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Residential stays for families

Family Adventures

 Skern Lodge, the professional centre where safety comes first

A warm welcome

to Skern Lodge

Skern Lodge has been using the outdoors for adventurous activities and people development since 1976.

We are an organisation committed to the highest standards in all aspects of the business. We are situated on the edge of the quiet coastal village of Appledore, the Centre is set within 22 acres of it's own grounds with the tidal waters and the Atlantic surf on the doorstep, we are in the perfect location for your next family adventure.

  • Adventure - comes from daring enterprise and exploring new limits.
  • Enjoyment - comes through the extensive range of exciting activities.
  • Learning - comes from the whole experience of challenge.
  • Safety - comes from the excellent staff and equipment together with tried and well established procedures.
Our aim is: To provide excellence in courses and services

Our philosophy is simple, we want all our guests to have fun and adventure, to learn something new and enjoy themselves safely.

At Skern Lodge everyone has a real commitment to personal service.  We try to ensure each guest receives individual attention in a relaxed, supportive and challenging environment.

Family adventures with Skern Lodge are all about having fun, taking on new challenges, getting active and exploring the great outdoors – together.
Your weekend will include the following activities:
Assault Course
Zip Wire
River Kayaking
High Ropes

Archery & Orienteer
Camp Craft & Camp Fire

Our family weekends are designed with a shared family experience in mind.  Kids aged 6-17 and big kids of all ages love our accessible activities where you can try something new, where little ones can challenge their parents and everyone can have lots of fun!

You’ll also enjoy evening activities and down time in our communal family spaces where you can spend time together and mix with other families, or why not come away with your extended family?

Meals and accommodation are included in the price, taking the hassle out of organising your family adventure, so all you need to worry about is who is going to catch that first wave!

Accommodation & facilities

Skern Lodge operates from a converted 18th Century farm with the addition of many new buildings and modern facilities.  The Lodge is a comfortable and practical centre and our accommodation reflects this.  Comfy beds, full central heating, drying rooms and plenty of showers.

Central to this is our dining room providing all your healthy and carefully prepared meals. Several lounges, a shop, bar, 22 acres of grounds and a heated outdoor pool complete the complex.

The dining facility seating 110 is at the heart of the centre, doing justice to our excellent catering.  
We take great pride in providing (probably!) the best food in our industry - great variety, fresh, local options and served by an outstanding team with care and good humour.  All dietary requirements can be catered for and there are plenty of healthy options.
We are prepared for all allergies and dietary concerns.
Menus and meal times are tailored to the clients staying with us each week.  
Our catering team will ensure you won't go hungry.
We cater for all dietary needs
Our menus will state if it contains any allergens or intolerances. We have a selection of free from alternatives available at all meal times.
Fresh fruit, filtered water and squashes are available at all meal times.

Special occasions

We can cater for any occasion if you want something a little different please ask our catering team

Plastic free

We use a selection of compostable disposables which are more sustainable.


We aim for our suppliers to be as local as possible.  This goes towards our environmental goals and provides support to the local economy.
We use West Country Pork, Devon & Cornwall Prime Beef and all of our chicken is British & Halal.
Sample breakfast menu

English Breakfast

Selection of Kellogg's cereals

Selection of freshly baked breads with preserves

Fresh fruit & local farm yogurts

Cooked breakfast including:

Grilled bacon

West country pork sausages

Baked beans

Fried or scrambled egg

Vegetarian sausages

Grilled tomato


Freshly brewed tea, coffee and fruit teas

Continental Breakfast

Served once a week includes:

Warm croissants

Pancakes & syrup

Selection of cold meats and cheeses

Selection of freshly baked muffins and pastries


Scrambled eggs


Fresh fruit platter

Home made granola

Sample lunch menu

Packed Lunch

A selection of fresh & healthy filled rolls, wraps & baguettes

A selection of snacks that may include:

Crisps, mini cheddars, dried fruit, cereal bar, flapjack, biscuits, muffins or shortbread.

Fresh fruit 

Hot lunches

Sausage and tomato pasta


Macaroni cheese with French bread pizza & salad

Lemon drizzle cake


Bacon & cheese or roasted vegetables & tomato pastry twists with potato wedges & salad

Home made cookie


Our dinner menu changes daily and usually consists of:

Main Course

A choice of 4 healthy main dishes including 2 vegetarian and 1 fish dish daily; to accompany dinners, we offer vegetables and potatoes and an extensive freshly prepared salad bar.

We use British halal chicken, Devon & Cornwall prime beef and West Country pork and lamb; our dairy and cheese are local where possible.

We often have a Thursday night Carvery with our delicious Devon cream tea and barbecues in the summer months.


Dessert of the day which may include apple and summer fruit crumble, steamed treacle sponge and custard or waffles and ice cream.

Selection of fresh fruit.

West Country cheeseboard and biscuits.

Freshly brewed tea, coffee & fruit tea.

Frequently asked questions

Who can attend a Family Adventure?

Our Family Adventures are designed for family participation so there needs to be a minimum of one adult and one child on each booking.  The courses are open to children of all ages below 17 years old.  The adult must have parental responsibility for the children and is responsible for supervising behaviour at all times even when under instruction by Skern tutors.

Are there any age limits on activities and do I need to be physically fit?

The maximum age limit to qualify for a child place is 17 years old.  All children between 6 and 17 years of age can take part in every activity.  There is no upper age limit for participation nor a particular fitness requirement but people need to feel comfortable taking part in the activities described in the itinerary.

What if I don't want to do an activity?

We encourage everyone to try each activity, but we strongly believe and work to the principle of Challenge by Choice.  All we ask is that you come along to the activity, try on the equipment and make the choice once you are ready.

Will I be doing activities just with my family or with other people?

You will join other families to do the activities, we work on a ratio of 1 tutor to 8 clients.  So depending on the size of your party, you may be with 1 to 4 other families.  Where possible we will try and group children of a similar age.

Will a member of the Skern Lodge staff be available during our stay?

On arrival you will be greeted by your Course Director, they will be looking after you and providing your activity instruction during your stay and will ensure all aspects of your holiday run smoothly.  We have a Duty Instructor on call during the night.  The Duty Instructor is the same person throughout your stay and will be on hand to deal with any problems during the evening and overnight.


Arrive 5pm Friday

Dinner 5.30pm

Evening activity 7 - 9pm

Breakfast 8am

Activity 9am - 12.30pm


Activity 1.30 - 5pm

Dinner 5.30pm

Evening activity 7 - 9pm

Breakfast 8am

Activity 9am - 12.30pm


Activity 1.30 - 4pm

Depart 5pm

Activities will be arranged around tides and conditions

Dates for 2020

Friday 5pm - Sunday 4pm

10th - 12th April

29th - 31st May

24th - 26th July

31st July - 2nd August

7th - 9th August

14th - 16th August

21st -23rd August

Looking for dates outside of these times please get in touch as we are happy to quote.


Adult £159 pp, Child £139 pp

Minimum of 1 adult and 1 child required for each booking.

To book your places

call 01237 475992

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Where are we?


Skern Lodge



North Devon

EX39 1NG

(01237) 475992


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