We offer fun, educational and developmental programmes for children from 4 - 18 years.
Our courses are designed with you to meet your needs and requirements
whilst support from our administration team makes your organisation
Either visit for the day or stay residentially from 1 - 7 nights, subject to availability.
Skern Lodge offers fun activity courses, educational and developmental courses and field study courses from KS2 - A Level.
Why book Skern Lodge for Residential School Trips and Educational Visits?
Based on the edge of the Taw and Torridge Estuary, Skern Lodge is ideally located in a beautiful part of the country. With both Exmoor and Dartmoor not far away, Westward Ho! beach within walking distance and being one of the few centres that is based in an UNESCO biosphere.
Programmes are designed with the perfect balance of on-site and off site activities that provide challenging and exciting opportunities to undertake a wide range of adventurous experiences.
Learning and development is behind everything we do, both for our clients and staff. Pupils are enriched in a fun, supported environment that allows each individual to shine.
Our clients return year after year, telling us it's because of the great customer care provided by the whole staff team throughout their stay that makes their residential experience a real enriching opportunity for their pupils.
It's safe, well organised and fun!
Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?
Our skilled and experienced staff use the amazing locations around the North Devon coast to undertake a range of exciting water and land based activities. From KS2 to A Level, Skern Lodge provides the ideal base for your students outdoor physical education needs.
With the tidal waters of the Taw and Torridge Estuary on our doorstep, we are ideally located for a great watersports experience. Westward Ho! beach offers a great venue for surfing and surf skiing, whilst the estuary and river provide ideal opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, rafting, raft building and powerboating. Progressive sessions are available both in kayaking and surfing.
Whether it's KS2 or A level Skern Lodge can provide the ideal field trip for your pupils. Located within the UNESCO Biosphere, Skern uses the local resources of Braunton Burows, Exmoor, Dartmoor and Westward Ho! to provide perfect locations for students to undertake their Independent Investigations and research.
What activities are available during group visits?
Activities available: Kayaking, Surfing, Assault Course, High Ropes, Tunnels, Rafting, Raft building, Archery, Climbing, Abseiling, Power Boating, Crate Staking, Zip Wire, Problem Solving, Swimming, Orienteering, Surf Skiing, Surf kayaking, Hartland Day, Expedition Bivi, Coastal and Moorland Walks, Body Boarding, Bridge or Quay Jump, Off Road Cycling, Crabbing.
GCSE, A Level Field Work: Hydrology, Coastal Zone Processes and Geomorphology, Sand Dunes, Salt Marsh Ecosystems, Rocky Shore, Rural and Urban Settlements, Re-branding and rural diversification, Crowded Coasts.
Key stage 2: Seashore Trails, Viking trail, A Victorian development - Westward Ho!, Dark Skies, Forest Schools.
What size groups do you cater for?
We have four different accommodation blocks and have beds for 220 guests.
Of course all group sizes vary but our smallest group size is 6 and we do take several year groups that take over the whole centre.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
We have a number of classrooms and meeting rooms with white boards and projectors available.
Is there first aid on site?
All staff have a first aid qualification.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Yes we do, but numbers are limited, please discuss your requirements with us.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
This is a centre with real adventure offering surfing,body boarding and surf skiing, power boating, kayaking and rafting on the River Torridge, climbing and abseiling within the beautiful North Devon countryside.
Staff are highly skilled and experienced and ensure that every individual gains the most from their experience.
Reviews from Schools visiting Skern Lodge!
Special rates for schools
outside of peak season
2 days, 1 night £75+VAT pp, 3 days, 2 nights £115+VAT pp.
Take advantage of our Winter Residential offers running from 2nd November 2020 - 26th February 2021.
Book either an overnight or 2 night residential at our centre on the North Devon coast.
Get the children back outdoors learning in a fun and challenging environment. Lots of great activities including climbing, tunnels, high ropes, rafting, assault course and zip wire, to name just a few.
Give your course a curriculum twist and add a topic of your choice and we will design a programme that meets your needs. We have previously done Mayan days, Polar explorers, From Source to Sea and many more. You give us the topic and we'll provide the adventure.
Based in our modernised 18th century farm, you will be comfortable and well fed in great surroundings.
Give us a call to arrange a visit: 01237 475992
Dates: Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec
Capacity: Between 6-130, free places for staff
This past year has been a real shake up and many of our long established clients are unsure about future commitments. Get in touch to see if we have availability for that date you have always craved.
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|Free Places for Teachers|
|LOtC Quality Badge|
|Institute of Outdoor Learning|
|Duke of Edinburgh Award|
|Adventure Activity Associates|
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