Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre
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.
Why are Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
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.
What activities are available during group visits?
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
What size groups do you cater for?
approx 70 depending on gender split
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
Classroom facilities are available on site
Is there first aid 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
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Please contact the centre for specific needs
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
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 - Monday 29th July - Friday 2nd August 2019 and for 12 - 15yrs Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th August 2019
Special rates for schools
staying with us outside of peak season
From £55pp for an overnight stay
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
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