Ilfracombe Forest School

The first coastal site for The Outdoors Group, Ilfracombe Forest School is situated a couple of miles from Combe Martin Bay on the beautiful North Devon Coast, and a short distance from Barnstaple

When our team went to visit this site early 2021, it was decided there and then that we had to take it on. As a site that has been enjoyed by the community for several years under its former title ‘Quarry Fields Forest School’ we wanted to do all we could to ensure the site continued to offer the learning opportunities we believe in. A relatively young Woodland site that lends itself perfectly to Forest School, our new Ilfracombe site consists of Willow, Birch and Hazel encompassed by surrounding Oaks, and has a coastal vibe that our other sites lack. Running through the woodland is a little gem of a natural-spring that pools to create a perfectly relaxing little spot for water play and exploration. Another fantastic feature this site offers is a meadow area….waiting to facilitate learning through planting and growing which will change and develop as seasons shift.

The first coastal site for the Outdoors Group, Ilfracombe Forest School is situated a couple of miles from Combe Martin Bay on the beautiful North Devon Coast, and a short distance from Barnstaple. 

When our team went to visit this site early 2021, it was decided there and then that we had to take it on. As a site that has been enjoyed by the community for several years under its former title ‘Quarry Fields Forest School’ we wanted to do all we could to ensure the site continued to offer the learning opportunities we believe in. A relatively young Woodland site that lends itself perfectly to Forest School, our new Ilfracombe site consists of Willow, Birch and Hazel encompassed by surrounding Oaks, and has a coastal vibe that our other sites lack. Running through the woodland is a little gem of a natural-spring that pools to create a perfectly relaxing little spot for water play and exploration. Another fantastic feature this site offers is a meadow area….waiting to facilitate learning through planting and growing which will change and develop as seasons shift.

Forest School is all about learning through exploring and discovering new interests with peers in the natural environment.

Our Toddler Clubs, Home Education sessions, Holiday Clubs and Birthday Parties at Ilfracombe Forest School are the perfect way to get children outdoors in all weathers, harnessing their imagination and curiosity to Play, Explore, Discover and Learn.

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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.

Meet the Ilfracombe Team

Sarah Tawse

Sarah Tawse

ILFRACOMBE FOREST SCHOOL MANAGER

Sarah is Site Lead at our new Ilfracombe site. She has been a Forest School Leader for over 7 years and has run her own outdoor learning business in Worcestershire. She particularly enjoys cooking up tasty treats over a campfire. With a recent move to the North Devon area she loves to spend her spare time exploring the beaches and rock pools with her family including two boys and the dog!
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How To Find Us

Ilfracombe Forest School

Quarry Fields Forest School,
Pine Lodge,
Thornlands,
Combe Martin

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Directions

From Ilfracombe

  1. Leave Ilfracombe on the A361
  2. At Mullacott Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A3123
  3. On A Hill Garage crossroads, straight on towards M5
  4. Berry Down Cross, sharp left hand turn, follow the road towards Combe Martin (not turn right towards M5)
  5. Wheel Lane is the next right, shortly after the junction towards M5
  6. Immediately turn left onto partial restricted-usage road
  7. Once off wheel lane, follow track for 1/4 mile
  8. Overflow parking is available further down the track

From Barnstaple

  1. Leave Barnstaple on North Road, past North Devon District Hospital and straight over the roundabout
  2. Turn first left onto B3230 to Muddiford
  3. In Muddiford, turn right up Whitefield Hill, signed Combe Martin
  4. At the T Junction at Berry Down Cross, turn right towards Combe Martin
  5. Continue towards Combe Martin (not right turn towards M5)
  6. Wheel Lane is shortly after that junction
  7. Immediately turn left onto partial restricted-usage road
  8. Once off wheel lane, follow track for 1/4 mile
  9. Overflow parking is available further down the track

From Lynton

  1. Leave Lynton on the B3234 towards Barnstaple
  2. After 1.5 miles, turn right onto A39 towards Barnstaple
  3. After 6.5 miles at Blackmoor Gate, turn right onto Long Ln/A399 (towards Combe Martin)
  4. Two miles later, turn left onto Long Ln/A3123 (towards Woolacombe)
  5. After 2.5 miles, turn LEFT onto Wheel Lane
  6. Immediately turn left onto partial restricted-usage road
  7. Once off Wheel Lane, follow track for 1/4 mile
  8. Overflow parking is available further down the track

We have a hard standing, private car park. Please proceed past the ‘Private’ signs for the nearby holiday cottages, our car park is beyond these signs.  

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