Pinkery Outdoor Residential Learning Centre Exmoor

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Dave Huxtable

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South West

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

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PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

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.

Listed under: Accommodation & Residential | Outdoor Residential Centres

What we offer

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.

What makes us a great choice?

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.



Accreditation and Awards

Yes we have an AALA Licence – number R0093. We are also members of The Institute of Outdoor Learning.

What is typically included?

A Sample Programme;









In school/In Transit

Arrive at Pinkery 14:00

Pinkery Pond Walk

Team Building



Mountain Biking


Low Ropes Course

Free Time



Coasteering with seashore safari and Packed Lunch

Mountain Boarding

Stream Dipping

Shelter Building


Climbing at Castle Rock and Cliff Railway

Conservation Activity

Talent Evening


Depart for Wimbleball Lake

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Raft Building

Return to School


Group Sizes Catered 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.

Risk Assessment Details

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

Pricing Information

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.

First Aid Information

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.

Available Facilities

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.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

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

Opening Hours & Information

We are usually available Monday to Friday 9am -4pm all year round.


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!

Other 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.

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