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Adventurous activities for kids and families

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Discover family friendly leisure activities and school holiday kids clubs to keep the kids entertained or embark on a memorable adventure to for all the family to enjoy. 

Family days out in Essex

Whether the kids just want to have fun, tweens and teenagers want to test their limits, or you are looking to sharpen up your technical skills, our highly trained and experienced team offer the care and insights you need for a safe and memorable experience at four purpose-built centres across Essex.

From our coastal sites at Bradwell and Mersea on the river Blackwater estuary in the east of the county, to our woodland haven at Danbury in the heart of Essex and our oasis of urban adventure at Harlow in the west, our stunning locations have their own individual character and unique opportunities for adventure.

Adventurous experiences for all ages

From our incredible Sailing and Powerboat Experience Days and Youth Sailing week, to the Harlow High Adventure, Sky Ropes at Great Notley Country Park, Birthday Parties and Kid’s Holiday Activity Days, take weekends and school holidays to a new level.

You can even try a range of paddle sports at our Harlow centre, including stand up paddle boarding taster sessions and our regular canoeing and kayaking clubs.

And our highly rated wellness weekend festival, at Mersea this autumn, now in its second year, is sure to inspire and energise you in the great outdoors.

For Summer 2023 book 4 School Holiday Activity Days, get a 5th FREE!

Enjoy an unforgettable adventure that you will remember for years to come. Show us what you’re made of.

Our eldest daughter enjoyed her birthday activity party with you so much, her sister couldn’t wait to have hers there too! Great team and facilities – nothing was too much trouble.


C Clarke – Parent

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The Lock Climbing Wall

Harlow High Adventure

Reach new heights at our fantastic new High Ropes Hexagon and funky Climbing wall challenges.

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School holiday activities

Our action-packed outdoor activity days for 8-16 year olds run at our 4 centres during the school holidays.
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Sailing and Powerboat Days

Ehillarating experience days on the water, set sail from our Bradwell centre or Mersea Waterfront

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Kids Sailing Week

Learn the ropes or hone your skills with our RYA sailing weeks for young people age 8-16. Day and residential options available.

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Saturday paddle club

Adults and children can try a range of water-based activities at our Harlow centre, including canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding.
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SUP taster sessions

Regular Tuesday evening sessions for children and adults on the River Stort at Harlow – learn the basics of stand-up paddle boarding.
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Birthday parties and celebrations

Create a day you’ll remember. From 8 years old to 80, we craft an exciting, excellent value package suitable for birthdays or any celebration.

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Multi Activity Club

Join us on Monday evenings at our Harlow centre, where 8-16 year olds can try a hand-picked selection of our best activites.

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Mersea Minds in Motion

Our inspiring and energising weekend wellness festival this autumn, including yoga, art and music therapy as well as inspiring outdoor activities.

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Mersea Island Festival

An empowering festival each August bringing together people of all abilities. Perfect for clubs and families with disabled children to try out an exciting range of activities, make new friends in an inclusive setting.

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The Lock Climbing Wall

For serious climbers and absolute beginners alike.  Feel the thrill as you get to grips with Essex’s largest climbing wall.

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Sky Ropes at Great Notley

Get your heart racing and conquer the Sky Ropes at Great Notley Country Park

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