Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning
A unique and inspiring experience.
Pinkery is also available to hire as self catering accommodation for families and other groups - find out more here.
Pinkery is Exmoor National Park’s off-grid Centre for Outdoor Learning, set in its own wild moorland valley over 400 metres above sea level valley in the heart of Exmoor's Dark Skies Reserve. Built as an upland farmhouse, the original building has been expanded to create a unique moorland residential Centre, that has been providing unforgettable experiences for young people since 1969 and continues to work with teachers to ensure that every new generation is inspired by the landscape and atmosphere of Exmoor National Park. We welcome groups from Key Stage 1 to University and beyond.
Pinkery is an ideal venue for a structured and supported trip that will enable young people to learn and explore as well as connect with nature and each other. . By providing an experience where everyone can grow, there is the opportunity to explore, develop and create new memories that have a lifelong impact. Our experienced staff can link our programmes to your needs and provide an extraordinary experience. Sessions can be based entirely at Pinkery or across Exmoor, making the most of our incredible environment.
Pinkery is entirely off grid, powered by wind and sun. So can provide schools with a low carbon option where young people can experience practical sustainability as an integral part of their stay.
Pinkery can accommodate groups of up to 36 students and 8 staff on a self-catered or fully catered basis. You can see a floor plan of the building here to give you an idea of the layout.
What we offer
We offer activities on site including our low ropes course, archery, problem solving, bush craft and grass sledging. We are Europe’s first Dark Skies reserve, with opportunities for an evening of breath-taking stargazing. Using some of the these activities we can theme days to include team building, cooperation and leadership. These may be useful to help galvanise a group and support reintroduction to school friendships and working relationships, develop prefects, support vulnerable pupils and raise self esteem. We are able to offer a wellbeing day visit where through workshops, activities and exploring the amazing surroundings we look at strategies to support positive mental health and the rejuvenating power of the outdoors.
We can offer bespoke packages to fit the needs of your KS2 group. These can be curriculum linked or as a celebration of the year. Residential stays are about creating profound experiences that produce lifelong memories so consider stays that last the whole week but we are happy to take shorter stays if that fits with the school structure.
KS3 is a great time to explore what we have to offer. We pride ourselves on an exciting and beneficial team building stay for Year 7 pupils to break the ice as a new cohort but equally we can work with your group and our partners to provide a longer stay to suit an activities week.
KS4, Post-16 and Further Education
We offer a great place to bring groups to study and interact away from the distractions of the normal school environment. This could be to develop self-confidence and teamwork, or for revision sessions. Access is available to a teaching space with supporting technology available on request. This can support the recovery agenda and when balanced with outdoor sessions prove highly motivational for students. You might consider a specialist workshop such as a Music weekend or to gain a greater insight into renewable technology from a carbon-neutral off-grid centre.
Prices Bookings and Enquiries
Please use this form to make an enquiry about a residential visit - One of the Team will get back to you as soon as they can.
Low Carbon Residentials
Pinkery is off grid. We rely on our wind turbine and solar panels to generate electricity and batteries to store the energy and our wood boiler to keep us warm. A stay at Pinkery is an opportunity to both minimise the impact of a visit and to better understand sustainable technology .
We can also offer camping at Pinkery, for Duke of Edinburgh and Ten Tors training groups - Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire
For further information please contact
Pinkery Centre for Outdoor Learning
Simonsbath Somerset TA24 7LL
Tel: 01643 831437
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