are the people. It’s making the booking system painless or the care and attention given to every meal. Making sure the cleanliness of the rooms and toilets are maintained and most importantly the delivery of the activity sessions and the interaction with the students. That’s why we say to us it’s more than adventure! 

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

With a great mixture of water and land based activities, both on site and in some fantastic challenging locations, Skern has something for everyone.  Experience the rugged cliffs of Hartland for climbing and abseiling or take to the river for kayaking or rafting. Explore the coastline and take to the waves in the surf, or discover the various life forms in the rock pools at Westward Ho!

If you are looking for field work, Skern Lodge is ideally located for the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere, Lynmouth and Boscastle, Exmoor, Dartmoor and the stunning Culm coastline.

Do you have a YouTube Video link regarding your venue?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH50-Rzl8AM

Are you currently on Twitter or Facebook?

http://www.twitter.com/skernlodge

https://www.facebook.com/skernlodge/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/skernlodge/albums

This venue has the following accreditation:

We hold both the LOtC Quality badge and are accredited by AALA, we are also a BCU & RYA approved centre.

What size groups do they cater for?

From 1 - 250

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

Located on the beautiful North Devon coast, Skern Lodge offers schools, colleges and universities an ideal location for your day or residential experience. Whether you are looking for an adventurous activity programme or a geography field trip, our facilities, staff and location provides the ideal environment for your learning outcomes.

Courses are suitable for children aged from 4 to adult.

Schools:
Outdoor activities are fantastic tools for personal development, promoting confidence, team working, understanding others, communication, understanding risk, making personal assessments, reducing environmental impact and many more.

Geography Field Studies Key Stage 2 - A Level
Fieldwork sites are in our local area and can include investigating the diversity of sand dune ecosystems at Braunton Burrows to studying Exmoor National Park fluvial processes. Classrooms and a wide range of field equipment are available as well as a computer suite with data handling software.

Colleges & Universities:
From Public Services, to engineering, our courses provide the experiential learning opportunities that can be applied to team work, leadership and management development skills. Providing students a chance to practice these soft skills in a safe, supportive environment and allow time for reflection and analysis and apply this learning to a work environment.
Activities on offer:
Water based
Body Boarding
Canoeing
Kayaking
Power Boating
Quay/Bridge Jump
Rafting
Raft Building
Surfing
Surf Skiing
Swimming
Land Based
Abseiling
Archery
Assault Course
Climbing
Coastal Traversing
Expedition
High Ropes
Orienteering
Off Road Biking
Problem Solving
Rock Pooling
Tunnels
Zip Wire

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Yes click away, there are no copyright restrictions – and if you take a great shot we would love to see it!

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Risk assessments are available via our website through our teacher/leader log-in. Log-in details can be obtained by contacting Skern Lodge. 

What are the contact details for their education officer?

N/A, but we do have several staff available who are always happy to discuss your programme requirements.

What does it cost?

Prices start from £18 + VAT per person for a half day and £28 + VAT per person for a full day. Residential prices vary throughout the year starting from £220 + VAT per person for a Monday to Friday, or £115 + VAT pp for a weekend. Free staff places available, please contact us for a quote.

Is specific clothing required?

1 pair of old trainers/wet shoes that will get wet and muddy.
Waterproof jacket.

Do you have first aid on site?

All staff at Skern Lodge are first aid trained. A qualified member of staff is also on duty through the night.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

•    3 Separate residential blocks – each with bedding provided, own lounges, meeting rooms, drying room and toilet and shower facilities.

•    Meeting rooms, shower and toilet facilities for day visitors.

•    Dinning room with seating for 120.

•    Full catering provided with fresh food including healthy, local options and any dietary requirements catered for. A sample programme is available to download from our website.

•    Classrooms.

•    Computer suite with wi-fi access.

•    Shop providing toiletries, sweets and drinks, postcards, T-Shirts, sweatshirts and souvenirs.

•    Bar.

•    Service wash laundry.

•    Games field.

•    Several free time games around site.

•    Dedicated night duty person.


Are there disabled facilities?

A number of the rooms are suitable for those who are wheelchair bound and have wet room showers.

What are your opening days and hours?

The centre is closed for just 3 weeks over the Christmas period and open at all other times.
Day group times are between 9.15am and 4.45pm, evening sessions are also available. 

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

Great at spotting individual needs & giving time to those who need that little bit extra. Lovely clean rooms. Everything was spotless. Stoke Fleming Primary School

Every single member of the team was outstanding. Marlborough House School

Thank you for being so accommodating with our booking. Very helpful staff & instructors. Wonderful trip again and looking forward to June 2017. Downside School

Best food I’ve ever had on a geography field trip. St Edwards School

Your flexibility and experience has been great – including extra activities and letting the children have an extra swim was really appreciated. Consistently of a high standard – friendly, approachable & knowledgeable. Moretonhampstead Primary School

Just returned from 3 days school residential... wow!! Such a beautiful place, instructors were very patient, knowledgeable, and encouraging. I love watching the children conquer their biggest fears and the determination on their faces was amazing! Thank you. Bassetts Farm Primary School

Just been back to Skern with a group of year 6s. As always, it was a fantastic experience! Absolutely wonderful instructors, brilliant course director, excellent facilities, challenging activities. Can’t wait until next year’s trip! Thanks to all at Skern, our staff, children and their parents loved it! Commonswood School

“Great place to go outdoors”
I have been privileged to go to Skern Lodge many times with school groups. The centre is geared to working with all age groups and employs both seasoned experienced hands who have taken many students I suspect adult groups through the Skern Experience and new staff who have joined to benefit from the training and great atmosphere that the place has. Over the years the accommodation has been improved and updated so that as much as possible is now ensuite. As though that weren’t enough we were able to swim in the heated pool at night and for the teachers early in the morning. Each trip is tailored to your requirements, we had discos at the end of the week, a bonfire and as the weather was good an open air cinema. TripAdvisor Review

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

Ask us for our Schools DVD. View it yourself and then use it with pupils and parents. We provide every parent with a briefing leaflet. In addition, we will visit your school to help brief and prepare your group if you wish – at no extra charge.

We welcome inspections and preview visits please phone or e-mail to make arrangements.


Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Climbing High Ropes Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Personal Development-Mentoring Residential School Trips SEN Sports Surfing & Scuba Diving Team Building Water Sports Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Geography Leisure & Tourism PE

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


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