Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre is situated in the heart of Exmoor National Park being part of the oldest house in Exmoor Forest; the property dates back to 1654 and still retains many of its original features. The main house is set in 4 acres of land where many of the centre activities take place and adjoins Exmoor National Park overlooking the Barle Valley, a unique acidic upland river with SSSI designation and immediate access to acres of beautiful moorland countryside.
As well as providing an excellent location for habitat investigation, the centre offers an exciting range of outdoor activities such as:
mountain biking, gladiator high ropes climb & zig zag challenge, climbing wall, tree climb, zip line, assault course, archery, group development through problem solving, mountain boarding, grass sledging, map work, compass and orienteering, stream scramble, circus workshop & slack line, climbing traverse & boulder, up and over team challenge wall, camp craft skills including shelter building, woodland survival games and camouflage and Indian Tracker, using steels , cooking on an open fire, river study, guided walks and environmental activities.
The Centre is within 7 miles of Watersmeet on the East Lyn River and picturesque Lynmouth with the cliff side railway connecting the town to Lynton. Close by we can offer surfing on the wide sandy beaches of Croyde bay, sailing & kayaking at Wimbleball Lake or a high ropes experience.
The centre offers en-suite dormitory accommodation for approx 70 students and ensuite bedrooms for their leaders. All bedding is provided and bedrooms are centrally heated and fully carpeted. The centre offers a range of indoor facilities including a large dining room and common room and a fully equipped classroom. The centre also has a small souvenir shop and washing and drying facilities.
The experienced chef savours his reputation for good food, providing a wide and varied menu cooked on site using local produce catering for both vegetarians and those on special diets.
The safety and welfare of the residents is of paramount importance, to that end the centre has a dedicated Health and Safety Co-ordinator. All activities are run by qualified and experienced staff and the centre holds £5 million public liability insurance. To ensure the safety and security of our residents the dormitory block has locks on all exterior doors and windows and an alarm system. All staff hold a first aid qualification and there is a member of staff qualified to First Aid at Work standard in residence on site at all times. The Centre Health and Safety Policy, Code of Practice and Risk Assessments are available on request and can be view on our web page
SHOC meets all criteria required by LEA’s to ensure the safety and well being of pupils visiting the centre.
Exmoor National Park is the perfect place for A Night Under the Stars.
As well as providing an excellent location in central Exmoor for geographical investigations, environmental studies and exciting outdoor adventurous activities the centre offers considerable learning opportunities in all aspects of the curriculum and aims to encompass many areas of Citizenship and PSHE.
Simonsbath House provides wide and varied options for outdoor activity from Orienteering/map reading and archery to mountain biking and climbing.
Exmoor is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the environment, Simonsbath is situated in the heart of Exmoor with the river Barle making an ideal place to study rivers and streams, take measurements of flow and speed and sketching meanders, river cliff and beaches. The rich and varied habitat of the area lends itself to explore the flora and fauna of the area, invertebrate studies, pond dipping, tree canopy investigation and mapping and wild plants and flowers.
Plan a packed programme to include: mountain biking, gladiator high ropes climb & zig zag challenge, climbing wall, tree climb, Zip line and Indiana Jones Bridge, assault course, archery, group development through problem solving , mountain boarding, grass sledging, map work, compass and orienteering, stream scramble, circus workshop & slack line, climbing traverse & boulder, up and over team challenge wall, camp craft skills including shelter building, woodland survival games and camouflage and Indian Tracker, using steels , cooking on an open fire, river study, guided walks and environmental activities.
Evening activities include Morris Dancing, Ukulele or drumming and percussion workshops, up close and personal visit from Exmoor Birds of Prey.
Take a short trip out from the centre to walk the Lyn valley specacular path to Lynmouth or try watersports on Wimbleball lake, surfing at Croyde Bay or High Ropes challenges.
Visit the Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park or Exmoor Zoo
approx 60 depending on gender split
Classroom facilities are available on site
Yes, all staff hold an outdoor first aid qualification and there is a member of staff qualified to that standard on call at all times
Please contact the centre for specific needs
The centre endeavours to cater for all children and is happy to discuss specific needs with the class teacher when planning their visit.
Free site visits are welcomed to help with planning your school visit.
We are also pleased to offer a Simonsbath House Residential weeks during the summer holidays for 9-12yr olds looking for an action packed activity holiday
Off peak special rates at Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre. Fully inclusive of meals, bedding and activities from as little as £55 for an overnight stay on bookings made before Easter or after October 1/2 term.
3 day/2night stay for £130 per pupil
4 day/3 night stay for £175 per pupil
5 day/4 night stay for £210 per pupil
Free adult places
Monday 5th - Friday 9th October 2020
Fully inclusive residential activity week, to include: all meals from evening meal on day of arrival to lunch on day of departure, all bedding in centrally heated dormitory accommodation, separate male and female dorms and staff rooms with staff lounge. A programme of activities negotiated with the school to include: High Ropes Gladiator Challenge and Zig Zag, Tree climb, Zip Line, Archery, stream scramble, mountain biking, camp craft cooking, shelter building, assault course, problem solving, woodland ramble and natural art, river study, orienteering, evening activities, film night.
Free adult places
Off peak residential offer November 2020
Fully inclusive residential visit in centrally heated dormitory accommodation, evening meal on day of arrival to lunch on day of departure, all bedding and programme of activities negotiate with the group to include evening activities.
Free staff places, staff lounge and en-suite staff bedrooms
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