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School activities

School & College Sessions

Are you looking to book an exciting, educational and active activity day for students? 

With 2 idyllic locations, One on the rugged smugglers cove of Lee bay and one on the adventurous Hele Bay, we are a perfect choice for any School activity day...

Either stick with one or use both of our locations



Some of the activities we provide are:


  • Coasteering - Swim, scramble and jump your way around our beautiful coastline. Exploring hidden gullies and caves - it is natures playground. A great activity to push yourself, overcome fear by working at your own speed and help motivate others. Learning outcomes include: Self confidence, life skills, inter-team relationship. 

  • Armarda - This activity includes the use of different crafts to get everyone on the water at the same time. Depending on group size we can use our Giant paddleboards and rafts - meaning there is an option for everyone (from those who may not be so confident around the water to those wanting to jump off at every given chance). Teams will paddle their crafts to the beach together where they will unlock a chest to make a fire and enjoy some yummy treats to fuel the games and paddle back. They will also participate in team challenges such as: races, building a human pyramid and many more. Learning outcomes include: Inter-team relationships, communication, effective participation, problem solving. 

  • Stand Up Paddleboarding - Discover the coves by paddling your way around to caves and over to a beautiful beach. Team and individual games will be played to help students feel more relaxed on the boards and help out with paddling techniques. Students will be doubled up on boards to ensure the whole group make it to the beach together. Learning outcomes include: Communication, teamwork, effective participation, self management, inter-team relationships.

  • Surfing - Discover one of the great local North Devon surf beaches. Students will be transported to Woolcombe where they will have lessons with qualified surf instructors. They will be taught about flags and water safety, paddling and standing techniques. Learning outcomes include: Effective participation, self confidence. 



  • Search and Recover - To get the students working as a team they will work in groups to orientate themselves around the cove. Working together the team will need to communicate, de-code, decipher maps, briefs and riddles. Learning outcomes include: Self management, effective participation, teamwork, problem solving.

  • Recon Mission - A task driven activity where teams complete challenges at different locations before being able to move to the next. The central navigation point of this activity will be around the remains of an Iron age hill fort. Learning outcomes include:  Inter-team relationships - Communication - Effective participation - Problem solving - Creative thinking - Self-management - Reflective learning - Life skills.

we can tailor the activities to suit your needs and requirements.


So why choose Active Escape?

  • Professional, qualified and friendly staff
  • Great value for money 
  • Activities that help to build students confidence and many other life skills
  • Exciting coastal environment
  • Opportunity to create new friendships 
  • Trying new activities and pushing comfort zones 
  • Personalised day to day itineraries for your group
  • Exciting rustic camping experience 

And so many more! 


Feel free to email or call us about any further information, queries or questions you may have for your group on or 01271 320745 




If you are looking for some accommodation nearby, here are some recommendations:

Ocean Backpackers

The Ocean Backpackers is a self catering hostel based down near Ilfracombe harbour, so is just a stones throw away from our Larkstone watersports centre location. It can host groups of up to 38 and also offer a separate self-catering apartment for smaller groups of up to 12. They have a kitchen, lounge and dining room area along with a variety of bedrooms. They offer a range of budget accommodation, from dormitories to family rooms, some with private shower rooms. 

Schools, colleges, sports clubs and activity groups find them a convenient and comfortable base to go out and explore.





"Active Escape were the perfect way to end our 3 day residential in North Devon. Communication with Dan and the team before the day was fantastic... there are A LOT of forms and questions on school trips... and responses were always fast, taking the stress out of organising!
The day itself was amazing. We had 3 large paddleboards and went round the beautiful Ilfracombe coast, stopping off at some amazing coasteering and jump points. Our instructors were incredible. Knowledgeable and engaging, our students loved every second and couldn't stop talking about the day.
We will definitely be booking again next year!"