about Lopwell Barn

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Our Story

Lopwell Barn is an initiative under The Zone Plymouth. The Zone offers a wide range of information, advice, and other personal support services for young people. The majority of their services are for young people aged between 13 and 25 who live, work or learn in the Plymouth area but some projects work with young people from Tavistock and the South Hams.

Lopwell Barn is a residential centre just 10 miles from Plymouth. Originally converted into a bunk house in 1999 it was used as an over night stop for travellers enjoying the Dartmoor Countryside. Lopwell Barn is aimed at families and groups wanting to find a piece of nature in a relaxing and comfortable environment. It’s main use is to provide a space for young people to enjoy nature in a safe but spectacular environment. It allows young people the opportunity to learn, engage with nature and have fun. It also allows young people the opportunity for personal development, time to relax, reflect and move forward in their lives.


The Zone Plymouth

We are a charity offering free and confidential support and information to young people. Our projects can help with housing and homelessness, relationships and sexual health, mental health and many other issues.

We were set up in 1990, then known as Y.E.S, and estimate that we have worked with almost 130,000 young people.

For more information about The Zone Plymouth click here.

Our Partners

Plymouth Youth Service

Youth services works with young people in Plymouth who are aged between 11 and 19 (up to 25 years old where there is a specific additional need or disability). We make use of a wide range of informal learning opportunities to enable young people to feel safe, to develop as individuals and to participate, and contribute, as valued members of our community. As well as delivering key programmes and activities, we support external and partnership projects to promote the same values and skills for young people.

Southwest Lakes Trust

South West Lakes Trust is the region’s largest combined environmental and recreational charity. Its 50 inland water sites, spread across Devon, Cornwall and West Somerset, attract in the region of 2m visits annually. It is listed as being in the top 3,000 of the country’s 150,000 charities. In 2010 and 2014 the Trust won The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in Sustainable Development category.

Blue Sound Project

A community project connecting more people with the marine environment.

adventure activities licensing authority

The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) came into existence in April 1996. It is currently sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions. The Health and Safety Executive is currently designated as the AALA.

Adventure activities licensing ensures that activity providers follow good safety management practices.

These should allow young people to experience exciting and stimulating activities outdoors without being exposed to avoidable risks of death or disabling injury.

british sub aqua club

We are the UK’s leading dive club and the sport’s National Governing Body, providing an internationally-recognised diver training and development programme via a network of clubs and centres across the country and overseas.


adventure activity industry advisory committee

Adventuremark is a non-statutory safety scheme devised by the Adventure Activity Industry Advisory Committee (AAIAC) for providers of adventurous activities that are outside the scope of the Adventure Activity Licensing regulations. AAIAC, have appointed Adventure Activity Associates Ltd. as the Supervising Body responsible for operating Adventuremark.

council for learning outside the classroom

The Council for Leaning Outside the Classroom is a registered charity existing to champion learning outside the classroom (LOtC).

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