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Group brochure for Skern Lodge Activity Centre



 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.

  • 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.

Skern values

We provide the best for you

We'll plan and run your programme to meet your needs. Our aim is to provide a life enhancing experience for all participants, in a safe, relaxed and friendly environment.

We improve our own business

We continually invest in the buildings, facilities, activities and equipment. By listening to your feedback, we make improvements year on year.

We always develop our staff team

Exceptional individuals, and a model of good teamwork. Quite simply, we realise our people make the difference - and our customers continue to tell us.

Adventure, safety & risk

Adventure activities are not completely free of risk.

While the chance of serious injury is extremely remote, the chance of a minor injury has to be seen as a rare, but possible outcome - to much the same extent as in normal, active play at home, school, work or on holiday.

We fully accept our obligations and responsibilites in providing suitable care for all our guests, and take these seriously.

We aim to increase peoples awareness of safety education and managing risks.  This helps individuals keep themselves and others safe in a wide range of situations.

Groups - Days and residentials

Youth Groups

Uniformed Groups

Sports Tours

Adult Groups

Groups with special needs

The shared theme is adventure activities - people visiting Skern have many different reasons for taking part.

Whether it is for a week, weekend, day or just one session, get in contact to tell us who you are and what you have in mind - we'll help make the best arrangements for a memorable event.

"We have had another excellent residential... both staff and young people gaining experiential learning and adventure from well organised activities... an excellent team, well organised and led. Also well fed and looked after by a kind and freindly team"  Oakfield Project

Daytime Activities

Choose from our wide range of exciting activities to make your ideal programme.



Assault Course

Body Boarding


Coastal Traversing

Coastal Walking


Crate Stacking

Hartland Experience

High Ropes

Off Road Cycling


Overnight Bivi


Raft Building

RIB Powerboating

River Kayaking

Seashore Trail


Surf Skiing


Team Challenge


Zip Wire

Beach Walk

Bridge or Quay Jump

Camp Craft



Grounds Map Quiz

Indoor Groupwork

Local Mystery Walk

Local Visits

Night Walk

Guests staying residentially can add a range of evening options.

Evening Activities

Overnight Bivi

Pool Olympics

Scavenger Hunt

Shelter Build  

Skern Lodge Olympics


Team Games

Team Quiz

Wide Games

Evening Activities

Evening Activities

A typical day





Full morning of activities

Re-fuel with a healthy packed lunch

All get together to plan the day ahead, discuss the weather, what to wear, what you’ll be doing and what to expect

Fun packed afternoon of adventure activities

Evening activity or game

Dinner, always with choices and catering for vegetarian and special diets

Free time and bed

Huge hearty breakfast

Skern Lodge has been providing exciting and challenging experiences for youth groups for over 40 years.  Our staff team are skilled and experienced in working with a wide variety of youth clubs and youth at risk programmes.  Our site is ideally located providing a safe and contrasting environment from the norm. A challenging programme ensures that each individual enjoys success with the right level of support. Guided by the Skern tutors, your young people will leave Skern with a real sense of achievement. 

Course length can vary depending on time and budgets, from attending for a day to staying for the week.

Whether you are looking for a day, weekend or full week, Skern Lodge has the ideal venue for your next camp, residential or activity day.  With a great mix of water and land based activities, everyone will have a fun and exciting experience at Skern Lodge.

Choose from either staying in our residential accommodation or organising your own camp overlooking the Taw and Torridge Estuary.

Book a full or part activity programme throughout your stay.


With a fantastic view, use of separate toilet and shower facilities and the option of full or self catering. Camping at Skern Lodge is an attractive option.


We have the ideal package for your next sports tour, great facilities, exciting activities and a number of local clubs to arrange your matches with.

There are not many venues where both dads and lads, or mums and daughters could feel that their needs are met, both with lounges and bar to socialise, safe and secure areas where children can play inside and out and a place that understands what goes on when clubs go on tour.

Our flexible approach and great customer care makes us an ideal venue.

Outline of our Weekend Sports Tours

Friday evening:

Arrive between 5pm-9pm.  Light meal on arrival or eat on the way.  Settle into accommodation and socialise in the bar.


Includes a full day of adventurous activities.  These  include options such as surfing, kayaking, high ropes, climbing, archery, assault course, tunnels and a full evening programme from 7pm-9pm.  

Depart after breakfast and head to pre-arranged match. 

 Alternatively return for an afternoon of activities and stay another night and depart after breakfast on the Monday morning.  


Get friends or family together for an enjoyable active day, weekend or week.  With a great mix of activities providing fun and laughter in a friendly and social atmosphere, Skern is the ideal venue for your get-together.

Easy to organise, onsite bar and local village amenities within 15 minutes walking distance. You only need 6 people or more to make a group.

Choose from our wide range of activities to make your ideal experience.

A celebration like a birthday or an anniversary with a difference?

Whatever your reason these weekends are about pure fun filled excitement.  

Some time away from your hectic schedule? A reunion?

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.

Making your job easier  

We have been providing courses for various groups for over 40 years. Our friendly office staff will help you at all stages of your booking and in preparation for your course.

Our Teacher/Leader zone on our website gives you access to all the information you need to organise your trip, including insurance documents, risk assessments and lots more.  We welcome inspection and preview visits. Please phone to make arrangements. 

Our aim - excellence in courses and services - is made easier to achieve because the full Skern staff team is on-site with you at the Lodge.  On your arrival, one of our staff team is allocated to be your Course Director, co-ordinating all aspects of the course with you. The full management team are available on-site to ensure everything runs smoothly and to help with any problems. 

There is plenty of space for games in free-time, boundaries are clear, accommodation is easy to supervise and there is 24 hour duty cover.

Anything else?

How else can we help you? Please always feel free to call and ask.  

Skern Lodge




EX39 1NG

(01237) 475992

Where are we?

Skern Lodge is situated just outside the picturesque village of Appledore, near Bideford in North Devon.

  • Less than 2 hours from Bristol
  • 3 hours from the Midlands
  • 4 hours from London
  • 4.5 hours from Manchester

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