Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Appledore, Bideford, North Devon EX39 1NG

Contact: 01237 475 992



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.


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.


‘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 a video link on YouTube or anywhere else regarding your accommodation?

Are you on twitter or facebook? If so what are the links for our users to follow?

What size groups do they cater for?

From 1 – 220

Please provide location information?

Set outside the picturesque village of Appledore, Skern Lodge is set in its own grounds and is ideally located for that remote residential.  With the town of Bideford only 3 miles away and Barnstaple with its rail link only ten miles away, Skern is also accessible for arriving on public transport if required.  The North Devon link road links you to the UK motorway network and you could be here from London in just three and a half hours. 

Why are you great for educational visits?

Set within 22 acres of grounds with the tidal waters of the Torridge estuary on the doorstep, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and inside the internationally recognised UNESCO Biosphere of Braunton Burrows.

Skern Lodge utilizes the locations and natural surroundings to enhance the experience for each young individual. Whether it’s to discover coastal erosion, surf the waves or to learn something new about themselves through the challenges they have just faced on the high ropes, Skern Lodge has something for every individual.

With over 35 years experience supplying outdoor activity and educational programmes we pride ourselves in delivering tailor made courses that are led by qualified and experienced staff.

Is there anything you offer specifically for educational visits?

We have a variety of resources available allowing us to design relevant worksheet, log books, packs or pre or post course projects appropriate to your learning outcomes.  Courses are designed specifically to the needs of the client and we will try and accommodate your group requirements as best we can.

Can you provide information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

The centre provides a range of accommodation from single, twin and dormitory style rooms sleeping 3 - 8. Many have on-suite rooms with others having shared bathrooms available.  Each accommodation area has its own lounges and social areas for staff & students with TV. 

Are visitors allowed to take photos, video or audio, if appropriate?

Yes, click away.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Risk assessments are available via our website through our teacher/leader log-in. Log-in details can be obtained by contacting Skern Lodge.  We are required to run 3 drills per year, but often run one when requested by groups, but is not essential.

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 is the cost of the accommodation?

Prices vary throughout the year, please visit our website for our up to date prices.

Please list facilities available?

•    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.

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

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

Are there disabled facilities?

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

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited your Accommodation?

‘As ever all the people I have dealt with have been efficient, cheerful and helpful.  The centre is in very good shape (I always hold Skern up as an excellent example of how a centre should be).  We feel that Skern is a centre run with quiet efficiency.  It is safe, friendly, pleasantly located, well maintained.  Skern is a place where nothing is too much trouble.  Safety and welfare are taken seriously’
St Faiths at Ash School

 ‘Thanks to the cleaning staff – they need a medal!!!’
Roding Valley

The rooms were very comfortable and cosy.  The food there was so delicious.  The activities were really fun and enjoyable.’
Pupil from Sacred Heart School

‘The food gets better every year – don’t know how you do it! Better than most 5* hotels! Nothing is too much trouble. Special diet children have eaten well and had lots of variety’
St John’s CP School

Thank you so much for a truly amazing residential week. All of our Year 6 pupils were blown away by the experiences they had and the care you showed us all. Nothing seems too much trouble and every aspect of the visit from the course programme to the quality of the instructors, administrative staff, catering staff and food was outstanding’
Sacred Heart .

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.

Available to download from the Schools and Field Studies areas of our website:

Course Leader Support Pack – to help you plan your trip

Guidance notes – during your trip

Parents leaflet

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

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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