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Please check back regularly for the latest news and stories from across Essex Outdoors.

Essex Big Weekend

Thursday 21st Feb 2019 Essex Outdoors
Essex Outdoors is proud to be offering free tickets to our Pay & Play activity sessions running on the 6th and 7th April at our Danbury, Harlow and Mersea  outdoor activity centres to enter the draw please click here. 

Further info about our amazing new Pay & Play sessions can be found here


Tuesday 20th Nov 2018


The winter may have kicked in with force this week and indeed that does mean that things slow down somewhat here at Essex Outdoors, but we are still busy making sure we are ready for next season. 

Lucy from our centre at Bradwell Waterside tells us below a bit about her experiences.  Ranging from equipment safety and maintenance checks, running biking activities to teaching sailing and providing safety boat cover, there is no 'typical day' at Essex Outdoors.

''Foremost, the prospect of a summer teaching sailing and being paid to do what I love for a few months, but also the opportunities Essex Outdoors would give me to further my sailing qualifications is what made me apply for the role. [Before Essex Outdoors], I was working in a pub a few days a week during my gap year between college and university.

During my time as a seasonal instructor I have gained my RYA Dinghy Instructor certificate, RYA first aid certificate and RYA Powerboat Level 2; these are all qualifications that mean I can now teach sailing anywhere in the world and have opened up so many opportunities for my future. Besides these, instructing has cemented my love of teaching and working with young people so that I now know the career for me. Living on-site with my colleagues has also been a learning opportunity, learning how to live with others has set me up for university.

Every moment has been incredible. Work hard, play hard just about sums it up! Working hard all week and socialising with great people on the weekend has made this summer one i'll never forget"

Lucy S
Sailing Instructor, Bradwell, Summer 2018

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New Activities Added

Monday 24th Jul 2017 Essex Outdoors

Essex Outdoors has been awarded a £2million investment in new activities, accommodation and facilities and our Bradwell, Danbury and Mersea Centres.

We are delighted to announce that some of these new activities are now in place and ready to provide fun, new and challenging experiences for our customers.

At the Essex Outdoors Danbury centre we have two new activity stations that are up and running and ready to be experienced! We have a new caving course that will encourage you to test your physical and mental limits. We also have a new vertical obstacle course that is 13m high! Here you can see how far you can climb whilst overcoming the obstacles that are in your path.

We have 3 new yachts at our Bradwell Centre for lots of summer fun on the water. You can also complete a variety of different RYA accredited qualifications at Bradwell this summer.

Our Mersea centre has had several new activities including a Team Swing, which is over 18 metres tall, an excellent way to overcome your fears and push yourself out of your comfort zone. A new Aerial Adventure Course has been installed at Mersea that is 6 meters high and has over 20 different elements for you to challenge your agility and nerve. We have a brand new indoor archery range so you can no longer blame the weather if you miss the target!

We hope you get to enjoy the new activities on your next visit to Essex Outdoors. If you have any questions about our new activities please contact us by calling 0345 200 42200 or email

Family Open Day at Essex Outdoors Harlow

Wednesday 7th Jun 2017

> SUNDAY 2 JULY 2017
> 10:30 TO 16:00

Essex Outdoors Harlow a specialist climbing and paddle-sport centre is delighted to be hosting a family open day, giving Essex adventure seekers the chance to try exciting activities for free.

The open day will include a schools-specific talk to discuss the benefits of outdoor activities and how Essex Outdoors can meet the needs of schools. Before opening its gates to the public to sample the activities on offer including: climbing, high ropes and paddle boarding. Barbeque food and refreshments will also be available.

For more information and to express your interest, visit the Harlow open day webpage.

Name Those Boats

Monday 8th May 2017 Essex Outdoors

Essex Outdoors Launches ‘Name Those Boats!’ Competition

We are pleased to announce that our boat naming competition has now launched!

The competition is open to all Essex based primary schools and academies and we will be calling on you to name our three new Dufour Drakkar yachts.

The boats will be based at Essex Outdoors Bradwell and will be used by children, young people, and adults for activities and sailing courses.

Entries will be shortlisted by Essex Outdoors; the winner will be selected by an Essex County Council cabinet member and announced at the end of June. The prize-giving will take place at the Essex Outdoors Bradwell centre on 21 July where the named boats will be unveiled!


Each winning pupil will receive a sailing trip along the Blackwater Estuary on the newly named yachts for themselves, their teacher and five classmates.

Winners will experience the captivating views of the Blackwater Estuary and navigate around Osea Island, testing their new-found sailing skills as they race against the other yachts. Upon return to the centre, there will also be a celebratory BBQ.

How to enter

- Download the entry form

- Email your entries to or post to:

Name the New Boats Competition
Essex Outdoors Bradwell
Waterside Road
Bradwell Waterside

The competition will be open until 16 June 2017.

Terms and Conditions

Essex Outdoors' Bradwell Centre offers a unique coastal location based on the river Blackwater Estuary on the East coast of Essex. Recognised as a leading provider of sailing, yachting and watersport activities, the centre offers high-quality residential and day-based outdoor education, from climbing and archery to canoeing and powerboating.

Essex outdoors moves into ees for schools

Tuesday 4th Oct 2016

An exciting development for Essex Outdoors is a move within the Council to be part of the hugely successful EES for Schools. EES for Schools currently work with over 4,500 schools nationally and in 21 countries overseas to provide a variety of school support services.

Recent evidence such as Learning Away and Natural Connections, clearly demonstrates the impact of residential and outdoor learning on educational attainment. With both Essex Outdoors and EES for Schools focused on improving educational outcomes, watch this space for new products and curriculum linked outdoor learning opportunities.

Primary times award winner

Monday 8th Feb 2016 Essex Outdoors
We are so pleased to have won the Primary Times in Essex Star Award 2016 for Best Children's Holiday Club/Camp! We're very thankful to our customers for voting for us. Our School Holiday Activity Days are so diverse across our centres including sailing at Bradwell, climbing at Harlow, caving at Mersea and aerial trekking at Danbury, but equally well loved by all. The team have a real passion for providing outdoor adventure for all and this award means so much to them. From instructors delivering sessions to our office staff taking bookings and enquiries we all work together to make sure each visit runs smoothly. Thanks again to all our customers and we'll see you in a few weeks for February Half Term.

Outdoor Adventures this February Half Term

Thursday 21st Jan 2016 Essex Outdoors

Essex Outdoors' action-packed activity days are the ideal way for young people aged 8-16 to try exciting new outdoor experiences during February half term. For this half term only, pay just £15 per child per day, a saving of 50%. Running at all Essex Outdoors centres young people will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of fun, safe and challenging activities including archery, canoeing, climbing, high ropes, mountain biking and zip wire.

Leader of Essex County Council Cllr David Finch said: "Essex Outdoors activity days are a great way to get children away from their computers, tablets and TV, and outside in the fresh air trying new activities. By reducing the price we hope even more families can take advantage of the offer and experience the great outdoors this half term."

All equipment is provided, children just need to bring comfortable clothing and footwear, a packed lunch and a drink. Participants are supervised throughout the day by professional, qualified instructors giving parents peace of mind and children a great experience.

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