Exmouth Forest School

We are based in the heart of the Clinton Devon Estate in a beautiful woodland adjacent to Dalditch Common; an area of outstanding natural beauty

Exmouth Forest School was created by a passionate team of trained Forest School Leaders who set up our sister Forest School, Exeter Forest School.

We are based in the heart of the Clinton Devon Estate in a beautiful woodland adjacent to Dalditch Common; an area of outstanding natural beauty

Exmouth Forest School was created by a passionate team of trained Forest School Leaders who set up our sister Forest School, Exeter Forest School.

Nick Murphy – Manager of Exmouth Forest School

Manager of Exmouth Forest School, Nick Murphy, came to East Devon in 2004 to embark on a degree in Music. It was here that he met and lived with Chris White (Exeter Forest School) who inspired Nick to work with his love of the outdoors and share it for the benefit of others. Soon after completing his studies, Nick was volunteering at various events, which in turn led to him becoming a qualified Forest School Practitioner, opening our Exmouth site in 2014.

Our Exmouth site offers the ideal setting for our Forest School activities.

Leeford Woods is a large area of predominantly Spruce Woodland, offering the original Scandinavian Forest School feel. Situated at the top of Salterton Road, it is an idyllic setting just minutes from Exmouth and its surrounding towns. We also have access from the cycle path to Budleigh, allowing you to have a totally carbon neutral day out.

Forest School is all about reconnecting with your natural surroundings, building confidence through traditional activities and team-work. Our Toddler Clubs, Home Ed sessionsHoliday Clubs and Birthday Parties will get you and your children outdoors, smiling and learning.

We are very grateful to Clinton Devon Estates for the opportunity to use their land for Exmouth Forest School. It has been a pleasure working with John Wilding, who sees our partnership as a wonderful way to carry on Clinton Devon Estates’ excellent work in connecting communities with the countryside.

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Birthday parties

A different approach to parties with our amazing woodland birthdays at Exmouth Forest School!

Toddler & Rising 5’s Clubs

We offer two different groups providing outdoor fun and activities for toddlers and parents at all our Forest Schools. Every session is different and might include games, crafts, free play and stories!

Holiday Clubs

Outdoor woodland based childcare for school age children during the school holidays at our Forest School sites around Devon.

Home Education Groups

Fantastic and fun alternative education provision for Home Educating families all around Devon.

Forest School Training 

All of our activities and courses are run by qualified Forest School Leaders. We provide accredited Forest School Training for adults at our site in Exmouth.

Education For Schools

We believe that all schools should embrace the outdoors. That’s why we provide bespoke training opportunities for students and teaching staff.

Meet the Exmouth Team

Seamo Teare

Seamo Teare

Inclusion Lead

Seamo is a qualified Forest School Leader and specialises in Autism, Neurodiversity, sensory differences and pathological demand avoidance. Seamo brings a depth of SEN knowledge and practical skills to the Outdoors Group. You will find Seamo at Exmouth when he is running the Woodlanders Home Ed Group.
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Jasmine Owen

Jasmine Owen

Assistant Forest School Manager

Jasmine’s background is in practical conservation where she worked as Ranger. She has the exciting role of Assistant Forest School Manager at Exmouth. Her interests include all wildlife watching and monitoring, but especially invertebrates!
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How To Find Us

Exmouth Forest School

Leeford Woods
Knowle Hill,
Exmouth,
Devon,
EX20 1JS

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Directions

From Exmouth

  1. Follow Salterton road (B3178) out of Exmouth towards Budleigh Salterton, passing the recycling centre on your left
  2. At the roundabout on Knowle Hill turn left onto the B3179 towards Exeter, and 20 yards up the hill on the right hand side, you will see our signed entrance
  3. Drive slowly through the gate down the track as far as you can to the car-parking area

From the M5

  1. Exit the M5 at junction 30
  2. Follow signs for A376 Exmouth
  3. At the next roundabout follow signs to Exmouth A376, 3rd exit
  4. At the next roundabout take the first exit onto the B3179, signposted to Budleigh Salterton
  5. Once you have passed through Woodbury turn right, signposted for Budleigh Salterton
  6. At ‘T” junction turn right onto the B3180 signposted for Exmouth / B’Salterton
  7. Continue on this road for 2 miles as it becomes the B3179
  8. After the sharp right, followed by a sharp left you will head down hill; look out for an upcoming roundabout with a sign for “Devon Cliffs and Country Life Park
  9. Just before this sign is our gateway on the left
  10. Drive slowly through the gate down the track as far as you can to the car-parking area

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