Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: The Goods Shed Klondyke Road, Okehampton, Devon EX20 1EW

Contact: 044 1837 53916

Website: http://www.adventureokehampton.com/

Description

Adventure Okehampton is an Adventure Activity provider on the edge of Dartmoor, West Devon, UK.

It manages 3 residential buildings capable of sleeping up to 180 people. We specialise in providing residential activity packages to Schools and Groups.

Many different adventure activities are available and we can package them in different ways to suit your budget, curriculum aims and group size.

We have our own lakes and grounds where watersports (canoeing, kayaking, raft building), gorge scrambling, climbing, cycling, bushcraft, low ropes, high ropes, archery and many other activities can be sampled; further afield you can also try out mountain boarding, mountain biking, surfing, bodyboarding and pony trekking.

For other curriculum areas, we offer various activities such as River Study, Pond Safari, Quarry Quest, Museum of Dartmoor Life visit, Okehampton Castle Visit, so that you can add a sense of place to their visit to Dartmoor, contrasting with your own town.

Attractions close by:  the residential venue is suitable for overnight stays when visiting the Eden Project, Education Centre at the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Rosemoor, Dartmoor Zoo, Dartmoor Pony Heritage Centre, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, National Aquarium at Plymouth, as well as various National Trust properties close by (Castle Drogo, Finch Foundry).  Many of these centres offer free educational visits, if booked in advance.

We offer schools and groups an opportunity to tailor their an activity programme to their own requirements, so whatever your budget we can find a suitable package for your needs.

We are AALA registered, and have well-trained, fun instructors that provide a safe, fun way to learn new activities. We also are accredited by Council of Learning Outside the Classroom and British Canoe Union. We are affiliated to the Youth Hostel Association, so you know that our accommodation meets their high standards.

 

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

Many of our schools return each year, due to the fantastic instructor team, high quality adventure activities, great food and the proximity of the moors.  

 

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

A variety of programmes are available on our web-site.  We offer a range of different activities, which are aimed can be modified for the target audience: primary schools, middle schools, secondary schools, colleges, university groups.

Some activities combine well to run as a full adventure day (e.g. Rock Climbing & Gorge Scrambling; High Ropes & Bushcraft, Archery & Low Ropes/Climbing Wall) with an option of a packed lunch provided. Typically programmes include a range of on-site activities such as climbing, archery, cycling, team building as well as activities on the moors (navigation, orienteering, walking, gorge scrambling) and at the watersports sites (Kayaking, canoeing, raft-building). Some programmes can include an overnight expedition onto the moor.

These sessions for activities require a minimum number of participants. Please ask for an individual quote in this case.

Our Young Leaders course was designed for the Rotary Young leaders award, and incorporates team challenges including an overnight expedition, so is suitable for the National Citizenshp Scheme.

 

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This venue has the following accreditation:

Adventure Okehampton is an approved activity centre:

Adventure Activity Licensing Authority ( AALA number L9842), Council for Learning Outside the Classrooom Quality Badge, Youth Hostel Association (England and Wales), Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council, British Canoe Union Approved training centre, NNAS Navigation approved training courses.
Quality Badge from Council of Learning Outside the Classroom
AALA License
British Canoe Union Approved Centre
National Navigation Awards Approved centre
YHA approved accommodation centre.
Visit England 3 star Activity Accommodation centre
Dartmoor First accreditation.

 

What size groups do they cater for?

For Residential Activity packages up to 180.

For Adventure Activity packages 6 to 180.  These are for local groups or those staying at other venues in close proximity.  We offer a mini-bus pick-up service.

 

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

Parents Evenings: We have a Powerpoint presentation and Video for you to show the parents at your school.

Teacher Resources: We have links on our web-site to various teacher packs prepared for different academic worksheets that you can use for preparation for a visit, as well as some worksheets for some activities.

 

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

We are happy for the children to take photos or videos of their trip, but let the Schools decide whether they want the children to take photographs.  Some teachers do the photography for the entire school whereas other schools get a blanket permission from all parents and we get a photographer to take photographs for them. We cannot assume responsibility for valuable items such as cameras, phones etc.

 

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Teachers that make a booking will be provided with a risk assessment pack for their chosen package.  

Teachers are welcome to visit the centre prior to their visit, to check the facilities and view the activity venues.

For residential stays, Adventure Okehampton recommend that there must be one adult leader for each sex if it is a mixed group, in a ratio of at least 1:15, and preferably 1:10.  We accept teaching assistants, parents or guardians as sub-leaders, where there is a qualified leader assigned to each sex.  We recommend that you check the leader ratios suggested by your outdoor education advisor.

 

What are the contact details for their education officer?

All activities have a specified teaching plan which the instructors follow to deliver the educational outcomes.  

The following staff work together to ensure that the delivery of sessions meets the highest standard.

Centre Director

Activity Manager

Group Activity Coordinator

2 Senior Instructors

One member of staff has a teaching qualification (PGCE) and has taught in secondary schools, and can assist with the tailoring sessions for a more academic content, where required.

 

What does it cost?

Costs vary depending on the type of package taken, see our web-site for examples of the packages (http://www.adventureokehampton.com).

For any booking which includes Full Board, there is one free supervising adult for every 10 children.

 

Is specific clothing required?

A recommended kit list is provided to all of schools and will vary depending on the nature of the adventure activity package taken.

 

Do you have first aid on site?

All our instructors are qualified first aiders but we would recommend that any large group bring their own qualified first aider.

 

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

•    Sweets and small gift shop

•    Full catering facilities available at all sites

•    Drying Rooms for school/group use

•    Playing field on site

•    A meeting room is designated for each group

•    There is an external covered area for visiting groups to eat their packed lunch.

 

Are there disabled facilities?

Disabled children can access the ground floor facilities on the sites at both Goods Shed and Bracken Tor.  There is one bathroom with disabled facilities on each site.  For a full access statement for each site please check on our web-site (http://www.adventureokehampton.com), where a pdf access statement can be downloaded.

 

What are your opening days and hours?

All year

In the winter office hours at 8am-8pm weekdays

In season; office hours at 8am-8pm

 

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


“Many Thanks to the top team.  Yet again an amazing stay which we have beeen able to offer our children a range of activities that have undoubtedly enriched their lives!”

“All the instructors were excellent – very good safety and fun at the same time. We particularly liked the day at the lake – this was well organised and well managed day – Thank you”

“Another excellent year. Thank you for the great hospitality.  All the activities were well planned and well delivered and of good duration.”

“This week was brilliant in all respects. Children’s comments:
Brilliant Activities, AWESOME, Brilliant Instructors, Amazing Food
Lovely atmosphere
10 out of 10”

 

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


As a small family run Company we pride ourselves on delivering high quality adventure activities for groups of all sizes.  We have a wide range of groups that regularly visit us from UK, France, Denmark and Poland and we consider that their feedback is vital in improving the quality of our delivery. We have started to add more academic elements for groups in response to this feedback.  

We cater for groups of all types:

•    Accommodation only

•    staying as part of a residential activity break

•    groups looking for day-time activities without accommodation

We can offer a pick-up service for local groups wanting day-time activities.  Please call for a quote.


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

Type of Visit: Adventure Playgrounds Bushcraft Cycling Climbing High Ropes Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Residential School Trips Surfing & Scuba Diving Water Sports

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Citizenship Design and Technology English Engineering Environmental Studies Geography History Mathematics PE PSHE Science

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


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